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February 2011
Recently, the Rainforest Alliance launched its Sustainable Trip website for travelers who want to support green hotels, day tour operators, and other businesses that have been verified by independent, third-party sustainable tourism certification programs or recommended by reputable organizations. The site is a wonderful tool for travelers who have set plans and itineraries in Central and...
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In the age of travel alerts, political uprisings and airport security lines, it is no wonder why so few people travel outside of their home regions. A recent article posted on CNN.com gave a grim view of Americans who prefer to not travel internationally for a myriad of reasons ranging from our general lack of...
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The only manual of its kind, our certification standards summary clarifies evaluation criteria for the Top 18 eco-vacation accreditations.  We just published a revised comprehensive online certification reference guide aimed at aiding environmentally conscious travelers, like you, who want to make more responsible vacation purchasing decisions.  There are more than 25 sustainable tourism and ecotourism certifications available...
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It’s been a while since discussing the criteria that makes an eco-hotel and given that the green lodging space is changing very quickly and becoming ever more popular, I thought it was time to provide an updated list of favorite eco-hotel websites with a quick description of each.  Isn’t it about time you set off...
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This past week, the National Geographic Society played master of ceremonies for the premiere of Dereck and Beverly Joubert’s “The Last Lions”. The extraordinarily powerful documentary film by the award-winning couple focused on the plight of one lioness, Ma di Tau, and her determination to keep her three cubs safe and thriving despite numerous obstacles....
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As the popularity of environmentally-friendly products has grown over the years, consumers have been conditioned to believe that green goods or eco products equate to more expensive merchandise. In the specific case of ecotourism, this is simply not the case. Indeed, it is possible to participate in ecotourism and stay well within your vacation budget....
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Canada is a large country with ample wilderness to explore, ancient forests to survey, mammals to discover, and native peoples artifacts to appreciate. The country offers many opportunities both for self-discovery as well as quality family time. Canadian ecotourism can be placed into two categories: natural ecotourism and ecotourism focusing on the arts and cultures...
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Probably best known for the rolling hills featured in the film The Sound of Music, Austria is a country with an immense geographic diversity of mountains, forests, and lakes that account for a wide variety of flora and fauna. Most of what constitutes ecotourism in Austria includes nature-based hiking or mountaineering at one of its...
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As one of the 10 most visited countries in the world, Mexico is the personification of sun, sand, surf and cultural heritage. Given its importance of tourism to the economy, Mexico instituted, in 2006, a regulation that has “certified (more than 30) ecotourism businesses and provided small, rural tourism business owners with training, technical assistance,...
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Learn more about Greenloons as well as the benefits of ecotourism travel! Greenloons offers parents, as well as other nature and wildlife enthusiasts, with a one-stop shop for ecotourism travel services.  It is the only website that both recommends authentic family ecotours led by third-party certified tour operators and brings transparency to the different ecotourism certification standards. We provide you with...
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