fvw Kongress 2019

Endless growth or an end to growth?

Professor Stefan Gössling is an expert in sustainable tourism.
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Professor Stefan Gössling is an expert in sustainable tourism.

Sustainability will be a major topic at the fvw Kongress in Cologne on September 17 – 18 as experts debate whether the travel and tourism industry can continue growing as it has in the past in the face of increasing environmental protests, not least the Fridays for Future movement.  

The challenges for the travel industry “beyond the Greta hype” will be addressed by Dr Stefan Gössling, professor for human ecology and tourism at the Linnaeus University, Kalmar (Sweden), and a recognised international expert in sustainable tourism.

For the past two decades, Dr Gössling has focused on topics such as aviation, climate change and tropical islands. He has published many reports and advised international organisations and UN agencies.

Tourism between responsibility and credibility is the title for the subsequent panel discussion with Dr. Dietrich Brockhagen, founder and CEO of Atmosfair, Matthias von Randow, director of the German Aviation Industry Assocation BDL, and Prof. Dr. Gössling.  

Dr Brockhagen created Atmosfair to enable airline passengers to compensate for their CO2 emissions. Mr von Randow, who has headed the BDL since 2011, previously worked for Air Berlin as its director for public policy and sustainability/CSR, and was earlier a state secretary in the German transport ministry.

The fvw Kongress will feature a wide-ranging programme of presentations on key issues for the travel industry, including changes in technology, digitalisation, latest developments in tourism and aviation, and how to make the industry more sustainable. There is one single ticket that gives entry to the entire event on both days, including the presentations on all three stages, documentation and the Kongress party.

You can find more information about the travel industry event under: www.fvw-kongress.de

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