Philippines welcome you to the world's most important marine and coastal ecotourism conference


Preliminary Programme

20 Feb 2014

Opening Ceremony

Welcome Remarks

0900-0915 Honorable Hilario Davide, Jr., Governor, Cebu

0915-0930 Honorable Michael L. Rama, Mayor, Cebu City Opening Remarks

0930-0950 Honorable Ramon R. Jimenez, Secretary of Tourism

0950-1010 Honorable Ramon Paje, Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources

1010-1020 Teabreak

Congratulatory & Solidarity Remarks

1020-1035 Mr. Xu Jing, Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

1035-1050 Ms. Gloria Steele, Mission Director, USAID

1050-1105 Dato' Mohd Khalid, President, ASEAN Tourism Association (ASEANTA)

1105-1120 Mr. Martin Craigs, President and CEO, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)

1120-1135 Mr. David Scowsill, President & CEO, World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)

Launching of National Ecotourism Strategy by Department of Environment and National

1135-1300 Launch followed by Lunch hosted by Department of Environment and National Resources

Keynote Presentations

1300-1340 H.E. Mari Elka Pangetsu, Minister of Tourism, Indonesia (tbc)

1340-1420 Mr. Lory Tan, CEO/Vice President of Trustee Board, WWF, Philippines

1420-1500 Dr. Philip Dearden, The Marine Protected Areas Research Group, Department of Geography University of Victoria, Canada "Marine Protected Areas: Anchors for Ocean Sustainability, Platforms for Community Development"

1500-1520 Panel Discussion

1520-1540 Tea Break

Public/Private Sector Tourism Exchange and LGU Presentations

1540-1700 Presentations by Tourism Associations, Ecotourism Operators and Local Government Units

Welcome Dinner

19:00 - 21:30 Welcome Dinner "White Party" - Movenpick Resort, Mactan Island hosted by Department of Tourism


Plenary Session 1. Coastal Areas and Communities: Mitigating Vulnerability through Sustainability

0900-0920 H.E. Mr. Tith Chanta, Secretary of State, Ministry of Tourism, Cambodia

0920-0940 Ms. Gina Lopez, Managing Director , ABS - CBN Foundation, Inc., Philippines

0940-1000 Dr. Vikneswaran Nair, Assoc. Prof. (Sustainable Tourism Mgt) and Programme Leader, Responsible Rural Tourism Network, Malaysia "Rural Tourism & Conservation in Conflict: Challenges in Semporna Marine Park, Sabah, Malaysia"

1000-1020 Session Discussion

1020-1040 Teabreak

Plenary Session 2. Destination Development: Socio-Economic Value Beyond Beaches

1040-1100 Hon. Mr Edmund Bartlett - Chairman, CTICO and Former Minister of Tourism, Jamaica

1100-1120 Mr. Andrew Jones, Guardian, Sanctuary Resorts, PATA Executive Board Member, Advisor - CSR, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism, Hong Kong "The Way It's Meant To Be"

1120-1140 Ms. Cheryl Rita Kaur, Head, Centre for Coastal and Marine Environment Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA), Malaysia

1140-1200 Session Discussion

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch

Session 3. Marine Protected Areas (MPA) for Ecotourism

1300-1320 Dr. Aileen Maypa, Coastal Conservation and Education Foundation (CCEF), Philippines (tbc)

1320 - 1340 Dr. Simon Oliver, The Thresher Shark Research and Conservation Project (TSRCP), United Kingdom "Conservation behaviour lessons from pelagic thresher sharks in the Philippines"

1340-1400 Mr Celestino Ulep, Consultant, TRC Tourism, New Zealand

1400 - 1420 Session Discussion

Session 4. Ecotourism Marketing: Critical Success Factors

1420-1440 H.E. Sombat, Vice Minister, Ministry of Tourism & Sports, Thailand

1440-1500 Professor Amran Hamzah, Director, Centre for Innovative Planning & Development (CIPD), Malaysia  - "Planning for Sustainable Tourism on Small Islands: Maximising Local Community Benefits Along the Tourism Value Chain"

1500-1520 Mr. Guido Bauer, Chief Executive Officer, Green Globe Certification, United States

1520-1540 Mr Michael Fox, Fox Associates, United States

1540-1600 Session Discussion

1600 - 1620 Teabreak

1620-1640 Conclusions

1640-1700 Closing Ceremony

1930-2000 Farewell Dinner hosted by Cebu Provincial Government (venue tbc)


07:00 - 18:00 HOSTED TECHNICAL TOUR TO BOHOL (Full day)

0630h Depart Cebu via Ferry 0830h Arrival Tagbilaran Wharf

Lei Reception

Tour to Baclayon Church- Oldest Church

Loay Backyard industry- Local Color

1130h Loboc River Cruise w/ lunch on board

Tarsier Viewing in Captivity

Billar mahogany Man Made Forest

Chocolate Hills- Famous landmark of Bohol

Blood Compact Monument- a historical site Souvenier Shopping

1700h Back to Tagbilaran Wharf for Check in

1745h Depart Tagbilaran for Cebu

1945h Estimated time of Arrival in Cebu



23 Feb 2014

06:00 - 18:00  Optional Full Day Tour to Oslob: "Swim with Whale Sharks & Sumilon Island"

Optional 2 Days/1 Night - Malapascua Island - "Diving with Tresher Sharks"

Optional 2 Days/1 Night - Bantayan Island - "Egg Basket" of Philippines