The way the sustainability is related to the tourism industry and the importance of their interconnection, both for the development of tourism and for the protection of the environment of tourist destinations, will be developed on the stage of Xenia Build Hotel.
The natural beauties of a destination are usually one of its most important comparative advantages and therefore the protection of the environment and natural resources has become a top issue in recent years, for the tourism industry and a key condition for upgrading the services and tourism infrastructure offered, both in terms of facilities and services.
At the same time, there has been an increase in demand from tourists in recent years, for destinations and tourist accommodation that follow sustainable practices, but also offer alternative services.
In combination with the change of strategy by global designers of the tourism product, the need for hotels and tourist accommodation to put sustainability at the heart of their vision is now imperative, in order to preserve the natural environment but also to support the local community, while providing excellent quality hospitality to its guests.
New practical and innovative proposals from experienced Experts
The development and promotion of infrastructure and services aimed at upgrading the tourism product will star in the panel discussions that will take place all three days of Xenia’s Build Hotel, in combination with the local culture, the cultural value and the preservation of the natural environment.
Coordinators of the Xenia Build Hotel event are the “ek” Magazine, a monthly edition of architecture and design aimed at promoting modern architecture, both to professionals and a wider public and Dr. Ioannis Pappas, President & CEO of Green Evolution.
Innovative ideas, technological products and useful tool for the environmental sustainability of hotels will be presented by specialized speakers, architects, engineers as well as executives from the market and the hotel industry.
At the same time, they will discuss ways to apply the principles of sustainability in the tourist accommodation, in terms of construction and architecture, but also in terms of energy and water savings and waste management.
Also, sustainable tourism and how it contributes, not only to enhancing the environmental footprint of an accommodation, but also enhancing the brand and competitiveness of a hotel business will be analyzed in depth through interesting and successful hotel case studies.
Hotel owners, who have already made and continue to make significant environmental improvements in their construction structure and operation, in order to minimize the impact on the environment, as well as owners and executives of new hotels built from scratch focusing to protect the environment, will be informed about the latest developments, products and trends.
Strategic partner of the Xenia exhibition and the Xenia Build Hotel event, for the next two years, regarding Sustainability issues is Dr. Ioannis Pappas, who is a Mechanical Engineer, with PhD in Applied Mechanics, with over 30 years’ experience in several fields of science, focusing on Sustainable development in Tourism, Energy and Environmental Efficiency in Infrastructure and Buildings, Advising in standardization of companies and technological implementation of climate adaptation and mitigation methodologies. He is Senior Advisor on Climate Neutrality and Life Cycle Analysis & Assessments, Net Zero Initiatives and Green Energy / Renewables. Also, he is Lead GSTC Assessor for Destinations, Auditor / Assessor for Sustainable Tourism Certification Standards, focusing on Hotels, Tour Operators and Destinations, and Lead Trainer for GSTC in South East Europe Region. He is the head expert of GSTC team on the Collaboration Contract between GSTC & Greek Ministry of Tourism on the implementation of Sustainability into the new National Tourism Strategy. He has vast experience in Sustainability Projects, including R & D, National, European, and International, while he has an international training experience on sustainability, tourism and energy efficiency for the last 10 years.
The program is as follows