Thursday, September 16

PLENARIES (amphitheater)

All times shown are CET.

10:55 – 11:00

Call to Order and Welcome

11:00 – 11:05


11:05 – 11:15


11:15 – 11:45

Courage and Perseverance in Difficult Times

11:45 – 12:30

Key segments’ position

12:30 – 13:15

Covid-19: A Resilient Sector Drives to a New Deal with New Leadership Demands

Governments and industry step up with leadership in a congruous manner allowing the sector to influence policy. How do we insure human liberties work with economic policy?

13:15 – 13:30

Millennials View of Travel

Three young professionals call for a new world of travel and discuss the generations’ expectations on how the industry should be functioning.

13:30 – 15:00

Lunchtime and networking

15:00 – 15:15

Remarks ‘About individual and collective resilience’

15:15 -16:00

Tourist Go Home, Tourist Come Back

Destinations around the world were once trying to keep tourists away, now do they want them back? How are governments balancing tourism and local citizenry demands? How are NGOs playing a role in governance and the local economy of destinations? How long will it take to overcome tourist=covid?

16:00 – 16:15

Coffee break

CONFERENCES (amphitheater and conference room)


16:15 – 17:00

Sustainability Project of Significance
Saudi Arabia – Building a New Destination in 21st Century

17:00 – 17:45

Localization vs globalization or Glocalisation

How to share space and value. Is there a new model for the travel sector that merges the need for sustainability with economic performance?

Conference room

16:15 – 17:00

Travel, Peacekeeper and Smart Power

Since time immemorial travel has played a powerful role through increased understanding amongst peoples, reduced conflict and opened discussions amongst countries. How will sustainability becoming mainstream further increase the direct influence of travel and what are the demands on the sector?

17:00 – 17:45

Shifting Climate Changes Impact on Tourism

Water availability, extreme temperature, weather crisis, natural risks. Over the next decade which areas will be most affected and how will tourism be impacted? We will look at this problem via short term, mid-term and long-term perspectives.


16:15 – 17:00

Risk Mitigation and Health Issues, the Impact on Travel Planning

17:00 – 17:45

Tourism’s Impact on the Environment

How can we ensure preservation of local environments and co-existence of biodiversity and the local economy?

Friday, September 17

PLENARIES (amphitheater)

All times shown are CET.

8:30 – 8:35

Call to order and Welcome

8:35 – 8:40

Welcome Address 1

8:45 – 8:50

Welcome Address 2

8:50 – 9:05

Remarks “A Systemic Transformation of the World”

9:05 – 9:15

“Sustainable Tourism Plan 2020-2023”

9:15 – 9:30

Review of Global Position and White Papers

Industry Alignment: When Do We Get Traction?
For decades organizations have produced statements, papers, declarations etc. but sustainability remains a nice to have.  We will aggregate key position, identify what has been done and what are critical steps to take.  Some positions papers included are: UNWTO, WTTC, PATA, Travalyst, Tourism Cares, The Tourism Foundation…

9:30 -10:00

How European Countries Collaborate, Advance and Organize a Fluid Domestic Market

Collaboration and uniformity amongst the European states will be the strength that lifts these countries up, is it achievable? Session in cooperation with the European Travel Commission

10:00 – 10:45

Back to Basics: Culture and Heritage

As consumers begin to travel, they seek remote destinations. What is the status and future of destinations and how their culture and heritage product has been affected by this or future pandemics or even other natural disasters? How are countries protecting for future generations? How is the past bringing life back for the future ?

10:45 – 11:00

Coffee break

CONFERENCES (amphitheater and conference room)


11:00 – 11:45

Sustainable Tourism means Industry Reorganization

How will new economic levers and sustainable employment adjust going forward? Reorganization is required to ensure the travel industry is connecting with the local communities? Why hasn’t there been a stronger connection with NGOs who have deep knowledge of the destinations within which they work?

11:45 – 12:30

New Governance for Safe, Sustainable Travel

Difficult times show who has the courage to make difficult decisions and lead. It’s clear when there is no leadership catastrophic results occur. What is being done to develop the leaders for tomorrow and what are the must have character traits in new leaders? Who is setting the rules around good governance in the travel sector?

12:30 – 13:15

Shared Economy Players’ Contribution to the Transformation of Tourism

Slowly growing applications of the shared economy are permeating everyday life.  Is the travel industry maximizing the benefits of this economy?  What or how should shared services be mainstreamed and what are the sustainable benefits of doing so?

Conference room

11:00 – 11:45

Long term investments and payback: a new model and new risks

Destinations not only seek travellers for their spend, but investors for their infrastructure. What new mechanisms could be levied to affect the whole supply chain in the travel delivery ecosystem so that the small and medium sized businesses are not crushed? What other sectors loose out on investments that only target land development? How can investment further shift in agricultural practices to ensure environmental improvement?

11:45 – 12:30

Revising the Travel Model

The travel economy model is based on density and time.  How can we explore a new model? Will it change and how?  Could share holder value be looked at in any other way, other than financial?

12:30 – 13:15

From transport to mobility solutions – zero carbon target –

Airlines, airports, railways, carpooling, car sharing, interconnectivity is under pressure. How can the industry reach COP21 Paris Accord targets? How should we look at space travel, innovation or destruction? What types of energy? What organization? What technology?


11:00 – 11:45

How Should Sustainable Business Travel Look?

One of the most contentious areas in the travel sector was business travel but since the pandemic has realigned travel requirements and mandatory office hours for many, how will the business travel sector reconfigure?

11:45 – 12:30

Tourism’s Positive Impact

on the evolution of society particularly around equal rights, tolerance, and the deliverance of basic needs such as work, food, shelter, education and medical attention. Impressive case studies will show how such positive impact has been achieved in travel programs around the world.

12:30– 13:15

Better Than Good Enough Technology

Technology has been leading the way for the travel sector and even stepped up its game as a result of demands put on it through market conditions.  Extraordinary developments have occurred to aid the traveller through complicated travel requirements, technology that advances sustainability and even the development of solutions to increase safety and security for the traveller and the destination.  Key developers of these solutions will discuss what’s still needed, what’s on the sustainability roadmap?

13:15 – 15:00

Lunchtime and networking

PLENARIES (amphitheater)

All times shown are CET.

15:00 – 15:30


15:30 – 15:45

Consolidation of Workshop Output facilitated Evora University students
« Spirit of Evora » workshop resolution propositions and vote
Announcement of the 5 Urgent Acts Commitment

15:45 – 16:00

UN Climate Change Summit “A COP in Advance” for Safe and Sustainable Travel

16:00 – 16:15


16:15 – 16:45


Overview of Portuguese Policy, Developments and Results & forum conclusions

16:45 – 17:00

Spirit of Evora” Awards

Granted to a personality or an organization having achieved a remarkable transformation


End of Forum