13th July 2009







14th July 2009




Meet & Greet and Airport Transfers for Delegates

Watty International Airport

09.00 – 17.00


Orchid Trek tour at Phou Khao Kway Protected Area near Vientiane Capital.




14.00 – 17.00


Half day historical and cultural sites with refreshments (Departure at 1400 hrs)



15th July 2009




08.00 – 08.15


Arrival of Invited Distinguished Guests and Delegates

Don Chan Palace Hotel Grand Ballroom


08.25 - 08.25

Arrival of H.E. Mr. Bouasone Bouphavanh, The Prime Minister of Lao PDR



08.25 - 08.30

Rendition of Welcome Song - Laos, Jewel of the Mekong

Don Chan Palace Hotel Grand Ballroom

08.30 – 08.35

Introduction of Guests of Honor and objectives of Conference

08.35 - 09.05

Opening Speech by H.E. Mr. Bouasone Bouphavanh, The Prime Minister of Lao PDR


09.05 – 9.30

Opening Remarks - H.E. Dr Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General, United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)

Don Chan Palace Hotel Grand Ballroom


09.30 - 09.35

Opening of WEC2009 Conference and Exhibition

Don Chan Palace Hotel Grand Ballroom


09.35 – 09.45

Group Photo



09.45 – 10.15

H.E. Mr. Bouasone Bouphavanh, The Prime Minister and Invited Guests tour of International Green Tourism Exhibition Area

Press Conference

Convention Centre Level 1 & 2


10.15 – 11.30

Coffee Break

Private-Public Sector Meetings (For delegates)

Dok Champa Function Room

11.30 – 12.45

Malaysia Hosted International Buffet Lunch

Sabah Cultural Troupe Performance

Riverland Restaurant &

Eight Treasures Chinese Restaurant





12.50 - 13.30




Keynote Speakers

Mr Eugenio Yunis

Director, Programme & Coordination, UNWTO


Don Chan Palace Hotel Grand Ballroom

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13.35 - 14.15

Prof Dr Trevor Sofield

Foundation Professor and Chair, Tourism Programme University of Tasmania.



14.20 - 15.00

Mr Jose Ma Lorenzo (Lory) Tan, Vice-President, WWF, Philippines



15.05 - 15.45

Panel Discussion

Moderator: Mr Shahram Saber


15.45 – 16.15

Tea Break

Convention Centre Foyer


15.45 – 18.30

Free for leisure


18.30 – 21.30

LNTA Welcome Gala Dinner

Lao Cultural Troupe Performances

Sabah Cultural Troupe Performances

Don Chan Palace Hotel Grand Ballroom


16th July 2009














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SESSION 1 - Sustainable Tourism & Roadmaps:

Sustainable Ecotourism embraces all segments of the industry with guidelines and criteria that seek to reduce environmental impacts, particularly the use of non-renewable resources, using measurable benchmarks, and to improve tourism’s contribution to sustainable development and environmental conservation. Where are we now and where are we heading?

Don Chan Palace Hotel Grand Ballroom



08.30 - 08.50

Professor Dr Zadok S Lempert

Sustainability, Tourism & Social Development Management Specialist


08.50 - 09.10

YM Datuk Seri Tengku Zainal Adlin

Chairman, Sabah Tourism Board, Malaysia


09.10 - 09.30

Mr Tony Charters

Principal, Tony Charters Associates, Australia and Deputy President, The International Ecotourism Society, Washington DC


09.30 - 09.50

Mr Les Clark

Director, Tourism Resource Consultants Ltd, New Zealand


09.50 - 10.10


Panel Discussion

Moderator : Prof Francesco Adamo


10.10 – 10.30

Coffee Break

Convention Centre Foyer



SESSION 2 - Market Development & Resilience:

Developing regional and domestic markets for ecotourism, learning from the leaders in destination positioning, e-marketing and the evaluation of green tourism economies in developing countries, exploring the successful branding of destinations with world heritage status and of commercial companies acquiring green certification; and analyzing how to protect the brand when crisis strikes.

Don Chan Palace Hotel Grand Ballroom


10.30 - 10.50


Dr Mark Hampton * Director - Centre of Tourism in Islands and Coastal Areas (CENTICA) Kent Business School, University of Kent at Medway, United Kingdom


10.50 - 11.10

Dr Peter Richter

Principal Advisor/Project Manager, German Technical Cooperation (GTZ)


11.10 - 11.30

Dato Amiruddin Abu

Acting Director-General, Tourism Malaysia, Malaysia


11.30 - 11.50

Mr Shahram Saber

Director for Asia Pacific, PATA & former Marketing Manager , PADI Australia


11.50 - 12.10

Panel Discussion

Moderator : Mrs Chinda Tejavvanija Chang

12.10 – 13.10

Buffet Lunch sponsored by India Tourism




SESSION 3 - Local Community Challenges & Solutions:

Reduce tourism’s negative impacts and to increase the positive contribution of tourism business and consumption activity to local sustainable development. Solutions to adverse tourism impacts are to be found in the shared interest of local communities, tourism businesses, and tourism consumers to maintain the natural wealth and social heritage of the tourist destination.


Don Chan Palace Hotel Grand Ballroom

13.10 - 13.30


H.E. Mr Sultan Ahmed, Minister of Tourism, India


13.30 - 13.50

Prof Dr Amran Hamzah

Dept. of Urban and Regional Planning Faculty of Built Environment Universiti Teknologi Malaysia


13.50 - 14.10

Mr Masaru Takayama

Executive Director, Japan Ecolodge Association, Japan


14.10 - 14.30

Mr Rabi Jung Panday

Director, Nepalese Tourism Research and Service Center P. Ltd, Kathmandu, Nepal & former Head of TRPAP, Nepal


14.30 - 14.50

Ms Tara Gujadhur

Network Leader, Pro-Poor Sustainable Tourism, SNV Asia, Lao PDR


14.50 - 15.10

Panel Discussion

Moderator : Prof Eric Laws



15.10 – 15.50


Convention Centre Foyer



SESSION 4 - Public & Private Sector Partnerships:

Successful recipes for collaborating in tourism growth regions and working with the industry, sharing resources, soliciting public funding plus the way forward for destinations enhancing tourism competitiveness through cooperation as well as building sustainable success through partnerships.



Don Chan Palace Hotel Grand Ballroom

15.50 - 16.10

Mr Albert Teo, Managing Director, Borneo Eco Tours & BEST, Malaysia


16.10 - 16.30

Mr Steven Schipani

Senior Advisor, Lao National Tourism Administration, Lao PDR


16.30 - 16.50

Dr Sasithara Pichaichannarong

Permanent Secretary General, Ministry of Sports & Tourism, Thailand


16.50 - 17.10

Panel Discussion

Moderator : Prof Stephen Lynch


17.10 - 19.30

Free for own leisure & networking
















To be advised

19.30 - 19.55

Dr Vic Nair Head

Centre for Research & Development, Taylor’s University College, Malaysia

19.55 - 20.20

Mr Ary Suhandi

Executive Director, Indonesia Ecotourism Network, Indonesia

20.20 - 21.45

Mr Bob Palege

Tour Consultant, Papua, Indonesia

21.45 - 22.10

Dr Awang Noor Abd. Ghani

Dean Faculty of Forestry Universiti Putra Malaysia

22.10 - 22.30

Light Supper sponsored by DISCOVERYMICE



17th July 2009



08.30 – 10.30

Presentation by Rapporteur, Mr Peter Semone - Conclusions of WEC2009 Q & A, Discussions and Voting. Tabling of Vientiane Declaration for WEC2009

Don Chan Palace Hotel Grand Ballroom


10.30 – 10.50

Coffee Break

Convention Centre Foyer


10.50 – 11.10

Presentation of Mementoes



11.10 – 11.30

Conference Closing Ceremony Speech by H.E. Mr Somphong Mongkhonvilay, Minister, Chairman of Lao National Tourism Administration

Don Chan Palace Hotel Grand Ballroom


11.30 – 12.45








SPECIAL SESSION - Development & Marketing of the Greater Mekong Sub-region :

Provide industry leaders with a strategic framework to plan for the sub-region and to enable them to understand and respond to the strategic trends and developments.



Don Chan Palace Hotel Grand Ballroom

12.45 - 13.05

Mr Mason Florence

Executive Director, Mekong Tourism, Bangkok, Thailand


13.05 - 13.25

Mr Reinhard Hohler

Tour Director and Media Travel Consultant, Thailand


13.25 - 13.45

Mr Sounh Manivong

Director-General, Lao National Tourism Administration, Lao PDR


13.45 - 14.05

Mr Douglas Hainsworth

Consultant for GTZ, Vietnam and ex-Senior Advisor, SNV


14.05 - 14.30

Panel Discussion:



14.30 – 15.00

Tea Break

Convention Centre Foyer


15.00 – 16.00


Special Meeting to form Asia Pacific Ecotourism Society (APES) APES is a regional initiative to The targeted output of the Meeting is to create a strong coalition and a common platform where Asia Pacific tourism industry players in the public and private sectors adopt a collaborative and resilient stand. One of the key objectives is to develop regional markets for ecotourism in Asia Pacific, in response to long haul carbon footprint concerns and the economic downturn in traditional eco-tourist markets in the West.




To be advised



Free for leisure



18th July 2009




06.30 – 09.30

MINI MARATHON (5km from That Luang to Don Chan Palace Hotel)

This is a marathon for locals in celebration of the World Ecotourism Conference 2009. Participants can register and join in the fun marathon together with the locals.


That Luang to Don Chan Palace Hotel

09.00 – 17.00


TECHNICAL TOURS (Supported by Lao Association of Travel Agents)

1) Half day historical and cultural sites with refreshments (Departure at 0900hrs & 1400 hrs)

2) Orchid Trek tour at Phou Khao Kway Protected Area near Vientiane Capital.


09:00 -18:00


Exhibition opens to general public which includes concerts, games, fashion show and prize give-aways.


Convention Centre Level 1 & 2

Note: The Programme above is subject to change if deemed to be in the best interest of the Conference. Invited speakers are subject to receipt of acceptance and confirmation by the speakers.

WEC2009 Secretariat Office Telephone Contacts in Vientiane

+856-20-6228838 /+856-20-6228808

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Tourism Authority of Thailand

Vietnam National Administration of Tourism

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