ESTC16 Attendees: Bret Love & Mary Gabbett of Green Global Travel



The Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference gathers hundreds of ecotourism professionals around the world to unique and remarkable destinations. Focusing on advancement and sustainability of tourism, the event offers great opportunities for learning, networking, and fun. As a leading platform for industry professionals, TIES is excited that Bret Love and Mary Gabbett from Green Global Travel will be attending ESTC16 in Botswana.


Can you tell us about your professional background and why you started Green Global Travel?


Sure! Mary was a Psychology major at Emory University, and for 10 years managed a small company that provided personality assessments for corporate HR departments. She’s got great people skills, is incredibly well-organized, and has lots of experience running a vision-based business.


Ecotourism in Botswana

Ecotourism in Botswana

By Robert Girling, Heather Gordy and Pamela Lanier 

ESTC a "roaring success" as conference closes



ESTC a "roaring success" as conference closes


The Ecotourism Society annual conference - ESTC15 has just closed in Quito Ecuador and has been hailed as a roaring success

520 participants attended from 30 countries, and there were keynote presentations from Jeff Parrish of WWF, Antoine George of Peru, and the Minister of Tourism of Ecuador, Sandra Naranjo.

During the ESTC15, Ecuador announced its commitment to the GSTC Criteria as a national standard, and was awarded a plaque for their national sustainability criteria being recognized by the GSTC.


Tourism Crisis Management for SMEs: Are you prepared for the unexpected? Workshop




Lori Pennington Gray of the University of Florida will be hosting the pre-Conference Workshop, Tourism Crisis Management for SMEs: Are you prepared for the unexpected? during ESTC '15 which will focus on preparing small and medium sized enterprises for unexpected crisis, ranging from natural disasters to terrorism attacks. Register Here


TIES: Is the workshop tailored towards Ecuador? Or is this an overall best practices from an international point of view?


Gray: Both. We use international best practices to contextualize it on a local level. So that things that we’ve learned from similar destinations can be applied in a home destination. 


TIES: Specifically, you’re one of the few people in the world who do this. How does tourism crisis management tie into ecotourism?


Sandra Naranjo, Ministro de Turismo

Sandra Naranjo, ambateña de nacimiento, estudió Economía por 12 años, graduada con honores en Economía y Finanzas con mención en matemáticas, además posee una Maestría en Administración Pública y Desarrollo Internacional de la Kennedy School of Government en la Universidad de Harvard, título que lo alcanzó como adjudicataria de una beca de la Secretaría de Educación Superior, Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación.


También tiene un Diplomado Superior en Diseño, Gestión y Evaluación de Proyectos para el Desarrollo, otorgado por la Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (Flacso).


La nueva titular de Turismo trabajó muy de cerca con el Presidente de la República, Rafael Correa Delgado, durante cinco años, desempeñándose como coordinadora General de Control de Gestión de Compromisos Presidenciales, donde desarrolló el Sistema de Compromisos Presidenciales, el cual se emplea hasta la actualidad para dar seguimiento y lograr resultados en los programas prioritarios del Gobierno.


Floating Down the Silver River




Imagine you could gently float down a lazy river. A river so crystal clear and full of fish, you think you are in an aquarium. Welcome to Bonito!


One of the best places to float (called “flutuação” in Bonito) is at the Recanto Ecologico Rio da Prata (The Silver River Quiet Ecoplace). This is one of the attractions of a large farm, which has preserved part of its woodlands, situated in the Biodiversity Corridor Miranda – Serra daBodoquena. In line with the thinking of other Bonito pioneers, the Rio da Prata experience was set up with a sustainable vision since the beginning nearly 20 years ago.


Press Release January 2014


Bonito, Brazil prepares to host Ecotourism leaders from around the world

during the 2014  Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference

April 27-30, 2014


Washington, DC, January 22, 2014– Building ecotourism capacity within destinations around the world is the main theme for the 2014 Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC 14) being held in Bonito, Brazil April 27-30, 2014, says The International Ecotourism Society (TIES)`s chair, Kelly Bricker, and representatives for destinations and tourism operations  looking to build their reputation for ecotourism experiences are encouraged to register. 


`` Providing travelers with tourism options that are sustainable and follow the principles of ecotourism is no longer an option, it is an expectation,`` says Bricker .  ``For over 24 years TIES has been then driving force behind providing the skills, training and academic resources for creating policies and establishing authentic ecotourism practices in global destinations.``


Brazil and the Importance of Place




This year Brazil was featured in two prizes at the World Responsible Tourism Awards presented at the World Travel Market 2013. They are a good indication of the complex country that Brazil is and the challenges and opportunities for sustainability in tourism and ecotourism.


The overall prize went to TUI Netherlands for their work against child sex tourism in Northeastern Brazil. Northeastern Brazil is famous for its great climate, wonderful beaches buffeted by warm waters and coral reefs. It is also historically a poorer area of Brazil.  So when charter flights poured in European tourists, looking for the 3 S's,  destination managers also discovered that all that tourism revenue came with some social costs. Realizing that child sex tourism is silently growing in the Northeast of Brazil, TUI Netherlands and its numerous partners launched a campaign to say "a collective 'NO' to child sex tourism in the Northeast of Brazil".


Often the rush to cash in on tourism comes with environmental costs as well. Too many destination stakeholders do not invest in planning the sustainability of their destination thereby shortening the destination lifecycle.


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. 

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