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  By Frances Figart   How can people know that they need to protect a place unless they experience it fully and gain an understanding of its inhabitants?   A kayak is an excellent vehicle from which to experience a marine ecosystem. And here in the Quoddy Region of the Bay of Fundy, marine life is as diverse as the famous Fundy tides are dramatic.   The Quoddy Region is located on the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy on the border between Maine, USA, and New Brunswick, Canada. The eco-economy here approaches one billion dollars annually,...
  By Negar Ghadimi, Plan for the Land Society   Ecotourism activities are gradually becoming popular in Iran. Although Iran has a diverse climate and remarkable biodiversity, major limitations such as lack of conclusive regulations, educational programs and infrastructure, have contributed to the slowing of the development of ecotourism in the country. Iran has various natural attractions such as temperate forests in the north with high humidity and rainfall (1700 mm), deserts and salt lakes in the central part of Iran, high mountains (such as 5,604 meter‐high Mount...
  By Antonio Volpe Pasini, Vice President, Angel Conservation   What is it that really gives an advantage to humankind over the rest of the animal kingdom? The ability to communicate: more simply languages. Any language. So when a language dies not only part of our past dies but also does a part of our future. A future of cultural diversity that is fast disappearing. Much more so than all the fauna and flora species presently facing extinction.   According to UNESCO’s Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger of Disappearing, a language is considered...
Washington DC Ecotourism Gala to Feature Guest Speaker Alexandra Cousteau   Washington, DC, April 24, 2008 - The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) is pleased to announce the guest speaker, Alexandra Cousteau, Co-Founder of EarthEcho International, for its upcoming fundraiser, Ecotourism Gala & Auction. Granddaughter of legendary explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Ms. Cousteau is an inspirational social environmental advocate dedicated to promoting conservation and sustainable management of water resources.   Ms Cousteau's presentation at the Ecotourism Gala...
TIES will celebrate Earth Day through a unique full-day event - "Global Knowledge & Local Experiences ~ Your Travel Choice Makes a Difference."   WASHINGTON, DC, April 21, 2008 - This innovative program combining a guided eco-tour of the Washington area and a free public evening forum on Indigenous business leaders in ecotourism will be held on April 30 in Washington, DC. The first part of this full-day event will involve a dynamic DC Eco-Tour. TIES' new interactive program will focus on key principles of ecotourism and sustainable travel by exploring specific...
TIES Partners with ITB-Berlin to Host Special Workshop on Traveling with Climate in Mind   WASHINGTON, DC, February 27, 2008—The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), as part of its ongoing advocacy campaign "Traveling with Climate in Mind," proudly supports the upcoming workshop on tourism and climate change, to be held at the International Tourism Exchange (ITB) in Berlin, Germany, on Friday, March 7 from 10am-1pm.   There is now broad consensus that tourism is both affected by, and contributing to global warming. However, there is considerable debate...
Sustainable Tourism Project in El Salvador Aims to Establish a National Strategy   Washington, DC, February, 22, 2008 - A collaborative project by The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and FUNDEMAS (the Business Foundation for Social Action) in El Salvador, which aims to establish a national strategy for the sustainable development of tourism through effective partnerships among various stakeholder groups and decision makers, will hold a national workshop this month in San Salvador.   Roberto H. Murray, President of FUNDEMAS, states, “It is imperative for the...
Traveling with Climate in Mind Workshop International Tourism Exchange (ITB), Berlin 2008 Friday, March 7, 10:00 - 13:00, ICC Room 15/16 Moderator: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas, University of Eberswalde   Introduction (10:00 – 10:25 a.m.) Dr. Dietrich Brockhagen: atmosfair (Germany) – Impacts of aviation on the global climate and standards for carbon-offsetting Part I: Climate-friendly options for tour operators (10:25 - 11:20 a.m.) Hans-Peter Christoph: Avanti Busreisen (Germany) – Energy efficiency and ground transportation Nari Blackett:...
The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) unveils a new initiative, ecoDestinations, driven by passion for uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel.   WASHINGTON, DC, January 29, 2008 - With the vision of creating a world in which all tourism is ecotourism, ecoDestinations is The International Ecotourism Society's new approach to promoting ecotourism as an effective tool for inspiring cultural awareness and commitment to environmental responsibility.   Featuring a different destination each month, ecoDestinations seeks to connect travelers with...
Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference To Be Hosted in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada   Washington DC, December 19, 2007 - Leaders in sustainable tourism from across North America and beyond will be meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, October 27-29th, 2008 at the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC08).   Hosted by the British Columbia Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts, the BC Sustainable Tourism Collective and the Council of Tourism Associations of British Columbia, the conference will provide opportunities for to gain knowledge of the...
TIES and University Partners Offer Certificate Program for Ecotourism Students    Washington DC, December 18, 2007 - The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), the world’s largest and oldest ecotourism association promoting socially, ecologically and economically responsible travel, announces the TIES University Consortium Certificate (UCC) program, a unique opportunity for students in various disciplines to gain an inherent, reality-based knowledge of the principles of ecotourism within the context of sustainable development.   The UCC program currently...
The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) Partners with FUNDEMAS to help further establish and strengthen ecotourism and sustainable tourism in El Salvador.   WASHINGTON DC, December 11, 2008 - The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), the world’s largest and oldest ecotourism association dedicated to socially, ecologically and economically responsible travel, is partnering with FUNDEMAS to help further establish and strengthen ecotourism and sustainable tourism in El Salvador.   The Business Foundation for Social Action (FUNDEMAS), is a foundation that promotes...
The International Ecotourism Society's 2007 Conference in Madison, Wisconsin to Feature Discussions and Stakeholder Meeting on Climate Change and Tourism   WASHINGTON DC, September 10, 2007 - When ecotourism industry leaders convene at Monona Terrace in Madison, WI at the end of September, the role of nature based travel and its impacts on climate change will be a major topic of discussion. Ecotourists, who are making conscious choices to help the environment by traveling to an ecotourism property, might not be doing all they can to help protect the planet.   The...
Climate Change and Tourism: North American Stakeholder Meeting A cross-industry dialogue for research dissemination and perspective exchanges on challenges and lessons learned:   Friday September 28, 2007 Part One: 9:00-10:30 Part Two: 11:00-12:30 Stakeholder Meeting Purpose This stakeholder meeting is a continuation of the TIES advocacy campaign 'Traveling with Climate in Mind'. The overarching campaign and this specific event focus on the topic of tourism's contribution to global warming. TIES Advocacy Campaign in conjunction with the University of...
The International Ecotourism Society Releases the Oslo Statement on Ecotourism, a new tool to assess the current state of the global ecotourism community and to evaluate the challenges facing ecotourism   WASHINGTON, DC, August 15, 2007 - The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) released today the Oslo Statement on Ecotourism, which is an outcome of the Global Ecotourism Conference 2007 (GEC07), in Oslo, Norway, 14-16 May. Marking the 5th anniversary of the International Year of Ecotourism, GEC07 was an important step forward for the global ecotourism community’s efforts...
Global Ecotourism Conference 2007 (GEC07) to Evaluate Current Challenges and Future Opportunities for the Ecotourism Industry Worldwide   WASHINGTON, DC, April 27, 2007 - No matter where you look, you see signs that global ecotourism remains the most vibrant form of tourism in the global economy. In fact, the fastest growing form of tourism also has significant implications for the world’s developing economies.   "Tourism, particularly global ecotourism, represents the largest transfer of wealth from rich nations to developing nations in the history of the world...
  By Donna & Stuart Hamilton, Coast to Coast Tours   Coast to Coast Tours, an Auckland-based tour company with the goal of giving visitors a blend of Nature, Culture, Conservation and Environmental aspects, started operating in 2002, and have been bringing people into their historic Homestead of Auckland, emphasizing the New Zealand lifestyle as well as the natural scenic attractions.   The company focuses on the West Auckland region, where our family has lived and farmed since 1922. We know the area, its history, and its people, very well. We have always...
The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) Partners with Counterpart International for the Global Ecotourism Conference 2007, Oslo, Norway, Marking the Fifth Anniversary of the International Year of Ecotourism (IYE)   WASHINGTON, DC, February 20, 2007 - The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) announced today that Counterpart International will act as a co-host of the Global Ecotourism Conference 2007 in Oslo, Norway. Counterpart’s President, Lelei LeLaulu, will be a keynote speaker at the Oslo event, to be held May 14th through the 16th.   "We’re...
  By Allan Bowe, Whale Watch Vava'u & Mounu Island Resort   Whale Watch Vava'u pioneered swimming with the humpback whales commencing operations in 1993. From a zero base, the industry has now grown to become a major tourist attraction for the Kingdom generating in excess of US$2.5 million annually and growing.   Tonga is one of only two countries in the world where it is legal to swim with the whales. The Tongan Government, after receiving submissions from the Tongan Whale Watch Operators Association and a number of NGOs recently approved regulations...
  Many of the communities in the Indian Ocean countries affected by the disaster two years ago are well on their way to recovery. The tsunami proved the significance of the social and economic roles of tourism in many of the countries in the Asia Pacific region that depend heavily on the income from international visitors.   A number of our members and friends in the Asia Pacific region have shared many encouraging and inspiring stories about their reconstruction efforts, many of them utilizing ecotourism activities to rebuild the lives of local people. We have been, on...

 

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