From empowering communities to transforming food production, the Regenerative Travel Summit will bring together global thought leaders to discuss the future of ‘force for good’ tourism. Jenny Southan reports
In a bid to promote “non-extractive, immersive, inclusive and equitable tourism”, the Regenerative Travel Summit will take place on September 20, 2023, at the Wythe hotel in New York as part of Climate Week.
The flagship event, held annually, will assemble leading experts and visionaries from the travel industry to explore “groundbreaking solutions”and “envision a future where travel becomes a catalyst for positive change, prioritising sustainability and regenerative practices that foster environmental and community well-being”.
Emphasising diverse and global perspectives, the summit will challenge participants’ to collaboratively build an industry that creates abundance for all. This year’s event features an impressive lineup of speakers including:
- Bill Reed, Principal at Regenesis Group
- Gregory Constantine, Co-Founder & CEO – Air Company
- Jeremy Raguain, Communications and Outreach Coordinator at Seychelles Islands Foundation
- Katie Hoffman, Partner at Regeneration VC
- Nicole Robinson – Chief Marketing Office of AndBeyond
- Melita Koulmandas – CEO and Founder of Song Saa Collective
- O’Shannon Burns, Program Manager at Cornell University
- Renee Kimball, Owner of Tranquilo Bay
- Robyn Woodhead, Founder of White Desert Antarctica
- Tessa Lee – Senior Manager of Climate and Sustainability at Expedia Group
- Vishal Kumar – Waste Warrior Society
The final program and agenda can be found here.
Exhibitors will also showcase their contributions to regenerative travel, including:
- Bucuti & Tara Boutique Beach Resort
- Jade Mountain
- Dimensions Retreats
- Tranquilo Bay
- Song Saa Collective
- Fogo Island Inn
- Green Mountain Amenities & Janitorial Supplies
- Carole Baden Hotels
- Oceanic Global
Regenerative Travel is a dynamic association of individuals and businesses devoted to revitalising the travel industry through immersive, non-extractive, inclusive, and equitable tourism experiences that benefit all stakeholders. The organisation’s mission is to inspire and empower travelers, businesses, and communities to collaboratively build a regenerative tourism industry that generates abundance for everyone involved.
The Regenerative Travel Impact Awards 2023 will be celebrated for the first time in person at the Summit and aims to recognise individuals and projects that promote positive change in people’s lives, communities, and the world. The awards seek to identify and celebrate inspiring change makers working to solve significant challenges, both within and beyond the travel industry.
Editor’s note: you can now view the winners here.
Regenerative Travel will be collecting donations towards EQTR, a non-profit organization that aims to promote entrepreneurship and leadership in the luxury travel industry for BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ college-age individuals, in order to achieve equity in representation from marginalized communities and reflect the diversity of the industry’s clientele.