ESTC16: Tourism’s Role in Sustainable Community Development

The seventh annual Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC), organized by The International Ecotourism Society, co-hosted by Kenya Tourist Board and the African Wildlife Foundation, and in cooperation with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and IUCN Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group, will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from September 24th-27th, 2016.

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A leading platform for industry stakeholders engaged in ecotourism and sustainable tourism, the ESTC aims to strengthen commitment to the recent UN resolution, “Promotion of ecotourism for poverty eradication and environment protection”, which recognizes tourism’s role in sustainable community development efforts.

In honor of the UN International Year of Water Cooperation and of World Tourism Day to be celebrated on 27 September on the theme of “Tourism and Water – Protecting Our Common Future”, the ESTC13 program will also highlight the opportunities for tourism to promote sustainable water management, support education and cooperation around issues related to water, and improve access to safe drinking water in communities around the world. For information on the conference program and registration, see: http://www.ecotourismconference.org (*Early-bird registration rates are available through June 15th, 2013).