WTM Latin America 2018


Responsible Tourism in Latin America
Since 2004,  34 Latin American companies have been recognised in the global Responsible Tourism  Awards at WTM, London. Latin America has many internationally recognised responsible tourism businesses, doing well by doing good.

Tuesday 4th April 17:30 – 18:00
Tourism and Local Communities in Latin America
Travellers and holidaymakers increasingly seek to experience local cultures, authentic experiences of local cultures can only be provided in encounters with local people. Community tourism is the concept widely used to describe these experiences. How can the industry best work with communities to deliver high-quality memorable experiences for tourists to extend the length of stay? How can these commercial relationships work to benefit both the formal industry and local people?

Moderator Gustavo Pinto ICRT Brazil     (Panel in Portuguese & Spanish) 
Speaker 1:
Speaker 2: Spanish speaking initiative on community tourism

Wednesday 5th April 16:45 – 17:15
Tourism and Local Economic Development: the commercial advantage
The tourism industry can bring local economic development to local communities in rural and urban areas through the creation of employment and through local purchasing of goods and services. As holidaymakers and travellers pursue authentic experiences of the local accommodation providers can secure competitive advantage and extend the guests length of stay, and tour operators and guides can secure a competitive advantage, by sourcing locally.   

Moderator Gustavo Pinto ICRT Brazil     (Panel in Spanish)

Speaker 1: Gustavo on Sustainable Supply Chain Management speaker
Speaker 2: UNWTO
Speaker 3: a hotelier


Thursday 6th April 13:45 – 15:00  30 minutes
Marine Tourism in Latin America
The cruise sector is growing rapidly and demand for opportunities to see marine wildlife is strong: snorkelling and diving, whale adolphinhin watching. What are the challenges of offering great experiences for the clients whilst ensuring that tourism does not damage the marine environment or drive away the very species that attract them?


Moderator Gustavo Pinto ICRT Brazil     (Panel in Spanish?)

Speaker 1: Brazilian

Speaker 2: Galapagos National Park (Ecuador)

Day and time?
The Sharing Economy 


The sharing economy – companies like Airbnb, Uber, couchsurfing – has been a major disruptor in the travel and tourism sector increasing the supply of accommodation and transport and making it possible for more people to travel. These internet businesses have disrupted the industry. However, they have improved market access for SMMEs and increased consumer choice. What are the implications for the industry in South America? How can we best adapt to the growth of the sharing economy?

Moderator Gustavo Pinto ICRT Brazil     (Panel in Portuguese)


Speaker 1: SEBRAE (Brazilian Micro and Small Business Support Service)

Speaker 2: Airbnb/Uber