In January 1966, the first ship carrying "citizen-explorers" arrived in Antarctica. At the time, only a handful of leisure travelers had ever considered visiting the world's most remote land mass.
Using ecotourism to save one of Armenia's most biologically diverse regions
The proposed guidelines for regulating eco-tourism close to eco-sensitive zones of national parks have sparked a controversy with stakeholders cautioning that it will spell doom to wildlife in the State.
Antarctica is the last landmass on Earth that remains almost entirely undisturbed by human presence, except for a few scientific research stations. Is its wildlife at risk from a growing influx of cruise-ship tourists?
In 1958, Lars-Eric Lindblad founded Lindblad Travel with a mission to explore the world; that included sending the first expedition cruise to Antarctica in 1966
At the southern tip of the island of Santa Cruz in the Galápagos, a gorge known as Las Grietas is home to a species of parrot fish: a brilliantly colored creature about 18 inches in length.
In 1969, about 900 tourists visited the tiny Caribbean island of Roatán, off the coast of Honduras. In 2000, about 100,000 visited. In 2011, more than 1,000,000 people came.
Environmentalists have won a decade-long battle to halt construction of a mega-hotel in one of Spain's largest coastal protected areas. However, the conflict between tourism and conservation is far from over.
Ecotourism will only help save orangutans if it generates enough income to replace that coming from logging, new research suggests.
If environmentalists want to protect fragile ecosytems from landing in the hands of developers -- in the US and around the globe -- they should team up with ecotourists, according to a study.
Tourism is on the rise on the African continent but is yet to reach its full potential, according to the 2015 edition of the Africa Tourism Monitor.
Luanda — Some infrastructures that aim at the promotion of ecotourism and contribute to the diversification of the economy have been springing up in the country's national parks, in an initiative of the Environment Ministry and partners.
Far from increasing the vulnerability of wildlife to predators, ecotourism actually helps conservation efforts, researchers say.
A tiny fishing village in Mexico used to be the center of the country's sea turtle slaughter industry. Now, it's become an ecotourism haven - thanks to a different kind of turtle power.
Associated Press photographer Ben Curtis trekked into the mountains of Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park to take a look at the rising phenomenon of tourists making the trip in the hopes of catching glimpses of mountain gorillas.
When critters get used to tourists, they may be less aware of both predators and poachers
As the sun set, 25 boats converged on a small patch of reef just a few hundreds yards from the shore of Kona, Hawaii.
Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo have renewed commitment to jointly conserve flora and fauna in the Greater Virunga Landscape.The countries, that are sanctuaries of global rare species, in this case mountain gorillas, face challenge of raising a high number of gorillas, mostly silver backs, if they a ...
27 September 2015 – Marking the observance of World Tourism Day, senior United Nations officials are spotlighting the transformative potential of one billion tourists and their increasing capacity to help boost socio-economic and environmental development.
SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA, Chile , Sep 22 2015 (IPS) - Chile’s altiplano or high plateau region, pounded by the sun of the Atacama desert, the driest place in the world, is home to dozens of indigenous communities struggling for subsistence by means of sustainable tourism initiatives that are not alw ...
Tourism is developing unsustainably in many poorer nations and so is failing to deliver major economic gains, according to researchers speaking at a conference.
Young ecotourists from abroad are paying up to R50,000 to raise "orphaned lion cubs" so they can be "rehabilitated into the wild" - without knowing that the lions are actually mass bred in captivity, then sold off for canned hunts.
Visakhapatnam: The district administration has identified land for the development of world class biodiversity knowledge-cum-theme park at Tangudubilli village in Anandapuram mandal, 48 km from the city.
Travelling light can have heavy costs. A tourist flying economy class from Britain to Kenya and back generates around a tonne of carbon emissions, according to the International Civil Aviation Organisation.
Promoting safe, satisfying and fulfilling visitor experiences, ensuring environmental and cultural protection, strengthening biodiversity, and providing employment opportunities and fair pay are some of the strategies for sustainable tourism laid down in the Kerala Perspective Plan-2030 unveiled ...
The 28-strong team of scientists, forest officials and ITBP personnel on a 26-day tour of the Nanda Devi National Park (NDNP) returned on Monday. Team members say the biodiversity of the region is showing signs of recovery from the severe strain of unrestrained mountaineering between 1939 and 1982.
The registration of the lake in UNESCO's World Heritage site will enable to protect the biodiversity in the lake, conduct research on those biodiversities, knowledge transfer and attract more tourists
Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has transferred 15 giraffes from Murchison Falls National Park in Northern Uganda to Lake Mburo National Park in Western Uganda to boost tourism in Uganda's smallest National Park
Researchers in Southeast Asia are studying how tourism policy and local community involvement impact the tourism industry.
The Intha people who live on and around Inle Lake, in Myanmar, are renowned for their custom of fishing while rowing with one leg.
Wildlife tourism generates billions of dollars in revenue every year - boosting local economies and creating employment. But what is the cost to the animals that become the star attractions?
Florida manatees have been in the news a lot recently as a result of abnormally low temperatures in the Southeast U.S. this winter leading to rescue operations.
The Huaorani Ecolodge promises a unique and immersive cultural experience – but at the expense of the people who struggle to maintain a life in the rainforest
What do Ebola and terrorism have to do with turtles? Along the Kenyan coast, quite a bit. Both are causing numbers of tourists to drop - and the impacts on wildlife conservation could be severe.
With climate change the number one environmental concern facing mountain communities, sustainable labelling schemes can help to attract tourists and preserve delicate landscapes
Kenya’s Rift Valley, a rich source of geothermal power, is now being touted as the answer to the country’s energy problems. But most of the drilling sites are in natural parks, the source of important tourism income. Kenya is facing trade-offs as the growing need for power comes into conflict wi ...
"India is now home to 70 per cent of the world's tigers," India’s environment minister Prakash Javadekar said today.
The recent leaking of a new draft management plan for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) has prompted vigorous debate over the merits of tourism development in protected areas.
A fish breeding center at a lake in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains is meant to boost dwindling populations and help local communities secure their livelihoods through increased fishing and tourism.
Hanging a ‘do not disturb’ sign on a hotel door almost always assures your privacy when away on holiday or business. But does hanging a used towel back on its rack assure your green preferences? Does this simple action mean you’ve played your part in being a sustainable hotel guest, or will hous ...
The rise in tourism, fishing and sea transport between the Iberian Peninsula and the Balearic Islands is compromising the wellbeing of a small population of common bottlenose dolphins living in coastal waters off the Pityusic Islands.
Rampant tourism is threatening the coastline of the Spanish holiday island of Ibiza while other major wilderness areas are also being seriously neglected by Spanish authorities, a new study shows.
A leading animal charity is urging tourists to think more carefully about the impact their adventures are having on animals
The United Nations Department of Public Information recently held a conference titled "Beyond 2015: An Action Agenda by Non-governmental organizations" at U.N. Headquarters in New York.
Desire to observe whales and dolphins up close is affecting animals’ behaviour.
Ethical online travel agent, reponsibletravel.com released a global guide on elephant welfare in the tourism industry on Monday. The guide aims to help travellers make informed decisions when booking trips involving experiences with elephants.
The official longlist for the World Responsible Tourism Awards 2014 has been released, recognising inspiring organisations that work to ensure tourism preserves and benefits destinations and local people.
Montenegro's Minister of Tourism and Sustainable Development Branimir Gvozdenović visited the headquarters of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWITO) based in Madrid, where he met with Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the UNWITO.
Colombia’s southernmost state, Amazonas, boasts four national parks and is home to some of richest biodiversity on the planet. From canoeing down one of the many tributaries of the Amazon River, to sleeping in floating houses, to dolphin spotting, and volunteering with endangered species, Colomb ...
Try to picture an eco-paradise. As the world's biggest polluter, China probably isn't the first destination that springs to mind. And yet in recent years this famously gray, smog-cloaked country has become a laboratory for green travel.