December 2013 eNews

December 2013 eNews

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ESTC 2014 Bonito

   The International Ecotourism Society                        December eNews

Register HERE for the ESTC14 in Bonito, Brazil

*Call for Speakers has been extended to December 30th
Submit Your Proposal for a Panel, Individual or Poster Presentation Here

Top stories in this eNews

Letter from TIES' Chair
Brazil and the Importance of Place
ESTC14 Call for Speakers
Planning Your Trip to Bonito
Call for TIES Board Members
Best Practices: Tourism in Kerala
Best Practices Campi ya Kanzi
New TIES Advisory Board Members

Letter from TIES' Chair Dr. Kelly Bricker

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the TIES Board, and our hardworking Team, thank you for supporting The International Ecotourism Society!  All of our efforts are focused supporting the mission of TIES and the work you all do in ecotourism and sustainable tourism.  There are many initiatives that have moved forward this year – we are proud of all of our members who have dedicated their lives to really contributing to creating a more sustainable world.  While we continue to face many challenges, ecotourism certainly is the flicker of hope for a promising way to partner with the planet, local communities, and travelers.

While I certainly am not naïve to believe ecotourism is the panacea to all the challenges we face as a global society, I think we can all rally around the belief that it has the potential to support the health and well-being of residents, biodiversity conservation efforts, and cultural heritage preservation while creating a mechanism for education, sustained economic development, equal opportunities for women, and human rights—ultimately working toward a greater good.  We must continue to find ways of documenting what works, reworking what does not, and continually improve our strategies towards a sustainable planet.
In the creative words of Wendell Berry,
“This world, this Creation, belongs in a limited sense to us, for we may rightfully require certain things of it—the things necessary to keep us fully alive as the kind of creature we are; but we also belong to IT, and IT also makes certain rightful claims upon us; that we leave IT undiminished, not just to our children, but to all the creatures who will live in it after us—to do this, we must take back our country watershed by watershed, its seas and plains, our valleys, wetlands, and coasts, to reclaim the places that give form to our culture, that give life to our families.”
Wendell Berry
May 2014 bring joy and happiness, understanding, peace, and health and well-being to you. 

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for a Joyous New Year!


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Brazil and the Importance of Place

Often the rush to cash in on tourism comes with environmental costs as well. Too many destination stakeholders do not invest in planning the sustainability of their destination thereby shortening the destination lifecycle.

Which is why the story of Bonito destination is such an interesting example. Here action was taken before there was any tourism of note. Realizing the importance of their natural assets (crystal clear blue rivers full of fish, beautiful caves and forested mountains), the destination pioneers formed an environmental council in 1986. In 1995, a tourism council was formed which managed to introduce a key innovation, the voucher system.

 To read more click here.

Planning your Trip to Bonito

Part of Bonito's charm is that it is slightly off the beaten path and the area provides fantastic ecotourism opportunities. However, your travel plans do not necessarily have to be complicated. Just follow our 3 steps to easy travel.

1. Book your international flight to Sao Paulo (GRU or Rio de Janeiro (GIG).
2. Domestic connection to Campo Grande (CGR)
3. Shuttle to Bonito hotels (3-4 hours through nice scenery) 

For more details on specifics of the above points, visit our travel information page at:

** Please note, it is important that you book your hotels early as many will fill up! To book your hotel visit here

Best Practices: Uniting Communities - Creating Sustainability


Inaugural function of Naturalist Course by Sri. A.P. Anil Kumar, Hon. Minister for Tourism, Government of Kerala


Kerala – the ‘God’s Own Country’ is the model destination for the global tourists entered into the international tourism market after announcing tourism as an industry in 1986 and thereafter, the state has witnessed commendable growth and produced sustainable models by taking the benefit of tourism into communities and involving them in conservational activities. Ecotourism initiatives of Government of Kerala is one of the aspiring step aiming to ensure community well-being and conservation of the natural resources of the state especially in an around the protected and other reserved forest areas.

To read the entire article from the Center for Ecotourism of Kerala Institute of Tourism and Travel Studies, click here.

New TIES Advisory Board Members Announced!

We would like to welcome our six new board members to the TIES Advisory Board: Javier Lopez, Chile; Lone Lamark, Norway; Nabil Tarazi, Jordan; Supaporn Prachumpai, Thailand; Julio Bin, New Zealand & Brazil; Rob Holmes, USA. To read their bios click here.

Where Macaws Fly
The Story of the Buraco das Araras in Bonito, Brazil

The Buraco das Araras (Sinkhole of the Macaws) was once a cave. The roof collapsed and a big hole of 124 metres deep and 160 in diameter was formed. The cliffs proved ideal nesting grounds for Red-and-Green Macaws (Ara chloropterus) and other birds.

Sampaio bought 100 ha of land near Bonito in 1986, there were no macaws living there any more. On closing the deal he discovered that his land had a big hole in it, where macaws once flew. Except it was now a rubbish dump full of vultures and, people whispered, dead bodies.

Wanna know what brought the birds back? Click here.

Join TIES at the New York Times Travel Show

Now in its eleventh year, The New York Times Travel Show and Travel Industry Conference (TNYTTS) will be held February 28 – March 2, 2014 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. The Show continues to be the premier travel industry trade and consumer show in the U.S. and the 2013 event had over 450 exhibitors, 6,000 travel professionals and 18,000 consumer attendees.   TIES is an industry sponsor, and along with a booth, we have the opportunity to educate consumers on sustainable tourism and promote the benefits of supporting ecotourism globally.  Board member Glenn Jampol will also be speaking at the conference.   If you would like to attend the show as an exhibitor, TIES members will receive a 10% discount to exhibit in The New York Times Travel Show.   If you are interested in more information contact and put “NYTimes Travel Show” in the subject line.

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