United Nations International Year of Ecotourism/World Ecotourism Summit

2 Nov 2005

The United Nations designated 2002 the International Year of Ecotourism (IYE) in recognition of its growing importance to sustainable development and the protection of the environment. The purpose of the IYE was to encourage cooperation among NGO's, governments and industry in developing ecotourism practices that are environmentally, economically and socially beneficial, while minimizing their negative impacts. G Adventures founder and CEO Bruce Poon Tip, was among those involved and was the only tour operator invited to speak at both of these events.