Year in Review: TIES Members in 2010

Year in Review: TIES Members in 2010

From the beginning of the history of our organization 20 years ago, TIES has been a leading organization supported by members around the world dedicated to responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people. We feel, therefore, it’s very fitting to look back on the year 2010 – TIES’ 20th anniversary – with a review of our global network of members.


Who Are TIES Members?*


TIES global network consists of hundreds of individuals (1,070 individual members) and organizations (514 organization members) leading the efforts to make tourism a viable tool for conservation and sustainable community development around the world. We regularly highlight news and updates from our members on TIES Facebook page, and you can also find many TIES members on Twitter.







Who Are TIES Members?

*As of November 2010.



Where Are TIES Members?*


From wildlife safari in Africa to diving in the tropical waters of the South Pacific, from the highest peaks of the Himalayas to the deepest corners of the Amazon, TIES members around the world represent a wide range of experiences, stories and inspirations.

They come from…


North America: 38%
Central America and the Caribbean: 9%
South America: 8%
Europe: 21%
Africa: 10%
Asia Pacific: 15%


Where Are TIES Members?

*As of November 2010.


TIES Members’ Achievements


In 2010, TIES launched the Innovation Leadership in Sustainable Tourism Awards with the goal of recognizing individuals and organizations who have demonstrated leadership in innovative actions that effectively promote sustainable tourism and bring tangible benefits to communities and conservation. We are proud to share this award program as a way to highlight and honor the efforts of those making a positive difference  for conservation, communities and sustainable travel around the world.


A number of TIES members, both individuals and organizations, were nominated for the 2010 Innovation Award, including the following winners and finalists:


  • Santiago Dunn, Executive President, Ecoventura – Galapagos Network (Business Member)
  • Jennifer Holderied, Owner, Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort (Business Member)
  • Ron Mader, Director, (Traveler Member)
  • Jessica McKelson, Raw Wildlife Encounters (Traveler Member)
  • Elemento Natural (Business Member)
  • Intrepid Travel (Business Member)
  • Playa Viva (Business Member)
  • Rainforest Alliance (NGO Member)
  • Rios Tropicales (Business Member)
  • Thai Ecotourism and Adventure Travel Association (Association Member)
  • WHL Consulting (Business Member)
  • WildChina (Business Member)



Innovation Award Winner Rainforest Alliance
Innovation Award Presentation Ceremony, September 2010



In addition, many of our members also received much-deserved awards and recognition this year on world stage shared by world-class magazines and organizations – including Travel + Leisure Magazine’s “Best Life-Changing Trips” selection, Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards presented by, and the World Travel Awards.


Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference


TIES’ annual conference, the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC), was held September this year in Portland, Oregon, USA. Each year, the conference offers a great opportunity for TIES team to meet face-to-face with many of our members. In addition, the ESTC has also been a great platform to engage new members. We were pleased this year to welcome 47 new members who participated in the ESTC.



GSTC Workshop group discussion
ESTC 2010, Portland, Oregon, USA, September 8-10, 2010



The ESTC 2011 will be held in a uniquely designed green resort destination Hilton Head Island (South Carolina, USA) from September 19-21, 2011. As always, TIES members will receive the best rates to join this important annual conference, and we hope to see many of our past attendees return next year and to welcome more new members of our growing network at the 2011 conference! For more information on the ESTC 2011 and to sign up for email updates, please see the ESTC website.


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