Belarusian professionals visit Oregon to learn about ecotourism
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In May, a group of 10 ecotourism professionals from Belarus visited Oregon through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Community Connections Program. For three weeks participants explored sustainable tourism initiatives in Portland, Central Oregon, the Willamette Valley, and the Oregon Coast. Hoping to grow the ecotourism industry in Belarus, the group included government officials, journalists, and owners of eco-estates with specialties including beekeeping, landscape and wildlife tours, and cultural and historic preservation. Highlights included discussions with Sustainable Travel International and Travel Portland, visits to Hopworks Urban Brewery and the Nines Hotel, volunteering at the nonprofit Zenger Farm, meeting with tribal leaders of Warm Springs, and an interpretive hike along the beautiful Metolius River.
The World Affairs Council extends a big thank you to our professional resources who met with our group, and of course our amazing host families: Dayna Gates, Esther Freeman, Kathy Faust, Cindy Fletcher, Jane Gigler and Bill Bernstein, Randy and Terri Neal, Brad and Lorraine Janeway, Gunta Mets and Kevin Hanson, Jan Stewart and Gordy Allen, Thor Hinckley and Alison Wiley, Lydia Lundberg and Bill Reed, and Peter and Janet Bonafede!