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  By Louise Twining-Ward   The South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) is an inter-governmental body for the tourism sector in the South Pacific. It provides support and technical assistance to Pacific governments to develop and market the tourism sector, and regular Market Intelligence Reports for private sector members. Current full government member countries include the Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia (Tahiti), Kiribati, New Caledonia, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. In addition to thirteen member countries, SPTO also...
Indian Ocean Tsunami Affects Many Tourism Destinations in Southeast Asia, Ecotourism Community Unites to Support Recovery   WASHINGTON, DC, January 3, 2005 – The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) sends deepest condolences to its many members in the areas devastated by the Indonesian earthquake and Indian Ocean tsunami. TIES, the oldest and largest organization dedicated to socially and environmentally responsible travel joins calls for the international community to generously and swiftly respond with financial and material assistance, while urging that tourism continue...
  As cruise ships increase in size, passengers, and ports, there is "a growing debate about the impacts—environmental, social and economic—on the oceans, coral reefs, beaches, and coastal communities," writes Martha Honey, Executive Director of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), in the latest issue of EcoCurrents. Noting that "the allure of cruise tourism can be great," Honey writes, "The question is: Can cruise line tourism bring sustainable development to poor coastal and island communities?"   Majahual, a tiny Mexican...
The International Ecotourism Society's Celebration of Ecotourism Gala Features Eco-Holiday Experiences from around the World   WASHINGTON DC, May 4, 2004 – The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), together with the Costa Rican Mission to the Organization of American States (OAS), is hosting a cocktail party, dinner, and auction of holiday trips to outstanding ecotourism destinations around the world. The silent and live auction features dozens of vacation packages, each for two persons, offered by tour operators, lodges, hotels, and safari camps committed to sound...


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