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Our weekly discussion article on current issues, challenges and opportunities related to ecotourism this week focuses on the UNWTO Campaign One Billion Tourists: One Billion Opportunities. What opportunities do you present the traveler for making a difference? How much responsibility does the tourism industry have to create opportunities for the tourist to make a difference? Head over to TIES-EXCHANGE to add your comments and ideas related to this topic! (Member log-in required)     This week, on December 13, 2012, one billion tourists will have traveled the...
To continue with TIES’ weekly discussion articles on current issues, challenges and opportunities related to ecotourism, this week’s focus – as we follow the second week of the UN Climate Change Conference in Qatar - is on carbon offsetting. Do you think carbon offsetting is just another tool for greenwashing? Is carbon offsetting an effective approach for tourism businesses and destinations to mitigate their climate impact? What are you doing to offset your carbon emissions? Head over to TIES-EXCHANGE to add your comments and ideas related to this topic! (Member...
Experience a Wildlife Paradise The Galápagos Islands and the surrounding marine reserve - recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and often called a "living museum and showcase of evolution" - offer a truly one-of-a-kind eco-adventure experience and the opportunity to encounter the islands' unique plant and animal species, many of which are found only in the Galápagos.   Want to make your dream of traveling to the Galápagos come true?   Thanks to the generous donation by TIES member Ecoventura, we're offering an exclusive...
Feynan Ecolodge   Report by: Deirdre Campbell, TIES Advisory Board Member, Owner, The Tartan Group   As part of an ongoing USAID-sponsored skills development program, TIES was invited to participate in site visits of Jordan's ecotourism, nature-based and adventure travel destinations, and present at a one-day workshop (17 Nov 2012) to members of the JTB and the Jordan Inbound Tourism Association (who also sponsored the event). The purpose of the site visits and workshop was to help Jordan's tourism community to better understand the ecotourism and adventure...
  Every week, the TIES team will publish a discussion article focusing on current issues, challenges and opportunities related to ecotourism, which will hopefully inspire comments, actions, and lively discussions from our members. This week, we are excited to introduce our first issue: climate change and tourism’s role in promoting climate action. What do you think about the relationship between climate change and the tourism industry? Do you know any best practice examples of tourism organizations or leaders implementing carbon mitigation practices? Do you have your...
Photo: TIME Unlimited Tours   Worldwide Ecotourism Award Success Auckland tour operator TIME Unlimited Tours has been chosen as the only Finalist from Australasia in the worldwide Eco-Tourism Award EcoTrophea 2012. Multi-award-winning TIME Unlimited Tours (TIME stands for "To Integrate Maori Experiences") was established in 2005 and is a highly innovative Auckland, New Zealand-based tourism company that focuses on providing outstanding and high-quality Auckland Tours for its clients. TIME Unlimited Tours implements environmentally responsible business practices, and...
Travel with an Open Mind Mark Twain famously described travel as "fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness" (The Innocents Abroad).   If you've experienced and appreciated the power of travel to open your eyes to the new and unexpected, you will agree; travel can foster respect, friendship and mutual understanding, and inspire tolerance.   So, as the world celebrates International Day for Tolerance (November 16th, 2012), remind yourself to travel with an open mind. Ask yourself and your travel buddies: Are you prepared to appreciate and learn...
Piatra Craiului National Park, Romania     Report by: Ayako Ezaki, Director of Communications, TIES   Earlier this month, while those in the United States – and many from the rest of the world – were anxiously waiting to find out who will be leading the world's largest economy for the next four years, in the small Eastern European country of Romania, important decisions were being made, locally and nationally, that will impact the direction of the country's economy in the coming years.   Romania in the post-Communist era has undergone...
The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) Jordan Destination Survey Please Share Your Views TIES is participating in the upcoming Jordan Inbound Tour Operator Association Seminar "Know Your Niche to Grow Your Market" (November 17th). As part of our discussions on ecotourism, we are seeking to understand the perceptions of ecotourism opportunities in Jordan, and visitor expectations and preferences that influence decisions in choosing a destination.   This short survey will help us understand perceptions of Jordan as a tourist...
Bonita, Brazil is now a whl.travel destination New York, NY/November 3, 2012 - The tropical town of Bonito (http://www.bonito-pousadas.com/) is one of the more out-of-the-way destinations in Brazil. For that reason – as well as the crystalline lakes, scenic rivers and rushing waterfalls – it is a great place for outdoor activities like hiking, cycling and horseback riding. It is also a top spot for snorkeling and diving in Brazil. Whether you’re above or below the surface of the water, as the region is laced with limestone that acts as a natural filter, Bonito’s...
21 agrotouristische Betriebe wollen der Krise trotzen und bieten echten griechischen Urlaub, Gastfreundschaft und Naturprodukte. Zakynthos, 05.11.2012 – Anfang dieses Jahres haben 21 Privatbetriebe auf der Insel Zakynthos im Ionischen Meer beschlossen, ihre Produkte und Dienstleistungen im ersten ökotouristischen Verein „eco Zakynthos“ zusammenzuführen. Das Ziel aller Unternehmer: Gemeinsam die Krise meistern und vor allem ausländischen Besuchern rund ums Jahr die abwechslungsreiche Schönheit der Insel Zakynthos zu zeigen. Ausgewählte...
National Ecotourism Conference, Bucharest, Romania, November 2, 2012 (Photo by Raluca Munteanu)   The Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism of Romania, in partnerships with the National Institute for Research and Development in Tourism (INCDT) and the Association of Ecotourism in Romania (AER), has developed a new framework for identifying and certifying ecotourism destinations in Romania.   By adopting this framework, the destinations that meet certain criteria may obtain the status of "ecotourism destinations" which will be included in the national...
Led by the Sustainable Tourism Unit and with the support of Small Planet Consulting, The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism recently launched their first-ever birding tourism development plan.   Photo Credits: Bahama Mockingbird (left) by Carolyn Wardle; Bahama Parrot (right) by Rick Wright   The Bahamas depends heavily on its natural environment and has taken many steps to protect it. The country is one of the first in the world to establish a Sustainable Tourism Unit (STU), which initiated the development of the Bahamas Sustainable Tourism Development policy guidelines. The...
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, Fort Lauderdale, Florida   LAKELAND, FL, USA, October 30, 2012 – George Byfield, President of Comet Group, Inc., has announced the inauguration of "Art & Gator: (www.artandgator.com), an online publication about what makes Florida, Florida – for both residents and travelers alike. Art & Gator is an upscale lifestyle publication, geared toward those who appreciate – as per the title – our state's artistic institutions, its natural wonderlands, its conservation ethic, its unknown surprises, and the movers and...
Muir and Nature Lovers and Followers Have New Website Resource to Connect and Enjoy Muir’sHistory in the Sierra Nevada Foothills October 28, 2012, Coulterville, CA - John Muir Geotourism Center (JMGC) announces the launch of the redesigned JohnMuir.US website. The new website provides easy access and navigation, including for mobile devices, to articles, partner websites and information about the John Muir Historic Route, named in 2010. Web visitors will learn about the personalities who have hiked it, biked it, traveled it and then written about it in magazine articles and books...
This article was originally published on the Vaya Adventures blog.   By Jim Lutz, founder, Vaya Adventures   As a Board Member of the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association (IGTOA), I recently attended a conference in Guayaquil entitled "Defining and Achieving Sustainable Tourism in the Galapagos." Attendees included the Executive Director of the Charles Darwin Foundation and representatives of various organizations working to preserve the Galapagos, including the World Wildlife Foundation and WildAid.   Through the conference and my...
Joint Educational Forum The two conferences - 2013 National Outdoor Recreation Conference and the IUFRO Conference on Forests for People - are accepting submissions of proposals for presentations and posters.   Presentations: Concurrent sessions are 1.5 hours in length with 2-4 presenters. Each presentation will be followed by a few minutes of questions. Session leads may customize the format of the session to help ensure a quality learning experience. Research presentations are 20 minutes in length (15 minute presentation with 5 minutes for questions). Selected presenters will...
UK National Parks & Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty partner with RSPB South East to improve responsible rural tourism. One of the Our Land farmers running a tourism business in the Cotswolds AONB (Photo by Cotswolds AONB)   The RSPB, the largest wildlife conservation organisation in Europe, joins Our Land – a responsible tourism initiative in nine of the UK’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in the South East of England to highlight how tourism can help with the conservation of our countryside.   The RSPB has long...
Announcement by: Yu-Fai Leung, Ralf Buckley, Glen Hvenegaard, and Anna Spenceley - Knowledge Development Subgroup, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas - Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group (TAPAS Group)   Best Practice Guidelines for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) TAPAS Group is in the process of revising the IUCN Best Practice Guidelines for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas. During the IUCN World Conservation Congress last month in Jeju, South Korea, the TAPAS Group organized a workshop to...
SEEtheWILD.org, the world's first non-profit wildlife conservation travel organization, is expanding. The unique travel website now includes new dolphin and primate trips that benefit local wildlife organizations, six new tour operator partners, 15 new wildlife tours, and 10 new destinations.   SEEtheWILD.org now has nearly 50 wildlife tours to 25 destinations around the world that help to protect more than 25 endangered species. "With new species, partners, and destinations, SEEtheWILD will help support more local organizations and endangered species through...

 

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