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The event is organized by The International Ecotourism Society, co-hosted by Kenya Tourist Board and Ecotourism Kenya and in cooperation with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and will bring together 450+ professionals from across the industry.
A leading platform for industry stakeholders engaged in ecotourism and sustainable tourism, the ESTC aims to strengthen commitment to the recent UN resolution, "Promotion of ecotourism for poverty eradication and environment protection", which recognizes tourism’s role in 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.
By minimizing negative footprint and maximizing positive impact, tourism can play an active role in contributing to these goals, which are outlined in the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the world’s time-bound commitment to fighting poverty and achieving a just, sustainable, and healthier future.
The tourism industry is increasingly being recognized as an important player in contributing to the world’s sustainable development goals which focus on conservation and communities.
In honor of the UN International Year of Water Cooperation and of World Tourism Day to be celebrated
on 27 September on the theme of “Tourism and Water – Protecting Our Common Future”, the ESTC13 program will also highlight the opportunities for tourism to promote sustainable water management, support education and cooperation around issues related to water, and improve access to safe drinking water in communities around the world.
Representing the voices of stakeholders from all corners of the world, TIES' global network supports and is supported by members from over 120 countries, who are leading the vital efforts to make travel and tourism more sustainable.
Ayako Ezaki, Director of Communications, TIES
ESTC13 Kenya Secretariat
Edith Bosire, Conference Co-ordinator Kenya