By Gareth Rees
Dubai focuses on sustainable tourism at Skal World Congress.
Dubai tourism leaders are set to attend the Skal World Congress in November to discuss strategies for sustainable tourism.
The 68th congress will take place in the Turkish resort city of Antalya from November 4-9, and will be attended by representatives from the Dubai chapter of Skal.
"The congress will give industry experts from around the world the opportunity to share and develop ideas, opportunities and significant industry matters such as sustaining the development of our industry," explained Chris Anns, vice president of the Skal Dubai Club, who will be representing the emirate at the congress.
"We believe that sustaining tourism development has been a concern to one of the world's largest and fastest growing industries for some time now. It is a congress that which combines business, culture and education of the international tourism industry to develop ideas and to strengthen the industry's professionalism."
One of the issues set to be discussed at the congress is a twelve point plan for sustainable tourism development, and Anns believes that with the projected growth of the Middle East's tourism industry tourism leaders are being encouraged by the benefits that sustainable tourism management practices bring.
"Projects are already underway in the Middle East, in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt. In the UAE, the Court Yard Marriot Hotel has implemented its own sustainable tourism programme for the past 18 months," she concluded.