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  Nepal was hit by 7.8-magnitude earthquake on April 25 and a major aftershock of magnitude 7.3 on May 12. The results have been heartbreaking: over 8,500 people killed, more than 19,000 injured, nearly 500,000 houses destroyed, about 250,000 houses damaged and 6,000 schools destroyed which means nearly 1 million children can't return to school. In total, 8 million people are affected.   Helping the Victims Sambhav Nepal, the charity Ace the Himalaya is involved in, has been active for many years in the rural parts of Gorkha, close to the epicenter. So far they have...
Koalas are connected to everything!     In nature, everything is connected. But some of the affinities between koalas and other animals might surprise you!   Honeyeaters, like this Eastern Spinebill, pollinate trees. Without honeyeaters, new trees will struggle to grow. No trees = no koalas.     If Flame Robins didn’t eat insects, plants would suffer from insect overpopulation. Insects eat the leaves of many plants, eucalyptus included. Too many insects = no leaves on trees for koalas to eat.     Even butterflies are important to koalas....
TIME Unlimited Tours from Auckland New Zealand launches new brand identity & new business unit to mark 10th anniversary 18th May 2015   (Auckland, NZ) – Multi-award winning TIME Unlimited Tours is celebrating a number of milestones – reaching its 10th year in operation, launching its new brand and formally opening a new business unit! As one of New Zealand’s most awarded tourism companies, they are proud to continue leading the way in the areas of eco-tourism and cultural experiences. Just a few days ago they represented New Zealand at the world’s foremost...
Florie Thielin, TIES Media Volunteer during ESTC15 in Quito, created a video playlist of key attendees, including Sandra Naranjo, the Minister of Tourism Ecuador, and Dr. Kelly Bricker, the TIES Chair.   She is also currently leading a special project called The Hospitality Tour, during which she has been traveling throughout Central and South America for a year and a half, collecting and sharing sustainable hotel practices while sharing her marketing skills in exchange for room and board. Get to know Florie, the Hopineo project, and how you can be involved too!    ...
The Ecotourism Society annual conference - ESTC15 has just closed in Quito Ecuador and has been hailed as a roaring success   520 participants attended from 30 countries, and there were keynote presentations from Jeff Parrish of WWF, Antoine George of Peru, and the Minister of Tourism of Ecuador, Sandra Naranjo.   During the ESTC15, Ecuador announced its commitment to the GSTC Criteria as a national standard, and was awarded a plaque for their national sustainability criteria being recognized by the GSTC.   The conference connected live via skype to the European...
What’s In The Bush – Part 2: Birds From TIES Member ECHIDNA WALKABOUT NATURE TOURS   Downunder is on top, for birds anyway!   This world map is upside down, because this really is the right way up when it comes to birdlife.   This infographic shows the distribution of the large birds of the world (not including the geese & swans, which are worldwide). As you can see, large birds have a predominantly southern distribution.     The world’s biggest birds – Ostriches – can only be seen in Africa. Their similarly enormous relatives,...
The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) is pleased to announce "The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends and Statistics 2015". This report examines a wide range of surveys and studies done in the past five years to assess commitment to responsible travel, that is, "travel that minimizes negative impacts, brings economic benefits to host communities, and preserves the cultural and natural resources of the destinations.
Un-Cruise Makes Sustainable Partnership Spotting a whale from the Safari Endeavour in Mexico (Haley Rowell)   One of our favorite ship operators, Un-Cruise Adventures, has become the FIRST cruise line to partner with Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch. This means a formal promise to serve only seafood caught or farmed by ocean-friendly techniques. "We're committed to serving sustainable seafood across our fleet of yachts and small ships," Un-Cruise CEO, Dan Blanchard stated. "It's the right thing to do, and we believe our guests will agree."  ...
Sustainable Tourism Certification Quickfinder Launched Which certificate to choose?   More than 170 certification programmes on sustainable tourism are meanwhile operating worldwide: businesses, tour operators and destinations never had a greater choice of regional, national and international labels to proof their “green” commitment and performance regarding environmentally sound and socially responsible sustainability. And they never had more questions in order to make a proper choice:    Which of these certificates are available in which country? Which...
Ministry of Nature Resources of Russian Federation   Information post release after the First Internet Conference on Ecotourism in Russia     Ecotourism initiatives in Russia may become an alternative to holidays abroad for Russian tourists during the different macroeconomic situation of the country.   This was stated by Mr.Rinat Gizatulin, the Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, at his opening speech at the Internet conference, "Protected Areas as a strategic element for the ecotourism development in the Russian Federation."  ...
How does a koala climb? Part 1: The claws This article first appeared on the blog, Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours Australian Wildlife in the Wild   Koalas have very long, very sharp claws. Both hands and feet have claws on every digit, except the big toe!   The claws of the hands are particularly sharp and strong. Several times I’ve seen a koala slip and almost fall off a branch. But if even one claw has good contact with the tree, the koala can usually haul itself back up.     The sharpness of the claws helps a koala to climb big trees. If the tree is larger...
  Local Consuming in Torres del Paine   by Timothy Dhalleine   This article first appeared on EcoCamp Patagonia's blog   Awareness about the advantages of consuming locally produced products luckily are growing. Everyone has their reasons: reducing their carbon footprint, helping local producers, eating healthier food, etc. However, in Patagonia the issue is even bigger: its remoteness makes importation necessary, yet expensive and environmentally unfriendly. When products are imported, a company’s carbon footprint increases, as a result of the significant and...
Traveler Demand Supports Conservation in Developing Countries in 2015   By Sheridan Samano   According to the World Tourism Organization (WTO), travelers will spend more than $200 billion dollars in developing countries this year. Tourism has long been one of the top income-generating industries in well over 80% of all developing countries around the world. Because of this income and employment-generating potential, governments and communities are increasingly protecting and placing greater value on resources tied to tourism, such as wildlife, protected lands and cultural heritage...
  Contact: Mercedes Hunt Telephone: 801-585-6503 Email: info@ecotourism.org Website: www.ecotourism.org   March 13, 2015     INTERNATIONAL ECOTOURISM SOCIETY EXPECTS LARGEST CONFERENCE IN ITS HISTORY     The Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference in Quito, Ecuador will  be the best attended in the Society’s 25 year history   New York, NY, March 13, 2015– The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) will hold its international conference, the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (...
Interview: D’Arcy Dornan on Sustainable Tourism   This original article first appeared in Sustainability Leaders in Travel and Tourism.   If there were an award for best networker in sustainable tourism, D’Arcy Dornan would have a good chance at taking it home. In this interview, the sustainability and tourism teacher, researcher and consultant shares his thoughts and expertise as member of the Research and Education Council for The International Ecotourism Society and Brazil Country Representative for the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).     ...
INTERVIEW: Matt Kareus of IGTOA on Galapagos Conservation   This interview first appeared on Green Global Travel     We first met Matt Kareus two years ago, when he was working with Sustainable Travel International and Natural Habitat, and we were newbie bloggers trying to find our feet. He asked us to contribute a few ecotourism posts to the STI blog, we gladly obliged, and we ended up working together on various other projects.   Now, Kareus has assumed the role of Executive Director of the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association, a non-profit coalition of...
ADVENTURE TRAVEL AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AT ITB BERLIN   View the original article on ITB Berlin   More than 130 exhibitors from 40 countries with information on sustainable tourism and adventure travel in Hall 4.1 at ITB Berlin – Papers on adventure travel and socially responsible tourism at the tenth PowWow for trade visitors – Award Ceremony of the first ITB National Geographic World Legacy Awards at the ITB Convention     From 4 to 8 March 2015 visitors to ITB Berlin can obtain inspiration for planning their next holidays in socially responsible ways....
What’s in The Bush? An overview of Aussie & New Zealand wildlife. Part 1: Mammals   This blog first appeared on Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours     Now you’re Downunder, everything is upside down.   Our mammals lay eggs, our reptiles care for their babies, birds are flightless but mammals fly, and Orion does a headstand in the starry sky.   You’ll meet our mammals, birds and reptiles. You’ll see how many of them live in female-dominated and matriarchal societies. Many of them breed communally too. Its all part of living Downunder! So to...
Ecotourism Generates 8 Billion Visits A Year   This original blog post first appeared in EcoWorldly     PLOS Biology, an open source, peer reviewed biology journal, has published a new study which estimates the world’s protected environment areas generate 8 billion visits every year, 80% of them in Europe and North America. The numbers for the US say ecotourism generates approximately $600 billion annually in direct in-country expenditures and $250 billion each year in consumer surplus. The point of the study is that protecting natural habitats from ecological damage is...
Is Blogging an Effective Content Marketing Tool for Travel Brands?    by Ayako Ezaki   This original article first appeared on TrainingAid.     Our Tourism Training Live session last month focused on digital marketing strategies for tourism businesses, including search performance, website techniques and social media marketing, all in the context of effective content marketing approaches. (You can see the recording of this session here).   One of the questions addressed during the above session was "Should I blog?" - a question that came from a small...

 

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