The team behind the popular Eco Hotel Summit digital events has launched a Restart Summit to look at how our priorities have changed as we emerge from the pandemic and how different thinking can make the world a better place.
The event will look at the Middle East as a place of inspiration for eco experiential travel and an example for the rest of the world to follow.
“There is currently a massive growth in eco-tourism in the Middle East, which is recognising the value of its cultural and natural heritage as a tourist attraction. With countries such as Saudi Arabia moving away from oil production and focusing on promoting itself as an environmentally friendly tourist destination with its Red Sea Project, we see a seismic shift in focus in the region,” says Eco Hotel Summit co-organiser and Publisher of International Glamping Business Steph Curtis-Raleigh.
The two-day online Restart event will take place on June 17 and 18 and will include content on investment, with projects looking for funding requested to send in pitches. They may be invited to pitch live to investors during the event. In addition, the second day will include a series of practical workshops on subjects such as reducing plastics, designing an eco hotel, digital marketing, productivity and more.
Of course, we should not be surprised that tented camps and other forms of non-permanent structures are proving to be so popular in the Middle East – not only with international tourists but with domestic travellers. The Bedouin practically invented the concept of comfortable, experiential camping and during the pandemic – staycations proved very popular. What is truly exciting now is how small boutique camps such as those in the Sharjah Collection are helping to highlight and preserve historic buildings and monuments, revealing the beauty and diverse natural wealth of a region that remains largely unknown by the wider world, which may be more familiar with the urban holiday spots of Dubai.
“We believe there will be a new dawn for tourism in the Middle East and it will be a very exciting destination for people of all ages and tastes. There is an opportunity to create tourism from the ground up, in a responsible way, that will protect the culture, the communities and the wildlife,” added Steph. ‘We are really excited to have Rosanna Chopra, Chief Executive Officer at Ebda speaking at our Eco Hotel Restart Summit. She is involved in many incredible projects in the Middle East which combine adventure travel with eco hospitality that the rest of the world can only aspire to.”
For more details about the upcoming Eco Hotel Restart Summit taking place on June 17 & 18 – register for free on https://restart.ecohotelsummit.com/ - TradeArabia News Service