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By Bijaya Pradhan, Dream Nepal Travels & Tours   March 28, 2012 - A half day interaction programme was organised at Daman, Makwanpur district by Mid-Nepal Tourism Development Committee. The Committee was formed in March 2012 by tourism stakeholders from Chitwan, Nawalparasi, Tanahu, Gorkha, Lamjung, Dhading and Makawanpur districts, and promotes public-private partnerships to achieve the following objectives: To identify the new tourism destination. To make joint promotional materials. To formulation of integrated tourism master plan.    ...
Facebook Farmstead Chef Cookbook Giveaway In the coming weeks (April 1st - April 27th, 2012), you'll have an opportunity to enter a Facebook contest* on TIES Facebook page, for a chance to win a free copy of Farmstead Chef (New Society Publishers). Farmstead Chef, authored by Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko (co-owners of Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast) shares recipes and stories to nourish and inspire, showcasing the local, organic, seasonal and fresh ripeness of the ingredients used. As footloose family farmers, Ivanko and Kivirist penned 150 recipes in the cookbook that are...
  By Annalisa Roger   As ICANN 43 begins, a world of excitement awaits. Traveling from around the globe, 1700 people are uniting to collaborate and discuss the future of the Internet in San Jose.   Before the ICANN conference began, fifty delegates jumped on a bus and headed East for the opportunity to connect on a personal level to the stunning rainforest which is vital to our world's ecosystem. Along the journey, we learned about Costa Rica and its beautiful people, ecosystem, democratic government and environmental goal of becoming carbon neutral. A...
Contest Celebrates Expansion of Our Unique Volunteer Matching Program   Beaverton OR (USA) 3/2012 - SEE Turtles is growing its unique Volunteer Matching Program by adding new conservation partners and turtle nesting sites. Our organization helps to connect volunteers with community-based sea turtle volunteer projects in Latin America at no cost and now we are adding new options for anyone who wants to use their time and energy to help protect endangered sea turtles. Our program now matches volunteers with 15 local conservation organizations in 7 countries including Mexico, Costa...
McCarthy & Kennicott, Alaska, 21 February 2012 - Alaska's Boreal Canopy Adventures, "North America's most remote treetop adventure," is completing construction of their canopy tour and welcome center in the summer of 2012 and plans a grand opening June 2013. As an exciting new tour addition to the day activities market at McCarthy & Kennicott, Alaska's Boreal Canopy Adventures will immerse visitors in a new perspective and dimension of the northern boreal forest and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.   The 2200 foot aerial adventure along the Nizina...
Conservation Volunteer Tour on Fiji's Garden Island Island Spirit and The Honor Fiji Journey will be working in partnership to facilitate the Taveuni leg of the three-stop tall ship Volunteering journey around Fiji. Eights weeks will be spent travelling around Fiji on the Alvei and two of those will be spent on Taveuni locally known as 'Garden Island' at the beginning of July.   Island Spirit provide tailored eco holidays in Fiji combining island adventure, reef volunteering and true cultural immersion. They aim to give inspiring and fulfilling experiences through...
Ecotourism NZ is a non-profit organisation run with support by Tai Poutini Polytechnic on the West Coast of the South Island and sponsors. Our objective is to support the development of quality nature-based experiences in New Zealand and encourage collaboration within the sector.   On April 18th – 19th 2012, Ecotourism NZ will deliver a workshop in Auckland at AUT to nature-based tourism operators in the North Island. The workshop will follow a similar event held in Greymouth 19 August 2011 attracting 50 operators and many more industry participants. It would be our pleasure...
Phil is the manager of VolcanoDiscovery Hawai`i, leading a five-person team of local specialist guides currently operating from an office in his off-grid house.   By Ayako Ezaki (The International Ecotourism Society)   For volcano enthusiasts, and travelers interested in geology and natural history, Hawai`i is a unique destination offering one-of-a-kind encounters with Kīlauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, and Mauna Loa, the world's most massive volcano. At the recommendation of Annette Kaohelaulii of Hawaii Ecotourism Association, I was fortunate...
  St. Helena's opportunity to showcase truly sustainable island tourism   The island of St. Helena, an overseas territory of the United Kingdom (UK), is of volcanic origin and covers just 47 square miles in the South Atlantic Ocean. St Helena is over 4,000 miles from the UK, 700 miles southeast of Ascension Island, and 1,700 miles from South Africa. The island's total population is approximately 4,000 persons. The island’s only link to the outside world is by ship.   Like other small islands St Helena’s economy has historically been...
An Exclusive Opportunity for Travel and Wildlife Enthusiasts to Support Conservation   BEAVERTON, Ore. – Feb. 21, 2012 – Want to help support endangered wildlife from your home and earn rewards including free chocolate, discounts on wildlife conservation tours, and more? SEEtheWILD, the world's first and only wildlife conservation travel website, is launching a unique opportunity for people who have a passion for both traveling and protecting animals and a knack for social media and marketing.   Much more than a boring advisory board, WildTribe members will...
Volunteer Round the World with GVI for One Year GVI has launched an international search to send one person around the world for one year, with flights, volunteering on a range of long-term, sustainable GVI programs and expeditions in one of the most incredible positions in volunteer travel!   Too good to be true, right? Wrong! All you need to do to get this position is complete 5 separate tasks as you aim to beat out everyone else vying for this awesome position with GVI. You will be communicating with the worldwide GVI community every step of the way through blog updates,...
New print and digital magazine will feature upscale Florida outdoor and cultural themes   Vero Beach, Florida, February 15, 2012 - Art & Gator magazine and website launching in Spring 2012 may combine an odd couple but it will also be a Florida first: combining the finest of arts and nature-based travel in the Sunshine State for affluent visitors whose interests extend to everything from museums, fine art and theater to the fabled Everglades.   "Florida's award-winning state parks and trails provide an exquisite setting for the outdoors enthusiast and art...
Eco-Certified Vacations in Alaska, Galapagos, Sweden, Patagonia   Vienna, Virginia/United States, February 15, 2012 - Sustainable travel trail blazer Greenloons announces the addition of Alaska and Galapagos cruise companies as well as land operators in Sweden and Patagonia, all eco-certified by qualified third parties, to its growing list of resources for travelers seeking sustainable vacation options.   Irene Lane, Greenloons founder, said the "green travel" market is estimated to be growing 5% annually worldwide, representing 6% of the world's GDP and...
2012: A Return to the Farmstead Farmstead Chef, co-authored by Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko, captures the movement back into the kitchen, and gardens. Whether to savor the flavor of fresh, unprocessed foods, to reduce the number of miles some foods are shipped from farm field to plate, or just save some money by eating seasonally and locally, millions of people are hitting the farmers' markets, supporting restaurants that feature locally sourced ingredients or growing their own food in their backyards, rooftops or community gardens.   Kivirist and Ivanko are operators of the...
Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset 2012 Adventure-seeking runners can now register for the world's most pristine 42km and 100km run: The 14th Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset will take place on August 1st, 2012. The unique adventure race in the Mongolian mountains is limited to 100 runners. All proceeds of the non-profit event are used for environmental projects in Hovsgol National Park. Register at: http://www.ms2s.org The 2012 event: July 28 - August 4 International participants will arrive in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, on Saturday, July 28, and fly and drive to Camp Toilogt,...
The exciting range now features 120 trips to choose from including holidays especially for families, opportunities to get involved in community projects, classic safaris, mountaineering expeditions and a whole lot more.   Ottawa, ON/Canada, 10 Feb 2012 - World Expeditions launches its brand new 2012 Africa, Middle East and Europe brochure, including an additional 47 new safaris, cycling and walking adventures, classic journeys and self drive great value trips. The exciting range now features 120 trips to choose from including holidays especially for families, opportunities to get...
  By Megan Epler Wood   A battle to curb the impacts of aviation on our global climate was won on December 21, 2011. On that day, the European Union's highest court rejected all legal efforts to omit a group of American airlines from the emissions trading scheme in European air space. This decision should be supported by environmentally concerned travelers and the travel industry worldwide.   The international travel and tourism industry has done a great deal in the last 20 years to promote more sustainable practices and better environmental management. But...
Urban Adventures, the global day-tour operator that offers experiential day tours with a local twist, is offering the chance to run its London tour business and keep all the profits. There's no experience necessary more than the ability to show off London. Applications close February 29, 2012.   London, UK, February 08, 2012 - Urban Adventures, which offers day tours with a difference in more than 80 cities around the world, is offering the chance to run its London business for the rest of 2012 – and keep all the profits – to the person who comes up with the best...
Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC) The Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC), now in its sixth year, is a unique annual conference providing practical solutions to advance sustainability goals for the tourism industry. Offering invaluable learning and networking opportunities, the ESTC is a leading international meeting place where innovative minds gather to discuss ideas that inspire change. In 2012, the ESTC will be hosted by Monterey, California, USA, from September 17-19, and will bring together 450+ professionals from across the industry. Advancing...
WWF Carl Mannerfelt Prize The Ecotourism Society of Sweden has been awarded the 2011 WWF Carl Mannerfelt Prize for its work with sustainable tourism and the Nature's Best quality mark. The prize, which was awarded for the final time last year, is aimed at stimulating sustainable use of natural resources with technical and financial development under the motto, "Conservation and Development".   "We're very pleased and proud about the prize. It's particularly pleasing that our work with sustainable tourism is recognised in this way," says Ulf Lov...

 

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