Website/register: Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference 2014
Description: The Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC), organized by The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), is a unique annual conference focused on the advancement of sustainability goals for the tourism industry. Offering invaluable learning and networking opportunities, the ESTC is a leading international meeting place where innovative minds gather to discuss ideas and solutions that inspire change. Promoting policies and practices benefiting businesses and communities, the ESTC helps to reinforce the role of tourism in building a more sustainable future.
In 2014, the ESTC will be held in Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil from April 27-30, and will bring together 600 professionals from around the world. With a strong focus on highlighting and promoting ecotourism’s role in sustainable development, the ESTC14 aims to strengthen the industry’s commitment to the recent UN resolution, “Promotion of Ecotourism for Poverty Eradication and Environment Protection”, which recognizes ecotourism’s positive impact on sustainable community development efforts. The conference program will feature ideas, opportunities and solutions for the tourism industry to support conserving natural areas, alleviating poverty, empowering women, enhancing education, and improving the health and well-being of local communities.
ESTC14 Key Themes:
- Creating a Sense of Place- Through Interpretation, Design, Experiences, Marketing, & Communications
- Conserving & Protecting Place-Understanding Conservation, Communities, and Governance (MDG)
- Managing Destination Places-Incorporating sustainable practices into Supply Chains, Financing and Economics, & Tools (ie certification)
- Sustaining Places-Through Planning, Crisis Management, Monitoring, & Life Cycle Planning