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Masaru Takayama

Chairperson, Asian Ecotourism Network, Thailand

Masaru Takayama


17 Country Strategic Partnership for Ecotourism in Asia and Pacific

Now with Chaire with Ecotourism Australia joined on the board of Asian Ecotourism Network, on top of Tony Charters who has been from the foundation, AEN is becoming an authority in the Asian region and Pacific to actively promote authentic ecotourism through 17 country partnership. Masaru will demonstrate the challenges and opportunities in the region to create a momentum to fill-in the gaps among public and private sectors, and the communities.


Mr. Masaru Takayama founded Asian Ecotourism Network (AEN) to promote authentic ecotourism in the region by creating a networking platform for ecotourism fraternity. In 2018 Japan Alliance of Responsible Travel Agencies (JARTA) was also created to enhance responsible tourism movement in Japan. Masaru serves a number of key positions in the organizations both home and abroad. Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2013-2015 Judge, The World Legacy Awards 2015-2017 Judge, United Nations Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committee Member of 10 YFP Sustainable Tourism Programme until earlier this year. GSTC authorized trainer, Green Destinations auditor/trainer, Travelife auditor. Owner of Shunyoso, a cultural heritage building in Awaji Island, Japan.