2010 Conference

2010 Conference
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About the ESTC 2010

Organized by The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), and co-hosted by Travel Portland and Travel Oregon, the ESTC 2010 was held from September 8-10, 2010 in Portland, Oregon, a leading U.S. city that has been consistently rated “the most sustainable city” in the country.



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ESTC 2010 Session Videos

Global Sustainable Tourism
Council Workshop - Part I

Global Sustainable Tourism
Council Workshop - Part II

Global Sustainable Tourism
Council Workshop - Part II

ESTC 2010 conference session videos are available on TIES website. *Access to these recordings is restricted to TIES members. To become a member, visit www.ecotourism.org/membership and join today.


Keynote Speakers

Sam Adams

Sam Adams - Mayor, Portland, Oregon

The Portland Tribune called Sam Adams "The council’s most vocal advocate for public arts, neighborhoods, diversity, transportation, economic development, and transparency and accountability in government." In his role as Mayor, Sam is the lead Council member on Economic Development, Planning and Sustainability, Education, Arts and Culture, and Transportation. As a City Commissioner, he was Commissioner in Charge of Portland’s Office of Transportation and the Bureau of Environmental Services, among other responsibilities.


Rick Ridgeway

Rick Ridgeway - VP of Environmental Initiatives, Patagonia

Rick Ridgeway oversees Patagonia's environmental grant-making, environmental education, and multi-year environmental projects. Rick, along with three companions, became the first American to summit K2, and he has done many other significant climbs and explorations on all of the world's continents. He is the author of six books, including the highly acclaimed The Shadow of Kilimanjaro and Below Another Sky. Rick is Board Chairman of Freedom to Roam Coalition, a broad coalition committed to the protection of wildlife corridors and connected landscapes.


Bruce Poon Tip

Bruce Poon Tip - Founder, Gap Adventures

In 1990, Bruce Poon Tip founded Gap Adventures in order to deliver an authentic travel experience to travelers. Since then, Gap Adventures has become a world leader in adventure travel, offering more than 1,000 small group experiences on all seven continents. In recognition of this dedication to ethical business practices, Gap Adventures has been awarded the 2009 Travel+Leisure's Global Vision Leadership Award for voluntourism. Bruce has been honored twice with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.



Sessions & Speakers

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Speaker presentations from ESTC 2010 are available on TIES website. *Access to these presentations is restricted to TIES members and registered conference attendees. To become a member at the professional level, visit www.ecotourism.org/membership and join today.


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ESTC 2010 Sponsors & Supporters:

Travel Portland
Travel Oregon
Gap Adventures
Planeterra Foundation
Hilton Head Island
Horizon Air/Alaska Airlines
Visit Mendocino County
Portland Roasting Coffee
Green Rising Marketing
Polar Bottle

La Cusinga Lodge

Alaska Wildland Adventures
Double Tree Hotel
Snap Click Media
Rainforest Alliance
Convention on Biological Diversity
University of Utah
Global Exchange Reality Tours
Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild
SEE Turtles

Culinary Tourism Association

Found Design

Sustainable Travel International
ReDirect Guide
Simon & Baker Travel Review
Green Living Project
Sustainable Industries

Tourism Cares
Travel Mole


WHL Group

ESTC 2010 Exhibitors:

Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau
Botswana Tourism
California Polytechnic State University
Dome Guys International
Deep Ecology
Gamboa Rainforest Lodge
Gap Adventures

Green Living Project
Green Rising Marketing

Henderson, NV –Department of Tourism
Hilton Head Island
Hostelling International
Institute at the Golden Gate 
The Joinery
La Cusinga Lodge 
Mendocino County

ReDirect Guide

SEE Turtles
Sustainable Industries
The Boat Company

Travel Portland
Travel Oregon
U.S. Department of Interior
University Consortium Certificate (UCC) Program 
University of Utah


Official Sustainable Culinary Showcase Sponsors:


Phresh Organic Catering



Sustainable Culinary Showcase Vendors & Partners:

Bamboo Sushi
Cooper Mountain Vineyards
Cupcake Jones
Edible Portland
The Gilt Club
Grand Central Bakery
Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB)
International Culinary Tourism Association
Iorio Restaurant
Papa G’s Vegan Organics
Portland Roasting Coffee
Southpark Seafood Grill & Wine Bar
Sweet Masterpiece
Sweetpea Baking Company