Ecotourism conference to be held in Kenya for 2013

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The Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC), now in its seventh year, is the annual conference of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), providing practical solutions to advance sustainability goals for the tourism industry. Bringing together hundreds of practitioners and experts from around the world, the ESTC is a meeting place for the “best of the best” in ecotourism and sustainable tourism.

In 2013, the ESTC will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from September 24-47, and attended by leaders from the accommodation sector including renowned pioneering ecolodges like Lapa Rios Ecolodge (Costa Rica) and Sukau Rainforest Lodge (Malaysia), unique and sustainable destinations such as Chumbe Island Coral Park (Tanzania) and Taziry Ecolodge & Sustainable Village (Egypt), and of course, world-class safari camps and lodges from Kenya and Africa including Wilderness Safaris and Gamewatchers Safaris and Porini Camps.

In addition to networking with and learning from these leaders, hotels and those involved in the accommodation sector will benefit from the unique opportunity that the ESTC13 offers to enhance all aspects of sustainability practices for accommodation providers:

  • Build a solid understanding of the fundamentals of ecolodges, through a special training seminar led by the world’s foremost ecolodge expert Mr. Hitesh Mehta
  • Gain an insight into the latest on design methods, green technologies, and business approaches for accommodations through technical sessions featuring case studies from around the world
  • Find inspirations and practical lessons to help improve your operations – from successful partnership strategies for destinations to key consumer trends in emerging destinations
  • Find ideas for new ways to enhance your sustainability practices, by connecting with and learning about innovative initiatives such as “Pack for a Purpose” (ESTC13 partner), which allows lodges to engage their guests to support local community needs

In addition, TIES is partnering with Travelife for Hotels and Accommodations to offer a special training program on its international sustainability certification scheme and to train qualified Travelife auditors. For more information on the conference program, see: http://www.ecotourismconference.org/estc13-program.

The conference program – including the above-mentioned training seminars, networking functions, exhibition and poster session – will take place at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi, which stands in 50 acres of landscaped gardens incorporating a wide variety of indigenous trees and offering sanctuary to a startling array of birds and butterflies. The Safari Park Hotel is a member of Ecotourism Kenya and is dedicated to sustainability practices including: the use of eco-friendly architecture, building and design; the use of local materials, skills and labor wherever possible, and the promotion of traditional arts and crafts.

A leading platform for industry stakeholders engaged in ecotourism and sustainable tourism, the ESTC aims to strengthen commitment to the recent UN resolution, "Promotion of ecotourism for poverty eradication and environment protection", which recognizes tourism's role in sustainable community development efforts, and features ideas, opportunities and solutions for the tourism industry to assist in conserving natural areas, alleviating poverty, empowering women, enhancing education, and improving the health and well-being of local communities.

To learn more about the ESTC13 and to register, go to: http://www.ecotourismconference.org. A limited number of reduced registrations is available to African citizens.

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