2005 Conference

2005 Conference
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About the First Ecotourism in the US Conference

Organized by The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and co-hosted by Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce, the first-ever Ecotourism in the US Conference was held from September 14-16, 2005 in Bar Harbor, Maine, USA. The inaugural US ecotourism conference was a great success in bringing together industry professionals from various sectors.


>> See 2005 conference photos on Flickr



History and Evolution

In 2005, TIES organized the first-ever national conference focusing on ecotourism in the United States. In its early days, ecotourism was understood to be something that was available in exotic destinations. Over the years, there has been an increasing awareness of the principles and practices of ecotourism, and new trends recognizing places and opportunities for ecotourism within the US and North America. The 2005 conference was held in Bar Harbor, Maine, and attracted attendees representing a wide range of industry segments and professional fields - park managers, lodge owners, tour operators, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and many others. The outcome of the conference was summarized in the Bar Harbor Declaration on Ecotourism in the United States.


Since then, our conference has evolved to include a wider focus on topics related to sustainable tourism (hence the change of the name to Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference in 2008), as well as addressing critical issues and key emerging trends such as green building, carbon offsetting, voluntourism, and sustainable tourism certification.


Keynote Speaker

Dr. Sylvia Earle

Dr. Sylvia Earle, the world-renowned marine biologist and National Geographic Explorer in Residence, was 1998, named Time magazine the first "hero for the planet." She has pioneered research on marine ecosystems, led more than 70 expeditions, and holds numerous diving records, including the depth record for solo diving at 3,300 feet. She was the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and played a key role in establishing marine protected areas globally, including the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands National Marine Monument—140,000 square miles of ocean that is home to more than 7,000 kinds of marine life.


In honor of Dr. Sylvia Earle and her accomplishments in the field of marine biology and conservation, an evening reception, generously sponsored by Lindblad Expeditions and the National Geographic Society, was held during the 2005 conference.



Presentations & Papers

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Speaker presentations and papers from the 2005 conference are available on TIES website. *Access to these files are restricted to TIES members. To become a member at the Professional-level, please go to: www.ecotourism.org/membership and join today!



Major Sponsors

Summit Level Sponsors

Adventure Council
Adventure in Travel Expo
Ford Foundation
L.L. Bean
National Geographic Adventure Magazine

Adventure Level Sponsors

Environmental Defense
Greater Madison Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
The Wisconsin Department of Tourism
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
Harris Lithographics
Lindblad Expeditions
The National Geographic Society
College of the Atlantic
Maine Coastal Program
The Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment
Maine Office of Tourism
Rainforest Alliance
Solimar Marketing and Travel

Journey Level Sponsors

Alaska Wildland Adventures
Friends of Acadia
Papoose Creek Lodge
SOLO Wilderness Medical Schools
United Nations Foundation