The Fifth European Ecotourism Conference (EuroEco 2018) will take place at Ilia State University in Tbilisi, Georgia on September 10-14.
Fifth European Ecotourism Conference in Tbilisi
By Mariam Chanishvili
Friday, August 10
The conference will focus on the advancement of sustainability goals in the tourism industry worldwide.
EuroEco 2018 aims to gather innovative minds to share ideas and solutions from all over the world inspiring future changes.
The three-day conference includes sessions and panel discussions about Ecotourism and its contribution to poverty reduction, Ecotourism, and education of future tourism managers, digital storytelling, climate changes, etc.
Participants will have a chance to meet and learn from respected professionals in the field of sustainable development, obtain information on approaches and practice in Ecotourism and participate in setting the direction for Ecotourism development in Europe.
The conference will feature the following topics: Ecotourism in the education of future tourism managers, Transboundary trails and cooperations in Ecotourism – Eco-corridors, Ecotourism business models – successful examples, etc.
Participants will also have a chance to discover Kvemo Kartli Region, visit one of the most attractive protected areas – Dashbashi Canyon Natural Monument, observe German cultural heritage of XIX century preserved in village Asureti and taste different varieties of local cheese.
Official partners of the event are Georgian Ecotourism Association, GIZ - Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit, nationalparks.ge, Georgian National Tourism Administration.
Ecotourism is now defined as "responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education."
Ecotourism is directed toward exotic, often threatened, natural environments, primarily to support conservation efforts and observe wildlife.