By Dian Hasan | July 8, 2010
Bruce Poon Tip, founder of Gap Adventures, the world’s largest adventure travel company, has been signed up as a key note speaker at the inaugural World Green Tourism Conference 2010 taking place in Abu Dhabi in November.
Bruce founded Gap Adventures as a 23-year-old in 1990. His driving force was a desire to create a sustainable travel experience that strived to minimise environmental impact, respect local people and cultures, offer economic benefit to local businesses and communities, and provide a memorable experience for travellers while protecting destinations for future generations.
With over 850 employees, Gap Adventures now offers more than 1,000 small group experiences, safaris and expeditions on all seven continents, to more than 100,000 travellers a year.
“I launched Gap Adventures with the belief that other travellers would share my desire to experience authentic adventures in a responsible and sustainable manner,” said Tip.
“I hope that by learning about our journey and success at the Abu Dhabi congress, other industry leaders will also recognise why putting in place measures to make tourism more environmentally and culturally aware can also create growth opportunities.”
Tip joins a heavy weight line up of speakers which includes Gopinath Parayil, founder of India’s leading responsible travel company Blue Yonder; Arnfinn Oines, Social & Environmental Conscience Officer, Six Senses Resorts & Spas and Faith Taylor, VP for Sustainability & Innovation, for Wyndham World, one of the world’s largest hospitality companies and ranked by Fortune magazine amongst the world’s ‘Most Admired Companies.’
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