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Megan Epler Wood named director of the International Sustainable Tourism Initiative at the Harvard School of Public Health's Center for Health and the Global Environment.

The International Sustainable Tourism Initiative helps tourism industry leaders, policy makers, and civil society ensure that tourism improves the health and well-being of people and ecosystems worldwide. It envisions a future in which tourism leaders:

  • Become full partners in all major international conversations that aim to develop economic and environmental solutions for the future of our planet and its residents.
  • Possess reliable data and research about tourism’s impacts on global health and the environment.
  • Create visionary regional plans for tourism development that protect investments, respond to climate change, and secure ecosystems and human health
  • Develop innovative, shared solutions that manage waste and waste water, and protect clean water and air as part of the cost of doing business.
  • Have ready access to a professional workforce that uses scientific and data-driven environmental management procedures for managing tourism development. 
Read more here: http://www.chgeharvard.org/about-this-program/our-vision-2.
What's New at EWI

"Selling Sustainability" Topic of New On-Line Ecotourism Master Class
The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and EplerWood International (EWI) are launching their second Master Class, "The Ecotourism Market: Selling Sustainability" in January-February 2015. The 4-part course will focus on successfully integrating social media into a destination’s marketing plan as well as creating market access for sustainable destinations.

The Ecotourism Market: Selling Sustainability will run over three consecutive weeks. The presenters are Randy Durband, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, Leilani Latimer, head of Product Marketing for Sabre Hospitality Solutions, Bret Love, Co-Founder of Global Green Travel and Dr. D’Arcy Dornan, Cofounder of the South American Sustainable Tourism Network.

TIES and EWI are dedicated to offering on-line training and education for ecotourism professionals worldwide. More information and registration is available on the TIES website.