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Gap Adventures Celebrates United Nations World Tourism Day & Hosts an Evening to Raise Awareness of Sustainable Tourism

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 World’s leading sustainable tourism and travel experts converge to discuss the future of tourism

On Tuesday, September 27, 2011, United Nations World Tourism Day – a day dedicated to fostering awareness of tourism’s importance, Gap Adventures will host an evening of discussion and debate to raise awareness of sustainable tourism. The event, Future of Tourism, will feature a creative exchange between visionaries from a celebrated panel of industry experts.

“Tourism is one of the largest industries on earth. It is worth $6 trillion, generates 9.1% of the world GDP, and supports more than 258 million jobs worldwide. Furthermore, tourism is the fundamental lifeline and vital to the livelihood of countless countries globally,” says Bruce Poon Tip, Gap Adventures’ founder. “It possesses the power to stimulate and strengthen economies, create employment opportunities and foster financial security, in addition to battling poverty and building a stable future.”

“With hundreds of millions of international tourists travelling every year, sustainable tourism is vital to minimize the negative implications of travel, while maximizing its power to help make positive change in the world,” adds Poon Tip.

Future of Tourism Speakers:

  • Bruce Poon Tip, Founder, Gap Adventures
  • Erika Harms, Executive Director, Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)
  • Megan Epler Wood, Executive Director of Planeterra, Founder of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES)
  • Gary Arndt, Travel Blogger,
  • Plus a special message from David Suzuki

“We’re excited to have our friends from the United Nations Foundation (UNF) and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council on hand to launch their global campaign to help raise awareness for sustainable tourism. Plus, there’ll be a special pre-recorded message from scientist and climate-change activist David Suzuki,” shares Poon Tip.

The event will be held at Toronto’s Winter Garden Theatre at 189 Yonge Street. It will be attended by travellers, agents and members of the public, UNF and GSTC. Doors open at 7pm and the presentation begins at 7:30pm. Admission is free and attendees will be encouraged to “pay what you feel it’s worth”. All proceeds will benefit Planeterra.

Seating is limited and admission is first come, first served. For our global community and those who cannot attend, the event will also be webcast live.

For more information and to RSVP please visit

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