Hello everyone in the EEN community!

One of the topics that was discussed at the Ecotourism conference in Romania, was "How to develop Ecotourism Products that create high Visitor Experience".  For those of you who want to learn more, the relevant presentations are uploaded here: http://european-ecotourism.eu/pages/topic-4-presentations

I am seeing with excitement this Online Community growing and becoming a real think tank of ecotourism in Europe by bringing up more and more interesting conversations.  I would like to ask your ideas and opinions on Product Development.
- According to your knowledge, what are the good strategies as well as tactics and methods ( a recipe) for creating outstanding Ecotourism Experiences? What makes an experience meaningful & memorable? 

Looking forward for your ideas and examples.


Aivar Ruukel



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One way (one tool) can be to improve the quality of heritage interpretation. Training and professionalization of tourism and nature guides in heritage interpretation can certainly improve the quality of an ecotourism experience. 
A new project is starting on this topic in the framework of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the EU: HeriQ "Heritage Story Telling – Quality Interpretation". It concerns the quality of the professional training in natural and cultural heritage interpretation.
I will give you some news asap of the progress of this project!



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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