Month

February 2012
Florida SEE Logo
I had the pleasure of meeting John Kiseda, Education Coordinator for Sustainability for Florida’s Lee County Parks and Recreation Department, during last September’s Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC). I was thrilled to learn from John that the state of Florida had recently implemented its own eco-certification program for tourism suppliers. The Florida SEE designation...
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While on a recent weekend getaway with my husband we walked the beach early one morning. Normally the beaches of Florida are filled with tourists, or early morning shell collectors. This particular morning was very quiet, with the exception of many seagulls and cranes. This particular bird was searching for food for quite some time,...
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I have been lucky enough to spend a lot time in the sky traveling this wonderful world. I have endured so much time in the miles above sea level that when the Reaper comes in all his glory, he will be stuck with me and my life flashback in economy. This time traveling has worked...
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On a recent trip to Israel I had the great pleasure of hiking to the top of Masada at sunrise and teaching a yoga class at the top!
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Ecuador Giant Turtle
Our ecotourism conservation spotlight continues with a profile of Ecoventura, a certified sustainable tour operator in the Galapagos Islands and its pledge to sponsor 12 local student scholarships for one Ecology Project International course to study conservation and ecology-related issues. I had an opportunity to post some questions about this amazing program to Doris Welsh,...
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Intrepid Foundation
How do you know that your eco-travels can make a huge impact on wildlife conservation? One practical tip is to investigate exactly how much an ecotour operator is contributing toward conservation efforts. One such example of true ecotourism can be found in Vietnam. The Intrepid Foundation, which is a non-profit organization that supports non-governmental organizations...
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It is such a pleasure to have a resource like Greenloons. There is a growing number of travelers who share a passion for exploring unique and natural areas and uncovering their hidden stories.  They are sensitive about their impact on the surrounding environment and local community. These travelers look for authentic experiences that expand their minds...
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Last September, I had the pleasure of meeting the Director of Spirit of Japan Travel, Masaru Takayama, who founded the company in February, 2008 so that local communities interested in ecotourism could market directly to travelers from America and Southeast Asia, rather than through mass tourism travel agents. I had an opportunity to ask him...
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