Filter sessions by dayMediterranean Brain Plenary - 2022-06-14
Andrew Agius Muscat
Andrew Agius MuscatMediterranean Tourism Foundation Secretary General
Conference Opening Show - BRAIN
Filippo QuartiOpera Singer
Maestro Bruno SantoriMediterranean Orchestra Conductor
The TuaregThe Sahara Desert People
Roberto TirantiPop Singer
Ekaterina ShelehovaOpera Singer
Moderators Rajan Datar, BBC Broadcaster and Journalist, and Nikoletta Kritikou, Euronews Journalist
Nikoletta KritikouEuronews Journalist
Rajan DatarBBC Broadcaster and Journalist
The Power of the Brain - Conversation with Michael Haddad (Lebanon)
Conversation with Michael Haddad (Lebanon), a Medical Wonder, Climate Activist, Social Entrepreneur, and Professional Athlete, but above all else a man on a mission.
Michael HaddadClimate Activist, Social Entrepreneur and Professional Athlete
Discussion: Leading in a Time of Inescapable Exposure to Disruption
Disruption is today an inescapable challenge for all industries. And when companies face it, they typically make cautious moves. They raise barriers to entry instead of extending themselves outward. They rely on what’s worked for them in the past, in lieu of seeking deep change on the inside. But while these are instinctual and understandable choices, they don’t work. They keep companies in survival mode and away from actively shaping their future. In fact, playing it safe amid disruption is very risky. This Panel of experts will address how can today’s companies chart a successful future? Whilst addressing the latest challenges the world is facing, we will seek to understand how this situation is accelerating the need for radical change – the need to rethink the way we do things with long term impact in mind.
The Disrupter: Preben Wik, Chief Tech Evangelist
The Economist: Lahcen Haddad (Morocco), Politician and expert in human and social development
The Community Leader: George Hatzimarkos, Governor of the region of South Aegean Islands, Greece
The Strategist: Aradhana Khowala (UK), CEO, Aptamind Partners
Preben WikChief Tech Evangelist
George HatzimarkosGovernor of the region of South Aegean Islands, Greece
Lahcen HaddadPolitician and Expert in Human and Social Development
Aradhana KhowalaCEO, Aptamind Partners
The Power of the Brain - Conversation with Dimitrios Buhalis (Greece)
Conversation with Professor Dimitrios Buhalis (Greece), Professor of Smart Tourism at Bournemouth University Business School and Visiting Professor at the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Dimitrios BuhalisProfessor of Smart Tourism at Bournemouth University
Discussion: Tourism as a Catalyst for Good
In the days leading up to Covid-19, over-tourism was the travel sector’s ‘buzzword’ and bugaboo. International travel then came to a virtual halt due to Covid-19 in 2020. But as the desire for international travel will recover, over-tourism related issues will resuscitate, hence remaining a critical theme affecting future profitability. Indeed, at this moment, the travel, tourism and hospitality sector has a unique opportunity to rechart its course, to rewrite the rules and to rebuild more responsibly to the benefit of the places we visit and the people who live there. The Panel Speakers here will therefore be invited to discuss the options available to the tourism industry in the year ahead, and how we might collectively build a more sustainable and balanced future. The discussion will address key emerging trends and insights from across the industry to identify what may impact the future of tourism, and the role that the industry can play to ensure a transformational future.
Filip Boyen, Forbes Travel Guide Ambassador
Gavin Gulia, Chairman, Malta Tourism Authority
Istvan Ujhelyi, MEP Deputy President European Parliament Committee on Transport and Tourism
Susanna Harkonen, Registered Counsellor InnerWork
Gavin GuliaChairman, Malta Tourism Authority
Istvan UjhelyiMEP Deputy President European Parliament Committee on Transport and Tourism
Susanna HarkonenRegistered Counsellor InnerWork
Filip BoyenForbes Travel Guide Ambassador
The Power of the Brain: Conversation with Andrea Bocelli (Italy)
Conversation with Andrea Bocelli, the world's most popular living tenor and a best-selling crossover artist.
Andrea BocelliThe World's Most Popular Living Tenor
Discussion: How to boldly break away and innovate for new experiences
Companies are creating new value and gaining brand loyalty not by focusing on specific product features or design, but by reimagining the broader experience of how customers use their products. Car service Uber didn’t change the vehicle or retrain the drivers; it fundamentally changed how you order, meet and pay for rides. Airbnb didn’t redesign the travel portal or the hotel; it completely rethought how people can find the room they need. The list goes on. But experience innovation is challenging for many reasons - it requires a different mind-set. The Panel Speakers here will therefore be invited to discuss on how innovative experience can drive loyalty, preference and create better margins. The discussion will address how new concepts such metaverse, new hotel and restaurant designs and fresh social media marketing trends need to be confronted by travel, tourism and hospitality entrepreneurs, event planners, destination marketing organisations, convention bureaus, and smart city leaders.
Celine Vadam, Founder and CEO – Hotel Of Tomorrow We(I) Think
Daniel Surya, WIR Group Executive Chairman & Co-Founder – Metaverse Expert
David Camilleri, Founder Cyberselves – Connecting humans to robots
Pasi Tuominen, Senior Lecturer, The Box - Hospitality of Tomorrow, Haaga Helia University
Celine VadamFounder and CEO - Hotel of Tomorrow We(I) Think
Daniel SuryaWIR Group Executive Chairman & Co-Founder - Metaverse Expert
David CamilleriFounder Cyberselves - Connecting humans to robots
Pasi TuominenSenior Lecturer, The Box- Hospitality of Tomorrow, Haaga Helia University
Tourism Leaders' Forum: Brain - The Next Cutting Edge
We believe tourism can, and must, play a key role in achieving a sustainable future for our world; so through the MTF newly launched initiative the Business Research And Innovation Network (BRAIN) we will be convening key players, including MEPs, CEO’s Ministers, Mayors, Academics, Artists, Innovators, Consultants and others during the days leading to the FORUM to explore how we might collectively build a more sustainable and balanced future. The aim is to become a driving force to help everyone explore our world in a way that protects both people and places and secures a positive future for destinations and local communities for generations to come. A report bringing together the key conclusions addressed during the Forum and endorsed by the participants in this exercise will be presented in the form of declaration to the members in this panel as representatives of leading authorities in the field of the travel, tourism and hospitality sector.
This part of the Forum will be led by Chief Innovator at Cornell University Jill Hellman and Film Director Mehmet Binay with the participation of present Ministers of Tourism, MEPs and other BRAIN stakeholders.
Jill HellmanChief Innovator at Cornell University
Mehmet BinayFilm Director
Conversation with MTF President Tony Zahra, Minister for Tourism Clayton Bartolo, Mayor of Bodrum Ahmet Aras and other VIP Personalities.
Tony ZahraPresident, Mediterranean Tourism Foundation
Hon. Clayton BartoloMinister for Tourism, Malta
Ahmet ArasMayor of Bodrum
Concluding Remarks - Conversation with H.E Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic
H.E Kolinda Grabar-KitarovićFormer President of Croatia