State of Global Ecotourism to be Assessed at the Global Ecotourism Conference 2007

State of Global Ecotourism to be Assessed at the Global Ecotourism Conference 2007

Global Ecotourism Conference 2007 (GEC07) to Evaluate Current Challenges and Future Opportunities for the Ecotourism Industry Worldwide


TIES Press ReleaseWASHINGTON, DC, April 27, 2007 - No matter where you look, you see signs that global ecotourism remains the most vibrant form of tourism in the global economy. In fact, the fastest growing form of tourism also has significant implications for the world’s developing economies.


"Tourism, particularly global ecotourism, represents the largest transfer of wealth from rich nations to developing nations in the history of the world," according to Lelei LeLaulu, a keynote speaker at the conference and President and CEO of Counterpart International.


Counterpart is a Co-Host of the Global Ecotourism Conference 2007. Lelaulu points out that tourists from wealthy countries like the US, and developed countries of Europe and Asia increasingly seek out tourism opportunities in the wild reaches of developing countries, where their spending can provide an economic engine for a better quality of life for local and indigenous communities.


“This conference provides a unique opportunity to learn about the forces and practices that help make that happen." The conference also provides a unique opportunity for the ecotourism community to take stock of its accomplishments and evaluate its challenges, according to Dr. Kelly Bricker, Chair, The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), the co-organizer of the conference along with Ecotourism Norway and UNEP.


"This is truly the time when the entire ecotourism community comes together to assess where we are," said Dr. Bricker. The last time the global community gathered to discuss the state of global ecotourism was in 2002, the International Year of Ecotourism (IYE).


"IYE was the ‘coming out’ event for an industry that was growing largely under the radar screen of most observers. Today, everyone recognizes the impact of ecotourism on the world stage, and we’re now in the position to improve our practices and refine our focus. This conference is an ideal opportunity to do that."


The conference will be held at the Holmenkollen Park Hotel in Oslo, Norway, May 14- 16th and Lone Lamark, Project Manager of Ecotourism Norway, noted there are still openings for people to participate in the conference.


"Our conference will be held at a beautiful, historic location in the 'green belt' surrounding the capital of Norway. Ecotourism Norway is proud to be hosting this important event, bringing businesses, experts, organizations and authorities together to share experiences and challenges, and discuss solutions for quality 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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