Public Invited to Learn About Operating an 'Ecotourism' Business Oct. 8
FORT MYERS, FL - The public is invited to attend to learn more about nature-based travel at “How to Run a Successful Ecotourism Business” from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 8 at the Florida Gulf Coast University Small Business Development Center.
Ecotourism is “responsible travel to natural areas, which conserves the environment and sustains the well-being of local people,” according to The International Ecotourism Society (
The World Tourism Organization (
“During the one-day seminar, a team of local and state tourism and business experts will provide a comprehensive analysis of the ecotourism industry and present a number of business tools and successful ecotourism practices to assist local operators with the development and growth of their ecotourism business model,” FGCU SBDC business analyst Alberto Chavez said.
Additionally, participants will learn about marketing opportunities through FLAUSA (
The FGCU SBDC, in partnership with Lee County Parks and Recreation, and the Society for Ethical Ecotourism in Southwest Florida, is sponsoring the seminar.
The cost to attend the seminar is $25 and includes lunch. Space is limited; businesses and organizations may send one representative.
For registration, contact Vicki Holmes or Angie Muniz at (239) 225-4220, or register online at www.fgcu.edu/cob/cli3/events/sbdc.asp
The FGCU SBDC is located at 12751 Westlinks Dr. in Fort Myers.
For more information about the FGCU SBDC or the seminar, contact Chavez at (239) 225-4220.