3rd World Ecotourism Conference


H.E. Dr Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism, Cambodia
"I look forward to welcome you in Sihanoukville" Dr. Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism

International Supporting Organisation
International Supporting Association

Cambodia Bay, Most Beautiful Bay in the World
Sihanoukville in Cambodia Bay, Cambodia

Independence Hotel, Sihanoukville
WEC2011 Conference Venue

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Charting the Future of Ecotourism in Asia

Hosted by the Government of Cambodia, in collaboration with United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and Asia Pacific Ecotourism Society (APES)

It is with great pleasure and honour to anounce that the 3rd World Ecotourism Conference will be held in Cambodia from the 3rd to 5th of October 2011. 250 esteemed members of the ecotourism fraternity will gather at Sihanoukville, Cambodia Bay (recently enlisted as an elite member of "The Most Beautiful Bays in the World") to deliberate on the future of ecotourism in Asia.

Ecotourism in Asia is at the crossroads, while high value sustainable adventure travel in Africa is thriving and in Europe, responsible tourists are prepared to pay more for ecotourism. In developing countries, ecotourism is used as a socio-economic tool to help the rural poor. While the eco-experience can be culturally intense, ecotourism businesses in Asia generally suffer from a vicious cycle of "low price, low value" services, giving rise to rampant unsustainable practices and "green-washing".

In total, 30 professional presentations delivered by  reputable personalities from both the private and public sectors are offered, including 2 intensive parallel sessions - the Ecotourism Business Seminar and the Ecotourism Research Symposium. Subsidised conference registration fees start from US$380.

Charting the future of ecotourism is the main agenda of the Conference and I hope that future of this industry is worthy of your time and experience in the tourism industry to be with us in Sihanoukville.

To facilitate your arrival and add value to your participation:

The Ministry of Tourism, Cambodia will:

  • Provide complimentary airport transfers as well as complimentary return transfers to Sihanoukville (4 hours drive from Phnom Penh)
  • Provide complimentary full day technical tours to Song Saa Private Island (part of a marine reserve), Peam Krasoap Wildlife Sanctuary (mangrove wetlands), Serendipity Beach (with excursion to nearby island) and Chi Phat Community-Based Ecotourism Commune (a Wildlife Alliance project)
  • Celebrate your participation with a Welcome Gala Dinner
The Asia Pacific Ecotourism Society (APES) will sponsor:
  • Delegates who are currently provisional members of APES - complimentary three (3) nights accommodation (3 star hotel) with breakfast from 2nd to 4th October 2011 in Sihanoukville, based on a first-come-first-serve basis and subject to room availability. Book before 10 August 2011!

You may register at the official website:

(The official website is updated daily every 12 hours)

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Main Events
Oct 03, 2011 - 9.00AM
Opening Ceremony presided by Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo HUN SEN, Prime Minister of Cambodia
Oct 04, 2011 - 8.30AM
Plenary Sustainable Tourism & Roadmaps, Marketing and Marketing Value Chain, Community Challenges and Success Stories, Public-Private-People Partnerships
Oct 04, 2011 - 9AM
Ministerial Round Table on Ecotourism
Oct 04, 2011 - 8.30AM
Ecotourism Business Seminar

Oct 04, 2011 - 8.30AM
Ecotourism Research Symposium

Oct 04, 2011 - 3.00PM
Asia Pacific Ecotourism Society (APES) Annual Meeting

Oct 05,2011 - 8.30AM
Technical Tours

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