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World Tourism Day

27 September 2024, Madrid, Spain


World Tourism Day

27 September 2023, Madrid, Spain


International Mountain Day

11 December 2022, Rome, Italy


World Cities Day

31 October 2022, Nairobi, Kenya


World Tourism Day

27 September 2022, Madrid, Spain

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Rwanda Opens State-Of-The-Art Eco-tourism Park In Kigali City

Nyandungu Eco-tourism is now opened for public and seeks to raise awareness on the conservation of Africa’s wildlife and nature. The facility was inaugurated by Rwanda’s Prime Minister, Dr. Ngirente, alongside Hailemariam Desalegn, Former Primer Minister of Ethiopia.

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Sun, sea, sustainability—could your next European holiday be a greener one?

With the tourism industry on a high bounce following the lifting of pandemic restrictions, many holiday-goers are looking for ways to travel more responsibly and sustainably. But the annual surge of visitors at resorts and destinations can create environmental headaches for people living in the ...

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Traditional communities rally behind ecotourism to conserve their forests

When she was a child, Cruz Ávila used to walk through the forest as part of her daily routine. She would pick wood or medicinal plants. She learned to find birds hidden in the branches and to identify the different trees. She also found that walking among the pines and listening to a waterfall i ...

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Parrots of the Caribbean: Birding tourism offers hope for threatened species

Four species of parrots endemic to Caribbean islands in the Lesser Antilles — St. Vincent, St. Lucia and Dominica — are clinging to existence amid a volley of hurricanes and volcanic eruptions that have decimated their populations and habitats.

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The Arctic's tricky quest for sustainable tourism

Home to polar bears, the midnight sun and the northern lights, a Norwegian archipelago perched high in the Arctic is trying to find a way to profit from its pristine wilderness without ruining it.

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‘It’s a struggle for survival’: why Kenya – and its wildlife – need tourists to return

Covid dealt a blow to tourism and the conservation funds it provides. But as visitors slowly return, the sector is looking for new ways to thrive

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Indigenous Experience Ontario lets the province’s staycationers enjoy nature and culture in one trip

Spring is near; COVID-19 might wind down eventually and the government of Ontario is doling out a rebate for vacationing in Ontario.

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Is there something to learn from Barbados?

Countries around the world are attempting to restart economic activities as covid19 is becoming more manageable. In the Caribbean, tourism, the region’s main economic driver is on the uptick as many visitors, especially from North America and Europe, are starting to travel.

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Podcast: Defending New Guinea’s forests with birds-of-paradise and ecotourism

The third episode in the New Guinea series of Mongabay Explores covers the island’s unique birds-of-paradise, and their symbolism as ambassadors for both the island’s beautiful landscape, and also the culture of the people who live there:

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Can ecotourism save Cambodia’s ‘ghost parks’?

In March 2021, Cambodia signed into law Sub-decree No. 30, which removed official protection from some 127,000 hectares of land formerly included in national parks, reserves and wildlife sanctuaries in Koh Kong province. Purportedly done to grant land rights to local communities, a 2021 Mongabay ...

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How international tourism and travel can be a pathway for introducing invasive species

Tourism is an important economic driver of the world's economy, providing a significant contribution to the income of many countries. However, tourism can also contribute to the introduction and spread of unwanted exotic organisms such as insect pests or weed seeds across countries.

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LATA to launch nature and biodiversity tourism push

The Latin American Travel Association is to concentrate 2022 marketing on biodiversity and animal tourism, aiming for a bigger slice of a market dominated by Africa.

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The social aspect of biodiversity reduction in Brazil

What most people ignore is that climate change is also a social issue, arising from unawareness of the human population about the impact of their activities. Biodiversity plays a key role in ecosystems and also services benefits to the tourism industry.

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Lockdown underscores Uganda’s overreliance on tourism to fund conservation

Tour guide Patrick Kataama relied heavily on income from leading gorilla-trekking tours in Uganda’s national parks. These tours were abruptly shut down in late March 2020, after the first COVID-19 cases were reported in Uganda and the country was placed under lockdown.

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Rebuild more sustainable tourism in mountains for people and the planet

The world’s mountains have long attracted visitors for their scenic beauty, sports opportunities and rich cultural heritage. And for many rural mountain communities, tourism is a lifeline. It can increase household incomes, enhance job opportunities and revitalise local traditions.

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Preah Sihanouk eyes underwater tourism

Preah Sihanouk province has set its sights on underwater tourism, as a new way to lure in national and international tourists, and open an ocean of rich biodiversity and scuba diving experiences to enthusiasts and beginners alike, according to tourism officials and experts.

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What makes Colombia the next ecotourism hotspot

Ecotourism is now seeing an upward trajectory and is poised to be a key growth sector as the country focuses its initiatives on sustainable tourism. The country is taking the lead in advocating responsible tourism as its natural landscape serves as a primary appeal.

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Birdwatching needs more investment to propel tourism: expert

“Home to tens of wetlands and lakes, Golestan hosts hundreds of thousands of migratory and native birds per annum. Though the province has considerable potential to be a hectic destination for bird-watchers, achieving this capacity of the neglected tourism industry requires more investment and p ...

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Conservation tourism in Africa brought to its knees by Covid-19 travel bans

It’s been over 20 months since the World Health Organization announced Covid-19 as a global health emergency and pandemic. It’s estimated that the resulting reductions in travel in 2020 alone wiped $4.5-trillion from the global tourism economy and cost millions of jobs.

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Egypt First in Region to Implement 'Green Fins' Initiative - Tourism Ministry

Egypt is the first state in the region and the 11th worldwide to implement the UN "Green Fins" initiative, adviser to the minister of tourism and antiquities for sustainable tourism Nashwa Talaat said on Sunday 17/10/2021.


World Tourism Day

27 September 2021, New York, United States of America

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Conservation after coronavirus: We need to diversify and innovate (commentary)

The loss of the Mukambi River Pride lioness last June was sobering proof that the shock wave of COVID-19 had reached the heart and wildlife of Zambia’s Kafue National Park. All that remained of this once magnificent animal was her skin, pock-marked from spears and large rocks that had been hurle ...

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Feature: Seasonal wildflowers tourism in South Africa flourishing despite COVID-19

Andre Van der Nerwe from Johannesburg was strolling with his wife on a hiking trail lying across a stretch of land carpeted with wildflowers in Namaqua National Park's Skilpad section, which was in its annual flower season in late August.

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Piranhas and pink dolphins lure visitors to remote Lake Tarapoto

Pink dolphins, piranhas and black caiman. It sounds like the stuff of legend, but in fact they're the inhabitants of a protected wetlands system in the Amazon, home to thousands of rare animal species and fascinating tales of tribal gods turning men into dolphins.

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Costa Rica: a “Sanctuary Of Well-Being” and Nature Without Crowds

Costa Rica offers itself to the world as a “sanctuary of well-being”, endorsed by efficient sanitary protocols and based on sustainability and biodiversity without crowds, underlines the Minister of Tourism, Gustavo Segura. He explains that his country is open to all “international tourism”.

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Tourism and climate change threaten Lake Baikal, a unique global treasure

Lake Baikal in Eastern Siberia is one of the world’s natural wonders. Deeper than the Grand Canyon, older than the Amazon Rainforest, as voluminous as all the U.S. Great Lakes combined, Lake Baikal is home to more species than any other lake on Earth, many of which are found nowhere else. Baikal ...

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Costa Rica Will Take Advantage of the Tenorio Volcano Natural Attraction for Sustainable Tourism

Costa Rica announced this past Saturday the creation of a tourism project that will take advantage of the natural and scenic riches of the Tenorio Volcano National Park, located in the North Pacific.

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Saudi Arabia unveils details of the Red Sea Project

The Red Sea Project, envisioned as an uber-luxurious tourist destination, is a part of Saudi Arabia’s broader strategy to reduce the country’s dependence on oil and fortify its tourism sector by 2035. This project will complement the newly opened heritage site, AlUla, and smart city Neom in the ...

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Yemen's Socotra archipelago will become a dream destination for tourists

With its lush landscape,distinctive trees, unique animals and turquoise waters home to dolphins, Yemen is hoping its Socotra archipelago will become a dream destination despite the country's conflict.

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Ethiopia: Conserving the Habitats of Ethiopia's Wildlife

The habitat of the wildlife in Ethiopia can be described as being badly degraded. This is due to serious threats from cattle that traverse the land, recurrent fire, shortage of seasonal water and unsustainable utilization of resources.

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Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on mammals at tourist destinations

How have travel restrictions and reduced tourism in response to the COVID-19 pandemic affected mammals in different tourist destinations? Researchers recently reviewed published studies and news stories to consider this question. Their findings are published in Mammal Review.

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Kenya: Lake Olbolosat Traders Reap Big From Flamingo Migration

Traders have flocked Lake Olbolosat in Nyandarua County to exploit the tourism potential that has come with the arrival of thousands of flamingos. Local and international tourists are beginning to visit the lake to see the birds, which have been migrating from lakes Nakuru and Bogoria since the ...

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Tourism desperately wants a return to the ‘old normal’ but that would be a disaster

With each passing day, the grave future of Earth becomes more stark. The disruption of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) has not been enough to shift the trajectory, nor has it prompted polluting sectors of the economy to reconsider the harms they inflict on the planet.

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Saudi desert gateway fast becoming the next tourist hotspot

The city of Najran on the edge of the Empty Quarter — one of the world’s largest sand deserts — is fast becoming Saudi Arabia’s most promising tourist destination, as visitors come in search of historical sights and tales of generations past.

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Sustainable tourism key to Cumbria’s new carbon neutral plan

Across Cumbria local communities, businesses and grassroots organisations are being mobilised to map out ways that they hope will help it become the UK’s first carbon-neutral county.

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Uttarakhand Tourism to organise first-ever snow leopard tours; details here

Uttarakhand Tourism is all set to organise winter-special snow leopard tours for the first time in February. The snow-leopard tours are being organised in Harsil, a picturesque village on the banks of the Bhagirathi river, to promote wildlife conservation. Harsil is also dubbed the “mini Switzer ...

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'A critical time': how Covid-19 piled the pressure on conservation efforts

From the Nepalese Himalayas where tigers patrol the snowy peaks to the lush forest homes of mountain gorillas in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, national parks emptied as Covid-19 spread around the world in 2020. Billions of pounds of ecotourism revenue – crucial to the livelihoods of ...

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Crowdfunding for conservation on a deserted tourist island

In pre-COVID times, some half a million tourists would descend on the tiny Thai island of Koh Tao, one of Southeast Asia’s most pristine diving destinations.

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A good way to be kinder to elephants is to stop riding them

Elephants are chained to small dirt circles, covered in faeces and are only allowed a brief moment of reprieve from their tethers to unwillingly carry around tourists on their backs. While this may sound like some sort of elephant prison, it is actually what a normal day at the Mason Elephant Pa ...

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EU funds mean more to see and enjoy in Gozo

Gozo’s intricate link with tourism – international and domestic – has been well documented over time. Pandemics permitting, tens of thousands of Maltese residents cross over to the sister island every month for a few days of vacation while hundreds of thousands more who holiday in Malta, frequen ...

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Odisha to share biodiversity wisdom with eco-tourists, trains guides

Serious nature tourists thronging eco-tourism hotspots will have a lot to look forward to soon as Odisha is going to share a wealth of biodiversity knowledge through its trained guides and naturalists.

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