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.
Who Should Attend?
Ecotourism Resorts & Tour Operators
Resorts and related tourism industry professionals
Tourism Supplier & Service providers
College and University Students, Faculty, and Administrators
Convention & Visitor Bureau staff
Environmental policy makers and/or staff
Individuals interested in the ESTCA conference topics and agenda
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.
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
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|The second day of the conference will be dedicated to
experiential learning through a variety of excursions such as the tour of Anna Maria Island where participants will have the opportunity to experience global best practice models for ecotourism and sustainable tourism.