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EplerWood International (EWI) builds value-added sustainable tourism economies which invest in improved local well-being.

EWI has a substantial track record working in the field together with the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, USAID, and GIZ.  We work closely with industry associations; destination management organizations; city, county and state governments; and NGOs in the United States; Canada; Cambodia; Thailand; Vietnam; India; Sri Lanka; Bangladesh; China; Samoa; Fiji; Honduras; El Salvador; Costa Rica, Ecuador; Colombia; Brazil; Mexico; Puerto Rico; the Dominican Republic; Tunisia; Egypt ; Cyprus & Sierra Leone. See details here.


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EplerWood International helped to develop, create and finance the online, self-paced Sustainable Tourism Destination Management course from Cornell University in 2022. Over 600 enrolled in 2023, our first anniversary. It is evidently changing the way students and professionals think, learn and act on the challenges of managing destinations sustainably. Course alumnae have now stepped up to explain why this course is fundamental to their thinking, what their course experience has been, and why it will guide thinking about sustainable destination management in future. Dozens have posted their comments on LinkedIn without prompting as they completed the course. Read a selection of their comments here.

Graduates Speak Out on the Value of the 
Cornell Sustainable Tourism Destination Management Course

A wide range of tested, data-driven innovations to manage tourism sustainably at the destination level were introduced in this course.  These skills will now be part of a Cornell STAMP effort to apply these regional tourism planning tools working with top students worldwide.

Stay tuned and check out our most recent Cornell free Keynote webinar on The Skills Required to Future-Proof Tourism Destinations.

The course was thanks to the support from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)The Travel Foundation, and Cornell University Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise together with Cornell STAMP and eCornell.

What's New?

EplerWood International is a signatory of the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in TourismEplerWood International (EWI) completed its first Climate Action Report for the year 2022, as a signatory of the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism. The company will annually review its GHG emissions reductions, working at the destination level, tracking its footprint within the City of Burlington, Vermont, US.

Our home city has a Net Zero goal for 2030 which is defined as “reducing and eventually eliminating fossil fuel use from the heating and ground transportation sectors.” The full report explains reductions in our fossil fuel use, transportation issues and measures to reduce air flight impacts for the company as well as goals for decarbonizing and regeneration.

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