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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...
Ecotourism guide training, Nathiagali, Pakistan (Photo: Sustainable Tourism Foundation Pakistan)   Sustainable Tourism Foundation Pakistan (STFP) and WWF Pakistan are jointly working for the promotion of community based ecotourism in Ayubia National Park (ANP) near Nathiagali, Pakistan. Ayubia National Park boasts 757 species of plants - including Blue Pine dominates, Fir, Spruce, Deodar, Himalayan Poplar, Elm, Walnut, Maple and Oak trees - and many of them are known for their medicinal properties. The park is home to up to 203 species of birds and 31 species of mammals. Animals...
From left to right: RHG Chief Operating Officer Rick Day, Congressional Representative for NY-14 Carolyn Maloney, ECPAT-USA Executive Director Carol Smolenski (Photo by ECPAT-USA)   Real Hospitality Group (RHG) has become the first hotel management company in the United States to enter the fight against the commercial sexual exploitation of children by signing the Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct.   "The issue of commercial sexual exploitation of children is abhorrent," says Rick Day, Chief Operating Officer. "As a leader in the hospitality...
At Rainforest Expeditions’ Remote Tambopata Research Center / Eco-Lodge Guests Learn from Field Scientists Engaged in High Tech Wildlife Study. All-inclusive Nature and Wildlife Holidays Start at Just $180 per Person per Night.   LIMA, Peru, June 14, 2012 - Rainforest Expeditions in Peru offers all-inclusive multiple-night learning opportunities starting at just $180 per person, double occupancy, per night at its Tambopata Research Center, an eco-lodge in the Peruvian Amazon about as far away from civilization as one can get in this part of the world.   Programs that...
In May 2012, Black Sheep Inn became 100% community operated: Edmundo Vega Estrada, the new administrator was born and raised in Chugchilán. He graduated from the local elementary school Juan Jose Flores over 40 years ago before tourism had developed in the area. He moved to Latacunga and then to Quito where he began working in the hospitality industry. From dish washer to kitchen manager to banquet administrator to restaurant manager; he worked at the JW Marriott, Hotel Quito, Hilton Colon and high-end restaurants.   Edmundo returned to Chugchilán in April 2012 after...
Sabre Holdings has joined members of the travel and tourism industry to fight sexual exploitation of children by becoming the 8th approved member to sign the Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct (The Code).   Sabre is the first travel technology company of its kind to sign the Code and will use its unique position to raise awareness about child sex trafficking and child sex tourism in the industry. It also looks at ways to condemn child trafficking and exploitation, including providing training to its 10,000 global employees. Sabre will also explore ways to raise awareness...
We are pleased to welcome / welcome back the following new and returning members who are offering amazing adventure and eco-holiday experiences across Africa - Zimbabwe, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, and more! If you're interested in getting to know various destinations in Africa and in experiencing some of what this amazing continent has to offer, meet these members (*joined or renewed in April and May, 2012). African Encounter African Encounter, with the vision "to become leaders of responsible conservation and community centred tourism in Africa",...
Vienna, VA, May 30, 2012 – Greenloons recently added third-party-certified eco-travel, lodge-based options and programs on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula and in Kenya and Peru, announced Irene Lane, Greenloons founder. "What's especially nice about these lodges is that their sustainably directed amenities and programs can be enjoyed by all of their visitors, not just those coming in as part of a group," said Lane. "This means a lot to families and couples traveling independently who are looking for serendipitous, authentic experiences."   While the...
Your Holiday Promotion, a new service for special travel deals and offers, now connects local travel- and leisure-sector merchants directly with travel agents and independent travelers   New York, New York/United States, 29 May, 2012 - With a view to becoming the largest and most trusted holiday clearinghouse on the web, Your Holiday Promotion, a new service for special travel deals and offers, now connects local travel- and leisure-sector merchants directly with travel agents and independent travelers.   Unlike most travel sites, Your Holiday Promotion is not a commission...
Urnatur lodge wins ecotourism prize Urnatur has been awarded the Grand Travel Awards Ecotourism Prize for 2012. This year the Ecotourism Society of Sweden, together with the trade journal, Travel News, has awarded the prize to a company that has shown that running a wood hermitage is more profitable than felling trees. Urnatur, with its active preservation of cultural heritage and measures to promote biological diversity, attracts guests from near and far.   Together with Håkan Strotz, Ulrika Krynitz has been running Urnatur in southern Sweden for nearly 20 years. Urnatur...
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...

 

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