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ESTC 13 – Ecotourism & Sustainable Tourism Conference, Kenya

For the second year in a  row, Meaningful Trip founder, Joe Staiano has been selected to be a presenter at The Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC), organized by The International Ecotourism Society (TIES).  This unique annual conference focuses on the advancement of sustainability goals for the tourism industry.  The ESTC is a leading international meeting place where innovative minds gather to discuss ideas and solutions that inspire change. Promoting policies and practices benefiting businesses and communities, the ESTC helps to reinforce the role of tourism in building a more sustainable future.

Listen to an ESTC clip from Joe StaianoJoe Staiano presents at ESTC Ecotourism & Sustainable Tourism Conference



Tourism’s Role in Supporting Community Well-Being: Feeding Families, Educating Children and Improving Healthcare

And, how honored am I to be accompanied on the panel by these esteemed industry colleagues.

Dr. Kelly Bricker – Dept of Parks, Recreation, & Tourism, University of Utah.

Photo of Kelly Bricker speaking at ESTCDr. Bricker serves as the Chair of The International Ecotourism Society and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, actively contributing to global efforts to build partnerships and to implement initiatives on ecotourism planning and development, community well-being, natural resources, sustainable tourism certification and destination management strategies.

Sustainable Tourism & The Millennium Development Goals

Simon Mtuy – founder of Summit Expeditions & Nomadic Experience (SENE).

simon-mtuy-sene-national-geographic-channelSimon is a leader within his community, an outspoken advocate of sustainable living and conservation. Simon’s initial efforts at SENE were to attend to the immediate and basic needs of his villagers through an infusion of clothing, medical supplies and school materials. He is dedicated to education and sustainability; he is building alliances with other non-profit organizations whose goal is teaching locals the value of an intact ecosystem, education, and positive life choices. Dedicated to break the silence of HIV/AIDS in his community, Simon set the world record for the fastest ascent and descent of Kilimanjaro (19,340 feet) in 6 hours up and 2 hours, 27 minutes down. His tireless dedication and creative approach to problem solving has already begun to transform his village and inspire hope. Simon’s world record initiated the construction of a community center in his village and production of a documentary to educate the people of his country.



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About Joe Staiano

I believe that meaningful travel can change the world! I am passionate about the power that meaningful travel has in affecting positive economic, environmental and social development.

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