[WASHINGTON, DC, September 27, 2017] – Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) president, Melinda Allen will speak on behalf of the Savannah downtown residential community and Historic Savannah Foundation regarding sustainable tourism and preservation at the United Nations Foundation’s Environment Forum today, Tuesday, September 27th. The forum is designed to showcase the importance of the UN’s declaration of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. This invitation-only, day-long event is taking place at the UN Foundation in Washington, DC.
Allen joins an esteemed lineup of key thought leaders in the field of responsible travel, as well as officials, executives with an interest in sustainable tourism. The keynote speaker, Elizabeth Becker, author of Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism, who visited Savannah in 2016 will speak on the key challenges facing travel and tourism today.
Allen’s presentation shares the story of Savannah’s historic preservation movement and how the City is striving to establish a sustainable balance between visitors and residents. Allen has served on the Board of Directors of the Downtown Neighborhood Association for the past four years as President and CEO.