2002 Travelers Philanthropy Learning Group . Sept. 20-22, 2002
Our Travelers Philanthropy Learning Group will be reconvening at the White Oak Plantation in Jacksonville, Florida. White Oak, which is operated by the Howard Gilman Foundation. White Oak is a remarkable 7500 acre property which includes a breeding center for 60 threatened species of animals from Africa, Latin America, Asia and Florida. More information is available on the facility on the following website:
The Foundation is graciously donating the use of their conference facility to us, including room and board,. The purpose of our gathering is to enable participants to exchange information and emerging best practices on the design and implementation of charitable contributions programs that benefit destination communities. (A report on our first conference will be available prior to our meeting at White Oak). Our meeting is open to any travel-related enterprises, community foundations and non-governmental organizations that either currently have charitable gift contribution programs for travelers or are interested in establishing such programs. Andrew Fairley of the Turtle Island Resort in Fiji is the co-chair of our meeting.
Note that we have scheduled our conference on this particular weekend to make it possible for those interested conferees to attend the subsequent Council on Foundations Fall Community Foundations Conference, which commences in Atlanta on Monday, September 23.
2003 Community Tourism Learning Exchange, date to be set, 2003
Our Community Tourism Learning Group will be convening for the first time at
the Pocantico Conference Center, run by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in
Westchester County, New York. This is an opportunity for leaders in
community tourism efforts to share with their counterparts from around the
world their experiences in building successful undertakings, such as walking
tours, crafts enterprises, home-stay programs. Becky Anderson, founder and
executive director of Handmade in America, based in Asheville, North
Carolina is the co-chair of this meeting.
Third Annual Think Tank and Conference on Developing Sustainable Travel and
Tourism Education, July 7 to July 11, 2003
Our third think tank will be held in conjunction with INCAE University in
San Jose, Costa Rica from July 7th - July 11th. Presentations will focus on
the rich body of best practices in sustainable travel and tourism offerings
in the Caribbean and Central America. Participants will have an opportunity
to work on the development of curricular units that incorporate the
principles of sustainability into the core curricular offerings of tourism
and hospitality university and industry-based around the world. Co-chair of
Think Tank 3 is Crist Inman of INCAE University.
To receive further information on any of these three upcoming BEST programs,
please indicate which meetings you would be most interested in a return
e-mail and we will get it to you.
Responsible Tourism in Destinations: Shaping Sustainable Spaces into Better
Places Conference, August 21st - 23rd 2002
This upcoming conference will be held in Cape Town, South Africa in
preparation for the World Summit on Sustainable Development. It will focus
on how tourism ventures can maximize socio-economic benefits for local
communities while maintaining the quality of the environment. Its purpose is
to consider the process required for sustainable tourism, debate the
different means by which to achieve goals, and consider how new sustainable
tourism projects support social and environmental development. This
conference is geared towards tourism companies and associations, tourism
stakeholders, conservation NGO's, rural development organizations, National,
Provincial and Local government officials, National Parks, Nature Reserves
and Conservancies, Journalists, and Educators.
For further information and to register contact: Margi Biggs at Specialized
Tours/Tribal Continuum. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 027 21 425 3259 Fax: 027 21 425
Michael Seltzer, Director
An initiative of The Conference Board in association with The World Travel and Tourism Council . 212 339-0335 http://www.sustainabletravel.org