TIES eNewsletter - May 2013

TIES eNewsletter - May 2013

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Monthly Report on Ecotourism in Your Inbox

The monthly newsletter of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), now updated as the Global Ecotourism Report, delivers news and updates from TIES global network of ecotourism leaders, and key insights into current issues and trends in ecotourism. We aim to create a leading platform for regular industry news relevant to ecotourism businesses and destinations, and resources to support ecotourism development worldwide.


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ESTC13: Sept 24-27, Kenya

The ESTC13 is a unique networking and knowledge-sharing platform, with eye-opening keynote addresses (Confirmed keynote speakers: Costas Christ, Editor at Large, National Geographic Traveler; Dr. Munir Virani, Africa Programs Director, The Peregrine Fund), and expert presenters from over 25 countries who will share insights on market trends, strategies and development opportunities.


Take advantage of the various practical business and career development opportunities available exclusively to ESTC13 delegates, including:



Training programs including CBI-Travelife tour operators training seminar.


Exciting conference program featuring the "Meet the Media" special media networking program and other networking functions to enhance your conference experience.


Gain first-hand knowledge of ecotourism markets from around the world. See who's attending the ESTC13 and connect with fellow participants on TIES-EXCHANGE (login required).


Special early-bird registration rates are available through June 15th!





Ideas, Inspirations and Lessons: Online and Mobile Communication Tools for Ecotourism

From work to private life, from professional to social networking, online and mobile technologies play a vital role in our everyday life. Utilizing these tools effectively is an important way for tourism businesses and destinations to engage their audiences, to strengthen their marketing efforts, and to find new approaches for sharing content.


Learn about some examples of TIES members - businesses, destinations and other organizations, offering ideas and inspirations for ecotourism organizations seeking to improve their online communications and storytelling approaches.


Online and Mobile Communication Tools for Ecotourism

Read the latest current issue article on online and mobile communication tools


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Chronicles of Earth: Fyreplug, Inc.

Chronicles of Earth is where travelers tell their stories about their lifetime experiences to all of their friends. Evocative stories are told via a Chronicle, which is a journal of multimedia events, with each event located on a map and positioned in time. Ecotourism business use Chronicles to tell their stories about their product and services and to promote their brand with promotional itineraries and personalized travel journals and albums.


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Nature, Adventure & Eco Travel in Sweden

Sweden takes ecotourism seriously. The Scandinavian country known for its natural beauty is home to one of the world's leading ecotourism quality labels, Nature's Best, which, when it was first established in 2002, was the first of its kind in the Northern Hemisphere. Ecotourism, to the tourism stakeholders and communities in Sweden, is also an important and practical tool - "an efficient way to add economic value to threatened natural areas and cultural sites." Ecotourism in Sweden, however, is not just about its social, economic and environmental benefits; it's also, just as importantly, about fun.


ecoDestinations Sweden

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Recommended Nature's Best-certified ecotourism trips





Brazil's Ecotourism Capital, Bonito MS, to Host Annual ESTC Conference in April 2014

Bonito considers itself and proudly promotes itself as the "capital of ecotourism" in Brazil. Bonito has won the "Best Ecotourism Destination" Category in the Tourism Awards by Viagem e Turismo.

Dalai Lama Supports a Canadian Tour Company in its Fight to Save Elephants

Founders of Hidden Places Travel, veterinarian Dr. Dag Goering and his wife, Maria Coffey, have received support from His Holiness the Dalai Lama in their fight to save elephants from catastrophic poaching.

Wildlife Spain: A New Product From Ecowildlife Travel

Ecowildlife Travel has recently announced a new product, Wildlife Spain, which will bring national and international attention to ecotourism in the region.

Cascadian Cuisine Economic Development Initiative Kicks Off in Portland, Oregon

The World Food Travel Association (WFTA)'s new initiative, Cascadian Cuisine, focuses on the development of a regional food and drink brand as a tool for economic development.


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Tourism: New Book from CABI/Sylus Publishing, TIES Member Discounts Available

"Tourism" is the latest introductory textbook for Tourism studies, written to complement current teaching practices around the world, offering full coverage of all aspects of tourism management.

New Publication: International Cases In Sustainable Travel and Tourism

International Cases in Sustainable Travel & Tourism (Goodfellow Publishers) provides an international range of outstanding new cases focused on sustainable tourism management and development

Opportunities and Challenges of Ecotourism in ASEAN Countries

Tourism in ASEAN is recognized as one of twelve priority sectors for integration. Labor intensive and direct impact to local community is some of the key features of this sector.





Tour Operators

Aegea Adventures - USA, Greece
Adventure Life - USA, Latin America
Africa Wild Truck - Malawi, Africa
Brazil Ecotravel - Brazil
Brazil Nature Tours - Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
Cabin Fever Adventures - Canada
Churchill Wild - Manitoba, Canada
Country Walkers - USA, Worldwide
Dittmar Adventures - Magallanes, Chile
Galakiwi - Galapagos, Ecuador
Hawaii Shark Encounters - Hawaii, USA
Indigo Group of Companies - Turkey
International Expeditions - USA, Worldwide
Lintang Buana Tourism Services - Indonesia
Mongolie Voyages - Mongolia
Naturalist Journeys - Arizona, USA, North America, Latin America, Africa
Novaraft - Turkey
Rain Forest Adventures - Costa Rica, Central America & Caribbean
Safari Trails - Kenya
Stone Horse Expeditions and Travel - Mongolia
Tarpon Bay Explorers - Florida, USA
The Boat Company - Alaska, USA
Travelers' MAP - South Korea
Worldwide Ecotours - Canada, Worldwide


Alaska's Ridgewood Wilderness Lodge - Alaska, USA
Cappadocia Akköy Evleri - Nevsehir, Turkey
Cat's Cradle - Cat Islands, The Bahamas
Coral Beach Village - Islas de la Bahia Honduras
Inn Serendipity Bed and Breakfast - Wisconsin, USA
Grass Walk Campsite and Resort - Andhra Pradesh, India
Hawaii Island Retreat - Hawaii, USA
Polwaththa Eco-Lodges - Sri Lanka
Sanctuary in Lombok - Lendang Terak, Indonesia
Udzungwa Forest Tented Camp (Hondo Hondo) - Tanzania

Service Providers

Hawaiian Electric Vehicle Network (HEVN) - Hawaii, USA
North Eleven - Trinidad and Tobago
Pacific Trade Winds - Costa Rica
Terra Incognita Ecotours - USA, Worldwide

NGOs & Educational Institutions

Centre for Community Tourism in the Amazon (CCTA) - Amazonas, Brazil
University of Derby Buxton - Buxton, Derbyshire, United Kingdom


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