About the ESTC

About the ESTC




The Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC), organized by The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), is a unique annual conference focused on the advancement of sustainability goals for the tourism industry. Offering invaluable learning and networking opportunities, the ESTC is a leading international meeting place where innovative minds gather to discuss ideas and solutions that inspire change. Promoting policies and practices benefiting businesses and communities, the ESTC helps to reinforce the role of tourism in building a more sustainable future.


ESTC Highlights

›› Innovative Sessions on Sustainability as a Market Driver

›› Network with Key Industry Players in Travel & Tourism

›› Latest Sustainability Tools, Solutions & Best Practice Ideas

›› Industry-Focused Round Tables, Workshops & Exhibits

›› Social Events Highlighting Local & Global Opportunities

›› Inspiring Keynote Speakers, Eye-Opening Stories 




In 2017, the 12th annual ESTC will be held in Ansan, Korea, from September 12th - 15th, and will bring together 600 professionals and organizations from around the world. With a strong focus on highlighting and promoting ecotourism’s role in sustainable development, the ESTC aims to strengthen the industry’s commitment to sustainable community development efforts in accordance with the UN resolution, "Ecotourism’sGlobal Impact:The Future for Seas, Forests & Humankind"

The conference is brought to you by The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and hosted by the City of Ansan.


Join Us In Ansan For:

  • B2B and Professional Networking: The ESTC17 is the meeting place for industry trend-setters and decision-makers, designed to help you build and harness relationships.
  • The Best and the Brightest of Ecotourism: The ESTC17 technical program features the industry's foremost "brain trust" of innovation and sustainability in tourism.
  • Your Chance to Be Part of the Solution: Through global partnerships and local networks, the ESTC17 helps harness the momentum for positive change in the tourism industry.




1. Protecting, Restoring, and Preserving Ecology, Seas, & Forests

2. Ecotourism and Animal Welfare

3. Interpreting and Marketing Ecotourism

4. Sustainable Ecotourism Strategies for Sustainable Energy in Transportation and Renewable Energy

5. Sustainable Ecotourism Contributions to Poverty Reduction, Economic Development, Employment Creation, and Education

6. Indigenous and Cultural Pathways for a Sustainable Future

7. SustainableConsumption andProductionPrograms in SupplyChain Management

8. Empowerment : Strategies for Inclusivity and Equality

9. Sustainable Design : Building Sustainable Infrastructure and Design in Communities and Cities›› Ensuring Health and a Sense of Well-being for all Individuals.