2014 Conference

2014 Conference

About  ESTC14

The entire town of Bonito extended a grand welcome to over 500 ecotourism industry professionals as they hosted ESTC14.  The Bonito Convention Center was the conference venue for ESTC14 which was hosted by EMBRATUR, Fundação de Turismo, Mato Grosso do Sul, Bonito City Hall, and Bonito CVB from April 27 - 30, 2014.  In addition to the conference key themes, discussions about conservation of local resources and attractions were prevalent.


ESTC14 Featured Speakers

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Keynote Speakers

Mr. Lelei Tui Samoa LeLaulu 

Mrs. Margi Moss 

Mr. Seth Kugel 

Mr. Roberto Klabin 


Plenary Panels

Certification Panel

Parks in Peril Panel

Moving On: Succession Planning and Ecotourism


Keynote Speakers

Mr. Lelei Tui Samoa LeLaulu

A development entrepreneur working at the confluences of communication, sustainable tourism, civil society, financee and renewable energy, Lelei LeLaulu, is a special advisor to the World Bank for oceans, a member of the Advisory Council of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a director of the Caribbean Media Exchange on Sustainable Tourism and chairman of the Earth Council Alliance. With Sergio Foguel of Odebrecht, Lelei was a co-founder, of the World Tourism Forum for Peace and Sustainable Development (WTF Destinations) with the Institute of Hospitality of Bahia. The WTF assembled over 600 case studies from international conferences in Salvador, Bahia, Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre. Leadership Council Chairman of the George Washington University School of Business Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Lelei is chairman of the Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific, and co-founder of the Oceania Sustainable Tourism Alliance. Co-chairman of the Innovation for Sustainable Development Centre, he is also a member of the High-Level Expert Group reviewing strategies of the Asian Development Bank. While President of Counterpart International, he expanded development and humanitarian operations to over 60 countries ranging from the former Soviet Union to Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa. Born in Samoa, Lelei’s United Nations service included organizing and promoting the series of great global conferences and summits known as the “Development Continuum” of the 1990s, beginning with the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, which fed into the UN Millennium Development Goals. He was on the UN Reform Team which gave the organization its first major overhaul, and served for a decade as chairman of the Committee for the Security and Independence of the International Civil Service.




Mr. Lelei Tui Samoa LeLaulu


Os participantes do evento irão desfrutar a fala de Lelaulu, que convocou o simpósio do Banco Mundial sobre turismo sustentável e oceanos em Washington DC em 2012, a Mesa Redonda de Adaptação do Pacífico e Mudança Climática em Samoa em 2009 e falou na Conferência de Davos sobre turismo e mudanças climáticas. Ele é um conselheiro especial do Banco Mundial para Agricultura e Ambiente, membro de grupo de especialistas para consultas em negócios e sustentabilidade para a Corporação Internacional de Finanças e presidente do Conselho da Aliança da Terra - Earth Council Alliance.





Mrs. Margi Moss

Margi Moss, who has roots on 3 continents, is one of the most well traveled people in 

the world. With husband Gerard she has flown around the world in a single-engine aircraft and visited the four cardinal points of the American continent. Since 2003, the Moss team has focused on a key natural resource: water. Their innovative projects “Waters of Brazil”, “Seven Rivers” and “Flying Rivers” aim to promote a better understanding – amongst adults and children – of the importance of water to society whilst highlighting the connections between forests and rain, communities and rivers, clean water and healthy living. Margi is just back from completing two legs of an overland journey by Land Rover, from Europe to Mongolia and latterly Vancouver to Panama.


For more information visit the Moss' website: http://mundomoss.com.br/english/



Mrs. Margi Moss


Margi Moss que tem raízes sobre 3 continentes. é uma das pessoas mais bem viajadas no mundo. Com seu marido Gerard ela voou ao redor do mundo a bordo de uma aeronave mono-motor e visitou os quatro pontos cardeais do continente Americano. Desde 2003, o time Moss tem se focado em um recurso natural de destaque: a água. Seus inovadores projetos “Águas do Brasil”, “Sete Rios” e “Rios que voam” buscam promover uma melhor compreensão - dentre adultos e crianças - da importância da água para a sociedade tanto quanto as conexões entre florestas e chuva, comunidades e rios, água limpa e vida saudável. Margi acaba de voltar de uma viagem de ida em volta por terra em um Land Rover, da Europa até a Mongólia e recentemente de Vancouver ao Panamá.


Ou visite o site da Margie e Gerard: http://mundomoss.com.br/




Mr. Seth Kugel

Seth Kugel


Seth Kugel has written the "Frugal Traveler" column for The New York Times Travel section since 2010, before which he was based in São Paulo as the Brazil correspondent for GlobalPost. He has also written about travel for Condé Nast Traveler, New York magazine, Wallpaper, the Brazilian publications Viagem e Turismo and IG.com.br. He holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and is a former public school teacher and immigrant services worker.




Mr. Seth Kugel


Seth Kugel escreveu a coluna "Frugal Traveler" para a seção de viagens New York Times  desde 2010, diante do qual ele foi baseado em São Paulo, como correspondente para o Brasil GlobalPost. Ele também escreveu sobre viagens para Condé Nast Traveler, a revista New York, Wallpaper, as publicações Brasileiras Viagem e Turismo e IG.com.br. Ele é mestre em Políticas Públicas da Harvard Kennedy School e é um ex-professor de escola pública e trabalhador imigrante serviços.







Mr. Roberto Klabin



Roberto Klabin Brazilian, Bachelor in Law (1974-78) São Paulo University, Special Administration (1979-80) Mackenzie University and OPM Units I, II and III (2000-2001-2002) Harvard Business School. President of Fundação SOS Mata Atlántica from 1991 to 2013; actual vice-president; President of Instituto SOS Pantanal, since 2009; Member of the Board of Directors of  Indústrias Klabin de Papel e Celulose, since 1979; Managing Owner of Caiman Agropecuária - Pantanal, Brazil, since 1985; Managing Owner of Refúgio Ecológico Caiman - pioneer ecotourism operation in the Pantanal of  Brazil, since 1987; EX- President and actual Member of the Consulting Council of the Fundraising Commission - Fundo Brasileiro para Biodiversidade, since 2000; Member of the Consulting Council – Conservation International do Brasil, since 2000; Member of the Consulting Council 

of Jaguar Conservation Fund, since 2008; Member of the Consulting Council of RENCTAS – Rede Nacional de Combate so Tráfico de Animais Silvestres, since 2003; ; Member of the Consulting Council of Instituto Econsenso since 2008; Member of the Consulting Council of the Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, since 2005.




Mr. Roberto Klabin


Roberto Klabin brasileira, Bacharel em Direito (1974-1978) Universidade de São Paulo, de Administração Especial (1979-1980) Universidade Mackenzie e Unidades OPM I, II e III (2000-2001-2002) da Harvard Business School. Presidente da Fundação SOS Mata Atlântica 1991-2013; atual vice-presidente, o Presidente do Instituto SOS Pantanal, desde 2009, membro do Conselho de Administração da Indústrias Klabin de Papel e Celulose, desde 1979, Diretor proprietário da Caiman Agropecuária - Pantanal, Brasil, desde 1985, Diretor Proprietário do Refúgio Ecológico Caiman - operação pioneira do ecoturismo no Pantanal do Brasil, desde 1987, o ex-presidente e atual membro do Conselho Consultivo da Comissão Fundraising - FUNDO BRASILEIRO PARA Biodiversidade, desde 2000, membro do Conselho Consultivo - Conservation International do Brasil, desde 2000; Membro do Conselho Consultivo do Instituto Onça-Pintada, desde 2008, membro do Conselho Consultivo da RENCTAS - Rede Nacional de Combate assim Tráfico de animais Silvestres, desde 2003;; Membro do Conselho Consultivo do Instituto Econsenso desde 2008; Membro da Consultoria Conselho do Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, desde 2005.




Plenary Panels




April 27  -  Certification Panel


Facilitator- Mr. Alexandre Eliasquevitch Garrido

Geologist Engineer (Federal University of Ouro Preto - UFOP) and an MBA in Strategic Management (Fundação Getúlio Vargas - FGV) and Masters in Production Engineering (Universidade Federal Fluminense - UFF). He has 20 years of professional experience. He specializes in standardization, certification and business management. Has 12 years of experience in Sustainable Tourism, focusing on the development and implementation of management methodologies for Lodging Facilities and Tour operators. Author of the books: Sustainability Management for Lodging Facilities, Instructor Course on Brazilian ABNT NBR 15401 - Lodging Facilities - Sustainability Management System. He is currently the Coordinator of ABNT / CB 54/CE 54:004.01 - Study Commission for the Management of Sustainability in Lodging Facilities. He was a consultant in the technical development of ABETA Safe Adventure Program. He is currently working as Director of Sextante, a consulting firm specializing in technologies for competitiveness.


Mr. Ricardo Constantino

Biologist, M.Sc. in Botany graduated from São Paulo State University, Board Member of the ABETA, Board Member ATRATUR, and advisor to the Municipal Tourism Council of Bonito, chairman of NGO - Neotropical Foundation of Brazil and Director of Hotel Cabanas.




Ms. Ana Carina Homa

Bio soon to come!




Mr. Guido Bauer

Green Globe provides certification, training & education, and marketing services in 94 countries worldwide. Green Globe provides certification for the sustainable operations and management for the hospitality and tourism industry. Green Globe also maintains a global network of independent auditors who provide third party inspection and validation.








April 28  -  Parks in Peril Panel


Facilitator- Dr. Kelly Bricker

Dr. Bricker is an Associate Professor and the Interim Chair of the Department at the University of Utah in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. She also works as a Senior Research Scientist – in Recreation with HDR. Dr. Bricker completed her Ph.D. research with the Pennsylvania State University, where she specialized in sustainable tourism and natural resource management. She has special research and teaching interest in ecotourism, sense of place, natural resource management, and the environmental and social impacts of tourism. Kelly has conducted research on heritage tourism, social impacts of tourism, natural resource-related tourism environments, and visitor management issues on public lands. She has presented papers on issues in ecotourism, sustainable tourism management, sense of place, tourism and natural resource management, and incentive travel programs. She has published articles on sense of place, ecotourism certification and policy, and health and sustainable tourism relative to community well-being and quality of life. With her husband Nathan, she developed an ecotourism operation called Rivers Fiji. She serves currently as the Chair of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.



Mrs. Ana Luísa da Riva

Instituto Semeia Executive Director’s since the beginning of its operational activities, Ana Luisa has a carrier focused on the linkage of development needs and conservation efforts in Brazil. She also leads innovation projects at Semeia such as protected areas management benchmarks around the world.

Ana Luisa has worked for three years at IFC-World Bank, managing projects that conceal conservation and development in the Amazon Region. Before joining IFC she has lived for 6 years at Brazilian Amazon where she became one of the founders and the executive director of “Ouro Verde Amazônia”, a small private company located at Alta Floresta-MT specialized in processing certified non-timber products and on fair trade initiatives. She also founded “Instituto OuroVerde”, an NGO that acts with economic and environmental projects at Brazilian Amazon.

She is a Veterinarian and holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science from the University of São Paulo.



Mr. Mario Mantovani

Director of SOS Mata Atlântica Foundation. Water resources expert geographer, environmentalist.




Ms. Ana Carolina Lobo

Bio soon to come!







Mr. Douglas Simões

ABETA founder, director during four years and president since 2012 (www.abeta.tur.br).

Guide for Venturas e Aventuras (www.venturas.com.br) in Brazil, Peru, Patagônia, Cuba, Iran, New Zealand


Founder and director at Pure Brasil (www.purebrasil.net).







April 30 -  Moving On: Succession Planning and Ecotourism

Hitesh Mehta

Facilitator- Hitesh Mehta

A Kenyan citizen, Hitesh is a pioneer in ecolodge planning and design, with over 26 years experience and having worked and consulted in over 57 countries on six continents. He is also an Adjunct Professor and the author of three books, including the recently published "Authentic Ecolodges" (Harper Collins) and what is considered the Bible on Ecolodges, "International Ecolodge Guidelines".

Facilitator- Ariane Janér

Ariane Janér is a Dutch zoologist with an MBA who has been working with sustainable tourism in Brazil since 1991. She is a TIES advisory boar member. Together with other ecotourism pioneers, she co-founded Instituto EcoBrasil in 1993. Through her company Bromelia Consult she has been involved with projects that range from community tourism projects to private enterprise, from designing tours to websites, from business plans to marketing plans. Ariane is also technical director of the Instituto Homo Caballus (iHOCA). This NGO promotes horseriding and equestrian culture for wellbeing and as a way of connecting man to nature. Ariane builds on her experience in marketing and finance acquired through a career at Royal Dutch Shell, as a free-lance consumer market researcher for Euromonitor, as a financial analyst for Baxter Straub and as owner/director of an ecotourism operator. She is a regular speaker at events in Brazil and internationally.


Sibylle Reidmiller

Sibylle is the founder-owner of Chumbe Island Coral Park Ltd, an award winning private marine conservation project and ecolodge in Zanzibar/Tanzania, where ecotourism now fully funds park management and environmental education programs for local schools. Before becoming a social investor into marine conservation, she worked in Latin America and Africa, where she managed and advised education reform and natural resource management programs of UNESCO, GTZ and others.

Karen Lewis

Karen Lewis

In 1990 John and Karen Lewis founded Lapa Rios: a 1,000 acre private conservation reserve in the tropical rain forest in Costa Rica's remote Osa Peninsula. They built the country's preeminent ecolodge to maintain the reserve's bio-diversity and to propel sustainable development in this region. Today, Lapa Rios is a model of social and environmental responsibility, dedicated to education, continuous environmental improvement, and cultural interchange between local people, international travelers and global business.

Glenn Jampol

GLENN JAMPOL has been a board member of TIES since 2004 and for the last 6 years has been the President of the National Ecotourism Association (CANAECO) in Costa Rica. He is also the president of two award winning certified sustainable hotels in Costa Rica., Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Inn and Arenas Del Mar Beachfront and Nature Resort. In 2013 Conde Nast Traveler named Finca Rosa Blanca the Best Hotel in Central America. Mr. Jampol also produces high quality shade grown, specialty organic coffee and in 2010 was the global winner of the Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Standard Setter Award. Glenn is a pioneer in Costa Rica and was one of the authors of the Certification for Sustainable Tourism, and is the creator of the renowned International Conference in Costa Rica, Planet, People, Peace, bringing together some of the world's most knowledgeable advocates for sustainability solutions.


Vitoria Da Riva Cavalho


Is a Brazilian and owner of the Cristalino Lodgo, located in the Souther Amazon, in the state of Mato Grosso. She started planning this project in 1990. Alarmed with the high rate of deforestation in the State of Mato Grosso, she envisioned ecotourism as a tool for conservation of pristine forests. She created the first Private Natutal Heritage Reserve (RPPN) in the region. The example reached the Government of Mato Grosso, which created the Cristalino State Park bordering the private reserves. She also founded the Cristalino Foundation, an NGO dedicated to research, environmental education of the local community and conservation. Today, the project is receiving tourists from all over the world, has received several awards and is protecting a large amount of pristine forests pricately. She was also co-founder of the Instituto Eco Brazil and was always linked to the ecotourism movement in Brazil since it started. 







Bonito (Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil)

Bonito (or 'beautiful' in Portuguese) is part of the Serra da Bodoquena, a carbonate plateau 

on the southeastern border of the Pantanal. Here, clear water rivers meander through forested hills and mountains. Scenic waterfalls, cliffs and many caves complete the beautiful backdrop for your adventures, which range from peacefully snorkeling down river surrounded by schools of fish to rappelling into deep abysses.


The wildlife is abundant and diverse due to the location of Bonito on a tri-junction of three major biomes of Brazil : the Cerrado (Brazilian Savanna),Pantanal (wetlands wilderness) and the Atlantic Rainforest.