Innovators Think Tank:
Climate Change & Coastal Tourism

July 22 - 24, 2015 | Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

4th Symposium for Innovators in Coastal Tourism

July 22 - 24, 2015 | Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Program*

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

  Registration: Ongoing at Check-In
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Tour of Puntacana: Meet at Westin lobby at 4:15 pm. Tour ends at location of opening cocktail reception.
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Opening Cocktail Reception, The home of Frank Rainieri
Brief welcoming Remarks: Jake Kheel & Martha Honey, purpose of Think Tank
Keynote Address: Frank Rainieri, President, Punta Cana Group, "The Puntacana Model: Is Climate Change Changing It?"

Film: Premiere of "Innovating the Caribbean," CREST film about cutting-edge 'green' tourism, plus discussion with three hoteliers featured in the film

Thursday, July 23, 2015

  Coffee/tea/water will be available throughout the morning in the back of the conference room
8:30 am - 9:50 am Opening Session:
"Climate Change: Caribbean Tourism as a Contributor and Victim"
10:00 am - 11:20 am Beach & Shoreline Protection: Current best practices & what needs to be done to respond to climate change
11:30 am - 12:50 pm Siting, Architecture, Design, & Construction
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Lunch: Las Brisas, The Westin
Resort Chains & All-Inclusives: Adapting to Climate Change
3:10 pm - 4:30 pm Climate Change, Tourism, & Community Linkages
4:40 pm - 6:00 pm "What's the Score Card: Are current best practices in coastal tourism enough to Address Climate Change?"
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Cocktail hour at residence of Oscar Imbert, airport architect, Marina Puntacana
Air Transport: Impact on climate change & "green" innovations

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Dinner (unprogrammed, but discount available for conference participants at select restaurant)

Friday, July 24, 2015

  Coffee/tea/water will be available throughout morning in back of the conference room
8:30 am – 9:50 am Overview: State of Oceans & Impacts of Climate Change

10:00 am – 11:20 am

Marine Recreation & MPAS: Fishing, Diving, Surfing
11:30 am -  12:50 pm Installations of Recreation: Cruise Lines, Golf Courses, & Marinas
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Lunch
Sustainable Food Sourcing: Coastal Tourism & Climate Change
2:40 pm – 4:00 pm Climate Change --> People Change: Communicating with the public
4:10 pm to 5:40 pm

“What’s the Score Card: Are current sustainable best practices in marine tourism enough to address climate change?”
Summary, Takeaways, & Wrap Up with audience input

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm Cocktail Reception, Westin beachfront

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Dinner (unprogrammed, but discount available for conference participants at select restaurant)