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Sustainable Tourism | Ecotourism | Destinations & Communities

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

FEATURED PROJECTS

What’s New?

EplerWood International is one of the only consulting companies in sustainable tourism using research and development from world renowned universities. Hundreds of graduate students and leading faculty from Harvard and Cornell Universities have reviewed key research questions in the field of sustainable tourism at both universities since 2010.

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.

Learn more about EWI’s Speaking & Destination Evaluation Service here.

An online course program developed by Cornell University in partnership with the Travel Foundation will be the first-of-its-kind to equip destination professionals with new knowledge and skills urgently needed to manage tourism in the 21st Century. The comprehensive, 40-hour course is borne out of analysis from the partners’ 2019 report, Destinations at Risk: The Invisible Burden of Tourism, which highlighted a gap in fostering the talent, capacity, and leadership required to manage the greener and more efficient and equitable destinations of the future.

Essential Videos

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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