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  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...
The Grand Tour 2015....   TIES Members have the chance for their stories to be told by a team of independent, dedicated journalists and bloggers led by Florian Kaeder and Natalia Ferrer Roca, editors of Sustainability-Leaders.com during The Grand Tour.   If you have been a finalist or winner of an international sustainable tourism award, or have obtained the highest level of a GSTC recognized sustainability certification (such as Biosphere, Green Key, Rainforest Alliance, EarthCheck, GreenGlobe…), then this is your chance to have your story told....
  Sep 10-13 GSTC Annual General Meeting   Join the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and leading sustainable tourism professionals in Huangshan, China from September 10-13 for GSTC’s 5th Annual General Meeting.  The GSTC serves as the international body for establishing and managing the GSTC Criteria, the globally recognized standards for sustainable tourism. This 3-day event is open to everyone and will feature workshops, roundtable discussions and more. This year's AGM will be hosted by Huangshan Scenic Area, a long-time GSTC Member and GSTC Early...
  Nepal was hit by 7.8-magnitude earthquake on April 25 and a major aftershock of magnitude 7.3 on May 12. The results have been heartbreaking: over 8,500 people killed, more than 19,000 injured, nearly 500,000 houses destroyed, about 250,000 houses damaged and 6,000 schools destroyed which means nearly 1 million children can't return to school. In total, 8 million people are affected.   Helping the Victims Sambhav Nepal, the charity Ace the Himalaya is involved in, has been active for many years in the rural parts of Gorkha, close to the epicenter. So far they have...
Koalas are connected to everything!     In nature, everything is connected. But some of the affinities between koalas and other animals might surprise you!   Honeyeaters, like this Eastern Spinebill, pollinate trees. Without honeyeaters, new trees will struggle to grow. No trees = no koalas.     If Flame Robins didn’t eat insects, plants would suffer from insect overpopulation. Insects eat the leaves of many plants, eucalyptus included. Too many insects = no leaves on trees for koalas to eat.     Even butterflies are important to koalas....
TIME Unlimited Tours from Auckland New Zealand launches new brand identity & new business unit to mark 10th anniversary 18th May 2015   (Auckland, NZ) – Multi-award winning TIME Unlimited Tours is celebrating a number of milestones – reaching its 10th year in operation, launching its new brand and formally opening a new business unit! As one of New Zealand’s most awarded tourism companies, they are proud to continue leading the way in the areas of eco-tourism and cultural experiences. Just a few days ago they represented New Zealand at the world’s foremost...
Florie Thielin, TIES Media Volunteer during ESTC15 in Quito, created a video playlist of key attendees, including Sandra Naranjo, the Minister of Tourism Ecuador, and Dr. Kelly Bricker, the TIES Chair.   She is also currently leading a special project called The Hospitality Tour, during which she has been traveling throughout Central and South America for a year and a half, collecting and sharing sustainable hotel practices while sharing her marketing skills in exchange for room and board. Get to know Florie, the Hopineo project, and how you can be involved too!    ...
The Ecotourism Society annual conference - ESTC15 has just closed in Quito Ecuador and has been hailed as a roaring success   520 participants attended from 30 countries, and there were keynote presentations from Jeff Parrish of WWF, Antoine George of Peru, and the Minister of Tourism of Ecuador, Sandra Naranjo.   During the ESTC15, Ecuador announced its commitment to the GSTC Criteria as a national standard, and was awarded a plaque for their national sustainability criteria being recognized by the GSTC.   The conference connected live via skype to the European...
What’s In The Bush – Part 2: Birds From TIES Member ECHIDNA WALKABOUT NATURE TOURS   Downunder is on top, for birds anyway!   This world map is upside down, because this really is the right way up when it comes to birdlife.   This infographic shows the distribution of the large birds of the world (not including the geese & swans, which are worldwide). As you can see, large birds have a predominantly southern distribution.     The world’s biggest birds – Ostriches – can only be seen in Africa. Their similarly enormous relatives,...
The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) is pleased to announce "The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends and Statistics 2015". This report examines a wide range of surveys and studies done in the past five years to assess commitment to responsible travel, that is, "travel that minimizes negative impacts, brings economic benefits to host communities, and preserves the cultural and natural resources of the destinations.
Un-Cruise Makes Sustainable Partnership Spotting a whale from the Safari Endeavour in Mexico (Haley Rowell)   One of our favorite ship operators, Un-Cruise Adventures, has become the FIRST cruise line to partner with Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch. This means a formal promise to serve only seafood caught or farmed by ocean-friendly techniques. "We're committed to serving sustainable seafood across our fleet of yachts and small ships," Un-Cruise CEO, Dan Blanchard stated. "It's the right thing to do, and we believe our guests will agree."  ...
Sustainable Tourism Certification Quickfinder Launched Which certificate to choose?   More than 170 certification programmes on sustainable tourism are meanwhile operating worldwide: businesses, tour operators and destinations never had a greater choice of regional, national and international labels to proof their “green” commitment and performance regarding environmentally sound and socially responsible sustainability. And they never had more questions in order to make a proper choice:    Which of these certificates are available in which country? Which...

 

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