Decarbonising Travel

As tourism restarts against a backdrop of concern over climate change and with COP26 taking place imminently, our panel explore the ways that the travel industry is contributing to a reduction in carbon emissions.

Demonstrating that travel is a net-positive activity for our environment is critical and, by taking steps to mitigate the negative impact of emissions, our industry helps to drive positive change.

Our panel will explain how their sector can work to reduce carbon emissions and will discuss the positive messaging from those activities.

Prue Stone - Panel Moderator

Prue is Group Head of Sustainability at Hotelplan UK, a family of specialist tour operators incorporating ski companies Inghams, Esprit Ski and Flexiski, alongside adventure travel brands Explore, Inntravel and Santa’s Lapland.

She is passionate about initiating and facilitating change as we all journey together towards a more responsible future. We must all build back better.

Diwigdi Valiente

Head of sustainability at the Panamanian Ministry of Tourism.

Academically trained in Switzerland, Diwigdi specialized in sustainable tourism and policies for the development of indigenous tourism in Panama obtaining a Swiss Higuer Diploma in Hotel and Restaurant Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business and Tourism Management from César Ritz University. He also holds a Master in Economics and Finance from INCAE, Costa Rica, where his studies where focused on public policies for the development of the tourism cluster in Panama.

He has represented Panama in multiple World Congresses focused on developing innovative ideas to foster sustainable development worldwide and achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. For his initiatives and achievements related to ocean conservation and indigenous peoples’ rights, in September 2020 he was selected as one of the 10 young leaders of the future in Panama, based on an artificial intelligence and neurolinguistics study carried out by the Spanish consulting company Llorente y Cuenca.

Tim Norwood

Tim is Chief Planning Officer at Gatwick with responsibility for the development of the Airports long term Master Plan as well as its ‘Decade of Change’ sustainability programme. Tim’s remit also covers communications, corporate affairs and community engagement. He was previously Chief Planning Officer at EDF Energy working on renewable electricity projects. Prior to that, Tim held several planning roles in BAA at Heathrow and Stansted Airports. Tim has also worked in local government and consultancy.

Tim is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. He has a Masters in Town Planning from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and a Geography degree from the University of London.

Fernando Delgado

Fernando Delgado joined Silversea Expeditions as Global Head of Hotel Operations in March 2016, later assuming the position of Vice President and General Manager of Canodros C.L. in September 2017.

With a career spanning 25 years+ in luxury hospitality, and having been recognised with several awards and accolades while working with diverse teams, Fernando brings a wealth of experience and is well-positioned to ensure the growth of Silversea Cruises in the Galapagos Archipelago. He has a proven record for starting, or putting back on track, luxury hospitality products, and building successful, motivated teams.

Fluent in Spanish, English, Italian and Portuguese, Fernando has qualifications from both Cornell University and Escola de Hotelaría e Turismo do Porto (EHTP).

Please note that seminar sessions are only open to LATA Expo Exhibitors and Delegates.