This report contains the summaries of the debates held and conclusions reached
at the World Ecotourism Summit and its preparatory process, as well as the Quebec
Declaration on Ecotourism.
The World Ecotourism Summit, was held in Quebec City, Canada from 19 to 22
May, 2002. This was the principal event to mark 2002 as the International Year
The Summit was an initiative of the World Tourism Organisation (WTO) and the
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It was hosted by Tourisme Québec
and the Canadian Tourism Commission. These four organisations were the partners
responsible for the Summit.
The purpose of the Summit was to bring together governments, international
agencies, NGOs, tourism enterprises, representatives of local and indigenous
communities, academic institutions and individuals with an interest in ecotourism,
and enable them to learn from each other and identify some agreed principles
and priorities for the future development and management of ecotourism.
This publication is also available in Spanish.