Thursday 23-05 04:35


Ocean Room


Ángel Peiró Signes
Dr. in Business Administration, Professor of Busin...
Principal In...
Francesca Antonelli
Francesca Antonelli is Head of Cruises and Marketi...
Head of Crui...
Port Autho...
Xavier Abril
Geographer and Master in Natural areas management....
Ebro Delta N...
Public use...
Mayte García Córcoles
With a degree in biology from the University of Al...
General Secr...


The Mediterranean, one of the world’s most iconic and visited tourist destinations, attracts millions of tourists every year. However, we know that this large tourist influx also presents significant challenges related to sustainability and nature conservation, particularly of its coastal areas and the world’s unique marine environment.

The impact of marine litter in the Mediterranean is alarming, with a high concentration of plastics and other debris affecting not only marine biodiversity, but also the health and experience of tourists visiting these areas. In this situation, tourism is a source of marine litter generation, but it can also be a crucial catalyst for innovation and the adoption of sustainable practices.

In this session, we will explore how various actors in the tourism sector are adopting innovative and sustainable approaches to combat plastic pollution in the Mediterranean. We will present examples of best practices that not only help mitigate the environmental impact of tourism, but also boost the local economy and improve the quality of the tourism experience.

We will analyze the changes generated over the last few years, identifying the practices already well adopted and the social, economic and regulatory barriers that still persist. We will also hear speakers’ views on medium-term trends and what is needed to accelerate the transition to positive impact.



Presentation of the Global Initiative on Tourism and Plastics – Roxana Ashtari, WORLD TOURISM ORGANIZATION

Panel discussion:

  • Francesca Antonelli, Head of Cruise and Marketing, Port Authority of Valencia / MEDCRUISE (Association of Mediterranean Cruise Ports).
  • Mayte García Córcoles, Secretary General, HOSBEC (Hotel and Tourism Business Association of the Valencian Community)
  • Ángel Peiro Signes, Polytechnic University of Valencia/Innoecotur project, director of the InnoEcoLab research group and the Lab Hot-EC project.
  • Xavier Abril Ferrer, Parc Natural del Delta de l’Ebre, Public Use Technician, Coordinator of the Clean Delta Campaign

Debate and Questions

Conclusions and Closing