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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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EcoCamp Patagonia Exemplifies How Ecotourism Brings Technological Innovation

One of our partners, EcoCamp Patagonia, has the remarkable distinction of opening the world’s first Geodesic ecotourism accommodation. Since EcoCamp’s opening in 2000, the environmentally-conscious design concept has sprung up throughout Chile, Argentina, and Switzerland....
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Practical Tips for Experiencing Ecotourism in Florida

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...
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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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Difference Between Rainforest Alliance Verification & Certification

One of the primary aims of Greenloons is to educate consumers to understand both the similarities and different nuances among the various tourism certifications that exist across the globe today. While we have offered an...
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Is New Zealand Doing Enough With its Qualmark Enviro Eco-label to Support Ecotourism?

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...
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Demystifying the Netherlands’ Green Key Eco Certification

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 Eco Certification (formerly called the Milieubarometer). Originally created in 1998,...
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Don’t Be Duped By Eco! Value of Eco Certifications

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...
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Deconstructing the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism (CETS)

In general, European vacationers view ecotourism as a way to minimize their carbon footprint entirely by first traveling by train, for example, and then staying in rural areas where they can hike or go camping....
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Explorandes Peru’s Perspective On ISO 14001 EMS Certification Process

Recently Alfredo Ferreyros, the President of Explorandes Peru, which is a sustainable tour operator offering authentic ecotours to the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley and the Amazon Rainforest in Peru, answered some questions about...
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