Mark Witney, Chief Operating Officer of Singita Game Reserves will be addressing the Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference in Australia, which is taking place between 25 and 28 October 2010.
Delegates from major tourism bodies across the world will attend this annual convention, themed Experience is Everything!, exploring experiential tourism, green tourism, ecotourism and tourism in protected areas, and the role biodiversity plays in this.
Drawing on the expertise of global leaders regarding sustainability, ecotourism marketing and product development among others, the Global Eco Tourism Conference 2010 offers a unique platform for industry stakeholders to share crucial new research, and delineate new initiatives that will drive the future of ecotourism into the next decade.
As the only South African speaker, Witney has been invited to share with delegates the successful Singita blueprint as a workable business model for eco-tourism in protected areas (National Parks), focusing on Singit’s ground-breaking work in a public/private partnership (PPP) with SA National Parks (SANParks).
Singita has for the past eight years (since 2003) successfully operated two award-winning lodges, Singita Lebombo and Singita Sweni within the 15 000 hectare Nwanetsi Concession in the Kruger National Park. It was the first public/private partnership of this nature. Having achieved all of its environmental goals, it serves as a Best Practice model for top-end tourism offerings, while boosting the country’s international profile.
‘We regard it as an exceptional honour for Singita to be among the world-leading operators invited to showcase their ecotourism model with the global tourism community. I sincerely believe that Singita has a significant contribution to make in terms of our pioneering work, which encompasses every facet of the safari experience, from nature conservation and outstanding game viewing at iconic destinations, to world-class hospitality,’ says Witney.
He will share the podium with esteemed speakers from Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, China, the UK, Germany and France.