ESTC North America Ecotourism Conference

ESTC North America January 25th-27th 2016

ESTC North America, in its inaugural year, will be held in Tampa, Florida from January 25th – 27th, 2016, at the University of South Florida Patel Center for Global Solutions.  

The theme for this years conference is Transforming Our World Through Sustainable Solutions.  At the ESCT North America Conference, you'll interact with celebrated ecotourism and sustainable tourism leaders, policy makers, educators, innovators and change-agents.   Learn best sustainable tourism practices, critical knowledge, and develop winning partnerships to prepare your own company, organization, or community for a world where people can live  safely and justly within the limits of our planetary boundaries. This will be the first major Sustainable Tourism Conference following the adoption of the United Nations Sustainability Goals & the outcomes of COP 21 Climate Change negotiations in Paris, France. 

The conference is brought to you by the International Ecotourism Society and hosted by the USF Patel College of Global Sustainability.  Register to be part of this historical event.

Register for ESTC North America

🌿 The Conference will be held at the Patel Center for Global Solutions, Tampa, Florida. Location Information
The International Ecotourism Society

Who Should Attend?

ESTC North America Bullet Point
Ecotourism Resorts & Tour Operators

ESTC North America Bullet PointResorts and related tourism industry professionals

ESTC North America Bullet Point Tourism Supplier & Service providers

ESTC North America Bullet PointCollege and University Students, Faculty, and Administrators

ESTC North America Bullet Point Convention & Visitor Bureau staff

ESTC North America Bullet Point Environmental policy makers and/or staff

ESTC North America Bullet Point Environmental NGO’s

ESTC North America Bullet Point Individuals interested in the ESTCA conference topics and agenda

ESTC North America Bullet Point Media

The ESTC North America Conference will focus on the major tourism related sustainable development goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations.

UNWTO Involvement in ESTC North America

🎯The UNWTO has welcomed the adopted Sustainable Development Goals and reiterated its commitment to work toward its implementation.  Tourism is one of the largest global economic sectors and sources of employment.   It is perhaps one of the most important industries for implementing the SDG’s particularly in the areas of job creation, sustainable consumption and production and the preservation of natural resources.

  “Issues such as climate change, effective resource management, poverty reduction and inclusive growth need to be at the center of tourism development. Now that the Goals have been approved, it is time to step up our action, time to advance policies and business strategies that monitor and minimize the negative effects of tourism development and maximize its positive impacts, namely through the distribution of its benefits among host communities” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.


United Nations UNWTO Development Goals for Tourism
The SDGs are a universal 17-goal plan of action for people, the planet and economy for all nations of the world.

Tourism is included in the SDGs as a target in Goal 8, Goal 12 and Goal 14:

🌏 Goal 8, on the promotion of “sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all includes as Target 8.9 "By 2030, devise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products".

🌏 Goal 12 aimed to “ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns” includes as Target 12.b to "Develop and implement tools to monitor sustainable development impacts for sustainable tourism which creates jobs, promotes local culture and products".  

🌏 Goal 14 set to “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”  includes as target 14.7 "by 2030 increase the economic benefits of SIDS and LDCs from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism”.

This conference will explore how we in North America can best form collaborative partnerships to do our part in achieving these global goals through ecotourism and sustainable tourism initiatives, models, best practices.

ESTC North America Guest Speakers

  • Dr. Thomas Henry Culhane Dr. Thomas Henry Culhane - Professor, Mercy College, NY, founder of Solar Cities, and a National Geographic ExplorerDr. Thomas Henry Culhane - Professor, Mercy College, NY, founder of Solar Cities, and ...
    Posted Oct 29, 2015, 6:08 PM by Jaybird Farrow
  • Dr. David Randle Dr. David Randle Patel College of Global SustainabilityDave holds a B.A. from California Lutheran University, an M-Div. from the Iliff School of Theology, and a doctorate in ...
    Posted Oct 29, 2015, 6:06 PM by Jaybird Farrow
  • Dr. Blair Witherington Dr. Blair Witherington is a Conservation Programs Manager for Disney’s AnimalsDr. Blair Witherington is a Conservation Programs Manager for Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment at Walt Disney ...
    Posted Jan 20, 2016, 7:08 PM by Justin Farrow
  • Richard Jordan Richard Jordan is the 60th DPI/NGO Conference Chairman. Richard Jordan is the 60th DPI/NGO Conference Chairman. Over the course of his 22 years at the UN, Mr Jordan ...
    Posted Jan 21, 2016, 8:26 PM by Justin Farrow
  • Dr. Kelly Bricker Dr. Kelly Bricker Dr. Kelly Bricker - Professor and Dept. Chair, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, University of Utah Chair, Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference USA. Dr. Bricker is the ...
    Posted Jan 20, 2016, 7:20 PM by Justin Farrow
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Break Out Session Presenters

  • Get to know our guest presenters for breakout sessions and excursions during ESTC North America.
  • Ms. Sandra Sotomayor Ms. Sandra SotomayorSandra is a professional (Master of Science in Parks, Recreation and Tourism at the University of Missouri) with over 13 years of experience in the tourism industry ...
    Posted Jan 24, 2016, 2:29 PM by Justin Farrow
  • Amare WONDIRAD Amare WONDIRADAmare WONDIRAD has received his BA Degree in Tourism Management from the University of Gondar, Ethiopia and completed his MSc Degree in Tourism Management at EMTM (A joint ...
    Posted Nov 18, 2015, 1:55 PM by Jaybird Farrow
  • Dr. Alan Fyall Dr. Alan FyallDr. Alan Fyall is Orange County Endowed Professor of Tourism Marketing and Graduate Programs Director at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management, University of Central Florida. He ...
    Posted Nov 18, 2015, 1:53 PM by Jaybird Farrow
  • Dr. Gail Lash Dr. Gail LashDr. Gail Lash is Owner of Ursa International, Founder of Tourism For Peace, and Creator of Peace Brain Training. She is both a scientist and a peace ...
    Posted Nov 19, 2015, 12:27 PM by Jaybird Farrow
  • Dr. Patrick J. Holladay Dr. Patrick J. HolladayDr. Patrick J. Holladay is an Assistant Professor in the School of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management at Troy University. He earned his Ph.D. from ...
    Posted Nov 18, 2015, 9:32 AM by Jaybird Farrow
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