Sustainable Ecotourism & Roadmaps

Sustainable Ecotourism embraces all segments of the industry with guidelines and criteria that seek to reduce environmental impacts, particularly the use of non-renewable resources, using measurable benchmarks, and to improve tourism’s contribution to sustainable development and environmental conservation. Where are we now and where are we heading?


Market Development & Resilience

Developing regional and domestic markets for ecotourism, learning from the leaders in destination positioning, e-marketing and the evaluation of green tourism economies in developing countries, exploring the successful branding of destinations with world heritage status and of commercial companies acquiring green certification; and analyzing how to protect the brand when crisis strikes.


Local Community Challenges & Solutions:

reduce tourism’s negative impacts and to increase the positive contribution of tourism business and consumption activity to local sustainable development. Solutions to adverse tourism impacts are to be found in the shared interest of local communities, tourism businesses, and tourism consumers to maintain the natural wealth and social heritage of the tourist destination.


Public & Private Sector Partnerships

successful recipes for collaborating with other destinations and working with the industry, sharing resources, soliciting public funding plus the way forward for destinations enhancing tourism competitiveness through cooperation as well as building sustainable success through partnerships.



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Community-Based Tourism: A Case Study from Buhoma, Uganda



Rural Tourism Development: Constraints and Possibilities with a special reference to Agri Tourism: A Case Study on Agri Tourism Destination – Malegoan Village, Taluka Baramati, District Pune, Maharashtra Dr. R. Gopal, Ms. Shilpa Varma and Ms. Rashmi Gopinathan



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World Ecotourism Conference 2009


"New Paradigms and Resilience for Sustainable and Responsible Tourism in Developing Countries"

Distinguished Speakers / Panelists

H.E. Mr. Bouasone Bouphavanh

Prime Minister of Lao PDR

Speech - 3.5 MB

H.E. Dr Taleb Rifai

Secretary General, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

Madrid, Spain (represented by Mr Eugenio Yunis)

Speech - to be uploaded soon

H.E. Mr Somphong Mongkhonvilay

Minister, Chairman of Lao National Tourism Administration


Speech - 2.8 MB


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Mr Eugenio Yunis

Director, Programme and Coordination, UNWTO

Ecotourism: An effective and sustainable way for tackling poverty Progress, opportunities and challenges

Paper  - 154 KB    PowerPoint - 3 MB

Prof Dr Trevor Sofield

Foundation Professor and Chair, Tourism Programme University of Tasmania, Australia

New Paradigms and Resilience for Responsible and Sustainable Tourism in Developing Countries

PowerPoint - 63 MB

Mr Jose Ma Lorenzo (Lory) Tan

Vice-President, WWF, Philippines

Presentation: Building Lifelines and Lifeboats

Adapting to Climate Change Impacts on Tourism in Asia

PowerPoint - 239 MB

Session 1 - Sustainable Ecotourism & Roadmaps

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Professor Dr Zadok S Lempert

Sustainability Management & Ecotourism Specialist, Thailand

Social Development Management Specialist

Roadmap Basics for Sustainable Tourism 

PowerPoint - 5 MB

YM Datuk Seri Tengku Zainal Adlin bin Tengku Mahamood

Chairman, Sabah Tourism Board, Malaysia

Sustainable Tourism Plan - How to make it all work? The Sabah Malaysian Borneo Experience

PowerPoint - 117 MB

Mr Tony Charters

Vice Chair of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and Principal, Tony Charters & Associates, Australia

Climate Change Response – Back to the Future?

PowerPoint - 2 MB

Mr Les Clark

Director, Tourism Resource Consultants Ltd, New Zealand

International Consulting in Tourism, Conservation and Development - Lessons Along The Way

PowerPoint - 12 MB

Session 2 - Market Development & Resilience

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Dr Mark Hampton

Director Centre of Tourism in Islands and Coastal Areas (CENTICA) Kent Business School University of Kent at Medway, United Kingdom

‘Responsible Backpacker Tourism’: contradiction or contribution?

PowerPoint - 9 MB

Dr Peter Richter

Principal Adviser/Project Manager

German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), Philippines

Regional Tourism Branding; The Road to "Equator Asia"

PowerPoint - 23 MB

Dato Amiruddin Abu 

Acting Director-General, Tourism Malaysia, Malaysia

Positioning Malaysia as Ecotourism Destination

PowerPoint  - 0 KB, Nature-Video- 0 KB,   TrulyAsia-Video- 0 KB,    Wonders-Video- 0 KB,  Eco-Video- 33 MB

Mr Shahram Saber

Regional Director - Asia, Pacific Asia Travel Association  (PATA), Thailand

Education and Sustainability

PowerPoint- 79 MB

Mr. Soukaseum Bodhisane

Vice Chairman, Lao National Tourism Administration (LNTA), Lao PDR


Session 3 - Local Community Challenges & Solutions

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Prof Dr Amran Hamzah

Head of Tourism Planning & Research Group, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia

Community Based Tourism in Asia Pacific: Trapped Along The Value Chain

PowerPoint- 25 MB

Mr Masaru Takayama

Executive Director, Japan Ecolodge Association, Japan

"Revitalizing Rural Areas: Green and Blue Tourism with hints of sustainability"

PowerPoint- 31 MB

Mr Rabi Jung Panday

Director Nepalese Tourism Research & Service Centre (NTRSC), Kathmandu, Nepal

Rural Tourism: An affirmative management approach for inclusive economic growth

PowerPoint- 15 MB

Ms Tara Gujadhur

Network Leader, Pro-Poor Sustainable Tourism, SNV Asia & Director of Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre (TAEC), Luang Prabang, Lao PDR

Creating opportunities for communities through market-driven tourism      PowerPoint- 11 MBmed 

Session 4 - Public & Private Sector Partnerships

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Mr Albert Teo

Managing Director, Borneo Eco Tours Sdn Bhd, Malaysia

Engaging The Public Sector: The Sukau Rainforest Lodge Experience

PowerPoint - 28 MB

Mr Steven Schipani

Senior Advisor, Lao National Tourism Administration (LNTA), Lao PDR

Indigenous Communities & Public Sector Partnerships:  A Lao Perspective

PowerPoint- 6 MB

Dr Sasithara Pichaichannarong

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of  Tourism and Sports, Thailand

Public and Private Alliance to boost Thailand Eco Tourism

PowerPoint- 15 MB

Technical Workshops

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Dr. Vikneswaran Nair -

Head, Centre for Research & Development, Taylor's University College, Malaysia

Tasik Bera Semelai Tribe Community Based Tourism Program: Viability of Achieving Conservation Goals

PowerPoint- 42 MB

Mr Ary Suhandi

Executive Director, Indonesia Ecotourism Network (INDECON), Indonesia

Engaging Community to Link Tourism and Biodiversity Conservation"

PowerPoint- 41 MB

Mr Bob Palege

Travel Consultant, Native Tour Guide, Papua,

Indonesia and Team Member of National Geographic and Discovery Channel Filming Crew.

The Lost Tribes of Papua: A Visual Presentation

PowerPoint- 79 MB

Dr Awang Noor Abd. Ghani

Dean Faculty of Forestry Universiti Putra Malaysia

Economic Valuation of Ecotourism Areas in Malaysia: Current Research and Future Direction

PowerPoint- 815 KB

Special Session - Development & Marketing of the Greater Mekong Sub-region

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Mr Mason Florence

Executive Director, Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO)

Development and Marketing of the GMS

PowerPoint- 2 MB

Mr Reinhard Hohler

GMS Media Travel Consultant

Culture and Religion along the Mekong River: Impressions from Expedition Mekong 2002

Video- 181 MB

Mr Sounh Manivong

Director-General, Planning and Cooperation Department and Project Director of Mekong Tourism Development Programme, Lao PDR

An Overview of the GMS Tourism Sector Cooperation

PowerPoint- 11 MB


Mr Douglas Hainsworth

Consultant for GTZ, Vietnam and ex-Senior Advisor, SNV

In a Period of Global Recession, Strategic Opportunities to Stabilize and Strengthen Tourism in the GMS on an Strategic Road to Recovery

PowerPoint- 351 KB

Rapporteurs and  Moderators

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Mr Peter Semone

Ex-Director, PATA and Senior Advisor, Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO), Lao PDR

WEC2009 Rapporteur - PowerPoint - 29 MB

The Vientiane Declaration on Ecotourism in Developing Countries

Mr Shahram Saber

Regional Director - Asia, Pacific Asia Travel Association  (PATA), Thailand

Moderator for Keynotes Session - New Paradigms and Resilience for Sustainable and Responsible Tourism in Developing Countries

Professor Francesco Adamo

Professor, Rete interregionale per il progresso del turismo, Torino, Italy

Moderator for Session 1 - Sustainable Ecotourism & Roadmaps

Mrs Chinda Tejavanija

Director of Sripatum International College Bangkok, Thailand

Moderator for Session 2 - Market Development & Resilience

Mr Scott Smith

Lecturer, Assumption University, Bangkok, Thailand

Moderator for Session 3 - Local Community Challenges & Solutions

Professor Stephen Lynch

Professor, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Moderator for Session 4 - Public & Private Sector Partnerships

Mr Stephen Schipani

Senior Advisor, Lao National Tourism Administration (LNTA), Lao PDR

Moderator for Special Session - Development & Marketing of the Greater Mekong Sub-region

The list of speakers is subject to change if deemed necessary and in the interest of the Conference and delegates.



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