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Tourism is one of the most viable and sustainable development options for many countries, especially developing ones. Ecotourism initiatives, in particular, can provide an economic alternative to the logging and agriculture industries by supporting indigenous land claims and committing to conservation efforts. Some examples of best management practices in ecotourism development include preserving cultural heritage, sourcing locally produced foods and souvenirs, supporting community conservation projects, recycling and treating wastes, and hiring local employees, especially women and minorities, and paying them fair wages. In a message delivered to mark the observance of World Tourism Day 2014, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized the benefits of tourism for local communities, adding that as an industry it “helps people to develop a variety of skills” and builds “stronger and more resilient communities”. The power of travel can transform people and create change. When executed mindfully, and with the minimum impact, travel can inspire cultural awareness, tolerance, and commitment to environmental responsibility.



The ecoDestinations Mission

  • Connecting travelers with inspiring ecotourism initiatives
  • Uniting communities, conservation, and extraordinary travel experiences
  • Promoting ecotourism as a form to positively transform the way the world travels


Connecting Travelers with Inspiring Ecotourism Initiatives

Featuring inspiring stories about destinations and travel experiences from around the world, ecoDestinations highlights stellar examples of ecotourism initiatives and travel opportunities through our website, newsletters, blog and social media channels. Sign up today to join the ecotourism movement!

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About TIES

As the world's oldest and largest international ecotourism association, TIES seeks to be the global source of knowledge and advocacy uniting communities, conservation, sustainable travel..




> The International Ecotourism Society 



The Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference will highlight global challenges and local opportunities, supporting sustainable development of tourism and promoting solutions that balance conservation, communities and sustainable travel.

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