The PATA Sustainability and Social Responsibility Committee (SSRC) is a committee composed of PATA members passionate about sharing the successes and failures in implementing sustainability techniques, and creating new initiatives that seek to ensure tourism makes a positive impact. This committee aims to find responsible ways to maintain our cultural and natural resources – and the very reason that we travel. Members of this committee include representatives from academia, aviation, hospitality, media, private sector, and development/NGO sectors.
To provide guidance to PATA for enhanced sustainability and social responsibility practices and outcomes for the purpose of mainstreaming sustainability in the tourism sector
- To engage PATA members, facilitate dialogue, and identify key global and regional (Pacific Asia) tourism-related SSR issues
- To help identify, generate, and share relevant SSR knowledge to members, the sector, key stakeholders and globally as relevant
- To recommend key SSR strategies and actions for PATA to advocate, engage stakeholders, and improve conditions of the sector
- To review, recommend and evaluate PATA SSR strategic partnerships and alliances that will contribute to improvements in tourism related SSR issues
- To identify and help generate and facilitate PATA SSR projects, events and other educational initiatives in alignment with recommended advocacy issues
- To recommend operational methods and measures to PATA for enhanced SSR organizational practices
- To facilitate, communicate and coordinate activities of SSR special topic working groups or sub-committees established from time to time.
Next SSR Committee meeting:
Date: Friday, May 20, 2016
Time: 8:30am – 10:00am
Location: Guam, USA
Venue: Dusit Thani Guam Resort, Salon 1
Chair: Mr. Stewart Moore, CEO, EarthCheck, Australia; Executive Director, APEC International Centre for Sustainable Tourism
Stewart Moore is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of EarthCheck and the Executive Director of the APEC International Centre for Sustainable Tourism. EarthCheck is a Brisbane based environmental management and advisory company which now operates in over 70 countries across 32 industry sectors in six languages.
Stewart is a NIES accredited business consultant and specialises in sustainable tourism
planning, destination management and marketing, business development and all issues to do with enterprise and product development.
He is a fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia and the Australian Tourism Research Institute and has over 25 years of experience in tourism operations and consulting to both the private and public sector in the Asia Pacific region.
In 2013 Stewart was named in the Global list of the top 100 sustainability professionals (ABC Carbon Singapore).
He served on the Tourism Forecasting Council of Australia for ten years and
was Chairman of the Pacific Asia Travel Association in Queensland for eight years. He is on the Advisory Board for the Griffith University Institute for Tourism and is Chairman of the National Centre for Studies in Travel and tourism.
Stewart has a Masters of Regional Science specialising in tourism planning and sustainable development, a Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning (Honours) and has completed post graduate studies in Finance and Investment from the Financial and Services Institute of Australia (FINSIA); Conservation and Heritage from the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies, University of York, U.K.
He has authored a wide range of books and publications in the areas of destination management, risk and crisis management, strategic and regional planning and product development.
Vice Chair: Dr. Chris Bottrill, Dean, Faculty of Global and Community Studies and School of Tourism, Capilano University, Canada
Chris Bottrill is Dean of the Faculty of Global and Community Studies at Capilano University in North Vancouver, Canada. He holds a PhD in tourism network and destination development and he has over 20 years of experience in over 50 tourism management and development projects around the globe. His specializations include community and rural tourism development, sustainability, destination and product development and he has taught in these subjects at universities in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, and Austria. Current and recent activities include directing the acclaimed PATA supported Vietnam Community Tourism project aimed at protecting ethnic hill tribe culture through tourism, completing the PATA and World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WINTA) project: Human Rights and Indigenous Tourism, directing a four–year community tourism project in Paraguay, and facilitating a multiple stakeholder engagement project for sustainable tourism development in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Chris is also Chair of the Human Capital Development Committee, and a member of the PATA Foundation Board of Trustees.
General Manager, mascontour GmbH
Matthias Beyer is a fully qualified graduate of the hotel business with a certificate from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and holds an engineering degree in landscape planning with a specialization in sustainable tourism planning.
He has been working as an international consultant and expert on sustainable tourism development and management for 13 years (with a special focus on developing and newly industrialized countries). After completing his studies, he worked as a freelance consultant and expert for several years and conducted various tourism projects in Germany, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, Asia. Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean for national and international clients. In 2005 he founded the international, Berlin based consulting firm mascontour GmbH – Sustainable Tourism Consulting & Communication (www.mascontour.info). With Mr. Beyer as General Manager, the firm has since implemented about 100 tourism projects in over 40 countries.
In addition, Matthias Beyer has been a lecturer with the Sustainable Tourism Management in Developing Countries program at the Bremen University of Applied Sciences since 2008. Over the past few years, he has given numerous presentations at international conferences and trade shows, published several professional articles, hosted various events, and prepared a number of trade publications.
He is a member of several organizations, including the Sustainability Committee of the German Travel Association (DRV) and the Sustainability Committee of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).
Director, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited Owner & Operator of The Peninsula Hotels
Natalie joined The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels in 2011 to lead the Group’s global strategy on corporate responsibility and sustainability, which included devising the Group’s long-term vision for sustainable luxury. HSH is also one of the first publicly listed companies in the world to publish its sustainability report in accordance with G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines of Global Reporting Initiative and be accredited by GRI in its Materiality Matters. HSH is the owner and operator of The Peninsula Hotels and is engaged in the development and management of prestigious commercial and residential properties as well as the provision of club management services in key destinations in Asia, the United States and Europe.
Natalie has more than ten years of experience in sustainability management. Prior to joining HSH, she was with Swire Pacific Group, managing group‐level corporate responsibility policies and strategies across Swire’s five business divisions, including property, aviation, beverages, marine services, and trading and Industrial. Natalie also worked in external trade promotion at Hong Kong Trade Development Council and served as Hong Kong staffer at APEC Business Advisory Council.
Natalie is a Member of the Executive Committee of International Tourism Partnership and the Advisory Board of Ethical Corp. She is also a Certified Carbon Auditor of The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).
Chief Executive Officer, Global Sustainable Tourism Council
Randy Durband is the Chief Executive Officer of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), the UN-supported NGO that establishes and manages global baseline standards for sustainability in travel and tourism. The GSTC Criteria include guidelines for minimizing negative environmental and social impacts while maximizing travel and tourism as a force for good.
He brings a unique blend of skills and experience based on the two career paths he has taken in travel and tourism – twenty-four years in senior leadership positions with major tour operators, plus six years and counting as a global leader in sustainable tourism. His first career included serving as President for Travcoa, INTRAV, and Clipper Cruise Lines, (all brands within TUI Group), and Executive Vice President of Tauck World Discovery. His second career began with economic development projects through tourism in developing countries, with UNESCO, ILO, TRIP Foundation, and a number of other foundations and development agencies, working mostly in ASEAN countries. He then moved on to his current leadership role at the GSTC.
Mr. Durband is a frequent speaker on sustainable tourism and has served on many boards, awards judging panels, and committees.
Moosa Zameer Hassan
Deputy Director General, Planning Division, Ministry of Tourism, Republic of Maldives
Moosa Zameer Hassan is currently the Head of the Planning Division of the Ministry of Tourism, responsible for overseeing Planning, Development, Statistics & Research, Industry HR and International Relations sections of the Ministry.
Zameer was instrumental in coordinating the formulation of the Maldives Fourth Tourism Master Plan (2013-2017) and has represented the Ministry at various government and international forums.
Zameer completed his Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Environmental Science from the Faculty of Social Sciences in Bristol University of the West of England, UK in 1997 and studied for his Masters in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP), specializing in Tourism Planning from the Faculty of Architecture and Environmental Design at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM).
Commissioner ITB Corporate Social Responsibility
Rika holds a Master Degree in Social Anthropology and Iranian Studies with an expertise on ethnic identities, sustainable development and diversity issues from the Free University of Berlin.
She started to work and become fond of tourism as a tour guide in Greece, while studying at the University of Crete and as an incoming agent in Athens. Coming back to Germany she became counselor at the University’s International Academic Exchange Office and travelled as a researcher to Iran, Malawi and Haiti.
Ms. Jean-François obtained an additional qualification in Quality Management, working on the evaluation of development aid workers’ education for the German Development Service. Since 2004 she has been with Messe Berlin and vitally helped developing ITB’s Corporate Social Responsibility. As ITB’s Commissioner of CSR she is a passionate speaker at sustainable tourism events internationally. It is her aim to help to bring sustainable tourism standards into mainstream tourism. She has also spearheaded ITB’s implementation of the LGBT travel segment and became board member of IGLTA (International Gay&Lesbian Travel Association) as well as of the IGLTA Foundation. She is a jury member of international responsible tourism contests as the ITB National Geographic World Legacy Awards, the TO DO! Awards and the Toura d’Or Film Contest for Sustainable Tourism and is member of the PATA (Pacific Asian Travel Association) Sustainability Committee. At ITB, she is also responsible for South Asia (with emphasis on India) and the Pacific region, and is chief coordinator of ITB’s Partner Country program.
Guardian, Sanctuary Resorts
Andrew Jones grew up in the hotel business, as his parents managed Country Inns and Restaurants in the United Kingdom. Over the past 40 years Andrew has worked in a number of senior management and corporate positions in prestigious hotels, resorts and management companies in London, Bermuda, Canada and several countries in Asia.
In 1996 Andrew started a new journey when he founded and became Guardian of Sanctuary Resorts, a company that offers responsible and sustainable tourism experiences where people can balance their body, mind and spirit in an environmentally friendly space.
In addition, Andrew was previously Director, Asia Pacific Affairs for the International Hotel and Restaurant Association and a member of the Board of the Indian Ocean Tourism Organization. Andrew is a Certified Hotel Administrator of the American Hotel and Lodging Association and a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality.
Andrew is a leading proponent of Corporate Social Responsibility and Wellness in Tourism, and a knowledgeable Key Speaker, Moderator and Panelist on matters of Responsible and Sustainable Tourism at many Hotel, Environment and Social Enterprise Forums and Conferences, as well as Universities and Vocational Schools.
Andrew is an active member of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), being Vice Chairman 2015-16, a member of the PATA Executive Board, Board of Trustee member of the PATA Foundation, and Advisor for PATA on CSR and Responsible and Sustainable Tourism. Andrew was also previously the Vice Chairman and Chairman of the PATA Hospitality Committee. In addition Andrew is a member of the World Travel Market World Responsible Tourism Day Advisory Panel.
Andrew believes in directly contributing to the community in which he lives, being Chairman Emeritus of the KELY (Kid’s Everywhere Like You) Support Group, a Past President of the Rotary Club of Kowloon, and a supporter of numerous other Charitable organizations and social ventures in Hong Kong.
Managing Director, LightBlue Environmental Consulting
Benjamin is the founder of LightBlue Environmental Consulting a pioneer auditing, capacity building and consulting firm, supporting hotels willing to improve operational performance and minimize their social and environmental footprint (international certification standards, Food Waste Auditing and Food Waste Prevention).
His career started with the Accor Hotel Group, being responsible for the certification program ’Green Globe’ (EarthCheck) in 44 Novotel properties throughout Asia. He then became a Master Trainer and Strategy Consultant in Hotel Sustainability Efficiency for the UNILO, in Thailand and the Philippines.
In addition, Benjamin is a hotel sustainability consultant on various projects across Asia (Vietnam, Maldives), a guest speaker, guest lecturer, a judge for International Sustainability Awards and an active member of several sustainable tourism working groups.
A stakeholder engagement specialist with 15+ years of international experience working with leadership
organisations, Oliver is an expert in the design and execution of research to identify innovations in marketing and reputation strategy. At Twenty31 he works closely with senior leadership teams to measure competitive performance and brand resonance and navigate the sustainability agenda. He also consults for Insignia Marketing Research and directs various brand consulting engagements including for Banff Lake Louise Tourism, Dubai Tourism & Commerce Marketing, Tourism Toronto and Tourism Victoria.
Oliver was formerly with reputation and sustainability consultancy GlobeScan where he led thought leadership and stakeholder engagement projects for numerous multinational/multilateral organisations including Asian Development Bank, BBC World Service, Intel and Rio Tinto. He was also the co-facilitator of the world’s first major business crowd-sourcing forum, the Unilever Sustainable Living Lab, to identify practical solutions to sustainability challenges.
Oliver has served as the Associate Director of the Pacific Asia Travel Associations’ Strategic Intelligence Centre. In addition to co-managing the Centre, Oliver was a frequent panellist on CNBC Asia’s morning business programme. Oliver started his career at the Canadian Tourism Commission where he worked in progressively senior positions in planning, marketing and the Office of the President & CEO.
Oliver holds a Graduate Certificate in International Marketing from University of Toronto and an undergraduate degree in Economics and International Politics from Wilfrid Laurier University. He sits on the Board of Directors of Oxfam Canada.
Founder & CEO, Khiri Group
Willem has had a passion for travel since a solo bicycle trip around The Netherlands when he was just eleven years old. In his early years, he worked several jobs both after school and on weekends. His interest in business quickly took over from classroom learning. He worked for a neighbor’s shop, where he did everything from selling televisions to delivering washing machines. These experiences laid the foundation for his entrepreneurial future.
In 1987, he took a job with a Bangkok-based travel company. The job accelerated his love for the convergence of travel in Asia and entrepreneurship. The 1990s was an era of great change for Indochina as it further opened to foreign travelers. Willem founded Khiri Travel at the end of 1993 with the vision of creating a travel company delivering Thailand and emerging Indochina as “4 countries, 1 destination”. Khiri Travel’s first six years, like any startup, were filled with both challenges and great fun. More importantly, however, it was during this time that his experiences solidified his belief that giving back to the local community was necessary for Khiri Travel to thrive as a responsible business in developing countries. Khiri Travel partners with GSTC-approved certification agencies, such as Sustainable Travel International (STI) and Travelife to continuously improve its responsible business practices.
As the company continued to grow, Willem founded Khiri Reach, Khiri Travel’s charity raising awareness and funds to support organizations and projects that lack resources. Khiri staff from sixteen offices across eight countries volunteer to support Khiri Reach. To date, Khiri Reach has adopted twelve projects that help underprivileged communities, promote animal welfare, protect local heritage and steward the environment.
Willem is now the Founder & CEO of Khiri Group, an owner, partner and operator of entrepreneurial travel and hospitality ventures in Asia. Khiri Group distinguishes itself by sharing authentic experiences that are grounded in the cultural richness of Asia.
Willem is married and has two daughters. He speaks Dutch, English and Thai.
Eric Ricaurte founded Greenview in 2008 to catalyze innovation and best practice in tourism through measurement, metrics, and reporting. Greenview’s clients include hotel companies, lodging REITs, citywide event organizers, cruise lines, DMOs, and industry organizations including the WTTC and UNWTO. Prior to Greenview, Eric worked for 10 years in operations and consulting for diverse nature and cultural tourism projects globally, including managing operations at Parque Xel-Há in the Mexican Caribbean.
Eric is a frequent speaker, convener, and author in the topic of sustainability. Eric’s notable industry work includes serving as technical consultant for the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative, authoring the study “Developing a Sustainability Measurement Framework for Hotels: Toward an Industry-wide Reporting Structure” and launching the Cornell Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking study, Green Venue Report, and online Hotel Footprinting Tool.
Eric earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and a Master of Science degree in Tourism & Travel Management from New York University. He is an adjunct instructor at the New York University Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism, has served on the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board Hotels & Lodging Industry Working Group, and held a research fellowship at the Cornell University Center for Hospitality Research. Eric is also a member of the International Standards Working Group of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, the ASTM Technical Committee 60.02 for Sustainable Events, and the UFI Committee on Sustainable Development.
Senior Consultant, UNEP Tourism & Environment Programme
Deirdre is a senior consultant to the UNEP Tourism & Environment Programme. She spearheads tourism value chain research at UNEP on the implications of the 2030 SDGs on the tourism private sector; advises UNEP & UNESCO on the global tourism sector’s response to tourism and climate impacts at World Heritage sites; UNEP & UNWTO on mainstreaming sustainable consumption and production principles into tourism master plans and advises and conducts specialized training workshops for developing countries. She also coordinates the development of technical cooperation projects with regional partners.
She previously coordinated the Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism, a UN supported initiative based in Paris, that promoted sustainability in tourism operations globally and facilitated collaboration among tourism stakeholders in the Caribbean, Southern Africa and Asia & the Pacific regions. She coordinated the transition of the Partnership to the Sustainable Tourism Programme of the 10 Year Framework of Programmes for Sustainable Consumption & Production (10YFP), which she continues to advise in its institutional procedures and project development.
Deirdre previously served as the Caribbean Coordinator for the IUCN’s Caribbean programme, and as the Director of the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST) of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association.
During her 20 years of experience in industry and environmental management, she developed and implemented guidance and tools for businesses, advised on enterprise management solutions and conducted facility audits for industrial, infrastructural and mining industries.
She also previously served as the inaugural chair of the technical working group on hospitality standards of the Caribbean Regional Organization for Standards and Quality, is a Senior member of the American Society for Quality, and a founding member of the Trinidad & Tobago Society for Quality.