Month

April 2011
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New Zealand has long been regarded as a clean and green destination as a result of its rich and fragile natural landscape. But in recent years, there had been controversy as to whether its official environmental policies and practices were doing enough to protect and conserve nature. For example in 2008, New Zealand promoted the...
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Explore the green side of Africa, a land that is said to have the power to stir the soul. Africa, the cradle of civilization, is said by travelers to have the power to stir the soul.  With its incredibly diverse geography, one can connect with nature and witness wildlife in the rainforest, desert, savanna or mountains. ...
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It may not immediately come to mind, but natural rivers and springs are abundant in Jamaica. With over 120 rivers flowing through the country from the central mountain region to the coasts, and several mineral springs recognized for their therapeutic value, Jamaica is an easy ecotourism getaway for families. The fast flowing rivers, namely the...
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The Netherlands, best known for its tulips, wooden shoes, windmills and canals, also has its own eco-label for environmentally friendly businesses called the Green Key (formerly called the Milieubarometer). Originally created in 1998, the Green Key focuses on “internal and external communications, sustainability in the management of the company, use of energy, gas and water,...
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With the advent of words such as green, environmentally friendly, sustainable and eco as powerful marketing slogans, it should come as no surprise that many organizations within the tourism industry have adopted these terms to attract consumers. There are financially lucrative reasons for marketing hotels and vacation activities in this manner since surveys have indicated...
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Just because you are going on a family vacation doesn’t mean that learning should take a break too. Ecotourism is full of what educators call teachable moments or, more definitively, unplanned opportunities to explain a concept that has unintentionally captured a child’s interest. Whether it is touring the rainforests of the Amazon, observing blue footed...
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Asia, a colorful mix of spirituality, incense, spices and architecture, captivates from the start.  Whether you are visiting the Great Wall of China, admiring the temples of Thailand, enduring the jungles of Malaysia, tackling the steppes of Mongolia, swimming the many islands of the region or skiing the Alps of Japan, the diversity of Asia’s...
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Springtime in Petra Jordan
While not the first place you would think of for ecotourism, Jordan’s natural landscape of waterfalls and canyons as well as the Dead Sea and the Mujib gorge, which enjoys the distinction of being the lowest elevation nature reserve in the world, are placing Jordan on the map of new ecotourism destinations. Sandwiched between Saudi...
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Our last stop on our introductory tour through Costa Rica that included Finca Rosa Blanca and Pacuare Lodge, was San Jose, where the CST Level 4 certified Grano de Oro was grandly perched and waiting for our arrival. The Grano de Oro, which literally means “grain of gold” referring to the coffee bean and the...
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