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Bellamy to address 1st PATA sustainable tourism conference

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) announced that Professor David Bellamy, famed botanist, writer and broadcaster, will deliver the…

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA<.>) announced that Professor David Bellamy, famed botanist, writer and broadcaster, will deliver the keynote address at the 1st PATA Sustainable Tourism Conference, October 23-26, 2002 in Banten, Western Java, Indonesia. His speech will be entitled Tourism: The Way Ahead to Sustainability and Beyond.

Dr. Bellamy`s television and radio broadcasts communicate to thousands of people his enthusiasm and concern for the natural world. His travels take him around the globe heralding the message that a new, enlightened view of conservation is needed, and that every person has a part to play. Since his first major television series and accompanying book Bellamy On Botany in 1972, he has published some 80 papers and 34 books. Among his main spheres of interest are the evolution of ecosystems, especially wetlands and coral reefs; marine pollution, human/environment interaction, conservation, sustainable development, ecotourism, business and the environment.

The 1st PATA Sustainable Tourism Conference will be held in the lush setting of Indonesia`s Banten Province, under the theme: Protecting Indigenous Culture and the Environment for Sustainable Growth. The event is being developed as a forum for the academic community to meet with tourism businesspeople to discuss the development and promotion of sustainable tourism initiatives that are sensitive, practical and profitable. The event will feature objective conference sessions and case studies, a tabletop session of some of the region`s most unique sustainable projects, an off-site workshop for hand-on audit exercises, and pre- and post-event tour options.

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