Ecotourism Conference: Supporting Sustainable Development Goals Through Tourism


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January 18, 2016

Ecotourism Conference, Tampa, Florida

WHAT: Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference - North America
WHEN: January 25-27, 2016
WHERE: University of South Florida Patel College of Global Sustainability (PCGS) (Tampa, FL)

Tourism and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The ESTC North America Conference will focus on the major tourism related sustainable development goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations, which has been welcomed by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Tourism is one of the largest global economic sectors and sources of employment. It is perhaps one of the most important industries for implementing the SDG’s particularly in the areas of job creation, sustainable consumption and production and the preservation of natural resources.

"Issues such as climate change, effective resource management, poverty reduction and inclusive growth need to be at the center of tourism development. Now that the Goals have been approved, it is time to step up our action, time to advance policies and business strategies that monitor and minimize the negative effects of tourism development and maximize its positive impacts." - Taleb Rifai, Secretary General, UNWTO

The ESTC-North America conference will explore how tourism industry stakeholders in the region can best form collaborative partnerships to contribute to these global goals through sustainable tourism initiatives, models, and best practices.


ESTC North America Conference Highlights

Conference speakers include Dr. Thomas Henry Culhane (Professor, Mercy College, Founder of Solar Cities, and a National Geographic Explorer) and Sarbuland Khan (Chief liaison Officer for the UNWTO at the United Nations), and breakout session presentations and discussions feature a wide range of topics including sustainable cities, outdoor recreation and experiential learning, park management, destination design, ecotourism and wildlife conservation. 

Follow conference updates with the hashtag #ESTCNA and the ESTC page on Facebook.


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