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Conference Programme

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TUESDAY, 12th July 2016 (Think Tank XVI Welcome)

Time Programme Venue
16:30 – 18:00 BEST-EN Executive Meeting
(Executive Members only required)
Café Sarah Wiener, Invalidenstraße 50-51, Berlin-Mitte
18:30 – 19:30 Welcome Reception (Drinks & Nibbles), Welcome by the Chair of BEST EN and the Host, Introduction to Steigenberger’s environmental management and Green Meetings Berlin;
(Order train tickets to Eberswalde if needed)
Foyer, Steigenberger Hotel, Am Kanzleramt, Berlin
20:00 BEST EN Group Dinner
(optional; not incl. in conference fees)
Restaurant No5
Steigenberger Hotel
Am Kanzleramt, Berlin


WEDNESDAY, 13th July (Full-day conference in Eberswalde)

Time Programme Venue
08:30 Depart Berlin Central by train; arrive Eberswalde 9:07; approx. 20 min. by foot to the university’s City Campus; chaperoned by student volunteers
09:30 – 10:45 Registration with morning tea Outside Auditorium + Meeting Room, House 6, City Campus
10:45 – 11:15 Opening of Think Tank with Welcome from Hosts Auditorium, House 6, City Campus
11:15 – 12:30 Keynote 1: Dr Xavier Font,
Leeds Beckett University
Research for impact: Engaging with corporations to encourage responsibility for being more sustainable.

Auditorium, House 6, City Campus
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Room 01.011, House 1, City Campus
13:30 – 15:30 Concurrent Paper Presentations:
Session 1: C(S)R Concepts, Aspects, Governance and Policies

Room 05.203, House 5, City Campus
  Valentina Dinica, “Volunteering and donations for biodiversity conservation: an exploration of the factors influencing tourism businesses in New Zealand”

Verity Anne Greenwood, “Navigating Evolving Global Trends in Financial Crime: a Tourism Focus”

Larry Dwyer & Verity Anne Greenwood, “In Search of a New Mindset to Underpin Tourism Development”

Stephen Wearing & Kevin Lyons, “Examining Corporate Social Responsibility in Tourism: The Sharing Economy and its Regulation”

Ercan Sirakaya-Turk, Seyhmuz Baloglu & Haywantee Rumi Ramkissoon, “Values, Sustainability and Destination Choice Decisions of North Americans”

Valentina Dinica, “Influencing sustainability through engagement in policy processes - tourism businesses as policy stakeholders”

Andreas Kagermeier, “Challenges to attaining ‘Accessible Tourism for All’ in German destinations as part of a CSR-oriented approach”

Dagmar Lund-Durlacher, Hannes Antonschmidt & Klaus-Peter Fritz, “Analysing CSR Practices in Food Operations: A case study of holiday resorts in Gran Canaria and Antalya”

Alexandra Law & Putu Indah Rahmawati & Terry De Lacy, “Spirituality and corporate social responsibility in tourism: a view from lesser developed countries”

Ayako Ezaki, “eTraining for Sustainable Tourism: Investing in Skills as Part of Corporate Responsibility and CSV Initiatives”
  Session 2: C(S)R Attitudes, Practices and Certification of Tourism Businesses

Facilitated by: ANITA ZEHRER
Room 05.305, House 5, City Campus
  Kevin Mearns, Empowering communities and enabling conservation: Reviewing 24 years Africa Foundations operations in Africa

Candice Hunter & Kevin Mearns, Assessing the sustainability reporting of a JSE company on the Travel and Leisure Board, 2010-2012

Sema Alimoğlu Özkan & Ali Şükrü Çetinkaya, SWOT Analysis of Social Entrepreneurship in Enterprises

Kerstin Heuwinkel, CSR, tourism and health – new markets, new responsibilities

Lluís Garay, Xavier Font & August Francesc Corrons, The moderating role of values in planned behaviour: the case of tourism SMEs managers' intention to implement CSR measures

Kristof Tomej, Can Tourism Businesses Foster Better Inclusion for People with Visual Impairment?

Christian Baumgartner, Human Rights in Tourism: Shared Responsibility

Johanna Zanon & Andreas Kallmuenzer & William Nikolakis & Mike Peters, Adoption and diffusion of sustainability in tourism and nature-based family firms: drivers and outcomes

Kelsy Hejjas, Caroline Scarles & Dr Graham Miller, Reaching the hard to reach: CSR and employee engagement in tourism

Harald Buijtendijk, Jorine Vermeer & Juultje Blom, A study of innovation in the making CARMACAL and the Dutch outbound travel industry

Wolfgang Strasdas, Certification for Sustainable Tourism in Germany – Overview, requirements and effectiveness

Susanne Reimann & Sandro Carnicelli, The Concept of Corporate Social Responsibility: An overview of German Tour Operators
15:30 – 16:00 Afternoon Tea Meeting Room, House 6, City Campus
16:00 – 16:45 Annette Schmidt-Räntsch, German Federal Ministry for the Environment: “CSR Beyond Voluntary Action – The EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive”

Auditorium, House 6, City Campus
17:20 Return to Eberswalde train station on foot or by public bus (leave at 17:20 at latest)  
17:54 Train to Berlin Central Station Train
18:29 Arrive at Berlin Central Station  
19:00 No evening programme; Recommendations: (optional; not incl. in conference fees)

Iberian-Pacific cuisine with a hint of German and Asian fusion - sustainable dining
Friedrichstraße 120, 10117 Berlin
Open: 6pm - 11pm
Price €€€    Further information:

Bavarian/south german cuisine & beer garden
Elisabeth-Abegg-Straße 1, 10557 Berlin
Open: 10am - midnight
Price €€     Further information:

Organic sausages and soy burgers
Boxhagener Straße 104, Friedrichshain, U5 Frankfurter Tor
Open: noon - 10pm
Price €      Further information:


THURSDAY, 14th July (Half-day conference in Eberswalde, field trip to the Uckermark, voted Germany’s most sustainable destination)

Time Programme Venue
08:30 Depart from Berlin Central; arrive Eberswalde 9:07
09:45 – 11:30 Concurrent Paper Presentations:
Session 3: C(S)R, Sustainable Development and Stakeholder Engagement in Tourism Destinations

Room 05.203, House 5, City Campus
  Kerstin Heuwinkel, Responsible High Performance Sport Travel – Opportunities and Limitations

Arayeh Afsordegan, Mar Vila, Núria Agell & Mónica Sánchez, Towards Sustainable Tourism: Whatfactors most influence decision makers in water-energy planning?

Limpho Lekaota, Rural communities’ participation in the planning and management of tourism developments: a case study from Lesotho

Presented by Fabian Webster: Gabriela Estrella, Myrta Zemp & Urs Wagenseil, Corporate Social Responsibility: The Role of Modern Destination Management Organizations

Bonnie Lewtas & René Schmidpeter, Sustainable Tourism Management on Small Island Destinations: A New Model for Sustainable Development

Gabrielle McGinnis, Tamara Young & Mark Harvey, New approach on creating shared value in corporate social responsibility: Effective engagement with Indigenous stakeholders for community empowerment

Fabian Weber & Barbara Taufer, Challenges of the development of sustainable products in tourism destinations

Jeremy Pearce, Polar bears, Climate Change, CSR and Sustainable Tourism

Julia N. Albrecht, Third sector organisations and stakeholders in tourism management in protected areas, the case of visitor management

Felicite A Fairer-Wessels, CSR and tourism practices in communities near mines: A South African case study
  Session 4: C(S)R Communication, Education and C(S)R- related Consumer Attitudes/Behaviour

Room 05.305, House 5, City Campus
  Nicole Häusler & Kathrin Dischereit, The Act of Giving – Understanding CSR in Myanmar in a Buddhism Context

Karen Hughes & Gianna Moscardo, United we stand, divided we fall: Strategies for engaging customers in Corporate Responsibility Programs

Stefan Raich, The Influences of Hotel Contexts on Tourist Behaviour. Comparative Analysis of Factor Configurations

Matthias Straub, Crowdsourcing – New Ways of an efficient Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting in the Hospitality Industry

Tamara Young & Amy Maguire, Decolonising tourism education through Indigenisation: Responsive efforts to the corporate social responsibility of Australian universities

Anita Zehrer, The impact of CSR activities of family businesses on consumer purchase decision

Isabel Lissner & Marius Mayer, Tourists’ attitude towards and willingness to pay for a new eco-label in tourism: The potential for Blue Flag’s new certification for sustainable boating tourism operators, exemplified by the case of whale watching in Iceland

Christina Tölkes, The role of sustainability communication in the attitude-behaviour gap of sustainable tourism – the case of certified tour-operators in Germany

Tobias Danielmeier, Communicating sustainability values of wine producers
11:30 – 11:45 Morning Tea Meeting Room, House 6, City Campus
11:45 – 13:00 Introduction to group work & brainstorming Session

Session Chair – GIANNA MOSCARDO &
Auditorium, House 6, City Campus
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Room 01.011, House 1, City Campus
14:00 – 15:00 Travel to Lychen (Uckermark) Chartered Bus
15:00 – 16:30 Sightseeing tour on lake, Coffee & Cake Pontoon Raft
16:30 – 18:00 Industry Stakeholder Forum:

- Lynn Ciminski, Tourism Marketing Organisation and Tourism Cluster Management of the State of Brandenburg
- Silke Rumpelt, Uckermark Tourism Marketing (DMO)
- Thomas Kersten, Schloss and Gut Liebenberg (Liebenberg Castle, an Inclusive Business)
- Thomas Volpers, nature guide and self-catering apartments

Pontoon Raft
18:00 – 19:30 Picnic/Barbecue Pontoon Raft
19:30 Return to Eberswalde Train Station Chartered Bus
20:54 Train to Berlin Central Station Train
21:29 Arrive at Berlin Central Station


FRIDAY, 15th July (Full-day conference in Eberswalde)

Time Programme Venue
08:30 Depart from Berlin Central;
arrive Eberswalde 9:07
09:45 – 10:45 Keynote 2: Petra Thomas,
Forum Anders Reisen
Criteria development for sustainable tour operating - Experiences from the business perspective of the association forum anders reisen

Auditorium, House 6, City Campus
10:45 – 12:45 Think Tank Workshops
(with coffee/tea break in between)

Auditorium, House 6, Rooms 05.203/303/305 and 312, City Campus

12:45 – 13:30 Lunch Room 01.011, House 1, City Campus
13:30 – 14:00 Book presentations Outside Auditorium, House 6, City Campus
14:00 – 15:30 Workshop outcomes, Visioning and Think Tank Synthesis

Auditorium, House 6, City Campus
15:30 – 16:15 Afternoon tea and sustainable souvenir auction  
16:54 Train to Berlin Central Station Train
20:00 Farewell Dinner and Best Paper Award Ceremony Silent Auction
Conference Close
Bistro Bardot at Almodóvar Hotel, Boxhagener Straße 83, Berlin-Friedrichshain
23:00 After Party in Berlin-Friedrichshain

Chapel Sonntagstr 30 Great cocktails! Cool atmosphere and Berlin style design.
HOPS & BARLEY Wühlischstr. 22/23 a micro brewery - all the beers are self made and you can choose from pilsner, dark, wheat beer, cider and the special changing beer tap
[w]einkehr Simplonstrasse 23 a great collection of wines from the Rheingau and further stunning German wine-growing districts“


SATURDAY, 16th July (the Real Berlin Experience)




10:30 – 15:00

Walking tour organised by Alternative Berlin:
During this private tour, you get the chance to explore the city from a local perspective.  You will for example get to see some of Berlin’s hip and multicultural districts.  As food is an important factor of our daily life you are able to taste typical beverages and you will visit a local organic market. During this trip, you will also experience creative spaces, open air/underground galleries and street art.  As Berlin is seen as a green city, you will see a lot of canals, parks, urban farms and guerrilla gardens during this 4.5 hours tour.
Meeting point: Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt, Foyer;  Price: EUR 18/person, to be paid in cash at the beginning of the tour.

Please contact Michelle Geigenmüller, if you want to particpate:


Uckermark Field Trip: Pontoon Raft

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