Ecolodge Resources

International Ecolodge Guidelines (TIES-EXCHANGE Member log-in required)

Given the continued demand for ecotourism destinations, the increase in numbers of lodging facilities seems inevitable, and for this reason, these guidelines have been written to allow for the creation of ecolodges. Our aim has been to provide a framework for the design, development and operations of future lodges such that they uphold the social and ecological integrity of their given environments, and thereby allow for sustained benefits from ecotourism without damaging or destroying the very natural resources on which they depend. (© 2002 The International Ecotourism Society)


The Business of Ecolodges: A Survey of Ecolodge Economics and Finance (TIES-EXCHANGE Member log-in required)

Ecolodge sponsors and managers are diverse and include communities, corporations, families, governments, NGOs and individual entrepreneurs. This diversity exacerbates the fact that little or no information on the economics and financing of ecolodges is available. As a result, entrepreneurs and financiers have not had a sound base to make financial projections, evaluate requests for funding, or benchmark their performance relative to their competition. (© 2001 The International Ecotourism Society)


ICF Study on Nature-based Lodges

In 2003 and 2004, TIES and Epler Wood International were involved in a major study, on behalf of the World Bank's International Finance Corporation, of the environmental, social, and economic footprint of ecolodges and nature-based lodges around the world. TIES implemented a detailed survey to compile data on the current practices of the nature lodges operating in developing countries with significant nature tourism offerings.


Ecolodge Development Part 1

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Ecolodge Development 3

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Latest News and Articles on Ecolodges

Latin Trails adds HakunaMatata Amazon lodge to its portfolio Ecuador based tour operator, to provide stability to sustainable eco friendly property in the Amazon rainforest.   February 9,
(Quito, Ecuador)
–Latin Trails tour operator, which has been operating for over 20 years on the local market in Quito - Ecuador, has recently acquired a small Eco-lodge to its diverse travel property portfolio. The Hakuna Matata eco-lodge is located in the Ecuadorian Amazon, nearby the small town of Archidona, where exclusive nature lovers can fully enjoy from a "close watch" the...
Proposed New Development Puts Ecuadorian Indigenous Tribe at Risk of Extinction What's the experience of an indigenous people whose thousands-year-old culture is threatened by oil interests?   Ecuador's award-winning ecotourism company, Tropic Journeys in Nature (Tropic), since 1994 has led tours through the country's most engaging landscapes. This includes a region occupied by the Huaorani, one of the most isolated ethnic groups in the world, in contact with the so-called the civilized world only since the mid 20th century and today threatened by global oil...
Photo by Samuel Melim, Cristalino Lodge   Cristalino Jungle Lodge was selected as one of the "25 Best Ecolodges 2013" by National Geographic Traveler magazine and will be featured in the June / July 2013 issue, as well as listed in a special Best Lodges photo gallery on National Geographic Traveler's award-winning website.   The selection process was competitive and our editorial team worked long and hard to find 2013's best, most authentic, most sustainable lodges. "This year marks the 125th anniversary of the National Geographic Society. The...
An Authentic Ecolodge Under Construction in Dominica Kwanari Ecolodge, a project owned by Kasswebb Ltd., is located in Castle Bruce, on the eastern side of Dominica, which is 10 km south of the only native territory in the Caribbean – Kalinago. The Kwanari Ecolodge site occupies approximately seven acres and has been planned and designed by a team led by Hitesh Mehta from the USA and managed by Leonard Andre from Dominica, marrying international knowledge with local wisdom. The site includes a wellness center, forest and ocean villas, tree house, library, conference/local...
Our current issue article series this week focuses on the concept of "luxury" in ecotourism. What does luxury mean to you, as an eco-tourist, or from the perspective of an ecotourism business or destination? What are some examples of ecolodges and eco-destinations incorporating "luxury" into the experiences they offer? What kind of luxury do eco-tourists seek? Head over to TIES-EXCHANGE to add your comments and ideas related to this topic! (Member log-in required)     Some may consider "luxury ecotourism" an oxymoron. However,...
Botswana Ecotourism Certification System Botswana Tourism realizes that "green" is more than just a color or concept – it is a way of life. Botswana's commitment to the conservation of its natural resources, rich wildlife, and cultural heritage was formalized in 2002 with the inception of the country's National Ecotourism Strategy, which positions Botswana as a leading sustainable tourism destination and has led to the development of the Botswana Ecotourism Certification System, a voluntary, tourism industry-wide program run by Botswana Tourism.   The...
Our current issue article series this week focuses on tourism’s contribution to biodiversity conservation. How does tourism benefit conservation? How can tourism ensure the involvement of local communities in conservation efforts? How does your organization work with communities and guests to support and promote conservation? Head over to TIES-EXCHANGE to add your comments and ideas related to this topic! (Member log-in required)     Through many successful examples around the world, ecotourism has been proven as an effective market-based solution...
In May 2012, Black Sheep Inn became 100% community operated: Edmundo Vega Estrada, the new administrator was born and raised in Chugchilán. He graduated from the local elementary school Juan Jose Flores over 40 years ago before tourism had developed in the area. He moved to Latacunga and then to Quito where he began working in the hospitality industry. From dish washer to kitchen manager to banquet administrator to restaurant manager; he worked at the JW Marriott, Hotel Quito, Hilton Colon and high-end restaurants.   Edmundo returned to Chugchilán in April 2012 after...
Photo by Hans Tammemagi By Hans Tammemagi   The Land Rover bumped along a riverbed, passing scraggly trees and splashing through occasional pools that soon would be dry. I was on a safari tour in the Damaraland region of Namibia in southwest Africa. Since leaving camp, we had passed through a parched, barren, rocky landscape. But the wildlife was like Alice in Wonderland.   A row of oryx trotted along a ridge, baboons scampered on a cliffside, orange and green parakeets squawked in a bush. We turned a corner and, suddenly, four elephants were coming right at us,...
El Remanso Lodge Receives "Five Leaves" El Remanso Lodge (Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica) has been awarded with the "Level 5" of the Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST), a rigorous certification program by the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) that evaluates tourism companies' sustainability practices in natural, cultural and social resource management. CST is regulated by the Costa Rican National Accreditation Commission and consists of a scale of 5 levels of sustainable tourism achievements.   This is the highest possible rating and El Remanso has...


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