FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 9, 2010

Peter Shumlin Speaks at Event at UVM on Tourism, Agriculture and Local Economies

Burlington, Vermont Gubernatorial candidate and Senate Pro-tem leader  Peter Shumlin will join a discussion at UVM at 5PM in the Billings Building, Marsh Lounge on how sustainable tourism can better benefit local economies.  He will be joined at the podium by internationally renowned corporate CEO, Bruce Poon Tip of Gap Adventures in Toronto, Canada.  Together they will officially launch the new short course, Global Sustainable Ecotourism to be held July 12-16 at UVM as part of the Continuing Education Program.  The session is open to the public.

David Kestenbaum of the UVM Extension Tourism Data Center will facilitate and Meghan Sheradin Executive Director of Vermont Fresh Network will co-host.

Shumlin will discuss his work with his family firm, Putney Student Travel, and the positive economic impacts he has seen from sustainable tourism, both in Vermont and around the world.

Bruce Poon Tip, who launched his innovative firm 20 years ago this year, will discuss how incorporating sustainability into all corporate operations has helped to make Gap Adventures the largest independent adventure travel firm in the world.

Meghan Sheradin, Executive Director of Vermont Fresh Network will provide data on how the tourism and hospitality industry is a primary driver for Vermont’s local food economy

David Kestenbaum will then facilitate questions from the audience.  This will be an hour session and light refreshments will be provided.

This event is being coordinated by Megan Epler Wood, of EplerWood International, a firm based in Burlington, Vermont specializing in the sustainable development of tourism worldwide.  Epler Wood is the lead instructor for the UVM course on Global Sustainable Ecotourism and has 20 years of experience leveraging the positive benefits of sustainable tourism for local economies worldwide.

For more information contact:

EplerWood International, 802-865-3351

369 S. Union St., Burlington, VT  05401