INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF SUSTAINABLE TOURISM FOR DEVELOPMENT (IYST), 2017
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE AND ECOTOURISM POLONNARUWA, SRI LANKA, 2017
‘to give a “voice to the Ecotourism fraternity of the Asia-Pacific region” that can be heard in the wider global forum of discussions…’ The APREC is trying to develop a programme/project under the branding of ‘feel the community proud through tourism business’ by promoting and strengthening of Community Based Ecotourism Enterprises (CBE) to increase the competitiveness of CBE products and services worldwide, inter-and intra-regional tourism markets” The International Conference will be held in Polonnaruwa, the Mediaeval Capital and the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka. The event will be held in Polonnaruwa under the patronage of Hon. HE, Maithreepala Sirisena, the President of Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka Tourism represents at World Tourism Conference – 2016, Penang, Malaysia. “Tourism Delights; Delivering the Unexpected”
Palitha Gurusinghe, President, Sri Lanka Ecotourism Foundation (SLEF) and General Secretary, Asia-Pacific Regional Ecotourism Council (APREC)
The 4th World Tourism Conference 2016 was held in the historic city of George Town, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, in Penang, Malaysia from 17th to 19th of October, 2016. The conference brought together the world leaders in tourism, high-level policy makers, and experts from the public and private sector, academics, NGOs, INGOs and world media to exchange and share their experiences, update their knowledge and expand the existing networks for future tourism growth and development. There were more than 750 delegates represented their respective organizations from all over the world.
Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Asian Ecotourism Network (AEN)
Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Asian Ecotourism Network (AEN) and the Training Programme on ‘Standards and Certification’ conducted by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (UNWTO-GSTC) was held in Bangkok, Thailand from 4th to 6th June, 2016 at the Auditorium of Thai Public Office of Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA). Regional Ecotourism leaders representing 14 countries from Asia-Pacific Region took part at the event.
AEN aims to provide more hands-on connections and relevant opportunities for ecotourism stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific Region to.....
A Network of Community Based Tourism Projects was ceremonially launched at Panama in the East Coast, Sri Lanka, on the 30th June, 2016 (Thursday) These Projects are being supported by ILO and Australian Aid. Under these projects a Central Tourism Office of Panama Community Based Tourism Association (CBTA) and the Information Centre was opened at Panama. A Food Products Processing Centre, Home Stay Accommodation facilities, Centre for lagoon safari tours at Pananma and Urani, a Souvenir Shop at the Kumana National Park Office premises declared opened....
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Sustainable Tourism Agents in Rural Societies (STARS)
The International Conference on Sustainable Tourism Agents in Rural Societies (STARS) which was held in Kandy and Horton Plains, Sri Lanka, from 19th to 25th February, 2016 has been successfully concluded.
The event was hosted by Sri Lanka Ecotourism Foundation (SLEF), the pioneer National Ecotourism Society of Sri Lanka (www.ecotourismsrilanka.net) in association with Education, Culture and Audiovisual Agency of the European Union (EU) and Fundación General de la Universidad de La Laguna located in San Cristobal de La Laguna, Canary Islands, Spain.
Launch and the Inaugural Workshop of National Sustainable Tourism Certification (NSTC) Programme
The Workshop on first ever National Sustainable Tourism Certification (NSTC) Programme for Small and Medium Enterprises Tourism and Community Based Tourism Enterprises has been launched on the 27th April, 2015, at the Auditorium of the National Library Services Board, Colombo, 07, Sri Lanka.