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Southern Africa Must Unite to Boost Tourism

Johannesburg — Competing players in the tourism industry in southern Africa are putting aside their rivalry in pursuit of a common goal - a big boost in tourist numbers to the region

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Caribbean political, business leaders meet on Branson’s private island to discuss conservation

KINGSTON, Jamaica — In a bid to safeguard biodiversity and the Caribbean’s tourism-based economy, regional political leaders and corporate executives will gather Friday on billionaire Richard Branson’s private island with the aim of protecting 20 percent of the region’s coastal resources by 2020.

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'Know foreign languages and biodiversity' call

Kota Kinabalu: The licensed tourist guides have been advised to update themselves on existing and latest tourism products in Sabah so as to enhance their knowledge and quality.

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Why responsible tourism is the key to saving the mountain gorilla

The sunlight poured through the canopy, casting dappled shade over Makara, a large silverback mountain gorilla, as he cast his eyes around the forest clearing, checking on the members of his harem.

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Maldives launches US$3.38 million eco-tourism wetland conservation project

With the launch of a US$ 3.83 million eco-tourism wetland conservation project, the Maldives continues to push forward with climate change mitigation and adaptation initiatives, aiming to serve as a model for small island states.

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Nepal floods change river course and threaten tourism

A major tourism destination in western Nepal faces increased risk of natural disasters following a devastating flood last year, experts have warned.

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Caribbean Tourism Stakes Salvation on Greener Policies

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Apr 24 2013 (IPS) - Tourism, widely regarded as the mainstay of Caribbean economies, is being challenged to remain sustainable in an era of climate change and its impact on beaches, rivers and other attractions.

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Underwater biodiversity to bring in more tourists

The Department of Tourism (DOT) is planning to makediving as one of the major drivers in promoting the Philippines. “If you come to the Philippines and you don’t like what you see on land, just stick your head under water and you will be okay,” said Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. during yes ...

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Responsible travel talk at conference

There is an abundance of evidence demonstrating that a growing number of travellers are paying heed to destinations that practice environmental management, biodiversity conservation, historic restoration and cultural preservation, one of world’s leading sustainable travel watchdogs will tell del ...

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SANParks announces new Responsible Tourism Strategy

The South African National Parks (SANParks) has made public its 2022 Responsible Tourism Strategy (2022 RTS).

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Air NZ's green tourism award

Air New Zealand has won a major international award that recognises sustainable tourism best practice.

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Maasai fury as plan to lure Arabian Gulf tourists threatens their ancestral land

Tribal leaders vow to resign official posts in protest after nomads are denied access to their pastures in Serengeti 'wildlife corridor' to make way for Dubai-based luxury safari company

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Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital shortlisted for international Middle East Responsible Tourism Award

ABU DHABI - Having only opened to tourists six years ago to allow visitors the chance to experience the fascinating world of falcons and falconry, the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital (ADFH) has already been nominated for an international award.

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Feeding by tourists changing wildlife ways

HOLLYWOOD, Fla., March 18 (UPI) -- Stingrays at an "interactive ecotourism" site have profoundly changed their ways, raising questions about its impact on marine life, U.S. scientists say.

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Gambia: Coast Project Calls for Responsible Tourism, Protection of Coastal Environment

The coordinator of the Collaborative Action for Sustainable Tourism (COAST) project has said that the goal of the project is to support and enhance the conservation of globally significant coastal and marine ecosystems and associated biodiversity in sub-Saharan Africa, through the reduction of t ...

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Locals, biologists face off over Philippine whale shark feeding

(Reuters) - Tan-awan, in the southern Philippines island of Cebu, used to be a sleepy village that never saw tourists unless they were lost or in transit. Yet now they flock there by the hundreds - to swim with whale sharks, the world's largest fish.

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A way forward for sustainable tourism in the wider Caribbean

Sustainable tourism requires regional collaboration, according to a joint communiqué issued by agencies involved

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Sustainable Tourism: A Potential Force for Coastal Habitat & Marine Environment Protection

Growing up in Southern, California, for Dave the oceans was one of his first connections to nature.

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Spring Break Travel With A Purpose

Spring break provides an incredible opportunity to do some volunteer work and have a vacation too. A key is ensuring that any community service projects you are interested in are actually sustainable, ongoing efforts into which the local community is fully invested.

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Terrible Tourism

To save the forest that protects us from the wrath of nature, we need to respect its secrets and behave responsibly. It is also time we develop guidelines and restrict mass tourism that threatens the vegetation and wildlife of the world's largest mangrove, the Sundarbans.

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UN: East Africa leads ape tourism globally

The East African region is leading the world in ape tourism, a UN official said on Sunday. UN Conservation Program, Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) Programme Coordinator Doug Cress told journalists in Nairobi that appropriate government intervention have helped the region to reap economi ...

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Greenbacks galore in green tourism

The tourism industry in Cape Town is going green… and making some green while they’re at it. Answering the call of tourists who want to enjoy the city’s natural beauty without damaging it, government, NGO and private initiatives that offer environmentally friendly holidays are attracting plenty ...

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Reducing global tourism emissions

In its on-going effort to cut global tourism emissions, UNWTO brought together experts from United Nations agencies and Oxford University at UN climate change talks in Qatar to present the latest strategies helping to reduce tourism’s contribution to global warming.

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Mozambique: Will Mozambique's Coastal Riches Pay?

Mozambique has established Africa's largest coastal marine reserve, and there are hopes it could prove to be the key to prosperity for the coastal population.

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Africa: UNWTO Partners to up Sustainable Tourism

Considering Africa's potential in biodiversity, the United Nations World Tourism Organization has pledged its support to African countries to develop sustainable tourism through the management and protection of national parks.

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Some Caribbean Hotels Back Away from Battered Coastlines

The postcards portray sand, sea and sun. But key players in the Caribbean tourism industry are warning that it's time to shift gears away from the region's threatened coastlines and instead promote inland attractions like biodiversity.

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WWF enhances ecotourism to benefit species and people in the Galápagos

The Galápagos draws visitors to see amazing plants and wildlife found nowhere else in the world.

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Ecotourism Helps Amazon Jungle Communities Survive

ASUNCIÓN DEL QUIQUIVEY, Bolivia , Sep 12 2012 (IPS) - The Tsimane Mosetene people in Bolivia’s Amazon jungle region have found a tool to preserve their habitat and way of life: a community ecotourism project that won a United Nations-sponsored international award.

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Study: Tourism affecting Hawaiian dolphins

DURHAM, N.C., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Tourists in Hawaii intent on seeing dolphins up close may be disturbing the animals' daytime rest periods and driving them from safe habitats, researchers say

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Tiger population of India facing 'total disaster' due to tourism ban

High court decree condemned by environmentalists as well as those who earn their living from the endangered beast

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Giant tortoise death casts shadow over Galapagos Islands

A shadow has hung over the Galapagos Islands since the death in June of its most famous resident, the giant tortoise Lonesome George, and the islands are worried by the impact of his death on the tourist industry.

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Philippines attracts allies to protect biodiversity

YEOSU, South Korea—For its powdery sand beaches, crystal clear waters and extensive marine biodiversity, the Philippines is not only attracting potential tourists here but also great allies in the protection and preservation of its abundant coastal and marine resources.

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Tourism driving illegal elephant trade in Burma and Thailand – video

Up to 100 wild elephants are being captured from the wild each year in Burma, to smuggle into Thailand for tourist destinations

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India’s Supreme Court bans tourism in wildlife parks in effort to save endangered big cat

NEW DELHI — India’s top court banned tourism in tiger reserves across the country Tuesday in a ruling that aims to protect the endangered big cats but may disrupt travel plans for droves of tourists who booked stays at the hundreds of hotels that have sprung up deep inside the forests.

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INDIA : Tourism facilities near wildlife habitats to pay 10% of revenue soon

NEW DELHI: All tourist operations within 5km of all 600 plus tiger reserves, national parks, sanctuaries and wildlife corridors in the country will soon have to fork out a minimum of 10% of their turnover as " local conservation fee"…

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Maldives eyes $100 mln tourist tax for CO2 pla

LONDON, July 7 (Reuters) - A voluntary tax on tourists who visit the luxury resorts and white sands of the Maldives could raise up to $100 million a year towards the country's aim to become carbon neutral by 2020, President Mohamed Waheed said.

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Climate change threatens Botswana's main tourist attraction

Botswana urgently needs policies to facilitate climate change adaptation to protect the Okavango Delta, the country's most lucrative tourist attraction, according to a new study.

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Climate change threatens Botswana's main tourist attraction

[GABORONE] Botswana urgently needs policies to facilitate climate change adaptation to protect the Okavango Delta, the country's most lucrative tourist attraction, according to a new study.

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Human Activity and Climate Change Threaten Tourism in Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jun 6, 2012 (IPS) - Experts here fear that that the impact of climate change on Jamaica's fragile ecosystems will worsen the ravages of human activity and destroy the country's tourism industry.

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The vanishing Niger River imperils tourism and livelihoods in the desert

Severely affected by recent turmoil across its northern frontiers, Nigerien tourism pins hope on river valley attractions to play a major role in rebuilding its tourism industry in the upcoming years. Even though the river itself is threatened.

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Can nature's beauty lift citizens from poverty?

Using nature's beauty as a tourist draw can boost conservation in China's valued panda preserves, but it isn't an automatic ticket out of poverty for the humans who live there, a unique long-term study shows.

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100-metre whale watching buffer zone proposed

The federal government has proposed a mandatory 100-metre buffer zone between whales and the people who watch them in Canadian waters.

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Sustainable tourism brings Caribbean together

Keeping the Right Balance is the theme of a major conference taking place in Guyana.

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Wild Orangutans Stressed by Eco-Tourists, but Not for Long, Study out of North Borneo Finds

ScienceDaily (Mar. 15, 2012) — Wild orangutans that have come into contact with eco-tourists over a period of years show an immediate stress response but no signs of chronic stress, unlike other species in which permanent alterations in stress responses have been documented, new research from an ...

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Ecotourism no threat to tiger shark behaviour

Feeding sharks at offshore dive sites does not appear to adversely affect shark behaviour, according to a new study into the booming ecotourism industry.

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Tourism for biodiversity in Tambopata

Research and exploration in the Neotropics are extraordinary, life-changing experiences.

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Gabon: Surfing hippos, lacking tourists

A decade ago Gabon set aside 10% of its land for national parks. It wanted to become Africa's version of Costa Rica - a magnet for eco-tourists. But turning Gabon's natural assets into tourist cash has been tougher than expected.

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Task force to bring Sunderbans in world tourism map

SUNDERBANS (WB): Sunderbans, the largest mangrove forests on earth, would be brought in the world tourism map and a task force had been created for the purpose, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said.

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The Tribal Show Goes On

KOLKATA, Jan 16, 2012 (IPS) - In the eastern city Kolkata, a tourist just back from a holiday in India’s Andaman islands last week boasts he threw bananas to Jarawa tribe members and secretly photographed them when their car passed through a jungle.

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Responsible Tourism at the "End of the World"

USHUAIA, Argentina, Jan 10, 2012 (Tierramérica) - An innovative responsible tourism initiative in the Beagle Channel - a narrow strait linking the Atlantic and Pacific near the southernmost tip of South America - ensures the compatibility of the observation and conservation of unique bird and ma ...

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