October 2013 eNews

October 2013 eNews

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Registration for the ESTC14 in Bonito, Brazil is now OPEN!

October 2013 eNews



Megan Epler Wood Receives the Lifetime Achievement Award


    A pioneer in her field for over three decades, Megan Epler Wood  

    founded The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) in 1990 and

    served as its executive director from 1990-2002.  At ESTC13, held in

    Nairobi, Kenya, Megan Epler Wood received the Lifetime Achievement

    Award and spoke to over 300 delegates from around the world.  She 

    highlighted the valuable contributions that ecotourism has made to conserva-

    tion of wild lands around the world, presenting examples from Latin

America, Asia and Africa. However, she expressed concerns that the growth of tourism now  

overshadows these efforts.  Epler Wood called for new international and national protocols to

monitor the impacts of the tourism industry’s growth.


Read the full article here


View Megan’s presentation here.




ESTC14 Call for Speakers

We are pleased to announce the ESTC14 Call for Speakers is now open. We will be accepting speaker applications until December 15, 2013. For more information and to apply please visit our website here.





The International Ecotourism Society + Adventure Travel Trade Association



Since 2010, senior advisory board members of TIES and senior management of ATTA have discussed opportunities to work more closely together, particularly around education and conferences.  In 2012, when it was discovered that both organizations were hosting individual conferences in similar destinations, weeks apart, the need to collaborate and communicate was reinforced. In 2013, ATTA released research that indicated significant growth in the adventure travel industry (65% per year). TIES and the ATTA identified a couple of key factors which have created an opportunity to strengthen both organizations and provide educational opportunities to the global travel community from an ecotourism and sustainable tourism perspective. TIES and ATTA began to look for synergies in their operating systems and discovered that a strategic alliance would be mutually beneficial not only to members of both organizations, but also for the global travel community. To read moreclick here.




Interested in becoming a TIES Advisory Board member?

We are currently accepting applications for new board members.


For more information, please visit the TIES website here.


Below is an overview of the timeline for applicants:


1. Contactboard@ecotourism.orgto contact  your nearest board member, who must first provide you with a letter of endorsement.

2. Read the responsibilities and complete a board application here.

3. Applications close on November 30th

4. Elections will take place from December 2-8

5. Results announced between December 9-11 so that the new board members can plan to attend the next board meeting in Brazil.




Best Practices: Campi ya Kanzi




Campi ya Kanzi is the realization of Luca’s thesis in economics, “Environment conservation and economic development: wildlife as a renewable resource in Kenya”. As 75% of the wildlife in Kenya exists outside the National Parks, it is crucial for their preservation that local landlords consider native animals a resource and not live in competition with them. By having the community completely involved in the creation and management of Campi ya Kanzi, Luca and Antonella were able to simultaneously protect both wilderness and wildlife, while creating employment, income and development for all the Maasai of the Reserve. To read the entire article click here.






Mara Naboisho Becomes First Wildlife Conservancy “Early Adopter” of Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria for Destinations

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 18, 2013) Mara Naboisho is the first wildlife conservancy to participate in the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s (GSTC) Early Adopters Program. In  doing so, the destination has achieved an important milestone in the recognition of sustainable  tourism as a model to protect an area of high  concentration of wildlife in Kenya’s Greater Mara region, while empowering the local Maasai community. Mara Naboisho Becomes First Wildlife Conservancy “Early Adopter” of Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria for Destinations. To read more click here.




Our Key Partners and Sponsors

Interested in being part of the ESTC14 as a partner or sponsor? Learn about the partnership and sponsorship opportunities, and contact us to discuss your ideas and questions!



Special Thank Yous to our ESTC13 Local Committee Members and Volunteers

It takes a village to plan a conference. We would like to especially thank all of the organizations and people involved in the ESTC13


The Kenya Tourism Board, The African Wildlife Foundation, Ecotourism Kenya, Uniglobe: Let’s Go Travel, The MICE Secretariat, Kenya Tourism Federation, Kenya Association of Tour Operators, Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers & Caterers, Kenya Association of Women in Tourism, Ministry of Tourism, Tourism Fund, Basecamp Foundation, Federation of Community Based Tourism Organizations, Kenya Association of Travel Agents, Kenya Airways, African Conservation Centre, East African Tourism Platform.


ESTC13 Volunteers: Abuid Kipkorir, Billy Oyaro, Chungo Oyaro, David Machila, David Maina, Erick Muriithi, Grace Gatimu, Isaac Maingi, Johnstone Muchiri, Joshua Wambugu, Kevin Wabungo, Lisa Pourlak, Margret Mburu, Martin Njoroge, Moses Kibugi, Nawaz Juneja, Nicholas Wambua, Terry Madoka, Yvonne Kola, Mutindi Jackson, Akisa Mathenge, Lynnet Kamonde, Andrew Karanja, Maxwell Azali, Kate Owino, Abraham Yosj, Claire Danji, Peter Musyoki, Rodgers Kisiang’ani, Terry Muhia