Thank you for joining us at the Happiness 360 World Tourism Conference in Aruba!

On September 13th and 14th 2016, Aruba will host the “Happiness 360 Conference,” in collaboration with the United Nations World Tourism Organization.

During this conference, we will discuss topics such as Happiness and the integration of Tourism & Culture with international speakers including the Secretary General of UNWTO, President of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association, UNESCO and many more. The program will incorporate panel discussions to highlight industry trends and other topics of interest in tourism today. All International delegates will be invited to experience an unforgettable welcome reception where authentic Aruban art and culture will be showcased.

Please join us for an amazing experience on the One happy island Aruba this September.

The Conference is aimed at all tourism and culture stakeholders and representatives from related sectors: Ministries of Tourism and Ministries of Culture, National Tourism Organizations (NTOS), Destinations Management Organizations (DMOs), cultural and heritage managers, tourism and culture associations, private sector, culture and conservation experts and practitioners, NGOs and media.

Main Topics for the Happiness 360 Conference

Tourism Trends including Sharing Economy in Accommodations and Air Travel will also be discussed

Happiness in Aruba
Topic Happiness

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Topic Tourism & Culture

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Tourists infront of Aruba's Museum
View of the cruise ship from the Renaissance Bridge
Topic Cruise Industry

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Speakers

Well-respected speakers from around the globe and Aruba will share valuable knowledge during the 2 day conference.

Peter DeBrine

Senior Project Officer UNESCO

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ROBERT WALDINGER

Director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development

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APRIL RINNE

Sharing Economy Guide and Globetrotter

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TALEB RIFAI

Secretary General of the UNWTO

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MICHELE PAIGE

President of FCCA

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EVAN BERG

Business Development - Southwest Airlines

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DANIEL LEVINE

Marketing Trends Expert

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NORBU WANGCHUCK

Gross National Happiness Commission Bhutan

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SONAM DORJI

Executive Director of the Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators

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OTMAR ODUBER

Minister of Tourism, Transportation, Primary Sector and Culture

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MIKE EMAN

Prime Minister of Aruba

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RONELLA TJIN ASJOE CROES

CEO Aruba Tourism Authority

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Gillian Morris

Co-founder and CEO of Hitlist

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Richenel Ansano

Anthropologist, Essayist, Translator and Transcultural healer

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ARNAUD COLLERY

Chief Happiness and Storytelling Officer

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Shawn F Sullivan

AIR BNB Central America & Caribbean

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Beth Kelly Hatt

Director of Aquila Center for Cruise Excellence

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Dr. ROBERTICO CROES

Associate Dean

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Dr. Keith Nurse

Sir Arthur Lewis Institute for Social and Economic Studies

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Schedule

Events are scheduled to take place in 3 rooms.
Program Schedule also available to download (PDF)

Opening Remarks by:

  • Hon. Mr. Otmar Oduber, Minister of Tourism, Transport, Primary Sector & Culture, Aruba
  • Mr. Mike Eman, Prime Minister, Aruba
  • Ms. Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, CEO, Aruba Tourism Authority
  • Mr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

Topic: "The Best Things in Life Aren't Things", Tourism as a Gateway to Happiness

Speaker: Mr. Robert Waldinger, Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst and Zen priest, Harvard University

Discussion Topic: "The Best Things in Life Aren't Things", Tourism as a Gateway to Happiness

Moderator: Mr. Arnaud Collery, Happiness Chief Officer

  • Dr. Robert Waldinger, Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst and Zen priest, Harvard University
  • Hon. Mr. Otmar Oduber, Minister of Tourism, Transport, Primary Sector & Culture, Aruba
  • Dr. Robertico Croes, Associate Director Dick Pope Sr. Institute for Tourism Studies at the University of Central Florida

Speaker: Ms. April Rinne, Sharing Economy Advisor, Advocate, Pioneer & Investor

Discussion Topic: Alternative Accommodations

Moderator: Mr. Glenn Thodé, University of Aruba Chancellor

  • Ms. April Rinne, Sharing Economy Advisor, Advocate, Pioneer & Investor
  • Mrs. Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, CEO, Aruba Tourism Authority
  • Alejandro Varela, Deputy Director for the Americas, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
  • Mr. Shawn Sullivan, Public policy lead for Central America and the Caribbean, Airbnb

Different Options Adjacent to the Renaissance Convention Center

Speaker: Ms. Michele Paige, President, Florida Caribbean Cruise Association

Location: Renaissance Convention, Break out Session Room

Speaker: Ms. Indra Zaandam, Advisor Cultural, The Ministry of Tourism & Transportation

Discussion Topic: Cruise Tourism Industry

Moderator: Mr. Arnaud Collery, Happiness Chief Officer

  • Ms. Michele Paige, President, Florida Caribbean Cruise Association
  • Mr. Mario Arends, Cruise Manager, Aruba Tourism Authority
  • Mrs. Beth Kelly Hatt, Founder Aquila Center for Cruise Excellence

Location: Renaissance Convention Center, Break out Session Room

Speaker: Mrs. Beth Kelly Hatt, Founder Aquila Center for Cruise Excellence

Aquila Center for Cruise Excellence

Speaker: Mr. Richenel Ansano, Director at National Archaeological Anthropological Memory Management

Discussion Topic: How to increase competitiveness through Cultural Tourism

Moderator: Mr. Glenn Thodé, University of Aruba Chancellor

Panelists:

  • Mr. Richenel Ansano, Director at National Archaeological Anthropological Memory Management
  • Hon. Mr. Otmar Oduber, Minister of Tourism, Transport, Primary Sector & Culture, Aruba
  • Mr. Peter DeBrine, Senior Project Officer, Unesco
  • Unesco Aruba

Recap & Music Performance

Welcome reception including small tour from Downtown to San Nicolas through Palm Beach for a flavor of Aruba's Heritage & Culture. (Dinner is included)

Only for International Attendee's

Location: Bus Pick Up at Renaissance Marina Hotel.
If attendee is staying at a different hotel, meeting point will remain Renaissance Marina Hotel

Speaker: Mr. Peter DeBrine, Senior Project Officer, Unesco

Speaker: Dr. Keith Nurse, Senior Research Fellow, Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies

Discussion Topic: How Caribbean destinations can promote their brand and intellectual property through the creative industries

Moderator: Mr. Glenn Thodé, University of Aruba Chancellor

Panelists:

  • Dr. Keith Nurse, Senior Research Fellow, Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies
  • Mr. Peter DeBrine, Senior Project Officer, Unesco
  • Mr. Arno Boersma, Manager Centre of Excellence for SIDS
  • Mr. Siegried Dumfries, Director, Departamento di Cultura Aruba
  • Ms. Indra Zaandam, Advisor Cultural, The Ministry of Tourism & Transportation

Speaker: Mr. Daniel Levine, Global Trends Expert, Avant-Guide Institute

Discussion Topic: Happiness Trend is your Friend

Moderator: Mr. Glenn Thodé, University of Aruba Chancellor

Panelists:

  • Mr. Daniel Levine, Global Trends Expert, Avant-Guide Institute
  • Mrs. Sanju Luidens-Daryanani, Chief Marketing Officer Aruba Tourism Authority
  • Mr. Arnaud Collery, Happiness Chief Officer
  • Additional Panelists TBA

Speaker: Mr. Robertico Croes, Associate Director Dick Pope Sr. Institute for Tourism Studies at the University of Central Florida


Final Intervention by Secretary General of UNWTO on the results of the study, Mr. Taleb Rifai

Discussion Topic: Insights of Aruba's 2016 study on Happiness

Moderator: Mr. Arnaud Collery, Happiness Chief Officer

Panelists:

  • Mr. Robertico Croes, Associate Director Dick Pope Sr. Institute for Tourism Studies at the University of Central Florida
  • Hon. Mr. Otmar Oduber, Minister of Tourism, Transport, Primary Sector & Culture, Aruba
  • Additional Panelists TBA

Location: Renaissance Convention, Break out Session Room

Speaker: Gerald (Gino) Kock Ph.D., Policy Advisor, Department of Economic Affairs, Commerce and Industry

Different Options Adjacent to the Renaissance Convention Center

Location: Renaissance Convention Center, Break out Session Room

Speaker: Mr. Frits Israël, Managing Director at Doc Opleidingen & Trainingen

Speaker: Mr. Evan Berg, Sr. Manager of International Planning in the Business Development Department at Southwest

Discussion Topic: Air Travel Outlook and Trends

Moderator: Mr. Glenn Thodé, University of Aruba Chancellor

Panelists:

  • Mr. Evan Berg, Sr. Manager of International Planning in the Business Development Department at Southwest Airlines
  • Ms. Jo-anne M. Arends, Air Service Development Manager Aruba Airport Authority
  • Ms. Gillian Morris, Co-founder and CEO of Hitlist

Speakers:

  • Mr. Sonam Dorji, Executive Director of the Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators
  • Norbu Wangchuck, Gross National Happiness Commission Bhutan

Discussion Topic: The Happiness Success Story of Bhutan

Moderator: Mr. Glenn Thodé, University of Aruba Chancellor

  • Mr. Robertico Croes Associate Director Dick Pope Sr. Institute for Tourism Studies at the University of Central Florida
  • Mr. Arnaud Collery, Happiness Chief Officer
  • Additional Panelists TBA

Ms. Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, CEO, Aruba Tourism Authority

We are HAPPY to be fully booked!

Registration Closed

Location

  • Aruba Tourism Authority
  • L.G. Smith Blvd 8 | P.O. Box 1019
  • Oranjestad | Aruba
  • info@happiness360conference.com