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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...
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...