Management and Program Team

Management and Program Team
Mercedes Hunt

Mercedes Hunt

Mercedes Hunt is TIES Events Director. She oversees the various TIES' events, including the annual Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference. Prior to TIES, she worked in the special events industry for 10 years. She then added to her professional knowledge by completing a Master's degree at San Francisco State University in Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism. She has since been working to combine her collective knowledge, by promoting and implementing more responsible travel and events.

Anita Ledford

Anita Ledford is TIES Communications Director. She has been involved with ESTC since 2010 and served as the Volunteer and Event Coordinator for ESTC12.  Anita is excited to be more actively involved in the content and scheduling for ESTC13.  Originally from North Carolina, Anita received her Bachelors from NC State University.  She moved to Utah three years ago to pursue her Masters in Park, Recreation and Tourism at the University of Utah.  Her particular interest area is sustainable tourism with a specific emphasis in how niche tourism can be utilized for sustainable community development and conservation initiatives.

Hilary Sgalitzer

Hilary Sgalitzer joined the TIES team as the Membership Coordinator, in December of 2013. She is responsible for all aspects of membership support. Hilary recently completed her Master’s degree at the University of Utah in Sustainable Tourism. Her research involved investigating tourists’ motivations to donate to a travelers’ philanthropy program in Kenya, Africa. Over the past decade, Hilary has served a variety of roles in the sustainability industry, such as: guest services at a small ecotourism resort in California, instructing 30-day backcountry leadership expeditions in Wyoming, and coordinating volunteer trail crews on Colorado’s fourteens’. Hilary can be contacted at the following email address:


About TIES

As the world's oldest and largest international ecotourism association, TIES seeks to be the global source of knowledge and advocacy uniting communities, conservation, and sustainable travel.


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The Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference will highlight global challenges and local opportunities, supporting sustainable development of tourism and promoting solutions that balance conservation, communities and sustainable travel.

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