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Defining Ecotourism

Madagascar Responsible Travel: Making a Difference in Local 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...
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Make Sure Your Next Vacation is Sustainable Travel!

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...
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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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Sustainable Travel Change Maker: Preserving Ecosystems in 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...
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Introducing Sustainable Tourism Consulting Services

As everyone knows, the green travel/eco travel trend is gaining full momentum, particularly among today’s socially conscious consumers. However, just as green travel is becoming mainstream, so has the trend for greenwashing or fake claims...
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Practical Marketing Solutions – One Sustainable Hotel At a Time

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Florie Thielin at the Ecotourism & Sustainable Tourism Conference in Quito and learning more about the Hopineo initiative. It’s a deliciously simple, but an impactful...
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Sustainable Travel Through Cotopaxi Ecuador

A few weeks ago, I traveled to Quito, Ecuador to give a presentation at the Ecotourism & Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC). Many speeches and declarations were made during the conference, but the most notable was when the...
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Zagreb Travel: What Green, Sustainable Lifestyles Mean in Croatia

Last summer’s travels with my son was a part social experiment, part field research on how sustainability is viewed through the eyes of a nine-year-old child. Each country we visited, namely Cyprus, Greece, Croatia, and...
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Ecotourism History & Impact Infographic

It may seem like a new phenomenon, but ecotourism history has been around for more than 200 years when Alexander von Humboldt and botanist Aimé Bonpland traveled across Central and South America.  Since then, eco-conscious explorers...
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Wild Alaska Environmental Commitment – Benefits for Tourism

Wild Alaska, as it is sometimes known, is one of the least densely populated places in the world, and much of the state remains wild and road-less. Travel to Alaska typically focuses on these remote...
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