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How Your Next Trip to Mauritius Revolutionizes Tourism

I first landed in Mauritius three years ago and, I haven’t left ever since.  My friends and family back in Mexico think that the green-blue waters and year-round perfect weather allured me to stay. “You...
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Vacation Carbon Offset Steps

Did you know there is a certification behind the value of a vacation carbon offset?  Since 1997, Green-e has set the standard for renewable energy in the United States and Canada as well as the standard for certification...
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Get Involved! World Charter for Sustainable Tourism ST+20 Event

I have been a proud member of Sustainable Tourism ST+20 Scientific Committee for more than two years, during which I have tried to advance the organization’s goals for preserving common heritage, supporting tourism biodiversity, decreasing...
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EarthCheck Certification Focuses on Carbon Emissions

The origins of EarthCheck certification date back to 1997 when the Australian government created the Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (STCRC) in order to produce science-based research about sustainability in the travel industry. In the...
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Far-reaching & Transparent: Biosphere Responsible Tourism Eco-Certification

Of all the eco-certifications available to guiding companies and accommodations worldwide, Biosphere is the only one to have been Approved (versus Recognized) by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council as having an independently verified process that...
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Focusing on Corporate Social Responsibility, TourCert Offers German, European Standard for Ecotourism

Formulated by social responsibility experts in the tourism industry, universities, political realm, environmental policy and development organizations, TourCert awards certifications to organizations that specify how their business activities impact social and ecological programs. TourCert is...
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Kimpton, Hilton Hotels Going Extra Mile to Lessen Carbon Footprint, Embrace Sustainability

How do you know when eco-certified travel is going mainstream? It is when customers and hotel chains both extol the virtues of certification and eco-labels. Earlier this year, a Canadian Travel Intentions Survey found that...
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Choosing Eco-certified Travel in Croatia

Croatia has been receiving a lot of press lately as the “new” and relatively untouched area of Europe for wanderlusts to discover. The country offers pristine beaches, hiking trails and vineyards for adventures and culinary...
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Ecotourism Ireland – Taking a Worldwide Movement of Triple Bottom Line Sustainability From Niche to Norm

Rolling hills, castles, churches, potatoes, shamrocks and leprechauns – that’s what Ireland means to me! Since 2004, Ireland has also stood for a practical ecotourism standard. Developed by the organization, Ecotourism Ireland, and in association...
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What Does Eco-certification Really Mean for Travelers?

What does the term “obtained a qualified third party eco-certification” really mean to travelers? Is it a “green” seal of approval? Does it mean that a tourism supplier is also operating in a sustainable, responsible,...
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