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The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)'s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards are one of the world's highest accolades in the Travel & Tourism industry. They are aimed at recognising best practice in sustainable tourism within the industry worldwide. *Entries open until November 26th, 2012. (Learn how to enter) How do the Awards Work? Every year, the WTTC joins forces with sponsors, media partners and contributors to invite destinations, businesses and projects for applications, and every year this process yields hundreds of unique applicants. Candidates...
River running pioneer commended for environmental and culturally responsible outfitting ANGELS CAMP, CA – October 16, 2012 – River conservation group Friends of the River will honor whitewater rafting pioneer George Wendt with the prestigious Mark Dubois Award at the 2012 California River Awards this Friday, October 19 in San Francisco. The event is a gala evening that honors those who have made outstanding contributions to river conservation, preservation and protection. George Wendt (not to be confused with the famed Cheers actor), founder and...
Efforts urged to raise awareness about energy efficiency in tourism sector Islamabad, Pakistan, 12 October 2012 - A seminar on Tourism and Sustainable Energy was jointly organized by Sustainable Tourism Foundation Pakistan (STFP), Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation, Pakistan Association of Tour Operators and CDA Tourism Wing at local Margall Hotel, Islamabad on 8th October 2012. This seminar was part of various events organized to celebrate World Tourism Day 2012, celebrated all over the world under the auspicious of UN World Tourism Organization. The seminar was presided...
Runners from 20 countries participated in the 14th Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset – said to be the most pristine 100km and 42km run on the planet. The non-profit event supports environmental projects in Hovsgol National Park, Mongolia. Wildflowers and pristine mountains: MS2S runners enjoy a unique scenery. Photo Credit: ms2s.org (Darko Todorovic) Stunning seas of wildflowers, the crystal clear, mighty Lake Hovsgol, horse treks along the lake, steep mountain treks, alpine forests of taiga, lush green hills, vast open space and untouched nature. The adventure run...
Online Resource for Donating Goods While Traveling Pack for a Purpose, a nonprofit organization that encourages travelers to pack needed supplies requested by community based projects at their destinations around the globe, has been named a T+L Editors' Pick for its Digital Initiative in the Travel + Leisure 2012 Global Vision Awards. "I’m honored and thrilled to have Pack for a Purpose recognized by Travel + Leisure in such a meaningful way," said Rebecca Rothney, founder and chairperson of Pack for a Purpose. The annual Travel +...
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...