Program

The 2nd European Ecotourism Conference will be held in Poiana Brașov, Romania, from October 23rd to October 25th 2013.

 

Detailed program

 

Tuesday, October 22

15.00 – 

Arrival and registration                                                                

19.00 – 20.30

Dinner

 

 

 

Wednesday, October 23

07.00 – 09.30

Breakfast

09.30 – 10.00

Official opening

10.00 – 11.30

Main presentations: European standards, destinations and businesses

 

1. Ecolnet project: the European Ecotourism Labelling Standards (EELS) and European Ecotourism Network

(EEN).

2. Ecotourism certificates in Europe: transparency on standards, verification procedure, sustainability issues.

3. PAN Parks Network of wilderness destinations.

4. Europarc – Charter Parks.

5. AER – Ecotourism network of products and destinations.

11.30 – 12.00

Coffee break

12.00 – 13.15

How European standards can be integrated into tourism businesses and destinations and how these

standards can be better understood by consumers;

Round table/talk show facilitated with public interactions

13.15 – 14.30

Lunch

14.30 – 15.30

Facilitated Workshops – Part 1

 

Topic 1Improving the Benefits provided by Certification Programs and Standards

Certification schemes and quality assurance standards as networking and marketing tools for ecotourism

businesses and destinations”

 

Topic 2Multi-Stakeholder Approaches to Developing Ecotourism Destinations

The role of local, national and international stakeholders in developing and promoting ecotourism

destinations (ecotourism businesses, protected area authorities, government, international organisations

etc.)

 

Topic 3Practical Tools for conservation and local development

Effective solutions (e.g. financial mechanisms) to maximize ecotourism’s benefits for nature conservation

and local development”

 

Topic 4: “Product Development Strategies for Better Visitor Experience

How to create quality ecotourism experiences and achieve sustainable destinations”

15.30 – 16.00

 

16.00 – 17.30

 

18.00 – 19.30

Coffee break

 

Facilitated Workshops – Part 2

 

Side event

19.30 – 21.00

Dinner

 

Thursday, October 24

07.00 – 09.00

Breakfast

09.00 – 17.00

Field tripswildlife tracking, medieval culture tour)                                                                                   

18.00 – 19.30

Panoramic walking tour of Brasov

19.30 – 22.00

Dinner in Brasov and concert

 

Friday, October 25

07.00 – 09.00

Breakfast

09.00 – 11.00

World cafe based on the four topic discussions (part 1) - discussions 

11.00 – 11.30

Coffee break

11.30 – 13.00

World cafe based on the four topic discussions (part 2)

13.00 – 14.30

Lunch

14.30 – 16.00

Conclusions for the four topics

16.00 – 16.30

Coffee break

16.30 – 17.30

General conclusions

19.30 – 21.00

Festive dinner and concert

 

Saturday, October 26

07.00 – 09.00

Breakfast

09.00 –

Transfer to the airport (Bucharest) or departure in your pre-booked post-conference tour