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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...
The Intrepid Foundation 'Trade before aid' has become a common catch-cry in contemporary approaches to sustainable development. Bring business opportunities to a community and you'll help support the local economies, support employment and empower local people to improve their standard of living on their terms. This has been the approach of Intrepid Travel, as the company has grown the adventure tour operating business to more than 100 countries on 7 continents, and employing more than 2000 people.       The need Since the early days of Intrepid, which began...
A Community Project in Sabah, North of Borneo   Kudat sits on the northern tip of Borneo. It is a very beautiful place  – with white sandy beaches and miles of coconut trees that line  the coast and stretch inland. Unfortunately, the local communities do not see these assets as opportunities to improve their livelihood. The main ethnic community, the Rungus people of Kudat, have not seized the opportunities that lie within their own backyards. Instead, their youths migrate to the cities in search of jobs, while those who stay continuously shift their crops, constantly...
    The Importance of Sustainability in the Travel Industry At Natural Habitat Adventures, sustainability isn’t just something we talk about, it’s engrained in who we are. The travel industry, often characterized as the largest industry in the world, is responsible for a wide variety of negative environmental, cultural, and economic impacts across the globe.  However, when done right, tourism has the potential to be one of the most powerful ways to conserve our natural world.  Ecotourism is one form of travel that can result in a net positive impact for...
Dec 16, 2013
TIES News
Dear Friends,   On behalf of the TIES Board, and our hardworking Team, thank you for supporting The International Ecotourism Society!  All of our efforts are focused supporting the mission of TIES and the work you all do in ecotourism and sustainable tourism.  There are many initiatives that have moved forward this year – we are proud of all of our members who have dedicated their lives to really contributing to creating a more sustainable world.  While we continue to face many challenges, ecotourism certainly is the flicker of hope for a promising way to...
The Buraco das Araras (Sinkhole of the Macaws) was once a cave. The roof collapsed and a big hole of 124 metres deep and 160 in diameter was formed. The cliffs proved ideal nesting grounds for Red-and-Green Macaws (Ara chloropterus) and other birds.   When Modesto Sampaio bought 100 ha of land near Bonito in 1986, there were no macaws living there any more. On closing the deal he discovered that his land had a big hole in it, where macaws once flew. Except it was now a rubbish dump full of vultures and, people whispered, dead bodies.   When tourists in search of beautiful...
  By: Dr. Rajashree Ajith*        Babu Rengaraj**   Kerala – the ‘God’s Own Country’ is the model destination for the global tourists entered into the international tourism market after announcing tourism as an industry in 1986 and  thereafter, the state has witnessed commendable growth and produced sustainable models by taking the benefit of tourism into communities and involving them in conservational activities. Ecotourism initiatives of Government of Kerala is one of the aspiring step aiming to ensure...
Roteiros de Charme, an association of independent boutique hotels which adhere to an environmental code since 1992, was the overall winner of the II Braztoa Sustainability Award on Novermber 12th 2013. But an international jury of 14 tourism specialists was impressed by the the great diversity of the 48 initiatives presented in 5 different categories : Hotels, Institutional Partners, Trade Partners (non-Braztoa members), Travel Agencies and Braztoa Members. Over a period of 10 days, the jury read and evaluated the initiatives presented by the candidates, looking at how much they were...
Roteiros de Charme, an association of independent boutique hotels which adhere to an environmental code since 1992, was the overall winner of the II Braztoa Sustainability Award on Novermber 12th 2013. But an international jury of 14 tourism specialists was impressed by the the great diversity of the 48 initiatives presented in 5 different categories : Hotels, Institutional Partners, Trade Partners (non-Braztoa members), Travel Agencies and Braztoa Members. Over a period of 10 days, the jury read and evaluated the initiatives presented by the candidates, looking at how much they were...
Background   Campi ya Kanzi (Camp of the Hidden Treasure) is Luca Belpietro’s dream come true. Luca was raised by his father with a passion for Africa and has had in his blood since childhood the desire to live on that magical continent. Everything started in the summer of 1968, when Luca, 4 years old, spent his first night alone in a little tent in the garden of his country house. He wanted to show his father he was ready to be taken on safari. That sense of belonging to Africa characterized his entire life and eventually led him to the places he had always dreamed of. He...
                       Since 2010, senior advisory board members of TIES and senior management of ATTA have discussed opportunities to work more closely together, particularly around education and conferences.  In 2012, when it was discovered that both organizations were hosting individual conferences in similar destinations, weeks apart, the need to collaborate and communicate was reinforced. In 2013, ATTA released research that indicated significant growth in the adventure travel industry (65% per year).  ...
Kenyan destination recognized for good practices and desire for improvement     WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 18, 2013) Mara Naboisho is the first wildlife conservancy to participate in the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s (GSTC) Early Adopters Program. In  doing so, the destination has achieved an important milestone in the recognition of sustainable  tourism as a model to protect an area of high  concentration of wildlife in Kenya’s Greater Mara region, while empowering the local Maasai community....
Photo by Botswana Tourism Organization Mombo Camps voted Best Hotel in the World; Chobe Game Lodge among Top 20 Lodges and Resorts in Africa + the Middle East The 2013 Travel + Leisure World's Best Hotels results are in and two of Botswana's ecotourism-certified camps were voted among the top hotels in the world. Mombo Camp (including Little Mombo Camp), which is located in the Moremi Game Reserve in the pristine Okavango Delta of Botswana, received the top overall score in the world for rooms/facilities, location, service, restaurants/food and value. Chobe Game Lodge,...

 

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