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 Global Vision International (GVI) offers responsible volunteer travel opportunities assisting local conservation and community development initiatives, and training and career development opportunities through internships abroad programs. Best Volunteering Organisation, Responsible Tourism Award 2011 This year's Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards, announced on World Responsible Tourism Day (November 9, 2011) in London, UK, recognized Global Vision International (GVI) as the world's "Best Volunteering Organisation" for 2011. The Responsible Tourism...
 Photo by Maasai Wanderings By Ali Dempsey Ilkurot Village Community Projects, Tanzania Global Basecamps, in collaboration with Maasai Wanderings, contributes to a variety of ecotourism and community outreach programs in Tanzania. In 2004, Maasai Wanderings visited a Maasai village called Ilkurot (which means "dusty place") just north of Arusha, and saw that the schools were in desperate need of supplies and repairs, and there was no nursery school. Following this visit, the Ilkurot community project was developed to raise funds for the school and to make education...
Local Lickan Antay guides accompany visitors in the interpretive trail, providing in-depth explanations and answering questions. Photo: © Hernán Torres   *This article was originally published by Southern Cone Journeys on October 6, 2011. View original article "Indigenous Communities and Tourism: The Benefits of Co-Management"   By Marcela Torres   Co-management of protected areas by the state and local communities is one of the best ways to guarantee that tourism will provide economic and social benefits to many people who would otherwise...
El Remanso Lodge Receives "Five Leaves" El Remanso Lodge (Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica) has been awarded with the "Level 5" of the Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST), a rigorous certification program by the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) that evaluates tourism companies' sustainability practices in natural, cultural and social resource management. CST is regulated by the Costa Rican National Accreditation Commission and consists of a scale of 5 levels of sustainable tourism achievements.   This is the highest possible rating and El Remanso has...
Photo: Lennart Pittja Sápmi Experience Quality Label Tourism activities under the Sápmi Experience Quality Label are based on the common heritage of the Sámi. Sámi tourism must be sustainable over the long term. This means that tourism must be accepted and established, culturally and socially, in Sámi society, and the host must be able to communicate Sámi values and way of life. Sápmi Experience operators strive for social, cultural, ecological and commercial sustainability. They are companies that respect the integrity of the S...
By Lisa Andersen and Robert Wake-Walker   Voluntario Global is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the development of local grassroots community projects in Latin America. It has 17 projects currently running in Buenos Aires as well as Jujuy, Bariloche, Misiones, and Villagrande in Bolivia. This article covers ideas, challenges and opportunities related to Voluntario Global's work, based on conversations with three partners and supporters of this important cause - Sylvia, representing a local school that works with Voluntario Global's educational programs, Valeria...
The Boat Company Receives the Magellan Awards Cited for excellence in both service and marketing, The Boat Company, a luxury eco-cruise line specializing in Southeast Alaska's Tongass National Forest adventures, is the honored recipient of three 2011 Magellan Awards. Sponsored by Travel Weekly, the leading publication of the travel industry, the Magellan Awards are recognized as the premier awards in travel.   Magellan Award recipients are selected by a panel of distinguished travel elites that include executives, national media figures, authors, and tourism educators....
Galapagos Conservation Scholarship Program Ecoventura has announced a 2012 scholarship program for local students from the islands of Isabela, San Cristobal and Santa Cruz to study conservation and ecology-related issues. The company has pledged up to $4,800 to cover the cost of 12 scholarships for one course/module for 2012. Guests aboard Ecoventura's fleet will be invited to donate to the scholarship fund that is dedicated to training young people to become leaders in society and contribute to the sustainable development of the Galapagos islands, a World Heritage Site....
The Only Footprint You Leave Is Your Story Mynatour ecotourism community sponsored by WHL.travel is launching the Ecotourism Travel Blog Contest, an innovative competition inviting travelers to share their travel blog in order to promote green travel and ecotourism best practices. The idea of the contest is to promote ecotourism and responsible tourism through a travel blog competition where the audience is involved in electing the best ecotourism story.   "Tell me, I'll forget. Show me, I may remember. But involve me and I'll understand" - Rabindranath Tagore...
HONOLULU – With the goal of encouraging more "green" tourism statewide, the Hawai‘i Ecotourism Association (HEA) today announced that 14 companies (list below) have earned the distinction of being Hawai‘i’s first-ever Certified Ecotour Operators.   "We applaud these 14 ecotourism companies for their commitment to environmental sustainability and urge other tourism providers throughout Hawai‘i to follow their lead," said Chris Colvin, HEA president.   HEA developed the ecotourism certification program, the first in Hawai...
EcoCamp Domes: Designed to Blend In Situated in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia, EcoCamp Patagonia has gained an award-winning reputation for its eco-friendly policies and innovative use of green technology. EcoCamp Patagonia, owned and operated by the Chilean in-bound tour operator Cascada Expediciones, is carbon neutral, 100% renewable energy, and carefully designed to minimize environmental footprint.   EcoCamp’s dome design was inspired by the ancient nomadic Kaweskar inhabitants, who relocated within the park without leaving a trace...
By Adriana Braun   *This article was originally written by Adriana in Portuguese, and has been edited and translated by Julio Bin, O VIAJENTE ESPECIAL project partner.   What a great experience it was, returning to Fernando de Noronha – after ten years – and finding that previous obstacles for us wheelchair users no longer existed! When I first visited here ten years ago, I almost went crazy looking for a hotel that would accommodate me. It was beyond difficult just trying to put luggage in a buggy, dealing with a rude taxi driver who did not hide his...
By Melissa Lim   The quality of life of our future generation lies in our actions today. Borneo Eco Tours, through its work with the Borneo Ecotourism Solutions & Technologies (BEST) Society, has always put effort in not just promoting the conservation of Sabah's mega biodiversity to tourists, but also in nurturing the young generation of the "River people" (Orang Sungai) of Kinabatangan emphasizing the importance of forest-regeneration and its impact on the biodiversity of flora and fauna in the Kinabatangan flood plan. Planting the Seeds BEST Society has...
About the Project TIES and Planeterra Foundation are collaborating to develop a set of criteria that will help international voluntourism providers plan and manage their programs in a responsible and sustainable manner. In May-June 2011, TIES, with the support of voluntourism project partner Planeterra, and in collaboration with an International Advisory Committee representing a wide range of industry fields and regions, conducted an industry survey with the aim of gathering data on current issues, challenges, and opportunities in the field of voluntourism.   >> Learn more...
TIES Advisory Board The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) Advisory Board comprises of ecotourism experts and industry leaders. Representing diverse groups of ecotourism and sustainable tourism stakeholders, the Advisory Board serves as an effective venue to support TIES mission. TIES aims to collaborate with Advisory Board members to help increase the organization’s potentials through new projects and outreach initiatives.   >> See full list of TIES Advisory Board members Judy Kepher-Gona, CEO, Basecamp Foundation Judy Kepher-Gona is Chief Executive...
Planeterra Continues to Define Its Role as a Nonprofit Organization By Putting People and Places at Center of Its New Strategic Agenda   Planeterra, an international non-profit organization based in Toronto, Canada is accelerating its capacity to support a growing number of sustainable development projects worldwide, in places where G Adventures and its travel industry partners operate adventure and cultural tours.   Founded in 2003 by G Adventures' owner and founder, Bruce Poon Tip, Planeterra intends to break new ground by backing long-term solutions in key travel...
Interview conducted by Lindsay Milich, May 2011   At the end of 2010, CABI published the world’s first book on Conservation Tourism. The book was written by Professor Ralf Buckley and his colleagues at the International Centre for Ecotourism Research in Griffith University, Australia. Featuring 100 international case studies from private marine reserves to bird watching lodges, this book covers key topics including sources of capital and operational funding, corporate and organizational structure, marketing strategies, primary conservation outcomes and spin-off effects, links...
By Lennart Pittja VisitSápmi: Dispelling Stereotypes and Empowering Sámi Communities VisitSápmi is the Sámi initiative to create and develop sustainable tourism in the land of Sápmi, in northern Scandinavia. Meeting the Sámi people and experiencing their traditional lifestyle is often considered by foreign visitors to be one of the most interesting and things to do in Scandinavia. As such, Scandinavia is frequently promoted with images of Sápmi - Sámi people in traditional clothes, reindeer, lávvu, and traditional food,...
Consrocio Dominicano de Competitividad Turistica (CDCT) CDCT works as a consortium Tourism Clusters throughout the Dominican Republic - with nine established clusters and four emerging clusters connecting over 180 NGOs and private-public institutions, as well as over 1,500 small and medium-sized tourism enterprises (e.g. eco-lodges, guide associations, local restaurants) across the country. Through this cluster model, CDCT aims to promote the competitiveness and sustainability of the Dominican tourism industry, as well as increasing local community participation and public-private...
By Adriana Braun and Julio Bin   Ecotourism for people in wheelchairs? You may wonder what that looks like, how it’s done. You’d be pleasantly surprised to learn that in many destinations there are efforts in place to improve tourism infrastructure to better serve people with disabilities. Brazil is one such example. Accessible Tourism Travel and Tourism is recognized as the largest service sector industry, and as such it is imperative that people of all ages and abilities are allowed access to its activities. Accessible Tourism is a movement that has evolved to...

 

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