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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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Paradise lost: World's most beautiful places under threat of tourism

It is the double-edged sword of tourism: On the one hand it brings the awareness of beautiful places and and economic development for the local population.

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Ecotourism issues Green destinations guidelines

Ecotourism Kenya, in conjunction with other stakeholders in the tourism industry, has developed Green Destinations Guidelines to safeguard resources.

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Antarctica gets hot for another reason: Tourists

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.

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Using ecotourism to save one of Armenia's most biologically diverse regions

Using ecotourism to save one of Armenia's most biologically diverse regions

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Experts slam proposed eco-tourism rules

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.

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Is tourism putting Antarctic ecosystems at risk?

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?

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Sven Linblad Takes Passengers to the Wild Places

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

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Tourists Could Soon Overrun the Galápagos, Killing Its Famous Biodiversity

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.

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What Happens When a Tiny Island Becomes a Tourist Destination

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.

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Belated win for coastal protection in Spain

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.

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Ecotourism doesn't always help orangutans, but may benefit other endangered animals

Ecotourism will only help save orangutans if it generates enough income to replace that coming from logging, new research suggests.

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Ecotourism, natural resource conservation proposed as allies to protect natural landscapes

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.

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Rwanda Maintains High-End Tourism Strategy As Visitors to Africa Surge

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.

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Angola: Ecotourism Infrastructures Spring Up in National Parks

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.

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Ecotourism not harmful to wildlife

Far from increasing the vulnerability of wildlife to predators, ecotourism actually helps conservation efforts, researchers say.

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Protecting the environment with sea turtle power

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.

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Searching for endangered mountain gorillas in the deep forests of Rwanda

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.

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Does Ecotourism Hurt or Help?

When critters get used to tourists, they may be less aware of both predators and poachers

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Is ecotourism an oxymoron? A new study suggests these ‘green’ vacations might hurt wildlife.

As the sun set, 25 boats converged on a small patch of reef just a few hundreds yards from the shore of Kona, Hawaii.

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Uganda: Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo in Renewed Conservation Efforts

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 ...

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