Wythe Hotel will host the Regenerative Travel Summit on September 20, 2023 during Climate Week New York this year.
NEW YORK – Regenerative Travel announces its partnership with Wythe Hotel, a converted early 20th-century textile factory, making it the first New York hotel to join the community. The Wythe Hotel, located in Williamsburg, is a leader in sustainable and community-minded practices in the area and sets the standard for regenerative tourism in an urban environment. With this partnership, Wythe Hotel commits to furthering their regenerative practices and promoting responsible tourism for a better future.
To celebrate this partnership, Wythe Hotel will host the Regenerative Travel Summit on September 20, 2023 during Climate Week New York this year. This annual flagship event will bring together experts and leaders in the travel industry to discuss innovative solutions and explore how travel can be a force for good, promoting sustainable and regenerative travel that prioritizes environmental and community well-being. It will showcase diverse and international thought leadership, challenging participants to build an industry that generates abundance for all. The summit will focus on five key themes, including regenerative destinations, tech start-ups and innovation, decarbonization, regenerative agriculture and the importance of data collection and benchmarking.
“We are thrilled to be the first New York City hotel to join the Regenerative Travel community and to host the Regenerative Travel Summit,” said Peter Lawrence, owner of Wythe Hotel. “We believe in creating a sustainable and regenerative tourism industry that benefits our community and the world, and this Summit is a significant step towards achieving that goal.”
Key themes to be explored at the Summit include:
- Leading the Way: Regenerative Destinations and Policy Frameworks
- How Startups and Tech Innovations are Revolutionizing Climate and Travel
- Decarbonization in Travel: The Road to Net-Zero
- The Power of Measuring and Benchmarking: Defining Regenerative Impact
- From Farm to Table: The Future of Food Systems and Regenerative Agriculture
The first speakers to be announced include:
- Anthony Karefa Rogers-Wright, Director of Environmental Justice at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
- Bill Reed, Principal at Regenesis Group
- Brittany DeGirolamo, CEO and Founder of Phocus Creative
- Ewald Biemans, Owner and CEO of Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort
- Jake Kheel, Vice President of Environment of Grupo Puntacana
- Jeff Tkach, CEO of Rodale Institute
- Jeremy Raguain, Communications and Outreach Coordinator at Seychelles Islands Foundation
- Katie Hoffman, Partner at Regeneration VC
- Kristy Drutman, Co-Founder of Green Jobs Board
- Renee Kimball, Owner of Tranquilo Bay
The Regenerative Travel Impact Awards 2023 will be celebrated for the first time in person at the Summit and aims to recognize individuals and projects that promote positive change in people’s lives, communities, and the world. The awards seek to identify and celebrate inspiring change makers working to solve significant challenges, both within and beyond the travel industry.
The Wythe Hotel and Regenerative Travel are committed to creating a non-extractive, immersive, inclusive, and equitable tourism industry that benefits everyone involved. Through this summit, they hope to push participants to embrace regenerative principles and become active agents of positive change in the travel industry in alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Wythe Hotel preserves the building’s century-old industrial roots, while promoting inclusion, diversity, and community involvement. The hotel’s restaurant, Le Crocodile, leads the way in reducing food waste through sustainable sourcing and composting and partners with the non-profit Billion Oyster Project to reuse discarded shells from oysters, clams, and scallops served in the restaurant and contribute to the project’s goal of restoring one billion oysters to New York Harbor in addition to while also prioritizing the health and safety of guests and staff. Learn more about Wythe’s impact initiatives here.
Regenerative Travel Co-Founder and CEO Amanda Ho said, “We’re thrilled to bring the Summit to the Wythe Hotel because of its rich history and its place in the community in Brooklyn. The hotel’s commitment to sustainable and regenerative practices aligns with our values, and preservation of its industrial roots is a testament to the neighborhood’s history of innovation and progress”.
Regenerative Travel will be collecting donations towards EQTR, a non-profit organization that aims to promote entrepreneurship and leadership in the luxury travel industry for BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ college-age individuals, in order to achieve equity in representation from marginalized communities and reflect the diversity of the industry’s clientele.
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