ESTC eNewsletter - May 2013

ESTC eNewsletter - May 2013

Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference

Sept 24-27, 2013
Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya Kenya Kenya

Tourism's Role in Sustainable Community Development

The Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC) is a unique annual conference focused on the advancement of sustainability goals for the tourism industry. Promoting policies and practices benefiting businesses and communities, the ESTC helps to reinforce the role of tourism in building a more sustainable future. The ESTC13 (September 24-27, 2013, Nairobi, Kenya) is co-hosted by TIES, Kenya Tourism Board and the African Wildlife Foundation, and in cooperation with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and IUCN Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group.


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Keynote Speakers


Costas Christ

Mr. Costas Christ | Editor at Large, National Geographic Traveler

Costas Christ is an award-winning editor and columnist for National Geographic Traveler. One of the world's top sustainable tourism experts, Costa has served as the Chairman for the World Travel and Tourism Council's Tourism for Tomorrow Awards since 2004. He has also been recognized together with Dr. Jane Goodall, Sir Richard Branson, and Dr. Jeffrey Sachs as one of 50 Global Visionaries working to save the planet. He is a Contributing Writer for Virtuoso Life Magazine, and serves as Director of Sustainability for Virtuoso Ltd., one of the world's largest business to business travel trade networks.

Dr. Munir Virani

Dr. Munir Virani | Africa Programs Director, The Peregrine Fund

Dr. Munir Virani has been researching on birds of prey for the last two decades. Munir is the Program Director for Africa and South Asia for The Peregrine Fund and a Research Associate at the National Museums of Kenya. He has published over a 100 popular and scientific articles and was awarded the Aga Khan Award for Excellence in 2002 for his work on vultures in South Asia. He also won the Twende Africa Photographer of the Year award in 2007. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Raptor Research Foundation. He has spoken on about his love for vultures.

ESTC Major Partners


Kenya Tourism Board     African Wildlife Foundation     Ecotourism Kenya     UNWTO

IUCN     WCPA     Brasil     CBI

Interested in being part of the ESTC13 as a partner or sponsor? Learn about the partnership and sponsorship opportunities, and contact us at to discuss your ideas and questions!




Early Bird Registration



With a strong focus on promoting ecotourism’s role in sustainable development, the ESTC13 aims to strengthen the industry’s commitment to the recent UN resolution, "Promotion of Ecotourism for Poverty Eradication and Environment Protection", which recognizes ecotourism’s positive impact on sustainable community development efforts.


Download ESTC Overview  (PDF, 700kb)



The ESTC13 will bring together 500+ professionals from over 45 countries, and offer you unique networking, professional development and partnership building opportunities to help you get ahead. The special early-bird discount is available through June 15th, 2013. Register now to reserve your space at this important event!


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ESTC Trade Fair


ESTC Trade Fair


›› Increase product visibility and gain brand recognition.

›› Make the most of the B2B networking opportunities at the ESTC.

›› Connect with prospective clients and partners from 45+ countries.


Become an ESTC Trade Fair exhibitor to showcase your products, services or destinations, to increase your visibility among the delegates, and to make a lasting impression on industry movers and shakers!

The ESTC Trade Fair is an interactive place to showcase products, services, or destination, and to share ideas with delegates during the conference. Become an ESTC Trade Fair exhibitor to increase your visibility and make a lasting impression on industry movers and shakers!


Trade Fair Overview  |  Download Exhibitor Application [ PDF | 300kb ]


Join Us In Kenya For


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 Ecotourism: 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.


ESTC Facts


New Spring Dates for ESTC &
ESTC14 in Bonito, MS, Brazil


New Tour Operator Training Seminar Announced



Starting in 2014, the ESTC will be held annually in the spring. The ESTC14, in April 2014, will be hosted by Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, widely considered Brazil's Capital of Ecotourism. We offer 2-year sponsor and exhibitor packages for those interested in being part of both ESTC13 in Kenya and ESTC14 in Brazil. Please contact for more information.



The two-day training seminar "Sustainability For Tour Operators" is hosted in partnership with CBI (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands) and Travelife, and is available exclusively to the ESTC13 delegates. Participants will learn how to meet the environmental and social requirements of European buyers, and to generate quality business in the EU market. Learn more & apply


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