Harvard University Renews Commitment to Sustainable Tourism Education

Harvard University Renews Commitment to Sustainable Tourism Education

Burlington, VT, July 30, 2012 – Harvard University Extension School (HUES) has renewed its commitment to educating students worldwide in the field of sustainable tourism in 2012. Megan Epler Wood, Core Faculty Member of the Sustainability and Environmental Management program, will lead her course for a third year both on campus and as a distance digital classroom worldwide September-December 2012.


"The Environmental Management of International Tourism Development course has become an important part of our curriculum," states Epler Wood, "and we are finding more and more students joining from their home countries to learn about the practical questions associated with managing this growing industry."


EplerWood has won commendations for two years running from the Dean of Harvard University Extension School for quality teaching and in 2011 she won an award from the student body as well. She has committed herself to growing the program and has found the teaching environment at Harvard to be unparalleled.


"Harvard has been in the vaunted digital teaching space for years now. Distance education is so well done at Harvard that we are able to bring students in seamlessly from around the world and our lecturers can join us live via teleconference effortlessly," mentions Epler Wood.


The course will continue to look at the major sectors of the tourism economy with leading speakers, including Faith Taylor, Vice President of Sustainability & Innovation at Wyndham Worldwide and Jenny Rushmore, Director of Responsible Travel at TripAdvisor.com.


"This program is available worldwide and the class can be taken whether or not you are a degree student," Epler Wood points out.


HUES is beginning to pursue opportunities for direct training and conferencing in sustainable tourism via Harvard’s unparalleled distance technology. Epler Wood will be moving ahead on these opportunities in 2013. Registration begins on July 30. Visit http://www.extension.harvard.edu/registration (Course number E118)


For more information, please see the course website or contact Megan Epler Wood at megan[at]eplerwood.com.


Megan Epler Wood

Megan Epler WoodMegan Epler Wood founded The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) in 1990, the oldest and largest non-profit organization in the world dedicated to making ecotourism a tool for sustainable tourism development worldwide. She was its President & CEO from 1991-2002. Since 2003, Megan’s firm EplerWood International has devoted itself to aiding some of the poorest countries in the world with sustainable tourism development, including the nations of Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Sierra Leone, Mexico, El Salvador, Brazil, and Honduras.


Epler Wood has been a keynote speaker at events in over a dozen countries. She has lectured at Harvard, Duke, Columbia Business School, and the International Centre for Responsible Tourism at Leeds Metropolitan University in the U.K. She was the lead ecotourism lecturer at George Washington University from 1995-2000. Megan lectured on ecotourism planning as a tool in economic development at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain in April 2008.

About EplerWood International

EplerWood InternationalEplerWood International was launched in January 2003, by Megan Epler Wood, founder and past president of The International Ecotourism Society, to advise private business, government, international development projects, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions on the development of sustainable tourism and ecotourism in developing countries. EplerWood International provides market-based approaches to sustainable tourism development in response to a rising global demand for sustainable tourism projects that would meet economic development needs.





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