The headline on a United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) press release issued in July 2012:
“Well-managed tourism can help protect the world’s wetlands”
The press release went on to cite a joint publication of UNWTO and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands:
“Besides providing essential services such as water, food and energy, wetlands offer significant opportunities for tourism, which can in turn deliver economic benefits for local communities and the sustainable management of wetlands.” – “Destination Wetlands: Supporting Sustainable Tourism”
UNWTO statistics report that international tourist arrivals surpassed 1 billion for the first time in history in 2012 and forecasted an average annual increase of 3.85% through 2030. The World Travel and Tourism Council reports that by 2023 tourism will account for 1 in 10 jobs.
This is an opportunity to meet the demands of a growing wetlands tourism market and to encourage the development of well-managed wetlands conservation programs. These programs bring economic benefits to local communities and instill a desire to care for fragile ecosystems simply by adding value to their very existence.
The Wetlands Project is forming partnerships with tourism enterprises and organizations worldwide to identify and fund projects that strengthen the economic motivation for improving wetlands conservation.
Together with our tourism partners, we will:
- Raise awareness for wetlands protection with local stakeholders
- Improve interpretation for visitors to wetland sites
- Promote important wetland sites in tourism itineraries
Please contact us for more information.
Our tourism partners are listed below, alphabetically by region.
Warren Green and Associates is a marketing company promoting global sustainable tourism ventures. Based in White Stone, Virginia, Warren is an expert in the ecotourism market and brings valuable experience as a resource to the Watermen's Tourism Training Program.
NNTC is a public-private partnership established by the Northern Neck Planning District Commission. The mission of the 15 members appointed from the five counties of the Northern Neck is to promote the unique natural, historical, cultural and recreational features of Virginia’s Northern Neck.