Dear Colleagues,


We have the pleasure to announce you that the conference rates are now considerably reduced for last minute registration thanks to the Nature Friends International support. The conference registration will be open until September 15th 2013. To choose you customize conference package, please consult the full information page on


The 2nd European Ecotourism Conference will take place on October 22-26th 2013, in Poiana Brasov, Romania, and is organised by the Association of Ecotourism in Romania (AER) within the framework of the European Ecotourism Knowledge Network (ECOLNET), supported by the European Commission.


The theme of the Conference is Destinations and Labelling for Ecotourism Development in Europe, a unique opportunity to get in touch with professionals and stakeholders from a variety of sectors in ecotourism, across the continent and beyond. The objective of the conference is to foster and develop cooperation and the exchange of knowledge and best practices, for responsible practitioners and ecotourism developers in order to address the following topics:


  • Topic 1Improving the Benefits provided by Certification Programs and Standards

Certification schemes and quality assurance standards as networking and marketing tools for ecotourism businesses and destinations”


  • Topic 2Multi-Stakeholder Approaches to Developing Ecotourism Destinations

The role of local, national and international stakeholders in developing and promoting ecotourism destinations (ecotourism businesses, protected area authorities, government, international organisations, etc.)


  • Topic 3Practical Tools for conservation and local development

Effective solutions (e.g. financial mechanisms) to maximize ecotourism’s benefits for nature conservation and local development.


  • Topic 4: Product Development Strategies for Better Visitor Experience

How to create quality ecotourism experiences and achieve sustainable destinations.


All participants will have the opportunity to experience some of the most inspiring ecotourism offers in the Romanian Carpathians: searching for wolves, bears and lynx tracks in the Carpathian forests, hiking or biking along the trails crossing some of the most exciting high nature value landscapes of Europe, discovering proof of the long history of Transylvania’s multi-ethnical culture, and much more....


By joining the 2nd European Ecotourism Conference you can be part of the driving force for ecotourism in Europe, while also experiencing some of the most exciting ecotourism offers in the Carpathians, in the heart of Transylvania.


We look forward to seeing you in Poiana Brasov!

Kind regards,


Andrei Blumer,

President of AER



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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.

The European Ecotourism Knowledge Network (ECOLNET) is a 3-year project (2010-2013) co-financed by the European Commission, Lifelong Learning Programme, Transversal Programmes, Key Activity 3-ICT Networks.

For more info, please visit the ECOLNET official website.


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