Sep 08, 2010 12:00 AM
Sep 10, 2010 12:00 AM
The Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC) brings together innovative minds from across the industry to discuss practical ideas and solutions that inspire positive changes. Hosted by Travel Portland and Travel Oregon, the ESTC 2010 will be bringing together 500+ business leaders, tourism professionals, and community stakeholders. ESTC's goals include promoting best practices in sustainability strategies and inspiring innovative change as well as equipping businesses with tools to effectively cope with social, environmental, and economic changes.
Keynote speakers for this year's conference will be:
- Sam Adams, the Mayor of Portland. In his new role as Mayor, Sam is the lead Council member on Economic
Development, Planning and Sustainability, Education, Arts and Culture,
- Rick Ridgeway, the VP of environmental Initiatives and Special Media Projects in Patagonia. Rick is the author of six books, including the highly acclaimed Seven Summits, The Shadow of Kilimanjaro and Below Another Sky. Rick
is Board Chairman of Freedom to Roam Coalition, a broad coalition of
businesses, government agencies and environmental groups committed to
the protection of wildlife corridors and connected landscapes.
- Bruce Poon Tip, the founder of Gap Adventures. Gap Adventures has been awarded a 2009 World Savers Awards by Condé
Nast Traveler magazine and the 2009 Travel+Leisure’s Global Vision
Leadership Award for voluntourism. Bruce has been honored twice with
the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and has been recognized
as the 2009 Awards of Merit, Travel Personality of the Year.
Alongside the conference's keynote speaker will be several additional featured speakers, eager to share their stories, and best practices in sustainable strategies.
Sponsored partners include Sustainable Industries, Horizon Air Alaska Airlines, Travel Portland, and many more. Kimberley Lisagor, the editor for Endangeredplaces.com and Author of "Disappearing Destinations: 37 Places in Peril and What Can Be Done to Help Save Them", says, "As more and more travelers gravitate toward ecotourism, it’s increasingly important for travel professionals and the travel media to have the kind of in-depth, reflective dialogue that happens here. This conference is a tremendous resource for new ideas, fresh perspectives and inspiration."