SUVA, Fiji -- The Fiji Ecotourism Association (FETA) and the
Tourism Studies Program at the University of South Pacific
announced plans for an ecotourism conference, to be held here from
June 5 to 8.
The Ecotourism in the Fiji Islands: Sustaining Paradise in the
New Millennium conference will host about 200 attendees from Fiji,
the South Pacific region and the U.S. who are involved in the areas
of tourism, ecotourism and government.
Objectives of the four-day conference include a discussion of
quality in the ecotourism business in preparation of the United
Nations' designated Year of Ecotourism in 2002.
FETA members and nonmembers are invited to attend. The
conference will feature authorities on ecotourism, including Martha
Honey, author of "Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Who Owns
Paradise?"; Meghan Epler Wood, president of the Ecotourism Society,
Vermont, and Adi Koila Mara Nailatikay, Fiji's minister of
Richard Evanson, owner and managing director of Turtle Island
Resort on Fiji, winner of a 1999 Green Hotelier Award from the
International Hotel & Restaurant Association, also will attend
In addition, representatives from the Samoa Visitors Bureau,
Vanuatu National Tourism Office and Australia's Ecotourism
Association will be in attendance.
The cost to attend the conference is $75 for FETA members and
$100 for nonmembers.
For additional information, call (011) 679 212-688.