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Elite Exhibitions launches Sustainable Design Summit

by Emily Wallin
Toby Walters CEO Elite Exhibitions

Elite Exhibitions has launched a new event to tackle sustainability within the aviation, cruise and hotel sectors.

The first Sustainable Design Summit will take place in London on 29 November.

Elite Exhibitions currently run Cruise Ship Interiors Expo Americas and Cruise Ship Interiors Expo Europe.

The new event aims to bring together designers and customer experience experts with the common goal of making travel more sustainable. The summit will be held at The Brewery, London, the day before Cruise Ship Interiors opens at ExCeL (30 November- 1 December).

Attendees at the summit will be able to exchange ideas with talks and round-table discussions that will encourage cross-sector insights and learning. The event will also feature a product showcase featuring innovative sustainable materials, textiles and other interior products bring the ideas discussed to life.

 Speaking about the announcement, Toby Walters CEO at Elite Exhibitions, said: “Brand owners, airlines, cruise lines, hoteliers, design studios, interiors suppliers and leading sustainability experts are invited to attend this focused day of learning and networking.”

The climate crisis has transformed the realities of interior design, leading designers to balance guest or passenger experience, national and international sustainable regulations with targets and ROI.

The pressure is on for aviation, hotel and cruise interiors designers to educate their teams, explore different approaches and practice sustainability at the highest level while still creating value and the guest and passenger experience expected by their brand.

More than 130 countries holding targets to reduce net zero by 2050 and UNEP and the World Travel and Tourism Council laid out a new and ambitious roadmap for net zero at COP26, including sustainable design practices for hotels, weight reduction through retrofitting by airlines and lighting upgrades by cruise lines.

Walters added: “We are delighted that so many experts from across all three sectors are supporting this launch by joining our advisory board, including My Nguyen, director of interior design at Holland America Group; Blake Emery, president at Emery & Associates (former director of differentiation strategy for Boeing Commercial Airplanes) and Bryan Liska, director of design at Hilton Latin America & the Caribbean.”


Walters is a class of 2021 EN 30Underthirty winner.

Find out more at www.sustainabledesignsummit.com.




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