January 2014 eNews

January 2014 eNews

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ESTC 2014 Bonito

   The International Ecotourism Society                        January eNews

Register HERE for the ESTC14 in Bonito, Brazil

Top stories (plus more great articles below)

ESTC14 Program and Field Sessions Announced!!
Business Opportunities in Brazil
Liz Mackay- Botswana Photo Essay
Beautiful Botswana
Call for TIES Board Members
ecoDestinations Live Auction in Bonito
New York Times Travel Show
New York Times Travel Show

ESTC14 Program and Field Sessions Announced!


Panel discussions, meet the media, celebration of cultures, breakout sessions, keynotes: Are you curious to get a taste of the ESTC14 schedule? Click here to get all the details, and make sure to visit the link regularly to get all of the latest updates!

Field Sessions

We are excited to announce the field sessions for the ESTC14. The field sessions offer hands on learning, allowing attendees to see the best practices of ecotourism and sustainable tourism live. 
  • Field sessions are free to all ESTC attendees and you can register for the field sessions at the same time that you register for the conference. 
  • Sessions are limited by size and availability so it is best to register early in order to guarantee a spot!

Photo by: Hitesh Mehta

Business Opportunities in Brazil

Participating in the ESTC14 , is a great opportunity to evaluate business opportunities in Brazil. Not only for learning about Brazilian ecotourism products and destinations, but also about investment opportunities and networking with Brazilian outbound tour operators. 

Find out more about why Brazil is just a great location to do business here.

Beautiful Botswana:
                             A Photo Essay by Elizabeth Mackay

Botswana Tourism, a long-time TIES member, along with several Botswana industry partners, has sponsored the TIES prize trip for two years running, enabling one lucky ESTC attendee and a guest to experience Botswana’s sustainable tourism policies and practices firsthand during a week long safari throughout northern Botswana.
TIES member Elizabeth Mackay was the lucky recipient of the 2012 TIES prize trip. 

Liz shared her impressions of her Botswana trip, and the sustainable tourism practices she observed, in a BTO blog post. It's a delightful story, complete with video clips and images that really bring Botswana's destination story to life. Makes us wish we were there too!

Click on the link to read her post: http://bit.ly/1mPl3xN

Congratulations to the 2013 TIES prize trip winner to Botswana, Terry Madoka! We'll share highlights of her trip in a future newsletter.
Side note
Botswana is recognized as one of the world's leading sustainable tourism destinations; tourism industry policy and practices guided by the Botswana National Ecotourism Strategy (2002), the industry-wide Botswana Ecotourism Best Practices Manual (2008), and the voluntary Botswana Ecotourism Certification System (2009). To learn more about what they're doing, contact rmalesu@botswanatourism.co.bw.

Photo by: Elizabeth Mackay

ecoDestinations Live Auction in Bonito

By popular demand, The International Ecotourism Society is once again having the Eco-Destinations live auction at the ESTC14 in beautiful Bonito.  If you are interested in showcasing your destination, lodge, or services to the ESTC attendees and 50,000 committed ecotravelers, contact us about donating an auction item. We’ll accept banners and publish all the material you have to inform our travelers about your auction item. The auction will take place in the main area of the Bonito Conference Center, and will also be on our website. 
All donations and all materials must be received by 3/15/2014.  Contact us at info@ecotourism.org with questions and ideas.  

Best Practices: Natural Habitat Adventures

From our perspective as a nature-focused tour operator at Natural Habitat Adventures, we’re seeing increased interest in sustainability and conservation as a result of wildlife-focused travel.  When you travel with an ecotourism operator like us, your travel has already had a positive impact on the local environment and communities.  But in addition, we are finding that when travelers experience a species or a landscape in close proximity, most are inspired to help protect it.

To read the entire article from the Natural Habitat Adventures, click here.

Bonito Declared Finalist in Tourism for Tomorrow Awards (and we're sure you will recognize the other finalists as well!)

There were 18 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards Finalists, Bonito was one of the top top for the destination category.  This year they had many inspiring entries totaling to 174 from a variety of organisations across 6 continents. 

You can find a full list of finalists in all six categories here, the official press release is available here and we will be also making announcements via our social media channels.

Floating Down the Silver River

Imagine you could gently float down a lazy river. A river so crystal clear and full of fish, you think you are in an aquarium. Welcome to Bonito!


One of the best places to float (called “flutuação” in Bonito) is at the Recanto Ecologico Rio da Prata (The Silver River Quiet Ecoplace). This is one of the attractions of a large farm, which has preserved part of its woodlands, situated in the Biodiversity Corridor Miranda – Serra daBodoquena. In line with the thinking of other Bonito pioneers, the Rio da Prata experience was set up with a sustainable vision since the beginning nearly 20 years ago.

Wanna know what brought the birds back? Click here.

Join TIES at the New York Times Travel Show

NY Times Travel Show Logo

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 Deirdre@tartangroup.ca and put “NYTimes Travel Show” in the subject line.  


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