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Q&A: UNWTO secretary-general on exploring Africa's sustainable tourism opportunities

As African leaders look for ways to diversify their economies, tourism has emerged as a way to create new jobs, attract foreign visitors and attract investments to build more integrated societies.

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Getting closer to nature at Mankulam

Packages and facilities being pepped up at the biodiversity hotspot for tourists. With the opening of the Mankulam Nature Appreciation Centre at Anakkulam, where herds of wild elephants frequently arrive for drinking water, the ecotourism projects launched by the Forest Department are set to get ...

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Venice launches campaign forbiddng 'irresponsible behaviour'

A World Heritage Site and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world has launched a campaign urging tourists to follow the rules and adopt a respectful behaviour - Respect Venice.

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Q&A: UNWTO secretary-general on exploring Africa's sustainable tourism opportunities

As African leaders look for ways to diversify their economies, tourism has emerged as a way to create new jobs, attract foreign visitors and attract investments to build more integrated societies.

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Using IBAs to uncover America's hidden ecotourism paradises

BirdLife Partners in the United States, Bahamas, Belize and Paraguay are clubbing together to promote ecotourism in places where poverty overlaps with Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas (IBAs), a pioneering project that will enrich these areas for both people and nature

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Experience Barefoot Luxury At Six Of The Best Eco-Resorts In Asia

Eco-tourism has been soaring in popularity over the past couple of years as more travelers become increasingly aware of sustainability issues and are discerning enough to seek out ‘green’ initiatives on their trips. It’s no coincidence, then, that the UN World Tourism Organisation designated 201 ...

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Top 8 safari countries in Africa: Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, Namibia, and Zimbabwe - according to SafariBookings' 2017 survey

At least 22 guidebook authors working for the Lonely Planet, the Rough Guides, the Frommer's, Bradt and Footprint, who were among the SafariBookings experts panel also contributed reviews.

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Now, Wayanad sets model in keeping tourists spots clean

Kozhikode: Already basking in the feat of making it to the top rankings of global travel biggies like such as Lonely Planet and Trivago, Wayanad is setting a model in keeping its tourist destinations unspoilt by outsourcing the waste management of all its tourism destinations and major resorts a ...

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A Total Jamaican experience'

BUNKER'S HILL, Trelawny - Nature lovers from home and abroad can now explore the unspoilt biodiversity in areas of the Jamaican Cockpit Country, through the Bunker's Hill Cultural Xperience & River Tour, which was officially opened to the public last Friday in Bunker's Hill, Trelawny.

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Century-old Travancore boat jetty to turn biodiversity museum, says CM Pinarayi Vijayan

A century-old boat jetty in Thiruvananthapuram, once a busy trade centre during the royal era, will soon become a biodiversity museum and expected to boost tourism prospects of the city.

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Caribbean seeks to climate-proof tourism industry

The tourism industry is the key economic driver and largest provider of jobs in the Caribbean after the public sector. Caribbean tourism broke new ground in 2016, surpassing 29 million arrivals for the first time and once again growing faster than the global average.

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Elephant tourism is 'fuelling cruelty'

Millions of people want selfies riding elephants, or washing them, or patting their trunks. But according to a study carried out by World Animal Protection (WAP) across Asia this is helping to fuel a rise in elephants captured from the wild and kept for entertainment. The number in Thailand has ...

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World's most extreme tours with wild animals

Watching a wild animal prowl its prey, nuzzle young babies or dance its mating ritual is thrilling. Hiking, trekking and adventuring into uncharted territory to watch wildlife in its natural habitat adds an addictive level of adrenaline. And we're craving it more than ever.

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Beyond ecotourism: what the travel sector can really do for development

Tourism is on the rise in Sri Lanka, after a three-decade war that kept travelers away from the island nation ended just eight years ago. After landing in Colombo, tourists tend to stay in one of the resorts on the coastline, complete with ocean views and curry-lined buffets, before moving to a ...

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The world needs wildlife tourism. But that won't work without wildlife

Wildlife-based tourism is growing rapidly worldwide as the number of tourists continues to grow and as we, as travellers, seek out new and more enriching personal experiences with local cultures and wildlife.

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Sustainable tourism vital

BEIJING: Striking a balance between tourism sector growth and environmental protection is vital, said Malaysia Tourism’s Sarawak office director Suriya Charles Buas.

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Urgent Policies Required for Inclusive Tourism Growth, Intra-Africa Trade and Visa Openness, Says Africa Tourism Monitor

More than ever before, African countries need to craft economic and trade policies that will foster inclusive and green tourism growth, intra-Africa trade, and contribute to visa openness for a borderless and interconnected continent, according to the latest edition of the Africa Tourism Monitor.

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Biodiversity Key to Growing Tourism Says The DEDEAT

The Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT) says the protection of the province’s biodiversity will have a positive effect on tourism and lead to increased revenue for communities, tourism agencies and other stakeholders.

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New Zealand mulls tourist levy to save birds

A tourist levy could be used to save some of New Zealand's threatened bird species from extinction according to a parliamentary report that looks at the "desperate situation" of the county's birdlife.

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Bushmeat hunting threatens Okavango tourism

The threat posed by illegal bushmeat hunting to the Okavango Delta’s tourism industry has been exposed in a recently published report.Botswana is not normally associated with high levels of poaching. However, the report finds that “the large quantities of bushmeat reported by some hunters sugges ...

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Venice world heritage status under threat

A monster cruise ship meets a giant octopus and crashes into the Rialto bridge, provoking a tsunami. It’s an apocalyptic vision of Venice. The message of Stop the Madness, Philip Colbert’s pop-art-with-a-purpose at the current Venice Biennale, is echoed by Lorenzo Quinn’s Support, a large-scale ...

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Eco conservation is only possible when public is aware of it

Conservation of environment becomes a possibility only when people are aware of it, which happens only when they are exposed to it through tourism. "Sustainable tourism not only involves turning these areas into tourist sites, but also engaging locals in these activities, thus increasing their r ...

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Flickr study gives snapshot of coral reefs' value

Computer-led analysis of tourist snaps has estimated that coral reefs contribute $36 billion per year to the global tourist economy.

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Apo Island thrives on eco-tourism activities and tourist arrivals

THE world-renowned dive destination of Apo Island in Dauin, Negros Oriental continues to thrive on income derived from tourist arrivals all year round with residents reaping benefits from it.

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UNWTO announces tourism training in West and Central Africa

The Convention on Biological Diversity of the United Nations has chosen ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism’ as the theme for the International Day for Biological Diversity, celebrated today 22 May 2017. On this occasion, UNWTO is launching a capacity building programme on sustainable tourism ...

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Goa may put a cap on the number of tourists visiting the popular Dudhsagar waterfalls, while also banning use of plastic at the popular tourist site, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Monday.

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Budget aims to boost tourism industry as visitor numbers continue to grow

he government plans to spend $178mil on tourism infrastructure as part of Budget 2017, including $76mil on new and upgraded Department of Conservation (DOC) infrastructure. Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says, “The new funding will allow DOC to better manage the impact of visitor growth, whi ...

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The role of tourism in Rwanda’s conservation success

United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)’s theme for 2017 is sustainable tourism, a subject not so new in Rwanda. The country’s conservation journey began more than a decade ago and has since progressed enormously.

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UNWTO names President of Costa Rica as Special Ambassador of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development -

As part of the observance of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), which is leading the campaign, has named Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis Rivera as Special Ambassador of this important global action. The initiatives de ...

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1,400 eyes keep a close watch on every tourist setting foot on the Galapagos Islands

Back in the 60s, just a dozen boats and hotels accommodated fewer than 2,000 tourists in the Galapagos a year [1]. Fifty years later, in 2016, more than 215,000 tourists were lodged in 76 cruises and more than 300 land-based hotels [2].

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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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