ECOTOURISM


Ecotourism International has supported ecolodge development projects and ecotourism planning initiatives in North, Central and South America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. The company's core competence is in preparing market assessments, feasibility studies, business plans, investment proposals, and policy analyses for ecotourism and sustainable tourism projects.

Ed Sanders, President of Ecotourism International, is an expert on the business aspects of ecolodge development and operations. He is a former Vice-Chairman of the Board of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and a founding director of Sustainable Travel International. He is author of The Business of Ecolodges: A Survey of Ecolodge Economics and Finance (TIES, 2001) and the U.S. Ecotourism Market (World Tourism Organization, 2002). He was a founding partner in a world-class, 13,000 acre (20-square mile) conservation and ecotourism project in southern Belize. This for-profit ecotourism venture anchored a much larger public/private/non-profit habitat corridor that protects the last remaining stretch of tropical forest connecting the mountains to the coast of Belize.

In order to complement his business planning services, Ed Sanders collaborates with some of the country's leading ecotourism experts and specialized companies, including:

  • Natural resource and recreation master planners
  • Interpretive specialists
  • Ecolodge and landscape architects
  • Environmental engineers
  • Interior designers
  • Green building and energy efficiency specialists
  • Ecotourism generalists
  • Tourism marketing experts
  • Community development planners