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Running With the Maasai Registration is now open for the 3rd annual Amazing Maasai Ultra Marathon, which will be held in Laikipia North on September 28th, 2013. Runners from across the world are set to gather again in the foothills of Mt. Kenya for this unique running challenge and to experience life in the African bush. "The run takes place in a very remote area, far off the tourist trails", explain race directors Sarah Edson and Molly Fitzpatrick. Vast African vistas are the backdrop and a very special Maasai community is your host – it is truly...
Encouraging Sustainable Tourism Development in Oregon Through its new Oregon Travel Philanthropy Fund (OTPF), Travel Oregon, in partnership with Sustainable Travel International, will be donating more than $14,000 to projects throughout Oregon that improve the environment, support local culture and enrich the destination for future visitors. OTPF is the first statewide program of its kind. The goal of the program is to improve experiences for visitors and locals by connecting them to participating tourism businesses, such as hotels, restaurants, and tour operators that are...
Sustainability Training in Kathmandu Attracts More than 85 Travel Companies and 40 Hotels Late last month, more than 85 Nepali travel companies and 40 hotels joined a 2-day training course in Kathmandu to learn how to integrate sustainability and CSR principles. Participants included committed Nepali travel companies interested in achieving formal recognition and better market access, recognizing the growing demand from European business partners to comply with sustainability standards. The tourism professionals learned how to integrate sustainability in their office...
Botswana Ecotourism Certification System Botswana Tourism realizes that "green" is more than just a color or concept – it is a way of life. Botswana's commitment to the conservation of its natural resources, rich wildlife, and cultural heritage was formalized in 2002 with the inception of the country's National Ecotourism Strategy, which positions Botswana as a leading sustainable tourism destination and has led to the development of the Botswana Ecotourism Certification System, a voluntary, tourism industry-wide program run by Botswana Tourism. The...
ITB Berlin: Celebrating Heritage, Sustaining Communities Join TIES and sustainability leaders from around the world at ITB Berlin! Last year the ITB brought together over 180,000 visitors from 187 countries, making it the world's leading travel trade show. The ITB Berlin 2013 Convention will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, March 6th to 10th. With the theme "Earth's Wetlands & Geoparks", the Adventure & Responsible Tourism Hall (Hall 4.1b) at ITB Berlin will provide a platform for professionals and destinations to showcase their programs and...
Our current issue article series this week focuses on tourism’s contribution to biodiversity conservation. How does tourism benefit conservation? How can tourism ensure the involvement of local communities in conservation efforts? How does your organization work with communities and guests to support and promote conservation? Head over to TIES-EXCHANGE to add your comments and ideas related to this topic! (Member log-in required) Through many successful examples around the world, ecotourism has been proven as an effective market-based solution...
Our current issue article series this week focuses on the tourism industry’s role in destinations that have undergone natural disasters and other emergencies. How can tourism businesses and destinations be more prepared, and improve disaster and crisis management strategies? How can tourism assist with promoting education, raising awareness, and helping communities after the disaster? Head over to TIES-EXCHANGE to share your comments and ideas! (Member log-in required) Tourism in destinations around the world frequently face challenges related to...
Find Responsible Adventures That Give Back Active and responsible eco-adventures can not only provide you with an enriching experience and lasting memories, but also contribute positively to the destinations and communities you visit. From local walking and biking tours to mountaineering expeditions, specialized trekking tours, to wildlife adventures, find amazing adventure travel experiences with TIES members that support local traditions, provide an alternative and sustainable source of income for the locals, and give back to...
The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and EplerWood International have partnered to develop an interactive online learning program, to be offered in April-May 2013, focused on community benefits through tourism. February 19, 2013, WASHINGTON, DC and BURLINGTON, VT – Recognizing the need for accessible professional learning opportunities for tourism industry stakeholders engaged in ecotourism and sustainable community development, The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and EplerWood International are presenting the Professional Learning Series "Tourism and Community...
Muba Resorts Kanha Honoured as a Top Performing JUNGLE RESORTS as Reviewed by Travellers on the World's Largest Travel Site NEW DELHI, INDIA, February 15, 2013 – Muba Resorts Kanha has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 per cent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award. To...
Our current issue article series this week focuses on tourism’s social and cultural impact on the local communities and destinations. Do you have any examples of how the tourism industry can maximize the positive impact on local communities and minimize the negative impact on local cultures? What is your organization doing to respect the local people while giving tourists an authentic local experience? Head over to TIES-EXCHANGE to add your comments and ideas related to this topic! (Member log-in required) Interacting with local people, being part...
Many Shades of Local Eco-Stay Experiences For eco-conscious travelers, there is a wide-range of local options - from small, to smaller, to very very small, from boutique hotels to wellness retreats - each offering a unique local experience. By staying at a locally owned ecolodge you can not only support the local economy and avoid the economic "leakage" of your travel dollars, but also enjoy a more authentic flavor of the destination you're visiting. Use TIES Member Search to explore eco-stay options, find ecolodge examples...
TIES and EplerWood International Invite You to Experience Professional Training in a New Way. Coming April 2013: Professional Learning Series Through tailored curriculum and an interactive global learning experience, the Professional Learning Series "Tourism and Community Development: Tested Strategies for a Better Future" focuses on achieving lasting benefits, strong partnerships and local well-being, and offers a practical training and skills development opportunity for industry stakeholders engaged...
Responsible Tourism Showcase 2013 At the annual Educational Travel Conference, Inkaterra was honored as one of the Responsible Tourism Showcase awardees, recognizing the efforts of those members that are constantly working on developing or implementing initiatives for sustainable tourism. Inkaterra has been recognized for its effort on promoting sustainable tourism in Peru, through which the organization offers authentic experiences following the principles of sustainability, focusing on preserving and rescuing Peru's geography, nature, traditions and cultures. Inkaterra...
10,000 Islands Dolphin Project is the only Florida experience featured in the National Geographic book "100 Places That Can Change Your Child's Life" Marco Island will be the only Florida destination featured in an upcoming National Geographic book, "100 Places That Can Change Your Child's Life: From Your Backyard to the Ends of the Earth," to be released on February 5, 2013. In the book, author Keith Bellows showcases the 10,000 Islands Dolphin Project as the premier excursion that best highlights the destination, its culture and people while also providing...
*The following is an excerpt from the article "Mining boom threatens Laponia ecotourism" published by the Swedish Ecotourism Society in January 2013. Read the original article here. The global growth of recent years has pushed up metal prices, which in turn has led to a Swedish mining boom. But there is a conflict between creating jobs in mining and preserving unique natural environments and traditional employment e.g. reindeer herding. Now that tourism is threatened as well, Nature's Best organisers are among those leading the protest campaign in the North. Matti...
Our current issue article series this week focuses on issues around sustainable water management, water equity in tourism destinations, and water cooperation for communities around the world. What are you doing to manage water resources in a sustainable and effective manner for your destination, company or organization? What are your thoughts on the tourism industry's role in ensuring water equity in destinations and helping improve local people's access to safe, clean water? Head over to TIES-EXCHANGE to add your comments and ideas related to this topic! (Member log-in...
Walking Vacation Specialists The Wayfarers Launches New Guide Newport, RI, USA, January 31, 2013 - Walking vacation specialists The Wayfarers has launched an inspirational new, free 34 page guide to why exploring the world on foot is the best way to travel. The Walk Away Guide, written by leading travel writer Everett Potter, also offers expert advice on how to choose a destination, how to prepare, what to pack and who you'll meet. A walking vacation is the ultimate in slow travel. The Wayfarers believes it’s not just about 'getting there' but savouring the...
Ace the Himalaya Announces May 19-June 5 Adventure That Includes Helping Clean Detritus from Base Camp May 29th, 1953 was a special day for Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, as they kept the record of stepping on the world's highest peak Mt. Everest for the first time. To honour their accomplishments, Ace the Himalaya Pvt Ltd announces an 18-day Everest trek targeting Everest Base Camp on May 29, 2013, on the 60th anniversary of the journey. A service project to clean up the area will be accomplished along with enjoying an anniversary dinner celebration with Everest climbers....
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...