Topic: Public-Private Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism Growth

Please find the preparation paper for Think Tank sessions here: 

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Programme 1-4 March 2018

Have a look at WTFL Think Tank 2018 programme below:

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Full programme Programme Saturday


Thursday, 1 March 2018

  Individual arrival and organized transportation of the WTFL Think Tank participants from Athens to Costa Navarino
  Check-in at The Westin Resort Costa Navarino
19.30 Welcome buffet dinner at "Morias" restaurant
  Night cap at the "1827 Lounge Bar" 



Friday, 2 March 2018

  Breakfast at "Morias" Restaurant
08.30–09.30 Welcome speeches and presentations (House of Events):
  • Welcome by Elena Kountoura, Minister of Tourism for Greece
  • Presentation by Ioannis Goulios, Deputy General Secretary & Member of the BoD, Greek National Tourism Organization
  • Welcome note by Petros Tatuolis, Governor of Peloponnese
  • Setting the scene by Reto Wittwer, Chairman of World Tourism Forum Lucerne
  • Presentation of Costa Navarino by Achilles V. Constantakopoulos, Chairman & CEO of TEMES S.A.
09.40–10.15 Coffee break at Kafenio, a revival of the authentic Greek coffee house
10.30 Departure for Ancient Messini 
12.00 Guided tour at Ancient Messini - Uncover the secrets of this important ancient city that was built in 369 BC.
  The guided visit is led by Prof. Petros Themelis who has been heading the excavations for the past 30
  years, bringing to life this site which amazes with its state of preservation. Its unspoiled natural setting 
  remains untouched, as do the massive fortification walls which are among the best preserved in Greece. 
13.15 Lunch at Ithomi restaurant, overlooking the archaeological site
14.30 Departure from Ithomi 
16.00 Arrival at Costa Navarino (Participants taking the Village Cooking Class will be dropped off in a village house in Pylos)
16.00–17.30 Take part in one of the authentic experiences:
  • Olive oil tasting experience: Join a tutored olive oil tasting session in which you will learn by local experts how to discern the subtle flavours of the region’s renowned extra virgin olive oil.
  • Village cooking class: Visit a picturesque village home and discover traditional Messinian cooking with the help of local women who will share authentic family recipes.
  • Golf lesson: Specifically designed for those wishing to learn the game in a group atmosphere at the Navarino Golf Academy. Enjoy professional golf tuition in the spectacular setting and facilities of two of the best golf courses in Europe.
  • A brief environmental tour: to introduce sustainable practices and initiatives at Costa Navarino, including a short visit to Natura Hall.
19.15 Meeting in the lobby of The Westin Resort Costa Navarino
19.30–22.00 Dinner in restaurant "Flame" 


Saturday, 3 March 2018

  Breakfast at "Morias" Restaurant
08.45–18.00 Think Tank Sessions (House of Events), 
  moderated by Ros Atkins, Presenter and Creator, Outside Source, BBC News

08.45–09.15   Welcome, Context Setting and your questions: The power of the WTFL Think Tank family
09.15–09.45   Plenary: The big picture

  • Gerald Lawless
  • Paul Steele

09.45–11.00   Plenary: The infrastructure requirements to sustain growth through 2030

  • Hardware: Alain Dupeyras
  • Software: Aradhana Khowala
  • Financing: John Perrottet

11.00–11.30   Networking break
11.30–12.15   Stimulus sessions on PPP in tourism destinations

  • India (Paras Loomba), moderator: Mario Hardy
  • US (Isabel Hill), moderator: Ros Atkins
  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre (Elly Andriopoulou), moderator: Aradhana Khowala

12.15–13.15   Plenary: learnings, examples and actions
13.30–14.30   Buffet lunch
14.45–15.30   Stimulus sessions on technology disruption, infrastructure and talent

  • Technology disruption (Roger Qui), moderator: Mario Hardy
  • Infrastructure (Michael Kerkloh), moderator: Ros Atkins
  • Talent (Kaye Chon), moderator: Aradhana Khowala

15.30–16.30   Plenary: learnings, examples and actions
16.30–17.00   Networking break
17.00–18.00   The world and G20 are listening

19.00 Meeting in the lobby of The Westin Resort Costa Navarino
19.30 Farewell dinner in the nearby seaside town of Gialova



Sunday, 4 March 2018

  Breakfast at “Morias” Restaurant
  Organized transfers to Kalamata or Athens airport
10.30 Departure from Kalamata to Munich - Aegean Airlines flight A3742
11.55 Arrival to Munich to connect with other destinations