Megan Epler Wood speaks with both in-depth knowledge and a profound understanding of how destinations evolve

Speaking engagements are a first step in engaging local stakeholders, evaluating destination needs, and sharing tools and frameworks that reveal key issues of the tourism destination to stakeholders. EplerWood International often deepens their relationship with clients after speaking engagements, facilitating conversations around tourism planning and governance.  Through our university affiliations, EWI can engage qualified students in research projects, exploring solutions for clients.

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EplerWood International offers the following services to destination clients:

  • Keynote speech in major venue

  • Pre-meetings with client on destination needs, and review of advance materials

  • Meetings with key stakeholders on site

  • Executive Summary of the results of the meetings and speech

Our Clients:

2021: EWI led two one-hour virtual discussions and a keynote address with business and sustainability leaders on Block Island; a tourism-driven, conservation-focused destination in Rhode Island; to determine how to better design and manage the tourism economy and maintain the island’s unique environment, culture and heritage, while offering tourists rewarding overnight and day trip visits.

2021: Government, university and sustainability leadership in Asheville, North Carolina set out to ensure Asheville’s identify as a premiere tourist destination is “a community asset that can be managed with community input.” The Ideas for Action Leadership Forum had EWI co-managing advance stakeholder meetings, a virtual keynote address, and a follow up briefing and Q&A with local leaders with ThriveAsheville.

2021: Meetings with chairpersons and virtual presentation on Sustainable Tourism in a Post-COVID World; Transformative Concepts for Destination Recovery.

2021: Speech for Virtual Event, In Crisis there is an Opportunity-Sustainable Future. The event explored government policies and holistic accounting with a panel composed of leaders in tourism in Europe, North America, and Cyprus.

2021: Speech on Tourism: Building Back Better- a global conversation. Hear this enlightening virtual presentation and conversation which covers the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the tourism industry and how tourism can recover- facilitated by the Mayor of Whistler, British Colombia.

2021: A 30-minute virtual Q&A on Building Sustainability into Rural Tourism Recovery in Canada with Blake Edwards of the Yukon Tourism Industry Association to review questions of creating action plans to re-balance priorities and ensure markets for nature tourism are reinforced as a key to Canada’s future. Review of the design for innovative hubs for sustainable tourism development, finance and capacity building.

Keynote Speech in 2018 for the premiere birdwatching event in Colombia to discuss how ecotourism can bring together economic development opportunities together with the conservation of natural resources. 


2020: Keynote speech on Meeting the Challenge of Achieving Sustainable Destinations at annual conference of industry and destination leaders, online pre-meetings and survey on destination management requirements with destination leaders in British Columbia, and final executive summary report for TIA leadership and stakeholders.

2019-2020: Speeches for annual conference and mid-year consultation process, meetings with key stakeholders, review of future planning initiatives, overview report.

2019: Keynote speech for annual conference, meetings with key stakeholders, review of future planning initiatives, overview report.

2019: Keynote speech at Banff Centre; meetings with town management team, Mayor, and DMO team; review of park management for tourism; overview report.

2019: Keynote speech for annual ETAG Conference, meetings with key stakeholders, workshop with business representatives, review of future planning initiatives, overview report.

2018: Keynote speech for annual conference and consultations with key stakeholders to review holistic accounting methodologies for tourism in Copenhagen.

Keynote Speech in 2018 to discuss the question of managing rising tourism volumes and the importance of preserving natural and cultural heritage.


"Megan Epler Wood was invited to Banff National Park in April, 2019 to deliver a speech on Tourism's Role in Protecting Earth's Most Valued Assets. The presentation illustrated the need for destinations around the world to begin to develop measured responses to congestion and extensive use of critical resources, both in cities and in natural areas, to ensure the future sustainability of economic, social and environmental systems. Our local planning community found the material to be on target as they move towards crucial decisions for our region.."
Darren Reeder
Executive Director, Banff & Lake Louise Hospitality Association

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