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Defining Ecotourism
Water trek from La Gaulette to Ile aux Benitiers © Mauritius Conscious
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 are lucky”, most people say.  And indeed I am; not because of the promised paradise Mark Twain once wrote about,...
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LittlePetra_Jordan
Have you had some trepidation when thinking about traveling to Jordan? After visiting more than 46 countries, may I say that your fear is unwarranted as visiting Jordan this past May was one of the best travel experiences I have ever had!  As a result of being at the junction of Europe, Africa, and Asia, Jordan...
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Sustainable Greece is making news – and not just because BlogTrotters last year featured its successful sustainable tourism practices in support of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation’s (UNWTO) International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, but because the Greek Millennial generation is choosing to incorporate sustainability into their careers.  In Greece, this generation is...
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Eduardo Coelho Pousada Flutuante Uakari Floating Lodge
The link between conservation efforts and tourism in the Amazon became stronger after Rio Earth Summit in 1992. By then, the Mamirauá Institute for Sustainable Development was expanding its impact around a special floodplain forest area of the Amazon – more specifically the 1,124,000 hectares between the Amazon and Japurá Rivers that houses endemic species such as...
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Posada Amazonas
One of the three values of ecotourism, in addition to its inherent social and environmental benefits, is the economic sustainability provided to local communities through the following tenants: Local ownership, Observing and maintaining traditional practices of developing goods and food, Offering employment opportunities This infographic was designed to convey the economic benefits of ecotourism, define...
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1 night Raft
With ecotourism estimated to be the fastest-growing sector of the global tourism market (UNWTO), it is imperative that those of us seeking to reduce our environmental impact while traveling find ways to easily distinguish between authentic ecotourism and greenwashing.  This infographic helps clear the confusion. While we don’t want to simply latch on to the...
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Madagascar Tourism Helping Communities
Across Africa, the transformational abilities of tourism have proven invaluable in helping to repair the relationship between people and planet. Sustainable certification standards, like those instituted by South Africa’s Fair Trade Tourism, have ushered in new awareness for tourism that benefits communities socially, economically and environmentally.  This awareness has translated into action on the island...
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Sustainable Tourism: Water Usage in US Hotels
I was born with the travel bug. As often as I could, I was off visiting and re-visiting places near and far, soaking in sea air, language, and culture. But as my eco-conscience grew, I realized that my growing collection of seashells and jet-fuelled flights might be satisfying my wanderlust at the expense of the...
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World Summit on Sustainable Tourism
I have been a proud member of Sustainable Tourism Charter’s 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 tourism’s effect on climate change, wealth redistribution, and enhancing partnerships and innovation – the last of which specifically related...
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Hoi An 1 vietnam
Our new partner in Vietnam, Easia Travel, has taken the concept of green travel one step further than what is traditionally seen in southeast Asia by supporting specific environmental awareness, aquaculture training, heritage preservation, and gender equality initiatives aimed at improving the living conditions of local communities as well as enhancing the travel experience for their...
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