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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...
By Pål K. Medhus Our Story: Høve Støtt, Geilo, Norway Høve Støtt's main target is to create new standards in the production of experiences, at the peak of Norwegian tourism. To achieve this, we work constantly on developing authentic Norwegian ecotourism experiences. We always strive to achieve more, and we’re always hungry for knowledge. By engaging the local forces, we wish to show the culture and history that has made Geilo what it is today.   We provide specialized program offerings to Geilo's guests in both summer and...
By Hannah Wood Udzungwa Mountains National Park "Let's build an eco-lodge." "...OK!”   And with that it began. Three years ago, sitting on the balcony of our house in Dar es Salaam, my husband Woody and our two friends and business partners, Roy and Zoe, thought we’d start up a new business. Woody, Roy and Zoe already manage a safari company here in Tanzania. On their country-wide tours, Roy and Zoey send guests from all over the world into the hidden nooks and crannies of the country. The partnership seemed natural, as we were each...
International Women's Day (IWD) 2011 March 8th is the International Women's Day (IWD), a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future - which started 100 years ago! To celebrate IWD, and to recognize the importance of addressing existing challenges and opportunities for women all over the world, we would like to share the voices of our members and supporters about women and tourism. Valeria Klitsounova, Belarusian Association of Rural and Eco Tourism According to UN Women, "Women lag far behind men in access to...
By Neil Rogers Sweden and Norway’s Recent Trends in Tourism Development As a past advisor to Sweden’s Quality Label for Ecotourism, Nature's Best, and as current advisor to VisitSápmi and the Sápmi Experience Quality Label for Sámi indigenous tourism, I’ve seen many positive changes to sustainable tourism in Sweden over the years yet much remains to be done. Tourism to Sweden and Norway is growing quite rapidly with much of the growth focused on mass tourism especially in the Meetings segment of the market. There are currently 20 large (200-...
By Marcus Cotton, Managing Director, Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge RT Reporting: Flexible and Customizable Verification Scheme Tiger Mountain Nepal has been working closely with a research graduate of the International Centre for Responsible Tourism (ICRT) (Leeds Met University UK), Jenefer Bobbin, who has designed a unique and excellent scheme called Responsible Tourism Reporting. Responsible Tourism Reporting, or RT Reporting, is a method of audit which can be used to validate the claims made by tour operators. This is an important tool, as the terms presently used to describe...
By Vinzenz Schmack Vinzenz Schmack, Owner, Laguna del Lagarto Lodge In 1974, I moved to Costa Rica as a bank manager in San José. At the time, the tourism industry hardly existed and nobody imagined that it would play, as today, such a dominant role in the local economy as a major generator of foreign exchange and employment. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would become the owner of a jungle lodge in one of the most remote and most underdeveloped parts of the country and would contribute to the development of this poor region. In 1981, I had the opportunity to buy...
By Judy Karwacki   Long-time TIES member Small Planet Consulting (SPC) is thrilled that Surama Village Eco-Lodge of Guyana has been selected as the joint winner of the 2011 Caribbean Excellence in Sustainable Tourism Award. Surama was presented with the award by Graham McKenzie, Managing Director of TravelMole, and Hugh Riley, Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organization. Surama shared the honors with Harrison Caves of Barbados when both enterprises were recognized and honored at the 12th Annual Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Conference (STC-12), which took place at...
By Shams Uddin   In March 2011, the Tourism Corporation Khyber-Pukhtunkhwa (TCKP) and the Chitral Association for Mountain Area Tourism (CAMAT) joined hands to celebrate Navrouz, or the Persian New Year, and to honor the beauty of Chitrali culture and cuisine. In the town of Chitral, a lively festival featuring indigenous cuisine and folk music was held with the aims of sustaining local traditions, as well as promoting the marketability of these cultural elements for regional tourism development.   Some of the delicious local foods that were prepared for this special...
Industry Leaders Collaborate to Create Global Initiative to Transform Good Intentions into Best Practice   WASHINGTON, DC and TORONTO, April 5, 2011 ‐ The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and Planeterra, a leading non‐profit foundation dedicated to sustainable community development and environmental conservation through travel, 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.   An increasing number of travel companies are adding volunteer...
This article was first published by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)'s OnEarth Magazine. See original article on onearth.org here.   By Alice Henly   The tropical Central American destination offers examples of both the best in sustainable tourism and what could replace it.   The pigs stank when we got close. Six large ones, mottled cream and pink with enormous glistening snouts, lounged in the shed just down the path from my hotel room. "They're our composting machines," explains Andres Soley, the sustainability manger at Lapa Rios...
Support Needed for Grassroots Emergency Relief Operations in Northeastern Japan, Led by Japan Ecolodge Association and Tourism Networks.   WASHINGTON, March 16th, 2011 – The March 11 earthquake that hit the Northeast regions of Japan was not only the largest in the country's recorded history, but it also resulted in damage spread throughout the Northeastern coast, including many rural communities now semi‐isolated due to limited road access and a severe lack of relief supplies across the region.   Despite the official death toll (currently estimated to be around...
Ecotourism Korea, A New National Association Ecotourism Korea was founded to promote ecotourism - ecologically sustainable tourism that contributes to conservation of natural and cultural heritages, and welfare of local society - and sustainable development of ecotourism businesses in Korea. Through research, networking and education initiatives, Ecotourism Korea aims to contribute to sound policy development for ecotourism, improve opportunities for stakeholders in Korea, and strengthen collaboration with other international ecotourism organizations.   Founded in 2010,...
*Report by the Japan Ecotourism Society (in Japanese) follows the English text. All photos by Japan Ecotourism Society. Japan Ecotourism Society (JES) TIES association member Japan Ecotourism Society (JES) was founded in 1998 with the goals of promoting ecotourism, helping develop healthy communities through ecotourism and encouraging more people to become conscious eco-travelers. In addition to public forums and workshops in Tokyo and in other parts of the country, JES annually organizes its National Ecotourism Symposium for Students (全国エコツーリズム学生シンポジウム), which helps promote...
Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference Takes on Today's Key Sustainability Challenges and Opportunities – from Dolphins to Golfing   WASHINGTON, February 8, 2011 – The Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC), is a one‐of‐a‐kind annual conference focusing on sustainable business strategies and solutions that inspire innovative change in the global tourism industry. This year, the ESTC is co‐hosted by the Hilton Head Island (Hilton Head Island Visitor & Convention Bureau) and being held on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, USA, from September...
On January 10, 2011, HSMAI (Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International) announced the Gold Adrian Award honorees of the first-ever "Leader in Sustainable Tourism" Award, presented in conjunction with National Geographic Traveler. The Gold award winners are in the running for the top honor, a Platinum Award, to be announced at the HSMAI Adrian Awards Reception and Gala being held in New York on January 31, 2011.   The Leader in Sustainable Tourism Award recognizes a person, company or community for demonstrable leadership and innovation in preserving and...
Traveling Ethically: Why It Matters Travel is one of the biggest industries on Earth, and our economic power as travelers is enormous. When we’re mindful of where our money is going, we turn that power into political activism. Deciding which countries to visit—and where to eat, sleep and tour when we get there—are not trivial concerns. The way we travel has a real impact on the environment, human rights, and the way our home countries are perceived by people in other lands. About Ethical Traveler: Traveler's Alliance Ethical Traveler is a nonprofit...
From the beginning of the history of our organization 20 years ago, TIES has been a leading organization supported by members around the world dedicated to responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people. We feel, therefore, it’s very fitting to look back on the year 2010 – TIES’ 20th anniversary – with a review of our global network of members.   Who Are TIES Members?*   TIES global network consists of hundreds of individuals (1,070 individual members) and organizations (514...
  With a large - and ever increasing - amount of free information readily available on the internet, is it easy for today's responsible traveler to search for credible information on ecotourism and responsible travel? Or does more information mean more confusion for conscious consumers? Here are a few suggestions on what to look out for when doing your pre-vacation responsible travel homework: What IS Ecotourism? Does the company tell you, in an uncomplicated way, what ecotourism (or responsible tourism, sustainable tourism) is and what it means to their tours, products,...

 

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