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Published on : Friday, November 1, 2013
In view of the recent events that adversely affected Central Visayas, the Philippines Department of Tourism and Discovery Mice have decided to postpone the 5th World Ecotourism Conference slated on November 13 – 15, 2013 in Cebu City and Bohol to the first quarter of 2014.
The rescheduling was deemed necessary to give way for the national and local government units to complete their post activities, as well as give chance for the local people of earthquake-stricken Bohol and Cebu to recover from the recent catastrophe.
All those who have registered online are advised to reconfirm their interest to attend once the online registration is reactivated with the new schedule.
This Conference is organized by DISCOVERYMICE, an affiliate member of the UNWTO. The Conference is an ambitious initiative to bring global ecotourism players together to network, collaborate and share their experiences, best practices and technologies for the advancement of nature conservation, environment protection, renewable energies, preservation of communities and their cultures and consequently the advancement of ecotourism around the world.
A key objective of this Conference is to help and support host countries that are in need of a global platform to champion, position or support ecotourism policies and initiatives that will bring transformational changes for the betterment of their economies, people or environment. In addition to Government facilitation, the private sector, academia and civil societies have an obligation to pool their resources and realize common aims and objectives; a concerted commitment to enshrine ecotourism principles, sustainable development and best practices in national tourism policies.
The World Ecotourism Conference is the most prestigious ecotourism conference to be organized for both public and private sector tourism players in the ecotourism fraternity. With the support of the Cambodian Ministry of Tourism, UNWTO and the Asia Pacific Ecotourism Society (APES) as well as encouragement of various other societies and associations worldwide, the World Ecotourism Conference usually invites over 30 renowned speakers and moderators and attracts between 250 to 600 key tourism players from over 30 countries. It attracts extensive media coverage in the region and around the world.
The World Ecotourism Conference will enable top industry policy makers, stakeholders, sellers and buyers of eco-based tourism products to meet and share common ideas beneficial to all parties. It provides an excellent opportunity to network with eco-tour operators, eco-hotels/resorts, travel-trade partners, industry experts and gather the latest information, trends and updates, exchanging business and development ideas and exploring other untapped market segments and opportunities in the region.
The event will feature some of world’s best authority in sustainable tourism as well as eco-sites and projects with best practices in local community welfare and wildlife conservation, and most importantly to market and manage the business of ecotourism.