Top Ecotourism and Community Development Experts Offer Online Professional Learning Series

25 February 2013

The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and EplerWood International Partner to Develop an Interactive Online Learning Program April-May 2013 To Focus on Community Benefits Through Tourism

Washington, DC and Burlington, VT – Recognizing the need for accessible professional learning opportunities for tourism industry stakeholders engaged in ecotourism and sustainable community development, The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and EplerWood International are presenting the Professional Learning Series "Tourism and Community Development: Tested Strategies for a Better Future", which will be offered online in April and May 2013. In addition to online lectures by top experts with successful hands-on experience worldwide, this four-part series will include social media platforms to create a dynamic and interactive learning experience.

Registration for the Professional Learning Series is now available online. The early-bird registration rate (US$160 for TIES Professional and Organization Members / US$180 for non-members) will be offered through March 1st, 2013, with registration ending March 15th, 2013.

Through tailored curriculum and an interactive global learning experience, this series focuses on achieving lasting community benefits, strong partnerships, vibrant supply chains, local well-being, and significant support for biodiversity conservation. Participants will learn tested strategies for tourism and community development from some of the world’s foremost leaders in ecotourism business management, community-based tourism development, and sustainable destination stewardship.

The TIES-EWI Professional Learning Series features the following expert lecturers:

  • Mr. Kurt Holle: Naturalist and social entrepreneur with extensive experience working with local and indigenous communities in the Amazon region, and Co-Founder of one of Peru’s leading ecotourism company Rainforest Expeditions.
  • Ms. Judy Kepher-Gona: CEO of Basecamp Foundation, a non-profit organization working in tourism and sustainable destination development globally, and the former director of Ecotourism Kenya, the national ecotourism association.
  • Mr. Peter Richards: Ecotourism marketing and partnerships specialist, with a wealth of hands-on experience in the fields of sustainable tourism and community based tourism in the Greater Mekong Sub-region of Southeast Asia;
  • Ms. Megan Epler Wood: TIES Founder and Principal of EplerWood International, with global expertise on projects focusing on improving supply chains, benefiting the bottom billion, and creating marketable community tourism enterprises.
For more information on the Professional Learning Series program, contact Dr. Kelly Bricker ([email protected]) or Megan Epler Wood ([email protected]). For program schedule and registration details, visit here.