About the world’s first green travel mart
ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity gears up for major role with the International Ecotourism Travel Mart.
The Asean Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) topbills as co-organizer of the world’s first green travel mart — the International Ecotourism Travel Mart (IETM), which will be held next year in Silang, Cavite, Philippines.
Slated from March 29 to April 2, 2023, IETM is a historic assembly and world festival that pushes ecotourism in its rightful place in protecting the environment and improving the welfare of the local people.
IETM is co-presented by the Asian Ecotourism Network (AEN) and the International School for Sustainable Tourism (ISST).
IETM gathers from at least 21 countries, in a well-conceived and unique Philippine setting, the world’s buyers and sellers of ecotourism packages; exhibitors of ecotourism-related and sustainability-advancing products, services and destinations; registered participants, speakers and panelists in IETM’s two-day forum and certificate course; and visitors for the public activities.
Dr. Mina T. Gabor, chair and president of the Silang-based ISST, and Dr. Mundita S. Lim, ACB executive director, recently signed the memorandum of agreement covering ACB’s substantial involvement in the green travel mart and festival.
Dr. Gabor, who champions global sustainable tourism after her service as head of the Philippine tourism department, states that ACB’s vital contribution to IETM fast-tracks the event’s goal of protecting the natural environment while uplifting local community welfare.
Dr. Lim says the international travel mart “elevates tourism as a leader in promoting the balance between economic development and harnessing nature as a means to overcome current challenges”.
Citing challenges that ASEAN Heritage Parks faced in the pandemic, the ACB official shares that, as people are excited to be back outdoors again, there is also a growing awareness that nature is part of the solution to public health and climate change-related problems.
“With the IETM 2023, we hope to help jumpstart sustainable economic recovery in the region with the promotion of a greener and biodiversity-conscious tourism industry. “
Active linkage with ACB provides IETM participants with crucial information through sterling resource speakers on best Press Release
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