Counterpart International to Co-host the Global Ecotourism Conference 2007

Counterpart International to Co-host the Global Ecotourism Conference 2007

The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) Partners with Counterpart International for the Global Ecotourism Conference 2007, Oslo, Norway, Marking the Fifth Anniversary of the International Year of Ecotourism (IYE)


TIES Press ReleaseWASHINGTON, DC, February 20, 2007 - The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) announced today that Counterpart International will act as a co-host of the Global Ecotourism Conference 2007 in Oslo, Norway. Counterpart’s President, Lelei LeLaulu, will be a keynote speaker at the Oslo event, to be held May 14th through the 16th.


"We’re incredibly excited and proud to be working with Counterpart International on this conference," said Dr. Kelly Bricker, Chair, TIES Board of Directors. "Their partnerships around the world provide a remarkable wealth of resources to enrich both the content of the conference and the distinguished group of attendees."


"Counterpart sees the Global Ecotourism Conference 2007 as a tool for identifying innovative ways that ecotourism enhances the environment while improving the health, wealth and culture of destinations," expressed Counterpart President Lelei LeLaulu. "We are, therefore, honored to join TIES in hosting this global symposium." The conference, the largest of its kind, is co-organized by TIES, Ecotourism Norway, and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).


The event marks the first international conference on ecotourism since the United Nations’ International Year of Ecotourism (IYE) in 2002. Bringing together leading ecotourism professionals from around the world, the conference will assess a range of critical issues and trends within the field of ecotourism, and discuss practical strategies in addressing challenges facing the ecotourism community.


The conference is being supported by a range of UN agencies and leading environmental organizations, as well as the government of Norway. We expect up to 500 delegates from around, representing various stakeholder groups. The conference provides a premier opportunity to become part of the growing global movement for ecotourism.


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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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