TIES eNewsletter - June 2012

TIES eNewsletter - June 2012

TIES eNews


TIES recently celebrated a new milestone of over 1,000 members. TIES global network currently has over 400 Organization and 670+ Professional members. Membership is a critical part of this organization that allows us to support and promote ecotourism, and we want to thank each and every member for supporting TIES. If you're not yet a member, we encourage you to explore various opportunities we offer to members, including the new networking platform TIES-EXCHANGE.


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TIES Headlines: New Members, Youth Travel Partner

Association Members


TIES Welcomes New Association Members
We are pleased to introduce our newest Association Members: Ukrainian Adventure and Ecotourism Association and Sustainable Tourism Foundation Pakistan. Providing the vital links between governments, NGOs, businesses and citizens, national and regional ecotourism associations are a crucial part of our efforts to further TIES mission.


>> Learn more about TIES Association Members.




Ecotourism Meets Youth Travel
We're partnering with WYSE Travel Confederation to offer a special discount for the attendees of the ESTC12 and the World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) – both being held in California this September – to maximize their experience by participating in both of these major international events, and to encourage 'cross-pollination' supporting sustainable tourism.


>> Read TIES and WYSETC partnership announcement.

ESTC Speaker Spotlights

ESTC12 Speaker Spotlight

Engaging Discussions, Practical Lessons

The Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC) features an exciting array of expert speakers from around the world, sharing latest trends, best practice examples and lessons. In the coming weeeks, we will be sharing some insights on our speakers' areas of expertise and their presentation topics. Read on and stay tuned!


Alex Adams, Coastal Tourism Research - Resilience of Coastal Communities
Mr. Alex Adams, Managing Director of Coastal Tourism Research, LLC, will present on sustainable development issues pertaining to mass tourism and the impacts on small coastal communities. ("Theory to Practice: Bridging the Gap between Research and Industry", Monday, September 17th)


Dr. Rosemary Black, Dr. Stuart Cottrell - PAN Parks Certification Program
Dr. Rosemary Black, Senior Lecturer, Charles Sturt University, and Dr. Stuart Cottrell, Associate Professor, Colorado State University, will present a case study of PAN Parks certification program, focusing on local and regional partnerships. ("Sustainable Tourism Certification: Best Practices, Benefits and ROI", Monday, September 17th)


Rafael Gallo, Rios Tropicales and International Rafting Federation
Mr. Rafael Gallo, founder/president of Rios Tropicales and president of the International Rafting Federation, will present a case study on how the 2011 World Rafting Championships became the world's first certified carbon neutral international sporting event. ("Sustainability Solutions for Events", Wednesday, September 19th)


>> Not yet registered? Register today to secure your spot at the ESTC12!



Special Reports on Rio+20

Rio+20 Reports


Sustaining Tourism, Innovation & Green Economy


The Rio+20 Earth Summit in Brazil, over nine days (June 13-22), gathered tens of thousands of delegates, and thousands of events were held before and during this mega-conference. So what was it like to be part of Rio+20? TIES board member Ariane Janér, reporting from Rio de Janeiro, shares her experience at Rio+20, and insights into discussions on sustainability and tourism.


Part 1: Tourism and Biodiversity Side Events in Rio de Janeiro
In Brazil, since 1992, environmental awareness among consumers has increased. The population of some flagship species are recovering. Protected areas have increased. At the same time, however, the agricultural lobby is trying to change the forest code and mining, oil and energy interests threaten established conservation areas.


Part 2: Celebration of Community Voices and Human Diversity
Did you know that in Brazil there are enormous 'rivers' flying overhead in the form of water vapour from the Amazon? Thanks to the Amazon, Brazil's agriculture only depends for 5% on irrigation and for 95% on rainfall. The Amazon is an integral part of a healthy Brazilian economy.


Part 3: What Did Rio+20 Achieve for Tourism?
On the "Business Day" at Rio+20, it was clear that businesses are taking initiatives to support and implement 'Green Economy'. Of course the question remains on what this Green Economy really is. Is it doing business as usual but in a much more efficient way, or is it radically rethinking the economy and overhauling vested interests?


Member News: Ecotourism and Communities

Ecotourism and Communities


Engaging Communities, Empowering People


By increasing local capacity building and employment opportunities, ecotourism is an effective vehicle for empowering local communities around the world to fight against poverty and to achieve sustainable development. Learn about TIES members' examples from Guatemala and Ecuador: strengthening community development efforts through ecotourism.



Oxlajuj B'atz' Maya Women's Center: Empowering Women, Inspiring Change
Oxlajuj B'atz' in Guatemala has created a network of women's cooperatives with an emphasis on inspiring self-sufficiency among rural Mayan women. Oxlajuj B'atz' focuses on education and skills training in health and well-being, artisan and product development, democracy and team building, and small business development.


Black Sheep Inn is Now a 100% Community Operated Ecolodge
In May 2012, Black Sheep Inn in in Chugchilán, Cotopaxi, Ecuador became 100% community operated: Edmundo Vega Estrada, who was born and raised in Chugchilán, now leads the lodge's team. Black Sheep Inn founders Andres and Michelle continue to assist with the transition and to ensure sustainable practices are maintained.


>> TIES Members: Submit your your articles (Member log-in required)



Member News: Wildlife and Tourism Opportunities

Wildlife and Tourism Opportunities


Unique Wildlife Viewing Opportunities


If you're interested in being part of or developing unique wildlife viewing programs, here are some examples you will find helpful: news from TIES members sharing with travelers the opportunities to encounter the spectacular birds of the Amazon rainforest in Peru, and to explore some of the best places in the world to watch the antics of penguins.



High Tech Wildlife Study at Rainforest Expeditions' Research Center
At Rainforest Expeditions’ Tambopata Research Center, guests learn from field scientists engaged in high tech wildlife study. The Center focuses on one of the top wildlife spots of the world, the largest known clay lick in the Amazon, frequented by hundreds of parrots, parakeets and macaws.


Top Five Regions for Viewing Penguins by AdventureSmith Explorations
"Penguins are marvelous creatures that capture the imagination of travelers young and old. The dream of encountering penguins in the wild, in their natural habitat, for some, like me, is the holy grail of wildlife adventures." - Todd Smith, founder and director, AdventureSmith Explorations.


>> TIES Members: Submit your your press releases (Member log-in required)



Member News: Learning Tools & Resources

Tools and Resources


Sharing Knowledge, Ideas and Inspirations


Get online to read, watch and participate in discussions about ecotourism, conservation, communities and sustainability. Here are some exciting news from TIES members - SEEtheWILD's announcement of a new digital Magazine WildHope, and the Estonian Ecotourism Society and the European Ecotourism Network's livestreaming of their upcoming workshop (June 29th).



SEEtheWILD Launches New E-Magazine WildHope
SEEtheWILD, a leading wildlife conservation and volunteer trip provider, 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.


#EuroEco: European Ecotourism Network Certification Workshop
The ECOLNET workshop "Learning and Certification to Raise the Ecotourism Quality", being held on Friday, 29th June, will be available to online participants to view and join discussions via live-streaming (9:30–16:30 CEST) and via Twitter (hashtag #euroeco).
TIES Renewed Members: May & June 2012



Cabin Fever Adventures - USA - Member Since 2010
Echidna Walkabout - Australia - Member Since 2010
Himalayan Smile Treks & Adventures - Nepal - Member Since 2011
Nature-treks.com Himalaya - Nepal - Member Since 2009
Rainforest Biodiversity Group - USA - Member Since
Tiger Mountain Limited - Nepal - Member Since 1999



Mr. Jim Clark - Ecotour Compass - USA - Member Since 2010
Mr. Pravin Desai - Mauritius - Member Since 2008
Ms Crystal DiMiceli - USA - Member Since 2011
Ms Laura Ell - Laura Ell Consulting - Canada - Member Since 2009
Ms Laura Howard - Beyond Touring - USA - Member Since 2007
Mrs. Nitza Rodriguez - Green Isle - Puerto Rico - Member Since 2010



TIES New Members: May & June 2012 



Asuaire Travel - Costa Rica
ConTour - Belize
Ecolodge de Cabañeros, S.L. - Spain
Hidden Valley Inn - Belize
Manso Boutique Hostal - Ecuador
Ocean Lodge - China
Oxlajuj B'atz'~Thirteen Threads~Trece Hilos - Guatemala
Tourism Western Australia - Australia
Ukrainian Adventure and Ecotourism Association - Ukraine



Mr. Ricardo Novillo Astrada - Tortugas Country Club - Argentina
Mr. David Bourne - Bourne Media - USA
Mr. Charles Campion - John Thompson & Partners - United Kingdom
Mr. Marco A. Espinosa De Los Monteros - URBANTEK Consulting Group - Mexico
Ms Marianne Eubanks - USA
Mr. Voley Franck - Groupe Akaoka - France
Mrs. Ayse Guven - Connoisseur Travel / Otantik Cve Hotel - Turkey
Ms Krista Marshall - Texas A & M, Corpus Christi - USA
Ms Sarah Millington - AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, Inc - USA
Mr. Allyn Nelson - Eton Pizza Properties, LLC - USA
Ms Kimberley Player - Sustainable Tourism Consultant - USA
Ms Irene Rocafort - USA
Asst. Professor Arild Røkenes - Finnmark University College - Norway
Ms Sheridan Samano - Reefs of Rockies, LLC - USA
Mr. Drew Shoemaker - Careers In Nonprofits - USA
Mrs. Kumund Sengupta - Market Vision Research & Consulting - United Arab Emirates
Dr. Gerardo Eliud Lopez Vargas - Universidad de la Guajira - Colombia
Ms Susan Wilcox - Tortoise & Hare Travel - USA



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