Report from the 5th European Ecotourism Conference in Tbilisi, Georgia

Report from the 5th European Ecotourism Conference in Tbilisi, Georgia

The 5th European Ecotourism Conference was held in Tbilisi, Georgia from 10th to 14th September 2018 with 150 registered participants from 21 countries.

The conference was focused on the advancement of sustainability goals in the tourism industry. Innovative minds were invited to share ideas and solutions from all over the world for inspiring future changes. The three-day conference included sessions and panel discussions about ecotourism and its contribution to poverty reduction, ecotourism and education of future tourism managers, digital storytelling, transboundary trails and cooperation, protected areas as drive for economic development, as well as climate change & European ecotourism.

All presentations are available for free download here – along with visual impressions from an engaging conference, where participants not only from Europe but also from the Global Ecotourism Network shared experience and directions to better tourism practices, all in the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The hashtag #EuroEco18 leads to a large number of social media reflections.

The Georgian Ecotourism Association rounded the event off by introducing basic rules to reduce the footprint of this international conference. The organisers´ simple implementation steps on how to make such events greener in the future will be published in December.


Apart from working through the high quality agenda with parallel workshops, presentations, and enjoying field experience opportunities during and post-conference, the participants committed to supporting the development of the European Ecotourism Network.

Members of the European Ecotourism Network will be attending the World Travel Market in London, 5th -7th November 2018.

If you’d like to connect, please do so via the European Ecotourism Network:

You are also welcome to join the Global Ecotourism Networks on Facebook:

For more information, please contact:

Natalia Bakhtadze Engländer Georgia Ecotourism Association
Phone: +995 95 72 68
Facebook: Georgian Ecotourism Association

Travindy is an independent website featuring news and opinion on all issues to do with tourism and sustainability. Written primarily for an industry audience, our aim is to support the transformation of the sector into one that is regenerative, restorative and fully inclusive.

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