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By Himalayan Smile Trek and Adventure Thomas Kelly's Book Highlights the Beauty of Humla, Nepal Two young Americans take us to Humla, an ancient territory at the edge of Nepal where no Westerner has ever lived before. In striking photographs and expressive prose, Thomas Kelly and Carroll Dunham capture Humla's limitless vistas and disclose intimate details of the lives of its extraordinary people: yak herders, caravan drivers, and shamans. In a land as eerie and forbidding as the landscape of some distant moon, these lives yield untold riches. Humla is a land of...
National Extension Tourism (NET) Conference to be Held in Detroit, MI, USA, August 6-9, 2013 Registration is now open for the 2013 National Extension Tourism (NET) Conference with the theme, "Tourism – Building Lasting Relationships." The 2013 NET Conference will be an opportunity for Extension professionals, university research and teaching faculty, students, tourism professionals and community officials to network and to learn more about the following topics: Rural Tourism Development/Tourism in Resilient Communities Agritourism—Local...
New Publication: Ecotourism in ASEAN Countries Edited by Seong-il Kim, Mihee Kang and Dian Sukmajaya "Tourism in ASEAN is recognized as one of twelve priority sectors for integration. Labor intensive and direct impact to local community is some of the key features of this sector. In establishing the ASEAN Community by 2015, ASEAN Tourism Ministers adopted the ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan 2011-2015. Based on the Strategic Plan, ASEAN emphasizes the development of four types of tourism products, among others, nature-based and community-based tourism, and ecotourism serves...
New Classification System for Accommodations Aims to Strengthen Morocco’s Competitiveness as a Tourism Destination UNWTO, the Government of Morocco and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed an agreement to support the Ministry of Tourism of Morocco in the implementation of a new classification system for tourism accommodation establishments. The project will build capacity within the Ministry of Tourism to set up the new classification system, a central part of Morocco’s tourism strategy "Vision 2020". The new system should...
More than 2,000 loggerhead sea turtles died in fishing nets last summer in Baja California Sur, Mexico. TIES member SEE Turtles is working with a coalition of organizations to urge the Mexican government to take action on this problem. This effort needs the help of the ecotourism community and SEE Turtles is asking international tour operators and tourism organizations to show their support by signing on to the letter. SEE Turtles has put together a letter praising the government's past efforts to protect wildlife and making the case that protecting wildlife is...
UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, and PATA CEO, Martin Craigs on the occasion of the PATA Annual Summit (April 26) in Bangkok, Thailand Advancing economic diversification, cultural and environmental preservation through tourism are the key objectives of a new Strategic Partnership signed between UNWTO and the Pacific Asia Travel Association at the PATA Annual Summit (25-28 April, Bangkok, Thailand) The lasting support to the development objectives and the positioning of tourism as a central contributor to economic growth and sustainability in Asia are at the center of the...
Tourism offices, food & drink producers, association leaders, wineries, brewers, chefs and journalists met for a full day of strategic planning & thought leadership Last week the World Food Travel Association (WFTA) officially kicked off Cascadian Cuisine, a new initiative focused on the development of a regional food and drink brand as a tool for economic development. The goal is that the new regional food brand will drive consumer awareness, create jobs and support the tourism efforts of communities across the region. At the meeting, the Association welcomed some of the most...
Are you doing great things in your local community and environment? Then Wild Asia wants to hear from YOU! APPLY NOW for 2013 Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards - it's FREE! Gaining a very prestigious Award recognized throughout the industry is a big achievement for any responsible tourism business, but the benefits do not end there as being a Winner of the Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards brings a number of other fabulous advantages. What's in it for you? Free entry to ITB Asia - All Finalists are cordially invited to our prominent award ceremony...
This article was originally published by the Swedish Ecotourism Society / Nature's Best (18 April 2013). Photo By: Solberget Wilderness Resort Ecotourism's Positive Role in the Economy of Rural Nattavaara, Sweden Last fall, Nattavaara residents were told that the village store was closing. Suddenly, they had to go 50 km to the nearest shop - a mortal blow to a small community in rural northern Sweden. But, the area's ecotourism organizer, Dirk Hagenbuch, wasn't ready to give up. The villagers and former German tourists mobilized a successful...
By Kp Subedi, Managing Director, Himalayan Smile Treks and Adventures This season from mid-March to May, twenty-nine expedition teams from different countries are attempting to climb Mt. Everest (8,848m), to get to the "top of the world". According to the Tourism Industry Division of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation of Nepal, 315 foreign mountaineers have received permission to climb Mt. Everest. Last year, government permitted 335 foreign mountaineers of 30 team and out of them only 181 had reached the summit. Officials of the...
Concerns About Road Development in the Himalayas For those dismayed over the construction of a new road along the Annapurna trekking circuit (a trek within the Annapurna mountain range of central Nepal, which is part of The Great Himalaya Trail), the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) is contemplating the development of a new walking trail that will stretch along the Annapurna circuit away from the road. The road construction has disappointed many tourists and trekking enthusiasts as it shortens the trek almost by half. Pollution from motor vehicles is another worry...
Sponsor of the 2013 Chengdu International Football League IES Global is proud to announce their sponsorship of the 2013 Chengdu International Football League in conjunction with residents of the city of Sichuan. The sponsorship is part of the continued push by IES Global for its program participants to get active, become involved in the community, and to live and travel responsibly. A number of IES Global participants carrying out their teaching internships in Chengdu formed a team and joined a football league in their spare time. Their team name was 'Baozilona' and...
Travelers Now Have the Chance to Recreate Charles Darwin's Voyage of the Beagle in Isla Chiloé In a partnership with Darwin's Trails, ToMarket’s Geotourism Journeys is now offering a tour for U.S. travelers seeking adventure that explores the enchanting Patagonia region of Chile – Isla Chiloé. Surrounding Isla Chiloé - South America's second largest island - is an archipelago with a history spanning an estimated 14,000 years of human habitation and a long study by Charles Darwin during his Voyage of the Beagle. Darwin's journal...
Tourism Industry Stakeholders Invited to the 2014 "World Cup of Ecotourism" Hosted by The International Ecotourism Society and Brazil April 25, 2013, WASHINGTON, DC, USA and SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), together with its partners in Brazil, has just announced the 2014 host destination of the annual Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC), which will be held in Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil in April 2014. The announcement was jointly made at the World Travel Market Latin America by TIES and ESTC14 partners including...
The University of Derby Buxton The University of Derby Buxton is delighted to become an institutional member of The International Ecotourism Society. At the university, we deliver a range of ecotourism degrees, including a B.Sc. Ecotourism and several Joint Honours programmes, where ecotourism can be combined with Adventure Tourism, Countryside Management or Outdoor Recreation. Our ecotourism degrees combine a mixture of physical and social science modules related to the delivery of sustainable tourism in natural areas; including GIS Mapping, Nature Conservation and Critical...
John Muir Geotourism Center - Coulterville, California, USA The John Muir Geotoursim Center had its official ribbon cutting and open house this past Saturday, April 20, 2013 at its permanent location in Coulterville After several years of hard work and planning, a highway dedication for the Historic John Muir Route in 2010, and three John Muir Festivals, the John Muir Geotourism Center (JMGC) is now open and receiving visitors. JMGC honors the legacy of Muir while sharing the nature, culture and activities that Coulterville in the Sierra Nevada foothills has to offer....
Have Your Say on Queensland’s Draft Ecotourism Plan The draft of the Queensland Ecotourism Plan 2013-2020 (PDF, 1.9MB)* has been released for public input, as part of an overall mission to make Queensland, Australia a world leader in ecotourism by 2020. The draft plan was the outcome of the DestinationQ workshop that was held last year in Cairns and brought together government and representatives from the tourism industry to discuss the future of tourism in Queensland. Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey said a new ecotourism plan for Queensland was long overdue. “...
This August: Connect with Nature and the Local People of Peru Peru is well known for its Andean Cordillera and the legacy of the Incas, the latter being well represented by its renowned and well visited lost Inca city of Machu Picchu. However, we too often ignore that Peru is more than that since a large part of its territory lies within the Amazon basin rainforest east of the Andes. The 18-day journey "From the Andes to the Amazon: A sustainable tourism journey to Peru, Connecting with local people" by InkaNatura Travel is intended mainly to help travelers...
An Authentic Ecolodge Under Construction in Dominica Kwanari Ecolodge, a project owned by Kasswebb Ltd., is located in Castle Bruce, on the eastern side of Dominica, which is 10 km south of the only native territory in the Caribbean – Kalinago. The Kwanari Ecolodge site occupies approximately seven acres and has been planned and designed by a team led by Hitesh Mehta from the USA and managed by Leonard Andre from Dominica, marrying international knowledge with local wisdom. The site includes a wellness center, forest and ocean villas, tree house, library, conference/local...
Water and Life: 2013 ICIMOD Digital Photo Contest The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is organizing a Digital Photo Contest on the theme of 'Water and Life' to celebrate its 30th Anniversary. This contest also coincides with the United Nation’s International Year of Water Cooperation. The photo contest aims to draw the attention of the public, policymakers and relevant stakeholders to the importance of water and challenges of water-related issues in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region in relation to human needs, gender,...