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Ecotourism Certification Standards: Deconstructing Green Globe

The Green Globe program grew out of the 1992 United Nations Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit, where 182 heads of state from around the world endorsed the Agenda 21 principles of sustainable development. Subsequently, Green...
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Deconstructing the Sustainable Tourism Eco-certification Program (STEP)

The Ecotourism Certification Standards series continues with Sustainable Tourism Eco-certification Program (STEP). The STEP program was created by Sustainable Travel International, which is a non-profit organization “dedicated to promoting responsible tourism, supporting sustainable development, and...
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Ecotourism Certification Standards: South America’s Smart Voyager Certification

South America’s Smart Voyager is the sustainable tourism certification program for tourist boats, tour operators and hotels operating in South America. The program is so rigorous that in 2002, it was recognized by the United...
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Ecotourism Certification Standards: South Africa’s Fair Trade Tourism (FTT)

The Ecotourism Certification Standards series continues with South Africa’s Fair Trade Tourism (FTT) program. South African tourism is synonymous with nature and wildlife safaris, cradle of humankind exploration, hiking and water adventure, and most recently...
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Costa Rica Sustainable Certification Explained

The Ecotourism Certification Standards series continue with a description of Costa Rica sustainable certification for tourism. In North America, the term ecotourism has become synonymous with the country of Costa Rica. Its lush natural environment...
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Ecotourism Certification Standards: Brazil Adventure Tourism Certification

The Ecotourism Certification Standards series continues with Brazil Adventure Tourism Safety (Aventura Segura) program. With the recent granting of both the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympic Games, Brazil’s conscious stepping up of efforts...
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Ecotourism 101: What certifications exist for the ecotourism industry?

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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Criteria That Makes a Hotel an Eco-hotel?

How can one tell the difference between a true green or eco-hotel and a hotel that employs greenwashing practices?  The good news is that there are some reputable green hotel certification programs, including the Green...
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