IIPT Founder and President Louis D’Amore was a featured speaker at the recent Pu’er Green Forum on Tourism and Ecology held in the beautiful city of Pu’er immediately following the UN World Tourism Organization General Assembly in Chengdu. The Forum, organized by the China Chamber of Tourism, featured the Pu’er City Green Development Strategy, being implemented by the Yunnan Mekong Group, as a model for the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and Peace, particularly in terms of its harmonious co-existence between man and nature.
The Yunnan Mekong Group has established 14 green ecotourism projects in Yunnan each driving transformation towards sustainable socio-economic development of local communities; protection of forests and wildlife; enhancing cultures – particularly minority ethnic cultures; and increasing levels of income for local residents while providing memorable and inspirational travel experiences for visiting tourists and conserving natural and cultural resources for future generations.
In his address, D’Amore expressed his appreciation to the China Chamber of Tourism, Pu’er City and Pu’er Sun River National Park for hosting the Forum and expressed how honored he was for the partnership that has evolved between the China Chamber of Tourism and IIPT. Following a brief history of IIPT and its achievements, D’Amore proposed several initiatives for further collaboration between the China Chamber of Tourism and IIPT.
Other Speakers in the Forum included Peter Wong, Chairman, China Chamber of Tourism; Madame Wang Ping, Founding Chairman, China Chamber of Tourism; Yu Jinfang, Chairman, Kingland Group and Yunnan Mekong Group; Carlos Vogeler, Executive Director for Member Relations and Regional Director, Americas, UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO); Madame Liu Ting, Chairman, China Women’s Chamber of Commerce; and Mr. Xu Jing, Executive Secretary and Regional Director for Asia and Pacific, UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
The Forum included two panel discussions, the first on “Biodiversity and Sustainable Development” focusing on the Pu’er City Green Development Strategy. The theme of the second panel discussion was “Regional Collaboration for Sustainable Tourism Development in the South Silk Road.”