TIES eNewsletter - October 2012

TIES eNewsletter - October 2012

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TIES around the World: Upcoming Events

The following are some of the meetings and events that TIES team members will be participating in: Association of Ecotourism in Romania (AER) Conference "Ecotourism Destinations in Romania" (Bucharest, Romania, November 2), World Travel Market 2012 (London, UK, November 5-8), Jordan Inbound Tour Operator Association (JITOA) Seminar "Know Your Niche to Grow Your Market" (Jordan, November 17).


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ESTC13: Kenya to Carry the Torch of the ESTC

On Wednesday, September 19th, during the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC) in Monterey, California, TIES and its partners announced Kenya as the host destination of the ESTC13. Co-hosted by the Kenya Tourist Board and Ecotourism Keyna, the ESTC13 will be held in September 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya.

>> ESTC13 host destination announcement

ESTC13 - Kenya

ESTC12 Report: Industry Driven by Passion

Everyone at the ESTC makes the point that they are from the "Best Place on Earth". This is the kind of passion we have witnessed throughout the conference days, through the discussions during various sessions, and through the exchanges at networking events. With delegates from over 35 countries around the world...

>> Read about the ideas, opportunities and solutions shared at the ESTC12

ESTC12 - Ideas Opportunities Solutions

TIES Welcomes New Advisory Board Members

In September, two new members have been selected for TIES Advisory Board: Gautier Amoussou, National Coordinator for Eco-Benin, the Beninese national federation of responsible tourism organizations, and Tony Charters, Principal, Tony Charters and Associates in Australia.

>> Learn more: Gautier Amoussou, Eco-Benin

>> Learn more: Tony Charters, Tony Charters and Associates

TIES Advisory Board

Stay Up-To-Date & Make a Difference

In November, TIES new bi-weekly Traveler eNews will be launched, delivering regular eco-travel inspirations to travelers around the world. TIES Traveler eNews, featuring member projects, ecotourism stories and destination highlights, will help travelers make a difference through their travel choices.

>> Sign up for Traveler eNews

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TIES Traveler eNews




Why There Should Be A Cap on Tourist Arrivals to the Galapagos

Jim Lutz, Vaya Adventures: "The threat to the islands is real: with more visitors and more population comes the increase in dangerous introduced species that inevitably come along with them... It surely can't be the case that never-ending economic growth becomes the basis for the long-term development of the Galapagos or management of tourism arrivals to the Islands. At some point the growth has to stop. Many would argue that we've already passed the point where it should stop." Read full article & share your opinion

Sustainable Tourism in the Galapagos

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Pioneers and Leaders Honored

The following are some recent awards and accolades given to TIES members, recognizing their leadership and innovation in ecotourism, sustainable business and corporate social responsibility practices that have inspired positive changes in the industry. Congratulations!

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TIES Member News

Pack for a Purpose Recognized by Travel + Leisure 2012 Global Vision Awards

Pack for a Purpose, a nonprofit organization that encourages travelers to pack needed supplies requested by community based projects at their destinations around the globe, has been named a T+L Editors' Pick for its Digital Initiative in the Travel + Leisure 2012 Global Vision Awards.

IES Global, China's Leading Proponent of CSR, Wins Socially Responsible Company Award

IES Global has been named the winner in the Education category at the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Socially Responsible Company Awards 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The mission of JCI is to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change.

O.A.R.S. Founder, George Wendt Honored at 2012 California River Awards

George Wendt, founder and president of O.A.R.S., is a true pioneer in the adventure travel industry. His passion for running rivers was born in the 60s, when he became one of the first 1,100 people to descend the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. In the decades since, O.A.R.S. has set the standard for first-class rafting, as well as environmentally and culturally responsible travel.




Share Tourism & Conservation Best Practices

Learn about these opportunities to be part of or contribute to important international platforms highlighting best practice examples in tourism, sustainability and conservation initiatives. Look out for submission deadlines in the coming weeks (November), and share these links with your colleagues who may be interested in these opportunities as well.

Opportunities for Professionals

2013 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards Call for Entries

The WTTC's Tourism for Tomorrow Awards are one of the world's highest accolades in the industry, recognizing best practice in sustainable tourism. Entries are open until 26 November 2012. Candidates can apply in one of the four categories: Destination Stewardship, Conservation, Community Benefit and Global Tourism Business.

IUCN Best Practice Guidelines for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas

The IUCN Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group is in the process of revising the Best Practice Guidelines for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas and is seeking contributions. Tourism and protected areas professionals are invited to submit an expression of interest by 16 November 2012.

Call for Proposals: Conference on Forests for People, Outdoor Recreation Conference

The two conferences - 2013 National Outdoor Recreation Conference and the IUFRO Conference on Forests for People - are accepting submissions of proposals for presentations and posters. Abstracts are due no later than 5pm eastern time on 16 November 2012.




Borneo Eco Tours: Award-Winning Borneo Tours & Ecolodge

Multiple ecotourism award winner Borneo Eco Tours specializes in nature-based tours featuring local cultures, bird watching, wildlife river safari, and jungle trekking in Borneo, Malaysia. Set up in 1991 by Albert Teo, Borneo Eco Tours has a team of 100 well-trained and motivated staff and operates the award winning 20-room ecolodge, Sukau Rainforest Lodge.

Borneo Ecotours

Become a member of TIES international network. *Premium Plus members - supporting TIES mission to unite conservation, communities and sustainable travel - receive additional marketing and networking benefits.

Long-Time Members

America Venture Ecotours - CR
Green Concierge Travel - USA
KarmaQuest Ecotourism and Adventure Travel - USA
Rootourism - Australia
Salsa Retreat LLC - Mexico
WHL Group - Hong Kong

Nature & Adventure

Adventure Gurudongma - India
Ecuador Adventure - Ecuador
Frontiers North Adventures - Canada
Guide Natura - Sweden
New Zealand Adventure - US
Nomadtrek & Tapir Lodge - Ecuador

Newest Members

AMUCA Art Center Inc. - Dominican Republic
John Muir Geotourism Center - USA
ToMarket Geotourism Journeys - USA
Tumben Ha - Mexico
VolcanoDiscovery Hawai`i - USA

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