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Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Congress to be Held in Singapore 20 October 2010

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[HD videos below] Global leaders from the travel industry and non-profit organisations will meet in Singapore in October, when the Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Congress is held outside the United States for the first time.

The event, will be held at the Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre on 20 October, and will discuss initiatives to limit the environmental impact of tourism, and to improve the health, education and economic well-being of communities worldwide.

Driven by the belief that the travel industry has tremendous power to create positive change, the first three events were held in New York and featured a range of high profile speakers including Queen Rania of Jordan, actors Matt Damon and Ed Norton, musician Wyclef Jean and actress and activist Ashley Judd.

This year’s World Savers Congress will also feature a powerful international speaker line-up and is expected to attract an audience of more than 250 CEOs and senior executives across the global and regional travel industry. Some of the confirmed panelists include:

- Greg Dogan – President & CEO, Shangri-la Hotels & Resorts
- Ho Kwon Ping – Executive Chairman, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts
- Hubert Joly – President, CEO and Director, Carlson
- Lee Tabler, CEO, Abu Dhabi Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC)
- Sonu Shivdasani – Chairman & CEO, Six Senses Spas & Resorts
- William Heinecke – Chairman & CEO, Minor International

Winners of the 2010 Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Awards will also be honored at the congress. These are travel companies from around the world hailed for their leadership in social responsibility in five key areas: education, environmental and/or cultural preservation, health, poverty relief, and wildlife conservation.

“There is nothing fringe any longer about corporate social responsibility in the travel industry - more and more companies are engaged in truly creative, deep thinking about how they can make a difference in the communities and environments in which they operate,” said Klara Glowczewska, Editor in Chief, Condé Nast Traveler. “Real visionaries have emerged among the travel industry leaders - especially in Asia, Latin America, and Africa, but elsewhere as well. It’s exciting to see this level of commitment and action. Yes, with these awards we recognize forward-thinking members of the travel industry; but the biggest winners are travel consumers - never before have we had so many at once fabulous and sustainable travel options to choose from. It’s very exciting to see this happening.”

This year’s congress will also include five feature panel sessions. Examples include a CEO Travel Industry Panel, a panel exploring Success Stories of NGOs and others focusing on initiatives by global travel industry leaders, Poverty Relief & Education, Health, and Preservation & Conservation. The panelists for these sessions feature executives from Anantara, Banyan Tree, Carlson, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Royal Caribbean, Shangri-La, Six Senses Resorts & Spas, and more.

HD Videos from World Savers Congress 2010 in Singapore

Human trafficking and the travel industry - Nicole Conner of UNODC @ World Savers Congress 2010 in Singapore.

Interview with Mr. Lee Tabler, CEO of Abu Dhabi's TDIC.

Interview with Mr. Sonu Shivdasani, CEO and Chairman of Six Senses Resorts & Spas.

Interview with Dennis Pinto, MD of Micato Safaris.

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