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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...
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...

 

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