24 nations converge at the world’s first green travel mart

Man’s actions to protect the earth’s biodiversity and vital ecosystems are very crucial with the steep rise in the number of endangered species.

With much resolve to make impactful moves in favor of nature, participants from a total of 24 countries are converging from March 29, 2023 to April 2, 2023 in Silang, Cavite, Philippines for the first International Ecotourism Travel Mart (IETM), the world’s first green travel mart.

Masaru Takayama, president of the Asian Ecotourism Network which organizes IETM together with the International School of Sustainable Tourism (ISST), announced that ecotourism players and advocates from 20 Asian countries as well as the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Costa Rica have confirmed their participation.

These are Indonesia, Japan, China, Cambodia, Malaysia, India, Hong Kong, Laos, Singapore, Thailand, Nepal, Bhutan, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, Korea, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Fiji, and the Philippines.

Experts, ecotourism practitioners, advocates, participants and exhibitors are expected at the IETM for the great opportunity to learn and network across cultures, according to Takayama, IETM co-chair and AEN president.

AEN, which is the Asian initiative of the Global Ecotourism Network which is based in Costa Rica, provides relevant opportunities for members to work together on a regional scale. It actively seeks out channels for growth opportunities with both small and large organizations within Asia and shares among members significant information and educational materials. The Philippines is an active AEN member.

Takayama also noted the timeliness of the holding of the first IETM, which is a few months after the 20th anniversary of the first celebration of the International Year of Ecotourism set by the United Nations in 2002. Takayama stated that “ecotourism is the star of sustainable tourism”, and that much has taken place to put forward Sustainable Development Goals through the spread of best practices in ecotourism.

“Forum participants benefit from the vital sharing of noted experts, practitioners, advocates, professionals, and planners, on the beginnings, the current situation and best practices, and the future of ecotourism,” states Dr. Mina T. Gabor, president of the ISST and an internationally acclaimed advocate for the practice of authentic ecotourism which conserves natural environment and uplifts lives of communities, including indigenous groups, around the sites.

AEN sees the IETM as a “celebration to make sure that beautiful nature is passed on to the next generations to enjoy.”

To register and for more information on IETM, log on to
www.internationalecotourismtravelmart.com.

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