Harvard scholar Megan Epler Wood among panelists for Whistler Institute’s upcoming Speaker Series event – Tourism: Building Back Better

April 13, 2021 – Whistler, BC – The Whistler Institute unveils its new name in announcing an exciting lineup for the Global Perspectives Speaker Series panel taking place virtually on May 14. Previously known as the Whistler Learning Centre, this Sea to Sky-based non-profit organization marks the beginning of a reimagined trajectory with its May event. Committed to providing learning opportunities that serve the educational needs of the region, while presenting topics of international consequence, the upcoming ‘Tourism: Building Back Better’ panel aligns with the evolving strategic vision of the Institute.

“As we look towards a post-pandemic future, the Whistler Institute recognizes the importance of evolving as an organization,” says Executive Director, Suki Cheyne. “Launching a new brand identity for the Whistler Institute is symbolic of a shift in the role that we aim to play within this community. Our vision is to bring Whistler to the forefront of international thought leadership conversations and education initiatives.” Centered upon predominant concerns facing the future of Whistler, the upcoming panel will explore topics that resonate both locally and within the global travel industry.

The COVID-19 pandemic has paused international travel and impacted tourism and destination communities around the globe. Many of those communities were already experiencing challenges associated with the pressures of tourism and terms like over-tourism and mass tourism were becoming part of their lexicon. As the world recovers from the global pandemic, there will be a renewed freedom to travel and a need for economic recovery – both in the tourism industry and within local communities. This panel discussion with subject experts will address the challenges and risks ahead and how the future of travel could be better for the earth and for its people.
Join this distinguished panel for a vital discussion about the future of tourism with supporting examples that travel the globe:

  • Megan Epler Wood: Director, International Sustainable Tourism Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Rodney Payne: CEO, DestinationThink! https://destinationthink.com
  • Barrett Fisher: President & CEO, Tourism Whistler
  • Session Chair: Jack Crompton, Mayor, Resort Municipality of Whistler

May 14 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm PST Tickets: https://whistlerlearningcentre.com/course/gp-tourism-bbb/
This event is free to attend Registration closes at 11:30PM (PST) on May 12

The Whistler Institute is pleased to partner with the Lower Mainland Local Government Association and Tourism Whistler to bring this event to a global audience. ‘Tourism: Building Back Better’ is part of the Global Perspectives Speaker Series, an initiative of the Whistler Institute, located in Whistler, BC, Canada.

About Whistler Institute
The Whistler Institute is a registered Canadian charity. The Whistler Institute is committed to making a difference by partnering with individuals and organizations that are dedicated to providing opportunities for learning and influencing change; by encouraging innovation and creativity in learning opportunities; by thoughtful consideration of global issues; by connecting with leading subject experts, communities and institutions to affect change; and by inspiring individuals and organizations to take initiative.

Media Contact
Suki Cheyne, Executive Director