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Revival of tourism in the earthquake affected areas of Northern Pakistan Islamabad, Pakistan, 11 September 2012 - A nine days training workshop for the women of Kaghan Valley to improve their skills in preparing handicrafts in traditional embroidery work concluded at Balatok on 8th September. This training workshop was arranged by Sustainable Tourism Foundation Pakistan (STFP) with the support of GE4DE Project of ILO. This training was conducted by Shaistan Bibi who is an expert of Jisti embroidery and 20 women from low income group participated in this program. The purpose of...
Through the non-profit Casa Generacion inner-city kids from Lima's toughest neighborhoods are experiencing the wonder of their own coastline by learning to surf, becoming world class competitors and expert instructors. SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Sept. 10, 2012 - Llama Expeditions, based in San Francisco now takes surfing tourists to the perfect breaks of Peru in a program that also helps the inner-city kids of Lima achieve a better life. The company that has gained a reputation for llama trekking in Peru with a purpose has announced a custom eight-day program for small groups of...
IES Global IES (Integrated Education Services) Global offers a rewarding and diverse range of travel enrichment programs to experience the wonders of China. IES Global offers a range of programs for all types of people interested in travel; The 'Teach and Travel China' program gives interns the oppurtunity to work in a Chinese school for a semester. The 'China Internship Program' is aimed at those who wish to enter into a specific business sector in China and offers a variety of positions in many different companies across China. The 'Mandarin and Culture...
5th Annual Sri Lanka Tourism Awards: Recognition of Excellence in Tourism Industry in Sri Lanka "A Triumph for Ecotourism in Sri Lanka" Sri Lanka Tourism Awards pays tribute to organizations and individuals for their excellence and inspired achievements contributing to strengthening and empowering the nation's tourism industry. This annual event provides a platform for industry recognition and an opportunity for tourism operators to celebrate their success in an evolving business environment. At the award ceremony held on 30th August 2012 in...
Tony Charters, Principal, Tony Charters and Associates Originally trained as an environmental scientist, Tony Charters went on to specialise in protected area planning (at Masters’ level) and protected area management, specialising in nature-based recreation and World Heritage Area Management. For the past 20 years Tony has been closely involved with leading edge projects that have pushed the boundaries of protected area management and tourism – with outstanding results. Tony has many years experience in natural resource and tourism planning and...
Gautier Amoussou, National Coordinator, Eco-Benin Gautier Amoussou has been actively contributing to the development of various ecotourism projects and services, such as village homestay, ecolodges, local guiding programs, carbon offset projects at mangroves plantation on the Ahémé Lake and clean cook stove installations help improve local people's lives. Gautier has also led the organization of the "Solidarity Caravan" in West Africa, engaging people from across Benin, as well as Togo, Ghana, Burkina-Faso, France, Germany and Italy. As the...
Fijian holidays designed so you can give a little back on holiday in paradise Island Spirit is a small, sustainable travel company based on Taveuni, northern Fiji, which has taken a new approach to sustainable travel by combining the essential elements of eco, adventure, volunteer and community-based tourism to provide a holistically beneficial selection of eco holidays. Each of these nine, carefully designed, unique adventures provide inspiring and fulfilling experiences by connecting guests with nature and engaging with local communities. Island Spirit respond...
California prepares to roll out the "green carpet" to welcome over 400 international delegates who are champions of sustainable tourism, and to showcase its progressive sustainability initiatives, from alternative energy to organic wines. August 8, 2012, WASHINGTON, DC and MONTEREY, CA – This September, hundreds of tourism industry professionals and sustainability experts from over 30 countries will gather in Monterey, California, USA, for the premier annual industry event, the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC), being held from September 17-19,...
The French association Acteurs du Tourisme Durable (ATD), gathering the majority of French main players committed to sustainable tourism, in partnership with ID Tourism, an engineering and marketing company specialized in sustainable tourism, conducts studies and surveys before each holiday period (summer and winter holidays) to present the main trends in responsible travel among French travelers. Thriving Responsible Travel Market According to the ATD and ID Tourism 2012 Survey, despite the current difficult economic and social situation in France, which is expected to...
Photo by Michael Soncina (sonchyadventure.tumblr.com) By Michael Soncina Though I consider myself well-traveled, my first trip to South Korea was one that shattered all of my pre-conceptions. My exposure to Korea has been mainly through the Korean Tourism Board, which floods our minds with images of food, dance and traditional culture. The slogan "Dynamic Korea" accompanied by pictures of colorful costumes and never-ending side dishes painted an image of an exotic land. My motivations for visiting Korea, though, were not as simple as seeing folk dances...
Burlington, VT, July 30, 2012 – Harvard University Extension School (HUES) has renewed its commitment to educating students worldwide in the field of sustainable tourism in 2012. Megan Epler Wood, Core Faculty Member of the Sustainability and Environmental Management program, will lead her course for a third year both on campus and as a distance digital classroom worldwide September-December 2012. "The Environmental Management of International Tourism Development course has become an important part of our curriculum," states Epler Wood, "and we are finding...
Photo: Elemento Natural By Roberto Lizano Let's face it. Costa Rica is well known as a destination for its biodiversity, beaches and volcanoes, with all the adventures and activities surrounding them. But you can't compare Costa Rica's pre-Columbian patrimony with other countries like Guatemala, Mexico or some of the South American destinations whose main attractions are based on indigenous culture, history and legacy. But that does not mean Costa Rica doesn't have a rich heritage to share! So, how do we bring the tourist's attention...
Photo: Graham Cooper / Forest of Bowland If one of the obstacles between you and a green vacation is finding quality options, Green Traveller has taken the guesswork (and anxiety) out of where to stay, what to eat and what to do in the Forest of Bowland region of northwest England. To produce the extensive online travel guide, Green Traveller vetted its picks for restaurants, lodging, and attractions based on quality of experience, benefit to the region’s local economy and commitment to environmental conservation. As highlighted here in the Travel Mole article...
Guests at Rainforest Expeditions' Posada Amazonas Eco-Lodge can participate in an ancient Ayahuasca Ceremony, which is said to help repair the spirit. Posada Amazonas eco-lodge was the recent recipient of the coveted Rainforest Alliance 2012 Sustainable Standard-Setters Award. Peru's leader in sustainable tourism, Rainforest Expeditions, invites guests seeking a visionary experience to partake in an ancient Ayahuasca ceremony during a four-day wellness program at Posada Amazonas, one of its three eco-lodges deep in Peru’s Amazonian rainforest. Ayahuasca...
Keynote Speakers with diverse expertise to share their passions and inspirations at the ESTC12, September 17-19, Monterey, CA, USA, offering insights into how tourism can be a positive force for change. July 24, 2012, WASHINGTON, DC – The Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC), being held this year in Monterey, California, USA, from September 17th-19th, 2012, features a one-of-a-kind opportunity to be part of sustainability leaders from around the world, including featured keynote presenters: Sydney Allicock, Executive Director, Surama Eco-Tourism (Guyana), Trip Van...
By Kendall Gayle My first introduction to ecotourism was in college. Uninterested in the typical, party-all-week-long idea of Spring Break, I participated in a program called Alternative Spring Break and spent two weeks in Mexico volunteering on various community projects, staying and dining in a locally owned hotel, and exploring a small town culture very different from my own. It was one of the best experiences of my life, and 'going local' became my new mantra when traveling. A few years later, I ended up back in Mexico as a volunteer on a marine...
TOURA D'OR Film Contest The international TOURA D'OR Film Contest for Sustainable Tourism has been organized by the Studienkreis für Tourismus und Entwicklung e.V. (Institute for Tourism and Development) bi-annually since 1990. This year, German Human Rights Film Award has joined as a new cooperation partner. The organizers are now accepting submissions from producers, directors or editors of productions – professionals or non-professionals - of productions which support socially responsible and environmentally more compatible tourism. Entries are accepted...
TO DO! Contest for Socially Responsible Tourism The Studienkreis für Tourismus und Entwicklung e.V. (Institute for Tourism and Development) worldwide announces the 2012 TO DO! – Contest Socially Responsible Tourism, and calls for entries from enterprises and public or private institutions that implement tourism activities focusing on the interests and needs of the local population. ***Application deadline: 31 August 2012 The contest cooperation partners: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Church Development Service (EED...
"The right to water constitutes one of the most fundamental human rights. However, for many communities, particularly those living in the global South, this right is being compromised by tourism development." A report on Water Equity in Tourism by Tourism Concern has revealed the stark inequities of water access and consumption between tourist resorts and local people in developing countries. Featuring research from Bali, The Gambia, Zanzibar, and Goa and Kerala, south India, the report finds that the unsustainable appropriation, depletion and pollution of...
Photo by Shams Uddin, Chitral Association for Mountain Area Tourism (CAMAT) Shandur Polo Festival is the greatest cultural event in Northern Pakistan, held every year in the first week of July. The Festival features a polo tournament held on Shandur Top, the highest polo ground in the world (at 3,700 meters), and attract thousands of tourists from across the country, as well as foreign visitors who come to enjoy the game and the cultural activities during the three-day festival. This year the polo team of Chitral won the event with 10 goals to 5.