GRAHAM HARPER

Director of Sustainability and Social Responsibility PACIFIC ASIA TRAVEL ASSOCIATION (PATA)
With decades of experience in Asia, Graham Harper provides PATA a unique skill set and vision for community development, project management and education for sustainability. Prior to joining PATA, Mr. Harper spent 15 years in the private sector leading community-based tourism projects, educational travel initiatives and sustainability and corporate social responsibility programmes. He used social enterprise models to create for-pro t, community travel projects in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam, putting hundreds of thousands of dollars annually directly into remote, rural communities through poverty alleviation, cultural preservation and infrastructure initiatives. He also established responsible travel programmes in for-pro t tour operator companies across Asia. Previously, he was Training and Research Manager at the Mekong Institute, supporting human capacity development projects throughout the Greater Mekong Sub-region. Mr. Harper holds a Master of Science in Environmental and Development Education degree.
Speaker’s sessions
Tue, Oct 15, 02:30PM - 03:15PM

PANEL SESSION V: TRAVEL LAB ASIA: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES OF BRINGING TOURISM SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY TO ASIA PACIFIC (in cooperation with PATA)

SI: Cantonese, English, Putonghua, Portuguese, Spanish

In Asia and the Pacific, international tourist arrivals are forecast to reach 535 million by 2030, making it the region with the highest absolute gain in arrivals.  To ensure that the Asia Pacific travel industry keeps apace of sustainability best practices – and is well positioned to become the global leader of such best practices – the Asian Development Bank Ventures, PATA, and Plug and Play Tech Center have co-created Travel Lab Asia. Travel Lab Asia matches travel and hospitality companies with technologies that improve business performance while solving their most pressing sustainability and environmental needs.

This session will examine how technological innovation is part of the solution to the challenge of marrying continued growth with a more sustainable and responsible tourism sector. How can sustainable technologies allow tourism industries around the world to meet the challenges and opportunities of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals? What will be their impact and how can they promote well-being?