SLOW LIFE Symposium – Soneva Fushi

Six Senses Soneva Fushi, Maldives, is set to host the third SLOW LIFE Symposium from 6 to 9 October 2011. The symposium will see the best thinkers and key industry players joining forces to confront the principle challenges facing the travel and tourism industry, including low-carbon infrastructure, transportation, resort management and biodiversity.

Attendees will share insights and thoughts in seeking a sustainable future for mankind. ‘This is not just any old symposium on eco-tourism, but one where the talk about eco-tourism comes naturally and where proven leadership is all around us. I suspect we all believe that the very idea of a sustainable future for humankind may well depend more on this industry than on any other,” enthused Jonathon Porritt, Founder and Director of Forum for the Future.

Other notable speakers include adventurer and environmentalist David de Rothschild; President Nasheed of the Maldives; Sonu Shivdasani, Chairman and CEO of Six Senses; Jean Ballandras, Secretary General for the Reunion Islands; Tim Smit, Co-Founder and CEO of the Eden Project; Fabien Cousteau, grandson of Jacques Cousteau and Chris Gorrel-Barnes of Blue Foundation.

The focus will be put on the role that tourism can play in implementing best practices, and how policy makers and leaders can form a partnership, particularly in support of small island states. Soneva Fushi provides a perfect spot to experience first-hand the fragility and beauty of small islands, and at the same time to explore how a properly-run luxury tourism business can be developed with eco-sustainability and yet still make a profit. Six Senses is committed to decarbonising its flagship Soneva Fushi resort by the end of 2013.

Sonu Shivdasani said: “Within the travel and tourism industries, there is no road map to decarbonise. It is our ambition to provide that roadmap for the industry and the SLOW LIFE Symposium is a key part of our mission to achieve that goal. “In its third year, the Symposium continues to bring together the finest minds in the world to develop practical and inspiring solutions to how we can reduce our impact on our fragile ecosystems.”


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