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IES Global winners in Education at CSR Awards   IES Global has been named the winner in the Education category at the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Socially Responsible Company Awards 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The mission of JCI is to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change. The awards, supported by the Prime Minister Department of Malaysia, encourage small and medium businesses to have an impact on local communities and the assessment criteria fulfill the principles of the UN Global Compact; Human Rights, Labor, Environment and...
ESTC Experience: Sharing Ideas, Opportunities and Solutions Everyone at the ESTC makes the point that they are from the "Best Place on Earth".   This is the kind of passion we have witnessed throughout the conference days, through the discussions during various sessions, and through the exchanges at networking events. With delegates from over 35 countries around the world, that's a lot of "best places on earth" - from the coastal marine sanctuaries of California to Maasai-owned community conservancies in Kenya; to the "Polar Bear Capital" that is...
Experiencing a home stay immersion on the night prior to the Inca Trail trek provides Llama Expeditions' guests a window into the lives of their porters and helps with bonding before the trip begins. SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Oct. 4, 2012 – Andean trekking specialist and philanthropic adventure travel company Llama Expeditions announces a 10-day tour including a four-night trek to Machu Picchu on Peru's Inca Trail that invites tourists to share in the lives of local porters and their families. On the night prior to the trek, Llama Expeditions’ guests are hosted for dinner and...
Guides with a gift for interpretation and communication have the ability to elevate an average travel experience into the realm of the sublime, unexpected and unforgettable.   Top travel and eco-tourism companies like Wildland Adventures, Rainforest Adventures and the award winning Lapa Rios Ecolodge therefore place great importance on the quality, skill, character and knowledge of their guides.   "There is increasing evidence that education and understanding is a key aspect to a visitor’s overall satisfaction with a destination or visitor experience," says...
On the 13 and 14 September 2012, took place in Cotonou Convention Center, the National Validation Workshop of the Strategic Plan for the Development of Ecotourism. This workshop was attended by a hundred participants from various institutions in the field of tourism and related areas. These include sectoral ministries, government both national and decentralized associations of tourism professionals, agencies, bilateral and multilateral development assistance, non-governmental organizations and associations to promote ecotourism in Benin. It was officially opened by his Excellency Mr. Jean...
Kenya tourism team at the announcement of the ESTC13 in Monterey, California   On Wednesday, September 19th, during the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference in Monterey, California, TIES and its partners announced Kenya as the host destination of the ESTC13.   Kenya is a magical destination blessed with a diverse range of authentic experiences; from savannahs rich with big game to timeless cultures unchanged by the modern world, from pristine beaches and coral reef to mighty snow-capped mountains, from searing deserts to cool highland retreats. In addition to...
"The International Voluntourism Guidelines for Commercial Tour Operators" Launched at the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC), Monterey, California, USA. September 17th, MONTEREY, CA, USA – The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) announced today the launch of the new e-publication "The International Voluntourism Guidelines for Commercial Tour Operators", which has been developed through a collaborative research project supported by the Planeterra Foundation. The e-publication was launched at TIES’ annual international conference, the...
Hiking on the Southern Patagonian Ice Field (Photo Credit: Matthew Barker)     By Jack McCabe (Vaya Adventures)   As home to both one of the fastest growing, most developed economies in South America, and also some of the most beautiful landscapes and pristine, untouched nature in the world, Chile finds itself in a delicate balance between the drive towards continued development, and a critical need for the conservation of the natural beauty that makes it such an amazing place to visit and explore. Environmental conservation efforts are currently being undertaken...
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...

 

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