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  Interview of Karen Vergara of Native Tours ESTC Tampa Attendee   As ESTC North America is coming up soon on January 23rd, sustainable tourism professionals are filling up registration quickly. Here TIES has interviewed Karen Vergara of Native Tours, a sustainable community-based tour operator that offers authentic excursions that foster an appreciation for environmental and cultural conservation. They believe that responsible tourism can improve the lives of travelers as well as the people and places they visit, allowing the local communities to prosper while...
  The ESTC Team at IMEX America   TIES recently spent the last week in Las Vegas for IMEX America, an international meetings trade show, to discuss the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference. This unique event seeks to promote the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in the tourism industry through partnerships and the showcasing of successful ecotourism initiatives. Altogether, the ESTC team met with over 60 different countries and cities and received positive responses from Montreal, Whistler, Missoula, Sedona, Fiji, Poland, Malaysia, Japan, Trinidad and...
    The ESTC Team Meets at IMEX America to Search for the Next Host Destination   TIES will be meeting with convention and visitors bureaus from around the world this upcoming week at IMEX America, in search of the next host destination for Ecotourism and Sustainable Conference (ESTC) Global and North America. The ESTC is a unique conference that is dedicated to promoting the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the tourism industry through showcasing best practices. Since it’s inception in 2005, the ESTC has been hosted on four...
    The Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference gathers hundreds of ecotourism professionals around the world to unique and remarkable destinations. Focusing on advancement and sustainability of tourism, the event offers great opportunities for learning, networking, and fun. As a leading platform for industry professionals, TIES is excited that Bret Love and Mary Gabbett from Green Global Travel will be attending ESTC16 in Botswana.   Can you tell us about your professional background and why you started Green Global Travel?   Sure! Mary was a...
  ESTC16 Keynote Speaker Announcement: Tshekedi Khama The Honorable Tshekedi Khama, the Minister of Environment, Wildlife, and Tourism of Botswana, will be a keynote speaker at ESTC16 in Kasane, Botswana. This announcement continues a tradition of of Ministers of Tourism speaking at ESTC, with previous ministers including Sandra Naranjo of Ecuador at ESTC15 and Vinicius Lages of Brazil at ESTC14. Having ministers of tourism actively participate at the conference demonstrates the significant importance of ecotourism and sustainable tourism in each of their countries....
ESTC North America in Tampa Jan 25th   As the importance of ecotourism and sustainable tourism increases, so does the popularity of our Ecotourism and Sustainable Conference (ESTC). As a result of this popular demand, TIES will be launching our first annual ESTC North America from January 25-27th, 2016 at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. The event is a unique annual conference focused on the advancement of sustainability goals for the tourism industry. Offering invaluable learning and networking opportunities, ESTC North America will be a...
  ESTC16 in Botswana June 10, 2015     In the year that the Republic of Botswana will celebrate its 50th independence anniversary, Botswana Tourism Organisation is proud and excited to host the 10th annual Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC) in Kasane, the gateway to the world famous Chobe National Park. The area itself is a testament to Botswana’s dedication to ecotourism, as home to the world’s largest free roaming population of African elephants, some 120 thousand permanent residents and 60 thousand migratory herds. Our...
Ecotourism in Botswana By Robert Girling, Heather Gordy and Pamela Lanier    Botswana is a country of just over 2 million people and one of the most sparsely populated nations in the world. Formerly one of the poorest countries in the world, today it is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, with a modest standard of living and the highest Human Development Index in Sub-Saharan Africa. Botswana is one of Africa’s most stable countries and not surprisingly, is considered the least corrupt country in Africa ranking close to Portugal and South Korea....
  Creating the Future We Want at ESTC15   From April 26th to 30th, 2015, the 10th annual Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC) was held in Quito, Ecuador at the Palacio de Cristal del Itchimbía. With a strong focus on highlighting and promoting ecotourism’s role in sustainable tourism development, the theme of ESTC15 was “The Future We Want: Effecting Positive Change Through Ecotourism”. There were 520 participants from 30 different countries, with keynote presentations from Jeff Parrish of WWF, Antoine George of Peru, and the...
    ESTC a "roaring success" as conference closes   The Ecotourism Society annual conference - ESTC15 has just closed in Quito Ecuador and has been hailed as a roaring success 520 participants attended from 30 countries, and there were keynote presentations from Jeff Parrish of WWF, Antoine George of Peru, and the Minister of Tourism of Ecuador, Sandra Naranjo. During the ESTC15, Ecuador announced its commitment to the GSTC Criteria as a national standard, and was awarded a plaque for their national sustainability criteria being recognized by the...
    Florie Thielin, TIES Media Volunteer during ESTC15 in Quito, created a video playlist of key attendees, including Sandra Naranjo, the Minister of Tourism Ecuador, and Dr. Kelly Bricker, the TIES Chair.   She is also currently leading a special project called The Hospitality Tour, during which she has been traveling throughout Central and South America for a year and a half, collecting and sharing sustainable hotel practices while sharing her marketing skills in exchange for room and board. Get to know Florie, the Hopineo project, and how you can be...
      Lori Pennington Gray of the University of Florida will be hosting the pre-Conference Workshop, Tourism Crisis Management for SMEs: Are you prepared for the unexpected? during ESTC '15 which will focus on preparing small and medium sized enterprises for unexpected crisis, ranging from natural disasters to terrorism attacks. Register Here   TIES: Is the workshop tailored towards Ecuador? Or is this an overall best practices from an international point of view?   Gray: Both. We use international best...
Geo Reisen Focuses its Sales Efforts and Strategies Towards Eco-tourism   In recent years sustainability in the travel industry has progressed from a truly niche consideration to an industry-wide priority. What is now clear to accommodation providers and tours suppliers is that holidaymakers expect the companies they book with to be as responsible, ethical and sustainable as possible – allowing hotel guests to reuse their bed linen is not enough. Over the coming years expect travel brands to integrate sustainability into their offerings in exciting and inventive ways. Geo...
    Biking Dutchman is the premier biking agency in Ecuador and pioneer for mountain biking in the country for over two decades. Based in Quito, cyclists have access to a huge diversity of rides that range from snow-capped, active volcanoes and exhilarating paramo, to cloud forests and jungle paths that make Ecuador a biker’s paradise. Our experienced, friendly guides will show you the way and take care of all the details. Our tours are sure to please bikers of all ages and levels of experience. Biking Dutchman is seriously committed to its eco-tourism pledge....
Tropic’s Work with Indigenous Huaorani In Ecuador’s Amazon Receives National Geographic World Legacy Award   QUITO, ECUADOR, March 17, 2015 – Ecuador’s leading purveyor of extraordinary experiences, Tropic Journeys in Nature (Tropic), walked away from ITB Berlin in March as one of five winners in the National Geographic Society’s 2015 National Geographic World Legacy Award.   Jascivan Carvalho, innovative founder and owner, accepted the award on behalf of Tropic that submitted its vision and strategy and results in the Engaging Communities...