The popularity of the Mexican island of Cozumel as a cruise destination is great for the economy — but not necessarily for nature. The country is now trying to protect its blue waters and fragile coral reefs.
In the past decade the tourism debate has seen a shift beyond the recognition of the sector as the engine of growth and development and job opportunities. Global warming, depleting habitat cover for wildlife and other species, increasing population, excess exposure of destinations, have brought ...
Query: The Ministry of Environment and Tourism seems to want to take over the whole country and turn it into a park. There is almost nowhere to go anymore, where you don’t need a permit and vast areas of the country are cut off from citizens. What kind of country is Namibia becoming and for who?
Maun — Deputy permanent secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism, Mr Thabang Botsoma says biodiversity and ecosystem are vital to the economy and development of Botswana.
All those Ugandans who have never seen a lion in real life are, therefore, advised to make plans and be there. The king will be in the company of other powerful cats such as leopards and the cheetah, up close and personal.
The El Nido local government finds managing its natural environment challenging due to the constant demands coming from its booming tourism industry. “It is very challenging because this is a developing municipality, and as tourists are coming in, we have to provide appropriate services to them, ...
Rwanda has got a new additional habitat for its growing population of rare mountain gorillas, the Gorilla Berengei Berengei. The 27.8-hectare property (about the size of 70 standard football fields, was donated by the AWF (African Wildlife Fund) and will be incorporated into the 16,000 hectare g ...
Two round tables and a business-to-business component were integrated in the ninth edition of INVESTOUR that took place within the framework of FITUR. The first session, moderated by Thebe Ikalafeng, chairman at BrandAfrica, addressed branding strategies to position the African continent in the ...
The city of Marsa Alam in the Red Sea Governorate still attracts international press attention due to its natural tourism attractions. One of Italy’s most famous tourist websites affaritaliani.it published a long report saying the city includes seven wonders, calling the place “heaven.”
For centuries, ambitious mariners pining to traverse the Arctic Circle experienced little more than disappointment — and often death. But diminishing sea ice and more temperate weather have made traveling through polar waters a vacation rather than an exploration.
Taleb Rifai, secretary general of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) who will step down from office this month, highlighted the key role of tourism in helping with sustainable development.
A budget ski resort expansion is poised to carve 333km of new slopes and 113km of ski lifts through a Unesco world heritage site of “outstanding universal value”, according to documents obtained by WWF in a lawsuit.
Tourists can now discover Romania’s beautiful ecotourism destination Colinele Transilvaniei (the Hills of Transylvania) with the help of a mobile app launched by WWF Romania in partnership with Mioritics Association.
Maputo — Mozambique's Deputy Minister of Land, Environment and Rural Development, Celmira da Silva, argued on Thursday that tourism based on biodiversity can play a significant role in the economic sustainability of the country's conservation areas.
Chefchaouen is town of some 45,000 residents where visitors come to admire hundreds of hues of blue.Huddling against a hillside in northern Morocco is a tourist town famed for the striking blue of its buildings, and now the mayor is mixing in another colour -- green.
The United Nations designated the year 2017 as the International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development due to tourism's capacity to enhance economic growth through job creation, the attraction of investment, fostering entrepreneurship, preservation of ecosystem and biodiversity, protectio ...
From backpacking in the Andes to luxury Amazon river cruises, Peru has positioned itself as one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the world. Peru has enjoyed a growing tourism industry with more and more people visiting the country year on year.
Tourism players want Sabah’s tourism to remain sustainable with continuous conservation of its natural heritage and biodiversity in 33 years to come.
Native species are particularly vulnerable on islands, because when invaders such as rats arrive, the native species have nowhere else to go and may lack the ability to fend them off.
New Zealand is one of 36 global hotspots for biodiversity. Its unique wildlife is a major draw card for tourists. About three million international visitors arrive in New Zealand each year, adding NZ$15 billion to the economy. At least half explore a national park or protected area (PA), but the ...
The islands of Raja Ampat are set to be Indonesia's next tourism hotspot — but locals fear the government is failing both them and the environment in its development push.
The young mountain gorilla hangs from a branch, then falls to the ground. Not knowing what to do next, it sits atop the imposing head of its father, which is taking a siesta.
The Recent rash of hurricanes to affect the Caribbean has lent urgency to efforts to shore up the climate change preparedness of Jamaica's multi-million-dollar tourism industry.
Arunachal Pradesh, blessed with the pristine beauty of nature, is all set to woo tourists from across the globe by boosting air, rail and road connectivity and developing infrastructure
As the threat of climate change and global warming is ever on our minds, what sustainable tourism destination should you consider visiting to keep your conscience green?
In celebration of World Tourism Day, the Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa (FEDHASA) says people should practice sustainable tourism and adhere to the United Nations’ World Tourism Organisation’s (UNWTO) mandate.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said that sustainability is absolutely necessary if tourism is to achieve its full potentials, which include being a catalyst for economic growth and poverty eradication.
New Delhi, September 27: To celebrate World Tourism Day, the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind,presented the National Tourism Awards Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at a function held in New Delhi.
It is a proud celebration time in Doha, capital of Qatar, as the UNWTO has chosen it as the venue of the World Tourism Day 2017 Official Celebration in the framework of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017. On this day, a new chapter of the Qatar National Tourism S ...
Developing sustainable tourism in combination with preserving and promoting national cultural values, and protecting landscapes and the environment is among targets set in Vietnam’s master plan on tourism development by 2020, with vision to 2030.
It is customary for countries around the globe to celebrate World Tourism Day at this time each year. The theme for today's celebration is 'Sustainable Tourism — A Tool for Development'. This year is extremely special as it is designated the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Developm ...
On World Tourism Day, globetrotters are being challenged to be responsible, mindful travelers at a time when the news cycle seems be peppered with stories of tourists behaving badly.
There’s no doubt travel is booming – World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) figures show that tourist numbers increased around the globe in the beginning of the year. This year also marks the UNWTO’s Year of Sustainable Tourism – well-timed as more and more destinations around the world ponder how t ...
Costa Rica has transformed itself into a premiere eco-destination by setting aside almost one-quarter of its land as nature reserve, allowing visitors to enjoy animals in their natural setting. And to make sure that these areas are available for future generations, Costa Rica has pioneered susta ...
Windhoek-The German government has availed approximately N$2 billion (133.5 million euros) for technical and financial cooperation projects and programmes.
A sanctuary for native species, Inkaterra’s Machu Picchu hotel is at the forefront of sustainable tourism.
Tetiaroa (France): An exotic island paradise in French Polynesia bought by Marlon Brando in the sixties is using its Hollywood image to tackle environmental issues — with a little help from its jet-set visitors.
Water tourism is expected to get a boost in Kadalundi and Olavanna grama panchayats in the district, as ‘Jalayanam’, a project aimed at developing farm and aquatic tourism initiatives, is all set for launch next month.
From villain to hero, the jaguar (Panthera onca) stands at the cusp of a radical overhaul in its public image. As the largest cat in the Americas, the species commands a dominant role in the food chain of its native Pantanal – a vast swathe of tropical wetland that encompasses parts of Brazil, P ...
A new challenge in the tourism sector is the construction of new roads in various spots including inaccessible areas mainly affecting trekking tourism.
The Seychelles Islands boast a unique mix of sublime white-sand beaches, sun-kissed landscapes and enticing azure waters but how is the island nation preserving its unspoilt natural allure while allowing its booming tourism industry to thrive?
Vacaresti Natural Park Association and BikeXpert Racing Team have set up an 8-km tourist cycling and hiking route in Vacaresti Natural Park, also known as Bucharest’s delta. Both adults and children can try the new route, but they should have bikes equipped for off road rides.
Tourists visiting Iceland will soon be able to plant trees to lessen the carbon footprint of their trip, RÚV reports. The company Landsskógar ehf. has signed an agreement with the Icelandic Forest Service on the cultivation of trees on behalf of tourists and others who want to offset their carbo ...
Tourism, the second-biggest contributor to Nelson Mandela Bay’s regional economy, is set for a major boost in the next five years and beyond.
Ecotourism and ocean preservation would be the centerpiece of the Department of Tourism in bolstering the country’s position as a freediving capital in the region.
Birds are one of the main natural resources in the keys bordering the northern coast of the Cuban central province of Ciego de Avila, one of the island's prominent tourist destinations.
Five years ago, Sergio Basantes and his wife Doris made history when they decided to turn their lush finca just outside of Quito into a hotspot for bird watching. It’s the first bird tourism site of its kind in the Ecuadoran province called Pacto, which rests at the southernmost tip of 65,000 sq ...
Not surprisingly, tourists from around the world keep flocking to the country. Last year alone nearly 27 million visitors came, generating MR82 billion in tourism income. Plenty of those tourists, many of whom came from China, were drawn, at least in part, by the natural wonders of Malaysia. And ...
In Rusape, St Theresa, in particular, Manicaland province, villagers talk of the Maninga Mountains - a range adding to the beautiful landscape occupying a unique place in the people's hearts.
Located in the wetlands of the Plain of Reeds in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Dong Thap, Tram Chim National Park is known for its spectacular diversity of bird species, attracting bird-watchers year-round.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
BEIJING: Striking a balance between tourism sector growth and environmental protection is vital, said Malaysia Tourism’s Sarawak office director Suriya Charles Buas.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Computer-led analysis of tourist snaps has estimated that coral reefs contribute $36 billion per year to the global tourist economy.
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
Back in the 60s, just a dozen boats and hotels accommodated fewer than 2,000 tourists in the Galapagos a year . Fifty years later, in 2016, more than 215,000 tourists were lodged in 76 cruises and more than 300 land-based hotels .
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.
MANAUS, Brazil — The “encontro das águas” (meeting of waters) between the dark Negro River and the light-brown Solimões River is impressive.
The Sustainable Tourism Observatory of Sonoma, California, has become the 17th member of the UNWTO International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO).
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Chetpet Eco Park serves as a template for carrying out any exercise to promote sustainable ecotourism at any other waterbody.
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.
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
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.
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”.
Tourists flock to this coastal Alaskan town to photograph the vulnerable icons—raising hairy ethical questions
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.
Iceland's anti-whaling campaigners confront massive demand for whale meat driven by restaurants catering to tourists.
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 ...
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.