Glenn Jampol Global Ecotourism Network

Glenn Jampol

Costa Rica

Available for keynotes, workshops and seminars on agritourism, ecotourism, sustainable tourism, entrepreneurship and sustainability certification.

You’d like to book Glenn for your event, workshop or seminar?

Glenn Jampol is a pioneer in Costa Rica sustainable tourism and is considered one of the most influential thought leaders, based on his 35 years of experience as an ecotourism advocate globally, a small hotel owner, and an organic coffee farmer.

Mr. Jampol – founding Chair of the Global Ecotourism Network – was one of the original authors and the representative of the private sector in the renowned program of the Sustainable Tourism Certification (CST) of Costa Rica, arguably the best certification program in the world. Since its inception, he has held the highest level of this program (Elite status) for his own businesses, demonstrating a commitment to sustainable tourism.

For the last 33 years, Glenn has been the owner and developer of the award-winning Elite-level certified sustainable hotel in Costa Rica: Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Farm & Inn. Since 1998, Finca Rosa Blanca has achieved the highest level possible in Costa Rica’s Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST) program. Additionally, the Inn was recognized as one of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World.

Glenn Jampol is also the owner and purveyor of organic shade-grown coffee at Café Rosa Blanca, featuring single-origin estate organic coffee. In 2022, his organic coffee won first place in the World Coffee Challenge, solidifying his expertise in sustainable coffee production. He has been at the forefront of agro-ecotourism, combining regenerative tourism with organic farming practices.

For six years, Mr. Jampol served as the President of the Costa Rica National Ecotourism Association (CANAECO) and in 2009, he created the renowned International Conference, Planet, People, Peace (P3), a bi-annual ecotourism conference. He is also a founding member of the newly formed Latin America & Caribbean Ecotourism Network (LACEN) and serves as a director on the board of the World Food Tourism Association (WFTA).

Glenn Jampol’s expertise and experience make him a sought-after speaker and a driving force in promoting sustainable tourism practices and responsible business models.

More about Glenn’s remarkable story and successes in his sustainability leaders changemaker interview.

  • Ecotourism: Changing Perceptions through Interpretation
  • Sustainable Tourism Certification: Concepts and Programs
  • Agro-Ecotourism: Connecting Farming and Tourism
  • Marketing for Responsible Tourism: The Power of Storytelling

Proposed Talks:

“What is Truer Than the Truth? The Story”

Discover the transformative power of storytelling in ecotourism and sustainable tourism. Glenn will delve into the importance of interpretation and education in changing the perceptions of travelers. Learn how storytelling serves as a catalyst for authentic and unforgettable experiences, while also acting as a potent marketing tool for destinations, fostering the recycling of money back into local communities.

“The Business of Responsibility in Tourism”

Explore the imperative for small and medium-sized businesses in ecotourism and sustainable tourism to balance reducing their carbon footprint with financial sustainability. Glenn will discuss the creative thinking required to recreate successful and restorative models for stewardship. Discover innovative approaches that create win-win situations, allowing businesses to become financially successful while prioritizing planet-friendly practices in the post-pandemic reality.

Speaker focus:

Ecotourism, sustainable tourism, certification programs and concepts of sustainable tourism, agro-ecotourism, marketing for responsible tourism


About the Global Ecotourism Network

The Global Ecotourism Network (GEN) is a unique organization that fills a crucial gap in the field of ecotourism and sustainable tourism. With over 300 years of collective experience in ecotourism, GEN serves as the global ecotourism umbrella, connecting regional and national associations, networks, and destinations with indigenous communities, professionals, and academics. Their mission is to foster industry growth, advocate for sustainable practices, and promote authenticity in ecotourism experiences.

GEN collaborates with regional and national bodies to disseminate trends, research, and case studies, providing thought leadership and influencing market demand. They serve as advocates for the industry and its stakeholders, leveraging the expertise of their diverse membership. Additionally, GEN prioritizes the voices of indigenous peoples and rural communities, offering a platform for their involvement and promoting sustainable development.

By connecting pioneers and practitioners in ecotourism, GEN aims to shape a more sustainable and inclusive future for the industry. Through their network, they share years of experience, promote conservation, social entrepreneurship, and sustainable design, and work towards creating better tourism practices for both visitors and the visited. Discover more about the Global Ecotourism Network at

Glenn Jampol, sustainable tourism expert panel member

A good fit for:

Glenn is an ideal fit for all businesses, governments, and NGOs seeking to embrace regenerative business practices. His talks resonate with students, small and medium-sized business owners, graduate students in MBA programs, government officials, and farmers looking to evolve and steward their farms.


“Glenn Jampol is an inspiration to me and future generations. His passion for ecotourism, sustainable production, and conservation is commendable. As the President of the Global Ecotourism Network (GEN), Glenn’s leadership drives innovation and improvement in the industry. I’ve had the privilege of working with him on various projects, and his ability to connect ideas and present practical experiences is genius. He effortlessly engages the audience, making them active participants in his reflections.”

Dr. Marianela Camacho
Professor and Researcher – Universidad del Zulia / GEN Communications Manager

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