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Nov 17, 2015
An Interview with TIES Member Himalayan Smile Trekking Himalayan Smile Treks and Adventures is a locally owned and managed trekking company established by a team of professionals who have long years of experience in travel, trekking, tour and adventure activities in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. Their mission is to provide the best service possible to guests while being environmentally, socially and economically responsible. Their trekking expeditions do not disturb the ecological balance of environment and synthesizes with a concept of environment, economy and success to future...
El ecoturismo comenzó con la esperanza de desarrollar las economías locales de los países de América del Sur, mientras que la atracción de turistas a la belleza natural y maravillas exóticas de la tierra. "Viaje responsable a áreas naturales que conserva el medio ambiente y sustenta el bienestar de la población local." Ecoturismo idealmente permite a las personas nativas beneficiarse de sus costumbres y cultura, al mismo tiempo permite a los turistas caminar y explorar, aportando el capital extranjero a las economías...
Interview of Dr Xavier Font, Director at respondeco and Professor at Leeds Beckett University Dr. Xavier Font is a leading expert on sustainable tourism marketing and has a PhD in the field of sustainable tourism certification. He is the Director at respondeco, a consultancy service that helps tourism businesses learn how to better market and communicate their sustainability efforts. They provide website analysis, action planning training, mentoring and destination reports. What made you passionate about sustainability? I grew up in a tourist resort north of Barcelona,...
TIES welcomes it's newest Lifetime Member, Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge which fully supports and practices the policy of sustainable tourism. Located in the foothills of the Annapurna range of Nepal where the surrounding area is under diverse pressure, there is a need for sound and sensitive management. As well as being committed to the protection and enhancement of the natural environment, Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge feels privileged that the local people and communities are partners, stakeholders, and vital resources in their business. Tiger...
Iceland in Slow-Mo According to Martha Honey, ecotourism is “travel to fragile, pristine, and usually protected areas that strives to be low impact and (often) small scale”. This notion is well understood regarding areas like South America, Africa and some parts of North America and Europe, but it is not necessarily expected for Iceland. However, Iceland is in dire need of protection, and one of the best ways to achieve it might be ecotourism. But why does Iceland need protection? Let’s look at the figures. Iceland has a tiny population of...
An Ecotourism HopTour of Bolivia After her travels in Peru, Florie met with Elsa again in La Paz for a one month HopTour of Bolivia and North Chile with the Hopineo project. They met the first time at the ESTC conference organized by TIES in Quito. Elsa was attending the conference as a professional in tourism since she is the manager of the receptive travel agency Narwell Ecotours settled on the Pacific Coast of Ecuador. She was really interested in Florie's project, in which she travels and visits sustainable hotels and projects, and helps them with marketing and short videos...
TIES Member Discount: Sustainability in Hospitality This ground-breaking research represents the most complete collection yet on how the hospitality industry is addressing sustainability and ethical issues. Covering supply chain management, innovative sustainability initiatives, CSR programs, biologically-respectful tourism and Value Creation, Sustainability in Hospitality: How Innovative Hotels are Transforming the Industry presents valuable global viewpoints on embedding sustainability into all aspects of the hospitality industry, and the impact this could have on transforming the...
30% Discount for "Sustainable Tourism: Business Development, Operations, and Management" for TIES Members Human Kinetics, Inc., is offering a 30% on Carol Patterson's "Sustainable Tourism: Business Development, Operations, and Management" until February 29, 2016. To order the book, go to www.humankinetics.com, insert the promo code T275 in the appropriate field in their shopping cart at check-out to receive their discount. (Also note, there is a web resource that supplements the book and it’s available free to book purchasers via a unique...
An Ecotourism HopTour of Peru After a wonderful ESTC conference in Quito and a “HopTour” of Ecuador, Florie continued her adventure down the South America continent with a two months trip through Peru! As always, she shares the best tourism practices and stories that she encountered on her way through video blogging and helping small accommodation providers with marketing tips in exchange for room and board (read previous article on TIES about the Hopineo initiative for a better tourism). Follow her adventure on Facebook and Hopineo Blog. She compiled for you the article...
After the Nepal Earthquake “We have to de-mythicize this earthquake. There were so many images of disaster, destruction and horror wherever I looked on the Internet. When I got to Nepal, I kept asking myself, ‘Where are all the damaged buildings?’ I couldn’t find any,” Stacie Chan said, discussing how some of her preconceived notions of the recent earthquake changed when she traveled to Nepal. “Of course, I cannot forget the thousands of people who have lost their lives and thousands who are still suffering. Nepal...
TIES Research and Education Council Member D'Arcy Dornan to Speak at ABETA Since 2004, Brazilian Association of Ecotourism and Adventure Tourism (ABETA) has promoted the annual Technical Congress of Ecotourism and Adventure Tourism. This year's event will take place in Brotas, São Paulo from 27 to 30 September. Over a period of four days, professionals will come together to discuss the challenges of the sector, showcases of success and innovation, and introduce new management tools to improve the capacity of small businesses. "It is the great moment of...
THE SECRETARY-GENERAL, BAN KI-MOON MESSAGE ON WORLD TOURISM DAY 27 September 2015 “One Billion Tourists, One Billion Opportunities” This year ́s World Tourism Day highlights the global potential of tourism for socio- economic development. With more than one billion international tourists now traveling the world each year, tourism has become a powerful and transformative force that is making a genuine difference in the lives of millions of people. The potential of tourism for sustainable development is considerable. As one of the world’s...
Sep 21, 2015
The Great Migration is Coming to Victoria! 21st September 2015 Wildlife tourism professionals are migrating to Melbourne and Geelong for the biggest event of its kind – the Australian Wildlife Tourism Conference. Australia's most prominent wildlife tourism operators, international academics and government decision-makers will flock to the 3 day conference, to be held in Geelong, Victoria on 29th September - 2nd October 2015 to discuss the future of tourism. Minister for Tourism, the Hon John Eren MP - a local – is excited about...
Sep 10, 2015
TIME Unlimited Tours from New Zealand announced as Winner of 2nd Worldwide Tourism Award (Auckland, NZ) – TIME Unlimited Tours from Auckland, New Zealand has been selected as the overall winner in the category “Meaningful” at 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. Luxperience connects the world’s most exclusive buyers and sellers of global travel experiences creating an exclusive,...
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...