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In September 2014, Southwind Adventures Travel Specialist Cynthia Ord embarked on the M/V Aria, a 32-passenger deluxe vessel, for a five-day Peruvian Amazon river cruise. The voyage departed from Iquitos, the largest city in the Peruvian rainforest. For me, cruising the Peruvian Amazon in the luxury of the M/V Aria had its obvious perks. The experience felt almost like spectating a grand performance. In my cabin I had a floor-to-ceiling panoramic window framing an unbeatable view of the river, and a California king-sized bed with fine Peruvian cotton linens where I could curl up and...
DON’T get naked While streaking in some parts of the world can make for a good story and interesting pictures, doing it in Peru can make for some serious trouble, especially now that the government is cracking down on those who expose their cracks. DO bring a reusable water bottle. All trash, including plastic drinking bottles, has to be shipped from Machu Picchu to Cusco City via train. Help reduce waste by carrying water in a bottle that doesn’t get tossed when emptied. DON’T touch the ruins While it’s tempting to touch the massive...
by Shannon Sims "Looking for guilt-free chocolate? Well, maybe there’s no such thing, but if you source it to Brazil’s Bahia state, chances are good that you at least won’t be contributing to the destruction of tropical forestland. That’s because an old method of growing cacao underneath the ancient trees has suddenly become new again, and it’s actually helping to preserve Brazil’s most endangered forest..." Shannon Sims is a freelance journalist writing for Foreign Policy, Ozy, and NPR on culture, Brazil, and the...
“The Hogsback Reforest Fest was a huge success. 250 people gathered to plant 2400 trees and dance the night away at one of the most beautiful sites in the country – Terra-Khaya Eco and Family Lodge. Greenpop is so grateful to everyone who helped make this happen. It was our first time working in the Eastern Cape and we hope to expand on the concept with local partners and to create ongoing impact in Hogsback and the surrounding areas in years to come.” Lauren O’Donnell Greenpop Managing Director The Greenpop Hogsback Reforest Fest on 12-14 September...
Echidna Walkabout has been an Australian member of TIES for a number of years. The paper, "As Plain as the Nose on their Face", is the result of an important study of wild koalas carried out by tour company, Echidna Walkabout. This work is not only an important breakthrough in techniques for identifying individual animals in the wild (and therefore monitoring their movements and behaviour) but also a significant example of how a tourism operator can act as a credible research organisation. These facets combined make Echidna Walkabout's presentation at the Pathways...
Healthy Ecosystems Key to Better Food Security UN Agencies Unite to Strengthen Support for Sustainable Ecosystems and to Implement New Sustainable Food Systems Programme New York, 24 September 2014 –Today the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that is set to ensure better support for the functioning of critical ecosystem services that underlie food security. “Healthy ecosystems are the lifeblood of food security, especially in developing countries, where...
"Machu Picchu is a trip to the serenity of the soul, to eternal fusion with the cosmos, there we feel our own fragility. It is one of the greatest marvels of South America,” penned the renowned Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. This sentiment is shared by avid travelers, history buffs and culture lovers who flock by the millions every year to witness the mystical ruins of Machu Picchu. The truth is, it’s one of the few places that people from all over the world say they want to see for themselves before they die. Each day, about 2,500 people do....
Wellness tourism is a niche segment within the travel industry, but one that is steadily growing. Essentially it is a movement to change travel to include healthy activities and options that will bring authentic experiences and rejuvenation to the tourism industry. New TIES partner, Wellness Tourism Worldwide (WTW), is an organization dedicated to promoting and developing this industry across countries, regions, and sectors, with the ultimate goal of improving personal well-being and economic growth through travel. WTW has researched many growing trends in the industry. Rather...
Api Nampa Conservation Area – a personal experience The ‘Sauka’, or also called ‘Bhotiyas’, consist of several communities that live in the Himalayan Mountains in the upper Mahakali Valley along the border region of Nepal, Tibet and India. In former times, they were involved in trans-Himalayan trade between the Gangetic Plains and the Tibetan Plateau until the Sino-Indian border was sealed in 1962 due to war. With mainly sheep and goats, the ‘Sauka’ traditionally transported sugar, grain and woolen products from India to...
In May, a tour operator training was conducted in the Ramaroshan Area of Far West Nepal. The training was organized by Tourism Development Society (TDS) and supported by the Inclusive Development of the Economy Programme (INCLUDE), which is a joint Nepali-German initiative under the guidance of the Ministry of Industry (MoI) and with technical assistance of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), as well as GmbH acting on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The six-day training...
Since the Chobe Game Lodge was first constructed in the 1970s, they have worked to develop responsible tourism initiatives. The lodge is located in Chobe National Park, which is an essential safari destination. There, you can find a huge concentration of wildlife living amongst riparian forests, fan palms, papyrus, woodlands, floodplain grasses, and reeds. It is not uncommon to see hundreds of elephants at one time as they cross the floodplains. Often, you might witness battles over territory between hyenas and lions, with jackals waiting patiently for leftovers....
After completing a similar project in the Guria region of Georgia, the Ecotourism Development Center started a new research project to investigate the potential of agritourism in Tbilisi and the surrounding areas. This project was commissioned by Georgian National Tourism Administration. The main objective of the study is to identify potential tourism facilities that are able and willing to take guests and have agritourism infrastructure. Including providers such as local wineries; accommodations (guesthouses) that have their own small organic farms and can offer tourist local...
July 1, 2014, WASHINGTON, DC and BURLINGTON, VT - The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and EplerWood International (EWI) have released their first Ecotourism Master Class, Tourism and Community Development: Tested Strategies for a Better Future, for instant replay. By launching the Instant Replay series, TIES and EWI are reducing barriers for tourism professionals to have access to very current, affordable, field-based education and training not available in text or paper form. The four-part course is composed of four 3 hour modules led by Peter Richards of...
Alaska Wildland Adventures has been dedicated to promoting and practicing ecotourism for over 30 years. Ecotourism is an innovative tool to promote the conservation of wild areas. Often misused as a catch phrase describing nature travel, ecotourism actually represents a means of protection for remote wild areas through sound and sustainable economic development. To truly be successful, ecotour operators not only tread lightly but must also set limits upon their use of the land and its resources. Here are some specific ways that Alaska Wildland Adventures puts ecotourism...
Nabraj Roshyara is a unlikely candidate for a travel agent: being born in the Far Western region of Nepal he first moved to Kathmandu and then to Germany, where he now pursues a PhD in Applied Mathematics. “I started bringing fellow students from Germany to the Far West to show them where I come from. I was a little bit worried at first, because there is no infrastructure for tourism at all in these remote districts”, Nabraj explains. While many tourists flock to Nepal to marvel at its natural beauty, rich...
About Borneo Eco Tours Borneo Eco Tours is a Malaysian ecotourism company that specializes in community and nature based tour packages. It follows ecotourism and sustainability standards by focusing on four key areas: Planning effective sustainability, maximizing social and economic benefits for the local communities, enhancing cultural heritage and reducing negative impacts to the environment. In order to fulfill these requirements, Borneo Eco Tours together with its sister company, Sukau Rainforest Lodge, set up Borneo Ecotourism Solutions and Technologies (BEST) Society,...
Vesselka Consulting Ltd. and WWF-Turkey Proudly Announce a Workshop for the Black Sea Sustainable Rural Tourism Program Integrated Rural Tourism Program for the Black Sea Region draws participants from Ukraine, Turkey and Georgia London, Istanbul: Today, Vesselka Consulting Ltd., an international advisory firm and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) - Turkey, announced that they will hold a workshop on sustainable rural tourism in the Azdavay District of Kastamonu Province in northern Turkey from June 22 through June 24 with participants representing destination...
“Base Camp Greenland” Showcases Arctic Coastal Wilderness Boulder, CO, March 18, 2014 — Natural Habitat Adventures, the world’s premier nature travel company, is proud to introduce a new way to explore the Arctic wilderness of Greenland in surprising luxury: Natural Habitat’s Base Camp Greenland, coming online in 2015. The 9-day, 8-night adventure, limited to just 12 travelers, will be offered four times in 2015: August 1-9, August 9-18, August 18-26 and August 26–September 3. “Till now, Greenland’s remote east coast, carved by glaciers and rent by deep fjords filled with...
The islands of Fiji are still unique and rare gems in an ever-developing world. It is in this idyllic setting that the Island Spirit was born; revolutionizing the way tourism affects the island and its inhabitants. More and more people want to return something to their holiday destination so the formation of valuable relationships with local communities to find out what they need and how we can all benefit from working alongside each other is integral. With the encroaching aid cuts, sustainable tourism in Fiji is an increasingly hot topic, and Island Spirit are at the forefront of the...