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Why Tourism Should Do More for Endangered Species: Australian tourism companies face increasing pressure on their natural assets, so one wildlife tour operator is leading the way by turning a negative into a positive International award-winning tour operator Janine Duffy believes that being pro-active about endangered species and habitats is good for the environment, good for her clients and good for business. Said Ms. Duffy: “In Australia, most tourism operators rely on some aspect of the natural environment. As an industry we can't hide our heads in the sand...
Apr 26, 2016
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First Sustainable Tourism Workshop on Ilhabela Island, Brazil The municipality of Ilhabela Island, on the north coast of the state of São Paulo, hosted its 1st Sustainable Tourism Workshop, held between April 1 and 3, 2016. This following the World Travel Market Latin America which was held in São Paulo from March 29 to 31, 2016. In Ilhabela, more than 50 local tourism professionals and visitors, including hotel owners, operators, consultants, media and public officials, such as the Secretary of Tourism Harry Finger and manager of Ilhabela State Park, Joan Fava Alves,...
Ecuador has experienced a 7.8-magnitude earthqake on Saturday, April 16, at 18:58. The epicenter, off the pacific coast, affected mainly coastal areas. Population centers in the highlands, such as the capital Quito still received tremors but to a much lesser degree. Mauricio Rodas Espinel, mayor of Quito, has informed the public the earthquake affected 6 dwellings in the city, 3 of them in the Southern district, which is outside the traditional tourist areas. 16 people have been evacuated to municipal shelters. At this time, damage of patrimonial spaces in Quito’s Historical...
Aardvark Safari's Top 5 Sustainable Travel Destinations for 2016 The world’s changing fast. The climate is warming. Wildlife migration patterns are changing. Some of our natural resources are dwindling. And sometimes it feels like the people with power have no interest in doing anything about it. Sometimes, it seems, the rest of us - those without a lot of political or philanthropic sway, but who do want to do something about it - are powerless to stem the literal rising tide of ecological disaster. But it’s important to know that we’re not powerless...
Two weeks ago TIES Marketing and Event Manager, Lauren Melde, traveled to Belize to get a firsthand look at the country's ecotourism and adventure tourism initiatives. Keep reading to hear tips and tricks for your next eco-adventure, hopefully in beautiful, green Belize! Enjoying the sunrise from the top of the Mayan High Temple at Lamanai Archeological Site in Indian Church, Belize One of my favorite aspects of traveling is flying over my country of destination and seeing how vastly different the scene is than where I am from. More than that, I experience a burst of...
GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training: Upcoming Classes in South Africa, Washington DC and Greece The GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program is designed to benefit tourism industry practitioners including hotels, operators, tourism destinations, and professionals involved in sustainability standards for travel and tourism. The training covers global trends in sustainable tourism and sustainability best practices, and provides a comprehensive overview of the GSTC Criteria, the global baseline standards for sustainability in travel and tourism. Please review the upcoming training...
Interview with Irene Lane Ecotourism Master Class Series ‘The Bottom Line Financial Effect, ROI of "Going Green" April 13 at 8am and 8pm EST Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your work with Greenloons? I am the founder of Greenloons, which is an online platform of eco-certified experiences that inspire people to think different, be different and travel different – in ways that help to ensure a more sustainable planet. More recently, I started EcotourismROI.com as a result of designing a financial model that helps tourism boards,...
Mar 3, 2016
Lessons in Community Tourism Product Development with Kelly Galaski Kelly Galaski is a community tourism development specialist, with 18+ years experience in tourism and over six years working with G Adventures to connect rural communities to the tourism supply chain through the Planeterra Foundation. Learn key elements for successful community tourism product development with lessons from the private sector and successful case studies. Tell us about yourself and the work you do with Planeterra/G Adventures. I started out in the field of hospitality, working in hotels...
Ecotourism Master Class Interview: Pamela Lanier on Agritourism Pamela Lanier will be presenting at the next Ecotourism Master Class Series on The Place of Agritourism in the Ecotourism Big Picture. She will assess the ways agritourism can add upon and expand an existing ecotourism business such as lodges, touring companies, and community agricultural efforts with a focus on indigenous communities with proximity to protected areas, such as parks. Pamela has been a TIES member for many years and recently presented at ESTCNA in Tampa Bay, Florida. Can you...
"At the farthest reaches of the world often occurs new marvels and wonders, as though Nature plays with greater freedom secretly at the edges of the world than she does openly and nearer us in the middle of it."- Ranulf Higden, 14th century Higden was onto something when he wrote that famous line almost a millennium ago; the capacity to be curious is what drives human exploration. Without it, you and I wouldn’t be communicating right now; in fact we might have never made it out of Africa. But what if the wanderlust that keeps us thirsty for adventure could be...
CapeNature and Mountain Club SA welcome international climbers To showcase South Africa’s world class rock climbing, CapeNature and the Mountain Club of South Africa (MCSA) will welcome members of the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) for a 10-day climbing tour of the country. Starting in the Cederberg Wilderness Area, the teams will climb together and share knowledge and experiences of this rapidly growing activity. The climbers will visit the world famous Wolfberg Cracks in the Cederberg before experiencing Table Mountain in Cape Town and Blouberg in Limpopo...
A Marketing Manual for Small Responsible Tourism Companies One of the major challenges for small and responsible tourism companies is to build trust and manage gaining enough visibility towards potential visitors. Florie Thielin, Latin America Ambassador of the collaborative non-profit Hopineo platform worked specially on developing a manual of marketing for them. As all tools and solutions shared on Hopineo website, this manual is in free access to all in order to help the sector of responsible tourism progress forward. Traveling through Latin America, from Mexico to...
Feb 19, 2016
Sustainable Tourism in Hawaii: From the Mountains to the Reefs An article by TIES member Valley Isle Excursions Hawaii is known as one of the world’s top vacation destination. But what most people don’t know is that the Hawaiian Islands are also a conservation hotspot. Hawaii boasts over 25,000 unique species - some of which are found nowhere else on earth. Unfortunately, many of Hawaii’s fragile habitats and species are threatened by population growth, development, pollution, overuse, and climate change. In fact, Hawaii has one of the highest...
TrainingAid Live Session (Feb 29) with Julia Barrero, head of marketing, Xola Sign Up: http://bit.ly/TourismTL1602 (registration is free) FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1513655962272659/ Session Description Are you asking the right questions to maximize the return on your marketing investment? Join tourism marketing specialist, Julia Barrero of Xola.com, as she guides you through a strategic framework and key Google Analytics reports that will help you market with confidence. Watch this free Live Session to: Confidently plan your marketing...
Feb 12, 2016
Interview with Scott Dye Scott Dye, along with Michelle Powelson, will presenting TIES' next Ecotourism Master Class: A Multifaceted Approach to Golf Course Water Conservation. The case study investigates the most efficient and cost effective water conservation options for the San Diego based golf course. A portion of this research will be published in TIES founder and Harvard Professor Dr. Megan Epler Wood’s new upcoming ecotourism book. Can you tell us about yourselves and why you think ecotourism and sustainable tourism is important? I first became...
From left to right: CapeNature Tourism Manager Ramese Mathews, CapeNature Executive Director: Marketing & Eco-tourism Sheraaz Ismail, CapeNature Chief Executive Officer Dr Razeena Omar, Comet Corporation Managing Director Bruce See (representing Eco-tourism Africa). CapeNature earns first ever ECO certification in Southern Africa CapeNature’s Kogelberg, Robberg and Goukamma Nature Reserves have become the first tourism products in South Africa and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to have been awarded the prestigious ECO Certification by...
A Responsible Tourism HopTour of West Africa Justine and Mahery, the founders of Hopineo, are leaving France for a 5 months HopTour in West Africa. Their goal is to meet around 20 responsible tourism facilities to swap their competencies in exchange for room and food, collect as many responsible tourism good practices as possible, and develop the Hopineo network. At first, the two founders went on a 4 month Tour of France in 2014 to start the project, feeling they should get to know the responsible tourism sector in their own country before developing the network worldwide....
Jan 26, 2016
TIES and USF Patel Center for Global Solutions Host Inaugural Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference in North America The International EcoTourism Society’s inaugural Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference North America began today at the University of South Florida Patel College of Global Sustainability (PCGS). This will be the first major Sustainable Tourism Conference following the adoption of the United Nations Sustainability Goals and the outcomes of COP21 Climate Change negotiations in Paris, France. Although ESTC holds international conferences every...
Jan 21, 2016
Sumak Travel & Cafédirect Producers' Foundation team up to offer Fair Trade Adventures Fair Trade Adventures are the result of an exciting and innovative partnership between Latin America ecotourism specialists and TIES members, Sumak Travel, and Cafédirct Producers’ Foundation, a UK based charity that is owned and led by smallholder farmers. These small group tours, to unique destinations in Peru, Colombia and Costa Rica, will give travellers a rare opportunity to meet the farmers and artisans behind popular fair trade products such as...
Interview with CapeNature, A TIES Premium Plus Member CapeNature, a TIES Premium Plus Member, is a public institution with the responsibility for biodiversity conservation in the Western Cape. They are driven to create a successful "conservation economy", in which all the citizens of the Western Cape community transform the area's biodiversity into source of local economic development. In order to achieve these goals, they implement various programs such as youth education, stewardship, and ecotourism development. 1. Why do you see sustainability as important...