5:00 PM - 6:15 PM Oct 7, 2014
INEC - Ground Floor
Many adventure travel companies have survived profound and game-changing experiences en route to success. We can learn a lot from others’ stories of the importance of taking the longer, riskier and often more challenging paths to do well, by doing right. We welcome to the stage several of our peers who will share insights about how they’ve managed to create compelling adventure product that does not exploit people or nature, but helps both. Keira Powers and Peter Veerapen tell their stories of overcoming adversity in pre- and post-democratic South Africa. They will speak of a fight undertaken against the tide of "standard industry products" to bring to the traveller offerings that are authentic and which avoid the fish-bowl effect of the "us and them" experiences often purveyed in the name of cultural and humanitarian tourism.Mandip is a mountaineer, explorer, eco-pacifist and Sikh who loves a good match between turban and sock. He bartered reading palms for climbing lessons in the Alps, returning to establish a pioneering adventure & luxury travel company in India, Ibex Expeditions, in 1979. Leading from the front, he explored new routes and ideas, opening winter tourism in the Indian Himalayas. Mandip created the footwork to make adventure travel safe via rescue systems in the Himalayas and formed the Ecotourism Society of India, the national body for responsible tourism.We invite you to draw on the wisdom of these collective hard-earned experiences. An open question-and-answer session will provide practical and personal advice so you’ll be better equipped to address business challenges and emerge triumphant.