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Sustainable tourism

The United Nations General Assembly declared 2017 ‘The International Year of Sustainable Tourism’, a significant opportunity to promote the contribution of the tourism industry to creating abetter world.

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When in the Amazon, Please Do Not Punch the Dolphins

MANAUS, Brazil — The “encontro das águas” (meeting of waters) between the dark Negro River and the light-brown Solimões River is impressive.

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Sustainable Tourism Observatory of Sonoma Joins UNWTO INSTO

The Sustainable Tourism Observatory of Sonoma, California, has become the 17th member of the UNWTO International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO).

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Travel co-ops and the rise of sustainable tourism

Every year, over one billion international tourists pack their bags to go on holiday, creating millions of jobs and investment for national and local economies. But decades of ever-expanding mass tourism are taking their toll on the environment.

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Villagers urged to swap fishing for ecotourism

The Tourism Minister has called on riverside communities in Kratie and Stung Treng provinces to avoid fishing in areas where dolphins live to attract visitors who want to see the rare creatures.

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Sustainable tourism in Armenia

While the United Nations designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, Armenia is struggling to manage and make the best out of the potential of this sector

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Stepping on their paws: study explores recreation’s unfun impacts on wildlife

In a video posted on YouTube on February 6th, a woman fishes a juvenile shark out of the waters of the Fernando de Noronha, an archipelago-cum-national park off Brazil’s north-eastern coast, wrestling with it as it thrashes furiously.

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Saving Raja Ampat waters with tourism

Environmentalists and academics estimate that Indonesia might suffer losses of US$18.6 million from damage to coral reefs in Raja Ampat, West Papua, caused by the Caledonian Sky cruise ship earlier this month.

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Ecotourism imperative for sector development

Indonesia has set itself an ambitious target of attracting 20 million tourists by 2019. In 2016, there were around 12 million foreign tourists so achieving this target seems somewhat of a stretch.

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British-owned cruise ship wrecks one of Indonesia’s best coral reefs

One of the main coral reefs at Raja Ampat, an Indonesian island chain home to perhaps the world’s richest marine biodiversity, was severely damaged last week when a Bahamian-flagged cruise ship smashed into it at low tide, according to an official report.

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Lessons from Chetpet lake

The Chetpet Eco Park serves as a template for carrying out any exercise to promote sustainable ecotourism at any other waterbody.

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Elephant poaching is losing Africa millions of tourist dollars

Around 20,000 elephants are killed in Africa every year for their tusks. This is not only bad news for the animals and their fans. It is also costing the tourism sector millions of dollars, says conservation group WWF.

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Andhra Pradesh and WTO to promote sustainable tourism

The Andhra Pradesh Tourism Authority is raring to go. In its quest to put the State on the international map, it has partnered with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (WTO) to promote sustainable tourism across the state

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Maldives plan to embrace mass tourism sparks criticism and outrage

The new government plans to relocate residents to larger atolls – leaving small islands ripe for development. It says these super resorts, not solar power, will create the money needed to adapt to climate change.

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Big tourism must demand action to save the reef – its business depends on it

According to a blog post on the home page of the tourism giant Mantra Group, a “family holiday in Queensland would be incomplete without a visit to the beautiful Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef system in the world”.

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The Politics of Viewing Polar Bears

Tourists flock to this coastal Alaskan town to photograph the vulnerable icons—raising hairy ethical questions

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Sustainable Tourism Can Make World Cleaner and Greener

MADRID | NAIROBI | BONN (IDN-INPS) - Whether it is a chic, zero-emission hotel in Milan where toiletries are 99 per cent biodegradable, or Gaansbai in South Africa, where conservation of native flora and fauna is a community-wide priority, sustainable tourism is growing fast across the globe.

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Tourism boosts Iceland's whaling industry

Iceland's anti-whaling campaigners confront massive demand for whale meat driven by restaurants catering to tourists.

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Tourism gone wild

Mismanagement, lack of a strategy and enforcement of law are killing tourism in Bangladesh. For example the natural forest of Jaflong is disappearing rapidly due to dumping of stone illegally excavated from the Dawki and Sari rivers by a group of profit mongering traders. No wonder tourism in th ...

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Can tourism protect the Great Barrier Reef?

A severe bleaching event last year prompted reports of the Great Barrier Reef’s death. But tour operators say much of the reef still thrives, and their boats can help protect it.

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Norway wants tourists to slow down and travel more sustainably

Cruise ships and Disney's 'Frozen' have led to crowds of unprecedented size, about which Norwegians are not entirely happy.

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Will turtles and tourism always be at loggerheads?

Zakynthos has some fascinating wildlife, but the Greek island’s biggest stars, its loggerhead turtles, are dying out – partly because of their popularity

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Sustainable and responsible tourism driving development in Africa

ABIDJAN, COTE D'IVOIRE - The United Nations has declared 2017 as "International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development", with the official launch by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) on January 18 in Madrid.

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Eco-tourism has to be about ecology and not economy

In what is meant to be a treat for wildlife enthusiasts, the government of Karnataka declared 2017 as the Year of the Wild.

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Tourism: Boon or threat for the Galápagos?

The Galápagos Islands are treasure trove of wildlife found nowhere else in the world. But are tourists wanting to experience it up close protecting or endangering this unique biodiversity?

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‘Too rare to wear’: new campaign targets tourists to end Hawksbill turtle trade

The Critically Endangered Hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) is being hunted to extinction for its shell.

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Tourism: Boon or threat for the Galápagos?

The Galápagos Islands are treasure trove of wildlife found nowhere else in the world. But are tourists wanting to experience it up close protecting or endangering this unique biodiversity?

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John Hoffmire: Turning Kenyan safaris into economic development hubs

In East Africa, native tour guides have formed an organization that is transforming the future of African wildlife and Kenyan safari travel.

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Thailand's Karen women find a future in ecotourism

CHIANG MAI, Thailand Deep in the jungle of Mae Wang, two hours' drive southwest of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, five women from the Karen ethnic group banded together to do something unprecedented in their community: They started a company run entirely by women.

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Developing a wolf economy: wildlife tourism fuels Manitoba’s economy

In February 2012, a team of people from Spirit Way Inc., University College of the North, Travel Manitoba, The Wildlife Society/Manitoba and Frontiers North Adventures met with government ministers in Winnipeg to present a discussion paper entitled “Building a Wolf Economy.”

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Cuba's ecotourism: Fruit of a green revolution

As Cuba mourns the death of Fidel Castro, a pioneering reforestation project that evolved into a UNESCO reserve and unique eco-community showcases both the country's socialist heritage, and its future challenges.

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Biodiversity conservation vital for the tourism sectors of Fiji and Tonga

The integration of tourism into the biodiversity sector was under the spotlight at the High Level Segment of the Thirteenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP13) in Cancun, Mexico.

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Don’t feed the orangutans — a warning unheeded at popular ecotourism stop

“Can I take a photo with her?” a tanktop-clad backpacker asked. “Of course,” a local guide said.In the orangutan’s hands was a plastic wrapper: snacks traded for the selfies.

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Vintage travel posters push the allure of now-extinct animals

The allure of travel for many jet-setters is seeing habitats and wildlife that can only be found in one place in the world. From elephants in Africa to giant tortoises in the Galapagos, it's compelling to see species living in their native habitat. Indeed, a country's biggest claim to fame can b ...

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Ethiopia: Unleashing National Parks' Tourism Potential

This time animal and bird species are migrating long from their previous tranquil habitat. The flora is also downsizing from time to time. This tragic unfolding is highly attributed to the risky impact of human beings on nature.

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Mexico Tourism Board Announces Strategic Marketing Programme Targeting UK Growth

The UK is the third largest market for Mexico’s tourism industry, with over 475,000 visitors in 2015, marking a 10.4 percent increase on 2014. In the first nine months of 2016, there has been a 9.2 percent increase over the same period last year, firmly establishing it as a favourite destinatio ...

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Elephant poaching costs African nations $25 million a year in lost tourism revenue

Every year, poachers kill around 30,000 African elephants for the illegal wildlife trade. The insatiable demand for ivory, mainly to supply Asian markets, has resulted in elephant population declines of up to 60 percent in just the last few years.

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Elephant poaching costs Africa's tourism industry $25 million per year

The average rate of return on elephant conservation in east, west, and south Africa compares favorably with rates of return on investments in areas like education, food security and electricity," said economist Brendan Fisher.

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Botswana: Biodiversity Under Threat - Expert

Professor Joseph Mbaiwa of the University of Botswana's Okavango Research Institute (ORI) in Maun has warned that if tourism is not properly managed and controlled, it may exacerbate the threat to biodiversity and sustainable use of resources in the Okavango Delta.

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Swim with dolphins? Travel companies shift away from wild animal attractions

Why TripAdvisor, one of the world's largest online travel agencies, will no longer sell tickets to attractions that invite tourists to interact with wild animals. Will this help or hurt conservation efforts?

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People can simultaneously give a hand to endangered apes and stay at safe distance

Primates claim the highest proportion of endangered species among all mammals, according to the IUCN Red List. Yet, the substantial conservation interference from humans, which is already in place, could itself lead to even greater losses.

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UNC researcher develops test scenarios for sustaining ecotourism in the Galapagos

If ecotourism in the Galapagos Islands—a province of Ecuador 1,000 kilometers from the mainland—continues to match its growth rate of the past two decades, the renowned sea turtles, giant tortoises, marine iguanas and unique landscapes that help attract visitors face serious risks.

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Eco-tourism to conserve forests, wildlife

Varanasi: The department of tourism has joined hands with the forest department to promote eco-tourism to help in conservation of forests and wildlife in Uttar Pradesh.

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Mountain Gorilla Ecotourism: A Tale of Two Countries

Mountain gorillas are big business in the Virungas, the majestic volcanic mountain range that is shared between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. And nowhere is this more evident than in Musanze (also known as Ruhengeri), the gateway to Volcanoes National Park in northwest Rwanda.

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World demands ecotourism

The booming social media like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram has been used by many Indonesians to promote the country’s beauty to the outside world.

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Sabang: Boosting tourism through conservation

Island beauty: A boy gazes out into the sea from Teupin Layeu Beach on the idyllic Rubiah Island in Sabang, Aceh.

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Rwanda taps into gorilla conservation tourism

Kigali - Rwanda has stepped up efforts to conserve endangered mountain gorillas in a bid to tap tourism revenues hinged on conservation.

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Ghana to get a $1.2bn ultra-modern ecotourism park in its capital city

Ghana has decided to convert one of its forest reserves – Achimota Forest – into a world-class recreational facility and a major tourism destination hub in West Africa at a cost of $1.2 billion.

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Uncontrolled tourism in Son Tra harms red shanked douc

Red shanked douc is considered a treasure of Son Tra and symbol of Da Nang City’s biodiversity. Scientists have proposed to add red shanked douc into the list of critically endangered species for stricter protection. (It is now listed in the endangered EN group).

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Sabang, Coron biodiversity to be protected

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is instituting measures to further protect the rich marine biodiversity within two of the country’s most famous diving spots.

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