Attendee Profile

Attendee Profile



Who Are ESTC Attendees?

This conference is aimed at ecotourism professionals and practitioners, that is, people who in a variety of ways are involved, either full time or as part of their work, in ecotourism, including: officers of national and regional ecotourism associations, NGOs, ecotourism business owners, national and local governments, park and protected area services, academics, host communities and indigenous peoples’ groups.


In order to help strengthen the global movement for ecotourism, the conference provides the participants with an opportunity to network with various types of leading ecotourism professionals and practitioners from around the world. Workshops and plenary sessions are being crafted to cover practical issues.


The ESTC has attracted a wide spectrum of industry pioneers and influencers sharing innovative ideas and inspiring solutions.


Where Do ESTC Attendees Come From?

In 2013, attendees from 51 countries came to the ESTC in Nairobi, Kenya.  

In 2014, attendees from 45 countries came to the ESTC in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brasil.

In 2015, attendees from 63 countries came to the ESTC in Quito, Ecuador.


ESTC Countries




Attendee Demographics*

Stakeholder Types:


16% 7% 8% 4%

Tour Operator


Supplier &
Service Provider


9% 16% 16% 20%

Destination & Tourism




NGO Academic


*Based on registration data from 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.




Below are some examples of organizations that have been represented at the ESTC:


Tour Operators


A Closer Look Travel
Adventure Gurudongma
Alaska Wildland Adventures
Annettes Adventures
Around the Bend Nature Tours
Arugambay Travel & Tours
Austin-Lehman Adventures
BikeHike Adventures
Bluewater Adventures
BOOMTRUST Travel & Tours
Borneo Eco Tours
California Vagabond
Canadian Mountain Holidays
Country Walkers
Deep Ecology
Discover World Travel
Door County Nature and Travel
Down East Nature Tours
Dragon's Village
Earth Embrace Adventures
ECCLAT Travel & Tours
Ecoventura Galapagos Network
Enviro Tours Turkey
EverGreen Escapes & Explorers
Front Line Travel and Tours
Gallup Travel and Tours
Gap Adventures
Geographic Journeys
Global Exchange
Global Vision International
Green Concierge Travel
H2O Sports
Himalayan Run & Travel Pvt. Ltd.
Holbrook Travel
Horizon West Tour
International Expeditions
Interworld Travel and Tours
Intrepid Travel
Island Epic
KarmaQuest Ecotourism and Adventure
Liberia Eco-Tours
Lindblad Expeditions
Maple Leaf Adventures
Midcoast Outfitters
Moose Cree Adventures
Morocco Eco Tours
Naturalist Journeys
Nepal Teeka Travels & btrek
Northern Outdoors
Northwest EcoExcursions
Nutti Sami Siida
Off The Beaten Path
OmWard Bound
Oregon Adventures
Orvis International Travel Destinations
Outside Hilton Head
Pacific Northwest Vacations
Raskiee Sports Circle & Travels
Raw Rainforest Tours
REI Adventures
Rios Tropicales
Rocky Mountaineer Vacations
Royal Caribbean Cruises
Sea Excursions
Seascape Kayak Tours
SEE Turtles
Selectworld Travel & Tours
Silver Star Travel
Spirit of Japan Travel
Svea Adventures
Sydney's Thumb
Te Urewera Treks
The Blue Yonder
The Boat Company
The Greenbox Ireland
Tierra Vista Tours & Consulting
TIME Unlimited Tours
Tiny Footprint Tours
Tours of Lubec and Cobscook
Trafkura Expediciones
Treasure Coast Florida Art
Tui Tai Adventure Cruises
Virgin Holidays
West Coast Sightseeing
Whistler Blackcomb
WHL Group
Wild China

ZipLine Hilton Head






Alpine House Inn & Cottages

An Nam Resort
Best Western Hood River Inn
Bentwood Inn
Big Eddy Campground
Blue Mountain Resort
Cardon Resort
Chalalan Ecolodge
Choice Hotels International
Coeur D'Alene Casino
Concordia Eco-Resort
Doubletree Hotel Portland
East West Resorts
Eco Hotels Finland Oy
Evolution Resorts
Finca Esperanza Verde Ecolodge
Finca Rosa Blanca Country Inn
Glasshouse Mountains Ecolodge
GreenLagoon Falls Park & Lodge
Harraseeket Inn
Heathman Hotel
Holiday Inn & Suites Columbia-Airport
Hostelling International USA
Inn Serendipity - Renewing the Countryside
Kapawi Ecolodge Reserve
Kiawah Island Golf Resort
La Cusinga Eco Lodge
Laguna Del Lagarto Lodge
Lapa Rios Ecolodge
Maho Bay Camps
Papoose Creek Lodge
Pinehurst Inn
Playa Viva
Richmond Bay Resort
Shorelands Guest Resort
Smugglers Notch Resort
The Sea Pines Resort
Timberline Lodge
Washow James Bay Wilderness Lodge



Acadia National Park
Aroostook County Tourism
Asheville CVB
Ayacucho Regional Chamber of Tourism
Bayfield County Tourism
BC Parks
Belize Tourism Board
Blueberry Hill
Botswana Tourism Board
Botswana Tourism Organization
Bradenton Area CVB
Bunks Bainbridge Island
Camden-Rockport Chamber of Commerce
Canadian Tourism Commission
Central PA CVB
Charleston Area CVB
Chippewa Valley CVB
City of Amesbury
City of Fort Pierce
City of Thunder Bay
City of Walterboro
Coastal South Carolina
Cree Nation of Mistissini
Explore Minnesota Tourism
Flagstaff Convention & Visitors Bureau
Florence County Tourism
Florida State Parks
GATE Germany
Grant Thornton LLP
Great Lakes Cultural Camps
Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council
Greater Bangor CVB
Greater Madison CVB
Gulf of Maine Council, Sustainable Tourism Task Force
Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism
Half Moon Bay Chamber of Commerce
Hilton Head Island CVB
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce
Iowa Tourism Office
Iran Tourism Office
La Crosse Area CVB
Lane County
Lee County Parks and Recreation
Little St Simons Island
Maine Office of Tourism
McAllen Chamber of Commerce
Metepenagiag Heritage Park
Mexico Tourism Board
Monterey County CVB
Nebraska Tourism
Newport R.I. CVB
Nueces County
Nunavut Tourism
Ouje-Bougoumou Cree Nation
Palm Beach County CVB
Pennsylvania Tourism Office
Penobscot Nation
Rocky Mountain National Park
Sabah Tourism Board
San Francisco CVB
San Mateo Country CVB
Shei-Pa National Park
Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area
Stevens Point Area CVB
Tourism British Columbia
Tourism Dawson Creek
Tourism Kwa Zulu Natal (South Africa)
Tourism Vancouver
Tourism Vancouver Island
Tourism Whistler
Travel Oregon
Travel Portland
Visit Bend
Visit California
Visit Florid


Government Organization


Alberta Ministry of Tourism, Parks and Recreation
Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce
Beaufort County Council
British Columbia Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts
Bureau of Land Management WO
California Bureau of Land Management
California Dept of Tourism and Parks
Calumet County Planning Dept
Charleston Co. Parks
Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission
Dane County Office of Lakes & Watersheds
Directorate for Nature Management
DNR - Horicon / RBG
Donegal County Council
Environment Nepal
Estes Park Urban Renewal Authority
Florida Dept of Environmental Protection
Florida Office of Greenways and Trails
GRIP-Norwegian Center for Sustainable Development
Hawaii Tourism Authority
Ibadan South West Local Government
Indian Forest Services
Kampala City Council
Maine Dept of Conservation
Maine Dept of Envir. Protection
Ministère du Tourisme - Québec
Ministry of Information, Tourism & Culture
Natural Resources Council of Maine
Nebraska Division of Travel & Tourism
New Brunswick Dept of Tourism
New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism
North Carolina Division of Tourism
Nova Scotia Dept of Tourism, Culture & Heritage
Oakridge Chamber of Commerce
Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Dept
Ontario Ministry of Tourism
Parks Canada
Pennsylvania Dept of Conservation
Puerto Rico Tourism Company
South Carolina Dept of Parks, Recreation & Tourism (SCPRT)
Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept
Town of Estes Park
Town of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Town of Holden Beach, David Hewett
Town of Jupiter
US Dept of Archives and Museums
US Dept of the Interior, Office of Int'l Affairs
US Dept of Environment and Coastal Resources
US Environmental Protection Agency
US Fish and Wildlife Service
US National Park Service
USDA Forest Service
USDA Rural Development
USFS PNW Research Station
Washington County Council of Governments
Zanzibar Tourist Corporation



Aarhus University
Alabama A&M University
Allegheney College
Alliant International University
Antioch University New England
Bates College of Environmental Studies
California Polytechnic State University
Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Capilano University
Carleton University
Center for Patagonia Ecosystem Research
Charles Sturt University
Citadel Graduate College
Clemson University
College of the Atlantic
Colorado State University
Duke University
East Carolina University
Eberswalde University
Fordham University
George Washington University
German Sport University Cologne
Harvard University
Johnson State College
Karoly Robert College
King Saud University
LaGuardia College
Lipzcomb University
Maseno University
Medicine Hat College
Metropolitan State College
Michigan State University
Montclair University
Monterey Institute of Int'l Studies
Montpellier III University
Mount Royal University
New York University
Oregon State University
Paul Smith's College
Pennsylvania State University
Presidio Graduate School
Ryerson University
San Francisco State University
Shanghai Normal University
Shepherd University
Southern New Hampshire University
Texas A&M University
Unity College
Universidad Nacional Agraria
University for Peace
University of California, Davis
University of Florida
University of Goettingen
University of Maine
University of Michigan
University of Montana
University of Oregon
University of Portsmouth
University of Québec in Montréal
University of South Carolina
University of Southampton
University of the West Indies
University of Utah
University of Vermont
University of Waterloo
University of Wisconsin
Vancouver Island University
West Virginia University
Western Washington University

Yale University



Audubon Magazine
Canada Wide Media Limited
Collette Travel Publications
Compass Media
Condé Nast Traveler
Courier Magazine, NTA
E Magazine
Ecotourisme Magazine
Endangered Places
Family Travel Network
Green Living Project
Living Without Magazine
Maine Public Broadcasting Network
Matador Network
Media AIDS Project (MAP)
Midwest Features Syndicate and The Capital Times
Moultrie News
Mountain Desert Islander Newspaper
National Geographic Adventure
National Geographic Society
National Geographic Traveler
Nature Media Network
Outside Magazine
Snap Click Media
Sparkloft Media
Sustainable Industries
Taking the Kids™
The Away Network
USA Weekend
Vancouver Sun
Washington Post
Working Waterfront Newspaper


Supplier & Service Provider

Adventure Media
Adventure Travel Trade Association
Adventures in Travel Expo
Al North Maine Woods
Alexis Molinares and Associates
Amelia River Cruises & Charters
America Live
ASTEX (Adventure Sport Travel Expo)
Avid Traveler Communications
Ballantine Environmental Resource
Baraka Jordan
Bendel Communications International
BG Energy Holdings Limited
Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute
Boelter + Lincoln Marketing
Bovina Mountain Consulting
Britannia Pacific Properties
BSA Environmental Consulting
Cadillac Mountain Sports
Canopy Development
Cascade Interpretive Consulting
Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality
CECO Ecole Polytechnique
Chemistry Consulting Group
Christopher Covel & Associates
Cliff Bar & Company
CMI Green/Community Marketing
Community Development Alternatives
Cornelius Consulting
Costa Rican Resource
Courtesy Management
Creative Education
Creative Resourcing
Dean Runyan Associates
Destination Osoyoos
Dyer Hedman Estates
Eastside Aboriginal Sustainable Tourism
Ecotour Compass
Environmental Dynamics
FedNor-Industry Canada
Florida Solar Energy Center
Gettliffe Architecture
Good Life Center
Green Building Services
Green Gator Group
Green Isle
Green Moutain - BeGreen
Green Rising Marketing
Green Team
Gullah Heritage Consulting Services
Heritage Branch
Heritage Design Tourism Assistance Services
Hien Dat Investment Joint Stock Company
HM Design
Horizon Air/Alaska Airlines
Image and Pictures Company
Institute at the Golden Gate
Inter-American Development Bank
InterVISTAS Consulting
Investment Engineering
Jillian Rabe
Joe Staiano Consulting
Kalahari Management
Keen Communications
Kim Whytock & Associates
L.L. Bean Outdoor School
Land Rover Holidays
Laurelwood Art
MacLeod Farley & Associates
Mahon Jones & Associates
Manning Consulting Group
Marr Consulting Services
Maxwell PR
McKim Environmental Consulting
MDI Water Coalition
Megasys Hospitality Systems
Meritage Consulting
Mitra Speculation
Mohammed Yunus & Brothers
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Native Energy
Nature Air
Nature Tourism Planning
Noetic Marketing & Development Group
Nomad Tour Travel Agency
O2 Planning + Design
Orbit Media Studios
Pandion Systems
Pendleton Woolen Mills
Peter Marbach Photography
Plum Creek Timber Company
Polaris Suites
Portland Roasting
Pricewaterhouse Coopers
ReDirect Guide
Rooftech System
Royal Bank of Canada
Sara Mimick Consulting
Scalia & Co.
SERA Architects
Seven Islands Land Company
Shapins Belt Collins
Sharper Counsel
Sligo Institute of Technology
Small Planet Consulting
Solimar International
South Jersey Tourism Corp.
SouthWest Shore Development Authority
SP Cattle Company
Spoleczny Instytut Ekologiczny
Sun Ranch Group
Sustainable Sandhills
Sustainable Shepherdstown
Sustainable Solutions
Terracom Communications
The Northern Edge Algonquin
The Tartan Group
The Tourism Company
Think Energy
Tierra Vista Consulting
Tourism Planning Group
Travel Guard
Travel Worldwide 4 Less
Viable Developments
Western Horizons Consulting
Wine & Food Travel
Wood + Partners

World Nomads




10,000 Island Dolphin Project
Acadia Partners for Science & Learning
Appalachian Mountain Club
Asian Center for Peace and Development Studies
Assocoação de Turismo dos Açores
ATEC - Talamanca Association for Ecotourism & Conservation
Audubon International
Basecamp Foundation
Bojo Aloguinsan Eco-Cultural Tour Project
Bold Point Centre
British Columbia Wilderness Tourism Association
Canadian Paraplegic Association
Center for Scientific Tourism
Center for Responsible Travel
Cheeta Conservation Fund
Chewonki Foundation
Club Roma
Coastal Discovery Museum
Conservation International
Convention on Biological Diversity
Cook Center for Sustainable Agriculture in the American West
Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL)
Craft Association Limited
Cree Outfitting and Tourism Association (COTA)
Defenders of Wildlife
Down East Business Alliance
Earth Echo International
Environmental Defense
Environmental Education Association of South Carolina
Ethical Traveler
Farm Stay U.S.
Friends of Africa Foundation
Fundacion Pachamama
Gathering Waters Conservancy
German Ski Federation
Global Sustainable Tourism Council
Green Meeting Industry Council
Greenpeace USA
GrowFood Carolina
Haak'u Museum
Hawaii Ecotourism Association
Humane Society International
Institute of Technology
International Center for Sustainability, Inc.
International League of Conservation Photographers
International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA)
Japan Ecolodge Association
Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics
Maine Association of Sea Kayak Guides and Instructors
Maine Audubon
Maine Businesses for Social Responsibility
Maine Coast Heritage Trust
Maine Coastal Program
Maine Innkeepers Association
Maine Organic Farmers Association
Maine Tourism Association
Mindo Cloudforest Foundation
Minority Self Empowerment Foundation (MSEF)
Moosehead Futures Committee
Mother Lode River Center
Mountain Bike Oregon
Mountain Counties Heritage
National Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
National Parks Conservation Association
National Wildlife Federation
New England Outdoor Center
NGO Fanamby
Norman Bird Sanctuary
One Village Foundation
Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild
Organisation Ecotouristique du Lac Oguemoué (OELO)
Partnership for the Sounds
PBR Hawaii
Peak Planning Associates
Pegasus Foundation
Planeterra Foundation
Plant a Fish
Rainforest Alliance
Rainforest Biodiversity Group
Renewing the Countryside
RESTORE: The North Woods
S.E.E. Southwest Florida
Saskatchewan Nature and Ecotourism Association
Savoy Trust
Sky City Cultural Center
Society of Economic Development
South Carolina Coastal Conservation League (SCCCL)
St Croix Chippewa Indians of WI
Sustain Dane Inc.
Sustainable Travel International
The Conservation Fund
The Farm Stay Project
The History Workshop
The Nature Center at Omni Amelia
The Nature Conservancy
The Ocean Foundation
The Ontario Ecotourism Society
The Travelinque Organization
Tourism Action Society in the Kootenays
Tourism Cares for Tomorrow
Tourism For Peace
United Nations Foundation
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Tourism Region
Village Soup Citizen
Wallowa Mountain Institute
WAVES for Development
West Virginia Ecotourism Association
WHALE Center
White Mountain NF
Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network (WIDECAST)
Wisconsin Environmental Initiative
World Affairs Council of Oregon
World Food Travel Assoiation

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