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The Intrepid Foundation 'Trade before aid' has become a common catch-cry in contemporary approaches to sustainable development. Bring business opportunities to a community and you'll help support the local economies, support employment and empower local people to improve their standard of living on their terms. This has been the approach of Intrepid Travel, as the company has grown the adventure tour operating business to more than 100 countries on 7 continents, and employing more than 2000 people.     The need Since the early days of Intrepid, which began with a...
A Community Project in Sabah, North of Borneo   Kudat sits on the northern tip of Borneo. It is a very beautiful place  – with white sandy beaches and miles of coconut trees that line  the coast and stretch inland. Unfortunately, the local communities do not see these assets as opportunities to improve their livelihood. The main ethnic community, the Rungus people of Kudat, have not seized the opportunities that lie within their own backyards. Instead, their youths migrate to the cities in search of jobs, while those who stay continuously shift their crops, constantly...
    The Importance of Sustainability in the Travel Industry At Natural Habitat Adventures, sustainability isn’t just something we talk about, it’s engrained in who we are. The travel industry, often characterized as the largest industry in the world, is responsible for a wide variety of negative environmental, cultural, and economic impacts across the globe.  However, when done right, tourism has the potential to be one of the most powerful ways to conserve our natural world.  Ecotourism is one form of travel that can result in a net positive impact for...
Dec 16, 2013
TIES News
Dear Friends,   On behalf of the TIES Board, and our hardworking Team, thank you for supporting The International Ecotourism Society!  All of our efforts are focused supporting the mission of TIES and the work you all do in ecotourism and sustainable tourism.  There are many initiatives that have moved forward this year – we are proud of all of our members who have dedicated their lives to really contributing to creating a more sustainable world.  While we continue to face many challenges, ecotourism certainly is the flicker of hope for a promising way to...
The Buraco das Araras (Sinkhole of the Macaws) was once a cave. The roof collapsed and a big hole of 124 metres deep and 160 in diameter was formed. The cliffs proved ideal nesting grounds for Red-and-Green Macaws (Ara chloropterus) and other birds.   When Modesto Sampaio bought 100 ha of land near Bonito in 1986, there were no macaws living there any more. On closing the deal he discovered that his land had a big hole in it, where macaws once flew. Except it was now a rubbish dump full of vultures and, people whispered, dead bodies.   When tourists in search of beautiful...
  By: Dr. Rajashree Ajith*        Babu Rengaraj**   Kerala – the ‘God’s Own Country’ is the model destination for the global tourists entered into the international tourism market after announcing tourism as an industry in 1986 and  thereafter, the state has witnessed commendable growth and produced sustainable models by taking the benefit of tourism into communities and involving them in conservational activities. Ecotourism initiatives of Government of Kerala is one of the aspiring step aiming to ensure...
Roteiros de Charme, an association of independent boutique hotels which adhere to an environmental code since 1992, was the overall winner of the II Braztoa Sustainability Award on Novermber 12th 2013. But an international jury of 14 tourism specialists was impressed by the the great diversity of the 48 initiatives presented in 5 different categories : Hotels, Institutional Partners, Trade Partners (non-Braztoa members), Travel Agencies and Braztoa Members. Over a period of 10 days, the jury read and evaluated the initiatives presented by the candidates, looking at how much they were...
Roteiros de Charme, an association of independent boutique hotels which adhere to an environmental code since 1992, was the overall winner of the II Braztoa Sustainability Award on Novermber 12th 2013. But an international jury of 14 tourism specialists was impressed by the the great diversity of the 48 initiatives presented in 5 different categories : Hotels, Institutional Partners, Trade Partners (non-Braztoa members), Travel Agencies and Braztoa Members. Over a period of 10 days, the jury read and evaluated the initiatives presented by the candidates, looking at how much they were...
Background   Campi ya Kanzi (Camp of the Hidden Treasure) is Luca Belpietro’s dream come true. Luca was raised by his father with a passion for Africa and has had in his blood since childhood the desire to live on that magical continent. Everything started in the summer of 1968, when Luca, 4 years old, spent his first night alone in a little tent in the garden of his country house. He wanted to show his father he was ready to be taken on safari. That sense of belonging to Africa characterized his entire life and eventually led him to the places he had always dreamed of. He...
                       Since 2010, senior advisory board members of TIES and senior management of ATTA have discussed opportunities to work more closely together, particularly around education and conferences.  In 2012, when it was discovered that both organizations were hosting individual conferences in similar destinations, weeks apart, the need to collaborate and communicate was reinforced. In 2013, ATTA released research that indicated significant growth in the adventure travel industry (65% per year).  ...
Kenyan destination recognized for good practices and desire for improvement     WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 18, 2013) Mara Naboisho is the first wildlife conservancy to participate in the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s (GSTC) Early Adopters Program. In  doing so, the destination has achieved an important milestone in the recognition of sustainable  tourism as a model to protect an area of high  concentration of wildlife in Kenya’s Greater Mara region, while empowering the local Maasai community....
Photo by Botswana Tourism Organization Mombo Camps voted Best Hotel in the World; Chobe Game Lodge among Top 20 Lodges and Resorts in Africa + the Middle East The 2013 Travel + Leisure World's Best Hotels results are in and two of Botswana's ecotourism-certified camps were voted among the top hotels in the world. Mombo Camp (including Little Mombo Camp), which is located in the Moremi Game Reserve in the pristine Okavango Delta of Botswana, received the top overall score in the world for rooms/facilities, location, service, restaurants/food and value. Chobe Game Lodge,...
The German Travel Association (DRV) is accepting nominations for the EcoTrophea 2013 Award for international projects that effectively address environmental and social sustainability. Nomination now open: The German Travel Association (DRV) is seeking innovative, effective and exemplary projects for the renowned EcoTrophea Award for Environmental Protection and Social Responsibility in Tourism. EcoTrophea offers a great opportunity to present your project to the general public and to demonstrate your commitment for environmental and social sustainability.   The award focuses...
Greener Pastures, a sustainable travel company based in Northeast India, has successfully concluded its first responsible tourism project, a fundraiser to assist the forest man of India in planting trees. Jadav Payeng, a milkman in the state of Assam in Northeastern India, has for most parts of his life lived solitarily, along with a wife and later, two children, to accompany him in a life in an island in the Brahmaputra River. His mission was and continues to be to grow trees. So, for the past 3 decades, Jadav has been growing trees, and his efforts have resulted today in a marvelous...
Award winning BBC documentary maker helps launch new ecotourism degree On Friday 19th July, the University of Derby Buxton will host the award winning BBC documentary maker Simon Reeve to help launch their new ecotourism degree. The University of Derby Buxton has recently a B.Sc. Ecotourism, which is the only degree of its type in the U.K.   Simon Reeve is an adventurer in the true sense of the word - he has visited over 110 countries throughout an exciting career as a broadcaster, documentary maker and author. He is currently on the BBC in his latest Australian travel...
  Joanne Wong, Managing Director of IES Global has won the award in the Masterclass sector as Socially Responsible Entrepreneur at the Junior Chamber International Socially Responsible Company Awards 2013. The award in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia honored Joanne Wong in Education and Cultural Exchange.   Y.B. Tuan Kamalanathan, Malaysia Deputy Minister II of Education and Higher Learning, presented the award to IES Global Managing Director, Joanne Wong who has been involved in education in Asia for a quarter of a century and has been key to IES Global's success in expanding...
Experience Imagination: In South America (by Latin America for Less)   Lima, PERU: A boutique Latin America travel agency, Peru For Less / Latin America for Less, has presented an award winning travel video featuring some of the continent's most impressive landscapes and experiences from an epic adventure across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Uruguay and southern Brazil.   The movie, Experience Imagination: In South America, condenses some of the continent’s most thrilling travel experiences into a film of just less than 6 minutes. It was shot by renowned travel...
The 19th annual TO DO! Contest for Socially Responsible Tourism Project is announced worldwide by Studienkreis für Tourismus und Entwicklung e.V. (Institute for Tourism and Development).   The TO DO! Contest is currently accepting applications from existing tourism projects that successfully incorporate the interests and needs of the local population by active participation during planning and implementation, and are actively engaged in ensuring fair remuneration, promoting training and education, strengthening local cultures, and implementing other measures which contribute...
The Black Sea Sustainable Rural Tourism Program initiates its fundraising effort with a $15,000 challenge on Green Unite Vesselka Consulting Ltd., on behalf of the Black Sea Sustainable Rural Tourism Program, has launched a crowd funding site with Green Unite to help support the Program.   The challenge is to raise at least $15,000 in the next 1115 days which can be used to provide eco-tourism research materials, cover the cost of experiential travel for eco-tourism leaders in Ukraine, Turkey and Georgia to visit and share lessons learned and develop new ideas and to help with...
Discussions in Istanbul result in an agreement with WWF Turkey to cooperate with the Black Sea Sustainable Rural Tourism Program in targeted areas in Turkey. The long-term success of the Black Sea Sustainable Rural Tourism Program (BST Program) was strengthened this week after discussions with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Turkey resulted in a cooperation agreement. The BST Program and WWF Turkey reviewed ways that the program could best achieve its goals of rural community sustainable development and environmental preservation in Turkey while supporting the efforts of WWF Turkey....