The Philippines' most famous resort island Boracay re-opens Friday after a six-month clean-up intended to fix the damage done by unrestrained mass tourism.
Nature - if you support it, ecotourists will come. Managed wisely, both can win. The balancing act of protecting and fostering biodiversity with hordes of tourists in pristine nature parks is a global challenge.
India is a distinct landmass, a glorious subcontinent with vast expanses and fantastic biodiversity you won’t see anywhere. With 104 National Parks and 544 Wildlife Sanctuaries, including Tiger Reserves, Desert and Bird Sanctuaries, Marine Parks and even a Floating National park - India has them ...
Unlike scuba diving, which requires more gear and more courage, snorkeling is a breeze for underwater sightseers. All it takes is a mask and a tube, a pair of fins, an inflatable life vest and a sense of adventure.
If you live in a tourist destination, you might dread the holiday invasion. Likewise, disgruntled tourists complain about crowded and polluted beaches, national parks or attractions.
Do you know why Costa Rica is considered one of the happiest places in the world and the most beautiful to visit? Here are 7 excellent reasons:
The people of the Mexican state of Oaxaca earn their living making pulque, a traditional drink made with Agave.
When you go to the Grand Isle Resort and Spa in the Bahamas, you don’t normally see “shark tagging” as an excursion option of at a four-star luxury resort.
The mass nesting, a phenomenon known as arribada (a Spanish term), began Tuesday night. An estimated 92,053 female turtles were spotted digging pits with flippers to lay eggs.
Kangaroo Island, less than 130 kilometres from Adelaide, is one of Australia's ecological jewels. Tourism Australia describes it as a "pristine wilderness", with cliffs, beaches, wetlands and dense bushland offering protection to native animals such as penguins, sea lions, pelicans, koalas and, ...
“Last-chance tourism” is hastening the decline of destinations like the Florida Reef and the Galapagos Islands.
What does the big blue mean to you? Is it a holiday destination, a source of income, as for the 60 million people working in the marine fishing industry, a vital protein source of 151 million tonnes for human consumption, or a home to millions of species? The ocean has a different meaning for ev ...
Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, and Asia is one of the hottest destinations.
Fifteen years ago, the waters around Islas Marietas in Mexico’s Nayarit State were so abundant with corals that people could see them for miles.
Thirty years after Saddam Hussein starved them of water, Iraq's southern marshes are blossoming once more thanks to a wave of ecotourists picnicking and paddling down their replenished river bends.
Climate change is hitting Spain harder than most other European nations. Drinking water is scarce and beaches are receding. There's a danger that tourism in the country will suffer a major setback in the decades to come.
The giant manta ray is at risk in the Pacific ocean, but the rise of ecotourism is changing attitudes among local fishermen
The mere sound of the human voice in the wild will send large and medium-sized carnivores into hiding and encourage rodents to prosper, according to new research.
A massive ecosystem of lakes, rivers and marshes known as the Everglades dominates the southern portion of Florida.
Countries in Africa can do more to develop tourism in protected areas, which would in turn create jobs in rural places, diversify and grow their economies and improve environmental resilience in the face of growing pressures, a report has said.
It’s no secret that the world’s oceans are struggling. Overfishing, damaging commercial fishing practices, an ever-growing micro-plastic problem and the effects of climate change are taking their toll on seas, oceans and waterways across the world.
Lebanon's beaches have a serious pollution problem. But off Tripoli's Mediterranean coast, a pristine haven attracts migrating wildlife and daytrippers alike.
The Global Wildlife Travel Index for 2019 ranked every country on its wildlife travel offering, analysing a variety of factors including wildlife biodiversity, prevalence of national parks, conservation efforts and protected natural areas.
KIGALI, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- Tourist visits to Rwanda's national parks increased by 600 percent since 2003 and the revenues from the visits grow by 250 percent, Rwandan Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente said on Monday at a conservation conference in Kigali, capital city of Rwanda.
NAMIBIA'S national parks are a vital tool for conserving the country's biodiversity, says environment and tourism minister Pohamba Shifeta. “By managing parks well, their irreplaceable assets and unlimited potential will be conserved for future generations.
Cook Islands — With its white sand, turquoise waters and train of dreamy desert islands just offshore, it’s not hard to see why Muri Lagoon hits the spot for holidaymakers. Situated on the east coast of Rarotonga, the largest and most populous of the Cook Islands, the lagoon is the biggest touri ...
Coasts are habitats for many endangered species and are therefore of great ecological value. They are also of great economic value, as humans use them in very different ways: for instance as areas of permanent settling or as tourist destinations. Researchers at the University of Bayreuth have no ...
Indonesia has scrapped plans to ban tourists from an island home to komodo dragons and will instead limit visitor numbers and raise entry prices to create a "premium destination", officials said.
As Switzerland bundles up for the cooler months, there is a sun-drenched part of this country that offers scores of Italian history and culture. Here is how you can make the most of Ticino
Ha Long city in the northeastern province of Quang Ninh is striving to develop sustainable tourism, especially promoting the world natural heritage site of Ha Long Bay.
Namibia’s well maintained biodiversity brings in a whopping N$13 billion annually, Environment and Tourism Minister Pohamba Shifeta announced this week.
Ecotourism is no longer a buzzword invented in the 1990s. For Rwanda, it represents a vital stream of income which helps to preserve its natural wonders and boost its carbon-free credentials
WWF-Bulgaria is alarmed that the new draft management plan for Pirin National Park is further endangering the habitat of the chamois. The draft plan foresees an expansion of sport infrastructure that would be allowed on an area 12.5 times greater than what is currently allowed, or 7.5% of the Pa ...
Waddling up the beach in single file, their heads held high with an almost self-important demeanour, king penguins are a major draw in the Falkland Islands' tourism industry. Their fluffy brown chicks are nearly fearless of humans, meaning tourists at Volunteer Point, a peninsula on East Falklan ...
The Caribbean is being urged to diversify its economic base in the face of climate- change risks that could significantly compromise traditional moneymakers such as tourism.
MADRID, Dec 4 2019 (IPS) - The travel and tourism sector, with its significant economic and social benefits, has no choice but to transform to survive and thrive in the face of climate change, said UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa at COP25 to industry representatives.
New Zealand’s booming tourist industry is threatening to ruin its most popular landscapes and could see the country face the kind of overcrowding seen in cities such as Amsterdam, Venice and Barcelona, a new report has warned.
The holiday season is here! Time to take a break from daily life and unwind. Many people pack their bags and set off to see the beauty of the world. But for the eco-minded, finding the right holiday destination can be difficult and with mixed results.
The global population of mountain gorillas has increased to over 1,000. According to a survey conducted between May and December 2018, the Bwindi-Sarambwe Nature Reserve, had 459 gorillas divided into 50 groups and 13 solitary individuals.
Earth is under the grip of climate change, which, in turn, is the result of increasing levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere due to deforestation, urbanization, industrialization, pollution, expanding tourism and increasing human population.
It’s an unlikely spot for an organic fruit and vegetable garden, tucked away between soulless high-rise buildings that dot the most densely populated country in the world. But this 450 sq m sliver of land is where market gardener Jessica Sbaraglia toils away.
In a shady patch along a pristine white beach on Mahe Island, a radio spits out reggae and snapper sizzles on the barbecue, as Seychelloise Nareen tops up her rum and coke on time off from her job aboard a luxury yacht.
From Greenland To Lesotho, And Mongolia To Malaysia, Here’s The New York Times’s Pick Of Places To Inspire, Delight And Motivate You.
If you’re on a wildlife escapade in Sri Lanka, hold your breath because the country’s natural bounty is about to knock the wind out of you. A growing ecotourism hotspot, Sri Lanka boasts of an incredible number of endemic species and biodiversity.
The 23-year-old sales associate was traveling for work, thirsty from the plane trip, and ready to set aside his personal commitment to sustainability to gulp down water from the single-use plastic bottles he always finds in his hotel rooms.
Noted for its vast mangrove forests, pure air and wildlife sanctuaries, the coastal district of Can Gio and its Mangrove Biosphere Reserve is a perfect weekend break from the frenzied activity of the country's big cities.
Reef-World Foundation - the international coordinator of the United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) Green Fins initiative - is reminding tourists of the huge environmental impact their actions can have and is calling on people to protect coral reefs by following a few simple guidelines.
Everything about Lord Howe, a reef-rimmed tropical island 780km north-east of Sydney, is laidback – except for the fervour with which its locals protect their paradise.
Look down into the waters of the Venice canals today and there is a surprising sight – not just a clear view of the sandy bed, but shoals of tiny fish, scuttling crabs and multicoloured plant-life.
My first memories of a safari are in the Churna range of Bori Wildlife Sanctuary in the early 1990s. I was a little boy, barely five years old. The safaris of those days were nothing like what we experience today. Tourism wasn't formally an activity carried out in the Bori Sanctuary. Permissions ...