Fiji set to host ecotourism meeting

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, based in

Vermont, and Adi Koila Mara Nailatikay, Fiji's minister of tourism.

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 the conference.

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.

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