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Architect David L. Andersen to Create Ecolodge Course   The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) is enthusiastic to announce that the architect David L. Andersen of Andersen By Design LLC will be creating the Ecolodge elective course in the Certificate in Sustainable Tourism Management program.  The certificate, which is awarded jointly by George Washington University (GWU), offers students and professionals in tourism an excellent opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills in sustainable practices.   David L. Andersen AIA has been a leader in sustainable design since...
TIME Unlimited Tours from Auckland, New Zealand announced as Finalist in "Meaningful" Category in Worldwide Luxury Tourism Award   (Auckland, NZ) – TIME Unlimited Tours from Auckland, New Zealand have been chosen as a Finalist in the Luxperience Awards 2015. The Luxperience Awards are a Worldwide Luxury Tourism Award that was established to acknowledge excellence in the development and promotion of the evolving nature of high-end travel. It is based in the Australasia and Pacific region and connects the world’s most exclusive buyers and sellers of global...
This is a proposal to develop and implement sustainable tourism activities in 1351 Private Natural Heritage Reserves(RPPN) that protect about 780 thousand hectares of private lands in all Brazilian biomes. This initiative aims to generate resources through sustainable tourism activities for the effective management of these private protected areas, promoting the conservation of biodiversity and natural resources and sustainable economic development, according to the Brazilian National Biodiversity Targets (National Goal 11 Strategic Objective C).   Download a FREE copy here.
Vanuatu Tourism Accreditation Submitted by Jerry Spooner   Background   The Government of Vanuatu through the Department of Tourism, solely responsible for the development and management of Tourism Products and Services within the Destination has to date developed its own Accreditation Program. The key focus of the program is to highlight the need to set and enforce minimum standards throughout the tourism sector. The Program has developed standards for multiple types of tourism operations including accommodation, land/air/water transport and tour operators. The Standards are...
Our Plan to Help One Small Village in Peru   Adios Adventure Travel is a small tour operator in Peru with an office in the US. On a recent trip to Peru, one of our local guides, Klever, and Victor, our young Inca Trail cook, took me to visit the village of Kallipata, to meet our Inca Trail porters in person. Klever knows that I have participated in many service projects and medical mission trips in Peru. Our goal was to survey the needs of the villagers with the intention to organize a medical mission trip. After all, why shouldn’t we support the families who ultimately...
OUR EFFORTS TO CREATE A GREEN SPACE IN MAI CHAU Mai Chau is a mountainous region located in Hoa Binh Province, approximately 135 km from Hanoi (3.5 hour drive)and 65 km from Hòa Bình town. This idyllic valley is embraced by emerald mountains and clouds, making it an retreat centre in North Vietnam. 1. Natural conditions in Mai Chau Mai Chau is a mountainous district, located in the northwest of Hoa Binh Province, Vietnam. Its climate is influenced significantly by the northwestern monsoon regime, with distinct aspects of the tropical climate of high mountains. The...
International Ecotourism Society and Travindy announce partnership   Starting this month, one of the longest running organisations in sustainable tourism will start to collaborate with one of the newest.   Founded in 2015, Travindy is the first news website to focus exclusively on sustainable and responsible tourism. Each week its site features the latest stories on the sustainable innovations and issues affecting the industry from across the internet, and also publishes an email newsletter featuring a round up of the top stories each week.   Travindy's story format is...
  An Ecotourism HopTour of Ecuador   After a great ESTC conference in Quito, Florie went on an ecotourism “HopTour” of Ecuador. While she is traveling, she gives good tips in marketing to responsible hotels, lodges and community-based tourism centers in exchange for room and board while sharing their best practices in sustainable tourism making short videos (read previous article on TIES about the Hopineo initiative for a better tourism). She had already traveled this way from Mexico to Colombia and she’s sharing with us a compilation of videos she shot...
  DISTINTIVO Q, RECOGNITION OF QUALITY TOURISM SERVICES   Background   The Metropolitan District of Quito, through Quito Tourism, the public entity responsible for overseeing the tourism development in destination, seeks to highlight and recognize tourism businesses that have taken positive steps in improving product and offer tourists world-class services by recognizing them with the Distictivo Q recognition.   Quito’s strategic tourism plan includes a series of initiatives aimed to make the tourism offerings of the city attractive to would be visitors and...
  EXPERIENCE AND FALL IN LOVE WITH THE NATURAL HERITAGE OF THE METROPOLITAN DISTRICT OF QUITO   District Biodiversity The Metropolitan District of Quito (MDQ) has a vast range of environments. Ranging from tropical areas on the northwest to arid areas in the river valley of Guayllabamba, cloud forests, and wilderness areas along the inter-Andean where it snows, the 424,062 hectares of the district also varies in altitudinal ranges. Gualea and Pacto are located about 500 m and Sincholagua is located 4,950 meters above sea level. This provides for an ecologically diverse...
  M/V Origin: Advancing Conservation in the Galapagos   The Galapagos National Park takes pride in advancing the conservation of the unique biodiversity and ecosystem of the Galapagos. Together we pull our resources to fight invasive species, support conservation education for local school children on the need for caring for the islands and saving endangered species. None of these are small projects, but little by little we are making a difference. We are always searching for a new answer to the same question: How can we leave the smallest footprint when we travel?   The...
STATEMENT REGARDING THE NEW ORGANIC LAW FOR THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS   On behalf of the Ministry of Tourism, and in response to reports that have distorted the contents of the New Organic Law of the Special Regime for the Province of Galapagos (LOREG), we ratify our commitment to preserve these islands, which are a UNESCO World Natural Heritage. Recognizing the value of this natural wonder, the Government of Ecuador included the archipelago as a Special Territory in the country's Constitution, in order to incorporate special policies for its conservation.   Regarding the...
Vesselka Consulting Ltd. and WWF-Turkey Proudly Announce the Completion of the Second Members’ Forum of the Black Sea Sustainable Rural Tourism Program: Sponsored by Danone Ukraine The Black Sea Sustainable Rural Tourism Program successfully concludes its second members’ forum, hosted by the Chaika Green Tourism complex in Hola Prystan, Kherson Oblast, Ukraine from June 11-14 and generously sponsored by Danone, Ukraine.   Anatoliy Petrovich Negra, Mayor of Hola Prystan, opened the event at a gala dinner on June 11 and officially welcomed representatives and accommodation...
  The Story of Jempue & Tatatúa   In honor of International Migratory Bird Day, we hope you enjoy this traditional story told by older members of the Shuar Amazonian Tribe, just as they heard from their elders when they were younger. It is a tale of two men from the early foundation of the Shuar tribe named Tatatúa and Jempue.   For each young man the tribe assigned responsibilities as they came into adulthood. Tatatúa was assigned to work at a mine. There alone, he was not very committed to his work and was a bit lazy. To pass the days he...
Galapagos Sea Star Journey yacht will be overhauled in August 2015 The Galapagos M/V GALAPAGOS SEA STAR JOURNEY will undergo a complete 2 month overhaul from August 20 – October 20, 2015.    QUITO, ECUADOR – June 16th, 2015 – Latin Trails, Ecuador based Galapagos cruise operator, announced the overhaul of its yacht “M/V GALAPAGOS SEA STAR JOURNEY”. The most exclusive yacht in the archipelago will be undergoing a full 2 month overhaul in the sea port of Guayaquil – Ecuador. This scheduled maintenance will take place between August 20th...
Black Sea Sutainable Rural Tourism Program Member Meeting Sponsored by Danone Ukraine: Integrated Rural Tourism Program for the Black Sea Region draws members from Ukraine, Turkey and Georgia June 11, 2015    Today, Vesselka Consulting Ltd., an international advisory firm and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) - Turkey, announced the first Member’s Meeting of the Black Sea Sustainable Rural Tourism to be held in the town of Hola Pristan in Kherson Oblast, Ukraine from June 11 through June 14. The event is sponsored by Danone, Ukraine whose Small Family Farm projects in...
  Echidna Walkabout stands up for ethical tourism Australia's leading ecotour operator, Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours, has just been given the highest stamp of approval by international responsible tourism heavyweight Tourism Concern.   The wildlife tour operator, based in Melbourne, Australia achieved 4.5 stars on Tourism Concern's Ethical Travel Guide, one of only three organisations in the world with such a high rating for community well-being, social equity and environmental protection.   “In London after winning the gold award for...
  Hébergement touristique écologique en amont Le tourisme durable devient de plus en plus ‘normal’. L’écotourisme, plus forcément une rencontre avec la nature sauvage, peut être expérimenté plus près de la maison : les voyageurs soucieux de leur impact environnemental, qui prennent des mesures dans leur vie quotidienne pour réduire cet impact, s’attendent à pouvoir retrouver leurs valeurs et même aller plus loin dans l’hébergement de vacances, sans devoir payer un suppl...
    Eco-friendly tourist accommodation on the rise Sustainable tourism is becoming ever more mainstream. Ecotourism, no longer necessarily a walk through the wilderness, can be experienced closer to home: travellers mindful of their environmental impact, who take measures in their daily life to reduce this impact, expect to be able to find their values reflected and enhanced in their holiday accommodation, without having to pay a premium. Good business sense on the owners’ part also guides them towards the adoption of energy-saving measures and other...