Date: Friday, 28 April 2017
Time: 8am - 3pm
Includes a boxed lunch and transportation to/from the worksites.
Tourism Cares and WTTC invite 2017 World Summit attendees to join in giving back to our host city of Bangkok through a tree planting activity in the Bang Krachao region of the city – a vast area of green space just across the Chao Phraya River from Klong Toey. This area, known as “the green lung”, is used as an eco-tourism site, with walking, bicycling and kayaking tours available to visitors.
Bang Krachao is an important area of green space under tremendous pressure for development. Summit attendees will help to bring not only a helping hand, but attention to this important tourism asset. Volunteers will assist in planting mangrove tree seedlings in the nursery as well as matured mangrove trees in the gardens in Bang Krachao.
“Like many of you, I am a strong and passionate believer that our industry is a very positive force for good. While there is ongoing concern and discussion about various issues about our industry, such as our collective carbon footprint, not leaving enough profits in local communities and more, collectively, I believe that we do recognize these concerns and issues, and much is being done in these areas.
The UNWTO has declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. With more than one billion international tourists annually, this is an important time for us to come together and demonstrate how much we as an industry care about our place in the world and giving back, and demonstrate this message by rolling up our sleeves and showing we as leaders will get involved ourselves, and not just contribute funds and speak about these matters.
So, on Friday, the 28th April, I implore you to delay your departure from Bangkok by one day and join WTTC, Tourism Cares and a number of other industry leaders to personally participate in this project. It will be a fun, enjoyable and important day – one where we can personally demonstrate and inspire others by showing we are hands on, caring and engaged, by leaving our mark on the city of Bangkok by participating in this annual Global Summit event.”
Interested volunteers can sign-up during the Summit registration, accessible from the 'Manage my Registration Page'.
There is no fee to volunteer, but donations are always very much appreciated and help Tourism Cares and our partners to operate these programs – ensuring enough tools and materials are available to complete the work projects laid out for us in the most efficient and effective way possible.
Together, we have made a great impact. Please click here to view a summary of our 2015 project in Madrid and 2016 project in Dallas.