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Go Ahead Tours Go Ahead Tours, a leader in escorted travel, has launched a new line of Eco Tours designed to help travelers positively impact the places they visit. With itineraries that highlight businesses and organizations that give back to the local people and support wildlife, these new Eco Tours bring awareness and travel dollars to communities and conservation areas in Kenya, Guatemala, Belize, Peru and Australia. Go Ahead's parent company, EF Education First, has taken great strides over the past few years to reduce its environmental impact on the planet. EF's...
Our current issue article series this week focuses on volunteer travel. What are your experiences with voluntourism? How do you think volunteers can best contribute to destinations and communities and bring tangible benefits and opportunities? What are some of the ways that your organization uses volunteers to make a difference? Head over to TIES-EXCHANGE to share your comments and ideas related to this topic! (Member log-in required) A month after the International Volunteer Day on 5 December 2012, we take a closer look at voluntourism, and more...
Company's Live-Aboard Dive Boat, the Galapagos Sky, Assists Scientists Who Need to Examine Habitats and Habits of Sharks How do the experts know if a conservation project is fulfilling its goals? This is the question posed by scientists of the Galapagos Science Center and the Galapagos community concerning the Galapagos Marine Reserve established in 1998 on a provisional basis because at the time there was a lack of scientific information on the local biodiversity. Fourteen years later, a barometer of the reserve's success is how well – or not – the sharks are doing...
Discover Great Ecotourism Experiences from around the World TIES global network represents one of the world's largest collections of diverse, unique, and exciting ecotourism experiences from all corners of our planet. From slow adventures to wellness retreats, from family-friendly getaways to volunteer vacations, from tropical paradise to sacred mountains... Search for ecolodges, custom tours, travel services and other inspirations on TIES member search, and get to know some of the world's best-kept secrets...
By Ken Pulvino, CEO, ToMarket Geotourism Journeys Geotourism adventure launched in Southern Chile When did the last surviving Chono family in the Chiloe Archipelgo disappear according to available records? The year cited on a web site chapter (George Weber), tells us it was 1875. Why does that matter to a geotourist? What could it mean for all of us, our neighbors and the world we currently live in? This is only part of the geotourism tour following the journal of Charles Darwin and being launched from Puerto Varas, Chile this morning. Pass through a geotourism tour...
Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC), Nairobi, Kenya, Sept 24-27, Explores How Tourism Can Help Alleviate Poverty and Achieve Sustainable Development. January 22, 2013, WASHINGTON, DC – The seventh annual Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC), organized by The International Ecotourism Society, co-hosted by Kenya Tourist Board and Ecotourism Kenya and in cooperation with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from September 24th-27th, 2013. A leading platform for industry stakeholders engaged in ecotourism and...
Avec l’aide de ses partenaires (Millet, Le Routard et Grands Reportages) et pour la quatrième année consécutive, l’agence de voyages Allibert organise actuellement un étonnant concours intitulé « Ma Grande Aventure ». Le principe est simple : depuis le 6 Décembre dernier, des aventuriers internautes imaginent leurs voyages de rêve et soumettent leurs itinéraires à la communauté Facebook, qui vote pour ses aventures préférées grâce au fameux bouton « J...
Ecotourism Business Forum Recently, the 8th International Ecotourism Business Forum and Mart was held in North Sumatra, Indonesia. The conference was organised by the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, and the Indonesian Ecotourism Network (Indecon). The aim was to connect both local and international ecotourism operators and assist in expanding the Indonesian ecotourism market. Hosted by the Batak Karo community in Tangkahan, the location provided the perfect backdrop to share ideas, celebrate successes and discuss issues surrounding ecotourism in...
Responsible Travel Trends A new meta-analysis of dozens of recent tourism surveys and market studies finds "increasing recognition among both travel professionals and consumers of the importance of responsible travel." The analysis by the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), a nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, DC and affiliated with Stanford University, also finds "strong evidence" that responsible travel is "good for the economic bottom line." CREST's study, The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends and Statistics, examines a...
This week's current issue article focuses on the sixth UN Millennium Development Goal: Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Diseases, and the tourism industry’s responsibilities in supporting the effort. What is your business, destination or organization doing to help local communities combat diseases? Do you have any ideas and suggestions on how tourism can contribute to these efforts? Learn from and get inspired by some of the examples covered in this article, and head over to TIES-EXCHANGE to add your comments and ideas related to this topic! (Member log-in required...
Simon Mtuy, Founder and CEO of Summit Expeditions and Nomadic Experience (SENE), will be featured in two television shows on the National Geographic channel this Friday, January 18 from 6-7 pm US Eastern Time, as part of the Access 360 Degrees World Heritage series. The first show will feature Simon's sustainable method of bee keeping and honey harvesting with his community development NGO Hope Through Opportunity Tanzania. The second show will feature the 2012 Kilimanjaro Stage Run and Simon's reforestation efforts. You can see teasers of these television...
Our weekly discussion article on current issues, challenges and opportunities related to ecotourism this week focuses on the third UN Millennium Development Goal: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women, and what responsibilities the tourism industry has in promoting gender equality, creating opportunities, and ending violence against women. What are some examples of your organization's initiatives to empower women? How can the tourism industry contribute to the efforts to empower women? Head over to TIES-EXCHANGE to add your comments and ideas related to this topic! (Member...
A landmark resolution recognizing ecotourism as key in the fight against poverty, the protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development has been adopted by the United Nations General Assembly (21 December 2012). Source: UNWTO Press Release In a significant acknowledgment of tourism as a tool for promoting sustainable development, the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution stressing ecotourism’s role in the fight against poverty and the protection of the environment. The resolution, entitled, "Promotion of ecotourism...
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...