Team Out of Town Blog Hub (Outoftownblog.com) – The municipality of Silang, Cavite, will take the global environmental stage as it plays host to the International Ecotourism Travel Mart (IETM), the world’s first-ever and biggest ecotourism-themed expo set on March 29 to April 2, 2023.
In line with the event, the International School for Sustainable Tourism (ISST), the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) recently forged a memorandum of understanding for the hosting of the said expo.
According to ISST president Mina Gabor, the five-day fair will share best practices on ecotourism from global experts and provide networking avenues with ecotourism authorities and specialists.
Organized by the Japan-based Asian Ecotourism Network, the IETM will promote the world’s ecotourism sites, indigenous practices, and culture and push for measures to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
The gathering will also bring together global delegates and exhibitors worldwide to showcase products and services with a strong ecotourism component, green technology, and sustainable green practices.
Among the prominent personalities gracing the event are AEN president Masaru Takayama and HM Design founder Hitesh Mehta. They authored a series of books on the outstanding ecolodges of the world.
Local tourist establishments, hotel chains, local governments, corporate foundations, and private enterprises and organizations that advocate sustainable tourism, organic farming, zero waste management, and earth-friendly initiatives are expected to take part.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has catalyzed the growing awareness that nature is part of the solution to public health and environmental challenges. Thus, a regional fair that elevates the tourism sector as a leader in promoting the balance between economic development and harnessing nature as a solution to our current challenges only comes timely,” says ACB executive director Theresa Mundita Lim.
She said that as an event partner, the ACB will feature the success stories of its biodiversity conservation and livelihood programs in Southeast Asia through an interactive exhibition.
The 11-member Jakarta-based Association of Southeast Asian Nations has declared the revival of the tourism sector as a key component in the region’s efforts in its comprehensive recovery framework.
Originally set in 2020 at the International Institute for Rural Reconstruction in Cavite, the IETM was postponed due to the pandemic.
The event’s government partner agencies are the Department of Tourism, Tourism Promotions Board, Department of Foreign Affairs, Province of Cavite, and Municipality of Silang.
In the photo at the MOU signing are (seated) ACB executive director Theresa Mundita Lim, ISST president Mina Gabor, and SEARCA director Glenn Gregorio. The signing is witnessed by (standing) ACB external relations and policy officer Allan Pormento, Department of Foreign Affairs undersecretary Jesus Domingo, DOT-Calabarzon acting regional director Marites Castro, ISST treasurer Miguel Guioguio, ISST finance officer Merlita Del Mundo, and SEARCA deputy director for administration Joselito Florendo.