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  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...
TIME Unlimited Tours from New Zealand announced as Winner of 2nd Worldwide Tourism Award (Auckland, NZ) – TIME Unlimited Tours from Auckland, New Zealand has been selected as the overall winner in the category “Meaningful” at the Luxperience Awards 2015. The Luxperience Awards are a Worldwide Luxury Tourism Award that was established to acknowledge excellence in the development and promotion of the evolving nature of high-end travel.   Luxperience connects the world’s most exclusive buyers and sellers of global travel experiences creating an exclusive,...
Architect David L. Andersen to Create Ecolodge Course   The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) is enthusiastic to announce that the architect David L. Andersen of Andersen By Design LLC will be creating the Ecolodge elective course in the Certificate in Sustainable Tourism Management program.  The certificate, which is awarded jointly by George Washington University (GWU), offers students and professionals in tourism an excellent opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills in sustainable practices.   David L. Andersen AIA has been a leader in sustainable design since...
TIME Unlimited Tours from Auckland, New Zealand announced as Finalist in "Meaningful" Category in Worldwide Luxury Tourism Award   (Auckland, NZ) – TIME Unlimited Tours from Auckland, New Zealand have been chosen as a Finalist in the Luxperience Awards 2015. The Luxperience Awards are a Worldwide Luxury Tourism Award that was established to acknowledge excellence in the development and promotion of the evolving nature of high-end travel. It is based in the Australasia and Pacific region and connects the world’s most exclusive buyers and sellers of global...
This is a proposal to develop and implement sustainable tourism activities in 1351 Private Natural Heritage Reserves(RPPN) that protect about 780 thousand hectares of private lands in all Brazilian biomes. This initiative aims to generate resources through sustainable tourism activities for the effective management of these private protected areas, promoting the conservation of biodiversity and natural resources and sustainable economic development, according to the Brazilian National Biodiversity Targets (National Goal 11 Strategic Objective C).   Download a FREE copy here.
Vanuatu Tourism Accreditation Submitted by Jerry Spooner   Background   The Government of Vanuatu through the Department of Tourism, solely responsible for the development and management of Tourism Products and Services within the Destination has to date developed its own Accreditation Program. The key focus of the program is to highlight the need to set and enforce minimum standards throughout the tourism sector. The Program has developed standards for multiple types of tourism operations including accommodation, land/air/water transport and tour operators. The Standards are...
Our Plan to Help One Small Village in Peru   Adios Adventure Travel is a small tour operator in Peru with an office in the US. On a recent trip to Peru, one of our local guides, Klever, and Victor, our young Inca Trail cook, took me to visit the village of Kallipata, to meet our Inca Trail porters in person. Klever knows that I have participated in many service projects and medical mission trips in Peru. Our goal was to survey the needs of the villagers with the intention to organize a medical mission trip. After all, why shouldn’t we support the families who ultimately...
OUR EFFORTS TO CREATE A GREEN SPACE IN MAI CHAU Mai Chau is a mountainous region located in Hoa Binh Province, approximately 135 km from Hanoi (3.5 hour drive)and 65 km from Hòa Bình town. This idyllic valley is embraced by emerald mountains and clouds, making it an retreat centre in North Vietnam. 1. Natural conditions in Mai Chau Mai Chau is a mountainous district, located in the northwest of Hoa Binh Province, Vietnam. Its climate is influenced significantly by the northwestern monsoon regime, with distinct aspects of the tropical climate of high mountains. The...
International Ecotourism Society and Travindy announce partnership   Starting this month, one of the longest running organisations in sustainable tourism will start to collaborate with one of the newest.   Founded in 2015, Travindy is the first news website to focus exclusively on sustainable and responsible tourism. Each week its site features the latest stories on the sustainable innovations and issues affecting the industry from across the internet, and also publishes an email newsletter featuring a round up of the top stories each week.   Travindy's story format is...
  An Ecotourism HopTour of Ecuador   After a great ESTC conference in Quito, Florie went on an ecotourism “HopTour” of Ecuador. While she is traveling, she gives good tips in marketing to responsible hotels, lodges and community-based tourism centers in exchange for room and board while sharing their best practices in sustainable tourism making short videos (read previous article on TIES about the Hopineo initiative for a better tourism). She had already traveled this way from Mexico to Colombia and she’s sharing with us a compilation of videos she shot...
  DISTINTIVO Q, RECOGNITION OF QUALITY TOURISM SERVICES   Background   The Metropolitan District of Quito, through Quito Tourism, the public entity responsible for overseeing the tourism development in destination, seeks to highlight and recognize tourism businesses that have taken positive steps in improving product and offer tourists world-class services by recognizing them with the Distictivo Q recognition.   Quito’s strategic tourism plan includes a series of initiatives aimed to make the tourism offerings of the city attractive to would be visitors and...
  EXPERIENCE AND FALL IN LOVE WITH THE NATURAL HERITAGE OF THE METROPOLITAN DISTRICT OF QUITO   District Biodiversity The Metropolitan District of Quito (MDQ) has a vast range of environments. Ranging from tropical areas on the northwest to arid areas in the river valley of Guayllabamba, cloud forests, and wilderness areas along the inter-Andean where it snows, the 424,062 hectares of the district also varies in altitudinal ranges. Gualea and Pacto are located about 500 m and Sincholagua is located 4,950 meters above sea level. This provides for an ecologically diverse...
  M/V Origin: Advancing Conservation in the Galapagos   The Galapagos National Park takes pride in advancing the conservation of the unique biodiversity and ecosystem of the Galapagos. Together we pull our resources to fight invasive species, support conservation education for local school children on the need for caring for the islands and saving endangered species. None of these are small projects, but little by little we are making a difference. We are always searching for a new answer to the same question: How can we leave the smallest footprint when we travel?   The...
STATEMENT REGARDING THE NEW ORGANIC LAW FOR THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS   On behalf of the Ministry of Tourism, and in response to reports that have distorted the contents of the New Organic Law of the Special Regime for the Province of Galapagos (LOREG), we ratify our commitment to preserve these islands, which are a UNESCO World Natural Heritage. Recognizing the value of this natural wonder, the Government of Ecuador included the archipelago as a Special Territory in the country's Constitution, in order to incorporate special policies for its conservation.   Regarding the...
Vesselka Consulting Ltd. and WWF-Turkey Proudly Announce the Completion of the Second Members’ Forum of the Black Sea Sustainable Rural Tourism Program: Sponsored by Danone Ukraine The Black Sea Sustainable Rural Tourism Program successfully concludes its second members’ forum, hosted by the Chaika Green Tourism complex in Hola Prystan, Kherson Oblast, Ukraine from June 11-14 and generously sponsored by Danone, Ukraine.   Anatoliy Petrovich Negra, Mayor of Hola Prystan, opened the event at a gala dinner on June 11 and officially welcomed representatives and accommodation...

 

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