(PRWEB) February 7, 2006 -- The Educational Travel Community will convene in Baltimore, Maryland, from February 21 thru February 24, 2006, at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel. The 20th annual Educational Travel Conference (ETC) will focus on “Inspirational Performances” and the past, present and future of educational travel in the world today.
“ Travel provides inspiration through our experiences of the world -- from conflicts to caring -- and encourages us to keep the world in our hearts and mind... ”
“Travel provides inspiration through our experiences of the world -- from conflicts to caring -- and encourages us to keep the world in our hearts and minds,” said Mara DelliPriscoli, Founder, of the Educational Travel Conference 20 years ago. An entrepreneur and visionary, DelliPriscoli has led the nonprofits and their travel programs in facilitating program development and collaborative networking between nonprofit organizations and tour operators, travel supplier and destinations working within the field of educational and affinity travel. “Educational travel is truly a passport to peace, and we are 100% committed to creating connections with all peoples of the world through our work in this field,” continues DelliPriscoli, a true pioneer in this field.
More than 130 nonprofit travel planners representing institutions from across the US and Canada in cooperation with over 30 domestic and foreign government tourist offices and more than 120 special interest tour operators and travel supplier will attend and exhibit at the ETC. Distinguished institutions from Harvard to Stanford, Notre Dame and public universities including the University of Arizona and the University of Virginia, and museums including the Smithsonian and the American Museum of Natural History are just a few among many of the respected educational institutions that will attend the ETC.
The Conference is programmed with great vertical depth each day with over 120 speakers over the 4 days of pre-conference and conference activities designed for the nearly 500 delegates. Because the delegates represent the leverage of travel programs and thousands of global travelers from alumni associations and members of a variety of organizations, ETC is committed to professional development and continuing education
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” for 3 days learning in-depth information about hot topics including UNESCO sites, communicating risks to travelers, the latest CDC and medical community information regarding infectious diseases like avian flu, SARS, and any unforeseen crises that may occur in response to health, terrorism and natural disasters.
One of the main features of this year’s Conference is the main speaker for the Responsible Tourism day on February 22, Dr. Harold Goodwin, the “guru” of the responsible tourism movement. Dr. Goodwin is the Director of the International Centre for Responsible tourism in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, the University of Greenwich, in England. He is also the co-founder of www.responsibletourism.com
“There is a growing market demand for responsible tourism to learn
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why goodness sells and how it makes a positive difference for all involved, from providers and suppliers, to client to host communities of indigenous peoples,” says DelliPriscoli. “Travelers’ philanthropy, voluntourism, and fair trade tourism practices, will be highlighted at this year’s Conference.” Sessions will focus on educational travel with a priority focus on the positive economic impacts travel can have on local communities while minimizing ecological, social and cultural impacts.
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