By Beth Eisenstaedt - Assistant Director of Development
Wildlife Alliance attended the 3rd World Ecotourism Conference in Sihanoukville, Cambodia at the beginning of this month. With its focus on “Charting the Future of Ecotourism in Asia,” it was a perfect opportunity to showcase our community-based ecotourism projects in Chi Phat and Trapeang Roung. The event attracted over 300 government officials, tourism ministers, ecotourism specialists, and business. Cambodia’s growing emphasis on ecotourism and Chi Phat’s current status as the #1 ecotourism destination the country, the conference served as an incredible referendum on the work we’ve been doing there.
During a session on “Local Community Challenges & Success Stories,” Wildlife Alliance CEO Suwanna Gauntlett gave a very well-received and well-attended presentation on how to develop attractive, sustainable and successful community ecotourism projects. With the opening of the Trapeang Roung site just this summer, Wildlife Alliance continues to be a standard bearer on the burgeoning ecotourism scene in Cambodia. While Suwanna presented our philosophy, project manager Harold de Martimprey and the CBET committees from both Chi Phat and Trapeang Roung prepared and manned a booth in the exhibition hall. With the support of Wildlife Alliance, they were able to present their products to an international audience and continue to spread the word to an already-increasing number of tourists. We were also able to reveal our newly redesigned ecotourism website. Check it out at www.ecoadventurecambodia.com and come visit us soon!
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