Conference Overview

Conference Overview

Conference Overview



Ideas + Opportunities + Solutions


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.


A leading platform for industry stakeholders engaged in ecotourism and sustainable tourism, the ESTC aims to strengthen commitment to the UN resolution, "Promotion of ecotourism for poverty eradication and environment protection", which recognizes ecotourism’s positive impact on sustainable community development efforts.


Building on discussions held during previous years’ conferences, as well as continued online dialogue among ESTC participants, the conference program will feature ideas, opportunities and solutions for the tourism industry to assist in conserving natural areas, alleviating poverty, empowering women, enhancing education, and improving the health and well-being of local communities.



In 2016, the first ESTC will be held in Tampa, Florida, from January 25 - 27, and will bring together 220 professionals from around the world.


With a strong focus on highlighting and promoting ecotourism’s role in sustainable development, the ESTCNA aims to strengthen the industry’s commitment to sustainable community development efforts in accordance with the UN resolution, "Promotion of Ecotourism for Poverty Eradication and Environment Protection." With this resolution in mind, the theme for ESTCNA will be The Future We Want:  Effecting Positive Change through Ecotourism



›› Eradicating Extreme Poverty and Hunger

›› Ensuring Health and a Sense of Well-being for all Individuals

›› Conserving, Protecting, & Sustaining Ecosystems, Places and Cultures


›› Enhancing Fair and Equal Access to Education


›› Maximizing Local Economic Benefits while Enhancing Sustainable Infrastructure Development



B2B and Professional Networking: The ESTC 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 Sustainable Tourism: The ESTC’s 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 ESTC helps harness the momentum for positive change in the tourism industry.