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The mystical Lake Titicaca, from the Sun Island - Bolivia and Peru (Photo by Sumak Travel)   By Felipe Zalamea   According to the United Nations over 1bn people travelled as tourists in 2012 (up by 4% on the year before), spending around a trillion dollars. This confirms that tourism is a truly important global industry. Clearly, it delivers important benefits, including jobs and some degree of meaningful cross-cultural communication. But what about the quality of the experience generated both for travellers and for host communities? And are these jobs decent and...
Birdwatching is a growing niche gaining more and more fans - birders, conservationists and photographers alike - around the world, and is a great way for conservation-minded responsible travelers to experience natural destinations in a way that reflects their respect for wildlife and natural habitats.   Highlighting the importance of protecting birds and their natural habitats, Ecowildlife Travel has prepared a catalog of birdwatching opportunities around the world, to discover the natural areas with great bird-watching experiences and encounters with some of the most curious...
Photo by WIDECAST By Brad Nahill   On Friday, May 31st, while returning from a long night walking a turtle nesting beach near the city of Limón, young Costa Rican conservationist Jairo Mora Sandoval was abducted by unknown assailants, beaten and murdered. The beach where Mora Sandoval worked is a hot spot for nesting by the critically endangered leatherback, but also well-known for poaching and as a transfer point for drugs entering Costa Rica. This beach has now become a flash point for the direction that Costa Rica will go as a country.   The brave young man...
Photo by Samuel Melim, Cristalino Lodge   Cristalino Jungle Lodge was selected as one of the "25 Best Ecolodges 2013" by National Geographic Traveler magazine and will be featured in the June / July 2013 issue, as well as listed in a special Best Lodges photo gallery on National Geographic Traveler's award-winning website.   The selection process was competitive and our editorial team worked long and hard to find 2013's best, most authentic, most sustainable lodges. "This year marks the 125th anniversary of the National Geographic Society. The...
1930s lore of old Galapagos charms guests of Floreana Lava Lodge on the least populated island in the Galapagos Ecuador's award-winning ecotourism company, Tropic Journeys in Nature, since 1994 has led tours through the country's most engaging landscapes including now the Galapagos where guests enjoy Tropic hospitality at Floreana Lava Lodge on Floreana Island.    Here Tropic integrates tourism with ecological, economic, socio-cultural and political concerns with local community tourism initiatives, as it does in the Amazon Rainforest with the Huaorani people,...
Himalayan Smile Treks and Adventure, a locally owned and managed trekking company, offers trekking tours, vehicle hiring, flight and hotel booking services, special interest tours and volunteer travel programs.   Each year, 10% of the profits that the company generates goes to social and environmental activities such as reforestation efforts, educational programs and projects that help empower local people. The following are some examples of the community initiatives that Himalayan Smile Treks and Adventures supports:   Environmental Education through Volunteer Programs...
European Ecotourism Conference, Oct 22-26, 2013 The 2nd European Ecotourism Conference is being held in Poiana Brasov, Romania from October 22-26, 2013. The conference is organised by the Association of Ecotourism in Romania (AER) within the framework of the European Ecotourism Knowledge Network (ECOLNET), which is supported by the European Commission.   The conference registration is open until September 10, 2013, and the early-bird special discounts are being offered through July 1, 2013.   All participants will have the opportunity to experience some of the most...
  Ecuador's award-winning ecotourism company, Tropic Journeys in Nature, since 1994 has led tours through the country's most engaging landscapes including El Cajas massif, which in late May 2013 was added to UNESCO's 12 newly designated International Biospheres for its ecological importance in the conservation and protection of biodiversity. In addition to El Cajas Massif, Ecuador has three designated biosphere reserves: Podocarpus - El Condor, Yasuni, Sumaco and Galapagos Islands.   "It is gratifying when a prestigious organization like UNESCO recognizes...
A Small Travel Company Fights for a Big Cause - 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.   In 2007 Dag had a life-changing encounter with a baby elephant in India that led him and Maria to start Elephant Earth, the conservation branch of their adventure travel company, Hidden Places. Currently they are focused on efforts to combat the huge escalation in the poaching of elephants for their ivory tusks...
Tourism: New Book by CABI/Stylus Publishing "Tourism" is the latest introductory textbook for Tourism studies, and is edited by Peter Robinson, Michael Lück, and Stephen L. J. Smith.   The book is written to complement current teaching practices around the world, offering full coverage of all aspects of tourism management. These include infrastructure management, economic development, types of tourism, marketing, destination management and the pure theory aspects of tourism as seen through sociology and tourist behavior. As tourism is often studied alongside events...
International Cases In Sustainable Travel & Tourism Case studies - presenting real situations and allowing for a good balance of theory and practice - are an indispensable learning tool, not only in the classroom but also for academic research, consultancy and practical business management. They have the power to transform abstract learning to targeted opportunities.   International Cases in Sustainable Travel & Tourism (Goodfellow Publishers) provides an international range of outstanding new cases focused on sustainable tourism management and development, including...
Our current issue article series this week focuses on online and mobile technologies that enhance communication and marketing tools for tourism businesses and destinations. How can businesses and destinations utilize technology to enhance experience, and to engage team members, communities, and potential customers? What are some examples of innovative ideas and solutions effectively utilizing technology? Head over to TIES-EXCHANGE to share your comments and ideas! (Member log-in required)     From work to private life, from professional to social networking...
  New Routes Throughout Spain Will Help Travelers Discover Iberian Wildlife Ecowildlife Travel has recently announced a new product, Wildlife Spain, which will bring national and international attention to ecotourism in the region. Wildlife Spain will offer several tours that explore national parks and other protected areas in the Iberian Peninsula. In these natural areas, visitors can find the rich biodiversity that Iberia is known for. A presentation on Wildlife Spain was held on May 15th, 2013 in the National Geographic Madrid Store, where José Luis Rivera (CEO of...
  By Himalayan Smile Trek and Adventure Thomas Kelly's Book Highlights the Beauty of Humla, Nepal Two young Americans take us to Humla, an ancient territory at the edge of Nepal where no Westerner has ever lived before. In striking photographs and expressive prose, Thomas Kelly and Carroll Dunham capture Humla's limitless vistas and disclose intimate details of the lives of its extraordinary people: yak herders, caravan drivers, and shamans. In a land as eerie and forbidding as the landscape of some distant moon, these lives yield untold riches. Humla is a land of...
National Extension Tourism (NET) Conference to be Held in Detroit, MI, USA, August 6-9, 2013 Registration is now open for the 2013 National Extension Tourism (NET) Conference with the theme, "Tourism – Building Lasting Relationships."   The 2013 NET Conference will be an opportunity for Extension professionals, university research and teaching faculty, students, tourism professionals and community officials to network and to learn more about the following topics: Rural Tourism Development/Tourism in Resilient Communities Agritourism—Local...
New Publication: Ecotourism in ASEAN Countries Edited by Seong-il Kim, Mihee Kang and Dian Sukmajaya   "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. In establishing the ASEAN Community by 2015, ASEAN Tourism Ministers adopted the ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan 2011-2015. Based on the Strategic Plan, ASEAN emphasizes the development of four types of tourism products, among others, nature-based and community-based tourism, and ecotourism serves...
  New Classification System for Accommodations Aims to Strengthen Morocco’s Competitiveness as a Tourism Destination UNWTO, the Government of Morocco and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed an agreement to support the Ministry of Tourism of Morocco in the implementation of a new classification system for tourism accommodation establishments.   The project will build capacity within the Ministry of Tourism to set up the new classification system, a central part of Morocco’s tourism strategy "Vision 2020". The new system should...
  More than 2,000 loggerhead sea turtles died in fishing nets last summer in Baja California Sur, Mexico. TIES member SEE Turtles is working with a coalition of organizations to urge the Mexican government to take action on this problem. This effort needs the help of the ecotourism community and SEE Turtles is asking international tour operators and tourism organizations to show their support by signing on to the letter.   SEE Turtles has put together a letter praising the government's past efforts to protect wildlife and making the case that protecting wildlife is...
UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, and PATA CEO, Martin Craigs on the occasion of the PATA Annual Summit (April 26) in Bangkok, Thailand Advancing economic diversification, cultural and environmental preservation through tourism are the key objectives of a new Strategic Partnership signed between UNWTO and the Pacific Asia Travel Association at the PATA Annual Summit (25-28 April, Bangkok, Thailand) The lasting support to the development objectives and the positioning of tourism as a central contributor to economic growth and sustainability in Asia are at the center of the...
Tourism offices, food & drink producers, association leaders, wineries, brewers, chefs and journalists met for a full day of strategic planning & thought leadership Last week the World Food Travel Association (WFTA) officially kicked off Cascadian Cuisine, a new initiative focused on the development of a regional food and drink brand as a tool for economic development. The goal is that the new regional food brand will drive consumer awareness, create jobs and support the tourism efforts of communities across the region. At the meeting, the Association welcomed some of the most...

 

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