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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...
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...