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Photo by Botswana Tourism Organization Mombo Camps voted Best Hotel in the World; Chobe Game Lodge among Top 20 Lodges and Resorts in Africa + the Middle East The 2013 Travel + Leisure World's Best Hotels results are in and two of Botswana's ecotourism-certified camps were voted among the top hotels in the world. Mombo Camp (including Little Mombo Camp), which is located in the Moremi Game Reserve in the pristine Okavango Delta of Botswana, received the top overall score in the world for rooms/facilities, location, service, restaurants/food and value. Chobe Game Lodge,...
The German Travel Association (DRV) is accepting nominations for the EcoTrophea 2013 Award for international projects that effectively address environmental and social sustainability. Nomination now open: The German Travel Association (DRV) is seeking innovative, effective and exemplary projects for the renowned EcoTrophea Award for Environmental Protection and Social Responsibility in Tourism. EcoTrophea offers a great opportunity to present your project to the general public and to demonstrate your commitment for environmental and social sustainability. The award focuses...
Greener Pastures, a sustainable travel company based in Northeast India, has successfully concluded its first responsible tourism project, a fundraiser to assist the forest man of India in planting trees. Jadav Payeng, a milkman in the state of Assam in Northeastern India, has for most parts of his life lived solitarily, along with a wife and later, two children, to accompany him in a life in an island in the Brahmaputra River. His mission was and continues to be to grow trees. So, for the past 3 decades, Jadav has been growing trees, and his efforts have resulted today in a marvelous...
Award winning BBC documentary maker helps launch new ecotourism degree On Friday 19th July, the University of Derby Buxton will host the award winning BBC documentary maker Simon Reeve to help launch their new ecotourism degree. The University of Derby Buxton has recently a B.Sc. Ecotourism, which is the only degree of its type in the U.K. Simon Reeve is an adventurer in the true sense of the word - he has visited over 110 countries throughout an exciting career as a broadcaster, documentary maker and author. He is currently on the BBC in his latest Australian travel...
Joanne Wong, Managing Director of IES Global has won the award in the Masterclass sector as Socially Responsible Entrepreneur at the Junior Chamber International Socially Responsible Company Awards 2013. The award in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia honored Joanne Wong in Education and Cultural Exchange. Y.B. Tuan Kamalanathan, Malaysia Deputy Minister II of Education and Higher Learning, presented the award to IES Global Managing Director, Joanne Wong who has been involved in education in Asia for a quarter of a century and has been key to IES Global's success in expanding...
Experience Imagination: In South America (by Latin America for Less) Lima, PERU: A boutique Latin America travel agency, Peru For Less / Latin America for Less, has presented an award winning travel video featuring some of the continent's most impressive landscapes and experiences from an epic adventure across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Uruguay and southern Brazil. The movie, Experience Imagination: In South America, condenses some of the continent’s most thrilling travel experiences into a film of just less than 6 minutes. It was shot by renowned travel...
The 19th annual TO DO! Contest for Socially Responsible Tourism Project is announced worldwide by Studienkreis für Tourismus und Entwicklung e.V. (Institute for Tourism and Development). The TO DO! Contest is currently accepting applications from existing tourism projects that successfully incorporate the interests and needs of the local population by active participation during planning and implementation, and are actively engaged in ensuring fair remuneration, promoting training and education, strengthening local cultures, and implementing other measures which contribute...
The Black Sea Sustainable Rural Tourism Program initiates its fundraising effort with a $15,000 challenge on Green Unite Vesselka Consulting Ltd., on behalf of the Black Sea Sustainable Rural Tourism Program, has launched a crowd funding site with Green Unite to help support the Program. The challenge is to raise at least $15,000 in the next 1115 days which can be used to provide eco-tourism research materials, cover the cost of experiential travel for eco-tourism leaders in Ukraine, Turkey and Georgia to visit and share lessons learned and develop new ideas and to help with...
Discussions in Istanbul result in an agreement with WWF Turkey to cooperate with the Black Sea Sustainable Rural Tourism Program in targeted areas in Turkey. The long-term success of the Black Sea Sustainable Rural Tourism Program (BST Program) was strengthened this week after discussions with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Turkey resulted in a cooperation agreement. The BST Program and WWF Turkey reviewed ways that the program could best achieve its goals of rural community sustainable development and environmental preservation in Turkey while supporting the efforts of WWF Turkey....
Proposed New Development Puts Ecuadorian Indigenous Tribe at Risk of Extinction What's the experience of an indigenous people whose thousands-year-old culture is threatened by oil interests? Ecuador's award-winning ecotourism company, Tropic Journeys in Nature (Tropic), since 1994 has led tours through the country's most engaging landscapes. This includes a region occupied by the Huaorani, one of the most isolated ethnic groups in the world, in contact with the so-called the civilized world only since the mid 20th century and today threatened by global oil...
The mystical Lake Titicaca, from the Sun Island - Bolivia and Peru (Photo by Sumak Travel) By Felipe Zalamea According to the United Nations over 1bn people travelled as tourists in 2012 (up by 4% on the year before), spending around a trillion dollars. This confirms that tourism is a truly important global industry. Clearly, it delivers important benefits, including jobs and some degree of meaningful cross-cultural communication. But what about the quality of the experience generated both for travellers and for host communities? And are these jobs decent and...
Birdwatching is a growing niche gaining more and more fans - birders, conservationists and photographers alike - around the world, and is a great way for conservation-minded responsible travelers to experience natural destinations in a way that reflects their respect for wildlife and natural habitats. Highlighting the importance of protecting birds and their natural habitats, Ecowildlife Travel has prepared a catalog of birdwatching opportunities around the world, to discover the natural areas with great bird-watching experiences and encounters with some of the most curious...
Photo by WIDECAST By Brad Nahill On Friday, May 31st, while returning from a long night walking a turtle nesting beach near the city of Limón, young Costa Rican conservationist Jairo Mora Sandoval was abducted by unknown assailants, beaten and murdered. The beach where Mora Sandoval worked is a hot spot for nesting by the critically endangered leatherback, but also well-known for poaching and as a transfer point for drugs entering Costa Rica. This beach has now become a flash point for the direction that Costa Rica will go as a country. The brave young man...
Photo by Samuel Melim, Cristalino Lodge Cristalino Jungle Lodge was selected as one of the "25 Best Ecolodges 2013" by National Geographic Traveler magazine and will be featured in the June / July 2013 issue, as well as listed in a special Best Lodges photo gallery on National Geographic Traveler's award-winning website. The selection process was competitive and our editorial team worked long and hard to find 2013's best, most authentic, most sustainable lodges. "This year marks the 125th anniversary of the National Geographic Society. The...
1930s lore of old Galapagos charms guests of Floreana Lava Lodge on the least populated island in the Galapagos Ecuador's award-winning ecotourism company, Tropic Journeys in Nature, since 1994 has led tours through the country's most engaging landscapes including now the Galapagos where guests enjoy Tropic hospitality at Floreana Lava Lodge on Floreana Island. Here Tropic integrates tourism with ecological, economic, socio-cultural and political concerns with local community tourism initiatives, as it does in the Amazon Rainforest with the Huaorani people,...
Himalayan Smile Treks and Adventure, a locally owned and managed trekking company, offers trekking tours, vehicle hiring, flight and hotel booking services, special interest tours and volunteer travel programs. Each year, 10% of the profits that the company generates goes to social and environmental activities such as reforestation efforts, educational programs and projects that help empower local people. The following are some examples of the community initiatives that Himalayan Smile Treks and Adventures supports: Environmental Education through Volunteer Programs...
European Ecotourism Conference, Oct 22-26, 2013 The 2nd European Ecotourism Conference is being held in Poiana Brasov, Romania from October 22-26, 2013. The conference is organised by the Association of Ecotourism in Romania (AER) within the framework of the European Ecotourism Knowledge Network (ECOLNET), which is supported by the European Commission. The conference registration is open until September 10, 2013, and the early-bird special discounts are being offered through July 1, 2013. All participants will have the opportunity to experience some of the most...
Ecuador's award-winning ecotourism company, Tropic Journeys in Nature, since 1994 has led tours through the country's most engaging landscapes including El Cajas massif, which in late May 2013 was added to UNESCO's 12 newly designated International Biospheres for its ecological importance in the conservation and protection of biodiversity. In addition to El Cajas Massif, Ecuador has three designated biosphere reserves: Podocarpus - El Condor, Yasuni, Sumaco and Galapagos Islands. "It is gratifying when a prestigious organization like UNESCO recognizes...
A Small Travel Company Fights for a Big Cause - Elephants! Founders of Hidden Places Travel, veterinarian Dr. Dag Goering and his wife, Maria Coffey, have received support from His Holiness the Dalai Lama in their fight to save elephants from catastrophic poaching. In 2007 Dag had a life-changing encounter with a baby elephant in India that led him and Maria to start Elephant Earth, the conservation branch of their adventure travel company, Hidden Places. Currently they are focused on efforts to combat the huge escalation in the poaching of elephants for their ivory tusks...
Tourism: New Book by CABI/Stylus Publishing "Tourism" is the latest introductory textbook for Tourism studies, and is edited by Peter Robinson, Michael Lück, and Stephen L. J. Smith. The book is written to complement current teaching practices around the world, offering full coverage of all aspects of tourism management. These include infrastructure management, economic development, types of tourism, marketing, destination management and the pure theory aspects of tourism as seen through sociology and tourist behavior. As tourism is often studied alongside events...