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EplerWood International (EWI) builds value-added sustainable tourism economies which invest in improved local well-being.

EWI has a substantial track record working in the field together with the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, USAID, and GIZ.  We work closely with industry associations; destination management organizations; city, county and state governments; and NGOs in the United States; Canada; Cambodia; Thailand; Vietnam; India; Sri Lanka; Bangladesh; China; Samoa; Fiji; Honduras; El Salvador; Costa Rica, Ecuador; Colombia; Brazil; Mexico; Puerto Rico; the Dominican Republic; Tunisia; Egypt ; Cyprus & Sierra Leone. See details here.

THE INVISIBLE BURDEN:

Groundbreaking Reports
& Analysis

DESTINATION MANAGEMENT:

Ecotourism & DestInvest

SPEAKING:

Speaking & Strategic
Destination Evaluation

KEY AFFILIATIONS:

Harvard University, Cornell University, The Travel Foundation

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What’s New?

Epler Wood is Named Special Advisor to the Pacific Asia Travel Association

Megan Epler Wood has been named a Special Advisor to the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) to support their region-wide efforts to develop sustainable tourism. PATA CEO Liz Ortiguera states, “We are honored to have Megan as PATA’s special advisor. Destination leaders across the Asia Pacific region have a keen interest in advancing their resilience and sustainability while engaging in the positive social, cultural and economic benefits delivered through travel. Megan’s knowledge and expertise will be invaluable to driving progress towards a more resilient and sustainable Asia Pacific travel ecosystem. We look forward to partnering with her to support our network and the industry in this journey.” 

Learn more about Eplerwood’s appointment here.

EplerWood International is proud to announce the new online, self-paced Sustainable Tourism Destination Management course will soon be available worldwide to enable professionals to utilize a wide range of data-driven innovations to manage tourism sustainably at the destination level. The course concept was originally developed by EplerWood International (EWI) which arranged support from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and The Travel Foundation.

Watch a video about the course and visit the course website to learn more and sign up to receive more information.

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The international tourism economy has experienced historic lows throughout the world caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Travel and Tourism contributed $3.0 trillion USD to Asia and the Pacific (APAC) Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2019, and one third of all new jobs over the past five years were created by the sector. A firm platform for the travel and tourism recovery process is required, which will ensure that finance reaches millions of individuals and serves to protect the region’s most valued cultural, historical, and environmental assets upon which the industry depends.

A Marshall Plan for Financing Tourism Economic Recovery
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