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University of Vermont Ecotourism Course Attracts Leading Thinkers in Field

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Register Now for Megan Epler Wood‘s new short-course, Global Sustainable Ecotourism Development, at the University of Vermont, July 12-16, 2010. This course is being launched in honor of the 20th anniversary of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES).

Speakers include: Bruce Poon Tip, CEO of Gap Adventures; Richard G. Edwards, Director of Planeterra Foundation; Ann Nygard, Associate Director of the National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations; Seleni Matus, Director of the Belize Tourism Board and former Ecotourism Manager for Conservation International; and Erika Harms, Executive Director of the Tourism Sustainability Counciland Senior Advisor at the United Nations Foundation.

Students attending Global Sustainable Ecotourism Development will learn new, more sensitive field based approaches that rely on a broader set of academic expertise and disciplines than associated with the topic in the past. The course will help students to understand how tourism can play a broader role in sustainable development, and help transition economies away from destructive development practices.

This 5 day intensive seminar will be held on the University of Vermont campus as a professional certificate program, or for three college credits. All information on the course can be found on the University of Vermont website.  Accommodations on campus can be acquired in a LEED certified facility for a modest fee. Off campus housing also includes “green housing” options.

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