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From left to right: CapeNature Tourism Manager Ramese Mathews, CapeNature Executive Director: Marketing & Eco-tourism Sheraaz Ismail, CapeNature Chief Executive Officer Dr Razeena Omar, Comet Corporation Managing Director Bruce See (representing Eco-tourism Africa). CapeNature earns first ever ECO certification in Southern Africa CapeNature’s Kogelberg, Robberg and Goukamma Nature Reserves have become the first tourism products in South Africa and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to have been awarded the prestigious ECO Certification by...
A Responsible Tourism HopTour of West Africa Justine and Mahery, the founders of Hopineo, are leaving France for a 5 months HopTour in West Africa. Their goal is to meet around 20 responsible tourism facilities to swap their competencies in exchange for room and food, collect as many responsible tourism good practices as possible, and develop the Hopineo network. At first, the two founders went on a 4 month Tour of France in 2014 to start the project, feeling they should get to know the responsible tourism sector in their own country before developing the network worldwide....
Jan 26, 2016
TIES and USF Patel Center for Global Solutions Host Inaugural Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference in North America The International EcoTourism Society’s inaugural Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference North America began today at the University of South Florida Patel College of Global Sustainability (PCGS). This will be the first major Sustainable Tourism Conference following the adoption of the United Nations Sustainability Goals and the outcomes of COP21 Climate Change negotiations in Paris, France. Although ESTC holds international conferences every...
Jan 21, 2016
Sumak Travel & Cafédirect Producers' Foundation team up to offer Fair Trade Adventures Fair Trade Adventures are the result of an exciting and innovative partnership between Latin America ecotourism specialists and TIES members, Sumak Travel, and Cafédirct Producers’ Foundation, a UK based charity that is owned and led by smallholder farmers. These small group tours, to unique destinations in Peru, Colombia and Costa Rica, will give travellers a rare opportunity to meet the farmers and artisans behind popular fair trade products such as...
Interview with CapeNature, A TIES Premium Plus Member CapeNature, a TIES Premium Plus Member, is a public institution with the responsibility for biodiversity conservation in the Western Cape. They are driven to create a successful "conservation economy", in which all the citizens of the Western Cape community transform the area's biodiversity into source of local economic development. In order to achieve these goals, they implement various programs such as youth education, stewardship, and ecotourism development. 1. Why do you see sustainability as important...
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO TO ESTCNA In just a short time, we look forward to welcoming you to Tampa, Florida for the ESTCNA. Below are some friendly reminders and updates for you to check out before you leave for the conference: ESTCNA: The Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference North America WHAT: Three days of learning, networking, and fun! WHERE: USF Patel College of Global Sustainability WHEN: January 25th-27th, 2016 CHECKLIST FOR ATTENDEES AND PRESENTERS Know What to Expect: Check out the conference schedule Have You Booked...
Jan 7, 2016
Destination Competitiveness, the Environment and Sustainability Edited by Andres Artal-Tur, Metin Kozak Destination competitiveness and sustainability are important issues for many stakeholders within the tourism industry. In recent years, destinations have faced some challenges with respect to maintaining sustainability; they must be cleaner, greener and safer in order to safeguard the life quality of holidaymakers and local residents. Providing an invaluable review of the latest research on the topic, global case studies provide a perspective of the worldwide challenges and...
Jan 5, 2016
Ecotourism Master Class Series: Storytelling through Video Blogging with Florie Thielin TIES met Florie Thielin during ESTC15 in Quito, Ecuador, when she volunteered for us to create video interviews of experts in the field. During this time, she was on her HopTour Latin America project, sharing her marketing skills in exchange for room and board. Loving the concept, TIES and Florie partnered together to continue sharing her stories of best practices in ecotourism and sustainable tourism. This Ecotourism Master Class Series will share best tips for...
For most travelers, the beginning of a new year often brings the inspiration to plan a bigger adventure than the year before. As our experience in traveling grows, so too does our desire to find a place more diverse, more thrilling (or relaxing!), or more exotic. While these are great intentions, if we don't travel consciously we may end up doing more harm than good. That's why TIES has collected our top twelve travel tips for a New Year's resolution of sustainable travel. Pre-Travel tips: Do your research. Choose a location that hasn't been...
Dec 28, 2015
Contact: Dr. Kelly Bricker Tel: 916.206.3189 Email Kelly.email@example.com Website: www.ecotourism.org INTERNATIONAL ECOTOURISM SOCIETY TO HOST ‘TRANSFORMING YOUR WORLD’ CONFERENCE IN TAMPA, FL UN Sustainable Development to be a Key Factor of Discussion at Conference New York, NY, December 23, 2015– The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) will hold its first North American conference in over five years, “Transforming Our World,” in Tampa, FL from January 25 – 27, 2016 for hundreds of integral professionals working to...
Animals as Food: Ethical Implications for Tourism CALL FOR BOOK CHAPTERS Introduction The aim of this book is to cultivate awareness on ethical issues related to the use of animals as food within the context of tourism. Themes will include the raising, harvesting, and processing of farm animals for food; considerations in hunting, trapping and fishing; cultural interpretations of animals as food; and the link between consuming animals and current environmental concerns. The book will encompass international issues and will provide a mix of theoretical and applied...
Dec 7, 2015
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An Ecotourism HopTour of Chile Following the ESTC conference in Quito, Florie continued her HopTour of Latin America with Peru, Bolivia and… Chile! As always, she is traveling through the continent sharing her skills (videos and marketing tips) for room and food one country at a time as part of the Hopineo Ambassadors Team. You can follow her adventure on Facebook and on her Blog. She compiled for TIES’ followers this article with 10 mini-documentaries that she made through Chile (click on the “subtitle” icon on the right-bottom to activate...
Nov 17, 2015
An Interview with TIES Member Himalayan Smile Trekking Himalayan Smile Treks and Adventures is a locally owned and managed trekking company established by a team of professionals who have long years of experience in travel, trekking, tour and adventure activities in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. Their mission is to provide the best service possible to guests while being environmentally, socially and economically responsible. Their trekking expeditions do not disturb the ecological balance of environment and synthesizes with a concept of environment, economy and success to future...
El ecoturismo comenzó con la esperanza de desarrollar las economías locales de los países de América del Sur, mientras que la atracción de turistas a la belleza natural y maravillas exóticas de la tierra. "Viaje responsable a áreas naturales que conserva el medio ambiente y sustenta el bienestar de la población local." Ecoturismo idealmente permite a las personas nativas beneficiarse de sus costumbres y cultura, al mismo tiempo permite a los turistas caminar y explorar, aportando el capital extranjero a las economías...
Interview of Dr Xavier Font, Director at respondeco and Professor at Leeds Beckett University by Julia Guerra Dr. Xavier Font is a leading expert on sustainable tourism marketing and has a PhD in the field of sustainable tourism certification. He is the Director at respondeco, a consultancy service that helps tourism businesses learn how to better market and communicate their sustainability efforts. They provide website analysis, action planning training, mentoring and destination reports. What made you passionate about sustainability? I grew up in a tourist resort...
TIES welcomes it's newest Lifetime Member, Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge which fully supports and practices the policy of sustainable tourism. Located in the foothills of the Annapurna range of Nepal where the surrounding area is under diverse pressure, there is a need for sound and sensitive management. As well as being committed to the protection and enhancement of the natural environment, Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge feels privileged that the local people and communities are partners, stakeholders, and vital resources in their business. Tiger...
Iceland in Slow-Mo According to Martha Honey, ecotourism is “travel to fragile, pristine, and usually protected areas that strives to be low impact and (often) small scale”. This notion is well understood regarding areas like South America, Africa and some parts of North America and Europe, but it is not necessarily expected for Iceland. However, Iceland is in dire need of protection, and one of the best ways to achieve it might be ecotourism. But why does Iceland need protection? Let’s look at the figures. Iceland has a tiny population of...
An Ecotourism HopTour of Bolivia After her travels in Peru, Florie met with Elsa again in La Paz for a one month HopTour of Bolivia and North Chile with the Hopineo project. They met the first time at the ESTC conference organized by TIES in Quito. Elsa was attending the conference as a professional in tourism since she is the manager of the receptive travel agency Narwell Ecotours settled on the Pacific Coast of Ecuador. She was really interested in Florie's project, in which she travels and visits sustainable hotels and projects, and helps them with marketing and short videos...
TIES Member Discount: Sustainability in Hospitality This ground-breaking research represents the most complete collection yet on how the hospitality industry is addressing sustainability and ethical issues. Covering supply chain management, innovative sustainability initiatives, CSR programs, biologically-respectful tourism and Value Creation, Sustainability in Hospitality: How Innovative Hotels are Transforming the Industry presents valuable global viewpoints on embedding sustainability into all aspects of the hospitality industry, and the impact this could have on transforming the...
30% Discount for "Sustainable Tourism: Business Development, Operations, and Management" for TIES Members Human Kinetics, Inc., is offering a 30% on Carol Patterson's "Sustainable Tourism: Business Development, Operations, and Management" until February 29, 2016. To order the book, go to www.humankinetics.com, insert the promo code T275 in the appropriate field in their shopping cart at check-out to receive their discount. (Also note, there is a web resource that supplements the book and it’s available free to book purchasers via a unique...