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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO TO ESTCNA   In just a short time, we look forward to welcoming you to Tampa, Florida for the ESTCNA. Below are some friendly reminders and updates for you to check out before you leave for the conference:   ESTCNA: The Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference North America   WHAT: Three days of learning, networking, and fun!   WHERE: USF Patel College of Global Sustainability   WHEN: January 25th-27th, 2016   CHECKLIST FOR ATTENDEES AND PRESENTERS   Know What to Expect: Check out the conference schedule   Have You Booked...
Destination Competitiveness, the Environment and Sustainability Edited by Andres Artal-Tur, Metin Kozak   Destination competitiveness and sustainability are important issues for many stakeholders within the tourism industry. In recent years, destinations have faced some challenges with respect to maintaining sustainability; they must be cleaner, greener and safer in order to safeguard the life quality of holidaymakers and local residents.   Providing an invaluable review of the latest research on the topic, global case studies provide a perspective of the worldwide challenges and...
  Ecotourism Master Class Series: Storytelling through Video Blogging with Florie Thielin   TIES met Florie Thielin during ESTC15 in Quito, Ecuador, when she volunteered for us to create video interviews of experts in the field. During this time, she was on her HopTour Latin America project, sharing her marketing skills in exchange for room and board.  Loving the concept, TIES and Florie partnered together to continue sharing her stories of best practices in ecotourism and sustainable tourism. This Ecotourism Master Class Series will share best tips for...
  For most travelers, the beginning of a new year often brings the inspiration to plan a bigger adventure than the year before. As our experience in traveling grows, so too does our desire to find a place more diverse, more thrilling (or relaxing!), or more exotic. While these are great intentions, if we don't travel consciously we may end up doing more harm than good. That's why TIES has collected our top twelve travel tips for a New Year's resolution of sustainable travel.    Pre-Travel tips: Do your research. Choose a location that hasn't been...
Contact: Dr. Kelly Bricker Tel: 916.206.3189 Email Kelly.bricker@ecotourism.org Website: www.ecotourism.org     INTERNATIONAL ECOTOURISM SOCIETY TO HOST ‘TRANSFORMING YOUR WORLD’ CONFERENCE IN TAMPA, FL UN Sustainable Development to be a Key Factor of Discussion at Conference   New York, NY, December 23, 2015– The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) will hold its first North American conference in over five years, “Transforming Our World,” in Tampa, FL from January 25 – 27, 2016 for hundreds of integral professionals working to...
Animals as Food: Ethical Implications for Tourism CALL FOR BOOK CHAPTERS     Introduction   The aim of this book is to cultivate awareness on ethical issues related to the use of animals as food within the context of tourism. Themes will include the raising, harvesting, and processing of farm animals for food; considerations in hunting, trapping and fishing; cultural interpretations of animals as food; and the link between consuming animals and current environmental concerns. The book will encompass international issues and will provide a mix of theoretical and applied...
    An Ecotourism HopTour of Chile   Following the ESTC conference in Quito, Florie continued her HopTour of Latin America with Peru, Bolivia and… Chile! As always, she is traveling through the continent sharing her skills (videos and marketing tips) for room and food one country at a time as part of the Hopineo Ambassadors Team. You can follow her adventure on Facebook and on her Blog. She compiled for TIES’ followers this article with 10 mini-documentaries that she made through Chile (click on the “subtitle” icon on the right-bottom to activate...
  An Interview with TIES Member Himalayan Smile Trekking Himalayan Smile Treks and Adventures is a locally owned and managed trekking company established by a team of professionals who have long years of experience in travel, trekking, tour and adventure activities in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. Their mission is to provide the best service possible to guests while being environmentally, socially and economically responsible. Their trekking expeditions do not disturb the ecological balance of environment and synthesizes with a concept of environment, economy and success to future...
El ecoturismo comenzó con la esperanza de desarrollar las economías locales de los países de América del Sur, mientras que la atracción de turistas a la belleza natural y maravillas exóticas de la tierra. "Viaje responsable a áreas naturales que conserva el medio ambiente y sustenta el bienestar de la población local." Ecoturismo idealmente permite a las personas nativas beneficiarse de sus costumbres y cultura, al mismo tiempo permite a los turistas caminar y explorar, aportando el capital extranjero a las economías...
Interview of Dr Xavier Font, Director at respondeco and Professor at Leeds Beckett University by Julia Guerra   Dr. Xavier Font is a leading expert on sustainable tourism marketing and has a PhD in the field of sustainable tourism certification. He is the Director at respondeco, a consultancy service that helps tourism businesses learn how to better market and communicate their sustainability efforts. They provide website analysis, action planning training, mentoring and destination reports.   What made you passionate about sustainability?   I grew up in a tourist resort...
    TIES welcomes it's newest Lifetime Member, Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge which fully supports and practices the policy of sustainable tourism.  Located in the foothills of the Annapurna range of Nepal where the surrounding area is under diverse pressure, there is a need for sound and sensitive management.  As well as being committed to the protection and enhancement of the natural environment, Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge feels privileged that the local people and communities are partners, stakeholders, and vital resources in their business.   Tiger...
Iceland in Slow-Mo According to Martha Honey, ecotourism is “travel to fragile, pristine, and usually protected areas that strives to be low impact and (often) small scale”.   This notion is well understood regarding areas like South America, Africa and some parts of North America and Europe, but it is not necessarily expected for Iceland.   However, Iceland is in dire need of protection, and one of the best ways to achieve it might be ecotourism.   But why does Iceland need protection?   Let’s look at the figures. Iceland has a tiny population of...
An Ecotourism HopTour of Bolivia After her travels in Peru, Florie met with Elsa again in La Paz for a one month HopTour of Bolivia and North Chile with the Hopineo project. They met the first time at the ESTC conference organized by TIES in Quito. Elsa was attending the conference as a professional in tourism since she is the manager of the receptive travel agency Narwell Ecotours settled on the Pacific Coast of Ecuador. She was really interested in Florie's project, in which she travels and visits sustainable hotels and projects, and helps them with marketing and short videos...
TIES Member Discount: Sustainability in Hospitality   This ground-breaking research represents the most complete collection yet on how the hospitality industry is addressing sustainability and ethical issues. Covering supply chain management, innovative sustainability initiatives, CSR programs, biologically-respectful tourism and Value Creation, Sustainability in Hospitality: How Innovative Hotels are Transforming the Industry presents valuable global viewpoints on embedding sustainability into all aspects of the hospitality industry, and the impact this could have on transforming the...
30% Discount for "Sustainable Tourism: Business Development, Operations, and Management" for TIES Members     Human Kinetics, Inc., is offering a 30% on Carol Patterson's "Sustainable Tourism: Business Development, Operations, and Management" until February 29, 2016. To order the book, go to www.humankinetics.com,  insert the promo code T275 in the appropriate field in their shopping cart at check-out to receive their discount. (Also note, there is a web resource that supplements the book and it’s available free to book purchasers via a unique...
  An Ecotourism HopTour of Peru After a wonderful ESTC conference in Quito and a “HopTour” of Ecuador, Florie continued her adventure down the South America continent with a two months trip through Peru! As always, she shares the best tourism practices and stories that she encountered on her way through video blogging and helping small accommodation providers with marketing tips in exchange for room and board (read previous article on TIES about the Hopineo initiative for a better tourism). Follow her adventure on Facebook and Hopineo Blog. She compiled for you the article...
  After the Nepal Earthquake     “We have to de-mythicize this earthquake. There were so many images of disaster, destruction and horror wherever I looked on the Internet. When I got to Nepal, I kept asking myself, ‘Where are all the damaged buildings?’ I couldn’t find any,” Stacie Chan said, discussing how some of her preconceived notions of the recent earthquake changed when she traveled to Nepal. “Of course, I cannot forget the thousands of people who have lost their lives and thousands who are still suffering. Nepal...
TIES Research and Education Council Member D'Arcy Dornan to Speak at ABETA Since 2004, Brazilian Association of Ecotourism and Adventure Tourism (ABETA) has promoted the annual Technical Congress of Ecotourism and Adventure Tourism. This year's event will take place in Brotas, São Paulo from 27 to 30 September. Over a period of four days, professionals will come together to discuss the challenges of the sector, showcases of success and innovation, and introduce new management tools to improve the capacity of small businesses.   "It is the great moment of...
THE SECRETARY-GENERAL, BAN KI-MOON MESSAGE ON WORLD TOURISM DAY 27 September 2015   “One Billion Tourists, One Billion Opportunities”   This year ́s World Tourism Day highlights the global potential of tourism for socio- economic development. With more than one billion international tourists now traveling the world each year, tourism has become a powerful and transformative force that is making a genuine difference in the lives of millions of people.   The potential of tourism for sustainable development is considerable. As one of the world’s...
The Great Migration is Coming to Victoria!   21st September 2015   Wildlife tourism professionals are migrating to Melbourne and Geelong for the biggest event of its kind – the Australian Wildlife Tourism Conference. Australia's most prominent wildlife tourism operators, international academics and government decision-makers will flock to the 3 day conference, to be held in Geelong, Victoria on 29th September - 2nd October 2015 to discuss the future of tourism.   Minister for Tourism, the Hon John Eren MP - a local – is excited about...

 

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