The International Ecotourism Society (TiES) Rwanda



Capacity Building, Sustainable Tourism, Heritage Protection




11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

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The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting ecotourism. Founded in 1990, TIES has been on the forefront of the development of ecotourism, providing guidelines and standards, training, technical assistance, and educational resources. TIES’ global network of ecotourism professionals and travelers is leading the efforts to make tourism a viable tool for conservation, protection of bio-cultural diversity, and sustainable community development.

Through membership services, industry outreach and educational programs, TIES is committed to helping organizations, communities and individuals promote and practice the principles of ecotourism. TIES currently has members in more than 190 countries and territories, representing various professional fields and industry segments including: academics, consultants, conservation professionals and organizations, governments, architects, tour operators, lodge owners and managers, general development experts, and ecotourists.

TIES partners with environmental NGO’s, travel associations, conservation groups and other organizations that share our commitment to responsible travel and sustainable development worldwide in various ways.


  • Engage: Through an international network of industry professionals and business leaders, TIES offers valuable networking and professional development opportunities.

  • Empower: As a global source of knowledge and advocacy in ecotourism, TIES offers practical educational tools and promotes capacity building opportunities for professionals.

  • Inspire: Utilizing the global ecotourism development experiences, TIES helps mainstream sustainability in tourism and inspire positive changes in the industry.

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