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Ecotourism Kenya promotes responsible tourism practices within the tourism industry. This entails encouraging the adoption of best practices in the use of tourism resources, working with local communities and managing wastes and emissions.

dew_drop.jpgUnderstanding Ecotourism

According to The International Ecotourism Society, ecotourism is, ‘Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people’. (TIES, 1990)... Read More on Ecotourism

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Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Forum 2015& AGM - 22nd - 23rd April 2015

Ecotourism Kenya will be hosting the 2015 Ecotourism & Sustainable Tourism Forum under the theme ‘Tourism Sustainability – It’s our Time to Lead’ on 22nd and 23rd April 2015 at AMREF Training Centre (Langata), Nairobi.  Participants will be drawn from the Ecotourism fraternity, tourism industry players, government institutions, training institutions, conservation and environmental organizations, community based organizations and individuals.

The Ecotourism Forum seeks to build the capacity of tourism businesses in Kenya and individual professionals through training in standards and best practices for the promotion of sustainable tourism. The themed two day forums prime objective is to provide easy access for a wide range of stakeholders involved in ecotourism to exchange experiences and voice their comments. It is envisioned that a tour operator’s certification program and a CBTE standards framework might be two definite outcomes of the forum.

Forum Objectives:

  • To promote, develop and integrate ecotourism standards in tourism businesses and tourist product development in Kenya;
  • To create a forum and network for exchanging ideas and information focused on promoting Kenya as a leading sustainable ecotourism destination

Delegates fee to participate:

Full conference fee for the two days                    -              Kshs. 9,000

Ecotourism Kenya paid up Members                      -              Kshs. 7,000

Day pass conference fee                                                    Kshs. 5,000

Exhibition Space for Green Products & Services:                  Kshs. 18,000

Early Bird Rate applies for bookings made and paid for before 30th March 2015

How to register:

Online: http://www.ecotourismkenya.org/conference/register.php

To view forum program visit http://www.ecotourismkenya.org/conference/

For further information about the Forum, Exhibition and AGM, contact:

Anne Mwangi or Terryann Mutindi on pr@ecotourismkenya.org  


2014 Eco-Warrior Awards: ResponsibleTourism is #WhyILoveKenya

Performances by the Bomas of Kenya dancers, over 40 prizes won at the raffle and eco-auction, the launch of the sustainability report by Sustainable Travel and Tourism Agenda … These were some of the highlights of the 8th Eco Warrior Awards, which took place at the Carnivore grounds on the evening of 9th October, 2014.

The colorful and vibrant awards ceremony dubbed "Kenya Night" was attended by over 600 guests, including over 180 hosted buyers who attended the Magical Kenya Travel Expo. The keynote speaker was Tourism Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Kandie, who presented the 14 Eco Warrior trophies to the following individuals and organizations ... Read more 

For photos of the event, visit the Ecotourism Kenya Facebook page.

The Eco-rating Certification Scheme

The Eco-rating certification Scheme is a sustainable tourism certification program that aims to promote responsible tourism in Kenya. Launched in 2002 by Ecotourism Kenya in cooperation with tourism stakeholders in Kenya, the programs focus is to recognise best practices in environmental conservation, responsible resource use and socio-economic investment among tourism accommodation facilities by awarding qualified applicants assessed under the scheme with a Bronze, Silver or Gold eco-rating certification based on their performance.

The Eco-rating certification scheme follows a systematic procedure that assesses a tourism accommodation facility on its environmental, economic and socio-cultural performance. The criteria has been designed to suit local requirements and is aligned to the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC) formed under the umbrella of the United Nations (UN). Through the Eco-rating certification scheme, Ecotourism Kenya aims to promote environmental, economic and social best practices by accommodation facilities within the tourism industry...Read the Eco-rating Certification Guide

Featured Community
Arabuko Sokoke Forest Dwellers Association

Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Adjacent Dwellers Association (ASFADA) is an umbrella organization made up of over 600 people living in 52 villages around the Arabuko-Sokoke forest. The group owns and manages Arabuko Jamii Villas. Established in October 2009, the facility is made up of 5 houses: 3 with one bedroom each, 1 with 2 bedrooms, and a Swahili house with 2 bedrooms and a veranda.  The place i ..Read More

Eco-Rating Scheme

Ecotourism Kenya manages a certification scheme for tourism accommodation facilities based on environmental and social criteria.

There are 17 establishments that have been awarded Gold Certification...View ListThere are 52 establishments that have been awarded Silver Certification...View ListThere are 30 establishments that have been awarded Bronze Certification...View List
Featured Eco-Rated Facility
Olarro Lodge

Olarro Lodge is located within Olarro Conservancy approximately 56 kilometres from Narok town, off the Narok – Maasai Mara road. The lodge was refurbished and opened under new management in 2012 and has nine cottages with bed occupancy of 18 persons, and a total work force of 63 employees. The facility sits on a 7,500 acre piece of land on a 15-year lease from the larger Maji Moto and Siana ..Read More

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