This is the editor’s note from my latest project: “Elephants in Asia, Ethically”, a guidebook published by Horizon Travel Press and available for free download. It’s the product of my four months in Northern Thailand, where I’ve gotten mildly obsessed with elephants in tourism. I decided to do the homework for all Asia travelers and research the situation. You’re welcome.
Call it a phase, but I’ve been a little obsessed with national parks lately. It started last summer on a four-day backpacking trip through the backcountry of Colorado’s own Rocky Mountain National Park. One of my most vivid memories is watching the alpenglow on the peaks reflecting in a remote alpine lake, stunned by the beauty. I heard the mating call of elk for the first time. I understood what it meant to have a national parks moment.
Check it out – I’m an educator. After almost a year of developing an online course for the Certificate in Community-Based Development through Village Earth and Colorado State University, the 5-week course begins next week. It’s called Community-Based Tourism Development, and I’m pretty excited about it.
This post was originally published by my friend Carlos Buj from Spain. He’s a tourism industry progressive and blogger at ‘Viaje a la Sostenibilidad’. I’ve translated this post from Spanish, so you can see the original post here: 10 verdades incómodas sobre el turismo sostenible y la sostenibilidad. Thanks, Carlos, for the real insights and critiques.
By Erinn Stam. Cruises contribute a disproportionate amount of waste when compared with other means of travel. The U.K.-based Climate Care estimates that cruise ships emit more carbon dioxide than long-haul flights. Eco-conscious travelers who still want to enjoy the cruise experience can choose from one of several alternative options.
Is climate change the biggest challenge to tourism sustainability in the 21st century? The academic Journal of Sustainable Tourism started this year off with a debate about climate change and sustainable tourism.
For the 12 months of 2011, the WHL Group’s Cynthia Ord has been designated a TIES Travel Ambassador. The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the principles of ecotourism. Each year, TIES names 10 people as Travel Ambassadors, people selected to spread the word about tourism as a force for positive change.
One annual online event is Responsible Tourism Week. Ron calls it an “unconference,” an ongoing online event that encourages new global-level connections and local-level events. There’s no agenda, and no need for long haul flights or conference entrance fees. Just connect on various web2.0 platforms to contribute and follow.