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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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Harvard University, Cornell University, The Travel Foundation


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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EplerWood International is proud to announce the new online, self-paced Sustainable Tourism Destination Management course now available worldwide to enable professionals to utilize a wide range of data-driven innovations to manage tourism sustainably at the destination level. The course concept was originally developed by EplerWood International (EWI) which arranged support from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and The Travel Foundation.

Watch a video about the course and visit the course website to learn more and sign up to receive more information.

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The international tourism economy has experienced historic lows throughout the world caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Travel and Tourism contributed $3.0 trillion USD to Asia and the Pacific (APAC) Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2019, and one third of all new jobs over the past five years were created by the sector. A firm platform for the travel and tourism recovery process is required, which will ensure that finance reaches millions of individuals and serves to protect the region’s most valued cultural, historical, and environmental assets upon which the industry depends.

A Marshall Plan for Financing Tourism Economic Recovery
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