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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.      
A Free Digital Magazine Focused on Wildlife Conservation and Travel Beaverton, OR/USA, June 28th, 2012 - SEEtheWILD.org, the world's first non-profit wildlife conservation travel website, is launching WildHope, a free quarterly digital magazine. WildHope focuses on stories of wildlife recovery and opportunities for travelers to participate in and support conservation programs.   The inaugural issue of WildHope, which launched on June 27th, features several articles including: Net Worth: A first hand account of participating with a grassroots sea turtle research program in...
Soomaa National Park, Estonia Workshop: June 29th, 2012 The ECOLNET workshop "Learning and Certification to Raise the Ecotourism Quality", being held on Friday, 29th June, will be available to online participants to view and join discussions via live-streaming (9:30–16:30 CEST) and via Twitter (hashtag #euroeco).   Workshop speakers and topics include: Fouli Papageorgiou, Centre for Development Studies, Greece - "Introduction to the ECOLNET project, the European Ecotourism Network and the European Ecotourism Labelling Standard (EETLS)" Zoltan...
Read the Inaugural Issue of WildHope Magazine WildHope Magazine: Wildlife, Travel, and Activism SEEtheWILD has launched WildHope, a free new quarterly digital magazine focusing on inspiring stories of wildlife conservation and opportunities for travelers to participate. The inaugural issue has stories from award-winning writers, incredible images, travel tips, and more: Net Worth: Baja Sea Turtle Conservation Travel – Outside Magazine correspondent Kate Siber works with local sea turtle researchers in Magdalena Bay, Mexico Return of the Black Turtle: A Conservation Photo...
By Ariane Janér   The show is over. The delegates have gone home, the venues have been dismantled and now all sides are now picking over what has been achieved.   The version of the politicians is that progress has been made, expectations (admittedly low) have been surpassed and there is a final document. It has 283 paragraphs and 53 pages. There are even 2 paragraphs on sustainable tourism. I was not very impressed by it. But when I voiced that to a Dutch delegate, I was told that I do not understand UN Speak. I'll admit that some of the paragraphs are very...
TAHOE CITY, CA, June 26, 2012– The active travel company that secures matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small, expedition ships, AdventureSmith Explorations, earmarks some of the best places in the world to watch the antics of penguins.   Todd Smith, company founder and director, reminds that there are 17 species of penguin, all of which, except for the Galapagos Penguin, live in the Southern Hemisphere. For example, there are six common penguin species in Antarctic regions alone: Adelie, Chinstrap, Emperor, Gentoo, King and Macaroni....
Invest in Extraordinary Western Australia A unique ecotourism development opportunity exists within Shark Bay. The Shark Bay region lies along the central western coastal corridor of Western Australia. The region was listed as a World Heritage Area in 1991 in recognition of its natural beauty, biological diversity, ecology and evidence of Earth's evolution.   Soon to be released through the Naturebank program, this will be an exceptional opportunity to create a responsible and sustainable eco-friendly tourist accommodation facility on a coastal site adjacent to the pristine...
Three Generations of Weavers - Lajuj Ix & Las Estrellas cooperatives, Sololá, Guatemala (Photo by Oxlajuj B'atz') Thirteen Threads (Oxlajuj B'atz'/Trece Hilos) TIES new member Oxlajuj B'atz' (OB) - meaning "Thirteen Threads" - in Guatemala has created a network of women's cooperatives with an emphasis on inspiring self-sufficiency among rural Mayan women. OB focuses its efforts on education and skills training in four areas: health and well-being, artisan and product development, democracy and team building, and small business....
By Ariane Janér   RIO+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, is underway. An estimated 50,000 delegates will be in town to discuss green economy, governance, and a myriad of other social and environmental issues, with the goal of helping the world get back on the right track for sustainable development.   The main venue is the Riocentro, a very big conference and trade fair centre in de Janeiro. This is where the official RIO+20 conference is taking place, and only representatives of participating governments and UN accredited organizations are allowed to...
By Sayoni Bhaduri   In a series of workshops organised by the Ecotourism Society of India, the effort has been to create awareness and preserve the fast vanishing natural heritage that the country has. The 11th ESOI workshop, held at Aurangabad, Maharashtra brought together the fraternity from the town and surrounding areas to discuss issues, challenges and the way forward.   >> View original article on Expresstravelworld.com Aligning natural heritage with tourism Ecotourism Society of India (ESOI) workshops have been designed to bring together different stake...
Leading International Conferences, Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (Monterey, CA, 17-19 Sept 2012) and World Youth and Student Travel Conference (San Diego, CA 18-21 Sept 2012), Collaborate to Promote Sustainability in Tourism   AMSTERDAM/WASHINGTON DC, June 18, 2012 – WYSE Travel Confederation and The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) are pleased to announce their partnership, offering a special discount for the attendees of the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC) and the World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) – both...
By Ariane Janér   Twenty years ago I had just started an ecotourism company, when Rio hosted the Earth Summit called ECO92. I didn't participate much in the event itself, but was busy organizing day tours for the delegates. Our most popular tour was the Golden Lion Tamarin tour, a day tour to see a beautiful golden orange monkey and learn about the conservation program set up to save it from extinction.   Now, here we are, 20 years on. So what has changed? In Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, in the world? And what has changed tourism wise?   In 1992, Rio de...

 

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