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Climate-Friendly Tour Operators What does it mean for a tour operator to be "carbon-neutral"? Can a company really be carbon-neutral, or even carbon-positive? Climate change is undoubtedly among the most important challenges facing our world today, and the tourism industry is a major contributor of carbon emissions. What can be done to address this challenge in a practical way?   Here are just a few examples of TIES members who incorporate carbon management policies, carbon offset options, and climate-friendly practices into their tour operations, as well as their...
Authentic Ecolodges world premier launch was held at the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC) in September 2010 Authentic Ecolodges Launched in September 2010, the one-of-a-kind "chai-table book" Authentic Ecolodges is the result of many years of dedicated research by the world-renowned ecolodge guru and sustainable architecture and design expert, Hitesh Mehta. Having traveled through 46 countries in six continents, he hopes that Authentic Ecolodges will create environmental and social awareness around the world, and inspire everyone to enjoy the world and...
 Randi Iverson, Co-owner, Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge Alaska (center) - Sadie Cove has received the World Travel Award as "Leading Green Resort in the US" in 2009 and 2010. Congratulations! TIES' global network is made up of members from over 90 countries who are individuals and organizations dedicated to the principles of ecotourism, and are leading the vital efforts to make travel and tourism more sustainable. A number of our business and professional members have recently received much-deserved recognition and awards, highlighting their key achievements and...
By Shams Uddin, Chitral Association for Mountain Area Tourism (CAMAT)   Chitral Association for Mountain Area Tourism (CAMAT), in partnership with Destination Management Organization (DMO) of Chitral, celebrated the International Day of Climate Change Action (October 10, 2010 - 10/10/10), which was initiated by 350.org, was celebrated in Booni, Chitral (Northern Pakistan), through the facilitation of and 350.org. The theme of the day was "Breaking of Booni Glacier, Its Relation to Climate Change."   As many as 500 people from different walks of life...
International Conference Highlights Conversations with Oregon Sustainable Tourism Pioneers, Portland’s Leading Green Businesses, Eco‐Friendly Fashion and Local Culinary Delights   PORTLAND, OR, September 1, 2010 – The Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC) is an annual international gathering of tourism industry leaders and sustainability experts that brings together innovative minds from across the industry to discuss practical ideas and solutions that inspire positive changes. This year, the ESTC is being hosted in Portland, Oregon, a leading U.S. city...
By Shams Uddin, Chitral Association for Mountain Area Tourism (CAMAT)   Booni is a village 80 kilometers to the north of Chitral town. Just like the rest of the villages in the Hindu Kush region, Booni is a fan-shaped landmass formed by glacial deposit at the mouth of what is called 'Booni Gol' or the stream of Booni, which cultivates the tracts of crops, vegetables, fruit bearing apple, pear and grape trees, and so on. On the afternoon of July 26th, 2010, a huge flash flood that originated from Booni Zom glacier smashed road networks, telephone and water supply lines,...
The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) Announces 2010 Innovation Leadership in Sustainable Tourism Award Finalists   WASHINGTON, August 12, 2010 – The Innovation Leadership in Sustainable Tourism Award was created by The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) to recognize individuals and organizations who have demonstrated leadership in innovative actions that effectively promote sustainable tourism and bring tangible benefits to communities and conservation. The Innovation Award aims to honor ecotourism and sustainable tourism pioneers for their contributions, best...
Elemento Natural, together with partners and friends, organized a photo expo, with pictures taken by indigenous children: it was called 'The communities through the eyes of its children'. For that, we needed to raise money to provide cameras and to visit the communities to give instructions to the children. We chose 2 different schools (Rey Curre and Las Vegas), where we selected 22 students to participate. We gave them disposable cameras and asked them to take pictures of their homes, schools, pets, family, communities, nature.   After collecting the cameras, we...
In 2009, Basecamp Explorer, in partnership with 500 masai landowners, agreed to create a 20,000 hectares community wildlife conservancy in Masai Mara Kenya. The called it Naboisho, which means togetherness in local Maa language. Unique to this conservancy is that each of the 500 landowners is guaranteed of monthly income paid as rent for fifteen years, for setting aside part of their land for conservation. the rent is determined by the number of acres a landowner has contributed to the conservancy and will increase each year based on inflation rates.   The conservancy will...
'Roots' Tour Project - The Gambia Since Alex Haley’s book ‘Roots’ was published in 1976, tourists have been flocking to the villages of Juffureh and Albreda in the Gambia where the story began. The book and subsequent film tell the story of Kunte Kinteh, a man captured as an adolescent from Juffureh and sold into slavery in the United States. Today, around 2000 people live in Juffereh and Albreda, including decedents of Kunte Kinteh's family.   Tours to the villages involve international visitors arriving by boat and spending a few hours in the...
By Jessica Webb, Rainforest Alliance   The Rainforest Alliance provides tourism entrepreneurs and community-based businesses in Latin America with the tools and training they need to become more environmentally and socially responsible, to compete in the marketplace and to contribute to the conservation of the local cultures and nature. Last year, we launched the Rainforest Alliance Verified program, which includes the following services: Training modules - from one day seminars to multi-day workshops, we provide tourism businesses with the tools and know-how they need to...
By Elina Nieminen   The Kiwengwa caves in the Kiwengwa-Pongwe Forest Reserve are part of ancient history of the Zanzibar Island. The locals have visited the caves to worship their ancestors, bringing gifts to the holy stones in the caves. In the old days, the villagers kept leopards in the caves as a status symbol of the owner. Forest guard found these longest caves of Zanzibar in 2002, and there is now an initiative to make this natural wonder available for tourists to visit and enjoy. In 2005, the Department of Commercial Crops, Fruits and Forestry of Zanzibar, in cooperation...
Tribewanted Sierra Leone "Tribewanted Sierra Leone is your chance to play a part in kick-starting the right kind of tourism in a country that needs it. It will be an amazing adventure, so don’t miss this opportunity to be one of the pioneering visitors." – Ben Keene, Founder, Tribewanted   In October 2010, a new group of visitors will arrive on Sierra Leone’s John Obey Beach, 20 miles south of the capital, Freetown, and begin to build a new life alongside the local fishing community. The initiative is led by Tribewanted, a social enterprise whose...
By Jo Lancaster, Edge of Africa   If you are considering joining a volunteer program in South Africa, then you are likely the kind of person who wants to make a positive contribution, be it to conservation or to a community in need. However, before deciding which project you want to join, there are a few things that you may want to consider. Does the project have a genuine need for volunteers? The whole idea of volunteering is for you to make a real and significant contribution to a cause through your specialist skills, or simply through your hard work and enthusiasm! Be...
Special Workshops, Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website Award Ceremony To Be Hosted at This Year’s ESTC, Portland, Oregon USA, Sept 8-10.   WASHINGTON, July 20, 2010 – The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) is pleased to collaborate with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to host the following three events during the upcoming Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC): Global Perspective Workshop "Biodiversity and Our Lives" on Wednesday, September 8th; Award Ceremony for the 2010 Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website (...
The International Ecotourism Society's New Award Recognizes Innovation Leaders Uniting Conservation, Communities and Sustainable Travel.   WASHINGTON, July 13, 2010 – The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), as part of a series of initiatives commemorating the 20th anniversary of the founding of the world's oldest and largest association dedicated to promoting ecotourism, has launched the annual Innovation Leadership in Sustainable Tourism Awards to recognize and honor accomplishments by sustainable tourism leaders and pioneers.   The Innovation Award has...
Experts from across the Industry Make Renewed Commitment to Furthering the Cause: Uniting Conservation, Communities, and Sustainable Travel   Washington, DC, June 21, 2010–At its recent biannual Board meeting, The Board of Directors of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) unanimously agreed to implement a new structure of TIES Board, with the new Advisory Board consisting of ecotourism experts and industry leaders, and the Governance Board, which focuses on administrative and managerial tasks related to the governance of the organization.   Within this new...
Delegates will Leave Positive Footprint by Rolling Up Sleeves to Work on a Community Garden and Outdoor Ecological Restoration Activities   Portland, OR, June 15, 2010 - For the first time in the event's history, delegates of the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC) held Sept. 8-10 in Portland, Oregon, USA will have the opportunity to participate in actual volunteer activities during field sessions.   The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and the destination hosts Travel Oregon and Travel Portland are working with the ESTC Voluntourism Partner...
Bruce Poon Tip to Address Ecotourism, Travel Sustainability Trends at Three-Day Summit.   Washington, DC, July 7, 2010—G Adventures founder Bruce Poon Tip will share his intriguing and visionary insights on ecotourism and sustainability trends when he takes to the stage at the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference 2010 (ESTC 2010), in Portland, Oregon, between September 8th and 10th.   The ESTC is North America’s largest and only conference focusing on sustainability in the tourism industry and will assemble more than 500 business leaders, tourism...
The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) partners with Pocketweb and Cleaner Climate to release a new green iPhone app offering an effective location-based mobile solution for responsible travelers. This initiative will incorporate support for sustainable ecotourism programs as well as clean energy projects that reduce or displace greenhouse gas emissions.   WASHINGTON DC, USA, April 15th, 2010 – The leading environmental organizations The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and Cleaner Climate have joined forces as partners to launch a new GPS based CO2 tracker...

 

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