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As part of a push to boost the tourism economy in the United States, President Obama has appointed the national visitor industry advisory board, at the recommendation of Senator Mark Begich.   Kirk Hoessle, who runs the Girdwood-based adventure travel company Alaska Wildland Adventures, says he hopes to bring an Alaskan voice to the table. Hoessle is one of 32 people appointed to the board. The president is calling on the advisory board to help boost the U.S. tourism economy and support job creation. After years of developing a tourism business in Alaska that takes the environment...
UNEP/GRID-Arendal Linking Tourism and Conservation Initiative UNEP/GRID-Arendal's Linking Tourism and Conservation Initiative works to identify success factors of functioning cases and to increase the worldwide understanding of these models, why they are functioning and how they can be replicated elsewhere. The initiative is supporting the targets of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).   The initiative seeks to create incentives for successfully developing and managing the world's protected areas by: Proactively considering the role of tourism in the...
Peterson Control Union Green Choice Sustainable Tourism Standard is the first Green certification approved by the Dutch Accreditation Council (RVA)   Lima, Peru, January 20, 2012 - With the presence of the Minister of Tourism and Commerce, José-Luis Silva, Inkaterra received the First International Certificate in Sustainable Tourism given by CU Green Choice Sustainable Tourism Standard. During the ceremony, the Minster highlighted the importance of the award given to a Peruvian tourism organization such as Inkaterra, which focuses on ecological conservation since 1975. He...
U.S. retirees helped measure sea turtles during a visit to Magdalena Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico, with RED Sustainable Tourism. (Photo Credit: Anne McEnany)   By Anne McEnany, Senior Advisor, Conservation & Environment Program, International Community Foundation   In 2011, the International Community Foundation released "The Greening of U.S. Retirement Destinations in Mexico: Emerging Issues and Trends in Coastal Communities" analyzing environmentally-specific consumer perceptions and preferences among U.S. retirees and second home buyers in Mexican...
Photo by Linde Waidhofer   Unknown. Exceptional.   These are two of the primary attributes used around the world to describe Patagonia, a space known for its elusive geography, culture, and climate, located at the end of the world, where it sits cradled between the Antarctic, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans. Shared by Chile and Argentina, Patagonia is one of those special "must-know" places, like the Amazon or Nepal.   Within Patagonia, one of the most unique territories is Aysén: 110,000 km2 of forests, rivers, lakes, glaciers, and wild prairies...
Photo by GiroVai.com What Is GiroVai? GiroVai.com is an online tourism company formed by a group of travellers with different professional backgrounds and different nationalities. Our aim is to break the geographical barriers of the southernmost region of the world and offer a high standard service to those interested in experiencing the same adventurous spirit of pioneer explorers. What we offer on our website are just options of many other things you can do in this area. All of our programmes are totally customised. Patagonia Travel Tips All of our destinations involve outdoor...
Photo by BikeHike Adventures Patagonia: A Must for Active Explorers Breaking away from the common aspiration to travel in a warm and tropical destination can be difficult – but Patagonia makes it EASY. Mixing immense natural beauty, rich wildlife and satisfying activities makes Patagonia a must for active travellers.   Patagonia is located at the southern end of South America and spans over parts of Chile and Argentina. Covering roughly one third of Argentina and close to half of Chile, there is a lot of Patagonia to go around. Combine that with its low low population...
Photo by Hans Tammemagi By Hans Tammemagi   The Land Rover bumped along a riverbed, passing scraggly trees and splashing through occasional pools that soon would be dry. I was on a safari tour in the Damaraland region of Namibia in southwest Africa. Since leaving camp, we had passed through a parched, barren, rocky landscape. But the wildlife was like Alice in Wonderland.   A row of oryx trotted along a ridge, baboons scampered on a cliffside, orange and green parakeets squawked in a bush. We turned a corner and, suddenly, four elephants were coming right at us,...
Report names highest performers in human rights, environmental protection   Berkeley, USA, January 5, 2012 - From a shortlist of 30 finalists, an annual report released today highlights 10 tourism destinations for their accomplishments in the areas of environmental protection, social welfare, and human rights.   Ethical Traveler congratulates the countries that make up our 2012 list of The Developing World’s 10 Best Ethical Destinations. The winners (in alphabetical order, not in order of merit) are: Argentina The Bahamas Chile Costa Rica Dominica...
HELENA, Ala., December 28, 2011 - Budget savvy solo travelers can take advantage of no single supplement on eight Galapagos adventures offered by nature travel expert and ecotourism pioneer International Expeditions. With savings of $1,200, this deal is perfect for the nearly 16 million U.S. single travelers who make up close to 22 percent of all the nation's travelers, according to the U.S. Travel Data Center. The single supplement fees will be waived on IE's February 3 and 17, March 16 and 30, May 11 and 25, and October 12 and 26, 2012 Galapagos Island cruises.   "...
 South facing windows over the entrance flood the central atrium with natural light. (Photo Credit: CNSC)   By Mary Kuhner   Celebrating 35 years of research and education at the edge of the Arctic, the Churchill Northern Studies Centre (CNSC) recently cut the tape on its state-of-the-art 27,000 square-foot facility. In keeping with its mission to understand and sustain the North and to live sustainably on the fragile tundra, the new building - with arching wooden interior ribs - has been aptly dubbed "the upside down ark" by locals. On track to obtain...
View original article on The Travel Word: Ecotourism Prizes Selected by Winners of MyNatour Ecotourism Travel Blog Contest, Sponsored by whl.travel     Share your travel story and win a holiday! "The only footprint you leave is your story!" Such were the excellent sentiments of the Ecotourism Travel Blog Contest when it was launched in September of 2011 by MyNatour, an online community of people who believe in healthy, authentic and responsible tourism.   Such too were the reasons why whl.travel, the global online travel-booking network of mindful local...
Vancouver, Canada, December 17, 2011 – As part of Small Planet's commitment to educate the tourism industry about and promote sustainable adventure tourism, President Judy Karwacki is participating and speaking at several events in 2011.   In February Judy joined over 450 educational travel planners, suppliers, and operators at the 25th annual Educational Travel Conference (ETC), which is considered the leading educational and learning conference. Through the USAID-Guyana Sustainable Tourism Initiative, Judy represented Guyana, a premier sustainable tourism destination,...
Adventure Yachting Expeditions Along the West Coast of BC and Alaska Offer Authentic Sailing Experiences for the Nature Buff and Eco-Conscious Traveller   VICTORIA, British Columbia, Dec 14, 2011 - The wild coasts of British Columbia and Alaska, including the magical worlds of Haida Gwaii and the Great Bear Rainforest, are even more mystical when explored aboard a century-old, fully restored and beautifully appointed classic tall ship.   "Our 2012 schedule is not designed for someone seeking your basic inside passage cruise," said Kevin Smith, president of Maple...
Hunter H. McIntosh Selected as One of the Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing by the Hospitality Sales Marketing Association International (HSMAI)   Jacksonville Beach, Florida, December 13, 2011 – The Boat Company's Chief Operating Officer, Hunter H. McIntosh, has been named one of the Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing by the Hospitality Sales Marketing Association International (HSMAI) for 2011.   Considered the travel and hospitality industry’s "who's who list", McIntosh joins a distinguished group of...
Calgary, Canada, December 12, 2011 – Small Planet Consulting (TIES member) is pleased to announce that the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has honoured veteran Canadian travel journalist Theresa Storm with an award for excellence in photography. The award was for the best photograph published in conjunction with a feature article in a Canadian publication in 2010.   It was the sole photography award announced during the media awards luncheon held December 8th as part of Caribbean Week festivities in Toronto. Storm took the photo in Guyana, South America (part of the CTO...
Pacific Northwest Annual Canoe Journey   On July 29, 2012, The Squaxin Island Tribe will host the Paddle to Squaxin 24th Annual Canoe Journey, an inter-tribal celebration of Pacific Northwest canoe culture and tradition. More than 100 canoes will land at the Port of Olympia, in Washington state, with thousands of people joining together to welcome each arrival.   For centuries, Pacific Northwest tribal people navigated the waterways in intricately carved dugout canoes. The Salish Sea, the body of water that encompasses Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Strait...
By Amy McLoughlin   In the beautiful region of Wayanad in Kerala, India, where dense jungle carpets rolling mountains in the Western Ghats, lies a magical hidden gem. The quiet village of Thrikkaipetta in the heart of this breathtaking region is a beacon for community spirit and an inspiration for ethical tourism.   Rural Wayanad's delightful climate and rich biodiversity makes it a vastly agricultural population (almost 50% of the inhabitants rely on farming for income). Like many places across the globe, farming here has been hit by financial strain due to...
About EcoCamp Patagonia EcoCamp Patagonia is located at the very tip of South America, in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, with a unique view of the majestic granite towers. The region’s first fully sustainable accommodation south of the Amazon and the first of its kind in the Patagonian wilderness, EcoCamp offers upscale camping in geodesic domes inspired by the region’s ancient nomadic inhabitants. Guests enjoy guided treks and wildlife excursions by day and Chilean food and wine at night, before falling asleep gazing up at star-filled skies in their...
Auckland tour operator TIME Unlimited Tours has been chosen as the only Finalist from Australasia in the worldwide Eco-Tourism Award EcoTrophea 2011.   Since 1987 the German Travel Association (DRV) has been awarding the International Environmental Award EcoTrophea. In its 25th anniversary, a total of 39 candidate organisations from 21 countries applied. TIME Unlimited Tours has been nominated as one of the very best from many high-quality applicants from around the world for this prestigious Eco-Tourism Award.   The EcoTrophea Award is annually awarded by the DRV to...

 

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