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Tour Operators' Initiative for Sustainable Tourism Development Supports Efforts Towards a Globally Agreed Framework for the Reduction of GHG Emissions From Aviation   The Tour Operators' Initiative for Sustainable Tourism Development (TOI), whose members represent more than 50 million leisure travellers a year, is supportive of efforts in favor of a global, multilaterally-agreed framework for the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions from aviation that would mirror the global nature of travel and tourism, with all jurisdictions working hand-in-hand.  ...
Green Path Transfers transports earth-conscious travellers in Europe New York, NY/USA, May 9, 2012 - Perhaps no other continent encompasses such a diverse collection of countries and cultures as Europe. From the beautiful forests and medieval towns of the Balkan and Baltic states to the splendid scenery of the Alps, the eternal allure of the Mediterranean and Atlantic seaboards, and the cultural heritage and stylish character of its urban spaces, Europe has an obvious appeal that attracts travellers from all around the world. In fact, more than 480 million international tourists per year...
By David L. Andersen   In memory of Chief Randy Kapashesit of Northern Ontario, who passed away at a much too early age this past week.   As Chief of the community of MoCreebec and Council of the Cree Nation, on Moose Factory Island near James Bay, he was a well respected, dedicated and deeply spiritual leader. Randy was known as thought leader in ecotourism and community development in Northern Ontario, Minnesota and throughout the Great Lakes Region. He was recognized internationally as well, as a representative of the United Nations North American Indigenous Caucus, on...
Two leaders in ecotourism, the U.S-based Naturalist Journeys and Panama’s Canopy Lodge and Tower, team up this summer to offer a Green Season Biodiversity Workshop, designed for a small group of 10 participants, July 18-27, 2012.   Two leaders in ecotourism, the U.S-based Naturalist Journeys and Panama’s Canopy Lodge and Tower, team up this summer to offer a Green Season Biodiversity Workshop July 18-27, 2012. Naturalist Journeys, an adventure travel company based in Portal, Arizona, selected Canopy Lodge and Tower to host its first international wet-season adventure,...
The following message was written by TIES Advisory Board member Rick MacLeod Farley, who has worked with Chief Randy Kapashesit and known him personally. By sharing Rick's message, we hope to honor Randy's life and legacy, and to share some of Randy's wisdom and inspirations, which some of us have been fortunate enough to have experienced first hand. The entire team of TIES wishes to send our condolences to Randy's family, friends, Cree Village Ecolodge team and everyone in the community of MoCreebec.     Chief Randy Kapashesit at the Ecotourism and...
Implementation of the Convention at the National Level The Cultural Ministry and UNESCO, with support by Japanese Funds in Trust to UNESCO, organized a five-day workshop on capacity building to safe guard Nepal’s intangible cultural heritages. Over 40 participants from various communities and agencies participated in this workshop, held in Kathmandu from 16th to 20th April 2012. The participants discussed the implementation of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, which Nepal ratified in 2010.   The workshop is the first among a...
The National Association of Recreation Resource Planners (NARRP) annual awards recognize outstanding accomplishments by individuals, agencies, and organizations in the field of recreation resource planning and management. The NARRP Board of Directors presented seven awards in three categories at their annual conference that was held April 16-20, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Excellence in Planning Award O2 Planning and Design – Alberta Recreation and Tourism Data System.   The Alberta Recreation and Tourism Data System, a cutting edge GIS analysis tool developed for...
Criteria for Sustainable Destination The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) has announced the release of their Criteria for Destinations. The criteria are a set of guiding principles and performance indicators designed to lead destination managers, communities, and businesses on a path to sustainability: maximizing social, cultural, economic and environmental benefits while minimizing negative impacts. The Destination Criteria complement the existing GSTC Criteria for Hotels and Tour Operators.   The GSTC is inviting industry stakeholders to participate in the public...
Beginning Summer 2012 AdventureSmith Explorations Launches Mediterranean Small Ship Cruising Accessing Intimate Anchorages; Through April Two-for-One Cruise Promotion Applies To Select Itineraries.   TAHOE CITY, CA, Apr. 19, 2012 - The active travel company securing matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small, expedition ships, AdventureSmith Explorations, in summer 2012 will inaugurate its own style of cruising in the Mediterranean / Aegean in ships for 30 to 60 guests with rates ranging from affordable to luxurious.   From now through April 30...
Meet TIES Travel Ambassadors 2012 We're pleased to welcome the following new members to the TIES Travel Ambassador Program.   Gerardo Carmona (@GCARMONAR) My Travel Style: I don't travel with many things, a pair of shoes, shorts, shirt and some of water, but never forget in my backpack a gadget with GPS and a camera. What I look for in a trip is fun and learning. I like to know the most tourist destination, but I like even more to live, eat, sleep and smile like an inhabitant of the place.   The Best Part of Ecotourism Is: Fun and...
Inkaterra is a Peruvian eco-luxury hotel organization that celebrates 37 years of experience in sustainable tourism initiatives. The hotel boasts long term conservation stewardship of 38,000 acres of rainforest in the Amazon basin and 25 acres of cloud forest within the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary.   Inkaterra promotes scientific research for the conservation of ecosystems and natural resources funded by ecotourism, as a replicable model for local communities; offering authentic experiences, capturing, disseminating and educating about the culture and nature of Peru....
The group of guides (and instructor Chuck Lennox- lower right) that received training at Kaieteur National Park, Guyana.   By Chuck Lennox, Principal/Consultant, Cascade Interpretive Consulting LLC Ecotourism in Guyana When I first read the initial email inquiry about possible work in Guyana, I thought isn't that in Africa (nope!) and isn’t that where Jonestown was (yup!). Guyana is a small country on the eastern "shoulder" of South America paired with Suriname and French Guiana. Many people confuse its name with the African county of Ghana (thus the...
  By Glenn Jampol, Owner, Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Inn   *This article is an excerpt from "One Costa Rican coffee farmer provides a case for organic coffee"published by Global Coffee Review (March 2012 issue).   Environmental Benefits An organic coffee field can be distinguished quite easily from a conventional coffee field both visually and topographically.   To begin with, an organic coffee field is almost certainly covered by lush undergrowth in the lanes between the coffee plants, which is a direct result of two practices....
Qaggiqtiit Cultural Performance Group   By Mike Robbins, Partner, the Tourism Company and Project Manager for the Arviat Community Ecotourism initiative   The Arviat Community Ecotourism (ACE) initiative is a grassroots project involving many individuals and several small businesses in Arviat, Nunavut (Canada's newest territory) with a vision to establish a sustainable community-based tourism enterprise.   Over the past 3 years, under contract with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc, the Tourism Company has been managing a team of experts assisting with local capacity...
The National Tourism Awards of the Ministry of Tourism serve to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the Indian travel and tourism industry. Ibex Expeditions was honoured by the President of India in New Delhi, on 29th February 2012 as the 'Most Innovative Tour Operator' of India.   Co-Founded in 1979 by Mountaineer, Explorer and Environmentalist, Mandip Singh Soin, the focus of Ibex Expeditions since inception has been of designing inspirational travel experiences for customers, moving beyond the ordinary to seeking new areas, avenues, ideas...
By Isabelle Alvarez   Peru is so much more than its well-known lost city of Machu Picchu. A large part of the country's territory lies within the Amazon basin rainforest east of the Andes. With the goal of highlighting educational experiences, the 18-day journey "From the Andes to the Amazon", by Worldwide Ecotours and InkaNatura Travel combines the Andes and the Amazon rainforest of Peru, visiting such destinations as Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu, and the Manu Biosphere Reserve. It is a perfect trip for those who want to travel...
Hawaii Island Retreat's eco-boutique hotel and spa is a place of intentional peacefulness, set among towering evergreens and ocean breezes along Hawaii Island's North Kohala coast. Here, you can relax and unwind on 50 acres of gardens, wild groves, and ancient valley trails.   The following are excerpts from "Owners of Off-the-Grid Hawaii Island Retreat Offer Low Impact Luxury" published by Green Lodging News (March 26, 2012).   Hawaii Island Retreat Guests staying at the boutique-style Hawaii Island Retreat on Hawaii Island's North Kohala coast can...
The world's largest global ground-transfer service focused on eco-friendly operators and greening the market, Green Path Transfers today announced that it has expanded its presence to over 300 cities and destinations worldwide.   New York, New York, 28 March, 2012 - The world's leading global ground-transfer service focused on eco-friendly operators and greening the market, Green Path Transfers (http://www.greenpathtransfers.com/) today revealed that its comfortable, reliable, competitively priced and 100% carbon-offset airport transfers and ground transport is available in...
By Bijaya Pradhan, Dream Nepal Travels & Tours   March 28, 2012 - A half day interaction programme was organised at Daman, Makwanpur district by Mid-Nepal Tourism Development Committee. The Committee was formed in March 2012 by tourism stakeholders from Chitwan, Nawalparasi, Tanahu, Gorkha, Lamjung, Dhading and Makawanpur districts, and promotes public-private partnerships to achieve the following objectives: To identify the new tourism destination. To make joint promotional materials. To formulation of integrated tourism master plan.    ...
Facebook Farmstead Chef Cookbook Giveaway In the coming weeks (April 1st - April 27th, 2012), you'll have an opportunity to enter a Facebook contest* on TIES Facebook page, for a chance to win a free copy of Farmstead Chef (New Society Publishers). Farmstead Chef, authored by Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko (co-owners of Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast) shares recipes and stories to nourish and inspire, showcasing the local, organic, seasonal and fresh ripeness of the ingredients used. As footloose family farmers, Ivanko and Kivirist penned 150 recipes in the cookbook that are...

 

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