Kenya to Carry the Torch of the ESTC: TIES Announces the Host Destination for the ESTC13

Kenya to Carry the Torch of the ESTC: TIES Announces the Host Destination for the ESTC13

Kenya ESTC13

Kenya tourism team at the announcement of the ESTC13 in Monterey, California


On Wednesday, September 19th, during the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference in Monterey, California, TIES and its partners announced Kenya as the host destination of the ESTC13.


Kenya is a magical destination blessed with a diverse range of authentic experiences; from savannahs rich with big game to timeless cultures unchanged by the modern world, from pristine beaches and coral reef to mighty snow-capped mountains, from searing deserts to cool highland retreats. In addition to the ecological and cultural diversity that makes Kenya an ideal host destination for the ESTC, the country offers a unique opportunity for TIES and its global network of members to reflect on ecotourism’s history, evolution and future.


It was in Kenya that TIES, the world's first organization to dedicate all of its resources to tourism as a sustainable development mechanism, was born. In 1989, in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park, TIES founder Megan Epler Wood first discussed this vision with Dr. David Western, the recipient of TIES Lifetime Achievement Award 2012 who is recognized as one of the earliest advocates for ecotourism. Dr. Western, who supported the vision, became the founding chair of this new organization, The Ecotourism Society, which later became The International Ecotourism Society. The Society, today with its 1,000+ members from over 120 countries, represents a strong voice for tourism as a positive force for change.


"Tourism has been recognized by the United Nations and various international organizations as an effective tool for sustainable development, supporting key objectives such as alleviating poverty, promoting education, empowering communities, and preserving biodiversity. This year's ESTC in Monterey, CA offered many innovative examples of how sustainable tourism can contribute to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and Kenya and East Africa next year will provide a unique opportunity for industry practioners from around the world to experience first-hand how businesses and destinations can utilize tourism to support these sustainable development agenda both at the local and regional level." - Dr. Kelly Bricker, Chair, TIES Board of Directors





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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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