During the NGPS multiple speakers will present their insights in the topic ‘Tourism, a journey into its challenges’. These presentations are either a plenary session or a workshop. We will let you know on this page when the organization has confirmed one of the speakers!

John Boon – Arcadis


Arcadis is the leading global Design & Consultancy firm for natural and built assets. Applying our deep market sector insights and collective design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services we work in partnership with our clients to deliver exceptional and sustainable outcomes throughout the lifecycle of their natural and built assets. We are 28,000 people, active in over 70 countries that generate €3.5 billion in revenues. We support UN-Habitat with knowledge and expertise to improve the quality of life in rapidly growing cities around the world. In our workshop we will emphasize that you have to deliver what you promise, especially when it comes to city marketing. About the importance of physical space as a means of communication!

Sander de Bruin & Daan van Eijk – Witteveen+Bos

Both private and public parties worldwide call on Witteveen+Bos for the challenges they face. We advise contractors, engineering and architecture firms, energy and drinking water companies, rail and port authorities and the industrial sector. In the public sector, we work for the national government, provinces, municipalities and water boards. The issues we work on concern the entire chain from policy and design to contracting and implementation supervision. Witteveen+Bos strives for lasting relationships with its clients, so that we can relate to the needs and expectations of our clients as well as possible and deliver maximum added value.

Sander de Bruin and Daan van Eijk of Witteveen + Bos (both are Planners) will give a workshop on the spatial integration of a fictitious tourist issue: Three holiday parks are located around the Gieseplas (municipality of Zevenaar). In the summer it is therefore very busy everywhere in the area and there are many tourists. Local residents have complained to the municipality and the municipality will make a plan to merge the three parks at one location.

Stefan Hartman – ETFI

dr. Stefan Hartman holds the position of head of department of the European Tourism Futures Institute (ETFI) at NHL Stenden University and Assistant Professor at the University of Groningen. Stefan obtained his PhD at the University of Groningen on the development, strategic (spatial) planning and governance issues related to landscapes that are in the process of becoming destinations for tourism and leisure. The thesis is available here. For more information see LinkedIn.
At the ETFI he helps a wide variety of actors related to the leisure and tourism industry to develop strategies and actions that allow them to manage continually changing circumstances. To do so, he uses his knowledge of transition management, resilience and adaptive capacity building. These topics will also be addressed in the contribution to the NGPS.

Herre Dijkema – Toerisme Veluwe Arnhem Nijmegen

Herre Dijkema, former student of the Wageningen University, is not only a member of the supervisory board of Liberation Route Europe Foundation and a member of the advisory council of NBTC, he is also the managing director at Toerisme Veluwe Arnhem Nijmegen. He is an expert in recognizing the challenges and opportunities that are present in current tourist development. From this perspective, he will provide a very interesting lecture, demonstrating how governance can play a crucial role in the desired development of tourism. Furthermore, the newly emerged future challenges of tourism will be discussed. If you want to know more about Herre Dijkema, you can take a look at his LinkedIn.