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Rainforest Adventures wins accolades for treading lightly in Costa Rica While numerous theme park operators worldwide move toward more sustainable practices – from solar power to electric vehicles and LED lighting – could the most sustainable theme parks in the world currently be the Rainforest Adventures parks in Costa Rica? According to the Rainforest Alliance, Earth University and Costa Rican Tourism Institute, these two parks are the model for best practices in sustainable development and operations.    Bird watching in Costa Rica (Photo: Rainforest...
Walking Vacation Highlights the History and Natural Beauty of an Undiscovered Corner of Europe Newport, RI, USA, December 20, 2012 - Millions of tourists flock to Prague every year but few step off the beaten track to discover the rich history and beautiful countryside of the Czech-German border, which has inspired some of the world's great Romantic artists, writers and musicians.   The Wayfarers pick up the trail from these 19th century visitors with the new Prague to Dresden Walk, which offers a fascinating insight into truly unspoilt countryside and post-Communist village...
Call for Proposals The 2013 National Extension Tourism (NET) Conference Program Committee invites proposals for the 2013 NET Conference, the theme of which is "Building Lasting Relationships." Based on this theme, the Conference Program Committee is seeking proposals for oral presentations, poster presentations, and panel presentations/workshops in the following nine broad topical areas: Rural Tourism Development/Tourism in Resilient Communities Community and Regional Planning and Development Economic, Environmental, and Social Impacts of Tourism and Recreation...
Japan Environmentally Sustainable Accommodations International Standard is recognized for implementing the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria, the worldwide minimum requirement for tourism businesses of all size to approach sustainability.   WASHINGTON, D.C., December 18, 2012 - The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) announces that Japan Ecolodge Association (ECOLA) has attained the organization's "recognized" certification status for its Japan Environmentally Sustainable Accommodations International Standard (ESAIS). The awarded status benchmarks its...
The new Natural Habitat Expeditions will explore unusual and remote natural destinations via kayak, foot, wind power and determination. BOULDER, CO, Dec. 17, 2012 — When the adventure travel route becomes too predictable and routine, it’s time to look beyond the standard map and guidebook. That's the philosophy behind the new Natural Habitat Expeditions that launched recently when the world's premier nature travel company, Natural Habitat Adventures, merged with the former Explorers’ Corner.   "The creation of Natural Habitat Expeditions allows us...
Every week TIES features a discussion article on current issues, challenges and opportunities related to ecotourism. This week our article focuses on the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs are goals set by the UN and its member nations on various development issues. What are some of the ways tourism can support to the MDGs? In addition to the social and economic benefits that tourism offers, how can tourism businesses and destinations actively contribute to the MDGs? In this article, we are sharing some specific examples of what the tourism industry is doing to...
  BRAZTOA (Brazilian Tour Operator Association) announced the winners of the first edition of the Braztoa Sustainability Award, which seeks to promote the culture of sustainability in the Brazilian tourism sector. The presentation ceremony was held on December 11th at the Museum of the Brazilian House.   The winners were: Hotel Blumenberg (Canela-RS), Recanto Ecológico Rio da Prata (Bonito-MS), Pousada Lagoa do Cassange (Maraú-BA), Campo dos Sonhos (Socorro-SP), and e Ambiental Viagens (São Paulo – SP). These winners were among the 18 finalists...
Our weekly discussion article on current issues, challenges and opportunities related to ecotourism this week focuses on the UNWTO Campaign One Billion Tourists: One Billion Opportunities. What opportunities do you present the traveler for making a difference? How much responsibility does the tourism industry have to create opportunities for the tourist to make a difference? Head over to TIES-EXCHANGE to add your comments and ideas related to this topic! (Member log-in required)     This week, on December 13, 2012, one billion tourists will have traveled the...
To continue with TIES’ weekly discussion articles on current issues, challenges and opportunities related to ecotourism, this week’s focus – as we follow the second week of the UN Climate Change Conference in Qatar - is on carbon offsetting. Do you think carbon offsetting is just another tool for greenwashing? Is carbon offsetting an effective approach for tourism businesses and destinations to mitigate their climate impact? What are you doing to offset your carbon emissions? Head over to TIES-EXCHANGE to add your comments and ideas related to this topic! (Member...
Experience a Wildlife Paradise The Galápagos Islands and the surrounding marine reserve - recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and often called a "living museum and showcase of evolution" - offer a truly one-of-a-kind eco-adventure experience and the opportunity to encounter the islands' unique plant and animal species, many of which are found only in the Galápagos.   Want to make your dream of traveling to the Galápagos come true?   Thanks to the generous donation by TIES member Ecoventura, we're offering an exclusive...
Feynan Ecolodge   Report by: Deirdre Campbell, TIES Advisory Board Member, Owner, The Tartan Group   As part of an ongoing USAID-sponsored skills development program, TIES was invited to participate in site visits of Jordan's ecotourism, nature-based and adventure travel destinations, and present at a one-day workshop (17 Nov 2012) to members of the JTB and the Jordan Inbound Tourism Association (who also sponsored the event). The purpose of the site visits and workshop was to help Jordan's tourism community to better understand the ecotourism and adventure...
  Every week, the TIES team will publish a discussion article focusing on current issues, challenges and opportunities related to ecotourism, which will hopefully inspire comments, actions, and lively discussions from our members. This week, we are excited to introduce our first issue: climate change and tourism’s role in promoting climate action. What do you think about the relationship between climate change and the tourism industry? Do you know any best practice examples of tourism organizations or leaders implementing carbon mitigation practices? Do you have your...
Photo: TIME Unlimited Tours   Worldwide Ecotourism Award Success Auckland tour operator TIME Unlimited Tours has been chosen as the only Finalist from Australasia in the worldwide Eco-Tourism Award EcoTrophea 2012. Multi-award-winning TIME Unlimited Tours (TIME stands for "To Integrate Maori Experiences") was established in 2005 and is a highly innovative Auckland, New Zealand-based tourism company that focuses on providing outstanding and high-quality Auckland Tours for its clients. TIME Unlimited Tours implements environmentally responsible business practices, and...
Travel with an Open Mind Mark Twain famously described travel as "fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness" (The Innocents Abroad).   If you've experienced and appreciated the power of travel to open your eyes to the new and unexpected, you will agree; travel can foster respect, friendship and mutual understanding, and inspire tolerance.   So, as the world celebrates International Day for Tolerance (November 16th, 2012), remind yourself to travel with an open mind. Ask yourself and your travel buddies: Are you prepared to appreciate and learn...
Piatra Craiului National Park, Romania     Report by: Ayako Ezaki, Director of Communications, TIES   Earlier this month, while those in the United States – and many from the rest of the world – were anxiously waiting to find out who will be leading the world's largest economy for the next four years, in the small Eastern European country of Romania, important decisions were being made, locally and nationally, that will impact the direction of the country's economy in the coming years.   Romania in the post-Communist era has undergone...
The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) Jordan Destination Survey Please Share Your Views TIES is participating in the upcoming Jordan Inbound Tour Operator Association Seminar "Know Your Niche to Grow Your Market" (November 17th). As part of our discussions on ecotourism, we are seeking to understand the perceptions of ecotourism opportunities in Jordan, and visitor expectations and preferences that influence decisions in choosing a destination.   This short survey will help us understand perceptions of Jordan as a tourist...
Bonita, Brazil is now a whl.travel destination New York, NY/November 3, 2012 - The tropical town of Bonito (http://www.bonito-pousadas.com/) is one of the more out-of-the-way destinations in Brazil. For that reason – as well as the crystalline lakes, scenic rivers and rushing waterfalls – it is a great place for outdoor activities like hiking, cycling and horseback riding. It is also a top spot for snorkeling and diving in Brazil. Whether you’re above or below the surface of the water, as the region is laced with limestone that acts as a natural filter, Bonito’s...
21 agrotouristische Betriebe wollen der Krise trotzen und bieten echten griechischen Urlaub, Gastfreundschaft und Naturprodukte. Zakynthos, 05.11.2012 – Anfang dieses Jahres haben 21 Privatbetriebe auf der Insel Zakynthos im Ionischen Meer beschlossen, ihre Produkte und Dienstleistungen im ersten ökotouristischen Verein „eco Zakynthos“ zusammenzuführen. Das Ziel aller Unternehmer: Gemeinsam die Krise meistern und vor allem ausländischen Besuchern rund ums Jahr die abwechslungsreiche Schönheit der Insel Zakynthos zu zeigen. Ausgewählte...
National Ecotourism Conference, Bucharest, Romania, November 2, 2012 (Photo by Raluca Munteanu)   The Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism of Romania, in partnerships with the National Institute for Research and Development in Tourism (INCDT) and the Association of Ecotourism in Romania (AER), has developed a new framework for identifying and certifying ecotourism destinations in Romania.   By adopting this framework, the destinations that meet certain criteria may obtain the status of "ecotourism destinations" which will be included in the national...
Led by the Sustainable Tourism Unit and with the support of Small Planet Consulting, The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism recently launched their first-ever birding tourism development plan.   Photo Credits: Bahama Mockingbird (left) by Carolyn Wardle; Bahama Parrot (right) by Rick Wright   The Bahamas depends heavily on its natural environment and has taken many steps to protect it. The country is one of the first in the world to establish a Sustainable Tourism Unit (STU), which initiated the development of the Bahamas Sustainable Tourism Development policy guidelines. The...

 

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