," said Luigi Cabrini, UNWTO's Director for Sustainable Development of Tourism.
Development of ecotourism, within the framework of sustainable tourism, can have a positive impact on income generation, job creation and education, and thus on the fighting against poverty and hunger, protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development, contributing to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, added Luigi Cabrini.
It is as well, expected that ESTC participants will feature ideas, opportunities and solutions for the tourism industry to assist in conserving natural areas, alleviating poverty, empowering women, enhancing education, and improving the health and well-being of local communities.
The tourism industry is increasingly being recognized as an important player in contributing to the world's sustainable development goals which focus on conservation and communities, conference organizers said.
In its seventh edition, the conference is expected to attract leading global ecotourism think tanks.
The AHIF's agenda will be focusing on how to capitalize long-term on the opportunities present in Africa, and strategies to overcome the challenges facing hotel investment in this continent.
AHIF is organized by Bench Events, which produces several top-level hotel conferences around the world. Kenya was the host of 2012 AHIF event.