Ecolab / International Tourism Partnership / Greenview

Launch of ITP's Destination Water Risk Index

Thursday 30 August | 16.00-16.45 | Room: NL 253

Human development is directly linked to a significant forecast growth of the tourism industry in the coming years, causing increased impact on water and ecosystems. Yet there is currently a large disconnect in the hotel industry between current water cost and water risk valuation. Water is a low-priced utility and little information is available on local risks which makes it difficult to demonstrate any business case to invest in better water stewardship.

ITP and Ecolab’s new research is the first ever instance where actual large data sets (Cornell Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking Index, the Green Lodging Trends Report and Ecolab’s Water Risk Monetizer) that encompass all major global markets are combined: water risk data and its financial implications is overlaid against actual industrywide comparative performance and the current and planned supply of hotel rooms planned in major markets.

The results of this work are action oriented: they alert companies and stakeholders of the implications of large scale tourism development on water resources and show where to prioritize efforts. Supporting these results, the showcase will present next-level case studies with a proven business case from ITP member companies to inspire action.

Gold standard events are committed to ensure the gender balance in speakers/panellists and young professional representation in the session.


16.00: Introduction

  • Madhu Rajesh : Director of the International Tourism Partnership (ITP) 

16.05 Keynote speech

  • Even Frydenberg, CEO of Scandic Hotels 

16.10 Presentation of the ITP Destination Water Risk Index 

  • Emilio Tenuta: Vice President of Sustainability - Ecolab

16:20 Panel: best practice case studies from ITP member companies:  

  •  IHG - Lindsay Wilkinson - Director, Corporate Responsibility - Environment & Commercial Integration/Kate Gibson - Vice President, Global Corporate Responsibility
  •  Hilton - Daniella Foster - Senior Director, Global Corporate Responsibility
  •  Hyatt - Marie Fukudome - Director Environmental Affairs

16.40 Call to action

  • Madhu Rajesh : Director of the International Tourism Partnership (ITP) 

16.45 End