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15 October 2018

Expanding the INSiGHTS

5th European Ecotourism Conference

An international attendance of experts gathered in Tbilisi to approach the advancement of sustainability goals in the tourism industry worldwide. (Credit: http://hosting.iliauni.edu.ge/ecoturism)

CEEweb presented the State-of-the-art Good Practices booklet and results of the INSiGHTS project in Tbilisi, Georgia.

As part of the efforts to promote the INtegrated Slow, Green and Healthy Tourism Strategies project (INSiGHTS), CEEweb for Biodiversity participated to the 5th European Ecotourism Conference, held from 10 to 14 September in Tbilisi, Georgia. The event served as a platform for different stakeholders to exchange best practices and innovative initiatives in the field of ecotourism.

Attendants got to explore — through the different sessions and panels — the intersection between tourism and topics such as sustainable economic development, poverty alleviation, transboundary hiking trails, climate change and digital storytelling. The conference gathered experts in the field from around the globe and belonging to world renowned institutions such as Lonely Planet, the Global Ecotourism Network and the European Network for Sustainable Tourism Development (ECOTRANS), among several others.

During the event, CEEweb for Biodiversity presented the results of the INSiGHTS project’s publication “Collecting state-of-the-art good practices in slow, green and healthy tourism in the Danube region and beyond,” a study-case collection taken from the Danube region and other parts of Europe. This book bases its rationale and collecting methodology on the thematic pillars of the project, thus dealing with the establishment of integrated sustainable tourism management schemes, the promotion of coordinated and smart tourism products, and the stimulation of eco-conscious and healthy lifestyles through green tourism.

Georgian local and rural touristic cases and products were showcased for further practice sharing. (Credit: http://hosting.iliauni.edu.ge/ecoturism)

Finally, the event also allowed the attendants to become acquainted with the Georgian touristic context and practices through post-conference trips to the countryside where local and rural tourism is practiced.

A spark of interest? The presentations can then be accessed in the following link.