Empower the local tourist guides
18-09-2020
Andreas, Daphne and Yiannis, the founders of Clio Muse in 2014, shared a common concern: the world was missing a global platform that would connect the world‚Äôs cultural heritage, while being scalable and sustainable. Our initial ambition was to bring people back to the museums. Therefore, from the very beginning, we collaborated with Greece‚Äôs world-class museums to develop our methodology from the ground up, which was pivotal for the successful implementation of our idea but that‚Äôs what made our business model sustainable since its inception. Our aim was and still remains to create an exceptional travel experience. On the one hand to bring travellers to museums, on the other, to unravel the magical stories of off-the-beaten-path places and often connect the two. Crafting fascinating narratives that will captivate modern-day travellers and bring our cultural heritage to the foreground, seemed natural to us. We developed a unique storytelling methodology, which we use for the creation of each one of our self-guided audio tours and virtual tour experiences. It may took us two years to optimize it, but today, six years later, we are confident that this is what makes us stand out. With over 300 self-guided audio tours in 11 countries, we know that our methodology can be applied in every city around the world. Booking.com Cares Lab 2018 has awarded it as a solution for more sustainable tourism in the city of Amsterdam while our business model has been recognized by the Athens Chamber of Tradesmen for its efforts in ‚ÄúSustainable, Innovative and Responsible Entrepreneurship.‚ÄĚ We also empower local tourist guides, through our authoring tool, CREATE by providing the opportunity to share their knowledge with travel enthusiasts via self-guided audio tours. Featuring a tool that can connect and benefit people from different corners of the globe is to us a step closer to the global platform we are aspiring to create.
Yukon Tourism Development Strategy
16-09-2020
The Yukon Tourism Development Strategy is guided by the core values expressed by Yukoners and lays out a ten-year vision for tourism to be a vibrant, sustainable component of Yukon’s economy and society for the benefit of future generations. It also includes goals that balance economic, environmental and social priorities, and is supported by strategic actions to bring the vision to life. The strategy is the culmination of a fourteen-month process to develop a long-term vision for sustainably growing tourism in the territory. Guided by a steering committee of industry experts, the strategy was developed based on best practices around the globe and comprehensive engagement with tourism industry stakeholders, Yukon First Nations, municipalities, the arts and culture community and the public. This ten-year adaptive strategy lays out the goals, values and strategic actions to realize a tourism vision for the Yukon, developed by Yukoners. To become a leading sustainable tourism destination, we must foster the conditions for a thriving tourism economy, develop tourism in a manner that balances economic, social and environmental values, and bolster support for the industry by aligning our collective efforts with the core values of Yukoners. Four connected pillars outline the strategic actions that will be developed and implemented to bring this vision to life. While each goal, value and pillar is important in and of itself, the strength of this strategy and the success by which it is measured, stems from the need to ensure they are interconnected and pursued in balance. Our vision is for tourism to be a sustainable, vibrant component of the Yukon’s economy and society for the benefit of future generations. Our goals are to have a thriving tourism economy; to develop tourism sustainably; and to have resident support for tourism. Implementation of the strategy and it's action plans began in 2019 and is ongoing.
LAYAG 2020 Tourism & Hospitality Research
14-09-2020
In celebration of World Tourism Day, the LAYAG 2020 : 2nd Tourism & Hospitality Research Conference will be held as an Academic Research Conference to provide opportunity for researchers, experienced professionals and academicians as well as other organizations to actively exchange, share meaningful findings of their latest research on topics relating to tourism and hospitality industry. The goal of the conference is to respond to the need of the community, especially we have this COVID19 pandemic, it is timely and relevant to disseminate new knowledge in relation to tourism and hospitality, being one of greatly affected by the pandemic. The conference invites conceptual, empirical, and methodological research papers on various tourism and hospitality themes: Best practices in hospitality and tourism establishments; Business resilience of tourism and hospitality; Climate change and Risk Management; Digital tourism and technological advancement; Food safety, hygiene and security policies and practices; Human resource opportunities and issues; Sustainable tourism and green hotel practices; Tourism and hospitality education adaptation to technology; and Tourism and Hospitality operations management; Publication Opportunities. All submitted papers will follow a rigorous double-blind review process and will be accepted and published in a CHED recognized journal. This would enable the researcher to disseminate information and contribute to the growing body of knowledge relating to tourism and hospitality. We never stop learning and looking for possible solution through research, so we look forward to welcoming you LAYAG 2020 and we are confident that it will be an enjoyable and educational experience for all even through a virtual platform.
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World Tourism Forum Lucerne
10-09-2020
The World Tourism Forum Lucerne is the only tourism platform where international top-level decision makers from industry, government, academia and finance collaborate on future challenges together with tomorrow’s generation. Founded in 2008, the Forum has developed continuously and has built up a worldwide network of personal relationships. We cordially invite you to join this exceptional platform with a focus on an open-minded and future-oriented exchange across industries and generations. https://www.wtflucerne.org/ #SwissTourism4SDGs
10-09-2020
"Quad ‚ÄďGarden of Culture" Cultural, artistic, recreational, and tourism complex
06-09-2020
I believe only through innovation and collaboration will we be able to create sustainable solutions in tourism for generations to come. From cultural heritage to cultural and creative industries, Culture is both an enabler and a driver of the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. "Quad ‚ÄďGarden of Culture" Cultural, artistic, recreational, and tourism complex offers a innovative approach to developing and managing tourism. and allows us to practically apply sustainable tourism principles in a real-world context. Today, large numbers of tourists from all over the world travel to become familiar with various cultures and arts of the nations of the world, and the creation of a market for the exchange of cultural and artistic goods of different nations will naturally be tempting and appealing.
MiWeeks eco conscious booking
31-08-2020
MiWeeks eco conscious travel club operates in the online booking segment where we propose a selection of quality vacation rentals. At MiWeeks we are developing "eco friendly travel technology". Our point of departure begins by rethinking the traditional 21st century business model and question investment theories used in the business world. We bring forward human values in our business model and reflect these in the development of our travel technology. Further, we believe that travel technology is key to help finance the green economy and sustainable development goals. I explain: According to WTTC in 2018 travel & tourism, the worlds largest industry, had a direct contribution to the global economy amounting to 8.81 trillion dollars and by 2023 70% of revenues will be made online. At MiWeeks we believe that travel technology is at a cross road, we can continue to develop smart travel technology that will know everything about us, anticipate our needs with the specific purpose to generate online revenues, or we can develop smart travel technology that can help finance the necessary actions to tackle the environmental effects created by the industry (land conversion, biodiversity loss, air pollution, ocean acidification & pollution etc..)
Eclipse chasing and sustainable tourism development. Case study: Three consecutive solar eclipses in Spain in 2026/27/28
26-08-2020
Three consecutive years of eclipse chasing in Spain is a research project started in the University of Girona in 2017 as a master thesis presented by Mohamad Soltanolkotabi amateur astronomer and tourism activist. This research was a pioneering work to demonstrate a rare opportunity for Spain to host one of the greatest eclipse chasing events through history in 2026, 2027 and 2028. Later this research was selected among the eight best master thesis of tourism in 2017 in Spain by the Red INTUR (http://www.redintur.org/). Currently the research is going on as a PhD thesis in the same university supported by the Catalan government via scholarship program to be continued till 2023. This work aims to provide a primary study about the upcoming phenomena in order to start an early comprehensive plan to organize these events. This work follows to promote tourism in Spain through these spectacular events nationally and internationally based on planning, education and awareness. Eclipse chasing is a kind of astrotourism that promotes sustainable tourism development. More than fifty experts including NASA scientists, experts of International Astronomy Union (IAU), experienced eclipse chasers and famous astrophotographers are cooperating in the research since 2017. The findings show fantastic potentials in Spain to hold eclipse celebrations throughout the country in long with Sustainable Development Goals. The importance of the research Astrotourism is an increasing tourism nowadays in the world and an attracting growing interest. A great number of people travel every year basically to enjoy the sky but, there are very few academic papers, thesis and researches in this issue. Although eclipse chasing is considered as a type of astrotourism however, it’s pretty different from the typical astrotourism known as night observations to observe dark skies. This research will be the first Ph.D. thesis on eclipse chasing and a good starting point for further researches. Spain is high
Challenged Expedition
26-08-2020
A special interest field trip, sightseeing, excursion, adventure, outdoor recreation, leisure, pleasure, active and healthy living and lifestyle event. Which is planned, organized and hosted annually on United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) World Tourism Day, September 27. This special interest event, is planned, organized and hosted by Kra Travel (Kra Integrated Solutions Ltd), an indigenous Ghanaian Private Sector Social Enterprise free of charge. For one of the most vulnerable minority groups, who are often taken for granted segment within communities and society. And regrettably, are predominantly confined to the periphery of economic, political, public, social, cultural, community, societal, family and developmental structures in Ghana, Persons Living with Disabilities. As part of the organization’s activities and programs for celebrating World Tourism Day and its dynamic and holistic approach, efforts, contributions and/or solutions. Relative to helping to strengthen, promote and accelerate the achievement and maintenance SDG ten (10): Reduced Inequalities, nine (9): Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure and seventeen (17): Partnerships for the Goals. And in support of, and complementary to promoting inclusive tourism, and the power of tourism as a formidable and dominant force for environmental, social, cultural, economic and humanitarian good, responsibility, purpose, values and impact creation in Ghana. The initiative is aimed to create grassroots and broad based awareness, information dissemination, social/public education and sensitization. About the humiliating, agonizing, pathetic and detrimental public and private spaces, places, facilities, amenities, information, events and services particularly, tourist sites, attractions, locations and services accessibility. Other serious detrimental public, social, cultural, economic, developmental, political, human and minority rights challenges Persons Living with Disabilities in Ghana face.
Innovative Approach to Elevating Persons with Disabilities in Ghana: A Person-Centered Community Empowerment Project
26-08-2020
Kra Travel (Kra Integrated Solutions Ltd), an indigenous Ghanaian Private Sector Social Enterprise (SE). Through this initiative will plan, organize, provide and amplify Tourism, Travel and Hospitality industrial sector skills training and capacity-building, other public, social and cultural events, activities and experiences. For one of the most vulnerable minority groups, who are often taken for granted segment within communities and society. And regrettably, are predominantly confined to the periphery of economic, political, public, social, cultural, community, societal, family and developmental structures in Ghana, Persons Living with Disabilities. Which will take cognizant of the strengths and weaknesses associated with living with disabilities. As part of the organization’s people-centered and community-inspired dynamic and holistic approach, efforts, contributions and/or solutions. Relative to helping to strengthen, promote and accelerate the achievement and maintenance of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Particularly, SDG one (1): No Poverty, eight (8): Decent Work and Economic Growth, nine (9): Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, ten (10): Reduced Inequalities, and seventeen (17): Partnerships for the Goals . To achieve and maintain the desired grassroots and broad-based project goals, objectives, targets and results, plans have also been put in place for the skills training and capacity-building to be extended to other target groups relevant to the project mandates, goals, objectives and targets. Especially, the youth, women and in particular, girls living within highly poverty and unemployment endemic regions, municipalities, districts, urban and rural communities.
Challenged Expedition
26-08-2020
A special interest field trip, sightseeing, excursion, adventure, outdoor recreation, leisure, pleasure, active and healthy living and lifestyle event. Which is planned, organized and hosted annually on United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) World Tourism Day, September 27. This special interest event, is planned, organized and hosted by Kra Travel (Kra Integrated Solutions Ltd), an indigenous Ghanaian Private Sector Social Enterprise free of charge. For one of the most vulnerable minority groups, who are often taken for granted segment within communities and society. And regrettably, are predominantly confined to the periphery of economic, political, public, social, cultural, community, societal, family and developmental structures in Ghana, Persons Living with Disabilities. As part of the organization’s activities and programs for celebrating World Tourism Day and its dynamic and holistic approach, efforts, contributions and/or solutions. Relative to helping to strengthen, promote and accelerate the achievement and maintenance SDG ten (10): Reduced Inequalities, nine (9): Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure and seventeen (17): Partnerships for the Goals. And in support of, and complementary to promoting inclusive tourism, and the power of tourism as a formidable and dominant force for environmental, social, cultural, economic and humanitarian good, responsibility, purpose, values and impact creation in Ghana. The initiative is aimed to create grassroots and broad based awareness, information dissemination, social/public education and sensitization. About the humiliating, agonizing, pathetic and detrimental public and private spaces, places, facilities, amenities, information, events and services particularly, tourist sites, attractions, locations and services accessibility. Other serious detrimental public, social, cultural, economic, developmental, political, human and minority rights challenges Persons Living with Disabilities in Ghana face.
Swiss Tourism 4 SDGs
25-08-2020
The Swiss Tourism Dialogue on SDGs (SwissTourism4SDGs) is a broad-based initiative supported by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO to anchor the Agenda 2030 with its 17 sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the tourism industry. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint for economic, social and ecological development up to 2030. Adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, the SDGs are a call for action by all countries, civil society, the private sector and the scientific community to promote prosperity while protecting the environment. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, equality and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and working to preserve our ocean and forests. Switzerland is committed to the implementation of Agenda 2030 at both national and international level, and tourism as a cross-cutting sector can make an important contribution to achieving these goals. With the Swiss SDG Tourism Dialogue, we are networking the players in Swiss incoming and outgoing tourism with the aim of ensuring that, thanks to the exchange of knowledge, innovative ideas and good practice the SDGs can be achieved in a more targeted, effective and rapid manner. Consequently, the Swiss SDG Tourism Dialogue does not develop its own measures to help reach the SDGs more effectively but supports initiatives by finding suitable partners for them, tapping into missing knowledge and actively communicating these initiatives within the network.
Official Launch of SwissTourism4SDGs - the Swiss dialogue on tourism & SDGs
25-08-2020
Official Launch of SwissTourism4SDGs - the Swiss dialogue on tourism & SDGs The initiative aims to anchor the global Agenda 2030 with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) more firmly in the tourism industry. Alongside the Swiss Tourism Federation (STV), the consortium consists of the Swiss Foundation for Technical Development Cooperation Swisscontact, the myclimate foundation, the Swiss Travel Association (SRV), the University of Applied Sciences Graub√ľnden, the Swiss Parks Network, the consulting firm ecos and gutundgut gmbh. The initiative strives to achieve SDGs in a more targeted and effective way through knowledge sharing. The potential lies in better networking of all players in Swiss tourism and in promoting the exchange of practical experience. The role of the SDG dialogue is to raise awareness of sustainability goals, bring knowledge together, find suitable partners for initiatives and actively communicate these within the network. In this sense, the Swiss Tourism Dialogue does not develop its own projects, but brings together committed partners.
Green Technology Selector (GTS)
24-08-2020
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has developed Green Technology Selector (GTS) to promote global transfer of high-performing green technologies. The online B2B and B2C platform with over 22,000 high-performing technologies helps businesses and households reduce utility costs, increase comfort, quality of services or productivity while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and strengthening resilience to climate change. Green Technology Selector connects technology buyers with financial institutions and technology suppliers (manufacturers and local vendors), and improves access to green solutions and climate finance. Green Technology Selector is available in over 10 languages across over 26 countries. Browse www.techselector.com or TechSelector mobile app to find concrete solutions for the tourism and hospitality sector (energy efficiency equipment and materials, renewable energy technologies and water saving solutions). Many hotels and businesses in the hospitality sector in the EBRD region have already benefitted from technologies and finance supported by GTS (Real companies - real stories!).
A framework for social outcomes based responsible tourism
22-08-2020
Setting up a community revolving fund through participatory planning and responsible tourism is a revolutionary tourism model by Sauramandala Foundation under its Responsible Tourism Initiative for communities. It is the process of identifying and developing new tourism Destination and setting up a revolving fund to fund the social outcomes that are identified by the community through a participatory process. Through this initiative grass root level community participation is assured right from the initial level discussions. This is the first of its kind in the country and perhaps the world. Concept At Sauramandala Foundation we have designed a new approach to responsible tourism by Quantifying what ‚Äėresponsible‚Äô means in responsible tourism Keeping it community focused using participatory processes Setting up a community revolving fund using tourism to ensure social development Building it a replicable model format where it can be adapted by any community or government Vision Building a responsible tourism destination with a revolving fund to ensure social outcomes are met and self sustainability is attained. Mission Develop Global Tourism Destination with RT initiatives and public private partnerships Objectives ‚ÄĘ Setup a revolving fund at the community level using tourism as an anchor. ‚ÄĘ Develop a participatory approach in tourism planning and development. ‚ÄĘ Ensure grass root level community participation in tourism development ‚ÄĘ Ensure a results based format is followed and social outcomes are met as the first step ‚ÄĘ Ensure that ‚Äėresponsible‚Äô can be quantified and linked to specific SDG targets ‚ÄĘ Ensure that a safety net can be created for communities using sustainability fee collected through tourism
Africa Tourism & SDGs Summit 2020
20-08-2020
The "Africa Tourism & SDGs Virtual Summit 2020" seeks to bring Tourism and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 Stakeholders together to look for ways to fast-track the achievement of the SDGs in Africa through tourism while capitalizing on the UNWTO's Tourism4SDGs campaign. Topic: The Role of Tourism In Fast-tracking The Achievement of SDGs In Africa Post Lockdown
Guide: Museums and the Sustainable Development Goals: a how-to guide for museums, galleries, the cultural sector and their partners
04-08-2020
This guide is intended to help empower museums (small, large and of any kind, anywhere), museum workers, museum networks and their partners to contribute to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs for short).
FLOCKEO
28-07-2020
We have created Flockeo to federate a global community around sustainable tourism. We aim at connecting travelers and professionals in an inclusive eco-system based on the values of sustainability, protection of the environment, sharing experiences with the local communities, and extending the benefits of tourism to the larger local regions. The protection of the environment is an incredible opportunity for every destination to reinvent its tourism policy and to promote new regions. This is a great space to counter mass tourism and to advocate sustainable development in newly developed areas. Through our map, we provide the Flockeo indicator to the community with an independent, transparent view of the environmental footprint of tourism on a destination. The Flockeo barometer takes into account 4 key indicators to assess the ecological footprint of tourist destinations : 1 Quality of biodiversity: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is one of the world‚Äôs leading organizations dedicated to the protection and preservation of nature. It regularly publishes a red list on its website to map the animals or plant species at risk around the world. 2 Pressure on water: Satellite data, together with other data sources, can be used to assess water-related risks. The Flockeo barometer accounts for the quantity, quality as well as existence and relevancy of the infrastructures set up to better manage water. 3 Population density: Cities have existed for thousands of years; they are essential for economic and social development. However, a growing town is a shrinking natural habitat. Our goal is to heighten awareness about this dilemma and to help you discover new tourist ‚Äúgreen lanes‚ÄĚ. 4 Air Quality: The air quality is a key factor for a pleasant stay in any destination. Whether it is the result of natural or manmade activities, air quality may show high variability due to sudden events (e.g. forest fires or industrial hazard)
25-07-2020
25-07-2020
Basilicata's food and wine tourism ecosystem Recreating the offer to recover #TravelTomorrow
21-07-2020
The United Nations Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development identifies sustainable tourism as one of the sectors for achieving the sustainability goals. Under the goal 8, dedicated to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all, through the target 8.9 the Agenda 2030 suggests ‚Äúdevise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products‚ÄĚ. Food and wine therefore falls into the areas of tourism able to promote the sustainable competitiveness of a destination, a tourism capable of involving the various levels of sustainability, distinguished by an enormous capacity to stimulate economies, especially local economies, and to promote sustainability and inclusion. It answers the need of destinations of positioning themselves in an increasingly crowded market creating new tourism products based on the authenticity, sustainability and originality of the destination, all elements able to satisfy the motivations dictating demand especially in the current situation of the symmetrical shock caused by Covid 19. The travel ban seems to be the right moment to speed up reorganisation of a territorial offer able to satisfy the demand for sustainability to which the need for security has been added. This research project aims to define the strategic planning of food and wine tourism in Basilicata, a rural region of southern Italy, contributing to the growth of the local economy in a sustainable way. This aim can be achieved by creating a food and wine tourism ecosystem for Basilicata (as the initial phase of a wider strategic plan) which will be a step towards creating a food and wine tourism product that is sufficiently competitive and sustainable to satisfy the current demands of the tourism market.
A Manifestation of 4 Elements
11-07-2020
Yazd city has been inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List as the largest yet inhabited adobe city in the world. The landscape of Yazd with wind catchers, ... is witness of the ingenious architecture that has its roots in the climate features of the area, the dessert, and is considered as a of tangible and intangible heritages. Lack of water and its effect on agriculture, has brought fourth the necessity of other means of income like domestic products. An hour drive from Yazd will take you to Maybod, where clay is used for pottery with its signature design in the form of sunshine, birds, and fish in blue, orange, and pink colors against a white background. Worldwide, Maybod is also famous for its Zilu, a 500-year-old carpet made of cotton threads to suit the dessert climate. Many historical constructs of Yazd have been turned into residential spaces that help visitors get to know the culture and lifestyle of people more closely. The big population of Zoroastrians practicing their rituals in different fire temples and the Markar museum that perfectly presents their heritage has helped preserve this rich Persian culture for 3757 years!
08-07-2020
Sustainable Travel Finland
01-07-2020
The Programme of Finnish Government, is ‚ÄėInclusive and competent Finland ‚Äď a socially, economically and ecologically sustainable society‚Äô. Meanwhile, Finland's Arctic Strategy, driving sustainable development in the Arctic, has set sustainable tourism as one of its priorities. Furthermore, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, responsible for Finland‚Äôs updated tourism strategy, has identified four priorities that will facilitate the sustainable growth and renewal of the tourism sector in Finland - first priority being supporting sustainable development. To help the tourism industry in Finland to put these strategies into action, together with various stakeholders Visit Finland has developed the Sustainable Travel Finland -programme, designed for tourism companies and destinations in Finland. With focus on all dimensions of sustainability (ecological, cultural, social and economic), Sustainable Travel Finland programme offers Finnish tourism industry a complete toolkit to adapt sustainable practices: a 7-step sustainable tourism development path. Although Sustainable Travel Finland programme aligns with internationally known sustainable tourism programmes and SDGs, it is built in consideration of regional and national development needs. Initially, the current state analyses recognized the following areas to develop: commitment, knowhow, planning, communication, auditing and measuring. Instead of adopting a foreign model to Finland, a national model was designed to address these needs, as well as regional differences. Companies and destinations that undergo the entire programme are awarded with the Sustainable Travel Finland label, providing travel trade and travellers an easy way to identify a tourism actor that takes sustainability seriously and make a responsible choice.
Mujeres en Turismo en la Argentina
19-06-2020
Es una red flexible, diversa, apartidaria y dinámica que agrupa los esfuerzos de quienes -desde sus distintos perfiles, aspiraciones y objetivos- buscan sumar sus talentos y acciones al logro de la igualdad y al empoderamiento de las mujeres como agentes de cambio en el sector turístico. Esta organización aboga por los derechos de las mujeres y es dirigida de manera democrática por mujeres. Es un movimiento colectivo que desde un grupo de iguales plantea asumir algunos retos conjuntamente desde una perspectiva de colaboración más amplia. Para ello, promueve ir construyendo redes con aquellas mujeres unidas en el mismo objetivo de erradicar esta brecha. Para ello, se trabaja de manera colectiva en estrategias comunes con fines concretos fomentando encuentros e intercambios de opiniones. No solo buscamos una mayor inserción y avance de las mujeres, sino un cambio genuino en el sector donde mujeres y hombres puedan desenvolverse en condiciones de igualdad.
EIF Trade for Development News, UNWTO and the Commonwealth presents Tourism and COVID-19 webinar
08-06-2020
EIF Trade for Development News, UNWTO and the Commonwealth presents Tourism and COVID-19 webinar on 11 June 2020, 10am CET 

Tourism is the backbone of many developing world economies, and the sector is being drastically affected by COVID-19. How can countries weather and recover from this crisis? What lessons can we take from the past? Explore with our Experts!

SPEAKERS Belise Kariza, Chief Tourism Officer, Rwanda Development Board Zoritsa Urosevic, Director, Institutional Relations and Partnerships Department, Special Representative to the United Nations in Geneva - World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Anna Spenceley, Chair of IUCN WCPA Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group and Board Member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council MODERATOR Brendan Vickers, Adviser and Head of Section in the International Trade Policy Section, Commonwealth Secretariat Join Us! and Register HERE
Sustainable Development Goals localisation in the tourism sector: lessons from Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, South Africa
03-06-2020
Sustainable Development Goals localisation in the tourism sector: lessons from Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, South Africa
A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE, RESPONSIBLY
01-06-2020
We live in a global and connected world and by no means, we can neglect it. Over the last few decades, distances were shortened, communications improved, borders faded away and intercultural exchange became a part of our daily lives. We are, more than ever, citizens of the world and many of us live by the motto ‚Äúto travel is to live‚ÄĚ. Therefore, traveling has increased exponentially over the past 60 years and became a global trend: it is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the daily life, as it gives us the chance of discovering new places, languages, accents, foods, and ways of life. However, and besides its undeniable virtues, tourism and the travel industry also have many disadvantages, both socially and environmentally, that balance the scale. This massive industry, present all over the world, can cause long-term damage to a destination if there‚Äôs a lack of sustainable and responsible management of resources. The good news is that, if we address these disadvantages correctly, we can minimize their effects drastically. Moreover, an increasing number of globetrotters are becoming more aware of this dramatic reality and are aiming to be more conscious and sustainable travelers. Impactrip, as a responsible tourism operator, is no stranger to the problems this industry may cause and, since 2015, is trying to change the way people travel, offering and promoting meaningful experiences that deeply respect the uniqueness and character of tourist destinations. Thus, the Responsible Tourism Experiences (RTE) were created to all those travelers looking for an enriching and authentic experience, away from mass tourism and with the add-on of leaving a positive social and/or environmental impact on the destinations. With that, Impactrip has partnered up with hundreds of local projects and organizations that fight against several social and environmental problems to create transformative experiences not only for travelers, but also for the communities and destinations they visit. Visitors can join these RTEs all over Portugal (including the delightful Azores Islands) and activities range from a zero-waste cooking class to discovering the preserved old traditions of a small village in the middle of the country. All the experiences have the main goal of giving back to the host communities, while enhancing their well-being, improving working conditions and making positive contributions
to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage. Also, Impactrip promotes a set of eco- friendly initiatives to help everyone becoming a more conscious and sustainable traveler: refusing plastic straws, carrying reusable bags, shopping in small local stores and eating seasonally are just a few examples of small (but meaningful!) actions that Impactrip encourages all their clients and staff members to take. Impactrip, as a certified B-Corporation (a business that meets the highest standards of social and environmental performance and works toward reducing inequalities, lowering levels of poverty, a healthier environment, stronger communities, and creating quality jobs with dignity and purpose) is aligned with the UN‚Äôs Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Over the last 5 years, the company has striven to give tourists the chance of actively contributing to this bold agenda that sets out a global framework to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change until 2030. As a result, Impactrip‚Äôs Responsible Experiences contribute towards these goals, because all of them are based on equality for all, saving the planet and economic prosperity. For instance, during the Cascais by Art tour (Lisbon) visitor will get to know the story of a neighborhood that has united diverse ethnicities and generations through art and that nowadays it‚Äôs an open-air art gallery. Since the tour guides are youngsters from a local group, participants will be contributing directly to SDG 8 - Decent work and economic growth ‚Äď making this social business more dynamic. Another possibility to get to know Lisbon in a different perspective is taking A Walk for Diversity, a walking tour through Mouraria, Lisbon‚Äôs most multiethnic neighborhood. Nowadays, migrants make up around 30 per cent of this local community and in this urban tour, the guides are nothing more but migrants that will share their most personal and cultural stories. So that, Impactrip has partnered up with this integrative project to Reduce Inequalities (SDG10) and poverty (SDG 1) in these needy communities. We can also mention the Green Guardians of the Forests environmental program, that takes place in the fascinating Sintra Natural Park, where nature lovers get involved with the recovery of ecologically degraded areas, through the restitution of native forests to restore ecological systems. Needless to say, this experience is a major contribution to the achievement of SDGs 13 ‚Äď Climate Action ‚Äď and 15 ‚Äď Life on Land ‚Äď because it encourages participants to take actions to combat climate change and also to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems.
As our world is composed of 71% of water, Impactrip also wants to create a positive impact on the ocean. Travelers can eco-dive in different locations, from the crystal-clear waters of the Azores to the light blue ones of the Algarve. Taking part in any of these wonderful experiences gives the possibility of connecting the thrill and beauty of Ocean diving with learning what one can do to protect and preserve our precious Life below Water ‚Äď SDG14. In short, all these are Partnerships for the Goals (SDG 17), since Impactrip is joining forces with local organizations so that we attain a successful sustainable development for all, placing people and the planet at the center. As you see, there are plenty of opportunities for everyone to experience a different way of getting to know a new country and culture. We indeed live in a multicultural world, but travel with caution and respect to the local people and nature is possible. Incorporating the SDGs in our next travel plan, and looking for meaningful responsible experiences in the places we visit, that will imbalance the downsides of tourism, are great ways of making the difference and contribute to a more sustainable world. Lastly, Impactrip envisions forming a global community of people wanting to be the change they seek in the world and that also believe that we‚Äôre responsible for each other and future generations. So, these Responsible Experiences are a mean to a greater and lasting end: Impactrip ultimate goal is that everyone who takes joins these experiences can also create a positive and meaningful impact in their communities. Written by: Maria JoaŐÉo Gens is a young professional from Porto, Portugal. She has studied Foreign Languages and Business Relations and is passionate about other cultures, travelling and (good) food. A full-time dreamer (and hard-worker!), she's trying to be the change she wishes to see in the world through path of Sustainability, Education, Responsible Consumption and Personal Development.
evway Travel Network
29-05-2020
Route220 is the leading provider of charging services in Italy, serving more than 10.000 EV-Users all over Europe. The initiative was created in order to gather all the hospitality services - sleeping, eating, shopping and cultural locations - that offer EV charging solutions for their guests - visitors; therefore Route220 created "evway Travel Network‚ÄĚ: with evway Travel Network the charging pauses become opportunities to discovery the territory. evway Travel Network is a touristic portal dedicated to EV-Drivers where they can find hospitality facilities and tourist attractions that offer charging service. The aim is to improve the experience of the charging session and to promote the businesses that believe in sustainable mobility. The front-end device to enable mapping, charging and paying the charging services is called EVWAY and it's offered free of charge in iOS and Android and enables charging an electric vehicle all over Europe in more than 150.000 charging spots. The App also shows EV-Driver the points of interest near the charging station - museums, tourist attractions... -, allowing him to take advantage of his charging stop to discover what the territory has to offer. Within the App, the users can easily identify all the hospitality partners that adhere to the mission of the network: promote a sustainable way to travel in Europe. The App, in fact, indicates - with special markers for product category - the facilities that have a charging station - hotel, restaurant, museum, shopping center. The EV-Traveller can find ad-hoc pre-defined itineraries to discover the opportunities and beauties of territories in Europe, in alliance with local providers of sustainable events or experiences such as sailing tour, farm-to-fork shops, rental of electric boats, ebikes and cars. evway and the evway Travel Network are the first real tool to support and enable both the electric mobility and the discovery and promotion of sustainable tourism.
EU UNESCO4ALL TOUR
25-05-2020
The EU UNESCO4ALL TOUR is an innovative, experiential, inclusive and transnational cultural tourism product combining together different but common UNESCO cultural WH sites in Europe by a thematic narrative logic. The tourism packages are fully focused on UNESCO built heritage and in particular on churches, monasteries and cathedrals, thus according to a "spiritual" narrative logic (‚ÄúThe Soul of Europe‚ÄĚ) and addressed to - but not limited to - people with visual impairments, but ultimately including all kind of audiences according to the "designed4all" approach. They will all have the opportunity to access the arts and to experience the outstanding value of the UNESCO cultural heritage sites as never before both in museums and on site. Given the focus on UNESCO WH sites, the tourism product will also target the accessible tourism market: for this purpose, a specialised training to museums staffs in the field of the management of UNESCO WH sites and accessible tourism is provided, thus creating a multiplier effect for the adoption of the same good practice by other museums in Europe. The tourism packages are built on disruptive innovation making art accessible to the blind and visually impaired. The technology integrates tactile exploration with audio data, which is provided by an International company, leader in audio guides for cultural purposes. Currently tactile models are the way through which the blind and visually impaired people perceive the artworks and cultural heritage. The models, however, are per se ‚Äúdumb‚ÄĚ, so an audio guide or a human guide is necessary to integrate tactile perception with verbal information. We will therefore solve the problem by transforming tactile models of artworks into speaking models, thus allowing an interactive and independent exploration from people with visual disabilities.
UNWTO Webinar “Agenda 2030 and SDGs in times of COVID-19: the chance to true recovery"
25-05-2020
The upcoming UNWTO Webinar of the series ‚ÄúQuo Vadis Tourism‚ÄĚ will take place on May 27, 2020 at 12:00 PM (CET) The webinar is dedicated to the theme ‚ÄúAgenda 2030 and SDGs in times of COVID-19: the chance to true recovery‚ÄĚ. This edition will debate issues related to the COVID-19 crisis and recovery as an opportunity to build an innovative tourism business model , as well as to highlight the need to integrate sustainability during recovery/value proposition, empower stakeholders and stimulate dialogue to inspire action for the tourism sector to embrace a new model of sustainable development during the drafting of recovery plans. HOSTS: Ms. Alessandra Priante, Regional Director for Europe, UNWTO Ms. Zoritsa Urosevic, Special Representative to the United Nations in Geneva and New York & Director of the Institutional Relations and Partnerships Department, UNWTO EXPERTS: Dr. Susanne Becken, Professor of Sustainable Tourism, Griffith University Prof. Theocharis Tsoutsos, Director of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Lab at School of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete Dr. David Ermen, Managing Director of Desti.nation Capacity Ltd (NZ), Destination Capacity Ltd Ms. Michaela Reittere, Owner Boutiquehotel Stadthalle & President of the Austrian Hotel Association, Boutique hotel Stadthalle Dr. Peter Prokosch, Chairman of the Norwegian-registered NGO Linking Tourism & Conservation, LinkingTourism&Conservation Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WmBgUc_hQKuc61dn6ctiLg Livestreaming: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oX7z1lV-j2c&feature=youtu.be
My Journey as Tour Guide
19-05-2020
From a young men in the Street of Windhoek to a most influential Tourist Guide in Namibia. Today i am been regarded as the Best Namibian Tourism Guide.
Earth's Edge
13-05-2020
Porter Scholarship Programme: We believe it is essential that all our staff get the opportunity to progress in their chosen careers. Each year on Kilimanjaro we reward one of our hardworking porters by paying for their training to become a guide. The course which costs USD$900, is far beyond the means of most porters who make roughly USD$115 including tips per climb. After they feed and house their families, there is very little money left at the end of the month, which makes attending guide school themselves virtually impossible. Once they qualify as guides their pay with tips will increase to roughly USD$220, which means they will have much more disposable income to feed and educate their families. Another fantastic benefit of this programme is that it has fostered a healthy sense of competition amongst the porters which has led to even better levels of service on the mountain! In May 2019 two of our porters Fuso (2018 winner) and Thomas (2019 winner) qualified as guides. Established in 2007, Earth’s Edge is a small business based in Dublin, Ireland. We offer high altitude trekking, mountaineering, and our signature tri-adventure expeditions in some of the most stunning locations in the world. We are the only company in the world who send an international guide and doctor on all expeditions while keeping group sizes sustainably small. Sending an international guide and doctor allows us to deliver an unrivalled level of safety and service for each and every one of our clients. Having smaller group sizes brings a lot of advantages including better guide to client ratios, reduced environmental impact and stronger team dynamics. While our main focus is on safety and your experience with us, we also have a robust responsible travel policy encompassing the environment, communities and people we work with. This allows us to achieve our mission of providing you with a life changing experience while being kind to the planet and her people.
ImpacTrip - Leave Your Footprint… In A Meaningful Way
05-05-2020
Nowadays, we tend to give the word ‚Äúfootprint‚ÄĚ a negative connotation, probably because we relate it with the ecological, carbon or water imprint we leave in our Mother Earth. On the Internet, many are the articles and websites with tips and tricks on ‚ÄúHow to reduce your carbon footprint?‚ÄĚ or to help you calculate ‚Äúhow many planets does it take to support your lifestyle?‚ÄĚ. But... What if you could change your perspective on this? What if you could leave a positive and purposeful impact while traveling abroad, discovering a new country and its local community?
This was exactly what Rita Marques, one of Impactrip’s founders, dreamt about, after travelling solo around Asia: creating a project which joined her strong will to change for good people’s lives, her passion to travel and also her life purpose of leaving her positive mark in the world. So that, after partnering up with Diogo, another intrepid traveler and dreamer, Impactrip was born! Since 2015 that, along with an A-Team, they’re developing International Volunteering Programs for those who want to enjoy a new destination while having a life-changing experience, not only for them but also for the local communities with whom they interact.
By enrolling in one of the International Volunteering Programs Impactrip offers, that range from working with people with special needs to helping with the conservation of endangered marine species, volunteers will not only have the opportunity to support the important mission of non-profit organizations in many different fields but also to develop countless soft-skills and get to know people from all over the world.
Currently operating in four European destinations ‚Äď Lisbon, Porto, Barcelona and Split ‚Äď Impactrip has already received people from over 60 different nationalities and contributed with 50.000+ hours to support a network of 350 non-profits. In addition, Impactrip is fully committed to contribute as much as it can to be a force of good. So that, the company makes great effort to encourage all of the volunteers, staff members and partners to adopt sustainable practices in their daily lives, such as consuming responsibly and local, avoiding plastic waste, using water sparingly, etc. As you can see, Impactrip is always thriving to improve and to become a company that is constantly up to date with the current need from the communities not only with whom it directly works with but also with the World. We live in a true ‚Äúglobal village‚ÄĚ and we need, more than ever before, to be working along the global agendas to contribute to a sustainable development for all.
That‚Äôs why Impactrip‚Äôs International Volunteering Programs (IVP) are aligned to the UN‚Äôs Sustainable Development Goals, to contribute to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change until 2030. All of the Volunteering Programs have the potential to contribute, directly or indirectly, to all of the goals, but we would highlight that the major contributions fit in with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 ‚Äď Good Health and Well-being - because within our Special Needs Support volunteers give vulnerable people quality care, compassion and a sense of hope and with the SDG 4 ‚Äď Quality Education because through our Youth Support and Teaching program we ensure equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. Moreover, the IVPs are also focused on pushing for Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8), while supporting productive activities, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation and for Reduced Inequalities (SDG 10). In the programs, especially in the Creative Technologies, Special Needs and Youth Support ones, volunteers cooperate with non-profits that help people live equally and as full citizens in all aspects of social living. Furthermore, these concerns don‚Äôt stop here. Besides the social-related issues, Impactrip‚Äôs IVPs also cover environmental problems. Animal and sea lovers can become part of a worldwide movement of passionate people dealing with the global challenge of litter and the impact human development is having on the oceans in the Marine Conservation program, while actively contributing to the SGD12-Responsible Consumption and Production‚Äďand13‚ÄďClimateAction‚Äď because they‚Äôll help achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, by significantly reduce their release to water. Besides, we have to mention that this program also protects Life below Water (SDG 14), by developing activities that prevent and reduce marine pollution of all kinds. Likewise, Life on Land (SDG 15) is not forgotten: the Animal Care program aims to improve the lives of cats and dogs cats and to promote the understanding of the importance and value of animal welfare for a harmonious society.
Last, but not the least, all of the IVPs are a bold example of Partnerships for the Goals (Goal 17) since Impactrip, as a company and intermediary, and volunteers, as direct contributors, join causes dedicated to achieving a sustainable development for all. However, we should bear in mind that tourism has also its downsides, and each one of us ought to become, day by day and step by step, a more conscious traveler, citizen and sustainable development advocate. By choosing to travel responsabily you are already spending your time making a long-term positive contribution to the world and, as you could see, there are also many ways of leaving a positive footprint where we pass by. Impactrip, as a sustainable and responsible tour operator, is more than pleased to encourage and help people to travel in a more meaningful and positive way. On top of this, Impactrip ultimate goal is to create everlasting changemakers, this is, Impactrip aims for people to take home all of their inspiring experiences and continue to give back to their communities. Written by Maria JoaŐÉo Gens Maria JoaŐÉo Gens is a young professional from Porto, Portugal. She has studied Foreign Languages and Business Relations and is passionate about other cultures, travelling and (good) food. A full-time dreamer (and hard-worker!), she's trying to be the change she wishes to see in the world through path of Sustainability, Education, Responsible Consumption and Personal Development.
Curso a distancia en Turismo Sostenible y Desarrollo Local en √Āreas Rurales
05-05-2020
Esta propuesta formativa que busca fortalecer las capacidades de los actores para dise√Īar estrategias de desarrollo local basadas en un turismo responsable que pueda capitalizar su inmenso potencial en t√©rminos de prosperidad econ√≥mica, inclusi√≥n social y preservaci√≥n cultural y ambiental. La OIT considera el turismo como un importante motor para un desarrollo socioecon√≥mico inclusivo y para la reducci√≥n de la pobreza. Dada su capacidad de generar empleo directo y su efecto multiplicador en otros sectores puede contribuir a la diversificaci√≥n econ√≥mica y al desarrollo local especialmente en las zonas rurales. El turismo es uno de los sectores m√°s afectados por la actual crisis pero tambi√©n ha demostrado una gran capacidad de reactivaci√≥n y de generaci√≥n de empleo y bienestar social. En una plataforma de formaci√≥n en l√≠nea, el Ecampus del CIF/OIT, los participantes trabajar√°n con el apoyo de un equipo de tutor√≠as los diferentes temas: la contribuci√≥n del turismo al desarrollo, la oferta tur√≠stica territorial, la gesti√≥n de destinos, las cadenas de valor y el dise√Īo de un proyecto para el propio territorio. ¬ŅA qui√©n se dirige? Responsables pol√≠ticos, t√©cnicos superiores y actores socioecon√≥micos claves del desarrollo del turismo que desarrollen sus actividades en instituciones p√ļblicas y privadas, en organizaciones de la sociedad civil o de la cooperaci√≥n internacional relacionadas con el tema del curs. CERTIFICACI√ďN Al final del proceso y tras la evaluaci√≥n satisfactoria de los ejercicios y el proyecto final, los participantes recibir√°n un Certificado de Aprovechamiento del CIF/OIT.
Curso a distancia en Turismo Sostenible y Desarrollo Local en √Āreas Rurales
30-04-2020
La OIT considera el turismo como un importante motor para un desarrollo socioecon√≥mico inclusivo y para la reducci√≥n de la pobreza. Dada su capacidad de generar empleo directo y su efecto multiplicador en otros sectores como la agricultura, la manufactura, la construcci√≥n y el transporte, el turismo puede contribuir a la diversificaci√≥n econ√≥mica y al desarrollo local especialmente en las zonas rurales. Asume as√≠ particular relevancia esta propuesta formativa que busca fortalecer las capacidades de los actores para dise√Īar estrategias de desarrollo local/rural basadas en un turismo responsable que pueda capitalizar su inmenso potencial en t√©rminos de prosperidad econ√≥mica, inclusi√≥n social y preservaci√≥n cultural y ambiental. El curso se dirige a: responsables pol√≠ticos, t√©cnicos superiores y actores socioecon√≥micos claves del desarrollo del turismo que desarrollen sus actividades en instituciones p√ļblicas y privadas, en organizaciones de la sociedad civil o de la cooperaci√≥n internacional relacionadas con el tema del curso. El itinerario en l√≠nea consta de cinco m√≥dulos y concluye con un proyecto final.
Toolkit for CSR data in organisations (www.sustainablekeyindicators.com)
29-04-2020
It consists of the integration of the GRI Standards indicators with the SDGs at companies in the toolkit www.sustainablekeyindicators.com It has been implemented in the hotel sector. During the COVID-19 crisis, training sessions of the indicators are given through webinars.
Toolkit www.sustainablekeyindicators.com for CSR data in organisations
27-04-2020
It consists in the integration of the GRI Standars indicators with the SDG at companies in the toolkit www.sustainablekeyindicators.com Actually implemented in hotel sector During the Covid19 crisis training sessions of the indicators are given through webinars.
Tourism Week 2020: Shall we think about the future?
27-04-2020
The Tourism Week 2020 is promoted by teachers and students of the Graduation Course of Tourism Management at the Federal Center for Technological Education (CEFET / RJ), - Nova Friburgo campus and is scheduled to take place on the 17th, 18th and 19th of November 2020. The date may be changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. SemaTur 2020 focuses on actions in the area of ‚Äč‚ÄčTourism that can contribute to the ‚Äú2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development‚ÄĚ, of the United Nations (UN). The document proposes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim to eradicate poverty, protect the planet and ensure that people achieve peace and prosperity. The theme of the event is in line with the understanding of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) that it is possible to reach the SDGs¬† through tourism, given the economic relevance of Tourism as well as its role in stimulating environmental sustainability and cultural safeguard , in reducing inequalities, promoting gender equality, accessibility and social inclusion. In order to contribute to Tourism being a vector in the reach of the SDGs, SemaTur 2020 accepts the invitation proposed on the platform ‚ÄúTourism4SDGs‚ÄĚ, created by OMT: ‚ÄúLet's make tourism a driver for realizing the SDGs!‚ÄĚ. To this end, SemaTur 2020 will have oral communications and posters that have as a central axis "thinking about the future", seeking to reflect on the type of tourism we want to practice, how its actions, policies, plans and practices can contribute to the end of inequalities , promoting sustainability and achieving the SDGs. You can register or submit works through the link https://linktr.ee/Sematur
Tourism Week 2020: Shall we think about the future?
26-04-2020
The Tourism Week 2020 is promoted by teachers and students of the Graduation Course of Tourism Management at the Federal Center for Technological Education (CEFET / RJ), - Nova Friburgo campus and is scheduled to take place on the 17th, 18th and 19th of November 2020. The date may be changed due to the COVID pandemic19. SemaTur 2020 focuses on actions in the area of ‚Äč‚ÄčTourism that can contribute to the ‚Äú2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development‚ÄĚ, of the United Nations (UN). The document proposes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim to eradicate poverty, protect the planet and ensure that people achieve peace and prosperity. The theme of the event is in line with the understanding of the World Tourism Organization (WTO) that it is possible to reach the SDGs / UN through tourism, given the economic relevance of Tourism as well as its role in stimulating environmental sustainability and cultural safeguard , in reducing inequalities, promoting gender equality, accessibility and social inclusion. In order to contribute to Tourism being a vector in the reach of the SDGs, SemaTur 2020 accepts the invitation proposed on the platform ‚ÄúTourism4SDGs‚ÄĚ, created by OMT: ‚ÄúLet's make tourism a driver for realizing the SDGs!‚ÄĚ. To this end, SemaTur 2020 will have oral communications and posters that have as a central axis "thinking about the future", seeking to reflect on the type of tourism we want to practice, how its actions, policies, plans and practices can contribute to the end of inequalities , promoting sustainability and achieving the SDGs. You can register or submit works through the link https://linktr.ee/Sematur
Impact House, a hostel in Lisbon allied with the SDGs
24-04-2020
On its 2019 Sustainable Travel Report Booking.com concluded that 55% of the travelers are more likely to make sustainable travel choices than they were a year ago. But barriers include a lack of knowledge and available or appealing options. So, consumers want to become more sustainable in their travels but do not seem to find the offer to match their aspirations. This is a great motivation for companies in the tourism sector to change theirs practice to more sustainable ones and for new companies with more social and environmental purposes to emerge. That was the case in 2018, when Rita and Diogo (founders of Impact+) decided to create another brand of the company: Impact House, a hostel committed with sustainability and NGO support in Lisbon. To define and to keeping improving our business in a sustainable way we could trust the SDGs as guidelines. We always saw the SDGs as our common goals as society that could only be attained with the contribution of all, governments, citizens, and, very importantly, companies. Independently of size, age and sector. In the tourism sector particularly, we knew the high risks of having a negative impact on host communities and natural resources. Therefore, we were aware of the importance of giving our contribution to change the sector aligned with the SGDs framework. Although we have practices and examples in all 17 Goals, we decided to choose 5 SDGs to share what we are doing in our sustainable hostel, Impact House. 2 ‚Äď Zero hunger We are working to establish long-term business partnerships with small and local food suppliers, giving preference to NGOs. To make sure we minimize our food waste, we make accounts of the number of meals we have to make every day. We include our guests asking them to let us know when they are not going to have dinner or lunch, so we can adjust the quantities of food. If we have any food excess, we donate it to NGOs that make sure the food will be given to individuals or families in need. 4 ‚Äď Quality Education
We are committed to give work opportunities to students at Impact House to learned how we work in the sustainable tourism sector. We have partnerships with tourism schools and universities and welcome interns every summer. Informal education is very important for us, we believe that volunteering is a great way to learning. Part of Impact House clients are engaged in international volunteer programs managed by the sister brand ImpacTrip. So, we not only make sure our guests have all their needs met to fully take part in their volunteering, but also, we invite all our guests to enroll in spontaneous volunteer activities to help our partners NGOs. Everything we do related with sustainability and NGO support we communicate and engage our clients. Our goal is to raise awareness and the levels of social and environmental consciousness. 7 ‚Äď Affordable and clean energy At Impact House our electricity is exclusively from renewable sources. We made a contract with our energy supplier that finances the company investment in renewable sources of energy. We have in place the energy basics: Led lights and efficient home appliances, our guests and employees are incentivized to use public transportations in their daily commuting or trips among many other small initiatives to save energy. We also offset the Impact House CO2 emissions that we can‚Äôt avoid and we are working to calculate our own and our supply chain GHG emissions to achieve our 2030 commitment to be Net Zero. 12 ‚Äď Responsible consumption and production We have a procurement policy that explicitly states our preference for non-profit and local suppliers, that recommends to analyze other options before buying new, and disregard for products packaged in single-use plastic. We are working hard to restructure our supply chain to be more aligned with our sustainability principles. We also extend these belief to our clients as we donate clothes, shoes, and hygiene products that are no longer used by our clients to NGOs that support homeless people and we incentivize our guests can swap clothes between them by using the swap spot, enlarging the life of fashion products.
Finally, we separate plastic, glass, paper and batteries for recycling, and we separate organic waste and compostable waste to use in our vermicompostor and then fertilize our food garden. Again, we engage our clients in the whole process. 17 ‚Äď Partnerships for the goals This SDG is probably the most important for us because it is connected to the mission of the company Impact+. Our mission is to support our social and environmental non-profit partners. At Impact House, social and environmental partners are preferred suppliers and donations receivers. They are at the heart of everything we do, from the social shop where we promote and sell their products, to their art exhibitions we host every month, not forgetting the agenda of events we promote every week where these partners organize activities and raise awareness to different causes. These are some of our best practices, we hope some of them give inspiration to more companies in the tourism sector to be more sustainable and allied with the SGDs - we all gain with that. We invite you to see in loco, our doors are open to everyone. Written by Mariana Teixeira Mariana has dedicated her time and energy to managing companies, organizations, or projects with positive impact. She is a pessimistic-idealistic professional, obsessed with inequality and social problems and driven by purpose. She believes that social businesses will lead the change the world needs! Dance and gastronomy are her favorite ways to know a new culture and she trusts in the power of tourism to make the world smaller and the people closer. Mariana became a keen problem solver thanks to: her work experience in CSR consultancy, management challenges in both the private and social sectors, a master‚Äôs degree in development economics, a lot of volunteering hours and many adventures as a solo traveler.
COVID-19 Related Travel restrictions - A Global Review for Tourism
22-04-2020
The scale of disruption caused by COVID-19 to global tourism is shown in a comprehensive report on travel restrictions from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The report, published at a time of unprecedented disruption for the sector, shows that almost all global destinations have imposed restrictions on travel since January 2020, including complete bans on all travel as they work to contain the pandemic. Over recent years, as the United Nations specialized agency for tourism, UNWTO has been regularly monitoring travel facilitation and observing a continuous trend towards more openness. COVID-19 has dramatically interrupted this. According to research carried out for the new report, as of 6 April, 96% of all worldwide destinations have introduced travel restrictions in response to the pandemic. Around 90 destinations have completely or partially closed their borders to tourists, while a further 44 are closed to certain tourists depending on country of origin.
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#TurismoReset
08-04-2020
The Tourism sector is being hardly hit by the COVID-19, affecting millions of people in the world for whom tourism is their livelihood. In times of crisis, the absence of planning and management makes the recovery more difficult; this is the reason why we must be as much prepared as possible for when this happens, and the best way is the union and strength of the industry actors. Certainly, this is a time to stop, think and meditate about the evolution towards a truly sustainable tourism model. We are now building a new world and so we need to work for the best future for Tourism. This is the origin of the #TurismoReset community in Spain, a space for collaboration and reflection, made up of professionals from the sector from all fields, where we can share experiences and opinions, contribute with ideas and solutions, and generate an ecosystem of knowledge and inspiration aimed at the Regeneration of the Tourism. Through this initiative, we contribute directly to the following SDGs (and transversally to a large majority of them: - SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth: working together for the economic recovery of the sector, so that in the future more local communities will benefit from tourism. - SDG 9: Industry innovation and infrastructure: Working from a bottom-up perspective to offer policymakers sustainable and innovative development models. - SDG 17: Partnerships for the goal: Strengthening public-private cooperation to work together in the regeneration of the sector, seeking sustainable development models, and contributing to the development and achievement of the SDGs.
6th Sustainable Tourism Africa Summit 2020
30-03-2020
The Sustainable Tourism Africa Summit is an annual event whose purpose is modelling a sustainable future for tourism in Africa. The event brings together, for 3 days, tourism stakeholder from Africa and the rest of the world for the one purpose. The Sustainable Tourism Africa Summit features sustainable tourism masterclasses, presentation, workshops, side events, exhibitions and sustainable tourism awards. For the 3 days, the businesses, leaders and professionals present their solutions, business models and innovative products. The Sustainable tourism Africa summit also supports creation of networks that drive sustainability of business and destinations. The theme for 6th Sustainable Tourism Africa Summit is Sustainability and Optimizing Destination Africa~Our People. Our Planet. Our Prosperity. The 1st day, under the main theme;tourism resilience, recovery and crisis management. These will be a series of panel sessions by African Economic Communities, International and Regional Travel Tourism Associations and International and Regional Development Organizations. The 2nd day, under the main theme, will focus on Optimizing Destination Africa Through Sustainable Tourism Practice. These will be a series of presentations and panel sessions by leading sustainable tourism destinations and businesses. The 3rd day, under the main theme, will focus on Optimizing Destination Africa Through Technology & Research. These will be series of presentations and panel session by leading tourism & travel tech innovators and researchers. Afternoon session of day 1 & two is dedicated for workshops and idea pitches. Evening of day 3 will feature the Sustainable Tourism Africa Award which will be awarding Africa's top countries and destinations that are promoting sustainable tourism.
Stay at home
20-03-2020
Hoof.club is an adventure group in IRAN And it has canceled all its events to prevent the outbreak of the Corona virus.
Stay at home
20-03-2020
Hoof.club is an adventure group in IRAN And it has canceled all its events to prevent the outbreak of the Corona virus.
2nd UNWTO Gastronomy Tourism Startup Competition
13-03-2020
The World Tourism Organization in collaboration with the Basque Culinary Center holds the 2nd Global Competition for Gastronomy Tourism Startups. Its main objective is to identify disruptive startups and projects that can transform the Gastronomy Tourism sector in the near future. Categories *Startup *Social innovation Calendar Launch: 28 January 2020 Deadline for applications: 6 April 2020 Announcement finalists: 4 May Final pitch session and announcement of the winner: 1-3 June Background Tourism is a driver of inclusive and sustainable economic growth, a cross-cutting sector with a high impact on the promotion of social welfare, with the aim of promoting the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. With continuous growth in the last decade, tourism generates approximately one in 10 jobs, and accounts for 10.2% of world GDP. At its intersection with the gastronomy sector, food tourism or culinary tourism, it is organized around experiential trips and assumes as part of its essence ethical and sustainable values related to the territory, heritage, local culture, local products, authenticity, tradition or culinary techniques at the local, regional or national level. Gastronomy tourism stimulates entrepreneurship and the generation of new companies and organizations that necessarily affect other industries transversally and fosters values such as: *Sustainability based on maintaining a balance between economic growth and gastronomic culture and heritage *The quality of initiatives from production to experience, along the entire tourism value chain *Authentic communication and a coherent narrative of gastronomic offerings with the participation of all the stakeholders of the sector; from chefs to the media *Cooperation among all actors throughout the entire value chain of the gastronomic and tourism sector *Authenticity by highlighting cultural heritage, local products and cultural values
III Encontro para o Desenvolvimento do Cicloturismo 2020
12-03-2020
In its third edition, the Meeting for the Development of Cycling Tourism 2020 is an event dedicated to the promotion of bicycle tourism in Brazil through the qualification of the actors and the generation of research capable of offering subsidies for the expansion of this market. The event will deal with Governance for Regional Development in this edition and will take place on May 28th and 29th in the city of Blumenau (Santa Catarina), in the southern part of Brazil that concentrates the largest cycling tours in the country.
Survey on how the SDGs have been incorporated into tourism
06-03-2020
The survey is conducted to glean the information from all around the world and from all the tourism sub-sectors. It will provide an overarching preview of the current situation of the carried-out activities on how the Sustainable Development Goals are incorporated into tourism. The results will pave the way towards consolidating the existing initiatives and creating better oriented practices during the UN Decade of Action. How to contribute: You are strongly encouraged to complete the Survey and also share it with your networks ranging from the private sector to civil societies and academia. Your contribution to the survey is really valued and the results and findings will be shared globally with all tourism public and private sectors. Why contribute: Tourism is a powerful vehicle to promote and reach the milestones of the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, given that it is one of the most important sectors in the global economy, a main job and wealth creator for many countries while enabling us to preserve our environment. Your actions, policies, plans, practices and etc. can make a huge contribution to the enhancement of the sustainable and responsible tourism. It is essential to mobilize everyone, everywhere to take action, locally and globally. Your activities can inspire the ones looking for the best practices. You can contribute to the new ways of accelerating SDGs action for those that are still behind in meeting the goals and create partnership and cooperation opportunities. Your responses will enrich the outcomes of this survey which will contribute to further empower tourism stakeholders to incorporate sustainability measures and policies in their daily work and objectives.
NowHow
25-02-2020
NowHow is an invitation to bring the SDGs to life by applying values that for centuries have supported the sustainability of communities in rural Japan. Visitors invited to a small village in the mountains of northeast Japan are encouraged to see themselves as community interns. They learn about local culture and history, work alongside people who live in the community, and consider the relevance of village think to the health of modern urban society. Attention focuses in particular on 44 Vanishing Values that Prof. Ryuzo Furukawa has identified in the course of discussing "life before convenience" with several hundred people aged 90 and over throughout Japan and in other countries. How can these universal values advance progress to global goals? Why are they currently vanishing? What are the consequences of their impending extinction for the differentiation of Japan from other travel destinations? And what, in the first place, is the benefit of engagement between insider and outsider to the health of any community? NowHow is an opportunity to address all of these questions -- and to experience Japan's subtle power to mend a broken heart.
Overtourism Solution
25-02-2020
Overtourism Solution is the new initiative with which the co-founders of Venezia Autentica (veneziaautentica.com) are looking to transfer their unique, on the ground experience, to more destinations around the world. Venezia Autentica (VA) is a localized social enterprise using digital technologies, communication, and social innovation to increase both the satisfaction of visitors and the retention of tourism revenue in Venice and make tourism beneficial for residents, visitors and the destination. The work of VA has been highlighted by features in media such as CNN, Forbes and Conde Nast Traveler, participation as speakers at prestigious international conferences and by awards competition. In the past few years, it is estimated that VA contributed over 3 million euros to 150 local businesses in Venice and that its content reached over 40 million users. By working with government, institutions, corporations, schools, organizations and any kind of individual and entities looking to see tourism become a force for good, Overtourism Solution seeks to help transform the tourism industry as a whole. Today Overtourism Solution is a pioneer, a rare initiative, proposing concrete solutions to an overgrowing problem: the negative impact of tourism. Frequently commenting on media, or advocating for change at events or directly to governments, Overtourism Solution is the ideal partner for governments, tourism boards, and associations who are looking to increase the satisfaction of visitors while making sure that tourism benefit the local community and destination.
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21-02-2020
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UNWTO Acceleration Programme
18-02-2020
The UNWTO Acceleration Programme is the first training platform specifically designed for the tourism officials of the World Tourism Organization's Member States in order to develop innovation and digital transformation skills and provide practical tools for project implementation in diverse destinations. Its objectives are: *To encourage government officials to foster innovation and digital transformation within their regions *To strengthen knowledge in innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem development *To introduce case studies and best practices which may lead governments to define concrete actions *To provide tools to drive digital transformation projects Its first edition gathered more than 50 participants from 20 nationalities, covering the 5 UNWTO regions. The attendees had an intensive agenda with keynote speeches, masterclasses and workshops about digital transformation, entrepreneurship, how to grow startups to scaleups, GovTech initiatives, public-private innovation, smart destinations and venture capital. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals led the discussions and allowed the participants to observe the importance of merging innovation and sustainability.
Persons with Disabilities in Ghana Empowerment Through Tourism Innovations
18-02-2020
The tourism industry or sector, has been acclaimed, touted and empirically proven to be one of the social, economic and business sectors. That has a huge potential, capacity and can actually create and offer sustainable employment opportunities for the army of less or uneducated, unskilled and semi-skilled labor force. One of such critical, groups, but often poor, vulnerable, underprivileged and minority. Less or uneducated, unskilled and semi-skilled labor force within Ghana. And who deserves strategic assistance and attention. Through the provision of sustainable alternative livelihoods, job creation, income generation and livelihoods improvement tools and opportunities. To enable them become empowered, resilient, resourceful, self-reliant and thriving, are Persons with Disabilities. The primary objective of this person-centered project, ‚ÄúPersons with Disabilities in Ghana Empowerment Through Tourism Innovations‚ÄĚ, is to plan, organize, provide and amplify rigorous tourism, travel and hospitality industrial sector focused training, capacity-building, employable and applicable (career or professional, business, entrepreneurial, technical, trades and vocational) skills development and acquisition targeted at Persons with Disabilities within Ghana. All of these primarily, are aimed at creating favorable opportunities, linkages and support systems for sustainable and decent employment, jobs, livelihoods improvement, income generation, alternative livelihoods. Particularly, through self-employment for Persons with Disabilities. And providing the leverage to compliment and promote tourism¬īs role in advancing SDGs One (1): No Poverty, Eight (8): Decent Work and Economic Growth and Ten (10): Reduced Inequalities..
Promoting Innovation for Productive Employment in Tourism Sector
17-02-2020
The initiative by name of Promoting Innovation for Productive Employment in Tourism Sector (PIPETS) aims to increase productive employment opportunities for jobless people in the key priority areas of the tourism sector for the economic development of Rwanda. The PIPETS project is set to achieve this by innovatively develop workforce employability competencies besides product market performances in the tourism sector. The workforce employability competencies are to be innovatively developed through dual education or training to take place alternately in two venues: the education or training centre and the company. The company-based is to be put to work through on-the-job training (coaching, instructional, and apprenticeship, understudy) methods. The education or training centre-based is to be put to work with the help of off-the-job-training (lectures, vestibule training, simulation exercises, sensitivity training, and transactional training) methods. This five-year workforce competency development initiative is to serve 1,000,010 unemployed people, mainly students and graduates including the energetic jobless people and 8,844 sectoral stakeholders in the economic development priority sectors of Rwanda. The effective product market performances to be innovatively developed will include product innovation, service innovation, process innovation, marketing innovation, and organizational innovation. This PIPETS project will be a result of the combined efforts of different stakeholders for the consolidated development of workforce employability competency and product market performance in the tourism sector of Rwanda. These stakeholders will be those from the private and public sectors that provide, deliver or manage tourism, and employment opportunities. These stakeholders are to be comprised of educators and trainers, funders, and regulators.
Leave it Better than You Met It : Keep Ado-Awaye Clean
17-02-2020
ComeMakeWeGo Africa launches an environmental sustainability initiative with wastebaskets and bins at Ado-Awaye(Oyo State, Nigeria) to boost sustainable tourism. ‚ÄúLeave it better than you met it; Keep Ado-Awaye Clean‚ÄĚ Lagos, Nigeria, Feb 13, 2020: -- In the cause to boost sustainable tourism around local communities in Africa, Comemakewego Africa, a leading destination marketing and community-driven sustainable tourism agency in Nigeria initiated an environmental sustainability project in Ado-Awaye, Oyo state, Nigeria. Comemakewego Africa has been the sole promoter of Ado-Awaye; A community in Oyo state known to have the only suspended lake in Africa(1 of the only 2 in the world), and the best hiking landscape in southwest Nigeria. Due to the dynamic strategies used for destination promotion, Comemakewego Africa has been able to get over 5000 hikers to the destination in less than 2 years, and as these numbers keep increasing, the brand believes there is a need to take actions in ensuring the environment is kept safe for both the locals and hikers. The launch event was attended by members of the local community and state government. To mention a few in attendance; Local community: The Royal Father (Alado of Ado-Awaye), the community chairman, elders of the community, youth representatives. State Government: Permanent Secretary Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism, Director of Culture, Director of Tourism, SA to the governor on student affairs, etc. While addressing the community leaders and representatives, Atabo David, who is the founder of Comemakewego Africa stated that ‚ÄúIt is when the local people understand the benefit of development, that is when the government and private investors would be encouraged to bring further development‚ÄĚ. This statement was to charge the community to ensure that every development coming into the community should be guarded jealously and taken care of, and also, the members of the community need to be at peace.
Barba Azul Nature Reserve
27-01-2020
Barba Azul Nature Reserve is the only private reserve protecting the Endangered Beni savanna ecosystem. This hyper-seasonal savanna eco-region, combined with raised forest islands, is characterized by 8 months of flooding followed by a severe dry period. It is the habitat of the endemic and Critically Endangered Blue-throated Macaw (Ara glaucogularis). Between 400 and 450 individuals are left in the wild, of which up to 155 forage at Barba Azul, making this reserve population the stronghold for the species. Not only is it important for the macaws, but Barba Azul also provides refuge for many other threatened birds, mammals and plants. Created as a sanctuary for the Critically Endangered Blue-throated Macaw, our conservation effort has given a safe home to many tame birds and mammals that can be seen like nowhere else in Bolivia. Hundreds of Macaws, with Toucans, Hawks, and enormous aquatic birds like the Jabiru, abound on our trails. Barba Azul is the best place to see giant anteater, maned wolf, puma, howler monkey and the gigantic black caiman. Barba Azul has it all, large open rivers where you can fish for Piranha, dense palm forests to see howley monkeys and Blue-throated Macaws, open cerrado forest, and massive areas of tall grass savanna offering a home to rare birds, armadillos, pumas, and giant anteaters. Barba Azul has several maintained trails through forest islands, savanna and open woodlands offering countless opportunities to see wildlife. Barba Azul is a great place for birdwatching with over 316 birds, with the record of 179 bird species seen in one day. The tame and abundant wildlife makes for a great observing experience, whether it is during a slow sundown river trip, or on horseback through the savannas, or sipping a cool drink on our veranda bird feeders overlooking the marsh, river and forest.
ARCHITECTURE AND TOURISM. Active students
22-01-2020
An Initiative that shaped a new subject in architecture degree in Chihuahua, Mexico. The Projects of students are focused on the reinforcement of the touristic activities in Casas Grandes, a north Mexican town that has been renowned as one of the 121 ‚ÄúPueblos M√°gicos‚ÄĚ (Magical Towns), a touristic program created by the Minister of Tourism of Mexico. Because of the rules of the program, Casas Grandes, and other magical towns have found complicated to be benefited (economically) from this government touristic program. They need a preliminary architectural and urbanistic design done, but there are not enough resources to hire a specialist in the field before have the economics supports. Therefore, it came to light the need to bring together university and social programs, actively and in a real way. The subject was created to be implemented in the final year of college. And Its structure was designed to reinforce sustainable values, innovation, and interdisciplinary focus: Project stages. 1. Masterclasses. Professionals from different fields help the students to open their perspective on the theme. 2. Bibliographic investigation. Students and teachers organize groups of work to investigate the different issues, on the basis of sustainability. 3. Field research. Study trip. 4. Field Analysis. 5. Conclusions. To determine what sustainable projects are the most feasible to the case of study. 6. Projects. Ideas proposal and development. Individual preliminary architectural and urbanistic projects. 7. Presentation to authorities. From the government and university. There was proposed one integral group project divided into eight individual project proposals. That is a great advance to Casas Grandes people to complete the requirements of the Ministry of Tourism of M√©xico, to earn the financial backing.
Red-fronted Macaw Reserve
21-01-2020
The Red-fronted Macaw Reserve (50 hectares) is the destination for a wildlife and bird watching ecotourism holiday in Bolivia that supports indigenous communities. It is an initiative of Armonía and three communities of Omerque, to protect the largest breeding population of the Bolivian endemic and Critically Endangered Red-fronted Macaw (Ara rubrogenys). Not only does the reserve retain the largest known nesting site of the Red-Fronted Macaw, other endemic species like the Bolivian Blackbird (Oreopsar bolivianus) and Cliff Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus luchsi) breed here. The Quechua communities of San Carlos, Perereta and Amaya have become the guardians of the dry Andean wildlife, dedicated to the protection of the Red-fronted Macaw. They are managing de Red-fronted Macaw lodge to improve their community’s quality of life through the nature conservation. The reserve also protects one of the best conserved archaeological sites of the Omereque culture the ancient fortress of Tunas Mok’o.
Global Tourism Plastics Initiative
20-01-2020
The Global Tourism Plastics Initiative aims to articulate, support and scale-up action by tourism stakeholders and is building a global alliance to fight plastic pollution. As part of the activities of the One Planet Sustainable Tourism Programme, the Initiative is led by UN Environment and UNWTO in collaboration with Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Recognizing the global importance of the tourism sector and its role as an agent of change, the Initiative will support partner organizations in making better use of plastics in their operations and reducing plastic waste. In particular, action towards 2025 is being structured through the development of a menu of commitments for private sector, destinations and associations to define concrete roadmaps for implementation by 2025.
Verdensmål Stevns
20-01-2020
Stevns Klint just south of Copenhagen in Denmark became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2014.In order to generate sustainable societal, economic and environmental development, a partner program was created for all companies, associations, organizations, artists, etc. who wish to support sustainable development within the framework of UNESCO World Heritage. The partner program currently has more than 80 active partners and throughout the year events and activities are held in support of their work. It is aided by Stevns Municipality’s strategical focus on sustainable tourism and development. The partner program centers on working with the 17 SDGs. In order to help the partners integrate the SDGs in their activities, the local world heritage organization and the local business council developed a Sustainability Toolkit. The toolkit is an online form, that details each of the 17 SDGs and allows the partners to make their own notes on how they are working with selected SDGs. The toolkit thus offers an overview of how each partner articulates and translates selected SDG into concrete business initiatives. The partners also put down ideas for further developing work with the 17 SDGs inspiring each other to build upon current initiatives. By sharing the notes with each other using the toolkit, the partners now have a source of inspiration and knowledge sharing when integrating the SDGs in the development of their businesses. Additionally, the toolkit offers insights regarding the partners work with the SDGs as well as knowledge about those SDGs that are currently trending among the partners thus allowing the local world heritage organization and the local business council to develop the partner program further - still driven by the focus of its partners. In 2020, the partner program will create a vision with a project for the partners grounded in their SDG focus areas, which will have the partners working together in groups to strengthen sustainable development.
Instrumentalization of tourism for socio-economic well-being: a proposal for application in emerging destinations within the framework of the Agenda 2030
15-01-2020
These are the main results of a dissertation that contains a total of fours papers with the main goal of quantifying the incidence of tourism on the socioeconomic conditions of the population in emerging destinations, within the framework of the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. The dissertation is developed at the Universidad de Sevilla (Spain).
Instrumentalization of tourism for socio-economic well-being: a proposal for application in emerging destinations within the framework of the Agenda 2030
15-01-2020
These are the main results of a dissertation that contains a total of fours papers with the main goal of quantifying the incidence of tourism on the socioeconomic conditions of the population in emerging destinations, within the framework of the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. The dissertation is developed at the Universidad de Sevilla (Spain).
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IMAGINE - ICTs to promote sustainable heritage tourism in Indonesia
08-01-2020
Summer School 2020 of the UNESCO Chair in ICT to develop and promote sustainable tourism in World Heritage Sites (USI - Universit√† della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, Switzerland) IMAGINE ICTs to promote sustainable heritage tourism in Indonesia August 16-23, 2020 ‚Äď Indonesia The 7th edition of the USI UNESCO Chair Summer School is realized in collaboration with Trisakti School of Tourism, in Indonesia. The USI UNESCO Chair Summer School in Indonesia will discover tangible Indonesian UNESCO World Heritage Sites and intangible Cultural Heritage in five cities (Jakarta, Cirebon, Pekalongan, Solo, and Yogyakarta). The Summer School will provide learning experiences about Indonesian Batik textile heritage, local gastronomy, as well as cultural visits and seminars. A special focus will be placed on the issue of how Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can be applied to enhance the preservation of tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Indonesia and strengthen sustainable tourism, as well as connect locals and visitors. Seminars will be conducted in three Royal Palaces (Cirebon, Solo, and Yogyakarta) on Java Island. The Summer School also includes the two most prominent Indonesian UNESCO World Heritage Sites; the Borobudur and Prambanan Temple compounds.
Taste and Travel SA de CV
08-01-2020
Taste & Travel offers authentic culinary experiencies with local taste and social sense in Mexico and we are expanding into the Latam region. Local Taste: we work with traditional cooks, usually women, from all the regions in Mexico Social Sense: we invest 1% of all our revenues in the purchase of crafts from local women artisans from the Triqui community in Oaxaca, Mexico, to help them preserve their cultural heritage.
Digital communication of indigenous African heritage and fashion
08-01-2020
Southern Summer School of the UNESCO Chair in ICT to develop and promote sustainable tourism in World Heritage Sites (USI - UNiversit√† della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, Switzerland) Digital communication of indigenous African heritage and fashion February 9-15, 2020 ‚Äď Namibia The 2020 Southern Summer School, the first of its kind, is realized in collaboration with the University of Namibia and the University of Turku, in Finland. Africa is a rich continent with very diverse cultures, heritage sites and indigenous fashion designs, which can be found in different countries. ICTs are used to preserve and promote cultural tourism and fashion. This Southern Summer School aims to investigate how digital technologies could be leveraged to communicate, promote and market African fashion designs and cultural tourism. Additionally, the school aims to inspire participants to work with local stakeholders from cultural tourism and fashion. The school will offer a perspective of the Namibian cultural tourism and fashion. It will consist of lectures, visits to sites, hands-on exercise, as well as formal and informal activities, which are related to cultural tourism and fashion. Additionally, this school will contribute to celebrate the 150 years of Namibian ‚Äď Finnish relationship.
HomeCarShare - Sustainable Booking Platform
07-01-2020
HomeCarShare is a booking platform similar to booking or Airbnb, but 100% Portuguese and sustainable. Is possible to book or advertise(list) tourist accommodations with or without support vehicle (car, moto, boat or others) The best advantage we have in the economic point of you is that we share our income with our users (travelers and owners). We ask for a fee per booking where 40% is to finance the company activities and 60% is to give to our active users in a loyalty program. The best feature for us is the partnerships for sustainable development goals, where all bookings will support an environmental, social and/or local cause. We refund in a coupon the amount donated to reinforce the spread of word about the support of the causes and to incentive more support.
HomeCarShare - Sustainable Booking Platform
07-01-2020
HomeCarShare is a booking platform similar to booking or Airbnb, but 100% Portuguese and sustainable. Is possible to book or advertise(list) tourist accommodations with or without support vehicle (car, moto, boat or others) The best advantage we have in the economic point of you is that we share our income with our users (travelers and owners). We ask for a fee per booking where 40% is to finance the company activities and 60% is to give to our active users in a loyalty program. The best feature for us is the partnerships for sustainable development goals, where all bookings will support an environmental, social and/or local cause. We refund in a coupon the amount donated to reinforce the spread of word about the support of the causes and to incentive more support.
Incredible Varanasi
04-01-2020
Incredible Experience at Varanasi. Cleanliness on Ghats, Help assistance for tourists. Special support for Physically Challenged people. Facade lighting on Ghats and pulchritudinous Evening Ganga Aarti. A must visit tourist destination. Alaknanda Cruise operational from Ravidas Ghat to Rajghat. Delicious food and culture of Varanasi always special, to spent ur valuable time.
homiefoo
17-12-2019
ABOUT US? Homiefoo is the Social Super Market that inspires and connects all the travelers of the planet with incredible gastronomic experiences created by local people. But this is only the beginning! homiefoo combines the best of social networks with the characteristics of an OTA, which, added to our patented algorithm, we become the super dominant application that controls all phases of the journey from end to end. From the inspiration and planning phase, to the reservation of Everything for your trip, in one place! WHAT IS THE PROBLEM SOLVED? In 1st place; Homiefoo seeks to solve the problem of social inequality in the tourism industry. According to the UN, of the more than $ 1,700 BILLION generated by this large industry, only $ 5 of every $ 100 beneficiary to our local communities. This seems embarrassing to us! In 2nd place; the complex fragmentation in the offer of tourist services. More than 57% of travelers want the existence of a single application that manages to cover all their travel needs in one place. WHY DO WE DO IT? At homiefoo we believe that innovation and the development of new technologies must be motivated by the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčcreating better living conditions for others. We want to declare that in what we believe in designing technology that democratizes society's entrepreneurship in the technological, open and sustainable tourism industry that fosters social cohesion, promotes cultural values, generates miles of jobs that reduce poverty and accelerate economic development. and community of Mexico, and of all our countries. That is why we have innovated and created a platform for locals and travelers just great. Not only because through it you can be inspired, experience, and live incredible experiences, but also because you make use of it, help create a better life condition for our society.
Exclusive Art Tourism
17-12-2019
The Art Industry is underplayed and does not get the recognition that it deserves considering the role that it plays in cultural sustainability and its contribution to the economic growth of the country. As a result artists struggle to be seen and appreciated and often do not have the resources or capacity to promote and advertise their work. Although there are initiatives to try and provide a platform for such artists these are mostly uncoordinated leading to scattered efforts. The lack of local appreciation and understanding of the arts industry equates to a poor flow of traffic to galleries, art centres etc from the local population. Solution: -A Partnership between us as the (Tour Operator) and the Art Galleries, Artists and Community Art Centres to develop Exclusive Art Tours. -Taking tourists to the artists through planned art tours. The increase in traffic of people to art centres and galleries, some of which are in remote areas or rural communities will ensure that they become more visible and will do a lot in terms of rural development. The Project incorporates atleast 6 of the Sustainable Development Goals as the attached document highlights. For example; the support of under resourced communities (SDG 1 and 8), academic sponsorship of a young female artist in the rural communities as well as nurturing of their art skills (SDG 4 and 5), support of the women in the tourism circle (wives of our drivers and others in similar circumstances) to start income generating projects as well as giving them the necessary training (SDG 5 and 8). We also seek to strengthen the structures already in place to promote local art by partnering with them and supporting their efforts through the planned tours (SDG 17) Also support in creation or rennovation of existing creative hubs to incorporate more artists with diverse arts and crafts skills and thus provide them a platform to engage with the rest of the world through the tours (SDG 9).
Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park
16-12-2019
The history of Mistico Park, where Costa Rica's famous suspension bridges are located, started at the beginning of the 20th century. Landelina Rodríguez and Adrián Castillo, natives from La Fortuna, San Carlos, dedicated their life to work the land they had inherited from their parents on the slopes of Arenal Volcano. At the beginning of 21st century, the family decided to open this natural forest sanctuary to the public, and they hired a company to develop the Puentes del Arenal ecotourism project, which would allow thousands of people to enjoy the beauty of the forests in a comfortable and comfortable way. comfortable. safe. Under the Mistico Park brand, today the park offers not only the attraction of suspension bridges, but also a wide variety of routes that allow visitors to enjoy direct contact with nature, where many native species live in an ecosystem with great diversity biological In Mistico Park, inclusive ecotourism is promoted, which offers the highest level of comfort possible to all visitors with accessible trails. These have no stairs, have railings and the surface material is non-slip concrete. During our visit to Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park we observed different joint ecosystems forming a belt of transition vegetation with a high level of biodiversity, that can be found along the border between two types of forests: highlands and lowlands, collecting species from both areas. Over years of evolution, plants from lowland rainforests, typical of Sarapiquí and Tortuguero, has experienced an altitude migration up to 500-600 meters, allowing it to meet and interact with plants from the highlands. For this reason, the treetops in Mistico Park offers a rich environment in biodiversity, with a strong presence of several species of epiphytic plants, birds, mammals, butterflies and much more. Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park is a great example of good practices on implementing SDGs from local actions to attain sustainability.
Tourismus und die SDGs
12-12-2019
With the initative "Tourismus und die SDGs" the Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism of Austria developed a website that offers information and best-practice examples on how to implement the SDGs in tourism with a special focus on Austria. The project is supported by a network of 11 SDG ambassadors who are key stakeholders in the Austrian tourism sector.
Join #UNWTO for 'Transforming Tourism for Climate Action' at #COP25 - low- carbon growth is reachable!
02-12-2019

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Join #UNWTO for 'Transforming Tourism for Climate Action' at #COP 25- low carbon growth is reachable!

Salam Pakistan 4 Treveler's Perspective
29-11-2019
Pakistan, a growing destination !! Did you know that Pakistan is a very attractive country for those who like high mountains, beaches, deserts, waterfalls, culture, history and good food. Visitors go there several times and if you have been there once, you might always want to visit again. Salam Pakistan 2020 presents to you travelers who have traveled from Sweden and the rest of Europe to Pakistan to explore its beauty. An afternoon full of experiences where travelers share their perspectives of their journey within Pakistan. In addition, we offer our guests entertainment in the form of traditional dance performances and live music. Come and meet our travelers on the spot, at this year's Salam Pakistan 2020 "Travelers' Perspective" event. Who knows, you might hang with them next time !! Follow us and stay tuned for more info. www.salampakistan.se #SalamPakistan2020 #SalamPakistan #CulturalExchange #sustainabletourism #responsibletourism #visitpakistan
Sociology of Leisure and Tourism
27-11-2019
The Sociology of Leisure and Tourism course at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) will help undergraduate students to understand tourism from a sociological perspective. Students will analyze and study topics such as: -Sociological perspectives on environmental sustainability in tourism -Sociological perspectives on cultural sustainability in tourism -Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals -The role of tangible and intangible cultural heritage for host communities -Integration of local communities in the tourism value chain -The importance of the collaboration between local communities, governments, and members of the hospitality industry Moreover, being the class taught in Las Vegas, which is one of the most famous tourism destinations in the world, students will reflect on the city's role in the hospitality industry, especially focusing on sustainability and tourism practices. Students will use research-based material produced by both the Department of Sociology and the International Gaming Institute at UNLV. Instructor: Marta Soligo - marta.soligo@unlv.edu
Destination Mapping, Analysis and Strategic Action Planning in in Guyana
22-11-2019
In November 2018, the Swisscontact Tourism Advisory Services and Trainings team executed an assignment in the South American country of Guyana, contracted by the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA). Objectives of the assignment were on-the-job training for strategic destination assessment, training for a ‚ÄúLiving Destination Development & Management Action Plan (LiDDMAP)‚ÄĚ and the anchoring of this knowledge through capacity building, structure and guidance, for selected staff and partners of GTA. The focus of the assessment process were two destinations: The capital of Georgetown and its surroundings and the Rupununi Savannah in the South of the country.
Travel Kollekt - Guidebooks re-invented
22-11-2019
Travel Kollekt (travelkollekt.com) is an on-demand, web-based publishing tool that is bringing the paper and books back to the travel experience. We reinvent the concept of the travel book, with an on-demand publishing tool that is bringing the paper and books back to the travel experience. The company bridge the digital with analog, using reverse printing to create a new tactile and aesthetic experience. The tool is designed to empower people to organize their travel research and enable them to create their own travel guide books. It is a new approach towards responsible travel, giving people authorship of their journey. Travel Kollekt meets a growing demand of travellers who want to have personalized, responsible travel information and curated expert content at hand. We're taking a stand against the trend of "suggested" experiences and algorithms. Instead we empower travelers to think for themselves. Knowledge gives people the power to make better choices; that’s why we celebrate the research and reading process before and during a trip. Our tool is designed to empower independent travelers and professionals to organize their travel research and enable them to create personal travel books. We truly believe that every journey is a book yet to be written. Travel Kollekt gives travellers authorship of their journeys. It’s a new approach to travel, a more responsible way to lead with it and have a memorable personal experience. The perfect solution for independent travellers looking for personalization and inspiration. Our responsible vision We empower responsible travellers. We do this by tackling the first barrier to sustainable behavior: a lack of information. Supporting a global movement of independent travellers with tools to be more conscious. We want to play a role in encouraging people travelling with intention proving them that planning, sustainability, and serendipity can go hand in hand.
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Hotelplan Suisse
11-11-2019
Hotelplan Suisse is strengthening its cooperation with OceanCare: Activities as swimming with dolphins or visiting dolphinaria will no longer be advertised and hence travellers' awareness raised.
Destination Pledges Research: Objectives, Strategies, Implementation
07-11-2019
To date, this project has explored destination pledges in Iceland, Palau, Hawai‚Äôi, New Zealand and Finland from an organisational perspective. The project has focused on the motivations, strategies and impacts related to these destination pledges. Sixteen semi-structured interviews have been carried out with a total of 19 participants. Participants were high-ranking representatives of organisations involved in developing, managing and implementing activities related to the Icelandic Pledge, the Palau Pledge, the Hawai‚ÄôI Pono Pledge, Tiaki ‚Äď Care for New Zealand and the Sustainable Finland Pledge. Please see attached results summary for an overview of initial findings. Please contact the researchers for more details: Dr Julia Albrecht, University of Otago, julia.albrecht@otago.ac.nz Eliza Raymond, GOOD Travel, eliza@good-travel.org
Development also brings change
05-11-2019
Swisscontact implemented the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs’ WISATA project in Indonesia since 2010. The objective was to develop first one, then four tourism destinations, thereby creating the conditions for more jobs and better income opportunities. Ruedi Nuetzi directed the project since the very beginning, before closing it down in summer 2018. Read the interview with him here:
‚ÄúOur goal is to make Flores a leading eco-tourism destination in Southeast Asia‚ÄĚ
05-11-2019
Through the WISATA programme in Indonesia, several Destination Management Organisations received support on various levels. Read here the interviews with DMO Flores and IWG Networks from Wakatobi. They want to develop their islands into leading eco-destinations in South East Asia.
Tourism awareness and entrepreneurship
05-11-2019
Interested candidates can join me for in-depth analysis and explore business opportunities within the tourism industry. Here I will focus more on opportunities in rural periphery than in urban to achieve sustainability in all dimensions.
Establishing Conscientious consumer Choices: Efforts to Reduce Packaging Waste within the Hospitality Tourism Industry
04-11-2019
In partnership with George Brown College my academic partner Doris Miculan Bradley and I are proposing research to support contributions to SDG 2, 12 and 14. We are currently in the proposal stage in order to access funding to explore best practices employed with the goal towards reduction of packaging waste among Hospitality Tourism organizations. In order to complete a successful application we are seeking a letter of support from a UNWTO representative expressing the benefit our work will have on contributing to the achievement of SDG 1, 12, 14. Attached is a letter requesting the letter of support with further detailed information regarding the project and what needs to be included in the letter of support. We are working on a very tight time line and need confirmation that a letter is being drafted no later than November 8, 2019 to be followed by the actual letter no later than November 16, 2019. It is encouraged that your time and support be afforded to our work pending approval. Thanks and appreciation are garnered in advance as we look forward to your support being emailed to drleerosen@majicinmotion.com. Dr Donna Lee Rosen will be your contact person for this initiative. 647-801-8860
Thakhtchoo
03-11-2019
Amazing nature in Lorestan,Iran Hoof.club adventure trying to introduce tourism attractions of Lorestan province in Iran.
Koolchap
03-11-2019
Iran's highest jump in the Cole Chap area, Lorestan Province, Iran Height: 118m
Establishing Consiceitious consumer Choices: Efforts to Reduction of Packaging waste within the Hospitaity and Tourism Industry
02-11-2019
My name is Doris Miculan Bradley, along with my academic partner ‚Äď Donna Lee Rosen, we are submitting an application for research funding in order to study best practices in efforts to reduce waste in packaging. Attached is a letter requesting a statement of interest to engage in and participate in our research efforts. The letter outilnes the benefits to the UNWTO and the alignment ot SDG 2,12,14. Regretfully, we are under a deadline of November 8th, 2019, 8:00am. We feel that your letter of support will directly impact the opportunity for research funding. Please feel free to reach out to myself or Doris at dleerosen@georgebrown.ca or dorisbradley@georgebrown.ca for further clarification if needed.
Venezuela Voluntary National Review
01-11-2019
The recognition of the role of tourism in sustainable development and the emphasis placed in the SDGs on the development of public policies for sustainable tourism is a landmark breakthrough that provides a unique opportunity for all governments to create a sound and favourable policy foundation. The first two years of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda have shown that countries are making headway in aligning national strategies, adapting institutional frameworks and adjusting policies to realize the SDGs. The countries’ efforts have been reported in the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs), presented by UN Member States during the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in 2016 and 2017. In Venezuela’s Voluntary National Review 2016, tourism is mentioned as one of the three most dynamic economic drivers, together with agriculture and non-petroleum exports.
Cargo bikes and my hidden mission
01-11-2019
I have been working i tourism for over 12 years. Three years ago (before I was aware of SDGs) I started my own experience company - Copenhagen Family Tours. I wanted to give families with small kids the opportunity to go on a sightseeing bike tour all together and give them an unforgettable experience of my local town Copenhagen. In the beginning I did not know if this would work and what difference I could make. I just knew that cycling is healthy, CO2 friendly and makes you happy. On my third tour I discovered my mission and what difference I could make: When we said goodbye to my American guests, the kids gave me a hug and asked their parents when they would get themselves a cargo bike. There it was. Without even mentioning sustainability or CO2 during the tour, I had indirectly planted the idea of (cargo) bikes as alternative means of transportation for families in the kids' and thus also the parents heads. It might not be a huge impact, but it is MY impact and I am proud of it and it makes me going on with my little business.
Tourism Cares Meaningful Travel Summit: North Lake Tahoe
28-10-2019
By harnessing the collective power of the industry for a common purpose, we can tackle some of the seemingly unmanageable issues facing destinations. Our Meaningful Travel Summits provide not only immediate impact through volunteering but help create lasting impact by leveraging the power of the travel and tourism industry. As a destination with incredible natural assets, it’s not hard to see why North Lake Tahoe is considered one of the most beautiful places in the world. But Tahoe remains pristine because of the commitments of local businesses and individuals to keep Tahoe blue. We will focus our work and conversations around water, climate change, forest health and how a destination like Lake Tahoe overcomes the challenges created as a popular tourism destination. What lessons can we as a greater industry learn from our colleagues and destination partners? Join us in North Lake Tahoe for two days of inspiration and action. From executive level decision-makers to product development and sales teams -all levels of the business join our programs. Representatives from companies such as Delta Air Lines Vacations, Brand USA, Collette, Booking.com, Apple Leisure Group as well as industry associations and consortia such as CLIA, ASTA, USTOA, Signature Travel Network and US Travel are prior program sponsors and are expected to attend. Tourism Cares also has deep media partnerships with Travel Weekly, AFAR Magazine, Travel Market Report, TravAlliance and others.
RED ROCKS ARTS FOR CONSERVATION PROGRAM
28-10-2019
Art has been used to tell conservation stories that have captivated the world and make people act. Artists have painted different images that speak for animals and plants that cannot speak for themselves. Red Rocks Initiatives founded the Red Rocks Art Gallery in Kinigi where it engages the local community in tourism, conservation and sustainable development in and around Volcanoes National Park. The Arts for Conservation initiative is a partnership between Red Rocks Cultural Centre and local artisans at the Kinigi Community, we opened doors to a cooperative of 12 members who produce arts and handcrafts. The gallery targets education, art, research, and community development programs. Arts for Conservation activities include painting and learning more about painting. Tourists visiting our art gallery may participate in painting with local artists, and also learn painting techniques from them. Visitors are welcome to take their paintings home as a souvenir. The community and their families benefit directly from this project since many of our artists are community members. Since the art exhibits emphasize conservation, the local community now understands the essence of protecting the park.
7TH ASIA PACIFIC YOUTH EXCHANGE IN THAILAND
26-10-2019
Asia Pacific Youth Exchange Thailand is a two weeks exchange program held from 6 ‚Äď 18 January 2020 aiming at the Youth Empowerment to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals through social innovation and social entrepreneurship. The program expects the participation of 150 international delegates from more than 20 countries around Asia-Pacific and the world. APYE components include 1) Leadership Development Training, 2) Local Immersion and 3) Youth Symposium. Throughout the program, delegates will have practical experience from the engagement with local communities and work in international teams to develop a social business proposal for Thai communities. WHAT WILL YOU LEARN IN APYE? - Meet inspiring speakers to learn about SDGs in the forum at United Nations Conference Center in Thailand - Join Design Thinking Process to create your own Social Innovation - Experience living in local community and co-create Social Business ideas for Sustainable Tourism and Sustainable Business in Thailand - Meet mentors to enhance your Social Entrepreneurship skills - Connect with youth from more than 17 countries in Asia Pacific and other regions Program Date: 6-18 January 2020 Place: Bangkok, Thailand Apply now! Let‚Äôs be a part of the 7th APYE Thailand. Normal Round Application: 1st October 2019 -30th November 2019 More information: http://www.apyethailand.org/ APPLY NOW! Application Link: http://bit.ly/APYEJan20app Program booklet: http://bit.ly/APYEJan20booklet
7TH ASIA PACIFIC YOUTH EXCHANGE IN THAILAND
26-10-2019
Asia Pacific Youth Exchange Thailand is a two weeks exchange program held from 6 ‚Äď 18 January 2020 aiming at the Youth Empowerment to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals through social innovation and social entrepreneurship. The program expects the participation of 150 international delegates from more than 20 countries around Asia-Pacific and the world. APYE components include 1) Leadership Development Training, 2) Local Immersion and 3) Youth Symposium. Throughout the program, delegates will have practical experience from the engagement with local communities and work in international teams to develop a social business proposal for Thai communities. WHAT WILL YOU LEARN IN APYE? - Meet inspiring speakers to learn about SDGs in the forum at United Nations Conference Center in Thailand - Join Design Thinking Process to create your own Social Innovation - Experience living in local community and co-create Social Business ideas for Sustainable Tourism and Sustainable Business in Thailand - Meet mentors to enhance your Social Entrepreneurship skills - Connect with youth from more than 17 countries in Asia Pacific and other regions Program Date: 6-18 January 2020 Place: Bangkok, Thailand Apply now! Let‚Äôs be a part of the 7th APYE Thailand. Normal Round Application: 1st October 2019 -30th November 2019 More information: http://www.apyethailand.org/ APPLY NOW! Application Link: http://bit.ly/APYEJan20app Program booklet: http://bit.ly/APYEJan20booklet
II ENCONTRO DE INOVAÇÃO EM TURISMO: INTERAÇÃO ENTRE ACADEMIA, MERCADO, SETOR PÚBLICO E SOCIEDADE CIVIL
23-10-2019
The ‚ÄúII TOURISM INNOVATION MEETING: INTERACTION BETWEEN ACADEMY, MARKET, PUBLIC SECTOR AND CIVIL SOCIETY‚ÄĚ, designed by UNIGRANRIO Tourism Research Center, coordinated by Professor Deborah Moraes Zouain, aims to stimulate the interaction between the different actors in the field of tourism, so that innovation in the destination happens. The event will be held on October 29, 2019, from 9a.m. to 5p.m., at the Museu Hist√≥rico Nacional, in Rio de Janeiro, with support and funding from FAPERJ, and will be attended by researchers, entrepreneurs, public managers and representatives of civil society. Through the use of the Design Thinking methodology and thematic round tables, it will be possible to identify bottlenecks and propose solutions in the 4 main tourist areas of Rio de Janeiro: Downtown, Port Zone, South Zone and Barra da Tijuca, considering the different tourism segments. . Therefore, the event will seek to create a collaborative environment that enhances the knowledge of the participants involved and contributes to this post-Olympic period in the city of Rio de Janeiro .The event aims to contribute to the strengthening of business networks, as well as to the development of an innovation mindset, whether in the short, medium or long term, and is a driving force for co-creation and cooperation between different organizations. In an increasingly competitive world market, this relationship between academia and the market, the public sector and civil society becomes essential for the production of knowledge and scientific and technological development. The event relates especially to the SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals - as well as SDG 9 Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure, when proposes that the articulation and participation of all actors involved in tourism development shall promote innovation and a sustainable growth to the sector. Farther, it is possible to relate the results aimed with the event to several SDGs, such as SDG8, SDG 10, SDG11 and SDG12.
Challenged Expedition 2020
16-10-2019
The person-centered annual ‚ÄúChallenged Expedition‚ÄĚ is a social and humanitarian values and impact creation driven event. It is a strategic and purposeful field trip, tour or excursion organized for Persons with Special Needs, Disabilities, Reduced Mobility and Physically or Mobility Challenged free of charge. ‚ÄúChallenged Expedition‚ÄĚ is planned, organized and hosted by the Ghana based Start-Up Social Enterprise, Kra Integrated Solutions Ltd (Kra Travel on every World Tourism Day, September 27th. As a Tourism, Travel, Hospitality, Events Management and Organizing Social Enterprise (SE), the annual ‚ÄúChallenged Expedition‚ÄĚ, is part of Kra Integrated Solutions Ltd (Kra Travel‚Äôs) social and humanitarian responsibility, purpose, impact and values creation interventions, efforts, activities and experiences. For celebrating United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) World Tourism Day and in support or contribution to celebrating and promoting the Power of Tourism as a Force for Good (PTFG), and Tourism for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs 10: Reduced Inequalities). Persons with Special Needs, Disabilities, Reduced Mobility and Physically or Mobility Challenged are among the poorest, needy, vulnerable, marginalized, underprivileged, deprived and minority groups in Ghana.They are often taken for granted segment within communities and society and unfortunately, are predominantly confined to the periphery of economic, social, political, cultural, community, societal and developmental structures. Not surprisingly, they face diverse human or minority rights and developmental challenges or barriers within Ghana including inequalities. In essence, ‚ÄúChallenged Expedition" seeks to serve as public education, storytelling, information dissemination, outreach, awareness raising, sensitization and advocacy platform. To bring into the mainstream social, community, national and international discourse, talking points, narratives, limelight, focus and attention these challenges.
Birding Festivals in Honduras
15-10-2019
Honduras Turismo y Marketing S.A., organizes birding festivals geared towards locals to create interest in birdwatching as a healthy and rewarding hobby and promote conservation under the theme "healthy habitats for birds are also healthy for humans". Our birding festivals include presentations & workshops in topics relating to birds, birding, tourism and conservation, and are complemented with birding walks led by local birding guides and volunteers from the local birding clubs. Our first festival in the Caribbean Coast of Honduras in March 2019 won the Mindful Birding Award for promoting ethical birding (the 1st international recipient of the award). Our second festival in Marcala (scheduled for November 2019) will focus on the importance of tree-shade grown coffee habitat for migratory birds from North America. During the festival we will join in the celebration of World Migratory Bird Day. The Marcala Birding Festival will also showcase local coffee farmers that are diversifying their farm income with agritourism as a way to counteract issues in coffee production from climate change and volatile coffee prices. Our third festival is scheduled for Copan in 2020 and will focus on birds in Mayan mythology and iconography. For the logistics of the festivals we hire national birding guides as trip leaders and source food, entertainment, ground transportation, and lodging from locally owned and operated entrepreneurs and companies.
From Industrial Chocolate to Locally Made Chocolate
15-10-2019
Do you know how to make chocolate? When you visit Oveng lodge camp (a beautiful eco tourism camp in Cameroon), you can participate in a chocolate making workshop. The young Master who gave us the workshop for 1h30 minutes is very professional and teaches you the technique step by step. The site is also housing a plantation where you can taste fresh cocoa. The young Master supervises, but the cocoa making is done by yourself: it was very interesting. In the end, you leave with your 100% pure cocoa chocolate. I should have come with a small reusable jar because I have already stopped using single use plastic. It was a nice surprise that this young man from the Village is fully supported by the Site Oveng, school, and training hotel and catering. If one wants to fight against the rural exodus, the education, social and professional insertion of  young people in activities generating income within their locality is important.
Urbanity Culture, Art And Sustainable Tourism Development
14-10-2019
Throughout the history of human civilization, some countries enjoyed a dynamic economy due to the capability of their people. This achievement created a thriving economy in a society, whose people provided the necessary context for the growth and excellence using their culture and art. This could also lead to the continuity of the human civilization and society. Creating a cultural, artistic, and tourism center with an economic nature opens up new possibilities to people to respond to their social and cultural concerns, and brings about dynamism and hope for a brilliant future. Today, large numbers of tourists from all over the world travel to become familiar with various cultures and arts of nations of the world, and the creation of a market for the exchange of cultural and artistic goods of different nations will naturally be tempting and appealing.
Think Sustainably - The Local Guide for Sustainable Helsinki
14-10-2019
City of Helsinki launches local sustainability programme in response to citizen concern about climate change. According to a survey carried out by the City of Helsinki in 2018, two thirds of residents identified the climate crisis as their major concern when thinking about the future of the city. In response, Helsinki has launched Think Sustainably, the world’s first online service that enables making sustainable choices as easy as using an app. The Think Sustainably empowers residents and visitors to make informed daily choices, rating the Finnish capital’s restaurants, attractions, shops and accommodation against bespoke sustainability criteria developed by Helsinki Marketing in collaboration with the independent think tank Demos Helsinki, local interest groups and sustainability experts. The service also includes a route planner feature that enables choosing emission-free transportation options to the wide variety of experiences on offer in the city. Cities house more than half of the world’s population and are responsible for over 70 per cent of the world’s energy-related carbon emissions (C40). The City of Helsinki recognises that cities are at the forefront of combating climate change and implementing innovative policies. The City is aware of the need of systemic change in habits and the programme is the latest initiative to support its 2035 carbon neutral target. In developing Think Sustainably, The City has recognised the unique role that cities play in creating solutions to enable change in everyday lifestyles to address the global climate crisis. The Think Sustainably digital service provides residents, visitors and business owners with practical tools to rethink their daily behaviour and make more sustainable lifestyle and business decisions. Currently gathering feedback from users, the Think Sustainably service is publicly available with plans to roll the programme out further and review its impact in 2020.
Australia’s South West Tourism Observatory (ASWTO)
14-10-2019
The Australia’s South West Sustainable Tourism Observatory (ASWTO) is the first of its kind in Australia and will be hosted by the Tourism Research Cluster of Curtin University supporting the formulation and implementation of sustainable tourism policies, strategies and management processes through continuous and systematic measurement of sustainability indicators. The observatory is supported by a committed group of public and private stakeholders and will start monitoring a set of 20 region-specific indicators covering 11 thematic areas, including: tourism seasonality, employment, energy-, water-, and solid waste management, economic benefits, governance, regional production cycles, inclusion and accessibility as well as landscape quality.
Advancing Development in Zimbabwe: Tourism Vocational Training in Zimbabwe
10-10-2019
The overall objective of the project is to expand vocational training for the tourism sector with a view to enabling tourism employees and unemployed youth and women to make a career in the tourism sector.
Making Sustainable Tourism a Key Driver for Biodiversity Conservation and Inclusive Development in Cross-Border Parks and Protected Areas of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC)
10-10-2019
The main objective of this project is to develop sustainable tourism in cross-border parks and rich biodiversity in protected areas in the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) and contribute to poverty eradication, job creation, environmental and cultural preservation.
Advancing Sustainable Development Through Tourism: Regional Capacity-Building Programme in Tourism Statistics and Tourism Satellite Accounts
10-10-2019
The overall objective of this project is to strengthen national tourism statistical systems through regional capacity building workshops, in order to better understand the role of tourism in the national economy and contribute to evidence-based decisions in tourism policy, planning, and development.
Measuring the Sustainability of Tourism (MST) Pioneering Use of the MST Methodology
10-10-2019
To build a statistical infrastructure for measuring the sustainability of tourism, and in particular its economic, social, and environmental dimensions, at national and subnational levels.
Strengthening Governance through the development of Destination Management Organizations (DMOs)
10-10-2019
The overall objective is to enhance the competitiveness and sustainability of the destinations by building sustainable and effective DMOs that create a framework favourable towards inclusive tourism growth that benefits tourists and local communities alike.
Becoming Leaders in Tourism Through UNWTO Executive Education courses
10-10-2019
The overall objective is to strengthen institutional knowledge on building a sustainable and responsible tourism sector, as well as on the role of tourism in the 2030 Agenda.
Research on Tourism Education and Training
10-10-2019
The overall objective of this project is to increase the understanding of required changes in tourism education based on research on developments in the tourism sector and its needs.
The UNWTO Tourism Education Fund
10-10-2019
The overall objective is to provide opportunities to future tourism leaders to enhance their capabilities and skills so that they are able to contribute to sustainable development through tourism.
Increasing the Employability of Women and Youth through the Development of Curricular Content at the Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Leve
10-10-2019
The overall objective is to develop curricula in tourism that corresponds to the needs of the tourism sector and of the labour market and increase the employability of women and youth.
UNWTO.TedQual: Quality assurance in Tourism Education & Training to foster employability
10-10-2019
The overall objective is to foster employment and employability in tourism, especially for women and youth
Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Building on Financing Tourism for the 2030 Agenda
10-10-2019
The overall objective of this project is to empower policy makers to leverage the role of tourism and its financing to achieve the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, and to secure more donor resources for tourism at the national and global levels.
1st UNWTO Foreign Direct Investment Guidelines for Poverty Reduction and Job Creation Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT)
10-10-2019
The overall objective is to enhance public-private partnerships through FDI investment in tourism and contribute to poverty reduction and job creation.
Doing While Advancing Peace and Development: Practical guidelines and Recommendations for Conflict-sensitive Tourism Practices in Post-conflict and Fragile States
10-10-2019
The overall objective is to create a tourism sector that is aware of its role in contributing to peace and conflict prevention in general and in post-conflict settings in particular.
Enhancing economic growth through a Local Community Tourism Awareness Campaign in Jordan
10-10-2019
The overall objective of this project is to develop and implement a programme to raise awareness about tourism as an important sector of Jordan’s economy, with benefits that can accrue to the local population.
Advancing Sustainable Development Through Tourism: Support in Building the National Brand of Tajikistan
10-10-2019
The main objective of the project is to advance sustainable development by providing support to the Government in the implementation, management and monitoring of its national tourism brand.
Supporting local rural communities in the southern region of Yerevan, Armenia
10-10-2019
The project¬īs main objective is to leverage Armenia‚Äôs rural heritage into an engine of economic growth, helping to develop remote areas and boost the regional and national economy by empowering local communities.
Circular Food for Sustainable Tourism in the Asia- Pacific Region
10-10-2019
The overall objective is to accelerate the necessary shift towards SCP through planning and strategy tools, including sustainable food solutions for corporate change across the value chain.
Supporting Regional Development through Rural Tourism in Ukraine
10-10-2019
The project¬īs main objective is to leverage Ukraine¬īs rural heritage as an engine of economic growth, helping to fight rural depopulation and boost the regional and national economy by empowering local communities.
Viengxay District Tourism Master Plan
10-10-2019
The overall objective is to create a sustainable tourism sector in Viengxay Town that provides decent jobs and contributes to socio-economic welfare, as well as to the preservation of cultural and natural assets.
Boosting sustainable development in Mongolia through Tourism Promotion
10-10-2019
The overall objective of this project is to contribute to economic development through increased international tourism flows.
Boosting Sustainable Development in Fiji through Tourism
10-10-2019
The overall objective of this project is to boost the economy and drive social development of Fiji through a Sustainable Tourism Development Policy.
TuMoDeLo: Turismo ‚Äď Motor de Desarrollo Local in Costa Rica (Tourism ‚Äď Engine for Local Development)
10-10-2019
The overall objective of this project is to improve the lives of farming communities in Costa Rica by consolidating a public-private partnership that connects the tourism and agriculture sectors for the implementation of sustainable procurement practices.
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08-10-2019
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Teaching and educating about the principles of Sustainable travel and tourism in Cameroon.
08-10-2019
As a new Community Ambassador for the Communities SGDs Ambassador Sustainability Objectives of the Youth Kmer Volunteers for SDGs program, throughout this year I will continue to teach and educate on the principles and tips of sustainable tourism. This tourism creates sustainable jobs in the community, respects the local culture and respects the environment. Obviously help, invest, work in synergy with other groups of young people to make a better Cameroon, a Cameroon where no one is left behind. The more I traveled, I realized I can not just travel without learning. I started to be a tourist and more I started to enjoy learning I started to enjoy sharing my travels journeys AS A CAMEROONIAN TRAVELER IN CAMEROON! I started to get involved I was doing while while traveling. To respect local cultures To protect the environment by going almost zero waste each time By teaching my travels After 5 years of local tourism with 3 included on sustainable tourism, 1 year as active contributor I have been selected as a SDGs Community Ambassador. So the initiative is to build a Community of responsible and sustainable travellers who will help the Government implement strategies to build a strong and sustainable tourism industry in Cameroon.
Tourism and Trade for Development in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda
07-10-2019
The main objective of the project is to support inclusive tourism development and thereby help maximize the contribution of trade in services to development, job creation, and achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Contributing to sustainable development through tourism: the implementation of a national hotel classification system in Tunisia
07-10-2019
The overall objective is to enhance the tourism sector in Tunisia through a hotel classification system that contributes to economic growth, decent jobs, and well-being.
Advancing development through tourism: strengthening the system of tourism statistics and development of a tourism satellite account in Cameroon
07-10-2019
The overall objective of this project is to strengthen the national tourism statistical system to permit a better understanding of the role of tourism in the national economy and contribute to evidence-based decisions in tourism policy, planning, and development, with the aim of turning tourism into an engine for socio-economic development in Cameroon.
Estefanya Gordillo Loyola
30-09-2019
This descriptive research involves the social construction of 4 SDGs and their goals based on the main representatives of the tourism industry in Ecuador. This study to understand the planning and actions taken by industry agents, opening a discussion on the challenges of sustainable tourism in Ecuador to achieve the 2030 Agenda.
CURSO DE TURISMO SOSTENIBLE Y DESARROLLO LOCAL EN √ĀREAS RURALES
25-09-2019
El curso est√° basado en el concepto del turismo como motor para la creaci√≥n de actividades econ√≥micas y de empleo decente en las √°reas rurales. Se analizaran las claves necesarias para que el turismo pueda ser una alternativa socioecon√≥mica sostenible, y cu√°les son los elementos a tener en cuenta para dise√Īar una estrategia de desarrollo rural basada en el turismo. Durante la formaci√≥n se combinar√°n presentaciones de expertos con visitas de estudio e intercambio de experiencias entre los participantes de diferentes paises.
RED ROCKS COMMUNITY CONSERVATION CENTER
25-09-2019
Red Rocks community conservation center works with community livelihoods in biodiversity areas through research and projects that implement grassroot conservation of wildlife. We build community networks for conservation by the established summer institute. The community conservation center is based on the vision to create a sustainable business model in conservation work by creating eco-tourism schemes that focus on conservation based tourism. RESEARCH CENTER The research center is geared towards continued work that ensures we build sustainable business models for our environment and communities, we work to find sustainable solutions for the co-existence of our wildlife species alongside community people by improving the understanding of wildlife ecology, status and conservation requirements. Our activities involve developing practical solutions that mitigate wildlife-human conflict, environmental damage and climate change. SUMMER INSTITUTE The center’s summer Institute offers short-term opportunities to work on conservation and research projects through direct exposure to diverse wildlife plus also engaging students in the study and discussion of principles and best practices for sustainable conservation with hands-on experience. WILDLIFE PROTECTION AND CONSERVATION Our wildlife protection and conservation work comprises projects that are committed to the protection of the volcanoes endangered wildlife through conservation awareness and community engagement. We collaborate with communities to address a multitude of issues that impact people and wildlife
The Green Wall
19-09-2019
The Green Wall was founded in 2019 by Acacia Sustainability to provide consumers with sustainable alternatives to products and services used every day. The Green Wall aims to empower everyday consumers with information about products and services that are being sold today to reduce consumers impact on the environment. We hope that this will help in the shift to a low carbon economy and increased the demand for sustainable products and services. By making the choice to stay in a hotel or resort that has been certified by an eco-label such as Green Globe, Green Key, Travelife or EarthCheck, you are choosing accommodation that have taken steps to achieve several SGD’s. Hotels and resorts that have received an eco-label have taken steps to achieving several SDG’s. Green Globe for example identified three key goals that relate to sustainable tourism and are built into their more than 40 sustainability criteria to receive certification: Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth; Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production; and Goal 14: Life below water. To search for hotels and resorts that have achieved an eco-label certification, visit The Green Wall’s Hotels & Resorts page.
Giving back - Social and Responsible Tourism
19-09-2019
Impacto social a comunidades necesitadas, apoyando a micro empresarios locales por medio del comercio justo, voluntariado y donaciones a programas de desarrollo local por medio del turismo socialmente responsable. Ofrecer a un grupo selecto de viajeros la oportunidad de impactar positivamente a las comunidades locales, quienes tienen el deseo de ayudar y contribuir a la desigualdad en el mundo, con su tiempo y recursos. We support local communities through social and responsible tourism programmes, involving local artisans and entrepreneurs. We provide  high-end customers and luxury travellers the opportunity to give back to Guatemalan communities, working together with NGOs supporting with donations, volunteering and fair trade.
Contributing to the carbon neutrality of travelers visiting Mauritius.
19-09-2019
Mauritius Conscious Travel achieves a sustainable milestone. Mauritius Conscious Travel, a sustainable travel agency in collaboration with AERA Group, the pioneer of carbon finance in Africa, contributes to the carbon neutrality of travellers visiting Mauritius. Supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Mauritius Conscious Travel has achieved its 1st carbon offset transaction by compensating 79 tons of CO2 emissions. The monetized carbon credits collected by the travel agency are destined, through AERA, to the 1st solar photovoltaic project in Mauritius: La Ferme Bambous. In their efforts to reduce the CO2 produced by their trips, Mauritius Conscious offers tailor-made packages including eco-friendly accommodations, use of public transportation and non-motorized activities for positive impact including clean-ups in nature, reforestation efforts and bio-agriculture workshops in collaboration with local NGOs. Romina Tello, CEO of Mauritius Conscious Travel highlights ‚ÄėLimiting the negative aspects of tourism is no longer enough. Today, tourism needs to embrace restorative actions to benefit the places we visit.‚Äô
Women Empowerment through Arts & Crafts
19-09-2019
Red Rocks initiatives for sustainable Development improvised ways to empower women so that they can become their own agents of positive change. Community arts and crafts projects made a positive contribution toward empowering Women to improve their wellbeing, enhance the sense of self and self and economical gains.
National Dance Award with History 2020
17-09-2019
2¬į National Dance Award with History 2020, is an initiative imagined by the Society of Historical, Archaeological and Geographical Studies of Chile, in conjunction with the directors of the Oriental Dance Academy Najmah All Sahara. The event, after being included in 2019 in the list of international events that contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), has become the most important contest for rescue of the cultural heritage of Oriental Dance in Chile. With the main objective of stimulating creation in the field of historical research and geographical - historical analysis of oriental dance and tribal fusion in the continent, the meeting has been designed to educate the audience through dance and its interpretations with historical foundations, promoting good health and well-being through dance, with emphasis on social inclusion and gender equality. The contest, which hopes to bring together important representatives of the country and the American continent, will be held in the beautiful World Heritage City of Valpara√≠so; promoting tourism and the multicultural relationship. The alliance between the Dance Academy and the History Society, goes to show that both history and dance are made up of multiple aspects, beyond the technique or trajectory of those who represent them, in such a way that we have created a unique space for the multidisciplinary study of dance's history and its artistic interpretation. The event is sponsored by the Historical Bulletin (ISSN 0719-7802), a scientific journal that will publish all the reviews submitted to the contest.
Trash to treasure
11-09-2019
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Día Mundial del Turismo
09-09-2019
En el marco de la Semana Mundial de Acción por los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible y en el Primer Festival de Acción por los ODS Costa Rica 2019, estaremos celebrando el Día Mundial del Turismo, con la charla Turismo y empleo: un futuro mejor para todos. Esta actividad totalmente gratuita se realizará a las 9:00 am en el Auditorio de Administración Universitaria de la Universidad Técnica Nacional (Sede Central, Villa Bonita) Alajuela, Costa Rica.
Travel4SDGs - #Interrail4SDGs
09-09-2019
I love traveling. I know a lot of people that too. Tourism grows and at the same time, tourismphobia does. Here, I want to share my ways of traveling in a sustainable way and to help local development with a social impact. Now I'm doing an interrail 4 SDGs, visiting different social projects, NGOs, co-working spaces, asylum seeker, social centers, squatting places,... If you know anyone I can visit, tell me, please! At the same time, I'm traveling with toys of different races, sexual orientations and wheelchairs to take photos for social inclusion. My name's Mari Trini. I'm 29 years old. I consider myself a citizen of the world. I'm a Multimedia Content Creator freelance. This interrail is the first trip of more than I hope come, 4SDGs! It's an interrail with a social conscience, since this trip has been a #MySocialRights photo prize from the European Commission. Specifically, "#MySocialEurope photo competition - How should the Future of social Europe look like?" organized by DG EMPL - DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. Trying to answer that same question ("How should the Future of social Europe look like?") and following the European Pillar of Social Rights structured around: equal opportunities and access to the labour market, fair working conditions and social protection, I will continue taking photographs, while traveling through Europe with the Global Pass ticket. Now I'm looking for: - inspirational projects I can document, taking photos and / or making videos. - sponsors to help me with the budget and can buy some material as a drone, a 360 camera,...to can do the project more innovative, create better multimedia content and achieve a good dissemination.
A Sustainable Hero Trail to discover the 17 SDGs.
30-08-2019
You learn about the 17 SDGs in a challenging trail. What are the SDGs? What do they each stand for? And above all what can you do to contribute to a better world for everyone? Hidrodoe is in 2019 one of the six SDG Voices in Belgium. For a whole year we tell and educate about the SDGs. Hidrodoe is a tourist attraction in Belgium. A interactive science center about water. This extra exhibition/trail is included in the normal admission price.
Help the local economy while travelling
30-08-2019
.The story of this Kaba. For a cultural festival I needed traditional outfits. I could have taken some at home but the travel instructions came down the day before and were "travel light" Result i just take 1 that I wear before the big ceremony. The day before the official ceremony, I went to the market with my travel friend. Understand Nkongsamba is a shopping city. You will find everything. Absolutely everything. I bought and left 3 material at 11am at her cousin's. An amateur stylist I told her to have fun as its pleases her. At 17 am this outfit was ready. The other 2 ready the next day. What I like most about tourism is "leaving money on the spot", contributing to the local economy. Events like the Festival help boost the small and big business. Oh I also took a bag for my camera, it's the one hanging on my arm and that was very useful for 5 days :) Traveling is good Traveling useful is even better. # Tourism4Sdgs # SDGS8 #Cameroon #Cameroon #NKongsamba
Panama City Tourism Observatory
27-08-2019
The Tourism Observatory of Panama City is the first of its kind in Panama. Established in 2018, the objective of the Observatory is to collect and organize timely and quality information for the planning of tourism in the country, supporting decision makers in the planning and strengthening of sustainable tourism in Panama. Leading the way in tourism data management, the Observatory will be leading the way for similar initiatives throughout the country, gathering valuable experiences for future expansions. With the purpose to increase also the public participation, especially from local communities, in development processes, the Observatory is hosted by the National Tourism Chamber of Panama and counts on the support of many different stakeholders in the destination.
Aegean Islands Observatory
27-08-2019
Established by the University of the Aegean in collaboration with UNWTO and with the support of the Ministry of Tourism of Greece, the first Sustainable Tourism Observatory in Europe opened in the Aegan Islands, the main archipelago of Greece, in early 2013. The observatory has several physical sites, one in Rhodes for the South Aegean, another in Chios for the North Aegean, and one at the University of Aegean in Mytilene, on the island of Lesvos. The monitoring efforts focus on the environmental, social and economic impacts of tourism in the Aegean archipelago and seek to serve as a model to expand the concept to a national level. The monitoring and implementation of sustainable tourism practices are being realized in close cooperation with the tourism public and private sector in the area of the Aegean.
Tourism Observatory of the City of Buenos Aires
27-08-2019
The Tourism Observatory of the City of Buenos Aires is a General Direction within the Buenos Aires Tourism Board, under the direct supervision of the President of the Buenos Aires Tourism Board. The Buenos Aires Tourism Board reports to the General Secretary of International Affairs, under the direct supervision of the Mayor of Buenos Aires, who is the Head of the government of the city. The mission of the Buenos Aires Tourism Observatory is to gather data and generate key information to guide the private and public sectors’ decision making process and to become global leaders in the production of strategic knowledge using Big Data and innovative research methods, thus strengthening tourism governance and taking effective data driven decisions in an ever-changing and competitive market.
Antigua Guatemala Sustainable Tourism Observatory
27-08-2019
The Antigua Guatemala Sustainable Tourism Observatory is located in the city of La Antigua Guatemala, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Observatory will periodically collect data and scientific evidence as it monitors the effect tourism has on the historic city. This data will then be used to assess how tourism can best be used to help drive sustainable growth and development.
Navarre Tourism Observatory
27-08-2019
As first Tourism Observatory in Spain to join INSTO, the Navarre Tourism Observatory aims to be the reference site for stakeholders at all levels and to support them with Tourism Intelligence in the successful strengthening of tourism as a strategic activity for the region in a context of maximum sustainability. The Observatory is hosted by the Directorate of Tourism and Trade of the Government of Navarre and builds upon already established monitoring activities in the economic area, extending its efforts to a wider monitoring approach, including regular measurement of social and environmental impacts of the sector.
South Tyrol Sustainable Tourism Observatory
27-08-2019
The South Tyrol Sustainable Tourism Observatory was established in 2018 and is aiming at continuously monitoring, evaluating and communicating on South Tyrol’s (i.e. the Autonomous Province of Bolzano/Bozen) tourism developments and the impacts they have. With the generated data in areas such as mobility, climate change, regional products and quality control, employment and many other topics, the Observatory will support awareness raising activities and decision-making processes of different stakeholders groups, serving the local community as think-tank that fosters communication, collaboration and evidence-based destination management.
Alentejo Sustainable Tourism Observatory
27-08-2019
The Alentejo Sustainable Tourism Observatory was created through a partnership between Portugal Tourism, the Regional Tourism Board of Alentejo, the University of √Čvora, as well as both the Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre and Santar√©m. ASTO is the first monitoring entity within a nation-wide observatory initiative launched by the Portugese Government in the framework of the 2027 Tourism Strategy. Monitoring areas include, among others: Community Participation, Tourism Seasonality, Competitiveness of Tourism Businesses, Water Availability and Conservation, Local Satisfaction With Tourism; Destination Economic Benefits; Employment.
Toba Lake Tourism Observatory
27-08-2019
Hosted by the University of Sumatera Utara, the observatory monitors Pangururan in which there are 25 villages and 3 urban villages.
Sanur Tourism Observatory
27-08-2019
Hosted by the Research Centre for Culture and Tourism of the Udayana University, the Observatory monitors Sanur tourism destination consisting of three villages which are Sanur Kauh Village, Sanur Village and Sanur Kaja Village.
Sonoma County Sustainable Tourism Observatory
27-08-2019
The monitoring area of the Sonoma County Sustainable Tourism Observatory is strategically located 45 minutes North of the Golden Gate Bridge and the metropolitan areas of San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Thanks to the region's premier position as a wine destination, its proximity to major innovation hubs and its abundant variety of culinary and scenic attractions, the area attracts millions of visitors every year. The observatory is the first of its kind under the umbrella of the Coalition to Observe and Advance Sustainable Tourism (COAST), which aims to serve as an anchor for a possible network of Pacific Coast observatories, connecting key tourism destinations along the Pacific Coast of North America from San Francisco and the Channel Islands , stretching from San Francisco and the Channel Islands in the south to Vancouver and Victoria BC in the north. The observatory aims to share best practices which have been developed in the destination and learn from other member destinations of the INSTO network to advance its work, especially in the areas of water management, the impacts of agricultural-tourism growth, climate change responsiveness, the viable regeneration of essential public places, employment and local living opportunities, among others.
Pangandaran Tourism Observatory
27-08-2019
Pangandaran is located on the southern coast of the island of Java and has become a popular tourist destination because of its famous surfing beach. Hosted by the Bandung Institute of Technology, the Observatory focuses on monitoring tourism impacts in the Batukaras Village, which is located in the Cijulang District of the Pangandaran Regency.
Sleman Tourism Observatory
27-08-2019
Hosted by the Magister and Doctor Tourism Program of the Graduate School of Gadjah Mada University, the University the observatory seeks to foster an increased understanding of sustainable tourism development in the regency. The initial regional scope of the observatory focuses on the tourism village of Pulesari in Wonokerto, Turi district of Sleman, which is increasingly known for its potential of outdoor activities. The work of the observatory includes the assessment of the village as a destination for sustainable tourism and the analysis of current and possible tourism activities in that area.
Lombok Tourism Observatory
27-08-2019
Hosted by the Faculty of Economics of Mataram University, the observatory monitors two destinations, namely Sesaot and Senggigi, both nature-based tourist destinations. While Sesaot is only in its initial phase of development and located within the island, Senggigi is - in comparison - more known due to its coastal character with beaches, housing already a small variety of different accommodations. For both destinations, it is the goal to qualify them as sustainable tourist destinations based on local involvement, creating positive impacts for all stakeholders.
Croatian Sustainable Tourism Observatory
27-08-2019
The Croatian Sustainable Tourism Observatory (CROSTO) is hosted by the Institute for Tourism in Zagreb, which is responsible for monitoring sustainable tourism in the Adriatic Croatia. CROSTO advises local communities on minimizing possible negative impacts of tourism development and measures their economic benefits and energy, water and waste control. The country's commitment to sustainability has been emphasized in its Tourism Development Strategy 2020. The initiative aims at fostering innovation in the framework of sustainable tourism.
The Tourism and Events Observatory of the City of S√£o Paulo
27-08-2019
The Tourism and Events Observatory of the City of S√£o Paulo (OTE) is a pioneer in data collection and analysis for the tourism in the State capital. Lead by the Department of Research and Market Intelligence of S√£o Paulo Turismo, OTE was created in 2008 with the goal of analyzing the tourism behavior and the events segment in S√£o Paulo.
Guanajuato Tourism Observatory
27-08-2019
The Tourism Observatory of Guanajuato was created in 2008 and is an organization dedicated to permanently research, analyze, evaluate and consult about the performance of the tourism sector. It is monitoring tourism activity in the entire State of Guanajuato through an inter-sectoral and multidisciplinary approach that allows for measuring and monitoring tourism in various relevant aspects. It focusses its efforts especially on issues regarding governance, tourism demand, tourism services offer, infrastructure, local community benefits, tourist attractions and sustainability.
Jiangmen Observatory
27-08-2019
The Jiangmen Observatory is the ninth observatory in China. Situated at the Pearl River Estuary and south of the South China Sea, Jiangmen has a permanent resident population of 4.51 million inhabitants.The monitoring efforts of the observatory focus especially on measuring the overall development of tourism, including local economic benefits, local satisfaction, employment, seasonality, water, sewage and waste water management, as well as the protection of the existing World Culture Heritage Sites in the destination.
Xishuangbanna Observatory
27-08-2019
Xishuangbanna is an eco-tourism area rich in natural, historical and cultural resources which include folklore, tropical rain forests, rare plants and wildlife. An additional feature of Xishuangbanna is the composition of its population, with 13 ethnic groups besides the Han living in this region. The focus of the observatory lies on monitoring sustainability and indigenous groups, ensuring that tourism generates socio-economic benefits for the various communities.
Changshu Observatory
27-08-2019
Changshu is a county-level city under the jurisdiction of Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, and is part of the Yangtze River Delta. The city covers an area of 1276 square kilometers (including the Yangtze River water area). In Chinese county-level city, it is the first city owning the title of ‚ÄúNational Garden City‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúInternational Garden City‚ÄĚ. For the past 5 years, income from the tourism sector has increased on average by more than 20% on a yearly basis. Meanwhile, the number of visitor has risen by more than 10% yearly. The observatory focuses on two major themes: 'the development of the tourism industry in developed areas and enhancement of residents' quality of life and overall happiness' as well as 'the development and ecological conservation of the tourism industry in developed areas'.
Henan Observatory
27-08-2019
The Henan Observatory is focusing on two cities within the Henan province, namely Luoyang and Jiaozuo. The province is situated in the central-eastern part of China on the middle and lower reaches of the Yellow River. It is one of the main birthplaces of Chinese Nation and Chinese Civilization, where cultural sites and natural landscapes coexist harmoniously. Overall, there are 4 ancient capitals within the province. Luoyang, capital during multiple dynasties, is home to Baima Si (White Horse Temple). Founded in the 1st century, it's among China’s first Buddhist temples. Nearby, the Longmen Grottoes have Buddhist rock carvings dating to the 5th century. Due to these attractions, tourism has become a core sector of Henan’s economy. The observatory's monitoring efforts include research regarding the socio-economic and environmental aspects of tourism development as well as the protection of historical relic and the tourism development around these sites.
Kanas Observatory
27-08-2019
Bordering Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia, Kanas is a lake nature reserve in north-west China. The lake is located in a valley in the Altai Mountains, near the very northern tip of Xinjiang and the major tourism attraction in that part of the country. Due to its rural characteristic with its vast natural resources, the Kanas Observatory focuses its monitoring efforts especially on tourism in remote and border areas.
Chengdu Observatory
27-08-2019
Chengdu is the fourth most populated city in mainland China and the capital of the Sichuan province and an important economic hub in western China. Chengdu's history dates back to at least the 4th century B.C., when it served as capital for the Shu Kingdom. The city is one of China’s most visited destinations, which is why the Chengdu Observatory is naturally focused on tourism and urbanization, along with post-disaster reconstruction.
Zhangjiajie Observatory
27-08-2019
Zhangjiajie, a city in the northwest of China's Hunan province, is home to the famed Wulingyuan Scenic Area. This protected zone encompasses thousands of jagged quartzite sandstone columns, many of which rise over 200m, as well as caves filled with stalactites and stalagmites. The third observatory in China was established at the entrance of the National Park of Zhangjiajie in the Hunan province, China. The park is the first national forest park in China, receiving up to 40 000 visitors a day during high season. Tourism is the main sector in the area, and the focus of the Zhangjiajie Observatory is tourism for regional development.
Huangshan Observatory
27-08-2019
A UNESCO World Heritage site and one of China’s major tourist destinations, Huangshan is a mountain range in the southern province of Anhui, famous for its unique granite peak scenery. Besides the scenic area around the site, the observatory focuses its efforts also on two villages, namely Xidi and Hongcun, which are located in Yi county, Huangshan City, and which are also listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These two villages are vivid illustrations of a type of human settlement created during a feudal period and based on a prosperous trading economy. The observatory monitoring these sites focuses especially on environmental and cultural heritage protection.
Yangshuo Observatory
27-08-2019
Yangshuo is a county in the northeastern region of Guangxi, about 1.5h away from the city Guilin. The area is most famous for its dramatic karst mountain landscape and outdoor recreation. In 2006, the observatory which focuses on both Yangshuo and Guilin, was the first to be established, due to the fast rise in tourism in the region, and the growing importance of the sector to the area. Its focus lies especially on community participation and tourism impacts.
UNWTO International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories
27-08-2019
The UNWTO International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO) was created in 2004 with the main objective to support the continuous improvement of sustainability and resilience in the tourism sector through systematic, timely and regular monitoring of tourism performance and impact and to connect dedicated destinations in order to better understand destination-wide resource use and foster the responsible management of tourism. Through the systematic application of monitoring, evaluation and information management techniques, the initiative provides policy makers, planners, tourism managers and other relevant stakeholders with key tools to strengthen institutional capacities to support the formulation and implementation of sustainable tourism policies, strategies, plans and management processes.
Waikato Tourism Monitoring Observatory
27-08-2019
The Waikato Tourism Monitoring Observatory is the first observatory to open in New Zealand and is hosted by the Waikato Management School of the University of Waikato. The Waikato Observatory seeks to support the strengthening of the world famous surfing town Raglan as a sustainable destination, while continuing to protect the unique landscapes and the biodiversity of Waitomo and its iconic tourist attraction the Waitomo Caves. The observatory focuses its monitoring efforts especially on crucial socio-cultural aspects such as ‚Äėlocal and visitor satisfaction‚Äô, ‚Äėdestination economic benefits‚Äô, ‚Äėtourism seasonality‚Äô and ‚Äėdevelopment control‚Äô. Over time, efforts will be extended, covering additional thematic areas related to waste management, housing issues, water supply and sewage management, among others.
Summer School LeVERAGE: ICTs for Tourism Information and Communication Technologies in Tourism for preserving LiVing hERitAGE
27-08-2019
2019 Summer School of the UNESCO chair in ICT to develop and promote sustainable tourism in World Heritage Sites, established at USI - Universit√† della Svizzera italiana (Lugano, Switzerland). The 2019 Summer School of the UNESCO chair takes place in Switzerland: the activities of the first two days (August 24th and 25th) are running within the 2019 edition of the MEM Summer Summit in Lugano, then the group is moving to Val M√ľstair, home to the Benedictine Convent of St John at M√ľstair, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The focus is on living heritage, which is living practices and expressions passed down from generation to generation and constantly recreated by communities in response to their environment, their relationship with nature and their history. The importance of living heritage is not the cultural manifestation itself but rather the wealth of knowledge and skills that is transmitted. Lectures, visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Biospheres reserves, hands-on exercises and a range of formal and informal activities will allow participants to understand how to leverage ICTs for a sustainbale tourism that is able to preserve and transmit living heritage.
ComeMakeWeGo Ado-Awaye : Getting the community involved in their own development
26-08-2019
Getting the community involved in their own development is one of the reasons why I began ComeMakeWeGo Africa. We tell local communities; "Invest in what you have, with what you have, and watch how people would be eager to invest more in you. Flashback to some months ago, when we decided to focus on promoting AdoAwaye - an untapped destination in Nigeria with Africa's only recognized suspended lake, and one of the best hiking spots in Nigeria. We can remember how the community chiefs welcomed me, at first they thought I was bringing plenty of money from the government for them - but instead, we were evangelizing on how they should invest as little as they have to move the place forward before government or other people can show support. They complained about the lack of funds and we usually responded; "what funds do you really need when we have people among you with needed skills, and we can get basic materials from almost everywhere around your village.." Boom! They have understood us! and now, they have started investing In what they have with what they have. Now the people of AdoAwaye are saying; We dream of better Chalets, but now, we have one made of wood. We dream of better staircases, but now, we have one made of wood. We dream of bigger investments, but now, we are investing in ourselves. At ComeMakeWeGo, we believe in Sustainable Development; hence, we have ensured that; 1. All trees cut down to make the wooden stairs were replaced- #SDGs 12,13 & 15 2. We have kept a policy in place to adequately compensate the local laborers involved in the construction. - #SDGs 1, 2, 8.
CAMEROONIAN TRAVELLERS PROMOTING LOCAL AND RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION
26-08-2019
THE IMPORTANCE OF LOCAL DINING ON A TRAVEL Tourism and local consumption. Whenever I travel, I always consume local menus. That's to say if I'm in the North, I obviously eat rice couscous with vegetables, rice porridge. ‚ě°ÔłŹIf I am in Central-Southeast, I eat vegetables, freshwater fish and beef. In coastal areas I eat seafood and marine species. Obviously Grassfield obviously couscous and all the sauces that accompany. The only things I eat are not the forbidden menus in my own culture (snake, palm tree rat for example) and the species that are forbidden to hunt / protected. If I have never tasted a dish, I will find out, respect my host and his culture. Why? I realized that eating and buying locally grown seasonal foods was much better. FoodThe local food is part of the culture. And traveling means learning and respecting culture, preserving heritage. Experiencing the local culture is a big part of traveling and trying traditional food is largely related to this cultural experience. Traditional foods are part of the heritage of a country or region and are deeply rooted in the memory of the local population. Responsible production and consumption is the way to go, according to # SDG12 FoodLocal Food supports the community, helps create decent jobs and boosts economic growth in line with # SDG 8. Supporting the local community is a very important aspect of the trip. Choosing to have a coffee in a local caf√©, a snack in a street meal or a lunch at a local restaurant is a simple way to become a socially responsible tourist. Eating in local places supports local businesses and the local economy, while creating connections between locals and travelers. Travelers who stay only a few days in the same place may think that there is not enough time to build relationships, but eating will be part of the local community's perception of tourists and sometimes even nationalities.
Understanding Tourist Behaviors towards resources of a destination
25-08-2019
Creating micro videos of tourist behaviors towards resources of a state, Educational videos that create awareness of such behaviors and the regulations.
Layag: Tourism and Hospitality Research Conference 2019
23-08-2019
In line with World Tourism Day, Lumina Foundation for Integral Human development through the Network of Professional Researchers and Educators and Lyceum of the Philippines University Batangas through the College of International Tourism and Hospitality Management will host the first LAYAG whose aim is to gather academicians, researchers and industry partners to share their research output related to sustaibale tourism and contribute to the growing industry. For more information email us at layag.lumina@gmail.com
Sociology of Leisure and Tourism
23-08-2019
The Sociology of Leisure and Tourism course at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) will help undergraduate students to understand tourism from a sociological perspective. Students will analyze and study topics such as: -Sociological perspectives on environmental sustainability in tourism -Sociological perspectives on cultural sustainability in tourism -Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals -The role of tangible and intangible cultural heritage for host communities -Integration of local communities in the tourism value chain -The importance of the collaboration between local communities, governments, and members of the hospitality industry Moreover, being the class taught in Las Vegas, which is one of the most famous tourism destinations in the world, students will reflect on the city's role in the hospitality industry, especially focusing on sustainability and tourism practices. Students will use research-based material produced by both the Department of Sociology and the International Gaming Institute at UNLV. Instructor: Marta Soligo
Sustainable city discovery: fall in love with any city
22-08-2019
We started Secret City Trails for locals to fall in love with their own cities again. We developed our first riddle game in the centre of Amsterdam showing locals places they had no idea existed. Some spots are hiding in plain sight, others are truly hidden and only found by solving our riddles. After the positive feedback on our first game in Amsterdam, Kristina and I travelled to other cities we‚Äôd lived in and created discovery games there too. Initially we focused on targeting locals in new cities. But, we soon learned about the huge opportunity of marketing our games to travellers. Did you know that cities represent half of global international travel? Today we can stay with locals, book all our flights and accommodation online, but the way we discover cities has barely changed over the last 50+ years. The most popular way to discover - and learn about - a city is still large group walking tours. We‚Äôre both frequent travellers and we had grown bored with (free) group walking tours that started at fixed times, generally took us to a city‚Äôs main (crowded) sights, took place with too many people (you can‚Äôt hear the guide) and had to be pre-booked. Our city discovery games are made up of riddles which guide you from one place to the next. Along the way, as you solve the riddles by answering questions about your surroundings, you unlock stories about heritage, history, art and culture. All games are played via a web app and don‚Äôt require any downloads! It‚Äôs creative locals who follow our ‚Äėplaybook‚Äô (guidelines) and create wicked adventures. In exchange for creating and maintaining their city games, they receive a share of the revenue of each game sold (thus we empower local entrepreneurs!) Not only has travel to cities has grown rapidly, there‚Äôs an increase in demand for more experiential and sustainable travel . We're excited to promote cultural heritage all over Europe, take more travellers off the beaten path and work with more locals across our region.
Red Rocks Cultural Festival
20-08-2019
Since its inception, a few years back, the cultural tourism week has brought about positive gains to communities through its focus on bringing Tourism, Conservation and community for a sustainable development. The event brings community, conservation and tourism stakeholders together for sustainable development around the Volcanoes National Park. Through the cultural tourism week communities have a chance to exchange ideas and learn from one another how they can use their talents, culture, and other local tools for development through effective sustainable planning, maximizing social and economic benefits to locals, and reducing tourism’s negative impact to cultural and environmental heritages? During the event local community members will be happy to share their success stories concerning harnessing tourism as a means of socio-economic and sustainable development. Apart from celebrating viable conservation efforts that the local community has undertaken, attendants will also have the chance to meet different tourism and conservation players from a broad spectrum in the industry who will provide with significant details about the history of ecotourism around the Virunga massif, and the greater need to promote awareness of ecotourism concepts and approaches the government and private institutions have undertaken to encourage growth of ecotourism. Rwanda is a small country that prides itself in its rich and diversified cultural heritage. Passed from generation to generation, they include customs, practices, places, objects, artistic expressions and values among others, and often expressed as either tangible or intangible cultural heritage. Our community members will exhibit hands-on experience of how Red Rocks is keeping our cultural heritage alive. There will be a show of how local community benefits from tourism activities together with the ways we can preserve our pristine culture for the benefit of future generation. Visitors will participate in different cultu
Asian Ecotourism Standard for Accommodations
20-08-2019
In response to the disbandment of the Japan Ecolodge Association, the GSTC recognized standard, Environmentally Sustainable Accommodations International Standard (ESAIS), has transferred all its rights to Asian Ecotourism Network (AEN) as the end of year 2017. The revision of the original standard took place within AEN to reflect 1) the changes made to comply with the updated GSTC Industry Criteria and 2) the Asian ecotourism contexts and deleted the Japanese contexts that were not relevant for other Asian countries. The shaded criteria comply with the GSTC-HTO standard. The adoption of the standard will help the nature-based lodges to achieve SDGs and collect relevant evidences. ‚ÄčRules to meet the standard: All criteria are encouraged to be used for all nature-based lodges and resorts regardless of the size. It can be used as a checklist. Depending on the country or geographical setting, some criteria are difficult to apply thus they are made as optional criteria. We will be setting the rules for ones that satisfy our standard in the form of recognition and/or awards with an opportunity for annual internal and periodic third party auditing. The details will be made available here on the website.
Asian Ecotourism Standard for Accommodations
14-08-2019
In response to the disbandment of the Japan Ecolodge Association, the GSTC recognized standard, Environmentally Sustainable Accommodations International Standard (ESAIS), has transferred all its rights to Asian Ecotourism Network (AEN) as the end of year 2017. The revision of the original standard took place within AEN to reflect 1) the changes made to comply with the updated GSTC Industry Criteria and 2) the Asian ecotourism contexts and deleted the Japanese contexts that were not relevant for other Asian countries. The shaded criteria comply with the GSTC-HTO standard. The adoption of the standard will help the nature-based lodges to achieve SDGs and collect relevant evidences. ‚ÄčRules to meet the standard: All criteria are encouraged to be used for all nature-based lodges and resorts regardless of the size. It can be used as a checklist. Depending on the country or geographical setting, some criteria are difficult to apply thus they are made as optional criteria. We will be setting the rules for ones that satisfy our standard in the form of recognition and/or awards with an opportunity for annual internal and periodic third party auditing. The details will be made available here on the website.
Volunteer World
13-08-2019
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09-08-2019
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RED ROCKS POTTERY WORKSHOP
08-08-2019
Pottery is more than an activity in Rwanda, but it is a way of expressing our cultural values and telling our story through imagination, creativity and skill. The beauty of the end product shows who we are. Telling our story and living the story are two different things. This is why on 21st of July 2019, we organized a pottery workshop at the Red Rocks Campsite and welcomed participants from all walks life to experience the story of Rwanda people of the Northern Province of Musanze through pottery.Working side by side with the community, our visitors were provided with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the traditional Rwandese methods of ceramic production. As a sustainable tourism organization, we seek to create transformation from our travel experiences and provide deeper connections between cultures. Our visitors had to get their hands dirty. They had to form that bond and learn from the people by practically participating in the local activities. This is what makes our programs unique. All the pieces made during the workshop were produced by our visitors and artisans from the community. The workshop had some benefits for both the community and visiting tourists; it was a perfect way to unwind after a stressful day at work. Those who attended met new people, and created new bonds while working in a creative and tranquil environment.
capacity building form sustainable tourism in rural areas with different stakeholders perspective
05-08-2019
The respct of local community and convresation of environment
Museum inside pygmies camp in Cameroon
01-08-2019
Travel- Witness - Respect - Learn Ministry of Arts and Culture Multicultural Center of Mayos. In the center of Mayos Pygmy Camp, we have the Multicultural Center, a kind of small museum. Held by a very welcoming and educated lady on each of the objects As soon as we arrive what welcomes us are these two skulls. One is the skull of a chimpanzee and the other is that of a gorilla. All the objects present in this museum have a meaning. ‚ě°ÔłŹ The skin of the tiger cat, for example, is a microscope that, when the marabout pours a powder, the latter can see everything that happens in the village. ‚ě°ÔłŹ The chimpanzee and gorilla skulls are used to concoct inhalant remedies for children with dry coughs. The healer concocts the herbal medicine and other tricks found in the forest, introduces it into the skull of the chimpanzee / gorilla, and has the child inhale. The dry cough will disappear. ‚ě°ÔłŹ The gourds from a fruit are dried after extraction of seeds and serve as a pantry for pistachio, water and other seeds. ‚ě°ÔłŹ The armorette with poisoned arrows are used for hunting. (Positive point: only the armorette is kept in the museum, the poisoned arrows being too dangerous to be exposed to. ‚ě°ÔłŹ We learned about the spirit of the forest, "Edjingu√©" that comes only when asked for major events. Only men can solicit his arrival by cutting a liana at the crossroads of the village. Edjingu√© will come over everything, impossible to identify his silhouette, and above all no woman is able to approach him. In fact, as soon as the women hear the drum announcing the coming of Edjingu√©, they are all hiding very far away. ‚ě°ÔłŹ Basically, the forest is full of all sorts of useful talismans for the Pygmies and for us. We learned so much. If we do not stop destroying their living space: We will lose their wisdom, their tricks. The culture of the people of the forest is a blessing: respect, learn, preserve.
Travellers 237 with no plastic
26-07-2019
As a traveller, we need to practice a more sustainable way to follow our journey . As such, decision was made to stop using plastic single use bottles when travelling in Cameroon. Reusable bottles are a solution to be me responsible travellers.
Jawhartourism
25-07-2019
My self vaibhav from jawhar maharashtra india fron tribal area and working from last three years to genrate local environment through tourism to stop migration of local tribal people in nearby cities. Www.jawhartourism.com +919226872187 +917720092187
Red Rocks Education Initiatives for Sustainable Development
22-07-2019
The above statement is the premise behind establishment of Red Rocks Kindergarten in Nyakinama village, Musanze district, where 150 children between the age of three and five years now enrolled to receive early childhood education. Most of the children come from vulnerable families in this tourism rich district. The children are provided holistic education and we initiated this program to provide the best care for these young kids from poor rural families who otherwise would not have had access to early intervention in education at this young age due to their family backgrounds. The early years of life are critical for a child’s growth and development. Kids who are well nurtured, instructed and cared for during their earliest years in a family and social environment are more likely to grow physically and mentally healthy, develop language, thinking, social and emotional skills and achieve their full potential when they become adults. The establishment of the kindergarten is part of Red Rocks Initiatives for Sustainable Development’s efforts to integrate tourism, conservation and community development around the Volcanoes National Parks, their parents have been actively involved in income generating activities like making of traditional handcrafts they sell to tourists to uplift their living standards. We realized that apart from helping their parents to market their skills and products, their children also needed an early good start in life and this is how the idea of the kindergarten was born. With support of donors and well-wishers, we also purchase them scholastic materials they need so that they can have the best education possible at their early age. We teach the children positive values and Rwandan culture so that they can be agents to push forward the country’s rich cultural heritage and also involve them in bible studies to instill discipline in them at early age. Our government has made positive strides in provision of education, but still there are some
Taketombo Corp. - Social Innovation Design Enterprise
22-07-2019
TAKETOMBO instigates social innovation activation in rural craft towns of Japan. The hype generated for 2020 Tokyo Olympic, and Japan's government's new target to drive tourist growth from 20 to 40 million in-bound visitors by 2020, and 60 million by 2060 maybe driving economic growth for Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. It is also creating negative impact to these major locations: local residential lives disruption, trash, traffic, pollution ...etc. It is also accelerating rural-to-urban migration. Overall population with age over 65 is at record high of 28%. (World Economic Forum (4/2019). Some rural towns are seeing as high as 32-35%. Simulation also shows hundreds of regional municipalities may disappear in 40-50 years. Consolidation of shrinking municipalities are also destroying their history and cultural identities (as towns assume new names with little to no relevancy to town history). OPPORTUNITY - Leverage explosive tourist growth and trending experiential tourism & eco-tourism development. - Leverage No.1 Competitive Advantage of Japan: Artisanship & Diligence - Diversification - Create a new sustainable practice that stimulate economy growth of declining towns. CREATIVE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY - RESILIENCE COMMUNITIES - ECONOMIC GROWTH (1) Divert investments and draw attention from overcrowding Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka (2) Leverage foreign interests to create aspiration for new generation rural lifestyle for the locals. (3) Leverage global creative ideas and Japan artisanship to create new functional objects or art objects. Open new market and business channel. (4) Protect and sustain craft legacies. (5) Activate declining rural towns. Bring new traffic to towns through quality experiential tourism and cultural exchange, one town at a time. (6) Bring awareness to Cultural Sustainability. (7) Renew legacy craft town "brands".
International Youth Forum 2019 on Peace, Social Justice & SDGs
17-07-2019
Application open for 3rd International Youth Forum on Peace, Social Justice & SDGs!!! Since 2017, The international Youth forum (IYF) has become a platform where young people can contribute to policy discussions at the International Platform through their collective ideas, solutions and innovations. The Forum allows representatives of youth-led and youth-focused organizations and networks, youth advocates and others to dialogue with International Policy makers, and to explore ways and means of promoting youth development and engagement. The third International youth forum, to be held from 14 to 15 September 2019, will place with concept on ‚ÄúPeace, Social Equality, SDGs‚ÄĚ in Chennai, India. With 1.8 billion people between the ages of 10 and 24, youth around the world face their fair share of challenges. Whether these challenges are in education or employment, they are highly important and need to be addressed. A proper response to youth challenges needs the involvement of young people themselves in decision-making and political leadership. IYF2019 which aims to educate and aware young population on the importance and foster their engagement for sustaining peace through Social Equality, Human Rights and Sustainable Development Goals further build their capacities for advocacy on standing for Equality, Justice and Human Dignity. The International Youth Forum is therefore an important dedicated space to engage in the discussion on how to make globalization work for everyone through the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. This universal, integrated agenda is designed to ensure equitable sharing of the benefits of globalization. This engagement will not only help to deliver results but also strengthen accountability The Forum will contribute to High Level Segments, which will be held in September 2019 on the theme ‚ÄúPartnering with Youth to Achieve SDGs Human Rights, institutionalize democracy and Peace: Moving from Policy to Action‚ÄĚ. The SDGs to Revived in IYF 2019
KitManif
17-07-2019
KITmanif, an interactive and dynamic platform, proposes to event organizers to move towards sustainable development by including this component in the organization stages of the event. The organizers of small or large events will not only be able to consult the given information, but also to create their personalized "kit" free of charge, according to the profile of their event, in order to archive tips, procedures, practical tools, as well as the references of local providers that they can share with the various members of their committee. In short, a complete and "tailor-made" kit to facilitate the success of sports and cultural events, reaching towards sustainability. "KITmanif" is fully in line with the sustainability objectives of the 2030 Agenda.
Architecture and tourism. Academic participation.
16-07-2019
A project of teaching innovation in the university, Instituto Superior de Arquitectura y Dise√Īo de Chihuahua ISAD (Higher Institute of Architecture and Design of Chihuahua). Through the creation of a new subject that makes the future architect's laboral perspectives bigger by the union of tourism, heritage, and architecture. Looking at the national social and political reality. Architecture is one of the main subjects for tourism, nevertheless is rare to find interest in tourism inside architecture degree programs. It¬īs because of that, this project is important and necessary for the development of both knowledge sciences, tourism, and architecture. Always with the sustainable principles present. --- Background It is intended primarily to reinforce four competencies derived from the WORLD CONFERENCE ON HIGHER EDUCATION - Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century - Vision and Action. 9 October 1998 1. Interdisciplinarity. 2. Scientific investigation. 3. Specific objectives. 4. Social trends. STUDY APPROACHES Interdisciplinary focus. Scientific. Method. Participation in existing programs Study case: The touristic program Pueblos M√°gicos (Magic towns). Architecture, sustainability, and tourism in Chihuahua, Mexico. The students will analyze the touristic program "Pueblos M√°gicos" and make architecture and urbanism projects under sustainable aspects.
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Lausanne Montreux Congress
09-07-2019
Our vision is to become a leading global sustainable destination and use the power of events and meetings to further catalyse the sustainable development of our region for the benefit of our visitors, clients and citizens.
Jornadas Internacionales de Turismo, Educación y Ciudadanía
05-07-2019
Docentes pertenecientes a las carreras de Tecnicatura y Licenciatura en Turismo, y del Instituto de Educaci√≥n y Ciudadan√≠a de la Unidad Acad√©mica R√≠o Turbio, dependiente de la Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia Austral, presentan las Jornadas de Turismo, Educaci√≥n y Ciudadan√≠a; tomando como eje principal Turismo para la educaci√≥n y educaci√≥n para el turismo: potenciando el desarrollo de la comunidad. Con el fin de comprender, estimular, fomentar y difundir los beneficios que ofrece la educaci√≥n, relacionada con el turismo, hacia la comunidad y potenciales visitantes; se promover√° el intercambio de experiencias y conocimientos para que sean aplicados local y regionalmente. Se buscar√° generar un marco propicio para la presentaci√≥n de trabajos y estudios, por medio de la promoci√≥n sobre el rescate y puesta en valor del patrimonio cultural tangible e intangible de una regi√≥n, fortaleciendo la interculturalidad en la educaci√≥n, fomentando la potenciaci√≥n de nuevas oportunidades de desarrollo y sustentabilidad del turismo y los beneficios que este conlleva. El desarrollo de estas jornadas busca crear un punto de encuentro para propiciar sinergias que logren un desarrollo local arm√≥nico y sustentable, estimulando el intercambio de conocimientos y experiencias que enriquezcan la calidad de vida de las comunidades en un evento participativo y din√°mico. TEM√ĀTICAS Se invita a profesionales, investigadores, representantes de organismos oficiales, gestores del turismo, estudiantes avanzados o interesados a presentar trabajos referidos a los temas referidos a continuaci√≥n. Para ello se han definido los siguientes ejes: TEMA 1: El turismo como herramienta educativa para la ciudadan√≠a TEMA 2: Turismo en √°mbitos externos a las instituciones educativas TEMA 3: Pol√≠ticas P√ļblicas, estado y gobierno TEMA 4: Turismo, Educaci√≥n y Sociedad
Supporting Local Rural Communities through Tourism in Albania
02-07-2019
Overall Objective The project¬īs main objective is to leverage Albania‚Äôs rural heritage into an engine of economic growth, contributing to the development of remote areas and the boosting of the regional and national economy by empowering local communities.
Supporting Local Communities and the Development of River Tourism in Belarus
02-07-2019
Overall Objective The project¬īs main objective is to leverage Belarus‚Äôs numerous river sites into an engine of economic growth, contributing to the development of remote areas and boosting the regional and ational economy by empowering local communities.
Supporting Rural Development through Tourism along the Via Dinarica Trails in Bosnia and Herzegovina
02-07-2019
Overall Objective The project¬īs main objective is to leverage the Via Dinarica trail¬īs rural heritage into an engine of economic growth, contributing to the improvement of living standards and the boosting of the regional and national economy, by empowering local communities.
Boosting the Kyrgyz Economy through Tourism: a National Brand and Mountain Tourism
02-07-2019
Overall Objective The overall objective is to create a sustainable and responsible tourism sector in Kyrgyzstan that contributes to economic development and job creation, as well as to the preservation of natural and cultural heritage.
Youth employment and entrepreneurship in the tourism sector in Egypt
02-07-2019
Overall Objective The overall objective of the project is to contribute to Egypt’s economy by increasing skills training, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in the tourism sector for young people including potential returnees/migrants. The project underscores the need to tackle the root causes of irregular migration through more and better job opportunities and income prospects for youth in the national and export-oriented economy.
UNWTO Tourism Tech Adventures: The way forward in innovation and technology
02-07-2019
Overall Objective The overall objective is to increase awareness on the role of technology and innovation in building a sustainable and responsible tourism sector that contributes to the 2030 Agenda and the 17 SDGs. ‚ÄĘ Bring together key actors of the Tourism Innovation Ecosystem: Governments, Academia, Start-ups, Corporations and Business Developers (incubators, accelerators, etc.); ‚ÄĘ Provide regional Start-ups with feedback on their current business plans and information on the how to navigate the world of investment and internationalize their projects; ‚ÄĘ Provide regional Tourism Authorities with information on how to respond to the changes associated with the 4th Industrial Revolution and become ‚Äúdata driven‚ÄĚ decision makers; ‚ÄĘ Create a platform for meaningful dialogue and the exchange of ideas
Policy Paper on the Future of Work and Skills Development in Tourism
02-07-2019
Overall Objective The overall objective of the project is to create among the G20 economies a better understanding of the future of work and the need for decent jobs in tourism.
UNWTO.QUEST: A Strategic Tool to Enhance Sustainability and Competitiveness through Destination Management Organizations
02-07-2019
Overall Objective The overall objective of the project is to assist destinations in creating a sustainable and responsible tourism sector that contributes to economic growth, socio-economic development, cultural and natural preservation and well- being for the local communities and visitors alike.
Strengthening the system of tourism statistics and development of a tourism satellite account (TSA)
02-07-2019
Overall Objective  The overall objective of this project is to strengthen the national tourism statistical system for better understanding the role of tourism in the national economy and contributing to evidence-based decisions in tourism policy, planning and development that shall help to turn tourism into an engine for socio-economic development.
Alliances for Action: One Product. One Chef. One Origin
02-07-2019
Overall Objective The overall objective of the project is to work with farmers and micro-entrepreneurs in developing countries and to connect them with top chefs, buyers, consumers and influencers alike in the food and tourism industries to generate value-added markets using native ingredients. This will be done through an innovative, inclusive and responsible business model that ensures quality, promotes the uniqueness of healthy food products, and generates inclusive impact and better income generation opportunities for farmers.
Strengthening Tourism Governance: Unlocking Tourism‚Äôs Potential for Realizing the 2030 Agenda ‚Äď Executive Education Program Offered by HTW Chur and UNWTO
02-07-2019
Overall Objective The overall objectives of the course are to build the capacity of senior officials from developed and developing countries to incorporate tourism as part of their national SDG strategies, including the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs); shape better policies to maximize the socio-economic impact of tourism; mitigate negative impacts on the natural and cultural assets of tourist destinations; and fully unlock tourism’s potential to help realize the 2030 Agenda.
Development and Promotion os Sustainable Forms of Tourism in the Usambara Mountains
02-07-2019
Overall Objective  The overall objective of the project is to strengthen the capacity of local entrepreneurs and communities in the Usambara Mountains to further enhance and diversify community-based sustainable tourism initiatives in the area with a view to enhancing tourism’s contribution to local economic development and the conservation of natural and cultural heritage.
Tanzania cultural heritage protection and tourism promotion project: linking cultural heritage to tourism development
02-07-2019
Overall Objective The overall objective of the project is to enhance the capacity of tourism stakeholders to protect and manage cultural heritage sites for a sustainable and responsible tourism sector in Tanzania.
Advancing Development through Tourism: Strengthening the System of tourism Statistics and Development of a Tourism Satellite Account in Sudan
02-07-2019
Overall Objective The overall objective of this project is to strengthen the national tourism statistical system for better understanding the role of tourism in the national economy and contributing to evidence-based decisions in tourism policy, planning and development that shall help to turn tourism into an engine for socio-economic development in Sudan.
Job Creation and Decent Work in Sub-Saharan Africa. High Impact Tourism Training (HITT-SSA).
02-07-2019
Overall Objective  The overall objective is to contribute to sustainable, scalable, pro-poor economic growth in six developing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa through the development and implementation of an integrated, market-driven tourism TVET system targeting the informal economy.
Fight Against Poaching in Africa: How the tourism sector can contribute to the natural protection of assets
02-07-2019
Overall Objective  The overall objective is to improve understanding of the impact of poaching and raise awareness about the role of tourism in this context.
New Tourism Strategy and Master Plan: Developing tourism while advancing sustainable development in Guinea-Bissau
02-07-2019
Overall Objective  The overall objective is to develop a sustainable and responsible tourism sector in Guinea- Bissau that contributes to economic and socio-economic development by having a national tourism strategy and hotel classification system in place.
Reducing Poverty and Building Peace through Sustainable Tourism around Lake Chad: A Cross-border Community Pilot Program
02-07-2019
Overall Objective The main objective of this project is to eliminate poverty and build peace in the Lake Chad region through sustainable community-based tourism.
Mainstreaming Sustainable Consumption and Production in Tourism in Latin America and the Caribbean
02-07-2019
Overall Objective  The overall objective of this project is to contribute to sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean by enhancing sustainable consumption and production practices.
Strengthening Tourism statistics for advancing tourism in Cuba
02-07-2019
Overall objective The project's overall objective is to strengthen the national tourism statistical system for better understanding the role of tourism in the national economy and contributing to evidence-based decisions in tourism policy, planning and development that shall help to turn tourism into an engine for socio-economic development in Cuba.
National Community based tourism strategy for Sri Lanka
02-07-2019
Overall Objective The project's overall objective is to formulate a community tourism strategy that will map the many community-based tourism initiatives around the country, evaluate their effectiveness, and further enhance their benefits for local communities.
Recommendations on Adapting Coastal Forts and Colonial Buildings for Tourism Use in Sri Lanka
02-07-2019
Overall Objective The overall objective of this project is to develop tourism activities in the coastal forts and colonial buildings with a view to preserving historical structures critical to Sri Lanka’s cultural heritage and collective memory and to deriving economic benefits that will contribute to the livelihood and well-being of Sri Lankans today.
Setting Up the Conditions to Develop a Tourism Satellite Account for Sri Lanka
02-07-2019
Overall Objective The project's overall objective is to assist Sri Lanka in developing a Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) that will promote evidence-based decision making aimed at sustainable and responsible tourism that contributes to development and peace.
Boosting the Economy through Tourism. Assistance in the Development of National Tourism Development Strategy and Master Plan in Botswana
02-07-2019
Overall Objective Boost the economy of Botswana through the formulation of a National Tourism Development Strategy and Master Plan for 2019 to 2029, which will further enhance the tourism sector for increased sustainable development in the country.
EAST AFRICA TOURISM EXPO
28-06-2019
The East Africa Tourism Expo, is the region‚Äôs biggest travel show that brings together stakeholders in the tourism sector including high-value target consumers and destination sellers, travel service providers under one roof in a world-class setting. The event will be held in Uganda, between November 14th ‚Äď 17th, 2019, under the Theme;"Enhancing Tourism as Engine for Social and Economic Transformation" at Kololo Independence Grounds, Kampala Uganda The opportunity that EATE provides is networking with like minded organizations operating in the Tourism sector is second to none. It is our ambition to provide you with the opportunity to showcase your products and services, share experiences, listen to new ideas and discuss emerging issues with your colleagues from all over the world during the Expo.
Evaluation Platform of Sustainability for Global Systems
25-06-2019
This service provides several functions to monitor our socio-economic status based on a vast amount of data collected from multi-dimensions.
Kat√ļ: Sustainable Gastronomy in Alajuela - Costa Rica
19-06-2019
Sustainable Gastronomy Day emphasizes the need to focus the world‚Äôs attention on the role that sustainable gastronomy can play. It also reaffirms that all cultures and civilizations are contributors and crucial enablers of sustainable development. The set of dishes and culinary uses of a particular place is one more expression of the natural and cultural diversity of the planet. Chef Cristian Morera Leiva is very clear about the concept of sustainable gastronomy, in his restaurant Kat√ļ he combines the legacy of the Costa Rican indigenous culture, the local economic development, as well as the protection of the environment. We went to visit him for tasting the delicious menu, we also knew the details that make this restaurant an example on sustainability to follow: ūüĒĻ Fresh ingredients are supplied every weekend with local producers at the Farmer's Fair in town, offering seasonal foods and varied dishes with high nutritional value. ūüĒĻ In addition, the policy of inclusion, respect for human rights and the diversity of clients and their collaborators is very clear. ūüĒĻ In the environmental aspect, biodegradable containers are used, used oil is recycled and drinking straws are not offered, although if the customer requests it, they also have biodegradable. ūüĒĻ The furniture was made with recycled pallets, which gives the restaurant a cozy atmosphere, so it is visited by young people, local families and foreign visitors. ūüĒĻ This type of gastronomy can play a fundamental role in sustainable development, especially in the less favored communities, since it promotes agricultural development, food security, nutrition, sustainable food production and biodiversity conservation. On the other hand, implementing a sustainable gastronomy contributes to the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically SDG 2: "A world with zero hunger for 2030 is possible".
TOURISM AND TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT 2020
19-06-2019
TOURISM AND TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT 2020. THEME>>>THE FUTURE FOR TRAVEL AND TOURISM IN AFRICA BIOMETRICS>>> ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE>>>DATA Brandworld Media in partnership with Technology Mirror is proud to present the 2nd edition of the TOURISM AND TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT with the theme THE FUTURE FOR TRAVEL AND TOURISM IN AFRICA.>>>BIOMETRICS . ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE . BIG DATA. The future of travel is technology-based, so tourism jobs will require both technical and advanced soft skills used to effectively implement and manage smart initiatives. The greatest societal impact of digital transformation in tourism may be the effect on the sector‚Äôs workforce, which directly and indirectly represents 1 in every 10 jobs worldwide. Like in other economic sectors, intelligent automation will change the nature of some travel jobs and eradicate others altogether. However, digitally-enabled growth will also generate new employment opportunities that could outpace the automation of existing roles, especially as strong growth is forecast for the sector. Tourism and Technology Summit is a project driven by a vision to disrupt the Tourism industry in Africa through Technology.It works with the public & private sector to drive the growth & development of the industry through: ‚ÄĘ Emerging technology driven by innovations ‚ÄĘ Sector inspiring policies that enhance growth & development ‚ÄĘ Thoughtful stakeholders‚Äô engagement. ‚ÄĘ The exposure of players to knowledge on global best practices that engender quality services. Under SDGS 17 PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS, the summit aims to focus on how Technology can deliver smart solutions to enable and grow the Tourism industry in Africa.
Agroturismo Urbano
18-06-2019
Trabajo de grado Las huertas urbanas como elemento impulsor del agroturismo en Bogotá, el trabajo se realiza en Colombia-Bogotá, se trabaja con dos casos en particular ubicados en la zona urbana, se establecen objetivos metodologia y alcances de la investigación, en este trabajo participarón Angela Camila Pela, Oscar Alejandro Navarrete y Andres Perez Cortes de la Universidad Publica Colegio Mayor de Cundinamarca, en este sentido se explicaran algunos resultados y detalles especiales del trabajo. en este trabajo se analizaron los elementos de las huertas que constituían beneficios para el sector turístico y recíprocamente, como el sector ayudaba a las comunidades que desarrollaban la agricultura dentro de la urbe, se evidenciaron elementos potenciales para consolidar las huertas como un insumo turístico, y así mismo, se estudiaron las ruralidades que se daban dentro de la urbe, y como se creaban dicotomias de los conceptos de turismo y ruralidad, y especialmente de urbano y agroturismo. En este sentido, el trabajo visualizo ODS específicos como la seguridad alimentaria, que responde al hambre cero, creación de empleo, disminución de la pobraza a travez de la inclusión de propuestas innovadoras y el consumo y la producción responsable.
Social innovation & Creative Entrepreneur
17-06-2019
BEING A CHANGEMAKER When most are obsessed with traveling to Tokyo and Kyoto, I took on the challenge to disperse and divert. Behind the bling and glam of metropolitan Tokyo and temples and geisha in Kyoto, there is a different side of Japan that deserves much more attention.
Social innovation & Creative Entrepreneur
17-06-2019
BEING A CHANGEMAKER When most are obsessed with traveling to Tokyo and Kyoto, I took on the challenge to disperse and divert. Behind the bling and glam of metropolitan Tokyo and temples and geisha in Kyoto, there is a different side of Japan that deserves much more attention.
Social innovation & Creative Entrepreneur
17-06-2019
BEING A CHANGEMAKER When most are obsessed with traveling to Tokyo and Kyoto, I took on the challenge to disperse and divert. Behind the bling and glam of metropolitan Tokyo and temples and geisha in Kyoto, there is a different side of Japan that deserves much more attention.
Architecture and tourism. Academic participation.
17-06-2019
A project of teaching innovation in the university, Instituto Superior de Arquitectura y Dise√Īo de Chihuahua ISAD (Higher Institute of Architecture and Design of Chihuahua). Through the creation of a new subject that makes the future architect's laboral perspectives bigger by the union of tourism, heritage, and architecture. Looking at the national social and political reality. Architecture is one of the main subjects for tourism, nevertheless is rare to find interest in tourism inside architecture degree programs. It¬īs because of that, this project is important and necessary for the development of both knowledge sciences, tourism, and architecture. Always with the sustainable principles present. --- Background It is intended primarily to reinforce four competencies derived from the WORLD CONFERENCE ON HIGHER EDUCATION - Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century - Vision and Action. 9 October 1998 1. Interdisciplinarity. 2. Scientific investigation. 3. Specific objectives. 4. Social trends. STUDY APPROACHES Interdisciplinary focus. Scientific. Method. Participation in existing programs Study case: The touristic program Pueblos M√°gicos (Magic towns). Architecture, sustainability, and tourism in Chihuahua, Mexico. The students will analyze the touristic program "Pueblos M√°gicos" and make architecture and urbanism projects under sustainable aspects.
Level of Satisfaction of the Customers in terms of Service Quality of Real Eagle Restaurant, South Forbes Golf and Country Club, Silang, Cavite
17-06-2019
This study assesses the level of satisfaction of Filipino respondents on the quality service of Real Eagle Restaurant, South Forbes Golf and Country Club in Silang, Cavite. The reason for this topic is primarily because the researchers aim to contribute to existing literature pertaining to service and food quality. Additionally, the researchers seek to deliver a more exhaustive paradigm that fully explains customer satisfaction. In this way, it makes a way for the creation of effective and appropriate marketing strategies that not only benefit the researchers and/or the Lasallian community, but also the restaurant itself. The level of satisfaction is measured based on the dimensions included in the SERVQUAL model developed by Parasuraman and Berry in 1985 namely, reliability, assurance, tangibility, empathy, and responsiveness. This research is quantitative in nature which makes the dissemination of survey questionnaires the most suitable way to obtain the required data. A total of 45 respondents were gathered through convenience sampling. This study also follows a descriptive correlational design that allows researchers to utilize descriptive statistics, while also figuring out whether or not there is a relationship between reliability, assurance, tangibles, empathy, responsiveness, and customer satisfaction. Results of this study were verified statistically using the ANOVA table, while taking into consideration the average means of the each dimension of service quality. Findings reveal that Real Eagle Restaurant’s service quality is Very Satisfactory according to the respondents and each dimension of SERVQUAL model, it has exhibited high levels of service quality with very minimal improvements to be implemented. The researchers were able to create an employee development program, as well as a customer satisfaction program that seek to address the recurring and common problems that were identified in the process.
RED ROCKS VOLUNTEERISM PROJECTS
17-06-2019
Our volunteerism projects allow enjoying the sights and sounds of Rwanda while at the same time making a difference to the host community. This is an excellent way to get the most out of your holiday in Rwanda, and spend some time with us making a difference to the hosts and the environment. There are so many remarkable, charitable projects that Red Rocks initiatives are involved in, both conservation and community led which our clients can visit and be a part of ‚Äď from clinics, to schools, to hospitals, to self-improvement, to conservation projects. When you travel and give your skills and your time it makes us feel better, not only about ourselves, but also about the potential difference that you are making in the world. It makes us feel part of something bigger than just us ‚Ķ alive. Become a part of ongoing efforts to support sustainable development while exploring Rwanda and its culture. BRIEF INTRODUCTION ABOUT WHAT WE DO Red rocks initiatives believes that benefits of the local people need to, come from what they own or what has been initiated benefit in order to value them. We provides a multitude of benefits to surrounding communities including establishing mechanisms where local people can engage with the tourist and ensure their interests are considered in management decisions. Local environmental education programmes are established to promote understanding among the local population of the need to conserve natural resources and use them sustain-ably. Where possible, we also engage with development organizations to provide social welfare services around our initiatives area particularly in the fields of education and health.
Ba√ļl del Turismo
17-06-2019
El Ba√ļl del Turismo tiene su origen en la necesidad de contar con un espacio especializado en informaci√≥n acad√©mica de turismo, es com√ļn que al implementar procesos de investigaci√≥n en el campo o por tarea nos enfrentamos a la b√ļsqueda exhaustiva de informaci√≥n que si existe en la web, pero que se encuentra dispersa en cientos de p√°ginas, lo que toma mucho tiempo valioso √ļnicamente en identificar estas fuentes. Esto motivo la creaci√≥n de un espacio donde se pueda acceder a textos, podcast, videos y de m√°s informaci√≥n t√©cnica de manera gratuita, la misma informaci√≥n que se encuentra en la web pero en un solo lugar. De esta manera, basados en el principio de democratizaci√≥n del conocimiento el Ba√ļl del Turismo busca compartir informaci√≥n a todos los interesados en la actividad tur√≠stica, ya sea por motivos acad√©mico, profesionales o inter√©s en general. Buscamos que el Ba√ļl siga creciendo, teniendo como visi√≥n convertirse en una verdadera plataforma del conocimiento, al momento contamos ya con m√°s de 100 libros de descarga gratuita en su mayor√≠a enviados por sus propios autores y tenemos m√°s de 3.000 seguidores en toda Latinoam√©rica, sin embargo es necesario contar con el apoyo de nuestros seguidores ya que realmente somos todos los que construimos este Ba√ļl del conocimiento.
OLD HOKURIKU BANK BUILDING A Historic Preservation & Cultural Education Initiative - Nanto City, Japan
17-06-2019
TAKETOMBO is a social innovation venture dedicated in instigating social innovative activation to promote cultural sustainability, and divert attention and investment in aging and declining rural towns outside of glamorous Tokyo and Kyoto. Aging population and rapid decline in rural population resulted in abandoned property and under-utilized public facilities. Up-keeping a 90-year old building (the ex-Hokuriku Bank) has become a financial burden for the local government. Aging structure that lacks seismic reinforcement also poses life-safety concern. Nanto City government's plan is to sell the property for private ownership. If no suitable bid received, the building will be demolished. In December 2018, Taketombo proposed to Mayor of Nanto City in bringing in overseas design work group to conducting feasibility and design research. Mr. Mayor Tanaka immediately agreed to postpone public bidding to allow concerning groups to conduct due diligence, the public can also hold proper hearing to collect feedback and reach a consensus in 2019. ‚Äč However, the Government will cease ownership of the building by the end of 2019, and Inami Art Association will lose its museum space. If there is no undertaking of the building (retrofitting, renovation, management), demolition is still possible. This is a grass-root / community-driven / educational initiative in exploring ways to protect and preserve cultural assets for historic town with social and economic challenges. A design study group from Department of Interior Architecture specializing in Architecture Adaptive Reuse (Master of Design) is invited as the partner in the Inami design-study initiative. Visiting group will conduct qualitative to quantitative research, deep dive into unique cultural and social aspect of Inami, and propose design interventions to built environment as part of the due diligence; and to promote good design practice through adaptive reuse.
Wen
15-06-2019
Cambodia Tourism
Wen
15-06-2019
Cambodia Tourism
African Sports Tourism Week
13-06-2019
African Sports Tourism Week is the sports travel market event where stakeholders from both sports and tourism landscapes cross-fertilize ideas and exchange a hand of fellowship towards maximizing the opportunities in sporting events/holiday, with the sole goal of arriving at an Africa that consciously approaches sports as tourism.
The 3rd Philippine Research Conference on Tourism and Hospitality
13-06-2019
Ensuring inclusivity in tourism and hospitality is the overarching theme of the Philippine Research Conference in Tourism and Hospitality (PRCTH). Running on its third year, the conference is aimed at presenting inclusivity which traverses issues along the value chain of sustainable tourism from integrated destination planning and operations to technology systems of products and services that create impacts on the value of tourism and hospitality. Memberes of the Academia- faculty and students alike (graduate and undergraduate), the Local Government Units, and Industry Practictioners are envisaged to participate in the conference.
Buying cloth material in North Cameroon
04-06-2019
When I first went to the North region They told me I needed to go to a place called Top Model if I needed to buy the most beautiful pieces. So I was there and I was annazed by the young cameroonians employed. Economic growth and decent work. As many times as you can When you arrive in a locality, never hesitate to make purchases To leave "the CFA" on the spot It is thanks to this money that small businesses thrive and help create decent jobs and improve economic growth. Even at 2800 there are pagnes. In North Cameroon, especially in Garoua, in the center of the "Top Model" loincloth, you can see loincloths from 2,200 fcfa for 6 yards. Let's contribute to create decent work and economic growth.
Buying cloth material in North Cameroon
04-06-2019
When I first went to the North region They told me I needed to go to a place called Top Model if I needed to buy the most beautiful pieces. So I was there and I was annazed by the young cameroonians employed. Economic growth and decent work. As many times as you can When you arrive in a locality, never hesitate to make purchases To leave "the CFA" on the spot It is thanks to this money that small businesses thrive and help create decent jobs and improve economic growth. Even at 2800 there are pagnes. In North Cameroon, especially in Garoua, in the center of the "Top Model" loincloth, you can see loincloths from 2,200 fcfa for 6 yards. Let's contribute to create decent work and economic growth.
Buying cloth material in North Cameroon
04-06-2019
When I first went to the North region They told me I needed to go to a place called Top Model if I needed to buy the most beautiful pieces. So I was there and I was annazed by the young cameroonians employed. Economic growth and decent work. As many times as you can When you arrive in a locality, never hesitate to make purchases To leave "the CFA" on the spot It is thanks to this money that small businesses thrive and help create decent jobs and improve economic growth. Even at 2800 there are pagnes. In North Cameroon, especially in Garoua, in the center of the "Top Model" loincloth, you can see loincloths from 2,200 fcfa for 6 yards. Let's contribute to create decent work and economic growth.
Buying cloth material in North Cameroon
04-06-2019
When I first went to the North region They told me I needed to go to a place called Top Model if I needed to buy the most beautiful pieces. So I was there and I was annazed by the young cameroonians employed. Economic growth and decent work. As many times as you can When you arrive in a locality, never hesitate to make purchases To leave "the CFA" on the spot It is thanks to this money that small businesses thrive and help create decent jobs and improve economic growth. Even at 2800 there are pagnes. In North Cameroon, especially in Garoua, in the center of the "Top Model" loincloth, you can see loincloths from 2,200 fcfa for 6 yards. Let's contribute to create decent work and economic growth.
Buying cloth material in North Cameroon
04-06-2019
When I first went to the North region They told me I needed to go to a place called Top Model if I needed to buy the most beautiful pieces. So I was there and I was annazed by the young cameroonians employed. Economic growth and decent work. As many times as you can When you arrive in a locality, never hesitate to make purchases To leave "the CFA" on the spot It is thanks to this money that small businesses thrive and help create decent jobs and improve economic growth. Even at 2800 there are pagnes. In North Cameroon, especially in Garoua, in the center of the "Top Model" loincloth, you can see loincloths from 2,200 fcfa for 6 yards. Let's contribute to create decent work and economic growth.
Damask Rose Capital
23-05-2019
Qamsar, named as Iran's "Damask Rose Capital", is the town of roses, rose water, and rose perfume. With its refreshing climate and lush rose gardens, Qamsar is a popular spring destination for tourist visiting from both inside and outside the country. Qamsar together with three smaller towns of Niasar and Barzok in Isfahan Province, have been the main producers of rose water in Iran for nearly 2000 years and are the largest source of rose water in the Middle East which serves as a natural heritage. Roses are in flower from late April to end of May when their scent is apparent long before Qamsar comes into view. In May, the town becomes home to festival of roses and rosewater. A visit to the rose fields of Qamsar starts at dawn when the farmers handpick the flowers. They then bowl the petals in large copper pots with water until they lose their color. In this traditional method of evaporation, the resulting steam is carried through pipes from the bowling pot to a container that sits in cold water where it cools down and turns into pure rose water juice. Rose water has many uses such in religious ceremonies for purifying purposes, in baking and traditional Iranian pastry for its fragrance, and in perfume industry where it forms the basic essence that is exported to countries that are big names in perfume industry such as France. You can buy the best quality rose water directly from these gardens where you can also participate in the process by handpicking the flowers and producing your own rose water. As you wait, you will be served fresh rose water juice to quench your thirst. Most local communities either own or work in a rose garden so their economic livelihood greatly relies on its production. The handpicking of the petals is mostly done by women and children in the family, early in the morning, before the sun rays reach the petals as it can greatly alter the quality of the product. Fortunately, few locals leave the area as they prosper in their hometown.
CULTURAL TOURISM WEEK 2019
23-05-2019
The annual Cultural Tourism Week at Red Rocks in Musanze is back and in its seventh year running, the Cultural Tourism week is a forum through which Rwandans reflect on the gains made in conservation efforts and also showcase and partake in the country’s rich cultural heritage. The event typically attracts conservationists, government and local leaders, community members, tourism industry players and policy makers, as well civil society organizations, creating abundant networking opportunities. The activities kick off on 31st August and close with the Cultural tourism week after party on the evening 06th september 2019 , there will be a local display of events and products that reflect the country’s art of conservation for cultural heritage and this will run alongside discussion dialogue and conversations on wild life and nature protection.
International Institute for Peace through Tourism, Iran Chapter
22-05-2019
After many months of preparation, on April 18th was held the First IIPT Iranian Working at the headquarters of the company ‚ÄúMiniature Group‚ÄĚ in Tehran. With this meeting Fabio Carbone, lecturer and researcher in Heritage, Tourism and Intercultural Dialogue, IIPT Ambassador-at-Large and Special Envoy for Iran, officially launched the challenge of creating an Iranian Chapter of the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT). The meeting was attended by over 50 people came from all over Iran, representatives of different sectors of Iranian tourism industry (public, private, non-governmental and academic). Mostafa Khoshabi (Miniature Group) did the honours, as host who from the very beginning is supporting the project on the field, together with Sassan Ghassemi. Fabio Carbone, IIPT ambassador at large and special envoy for Iran, had finally his speech. He presented the IIPT in detail and then presented the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčcreating an IIPT Iran Chapter. In particular, with his passionate speech Fabio Carbone highlighted the immediate and long-term benefits of an approach to tourism development in Iran based not only on economic profit, but also and above all on the socio-cultural development and the promotion, through the tourist activity, of the intercultural dialogue for the construction of peace. Industry, academics, representative of the government and civil society joined the meeting. The ‚ÄúTehran Agreement on the creation of the IIPT Iran Chapter‚ÄĚ is the document produced in the end of the working meeting. We can now officially say the Iranian tourism industry got committed to the SDGs, specifically the SDG #16 by embracing the IIPT principles and get engaged with the creation of the IIPT Iran Chapter.
Ek√īa Park: Parque Ecol√≥gico
22-05-2019
O Ek√īa Park √© um para√≠so ecol√≥gico dentro da maior √°rea cont√≠nua remanescente de Mata Atl√Ęntica, que encanta e inspira por meio de experi√™ncias √ļnicas e transformadoras, conectando voc√™ com a sua natureza. Localizado em Morretes, na regi√£o litor√Ęnea do Paran√°, ocupamos uma √°rea privilegiada destinada ao lazer, entretenimento, educa√ß√£o ambiental e desenvolvimento profissional. O parque foi criado a partir da necessidade de proteger e preservar uma reserva de 238 hectares de Floresta Atl√Ęntica. Infelizmente, ainda √© comum √°reas protegidas por lei, mas sob a tutela privada, sofrerem com desmatamento irregular, invas√£o de posseiros, ca√ßadores, palmiteiros entre outras amea√ßas. Acreditando no poder da transforma√ß√£o, o empreendimento foi idealizado para mudar esse cen√°rio, agindo como um catalisador de novas oportunidades e disseminador de conhecimento. Nossa miss√£o √© ensinar por meio da natureza, encantando e sensibilizando nossos visitantes para promover a conserva√ß√£o do patrim√īnio natural e da biodiversidade. O Ek√īa √© aberto ao p√ļblico aos s√°bados, domingos e feriados para ‚Äúday use‚ÄĚ ‚Äď e tamb√©m recebemos grupos fechados de escolas e empresas para atividades imersivas ao longo da semana.
Celebration of Crete's Biodiversity, Historic Food and Wine Routes
22-05-2019
Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries Educational Network Open Seminars June 24-29, 2019 or September 23-28, 2019 5-Day Seminar in Crete, Greece: Celebration of Crete's Biodiversity and Historic Food and Wine Routes. Explore Crete's magnificent countryside and historic sites with resident specialists. Enjoy botanical hikes, visits to organic farms, olive groves and wineries. Savor traditional cuisine in tranquil villages. Adventures and classes include: Botany-biodiversity, archaeology, agroecology, heirloom seed saving, Minoan cooking techniques, cultural-culinary heritage preservation initiatives, traditional and modern Cretan cuisine, herbal medicine, and our silk road-spice route history. This program is designed for researchers and enthusiasts of cultural-natural heritage protection and responsible travel. Our presentations are private, tailored for our small group. Accommodation is in a traditional village in lovingly restored family-owned lodges. Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries ‚ÄúSchool without Walls,‚ÄĚ was founded in 1997 by Nikki Rose, a Greek American journalist, seminar director and professional chef living in Crete. The mission of CCS is to help provide tangible support to residents working on action programs to protect their cultural and natural heritage. The CCS Network of over 50 resident specialists organizes dynamic accredited academic study tours, and seminars for culture-nature enthusiasts. Rose is author of "Crete: The Roots of the Mediterranean Diet." CCS is an award-winning program for best practices in Responsible Travel/Sustainable Travel, featured in National Geographic Traveler and Center for Sustainable Destinations, World Travel and Tourism Council, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, and The International Institute of Peace Through Tourism. CCS is working on a documentary focusing on ‚Äúheritage protectors.‚ÄĚ
CLEAN WATER: NYONG RIVER IN CAMEROON
18-05-2019
Hello from Nyong River, 800 km It flows into the Atlantic Ocean, north of Kribi. Mr. Valentin, native of Man (now known as Ebogo), is also a guide formed by the Ministry of Tourism and Recreation of Cameroon. He masters the high and low seasons of the tourist site and lives his job. As Sdgs prescribed, they keep the Nyong so clean because 1. Nyong River provides them with Food ( Fish ) 2. Nyong River is an ancerstral treasure that needs to be kept They taught us how to respect Nyong River and not to throw anything inside . Keeping our Rivers clean while acting for sustainable tourism in Cameroon is a must.
Gala Show All Sahara Golden
14-05-2019
Gala Show ¬ęAll Sahara Golden¬Ľ, is the most important event organized by the Arab Dance Academy Najmah All Sahara and its teacher Aziza Tribal Bellydancer. From its conception, All Sahara Golden was conceived in "Gala Show" format, with the aim of uniting in fraternity and camaraderie among the great exponents of the national oriental dance, with a spirit of brotherhood and solidarity among all the teachers and academies that form part of the great family of Oriental Dance in Chile. Since its 2018 version, All Sahara Golden has had the collaboration of the Society of Historical, Archaeological and Geographical Studies of Chile, alliance that aims to promote the rescue of the historical heritage of the Oriental Dance. In the same way, since its version 2019, the winner of the 1st place of the National Dance Award with History (SGGs Event) gets the merit of presenting herself as the star artist of the Gala Show, sharing the stage with national artists of the stature of Umut Ajnunn, Amina Sharifeh, Fanny Sep√ļlveda, among others. All this, with the purpose of educating and sensitizing the audience regarding the importance of the Historical Heritage of Oriental Dance in Chile and the World, in a space of camaraderie and friendship, promoting gender equality and the inclusion of all exponents of this beautiful art. Valpara√≠so (Chile), the World Heritage City, is the scene of this great meeting, which has been held uninterrupted since 2014. More information on the official website of the Najmah All Sahara Academy and its social networks.(Web in Spanish)
Access to clean water for 400 vulnerable malagasy
13-05-2019
This project will enable provision of safe water in vulnerable households living surrounding protected areas in Madagascar. Two hand pumps boreholes will be installed with a budget of $5,994 to boost the livelihood of 400 people. One borehole costs $2,945, has a capacity to pump between 20-35 liters per minute and serve 200 people. This project will improve well-being, reduction in women and children's burden collecting water. Starting with just $14.98 you can boost the livelihood of 1 person
The role of the creative economy in territorial dynamics
09-05-2019
My research (Doctoral thesis) is to understand the impact of the creative economy on territorial dynamics, emphasizing gastronomy and wines as facilitators of wealth creation for small communities.
6th Asia Pacific Youth Exchange in Thailand
06-05-2019
Asia Pacific Youth Exchange Thailand is a two weeks exchange program held from 4 ‚Äď 16 August 2019 under the theme of ‚ÄúSustainable Tourism,‚ÄĚ aiming at the Youth Empowerment to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals through social innovation and social entrepreneurship. The program expects the participation of 150 international delegates from more than 20 countries around Asia-Pacific and the world. APYE components include 1) Leadership Development Training, 2) Local Immersion and 3) Youth Symposium. Throughout the program, delegates will have practical experience from the engagement with local communities and work in international teams to develop a social business proposal for Thai communities. WHAT WILL YOU LEARN IN APYE? - Meet inspiring speakers to learn about SDGs in the forum at United Nations Conference Center in Thailand - Join Design Thinking Process to create your own Social Innovation - Experience living in local community and co-create Social Business ideas for Sustainable Tourism in Thailand - Meet mentors to enhance your Social Entrepreneurship skills - Connect with youth from more than 17 countries in Asia Pacific and other regions Program Date: 4-16 August 2019 Place: Bangkok, Thailand Apply now! Let‚Äôs be a part of the 6th APYE Thailand. Website: http://www.apyethailand.org/ Application Link: http://bit.ly/6thAPYEapp The application is open to all youth from the Asia-Pacific and other regions who have great interest in the SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT and TOURISM. Up to 50% Scholarship for applicants are available
Celebration of Crete's Biodiversity, Historic Food and Wine Routes
29-04-2019
Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries Educational Network Open Seminars June 24-29, 2019 or September 23-28, 2019 5-Day Seminar in Crete, Greece: Celebration of Crete's Biodiversity and Historic Food and Wine Routes. Explore Crete's magnificent countryside and historic sites with resident specialists. Enjoy botanical hikes, visits to organic farms, olive groves and wineries. Savor traditional cuisine in tranquil villages. Adventures and classes include: Botany-biodiversity, archaeology, agroecology, heirloom seed saving, Minoan cooking techniques, cultural-culinary heritage preservation initiatives, traditional and modern Cretan cuisine, herbal medicine, and our silk road-spice route history. This program is designed for researchers and enthusiasts of cultural-natural heritage protection and responsible travel. Our presentations are private, tailored for our small group. Accommodation is in a traditional village in lovingly restored family-owned lodges. Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries ‚ÄúSchool without Walls,‚ÄĚ was founded in 1997 by Nikki Rose, a Greek American journalist, seminar director and professional chef living in Crete. The mission of CCS is to help provide tangible support to residents working on action programs to protect their cultural and natural heritage. The CCS Network of over 50 resident specialists organizes dynamic accredited academic study tours, and seminars for culture-nature enthusiasts. Rose is author of "Crete: The Roots of the Mediterranean Diet." CCS is an award-winning program for best practices in Responsible Travel/Sustainable Travel, featured in National Geographic Traveler and Center for Sustainable Destinations, World Travel and Tourism Council, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, and The International Institute of Peace Through Tourism. CCS is working on a documentary focusing on ‚Äúheritage protectors.‚ÄĚ
Celebration of Crete's Biodiversity, Historic Food and Wine Routes
26-04-2019
Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries Educational Network Open Seminars June 24-29, 2019 or September 23-28, 2019 5-Day Seminar in Crete, Greece: Celebration of Crete's Biodiversity and Historic Food and Wine Routes. Explore Crete's magnificent countryside and historic sites with resident specialists. Enjoy botanical hikes, visits to organic farms, olive groves and wineries. Savor traditional cuisine in tranquil villages. Adventures and classes include: Botany-biodiversity, archaeology, agroecology, heirloom seed saving, Minoan cooking techniques, cultural-culinary heritage preservation initiatives, traditional and modern Cretan cuisine, herbal medicine, and our silk road-spice route history. This program is designed for researchers and enthusiasts of cultural-natural heritage protection and responsible travel. Our presentations are private, tailored for our small group. Accommodation is in a traditional village in lovingly restored family-owned lodges. Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries ‚ÄúSchool without Walls,‚ÄĚ was founded in 1997 by Nikki Rose, a Greek American journalist, seminar director and professional chef living in Crete. The mission of CCS is to help provide tangible support to residents working on action programs to protect their cultural and natural heritage. The CCS Network of over 50 resident specialists organizes dynamic accredited academic study tours, and seminars for culture-nature enthusiasts. Rose is author of "Crete: The Roots of the Mediterranean Diet." CCS is an award-winning program for best practices in Responsible Travel/Sustainable Travel, featured in National Geographic Traveler and Center for Sustainable Destinations, World Travel and Tourism Council, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, and The International Institute of Peace Through Tourism. CCS is working on a documentary focusing on ‚Äúheritage protectors.‚ÄĚ
HORSE TRIP IN MBOUROUKOU, CAMEROON
25-04-2019
An experience to live. Horse trip on our way to Mbouroukou helped us provide some income for a small group of villagers. Moreover, by going there, these young guides are allowed to make a living because they rent a horse at 10,000 CFA francs. It is important to support the local economy through tourism. Our purchases and proximity payment are what keeps their households. Responsible Travel Accessible travel Travel sustainable # Tourism4Sdgs # SDGS8 #Cameroon #TravelBlack #Cameroon
MBORIKO WATER FALLS, NKONGSAMBA, CAMEROON
25-04-2019
Welcome to Mboriko Falls as part of the Moungo Festival . I had no idea of ‚Äč‚Äčthe route (you understand my inappropriate dress on the previous photo). So already plan equipment for difficult circuits We took a bus from Nkongsamba to Mboriko (less than 20 min) We started a 45-minute walk in the forest which starts slowly then goes strong with a slight hill, then ‚ě°ÔłŹ crossing the forest with spicy branches ‚ě°ÔłŹ dodge traps for animals ‚ě°ÔłŹ still eat guavas and other fruits on the way ‚ě°ÔłŹ dodge naughty branches So, Biodiversity at it's most . Then comes what we were not prepared for: the descent .... An endless descent, very abrupt, muddy, we all fell so many times (I will not tell you what my rear side outfit looked like) The guides have collected sticks to help us stand on the ground. I had to take off my sandals and go down barefoot ... Well I fell eh. The descent lasted 30 minutes or + The height of the thing ..... had to take the same path to return .... How to go up a hill if hung when you have not the appropriate attire. With the help of his hands. The boys were planting the sticks in front of each step and pulling the girls. Imagine the physical effort. Then we had to walk the 45 min return. The descent lasted 30 minutes or + The height of the thing ..... had to take the same path to return .... How to go up a hill if hung when you have not the appropriate attire. With the help of his hands. The boys were planting the sticks in front of each step and pulling the girls. Imagine the physical effort. Then we had to walk the 45 min return. I was very angry at the end. But what if I regret? No Did you see this beauty ???? Little more : The guide is very focused on bio diversity. Result we threw no water bottle on the route.
The Indicator Analysis of the Sustainable Development in Ukraine
18-04-2019
This research project aims to scrutinize the current system of monitoring the sustainable development in Ukraine and to improve its consistency with the globally and regionally (EU) practiced ones in order to clarify the geospatial patterns across the country based on the international and national benchmarking. The project pursues academic and educational goals of the Regional Studies and Tourism Chair of the Geography Faculty of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. The research focuses on the objectives as follows: 1. Scrutiny and critical analysis of indicators and studies of SR and SDG in Ukraine 2. Analysis of the consistency of the indicators of the SD and SDG Ukraine-UN; Ukraine-EU 3. Integrated model of SD-SDG indicators in Ukraine - feasibility, functionality, etc. 5. Benchmarking the international experience of localization, monitoring, information representation, policy of SD and implementation of the SDG 6. Information / digital transformation and sustainable development 7. Public-private partnership and sustainable development 8. Analysis of state strategic (profile) documents and budget programs / projects on compliance with the principles of SD and adapted for Ukraine SDG 9. Sustainable development / achievement of the CSR at the macro and mezzo regional level 10. Comparability of STD/ Tourism for SDG Ukraine-UN, Global Council for Sustainable Tourism (GCST), World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), EU (ETIS) 11. Comparison of indicators of SR / Tourism for the UKRAINE-EU CSR. 12. Stable production and consumption in tourism 13. Benchmarking the international experience of localization, information representation, STD policy and implementation of the SDG in tourism. 14. Prospect for the sustainable tourism development observatory (INSTO-UNWTO network - Kaniv Nature Reserve of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv) 15. Prospect for the virtual tourist observatory in accordance with the requirements of the European Commission on the
ASEAN Youth on Sustainable Tourism
18-04-2019
Young generations are believed to play an important role in the efforts of achieving Sustainable Tourism Development goals. UNWTO‚Äôs former Secretary-General Taleb Rifai once stated that ‚ÄúYoung people, recognized by the United Nations as a major force for development and social change, have the potential to drive sustainable development in the tourism sector‚ÄĚ. Endorsing this belief, AYST exchange program is initiated by students, and for ASEAN students, and non-ASEAN students who have interests in ASEAN community development to learn about issues in Tourism Industry globally. This is a professional and empirical learning environment where young tourism professionals can meet experts and fellows from different countries, participate in field trips to local businesses and heritage sites, encounter real situations, raise their voices, and stimulate initiatives and leadership towards Sustainable Tourism Development. Main purposes of AYST program include: Raising awareness of younger generations about Sustainable Tourism Development in the ASEAN region. Stimulating dialogues, workshops, cultural exchange and discovery, networking and more, for young people within ASEAN, on Tourism and Sustainability. Building a community of young tourism professionals for knowledge and expertise exchange in the region. Strengthening the ASEAN community of youth by driving peace and mutual understanding through Tourism. Empowering cross-border exchanges and collaborations to unlock the potentials of ASEAN young human capital in the Tourism sector.
Walk for SDGs
18-04-2019
We are walking to create awareness about the SDGs. This 11km walk will involve youths between the ages of 15-30 olds to express their support towards the goals and how they can contribute to it. This will be a pre-event to our major event called the SDGs for Ghana Tourism where we will discuss ways we can use the SDGs to develop the country. Also, we will come up with projects which will be run with volunteers across the world.
4th UNWTO Euro-Asian Mountain Tourism Conference
18-04-2019
The Future of Mountain Tourism‚ÄĚ is the theme of the 4th edition of the UNWTO Euro-Asian Mountain Tourism Conference. The conference spotlights the significant opportunities to be seized and the challenges facing the development of mountain tourism. It highlights the need for collective efforts in overcoming current challenges that mountain destinations are facing to adapt to new consumer trends and market changes, to address seasonality by diversifying tourism products in an innovative manner while protecting natural and cultural resources. It is conceived to create a long-term and shared vision for mountain tourism and it features some 15 international speakers from Europe and Asia and includes a session on the One Planet Sustainable Tourism Programme and the Sustainable Development Goals, as a framework to align actors across sectors and borders on policies and actions. The Bavarian Minister for Economics, Development and Energy, UNWTO Secretary-General, and the Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, inaugurate the conference, alongside the Chief Executive of the Berchtesgaden District and host of the event. A total of six panel debates and various thematic presentations provide the opportunity for participants to address themes such as the new tourist, the impact of demographic change, digitalization and mobility, tourism experiences for all four seasons, transnational cooperation and the contribution of tourism to the Sustainable Development Goals, among others. The conference is organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Berchtesgadener Land Region, with the support of the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy of Germany. This edition follows the conferences held in Kazakhstan, the Republic of Korea and Georgia over the past decade.
Dream and Delhi
10-04-2019
This is a blog about how a woman entrepreneur from Manipur is trying to persuade her community to get involved in mushroom farming. Farmers used to burn off the hay after harvest. In India this is unfortunately a common practice these days which choked the capital city of New Delhi with smog. Hay is of no commercial value for farmers and stocking them is a waste of time and effort for them. In this scenario, Ms. Prava’s Initiative is relevant. She wants to promote the use of hay in mushroom cultivation so that she can prevent the burning of hay in her village. She is also worried about the forests being cut down during months of unemployment. Villagers cut trees for firewood since they have no money to buy fuel for cooking. Prava believes that mushroom cultivation solves this problem to a large extend as farmers get money throughout the year. This is also a method to employ women and empower them. Prava aims at exporting mushrooms too. For a tourist, such initiatives are important. This addresses air pollution and improves the environment. Places like Delhi has a lot to offer to visitors. But air pollution has caused considerable decline in the number of visitors. To look at other parts of the world, regional solutions like these which may not have direct implication on tourism, can be identified. This is definitely in tune with the larger impact.
The Indicator Analysis of the Sustainable Development in Ukraine
01-04-2019
This research project aims to scrutinize the current system of monitoring the sustainable development in Ukraine and to improve its consistency with the globally and regionally (EU) practiced ones in order to clarify the geospatial patterns across the country based on the international and national benchmarking. The project pursues academic and educational goals of the Regional Studies and Tourism Chair of the Geography Faculty of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. The research focuses on the objectives as follows: 1. Scrutiny and critical analysis of indicators and studies of SR and SDG in Ukraine 2. Analysis of the consistency of the indicators of the SD and SDG Ukraine-UN; Ukraine-EU 3. Integrated model of SD-SDG indicators in Ukraine - feasibility, functionality, etc. 5. Benchmarking the international experience of localization, monitoring, information representation, policy of SD and implementation of the SDG 6. Information / digital transformation and sustainable development 7. Public-private partnership and sustainable development 8. Analysis of state strategic (profile) documents and budget programs / projects on compliance with the principles of SD and adapted for Ukraine SDG 9. Sustainable development / achievement of the CSR at the macro and mezzo regional level 10. Comparability of STD/ Tourism for SDG Ukraine-UN, Global Council for Sustainable Tourism (GCST), World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), EU (ETIS) 11. Comparison of indicators of SR / Tourism for the UKRAINE-EU CSR. 12. Stable production and consumption in tourism 13. Benchmarking the international experience of localization, information representation, STD policy and implementation of the SDG in tourism. 14. Prospect for the sustainable tourism development observatory (INSTO-UNWTO network - Kaniv Nature Reserve of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv) 15. Prospect for the virtual tourist observatory in accordance with the requirements of the European Commission on the
Dream and Delhi
25-03-2019
This is a blog about how a woman entrepreneur from Manipur is trying to persuade her community to get involved in mushroom farming. Farmers used to burn off the hay after harvest. In India this is unfortunately a common practice these days which choked the capital city of New Delhi with smog. Hay is of no commercial value for farmers and stocking them is a waste of time and effort for them. In this scenario, Ms. Prava’s Initiative is relevant. She wants to promote the use of hay in mushroom cultivation so that she can prevent the burning of hay in her village. She is also worried about the forests being cut down during months of unemployment. Villagers cut trees for firewood since they have no money to buy fuel for cooking. Prava believes that mushroom cultivation solves this problem to a large extend as farmers get money throughout the year. This is also a method to employ women and empower them. Prava aims at exporting mushrooms too. For a tourist, such initiatives are important. This addresses air pollution and improves the environment. Places like Delhi has a lot to offer to visitors. But air pollution has caused considerable decline in the number of visitors. To look at other parts of the world, regional solutions like these which may not have direct implication on tourism, can be identified. This is definitely in tune with the larger impact.
Dream and Delhi
25-03-2019
This is a blog about how a woman entrepreneur from Manipur is trying to persuade her community to get involved in mushroom farming. Farmers used to burn off the hay after harvest. In India this is unfortunately a common practice these days which choked the capital city of New Delhi with smog. Hay is of no commercial value for farmers and stocking them is a waste of time and effort for them. In this scenario, Ms. Prava’s Initiative is relevant. She wants to promote the use of hay in mushroom cultivation so that she can prevent the burning of hay in her village. She is also worried about the forests being cut down during months of unemployment. Villagers cut trees for firewood since they have no money to buy fuel for cooking. Prava believes that mushroom cultivation solves this problem to a large extend as farmers get money throughout the year. This is also a method to employ women and empower them. Prava aims at exporting mushrooms too. For a tourist, such initiatives are important. This addresses air pollution and improves the environment. Places like Delhi has a lot to offer to visitors. But air pollution has caused considerable decline in the number of visitors. To look at other parts of the world, regional solutions like these which may not have direct implication on tourism, can be identified. This is definitely in tune with the larger impact.
Backpackers Haven
25-03-2019
Red Rocks in Musanze, Rwanda. There are very few places that will make you feel right at home, inspire you to visit more and to do more for planet and for people. This is especially if you are sustainable travel junkie like I am or what I like to call a ‚Äúgreenpacker‚ÄĚ. Red Rocks in Musanze is one of such places. It‚Äôs a place that made me view Rwanda differently, as more than a gorilla tracking destination. It‚Äôs also a place where the loyalty of my taste buds was tested. Red Rocks Inter Cultural Exchange Center, is a unique budget accommodation facility and camping site in Musanze, Rwanda that also offers exciting responsible travel experiences that contribute to local community development and conservation, through their Red Rocks Initiative. In other words, its a ‚Äúgreenpackers‚ÄĚ haven that does more than offer budget accommodation, but involves you in the life of the people, to appreciate their culture and contribute to their development in one of the most responsible and immersive travel experiences. It‚Äôs also a place to participate in conservation activities, learn art, appreciate camping, hike and meet new people while sharing stories at a bonfire.
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25-03-2019
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Sustainable Tourism Development
25-03-2019
Today, large numbers of tourists from all over the world travel to become familiar with various cultures and arts of the nations of the world, and the creation of a market for the exchange of cultural and artistic goods of different nations will naturally be tempting and appealing.
Culture and Art
25-03-2019
Culture is a very complex and extensive collection, which was created by human beings in the process of social and historical evolution, and is the most important element of the identity of each society, its background, and its cultural richness. The culture of each society shows the level of advancement, science, and literature in that society with regard to its social transformation. The culture of each land possesses the specific characteristics and features of that land, which gives it a unique and different identity under the influence of the geographical and religious elements. Consequently, preserving and revitalizing the culture of every society, region, and the nation is a necessity. Over the last centuries, customs, traditions, and beliefs of various communities and societies have had widespread influences that have led to the expansion and enhancement of cultural relations with other nations and peoples.
UP ! Hotel Group
25-03-2019
Recycling projects with PET Bottles in house construction often go along with poor design. This is good enough for social projects like schools and little hospitals. BUT if you want to use those techniques for commercial projects the focus must be on the design. The KEY is to use recycling and upcycling projects to make money !! A hotel must be a phantastic dream place where the tourists want to stay... The Eco aspects come second. This is the only way to develop the regions in the 3. world and show the locals a way to stand on their own feet. Our solution is an intelligent link between ecological solution in the basic house construction and a mixture of local and international design elements Our first project will be in the Kilimanjaro area in Tanzania.
Rural Community Based Tourism - Indonesia
25-03-2019
We are on the stage of place making activities to develop a new concept of Rural Community Based Tourism in Indonesia. As a starting point we have our prototype villages in Sumbawa Island and will have another villages in Lombok Island too. On this initiative we are having a concept to empower the community such as the youth to coordinate and manage the activities / experience on each villages and the women in the village to start their on small business to produce snacks, handicraft, hand weaving etc to be presented to the traveler who visiting their village. On top of that, their house will be typical accommodation for traveler and their original, authentic and tasty culinary will be offered to the visitor. we encourage people or community to take an active role toward this activity. Besides that, we try to make community understand how important it is for all of us to preserve our culture, environment, local values, way of life as well as authentic tasty culinary on each community. Most of our program is experience based activity for all our client to take part in each activity so they get first hand experience how to do something from the community then they will know and understand the local deeper on their life, culture, values , art as well as culinary. The other objective of the program besides things that we have mentioned above is to have an additional generating income activity for the community in rural area so they could improve their welfare. .
Walkabout
25-03-2019
Walkabout, a for Profit, for Good enterprise aiming to alleviate youth unemployment in Morocco. In recognition of their innovative social enterprise, four Moroccan students won the 2019 Hult Prize on campus contest at Mohammadia School of Engineers on December 13th and are willing to take on the regional in London on March 15th. This year‚Äôs Hult Prize challenge is to build a sustainable, scalable social venture that has the power to transform the lives of 10,000 unemployed youth in the next decade. The Walkabout concept does this by disrupting the traditional tourism industry in Morocco. The team is building a multi-sided platform that provides private tours through their carefully selected network of local tour guides, each of whom is keen to share his knowledge, experience and expertise in a marketplace of one-on-one transactions. Talking about the inspiration behind the concept, Founder Zakaria Oussaad said: ‚ÄúOur heritage as a team shaped the project. We were shocked at how fast the tourism industry is growing in Morocco. Yet the very people growing it are the ones left behind by the industry and society. Through no fault of their own. We realized that the global economy picks up, but increased income remains a challenge. even worse, our youth are risking their lives and being illegal outsiders in other countries. We want to change that; we want to make of them ambassadors of our country.‚ÄĚ The aim of this initiative is to enable socio-economic empowerment of tour guides. The following four mains aims are derived from and based on this project‚Äôs aim in the long run : 1. A proper mechanism to restructure and include unlicensed tour guides. 2. Improve the efficiency of the tour guide training program 3. Establishing reasonable Salary Systems 4. Solve issues around low wages, irregularities in pay, subcontracting, police harassment, and labor insecurity and risks.
Dreams Academy
25-03-2019
Dreams Academy is an Alternative art initiative which provides equal chance, opportunities and safe space to people with special needs with an inclusive approach.. Based on social entrepreneurial principals, self sustainable, not for profit but having social enterprises, less staff more volunteers,both local and international, partnering with UNDP and other global institutions , following the principals of Global Compact Principals, UN Convention for Rights of PWD, Millenium Goals and recently HeForShe and SDGs, member of ENAT and Pountau ( European Network of Accessible Tourism ), promoting accessible and social tourism every year during REHACARE in Germany, following the Events of UNWTO, Partnering with DfA ( Design for All Foundaition / Barcelona), IB-BehindertenHilfe in Germany,
Red Rocks Initiatives
25-03-2019
Red rocks initiatives visit. Why visiting Red rocks initiative, the more you get to learn from the community initiatives, that connects community, conservation and tourism the better you will admire our nature and cultural, visiting Red rocks initiative, will always be a memorable experience, and leaves you with an education that comes straight away from the community .Our initiatives target the local community towards sustainable economic development. We believe responsible tourism has the power to uplift the living standards of the vulnerable local Community. Get to know how our initiatives recognize that we all have a part to play when we influence on tourism as a means of sustainable community development aspect by creating a physical place that will unite communities of artist, musicians, and locals in one place in which they can all get involved in building a stronger society by bringing in their different competencies. visit the link www.redrocksinitiative.org
La Ruta del Café - COSTA RICA (Región Occidental)
25-03-2019
Nuestro objetivo es hacer del café un impulsor del desarrollo ecoturístico alternativo, en forma inclusiva y accesible, sostenible con el ambiente y de beneficio para las comunidades de la región. La Ruta del Café de Costa Rica (Región Occidental) contribuye a revalorar un conjunto de poblaciones del país que siempre han estado en el imaginario colectivo de la nación en su conjunto y que representan alternativas frescas y diferentes para los visitantes nacionales y extranjeros. Es un reconocimiento a quienes habitan esos hermosos lugares de la geografía costarricense y han sabido guardar para todos, la riqueza cultural e histórica que encierran. También son constantes las buenas prácticas agrícolas en las fincas y el beneficiado en armonía con la naturaleza, en el que están comprometidos los productores, beneficiadores y exportadores.
Urbanity Culture, Art And Sustainable Tourism Development Abstract
25-03-2019
Urbanity Culture, Art And Sustainable Tourism Development Abstract Sustainable Tourism Development: Today, the tourism industry is one of the major sources of income generation, as well as one of the influential factors on cultural exchanges between countries. In a constantly evolving world, a dynamic and effective atmosphere can be created by being inspired by the past and looking to the future in order to meet the need for development and growth using the optimum historical and cultural facilities. Today, large numbers of tourists from all over the world travel to become familiar with various cultures and arts of the nations of the world, and the creation of a market for the exchange of cultural and artistic goods of different nations will naturally be tempting and appealing. The economic, cultural, artistic, tourist, and recreational attractions of a multi-functional complex in a green and fun environment, along with a set for meeting the daily needs of tourists and citizens, will ensure the prosperity and efficiency of the above-mentioned project. The culture and art of nations is like an ornate and colorful carpet, which owes its beauty to the diversity of tribes, languages, traditions, as well as the diversity of the cultures of nations.
Générateur d'innovation
25-03-2019
By leveraging co-creation, the Innovations Generator has stimulated new strengths to develop innovative touristic project ideas (SDGG 9), initiated new partnerships (SDG 17) and offered spaces for creation. The initiators of these projects were advised and supported, and the promising projects received financial support to allow the development of the initial idea. The projects had to respect at best the three dimensions of sustainability: the economy, the ecology and the society. The Innovations Generator has generated a lot of interest: 49 project ideas were submitted to the competition. This project was supported by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO.
Hospitality For All
25-03-2019
A guide book for Tourism For All, Definitions, how to implement, good examples, disability etiquette, smart solutions
Renewable jet fuel from organic waste
25-03-2019
Our project will develop a process to produce sustainable biojet fuel (SBJF) from organic waste. The use of biojet fuel can reduce CO2 emissions in the aviation sector and will lead to sustainable travel. Our process will be able to convert any type of organic waste, including food or agricultural waste, to a ‚Äėdrop-in‚Äô biofuel which can be mixed with traditional aviation fuel. The phase one of the project will be carried out at the University of Amsterdam. We are looking for funding or investment to scale up to pilot scale. We have been granted by Booking.com so we can start the R&D and then will look to scale this further. We are looking to partner with organisation that wish to turn their waste into fuel using circular economy principles. We are Amsterdam based but will look to scale to other locations also.
Responsible, ecological and personal-growth travel that supports the SDGs
25-03-2019
This book is about travel ‚Äď not tourism per se, but travel ‚Äď responsible, ecological and personal-growth travel; the kind of travel that benefits both the visitor and the visited while helping to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Leading travel expert Adam Rogers draws upon 40 years of experience exploring more than 130 countries in every region on Earth (22 years working with the United Nations Development Programme) to share the smartest and most conscious ways to travel in this tip-filled guide. Whether a budget traveler or Fortune 500 jetsetter, whether you are 18 or 80 years old and travel with a backpack, a duffel bag or a suitcase, this book has the inside scoop on how to navigate the often-perplexing world of travel, with detailed advice on: Airlines Ground transportation Culture shock Learning languages Ecotourism Pilgrimages Travel photography Hotels and alternative lodging Staying connected Passports, visas and red tape Avoiding trouble Staying healthy Finding work And much, much more Full of recommendations, real-life anecdotes, and answers to the most common questions about travel, this book is a must-read for anyone traveling anywhere.
Adventure and Heritage Walk in abandoned meter gauge railway track of Halflong, Assam
25-03-2019
Meter gauge railway track that was built by the British way back in the last decade of the 19th century through the most difficult Barail mountains in Assam’s Dima Hasao district, and was always referred to as an engineering marvel, has become history. The zig-zag metre-gauge track whose tunnels and bridges were a major attraction. This was one of the most adventurous, scenic , most beautiful and the most riskiest Meter Gauge Railway track of the Indian Railways. This is the only Heritage Trail of North East India. It could be the prime attraction of Assam Tourism in near future. Hope Indian Railway and both State & Central Government will take necessary action in this regard.
Colombia + Competitiva
25-03-2019
Improving tourism in post conflict areas of Colombia ‚ÄúColombia mas Competitiva‚ÄĚ (C+C) is a program of Swisscontact, a swiss development foundation, that is financed by the state secretariat of economic affairs (SECO) of Switzerland. Among others the program has so far two tourism projects to improve and enhance tourism in two post conflict areas (Casanare and Putumayo). The larger aim is to improve the competitiveness of the country, diversify its economy and to create a favorable environment for business activities in the related field. Among the interventions carried out are: creating OGDs, providing expert knowledge and facilitating the design of touristic products. In general, the pilot projects are directed to act as role models for other destinations as a way out of poverty and to create stable change in former highly complicated areas. Of course, in line with the latest consensus about sustainability in all three dimensions and the SDGs. Several of the SDGs are tackled by the projects such as ¬į1 ‚ÄúNo poverty‚ÄĚ, ¬į5 ‚ÄúGender equality‚ÄĚ, ¬į8 ‚Äúdecent work & economic growth‚ÄĚ and ¬į10 ‚Äúreduced inequalities‚ÄĚ. This by the principal focus of the projects, which is to create jobs and increase economic income with a strong emphasis in gender, social and minority inclusion, that address the mentioned goals. Also, it targets the goals ¬į6 ‚Äúclean water & sanitation‚ÄĚ as well as ¬į9 ‚Äúindustry, innovation & infrastructure‚ÄĚ by enabling businesses to apply for local sustainability norms and relevant capacitation related to the mentioned. So far, the two projects are on track with several targets and indicators already achieved. Still there are some key steps to take and it is too early, given to the timeline of the projects (2017-2019), to draft a closing conclusion. Nevertheless, there are already negotiations going on for two more projects, which will start in early 2019.
Agro Tavush Tourism Organization
25-03-2019
We are newly opened tourism organization.We want to enlarge Agro tourism in our small but extraordinary region.We think it’s a wonderful way to reveal our region,which is famous for its rich nature,agriculture,churches and so on and so forth.We want to have tourists all over the world in order them to reveal the extraordinary features of our region.You can go for hiking and stay all day long in high mountains.You can taste Armenian lavash,you can see the process of making lavash,and other delicious things which can fill your day with joy.We are waiting for you.
VIA SUSTENT√ĀVEL
25-03-2019
Via Sustent√°vel is a sustainable tourism news portal. Created to be 100% digital, it is part of Editora Via Group, which publishes Brasilturis, the first tourism market news newspaper, ViaG, a pioneer magazine in LGBT tourism, and Best Travel, the first magazine focused on tourism for the third Age.Conceived by the journalist Velma Greg√≥rio, specialist in Communication, by the C√°sper L√≠bero Faculty and University of Florida, and in sustainability, Funda√ß√£o Get√ļlio Vargas. She has collaborated with Editora Via since the launch of ViaG magazine and, since 2018, Communications Director of the group.Editora Via is a society of entrepreneurs Ana Carolina Melo, Publisher, and Amanda Leonel, CEO.Our purpose is to "raise awareness about sustainable tourism while showing the travel experience."We have the challenge of engaging the market and travelers in preserving the environment, in social development and in strengthening the local economy through the reporting of travel experiences. The idea is to awaken the desire to know destinations, products and initiatives and show what each of them does for sustainability.That is, offering information on tourism and going beyond, showing the backstage how everything works and supporting more conscious choices.By 2015, global leaders agreed to have the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to guide our development by 2030. Tourism is committed to doing its part in this journey and this is expressed as a goal in two of the 17 goals:ODS 8 - Entrepreneurship and Economic GrowthTarget 8.9: By 2030, design and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products;ODS 12 - Responsible Consumption and ProductionTarget 12b - Develop and implement tools to monitor the impacts of sustainable development on sustainable tourism, which generates jobs, promotes local culture and products;
Applied sustainability in Swiss tourist destinations
25-03-2019
Sustainable development is particularly challenging for tourist destinations, with their various service providers, organisations, associations and offices. The aim of the project ‚ÄúApplied sustainability for Swiss tourist destinations‚ÄĚ is to write a new handbook for destination management organisations (DMOs) with practical tools, indicators and recommendations for action for developing tourism successfully in the long term (an adaptation of the German standard reference work ‚ÄúDeveloping criteria for the sustainable structuring of tourism destinations in Germany‚ÄĚ). Based on this handbook, a practice-orientated training course on sustainability in tourist destinations will be developed. The project investigates whether a ranking or award provides incentives and attracts media attention for sustainable tourist destinations. It also examines how a ‚ÄúSustainability in tourism‚ÄĚ centre of excellence could create the necessary interface between the various stakeholders and simplify the development of the destinations. Project manager: Tourismus Engadin Scuol Samnaun Val M√ľstair AG (TESSVM)
cause we care ‚Äď voluntary climate protection in Alpine and outdoor tourism
25-03-2019
myclimate ‚Äúcause we care‚ÄĚ is a customer- and company-based sustainability initiative for Alpine and outdoor tourism. The programme gives tourism service providers and guests a tool so that they can do something on a voluntary basis to combat climate change, which is becoming ever more noticeable. A ‚Äúcause we care‚ÄĚ company offers its guests the opportunity to purchase a climate-neutral service, while promising to double their contribution and implement sustainability measures locally. The guest thus enables global and local climate protection and service providers receive additional funds for sustainability measures. In this way, the issue can be addressed step by step in their own companies and their efforts can be actively enhanced through the networking of all participants. The exchange of innovations, the reach of communications, including cross-marketing, and the involvement of customers, as well as the associated awareness raised among guests, also create a basis for a movement. myclimate ‚Äúcause we care‚ÄĚ is open to all institutions in the tourism service chain. Project manager: myclimate Foundation
Creating a ‚Äúslow destination‚ÄĚ ‚Äď an innovative and promising project for tourism in the Morges region
25-03-2019
If you choose ‚Äúslow tourism‚ÄĚ, you are choosing an antidote to everyday stress. Authentic experiences are more important than discovering as much as possible as quickly as possible. ‚ÄúSlow travellers‚ÄĚ take it easy, seek contact with local people and value environmentally friendly behaviour. They appreciate good food and regional products, enjoy tasting local wines and are interested in the cultural heritage of the region. They are committed to gentle mobility and prefer travelling by train, bike, horse or on foot. The innovative aspect of this project is the establishment and development of a broad range of services covering five different ‚Äúslow‚ÄĚ areas. Certain areas have existed for a long time, such as ‚Äúslow food‚ÄĚ or ‚Äúslow city‚ÄĚ. The new and unique element is the intention to position and market these five areas as a global offering, involving local stakeholders. ‚ÄúSlow travel‚ÄĚ, ‚Äúslow sleep‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúslow wine‚ÄĚ are being added to the two areas already mentioned. Project manager: Association de la r√©gion Cossonay-Aubonne-Morges (ARCAM)
Green Marathon Zurich
25-03-2019
The city of Zurich is being given a new highlight. For the first time in Switzerland, a permanently signposted route the symbolic length of a marathon (42 km) leading through urban green spaces is being created. The ‚Äúdiscovery route‚ÄĚ runs exclusively along the Zurich network of hiking trails, meaning that relaxation, variety and breathtaking panoramic views of the city of Zurich are guaranteed. This new tourist attraction is aimed at business and leisure guests who love nature and running and are looking to discover the city. The public and reliably signposted running, hiking or sightseeing route is available throughout the year. The Green Marathon Zurich is fully accessible on foot. Visitors to the city of Zurich can access the route from anywhere using public transport and can thus discover sections of the route around Zurich in stages. Project manager: Green Marathon Association
I AM PRO SNOW ‚Äď the campaign to enjoy winter sports sustainably in Switzerland
25-03-2019
The ‚ÄúI AM PRO SNOW‚ÄĚ project helps Swiss winter sports resorts and companies to reduce their carbon footprint and make their commitment to sustainable and climate-friendly tourism visible. All participants undertake to switch to 100% renewable energy by 2030 at the latest. They also put together an individual action plan to motivate employees and visitors to adopt climate-friendly behaviour. I AM PRO SNOW is a project with an international impact. Project manager: myblueplanet association
Innovation generator in the UN Year of Sustainable Tourism 2017 ‚Äď unconventional tourism ideas with the aid of co-creation
25-03-2019
In 2017, the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, the innovation generator is offering expert and financial support to proactive people from all regions and cities in Switzerland who would like to implement sustainable tourism projects in the Swiss Alpine region and the Jura. If required, the innovation generator brings project initiators together with the right stakeholders and partners and establishes a creative environment. Projects that can be implemented are developed in three stages. In the first phase, project ideas are accepted and assessed by an expert judging panel. In the second phase, the ideas are developed in more detail and their feasibility is evaluated. The most promising projects are helped towards implementation with an initial contribution. Finally, the project methodology is reviewed. The potential need for a long-term innovation laboratory to connect innovative stakeholders with one another, help to develop sustainable projects and transform new ideas into added value is being considered. With the aid of co-creation, the innovation generator forms unusual partnerships and provides new areas for development. Funded projects must address all three dimensions of sustainability being targeted as effectively as possible: the economy, the environment and society. Project manager: International Commission for the Protection of the Alps CIPRA Switzerland
Making information on accessibility in the Swiss hotel industry visible and marketable
25-03-2019
People with disabilities or age-related restrictions need accessible entrances, toilets and rooms. From 2018, the Swiss hotel database will contain comprehensive information on hotel accessibility, which tourism platforms can use. The aim is to make searching for accessible hotels easier for accessible tourism guests thanks to reliable information visible on tourism platforms. As part of the cooperation project between tourism and disability organisations, standardised information criteria and pictograms will be coordinated and the necessary data will be recorded uniformly. Finally, they will be made available to tourism platforms via the Swiss hotel database in the form of differentiated information on accessibility in hotels. Project manager: Claire & George Foundation
Tourism close to nature and culture in Swiss parks
25-03-2019
The Swiss parks are doing their bit to achieve the SDGs with innovative and sustainable tourism offers focusing on the following activities: - Developing environmentally friendly tourism offers (SDG 7, 13-15) - Promoting innovations in tourism in the areas of infrastructure, health-focused, social and accessible offers and educational and awareness-raising offers (SDG 3-4, 9-10) - Forming partnerships between tourism stakeholders (organisations, service providers, mobility partners) and parks (SDG 17) - Generating added value for the park regions and creating jobs (SDG 8) Two best-practice projects: Schweizer P√§rke f√ľr alle (Swiss parks for all) ‚Äď the parks are striving to achieve an inclusive society. They are improving information on the accessibility of tourism offers so that disabled people can also plan their trips to the parks independently. Park management bodies are raising awareness of accessibility among staff and partners and developing accessible tourism offers to enable everyone to discover nature and culture while enjoying a high-quality experience. Destination Nature ‚Äď a strong partnership for gentle mobility. All tourism offers in the parks can be reached by public transport but it is not used often enough. In order to boost public transport use, the parks are working with regional railway companies (such as RhB and BLS), PostBus and nature conservation organisations (VCS, BirdLife) to develop and market attractive public transport packages and highlight the benefits of travelling by public transport. Project manager: Swiss Parks Network
Panam√° Accesible
25-03-2019
We are a startup that creates and promotes accessible tours in the Panama Republic. We have designed an accessible tour in Panama City, for disabling travelers (wheelchair user, blinds and deaf). In the following weeks, we would like to add some other national destinations as snorkeling in Portobelo and beach activities in San Blas (indigenous community) where some communities had expressed their desire to attract disabled tourists. We have some other communities where we would like to develop an accessible artisan route. Our program also includes on how to set prices, branding and marketing. The program is simple and easy to understand and develop. Hence, we are here to spread the word and maybe find someone who would be interesting to support our Accessible Tourism Consultancy. Hoping you join us in making more people travel into new accessible destinations. With many thanks, Panam√° Accesible.
A Journey into Pre-historic Times
20-03-2019
Hi, it's Negin again and in this story I will be introducing the city of Dezful in Khuzestan, Iran and it's surrounding areas. Dezful is known as the World Brick City with bridges, dams, qanats, and buildings going back to the Sassanid eras. A very scenic, hour-long drive from Dezful will take you to Pamenar village, the focal point of interaction and intersection between nomadic and sedentary cultures where a Bakhtiari tribe lives. These inhabitants must be helped to relocate ASAP with the threat of cracked hanging walls that are about to fall down any moment. Inter-institutional cooperation and coordination of public and private sectors and stakeholders is needed to save the villagers' lives whose origin and costumes go back to Parthians. A 40-minute ride from Dezful will take you to the UNESCO World Heritage ancient city of Susa where the presence of Mesopotamian and Iranian civilizations of the pre-historic to historic eras span over 5th century BC - 13th century AD ! Structures of the Elamite, Persian, and Parthian Empires can be seen in the royal city of Susa. An hour ride from Dezful will take you to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System inscribed as a masterpiece of creative genius dating back to Darius the Great in the 5th century BC. The system has diverse uses as urban water supply, mills, irrigation, fish farming, river transport, and defensive system. It testifies as the sustainable development of a human society in harmony with its natural and urban environment. Further involvement of the local community is required for the interpretation of the sites. Finally, a little over an hour ride from Dezful will take to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Tchogha Zanbil, founded in 1250 BC and dedicated to the Elamite divinities. Unfortunately, the increase in air and water pollution caused by sugar cane cultivation calls for sustainable production modes. Also, a change in the course of the nearby river threatens the walls.
EXPERIENCE BREAKFAST IN THE TRAIN IN CAMEROON, 15 HOURS JOURNEY
20-03-2019
uivante¬†: fran√ßais Did you know that tourism helps promote sustained, shared and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. Tourism is one of the driving forces of global economic growth and today accounts for 1 in 11 jobs worldwide. Through access to decent work opportunities in the tourism sector, skills development and career progression are good for society, especially for young people and women. The more you travel and consume products derived from tourism, the more you help to create productive and permanent employment for all, and above all decent work for all. The famous breakfast on the train! So when we took this train we had already planned breaks crusts for the morning Barely embarked, a lady came to offer menus from the restaurant on board. We declined because we did not really want to eat in the middle of the night. By cons in the morning the smell that emanated from the restaurant ... Well we said why not. Result After the little morning wash, we went to 6h30-7h at the restaurant We just ordered: Eggs Garnis (sausage or sardine) + bread + hot drinks. Surprise will have been ours when the lady landed with 3 full trays Garnished omelettes + bread + croissant + cheese + fruit + hot drinks !!!!! Price 2,500 fcfa Taste: DEATH! Quantity: A lot! If we recommend? YES !!!!!!! In short yes you can embark with your meals for the morning, but if you wish not, there is a service on board Understand that if no one has lunch, this lady loses her income because will have unsold. The more you travel, the more you help support a growing economy. PS: The restaurant is also home to travelers on the road who have had no places to eat ūüėāūüėāūüėā TIP: Go early enough to have your breakfast: Between 6 and 7:30 because apparently it ends very quickly and the conveyors cut the power in this car ... yet the kitchen needs electricity to work. You can also warn the restaurant that you will have lunch in the morning.
WE VISITED GORGES DE KOLA
20-03-2019
I recently visited GORGES DE KOLA with my two friends . It's located in the Norther part of Cameroon , Guider, in a small village called KOLA We paid 500 fcfa per person and 1000 FCFA for non-nationals. We took the car from Garoua to Guider (1h30 drive) Then at the entrance of the village of Kola we went to the gorge where we paid 500 fcfa each A guide and 4 children drove us all along Hold this guide, the one we found is extremely talented in taking pictures! Just show him your phone or camera. He will hold the device all the way. We are in February, early dry season: we were dressed light and no jeans happily! We were able to move better! We were in sandals, we removed them at a time to climb better Do not worry the guide will tell you where to walk and how to walk to not fall. I encourage people to boost the local economy of KOLA by visiting this beautiful site , paying the entrance fees and some souvenirs will increase the economy. In accordance with SDGS 8, the more we visit and consume local products just like souvenirs locally made , the more we act through Sdgs, the more we will help the little village of Kola GORGES DE KOLA deserve to be part of the UNESCO's World Heritage List .
Futurismo BioBío
20-03-2019
Futurismo es un evento de alta convocatoria de tres d√≠as dedicado a la industria tur√≠stica, sus innovadores, desaf√≠os y oportunidades. Cuenta con la participaci√≥n activa de expertos internacionales, nacionales y locales para fomentar el intercambio de ideas, la asociatividad y la conversaci√≥n en torno a las pr√≥ximas grandes tendencias y retos que impulsaran el sector del turismo. Es un encuentro gratuito abierto a toda la comunidad, re√ļne a emprendedores, empresarios, estudiantes, acad√©micos, conservacionistas, influenciadores, expertos nacionales e internacionales para compartir pr√°cticas y soluciones que ayuden a crear un turismo m√°s sostenible, afrontar los retos actuales y futuros de la industria tur√≠stica y posicionar destinos tur√≠sticos como polos de emprendimiento e innovaci√≥n. El pr√≥ximo encuentro se realizar√° en la regi√≥n del Biob√≠o; Provincia de Arauco, los d√≠as 23, 24 y 25 de abril. Los temas del evento son, > Turismo como motor de desarrollo social > Conservaci√≥n en el turismo > Rol de la Mujer en el turismo
The advantage of the Gorges of Kola : the water is pure
12-03-2019
The efficient use of water in tourism, pollution control and technology efficiency. The advantage of the Gorges of Kola .... the water is pure And you just have to dig in the sand, the water will come out and you drink. All the children with whom I was doing it spontaneously when they were thirsty. #SGds 6: Clean water and Sanitation # Tourism4SDGs
seeking for financial support
28-02-2019
Hello, My name is Alain Justin NIYONKURU, I am Professor of Arts at the Secondary Technical School of Art and head of a local association in Burundi, named "Etsa Press-book Production Center". We designed a tourist project in the city of GITEGA, a historic city in our country. This project has two parts: - Development of a tourist site; - Restitution of the national heritage: material and immaterial. We concluded that artists and artisans have a great role in "Protection and enhancement of tangible and intangible heritage" and that many sites, practices and objects are to be restored. Being engaged artists but of weak means, we would like to have a support for the implementation of our project. Because tourism is one of the key factors for peacebuilding and a path for sustainable development.
ROADMAP FOR SUSTAINABLE TOURISM DEVELOPMENT WITH INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES
26-02-2019
This project explores how social entrepreneurs can embrace the development of sustainable tourism with the collaboration of indigenous communities, in areas where the tourism industry directly impacts a local community. The project's case study focuses on the development of sustainable tourism in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico with local Maya indigenous communities to support the design of the proposed solution: a Roadmap for Sustainable Tourism Development with Indigenous Communities‚ÄĒa facilitating roadmap tool to design sustainable tourism projects. The roadmap is designed based on the following principles: a Triple Bottom Line by Design and Culture approach (planet, people, profit, and culture), the Sustainable Development of Tourism Principles by UNWTO (Respect, Conserve, Sustain), and Participatory action research for the engagement and empowerment of indigenous communities throughout the process. This work is a graduation project of the master's degree Design Management of Pratt Institute in New York. The group of Design Managers that researched, designed and created this project are Maria Camila Pava, Mar√≠a Fernanda √Ālvarez Le√≥n, Vania Arevalo Garnica, Yu Chiu, and Apinya Rattananubal. Below is the description of the attached material: - Roadmap for Sustainable Tourism Development with Indigenous Communities - The project's Research Paper - The project's Presentation
Sustainable Tourism Leadership Programme
18-02-2019
The Sustainable Tourism Leadership programme is a 14 day ‚Äėtravelling‚Äô programme across the South Island of New Zealand. Visiting and actively engaging with a variety of tourism operations and professionals in some of the most iconic locations of New Zealand Tourism. These locations are many and varied and we include visits to famous locations such as the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, Hanmer Springs and Kaikoura. The locations range from the high mountains of the Southern Alps where we visit the alpine parrot species ‚ÄėKea‚Äô to the oceans of the Pacific where we explore the town of Kaikoura and its indigenous tourism industry created around the ‚Äėwhales‚Äô that frequent the vibrant marine habitats. Each of these learning areas target specific topics within the tourism industry and will use a combination of lectures, real time case studies/site visits and outdoor activities to reinforce learnings. TOURISM LEADERSHIP EXPLAINED: At the forefront in developing workable and sustainable tourism models and behaviours the importance of quality, informed and entpreneurial leadership is fundamental. One could ask ‚Äėif the industry is not led wisely and honestly, can it utlimately be sustainable?‚Äô This is across the spectrum; economically, socially, culturally and environmentally. During the programme we will explore and analyse a range of core leadership and management models and take participants on a personal journey through a range of key attributes required in developing oneself into an adaptable leader. This includes: Entrepreneurial Leadership Creativity and Innovation Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Communication and Collaboration Flexibility and Adaptability Initiative and Self Direction Social and Cross Cultural Skills Productivity and Accountability
Tourism and Technology Summit 2019
18-02-2019
The future of Tourism is Digital.With the arrival of disruptive brands like AirBnB,Uber,Amadeus,Booking.com etc.The Tourism landscape globally has changed irrevocably. The Tourism ecosystem in Africa is evolving rapidly and now is the right time to connect and attract the best brains using technology as a launch pad to change the narratives. There are new intersections for African narratives and opportunities in Afrotourism. Technology is an open avenue which creatives can explore to build businesses and create opportunities for prosperity around them. Africa has huge potentials for Tourism through their youthful population but is still struggling with an uncharted and uncoordinated roadmap to achieve huge windfalls from that sector. Experts have advised on how to reconstruct the Tourism ecosystem in Africa through Technology by identifying challenges and opportunities. Emerging Startups and an SME Ecosystem could just be the trigger needed for the role in redefining Tourism in Africa as a whole. Our role at TOURISM AND TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT is to develop a hub for this emerging innovations and provide a platform to showcase these innovations to the world and by extension invite venture capitalists and equity investors to have a buy in into some of these innovations. The primary aim for this community would be to engender solutions to numerous problems facing the tourism sector in Africa and how it can be easier to deploy technology to solve these problems. The ONE day Summit will create the platform for experts in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry to exchange ideas with their counterparts in the Tourism/Travel industry on how to drive it with contemporary technologies, with the goal of growing the industry, increasing quality, yielding a higher returns on investment to investors in the industry and creating business opportunities for the ICT/Telecoms industries.
François Tourisme Consultants
14-02-2019
Tourism and Hospitality international consultancy and training companies, serving the development of people, firms and destinations through sustainable development.
Hotel Sector Survey: Sustainable Indicators
12-02-2019
Hotel Sector Survey: Sustainable Indicators The research was done by the Secretary of Minas Gerais State for Tourism (SETUR MG), in 2015 and aimed to gather information to help the development of public policies to hotel business, especially with regard to the sustainability of establishments. The research was held in three of the main cities of the State, which have received Olympic delegations in preparation for Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The survey used followed models of hotel censuses conducted in Brazil and was also based on the ‚ÄúEuropean Tourism Indicator System for Sustainable Destinations‚ÄĚ, created by the European Union. In relation to the establishments, the following topics were analyzed: sustainable management, voluntary certification for the environment, sustainability measures, initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions, selective collection, water recycling and effective actions to support protection, conservation and management of local biodiversity and landscape. A new version of the survey is planned for 2019.
Linking travel marketing to the local economy
12-02-2019
Honduras Turismo y Marketing S.A. (HT&M), is a Honduran based travel marketing company working with local entrepreneurs and organized community groups in designing and marketing multi-day trip itineraries. showcasing the cultural and natural diversity of Honduras. Currently it markets the trips under two brands: Choose Honduras and Visit Honduras Coffee. As part of its marketing strategy, the company attends networking events, industry trade shows and travel shows in North America and Europe. Instead of purchasing the typical giveaways, HT&M purchases locally made products, bought directly from the artisans, to use as promos and giveaway items during events. For bird-watching shows, bird inspired key-chains are purchased from Artesanos y Guias El Pino, a grassroots organization that supports bird conservancy efforts, trains local guides, and provides free art classes to local kids. Located in the community of El Pino, Atlantida, Honduras. For other travel shows a document zippered pouch was designed by a local artist from La Ceiba, Honduras. The pouches are sewn by local seamstresses, and hand-painted with "Honduran travel themes" by local artist Ele from Cre@tive Enterprise. The result is that local artisans benefit from the tourism value chain even at the marketing and promotion stage. For potential travelers the giveaway has more meaning, as it is handmade, and this can create a positive emotional connection with the destination, even before the trip.
Tourism Observatory of Minas Gerais
12-02-2019
The Tourism Observatory of Minas Gerais is a research network composed by 18 entities between public and private institutions (including tourism universities) and coordinated by the Secretary of Minas Gerais State for Tourism. The Observatory aims to monitor, as a network, the touristic activities in the State, encouraging innovation, market intelligence and to promote academic researches. The entity has as fundamental premises the sharing of information and the establishment of partnerships to carry out its activities. The partnerships can help the formulation and application of researches, generation of reports, exchange of information and knowledge, fieldworks, academic work, among others. In the website (https://seturmg.wixsite.com/observatorioturismo), the surveys, data and results produced by the network can be downloaded and viewed in a practical and easy way, assisting in studies, planning actions and decision-making by those involved in the tourism sector. The Observatory is also responsible for the ‚ÄúTourism Research and Innovation Seminar‚ÄĚ (http://tourism4sdgs.org/events/seminario-mineiro-de-pesquisa-e-inovacao-em-turismo/), and also participates in the ‚Äú Brazilian Tourism Observatories Network‚ÄĚ, which was originated in the first seminar edition. Through Decree No. 47,526/2018, the Observatory was regulated as a research entity, being supported by State Law No. 22,765/2017.
TUCO APP
12-02-2019
TUCO APP is a mobile app of free download to promote good practices for travelers through the tourism value chain. TUCO APP includes tips, news, social media and data to inform travelers about impacts and good practices to contribute with sustainability of destinies. The app provides information in Spanish and English and is developed by AB ORIGEN FOUNDATION, in order to raise awareness among travelers to recognize their role in the sustainable development of tourism.
thefairtraveller.org
12-02-2019
At thefairtraveller.org we believe in a world where travelling has a positive impact. Where fair travellers can spread awareness wherever they go, contributing to local communities and protecting the environment, and where businesses taking socially and environmentally friendly actions are rewarded. We aim to promote another type of travel to popular destinations and, at the same time, support other, lesser known, places. We are the first online platform based on user generated content that showcases only businesses/tourism activities where people are taking important environmental or social actions, which are called "fairspots" in our platform. Currently, there are over 1100 fairspots from 59 countries listed on our website and 78 fairpractices (actions taken by the fairspots) documented in the form of short videos or blog posts. We currently rely on 275 users from 27 countries to add new fairspots every month. We are constantly organizing events, called faircrawls, to raise awareness and promote hidden fairspots in Switzerland, but also in the US, Canada, Peru, Mexico and Finland. We were mentioned by the Swiss Radio and Television (RTS) and Elle Magazine in 2018, just to name a few, and we are partners with Agritourism Switzerland, with whom we have been organizing #swissfaircrawls during the European Sustainable Development Week and taking several travellers (using bikes, train and electrical cars) to spend a week in several fairspots, learning and documenting their fairpractices.
La innovación hace la fuerza!
12-02-2019
Hasta hace muy poco ve√≠amos como la transformaci√≥n digital hab√≠a llegado a nuestra mente para fortalecer la manera como los destinos tur√≠sticos a trav√©s de campa√Īas online, videojuegos e incluso como los viajes a trav√©s del m√≥vil estaban cambiando nuestra manera de viajar. Sin embargo, la transformaci√≥n digital ha evolucionado. Nos ha ayudado a ver que solo a trav√©s de la uni√≥n y el trabajo en equipo se hace la fuerza y que sin la creaci√≥n de un verdadero ecosistema de innovaci√≥n tur√≠stica, no habr√° crecimiento econ√≥mico sostenible y a trav√©s de la innovaci√≥n abierta v√≠a startups podr√°n fortalecerse las nueva tecnolog√≠as y crear oportunidades de trabajo de valor agregado para todos. Pero, porque una agencia especializada de Naciones Unidas como la Organizaci√≥n Mundial del Turismo decide priorizar la innovaci√≥n? Recuerdo hace apenas 7 meses cuando ingres√© a la Organizaci√≥n Mundial del Turismo cuando convers√°bamos con nuestro Secretario General, Zurab Pololikashvili acerca del nuevo reto para el mundo: empezar a crear un ecosistema global de innovaci√≥n especializado en turismo y posicionar al sector dentro de la agenda mundial de innovaci√≥n. Saben porqu√© ? No solo porque es la manera de dar valor agregado a todos los pa√≠ses sin importar si son potencia tur√≠stica o no, sino porque ning√ļn organismo a nivel global estaba liderando la innovaci√≥n tur√≠stica para fortalecer los diferentes pa√≠ses. Gracias a esto, pusimos en marcha un sue√Īo, un gran reto para el sector tur√≠stico: liderar una estrategia global de innovaci√≥n que se adaptara a todos nuestros Estados Miembros. La estrategia de innovaci√≥n, transformaci√≥n digital e inversiones de la Organizaci√≥n Mundial del Turismo est√° enfocada en ayudar a los diferentes Estados Miembros a crear, conectar o escalar los ecosistemas de emprendimiento.
Positive Impact Travel
08-02-2019
Better Places Travel is a social enterprise that organizes trips with a positive impact. We believe travel can make the world a better place when it’s done in a sustainable and responsible way. This means that we are committed to making a social impact above making a profit. Our aim is to maximize the positive impact of our trips, for example, through creating work opportunities and stimulating cultural interaction, while limiting the negative impact as much as possible by, for example, minimizing waste, CO2 emissions and overtourism. Sustainability is also a major factor when choosing our partners. Our travel experts are enthusiastic, local professionals from the destination themselves or who have lived there for years. They work in small-scale local travel operators and help you design your ideal travel experience while trying to involve the local population as much as possible. This way we make sure you have an authentic travel experience, and the local people have a fair and direct source of income. Better Places Travel is introducing positive impact trips in order to create travel itineraries that contribute positively to local communities and the natural environment, and at the same time offer the best travel experience for the traveller, by working together with local experts and initiatives. These impact trips are all at least three weeks long and provide many opportunities for contact with locals during the trip. Think about using local drivers and guides, choosing special excursions and staying in homestays or small-scale sustainable accommodations. Travellers will not only see the highlights of a country, but also visit the more off-the-beaten-track places. With these trips, Better Places Travel helps contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals by, for example, creating work opportunities and stimulating economic growth.
VISTA Destination Network Open Platform and Ecosystem
08-02-2019
It is rainmaker’s passion to democratize world class technology to enable small, medium independent lodging and tour operator businesses in a destination to become more efficient and compete with global giants. We create competitive advantages and more efficiency for destinations and its hospitality and tourism businesses in Africa, keeping more tourism spend in the destination and thus, add more to the GDP and help against poverty, improve education and drive entrepreneurship in the destination, aligned to the Tourism Sustainability Goals. Our Award Winning 5 Stages of Success holistic methodology, enabled by the VISTA Destination Network Open Platform and ECO-System and powered by the Google Cloud Platform is time tested and proven. In less than two years, we created extraordinary results for more than 200 customers. For this, rainmaker and its team has won the HSMAI Adrian Gold Award for its business impact out of 1100 global applications from all over the world. We have been awarded with the Innovators Award from World Tourism Forum Luzern. The VISTA Destination Network Open Platform and ECO-System for Destinations, its DMO's, Associations and local in-destination businesses creates competitive advantages by connecting all stakeholders seamlessly together in terms of rich content and business transactions. We enable the destination to provide instant gratification to the consumer and change the way destinations control their visibility and distribution, winning back from the global giants. The rainmaker founders combine more than 50 years of experience in the hotel, tourism, sales and marketing fields, 36 years of experience in the IT, software development and systems integration fields, enhanced by more than 16 years of digital marketing expertise.
Black Sea Sustainable Rural Tourism Program
08-02-2019
The Black Sea Sustainable Rural Tourism Program is a community based, regionally integrated, social enterprise venture that will continuously improve livelihoods, promote entrepreneurship, support sustainable economic actions and preserve social, cultural and environmental heritage. The BSST Program is a result of over 4 years of preparation that included situational analyses and partner development in Ukraine, Turkey and, as of the summer of 2018, Georgia. It will expand to include rural communities in Moldova, Bulgaria and Romania. The Program is community membership based. It has adopted Global Sustainable Tourism Council criteria as a foundation for working toward UN Sustainable Development Goals. GSTC criteria will be adapted to the local political and legal environment, and requires communities to create a formal organization ideally composed of local businesses, ordinary citizens and local government representatives who can complete a strategic plan for the development of the Program in the community. Community Organizations select and approve businesses and accommodation owners to participate within the Program and work directly with a National Office that reports to a Secretariat. The Program provides an international web platform on which communities describe their history, activities, festivals and events. Approved accommodation owners are able to showcase their facilities and bookings, packages, tours and events are handled on the web platform. Additionally, communities are encouraged take part in experiential exchanges with their partner communities in other countries. Since 2014 four exchanges have taken place between Ukraine, Turkey and Georgia giving participants the opportunity to refine their knowledge and apply sustainable practices to their communities. Training has been provided in gender equality, standards, service delivery and strategic planning. The BSST Program is a social enterprise of Sustainable Rural Development Int'l Ltd.
Guaravito - Sustentabilidad y Conservación
08-02-2019
We are an organization that works for the construction of peace through environmental conservation, decarbonization against climate change and sustainable development focused on ecotourism in Costa Rica. With communities, organizations, institutions and business, we have developed the Action Campaign for the Sustainable Development Goals. Our objective is to make sustainable coffee plantations an alternative ecotourism development promoter, in an inclusive, accessible and diverse way, sustainable with the environment, for the benefit of the communities in the region. Our vision is to develop the region's growth in a sustainable, inclusive, accessible and diverse way, with the joint effort of micro entrepreneurs and communities, coordinated by local and international authorities. Ecotourism and social innovation alternative services -on an inclusive, accessible and diverse rural circuits, contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals, as new opportunities are generated, it has a direct impact on the social development of the local communities involved. This project is also based on the World Tourism Organization's Code of Ethics for Tourism, which is a fundamental reference for responsible and sustainable tourism, linked to economic prosperity, job creation and resource growth for environmental protection, this global set of principles were designed to guide tourism development, and is equally aimed to governments, tourism companies, destinations, local communities and responsible tourists for a sustainable tourism industry. As one of the largest socio-economic sectors in Costa Rica, sustainable tourism can stimulate economic growth, create decent work and entrepreneurial opportunities, and help thousands of people out of poverty and improve their livelihoods.
Rural Community Based Tourism - Indonesia
07-02-2019
We are on the stage of place making activities to develop a new concept of Rural Community Based Tourism in Indonesia. As a starting point we have our prototype villages in Sumbawa Island and will have another villages in Lombok Island too. On this initiative we are having a concept to empower the community such as the youth to coordinate and manage the activities / experience on each villages and the women in the village to start their on small business to produce snacks, handicraft, hand weaving etc to be presented to the traveler who visiting their village. On top of that, their house will be typical accommodation for traveler and their original, authentic and tasty culinary will be offered to the visitor. we encourage people or community to take an active role toward this activity. Besides that, we try to make community understand how important it is for all of us to preserve our culture, environment, local values, way of life as well as authentic tasty culinary on each community. Most of our program is experience based activity for all our client to take part in each activity so they get first hand experience how to do something from the community then they will know and understand the local deeper on their life, culture, values , art as well as culinary. The other objective of the program besides things that we have mentioned above is to have an additional generating income activity for the community in rural area so they could improve their welfare. .
Rural Community Based Tourism - Indonesia
07-02-2019
We are on the stage of place making activities to develop a new concept of Rural Community Based Tourism in Indonesia. As a starting point we have our prototype villages in Sumbawa Island and will have another villages in Lombok Island too. On this initiative we are having a concept to empower the community such as the youth to coordinate and manage the activities / experience on each villages and the women in the village to start their on small business to produce snacks, handicraft, hand weaving etc to be presented to the traveler who visiting their village. On top of that, their house will be typical accommodation for traveler and their original, authentic and tasty culinary will be offered to the visitor. we encourage people or community to take an active role toward this activity. Besides that, we try to make community understand how important it is for all of us to preserve our culture, environment, local values, way of life as well as authentic tasty culinary on each community. Most of our program is experience based activity for all our client to take part in each activity so they get first hand experience how to do something from the community then they will know and understand the local deeper on their life, culture, values , art as well as culinary. The other objective of the program besides things that we have mentioned above is to have an additional generating income activity for the community in rural area so they could improve their welfare. .
Seminário Mineiro de Pesquisa e Inovação em Turismo
06-02-2019
The ‚ÄúSemin√°rio Mineiro de Pesquisa e Inova√ß√£o em Turismo (SEMPIT)‚ÄĚ aims to provide an environment of knowledge and information exchange between the academic community and tourism professionals. Held every two years and already having two successful editions, SEMPIT has the intention to foment the production of studies and research related with the impact of tourism as a socioeconomic development activity. In addition, it enables the equality of information and methodologies among researchers. Also, it contributes to promote new projects in tourism sector related with public and private sector. The event stimulates publication of scientific papers with the aim to generate projects of greater assertiveness and costs reductions. It also encourages support from government and private sector to increase studies and investments in the field of innovation in tourism, generating products of greater acceptance in the market and increasing tourist satisfaction in Minas Gerais. In addition, the SEMPIT programme includes national and international speakers and presentation of articles where the best are selected to be published in academic journals. The event is organized by the ‚ÄúObservat√≥rio do Turismo de Minas Gerais‚ÄĚ, which is a research network composed by public and private companies. It aims to promote tourism in Minas Gerais, incentive innovation projects, market intelligence and develop academic research in tourism.
Sosturmac
04-02-2019
Promote sustainable actions that place value on the natural and architectural heritage of the cooperation zone (Cape Verde and Canary Inslans), favoring its conservation and providing added value to its offer of sustainable and cultural tourism.
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25-01-2019
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Lufthansa CSR Actions:
25-01-2019
Paperless Maintenance Program: The digital documentation of maintenance processes saves effort and redundant data entry, and avoids switching between different media. Another advantage: In the future, their technicians will have to deal with a significantly smaller volume of documentation relating to their work on aircraft. Their integrated platform Maintenance Log allows them to process all documents required by their customers both ergonomically and digitally. In this way, data transparency is generated in real time, which in the case of Lufthansa allows active control at an entirely new level.   The advantage: Customers no longer have to produce and administer paper documents, while Lufthansa can work at an early stage with the data transmitted. In addition, digitalization can help conserve about 7,800 tonnes of paper across the industry per year.
Sustainable Tourism Assessment: Eritrea's Massawa and Dahlak Archipelago
25-01-2019
This assessment evaluates the potential for sustainable tourism development in Eritrea’s coastal Massawa and Dahlak Archipelago as an economic opportunity that can contribute to improved livelihoods, heritage promotion and natural conservation efforts. A total of 472 surveys were administered with local communities from Massawa and Dahlak; more than 200 surveys with local, diaspora and international visitors to these target destinations; and a series of key informant interviews with local and national level tourism stakeholders, to assess the potential for developing both a sustainable and competitive tourism sector. The assessment finds that the overall potential for Eritrea to develop a sustainable tourism industry in Massawa and the Dahlak Archipelago is substantial. The findings demonstrate that the destinations are not only endowed with significant natural and cultural heritage sites that are rated as high potential tourism assets, but also communities which have responded with a positive inclination towards tourism led economic growth. Resident and local stakeholders identify an increase in the tourism industry with positive gains in employment generation, development of the service sector, infrastructure and improved social welfare benefits. Visitors rank Massawa and the Dahlak Archipelago as high potential destinations that are endowed with attractive natural and cultural assets that are appealing to local and international tourist travel markets. However the research also finds that the development of a sustainable tourism sector in Massawa and the Dahlak Archipelago faces a number of branding, infrastructure and policy oriented challenges. These challenges necessitate a concerted effort from a diverse network of national and international stakeholders to develop an enabling environment that promotes the emergence of a successful and vibrant industry.
Hospitality and Tourism Congress 2019
21-01-2019
Hospitality and Tourism Congress (HTC) designed as a one-day event to build relationships between the Hospitality and Tourism Industry, to take over develop and manage places of touristic interest in the Union Territory of Puducherry and to promote tourism by all the ways and means to adopt such methods and devices necessary to attract tourists in large numbers, and also to call upon the new business of running Hotels, Restaurant and Watersports & Theme parks. It provides an exclusive platform for inspiration, innovation, and debate. It is our ambition to ensure the future success of our industry and a level playing field for hospitality and tourism businesses that operate in the Puducherry. Conference on Hospitality and Tourism aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Hospitality and Tourism. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Hospitality and Tourism. The hospitality and tourism industry is of central importance to the continued success and development of many countries and is a major contributor to economic growth. Designed as a one-day event to build relationships between the concierge community, meeting and event planning industry, and businesses that cater to Pondicherry’s visitors, this show highlights the best of what a business or leisure traveller could experience in Pondicherry and an opportunity to network with principals of businesses that cater to the city’s visitors.
Sustainable jet fuel from organic waste
21-01-2019
Our project will develop a process to produce sustainable biojet fuel (SBJF) from organic waste. The use of biojet fuel can reduce CO2 emissions in the aviation sector and will lead to sustainable travel. Our process will be able to convert any type of organic waste, including food or agricultural waste, to a ‚Äėdrop-in‚Äô biofuel which can be mixed with traditional aviation fuel. The phase one of the project will be carried out at the University of Amsterdam. We are looking for funding or investment to scale up to pilot scale. We have been granted by Booking.com so we can start the R&D and then will look to scale this further. We are looking to partner with organisation that wish to turn their waste into fuel using circular economy principles. We are Amsterdam based but will look to scale to other locations also.
Flavours of M√°laga: Empowering women through gastronomic heritage tourism in M√°laga, Spain
21-01-2019
M√°laga is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Spanish region of Andalusia that provides employment up to 20.5 percent of the labour force in the region, However, women have barely gained from these developments. As in many destinations worldwide, the labour force in M√°laga is highly gendered and women are far behind in agency. This situation is particularly visible in the adjoined working-class neighbourhoods of Trinidad and Perchel which suffers by high unemployment rates (in total 62,3% in 2014) with 10% higher unemployment for women. Recently, women from Trinidad and Perchel have established their own association, called ‚ÄėLa Alacena del Corral√≥n‚Äô. As part of their activities, to generate income, they organise gastronomic activities in 19th century residential communities, called 'Corralones', every June and December. In order to further improve the socio-economic position of these women, Saxion University of Applied Sciences, in close collaboration with the Municipality of M√°laga, the gastronomic club ‚ÄėKil√≥metro 0‚Äô and with financial support from TUI Care Foundation, initiated the gastronomic heritage tourism project ‚ÄėFlavours of M√°laga‚Äô. The aim of this initiative is to enable socio-economic empowerment of 50-70 women and their families in Trinidad and Perchel by offering sustainable gastronomic heritage products and activities for the tourism industry. The following four mains aims are derived from and based on this project‚Äôs aim in the long run (5-10 years): 1. Increase women‚Äôs participation in the workforce and reinforce their socio-economic position. 2. Advance women‚Äôs entrepreneurial skills and leadership position through trainings and workshops. 3. Improve the livelihood of the wider local community through sustainable business developments 4. Provide an exemplary connection between women‚Äôs empowerment strategies and sustainable tourism development as pillars of urban development in vulnerable areas.
camps
16-01-2019
camps for people with disabilities and socially disadvanteged youth ( mainly girls between 12-18 age), art camps / artist residance for artists with specialŇü needs by a famous curator, music camp for youth , having a high end professional music studio, all sport activities ; swimming, scuba diving, horse riding , orienteering, paragliding , trekking, biking , boat safari , wall climbing, exhibitions in art gallery, 2 x thematic museums, organic field, solar panels, max 70 pax, fully accessible, volunteer based.
Corporate Social Responsibility
16-01-2019
SUSTAINABILITY ACTIONS SOCIAL¬†MAINTENANCE BANK HOURS Through a local social organization (El Risell), the donation of 2 hours of maintenance work for residents of the neighborhood with few resources is managed. In this way those people generally of old age have access to a person in their house of confidence that can carry out the small repairs that normally would not manage well due to lack of resources or because they are too small for a technician to solve it. :-) SOCIAL IMPACT JAM "IMPERFECT" The hotel will have at the breakfast buffet of jams organized by the organization www.espigoladors.cat Local entity of El Prat (Barrio de Sant Cosme) that through a social entrepreneurship provides employment coverage to people at risk of social exclusion. SOLIDARY "VERMUTS" We organize solidarity vermuts in which the hotel offers space and vermouth with tapas for 100 people. The full collection of the tickets sold goes to the social organization gracia solidaria that brings together 17 solidarity and voluntary organizations that work to get the basic services of education, health and social assistance to those who can not have them. Https://www.facebook.com/graciasolidaria/ MEMBER OF THE SCHOOL ROAD The hotel is on the access road to 2 neighborhood schools. The hotel has been assigned as a member of the school path of these two schools. This means that children at a given time can enter the hotel and request help if necessary. The advantage of a hotel is that we are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. EXCESSING Whenever we have material, leftover foods or cleaning the forgotten clients, we contact local entities such as the Bank of Resources, The Bank of Foods, or the La Nau organization for the donation of these items and they distribute to local social entities or direct users. ENVIRONMENTAL LEED¬ģ Certification - Leader in Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Design, Sustainable Buildings Certification System. LEED¬ģ is a registered trademark of the U.S.
Alternative Camp
16-01-2019
Initiated by Alternative Life Association in 2002, Alternative Camp has been held in different cities in Turkey for 15 years, and since 2014 it is held in the √áukurbańü Village in KaŇü/Antalya. It aims to spread the sense of volunteerism, to break social isolation and discrimination and to create an alternative model of holiday-making for the disabled and individuals with different needs. Alternative Camp organizes sports activities, workshops, cultural events and trips targeting disabled individuals, chronically ill persons, poor young people and volunteers. This project, based on volunteerism at each and every level, acts almost like a school for the disabled and for volunteerism. The project reached 150 institutions, 4,000 disabled people, 700 volunteers, 300 guests and companions so far. Alternative Camp has been awarded the World Young Entrepreneurs Award, the‚ÄúGolden Love‚ÄĚ Award of the Turkish Presidency and the ‚ÄúSpecial‚ÄĚ Award of the Prime Ministry. The program continues to open up new windows in the world of young individuals with or without disability, engaging in projects ‚Äúfor a better world‚ÄĚ. For detailed information: www.alternativecamp.org
Futurismo BioBío
11-01-2019
Futurismo es un evento de alta convocatoria de tres d√≠as dedicado a la industria tur√≠stica, sus innovadores, desaf√≠os y oportunidades. Cuenta con la participaci√≥n activa de expertos internacionales, nacionales y locales para fomentar el intercambio de ideas, la asociatividad y la conversaci√≥n en torno a las pr√≥ximas grandes tendencias y retos que impulsaran el sector del turismo. Es un encuentro gratuito abierto a toda la comunidad, re√ļne a emprendedores, empresarios, estudiantes, acad√©micos, conservacionistas, influenciadores, expertos nacionales e internacionales para compartir pr√°cticas y soluciones que ayuden a crear un turismo m√°s sostenible, afrontar los retos actuales y futuros de la industria tur√≠stica y posicionar destinos tur√≠sticos como polos de emprendimiento e innovaci√≥n. El pr√≥ximo encuentro se realizar√° en la regi√≥n del Biob√≠o; Provincia de Arauco, los d√≠as 23, 24 y 25 de abril. Los temas del evento son, > Turismo como motor de desarrollo social > Conservaci√≥n en el turismo > Rol de la Mujer en el turismo
Políticas publicas y gestión publica
28-12-2018
Aunque no es exclusivo de las instituciones p√ļblicas, en ellas es indispensable contar con un modelo de gesti√≥n por valores, para dar respuesta a los retos que tenemos a nivel internacional. Las instituciones p√ļblicas deben ser modernizadas; para lograrlo, se debe enfrentar algunas deficiencias surgidas en el transcurso del tiempo por diversas razones. Algunas de ellas son las siguientes: Ôā∑ Falta de un dise√Īo de gesti√≥n por procesos, lo cual lleva a que muchos trabajadores consideren que cumplir con su funci√≥n es suficiente, por ser lo que indican los documentos. Ôā∑ Mala distribuci√≥n de infraestructura, con lo cual es posible encontrar muy buenas oficinas por un lado, mientras que, por otro lado, las personas pueden estar en condiciones totalmente inadecuadas. Ôā∑ Ausencia de criterios homog√©neos, adecuados, as√≠ como indicadores para medir los resultados obtenidos. Ôā∑ Falta de mecanismos que permitan evitar la duplicidad de funciones, mecanismos para compartir informaci√≥n entre las distintas entidades p√ļblicas, as√≠ como para coordinar trabajos conjuntos. Ôā∑ Mala asignaci√≥n presupuestal y su respectiva aplicaci√≥n seg√ļn lo planificado y lo requerido en cada situaci√≥n. Ôā∑ Inadecuada estructura organizacional, en la que los cargos no obedecen a las necesidades reales y a la forma de operar de la instituci√≥n. Ôā∑ Pol√≠tica y gesti√≥n de recursos humanos ineficiente. Estas deficiencias no pueden ser resueltas por personas que cumplen funciones de acuerdo con los programas preestablecidos; se requiere de personas que
Políticas publicas y gestión publica
28-12-2018
Aunque no es exclusivo de las instituciones p√ļblicas, en ellas es indispensable contar con un modelo de gesti√≥n por valores, para dar respuesta a los retos que tenemos a nivel internacional. Las instituciones p√ļblicas deben ser modernizadas; para lograrlo, se debe enfrentar algunas deficiencias surgidas en el transcurso del tiempo por diversas razones. Algunas de ellas son las siguientes: Ôā∑ Falta de un dise√Īo de gesti√≥n por procesos, lo cual lleva a que muchos trabajadores consideren que cumplir con su funci√≥n es suficiente, por ser lo que indican los documentos. Ôā∑ Mala distribuci√≥n de infraestructura, con lo cual es posible encontrar muy buenas oficinas por un lado, mientras que, por otro lado, las personas pueden estar en condiciones totalmente inadecuadas. Ôā∑ Ausencia de criterios homog√©neos, adecuados, as√≠ como indicadores para medir los resultados obtenidos. Ôā∑ Falta de mecanismos que permitan evitar la duplicidad de funciones, mecanismos para compartir informaci√≥n entre las distintas entidades p√ļblicas, as√≠ como para coordinar trabajos conjuntos. Ôā∑ Mala asignaci√≥n presupuestal y su respectiva aplicaci√≥n seg√ļn lo planificado y lo requerido en cada situaci√≥n. Ôā∑ Inadecuada estructura organizacional, en la que los cargos no obedecen a las necesidades reales y a la forma de operar de la instituci√≥n. Ôā∑ Pol√≠tica y gesti√≥n de recursos humanos ineficiente. Estas deficiencias no pueden ser resueltas por personas que cumplen funciones de acuerdo con los programas preestablecidos; se requiere de personas que
Impact of tourism on socioeconomic development of Gilgit Baltistan
08-12-2018
TO ESTABLISH TOURISM SATELLITE ACCOUNT OF GILGIT BALTISTAN, THE NORTHERN PROVINCE OF PAKISTAN TO ALIGN TOURISM SECTOR OF GB WITH SDGs.
Responsible, ecological and personal-growth travel that supports the SDGs
24-11-2018
This book is about travel ‚Äď not tourism per se, but travel ‚Äď responsible, ecological and personal-growth travel; the kind of travel that benefits both the visitor and the visited while helping to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Leading travel expert Adam Rogers draws upon 40 years of experience exploring more than 130 countries in every region on Earth (22 years working with the United Nations Development Programme) to share the smartest and most conscious ways to travel in this tip-filled guide. Whether a budget traveler or Fortune 500 jetsetter, whether you are 18 or 80 years old and travel with a backpack, a duffel bag or a suitcase, this book has the inside scoop on how to navigate the often-perplexing world of travel, with detailed advice on: Airlines Ground transportation Culture shock Learning languages Ecotourism Pilgrimages Travel photography Hotels and alternative lodging Staying connected Passports, visas and red tape Avoiding trouble Staying healthy Finding work And much, much more Full of recommendations, real-life anecdotes, and answers to the most common questions about travel, this book is a must-read for anyone traveling anywhere.
Reviewing Tourism and Technology as Sustainable Rural Development Strategy: A Case of Hunza, Pakistan
15-11-2018
The rationale of this study is to envelop the debate on the role of tourism and technology for a sustainable rural development in the Hunza valley in North Pakistan and. And this study also guides us to build a viable socio-economic policy framework for CPEC and its projects in different regions of Gilgit-Baltistan. Following the qualitative research methods, an explanatory case study design was used. Purposive sampling technique was used to identify and reach respondents from district Hunza, Gilgit-Baltistan Pakistan. The data was collected through semi-structured interviews, unstructured interviews and participant observation. The findings of this study show that links between tourism, technology and rural development are not much complex to materialize for upgrading the socio-economic life of the local people.
Venezia Autentica
15-11-2018
Venezia Autentica is an impact-driven startup leveraging digital media & tech as well as cultural tourism to increase the retention of tourism revenue in urban destinations while improving visitors' experience. We do so to halt the impoverishment and displacement of the local residents and consequently preserve unique cultures, heritages, and ways of life. We are currently piloting and active in Venice, Italy and planning on expanding to other cities suffering from the problem of overtourism. Our work and expertise have been featured over 60 times in major international publications such as BBC, ABC, National Geographic Traveler, Arte TV, Conde Nast Traveler and more. Concretely, we make it easy and fun for visitors to have an authentic experience of their destination while making a positive impact on the local community, mainly by supporting vetted local businesses and associations. You can read more at https://veneziaautentica.com or e-mail me at valeria@veneziaautentica.com
Taiga Expedition
12-11-2018
"Taiga Expedition" is an eco-expeditions to various parts of our Russia and the first organized Russian whale watching tours. What does "Taiga eco-expedition" mean? Each of our expeditions has it's own mission: to show the beauty of our country to as many people as possible; to overcome indifference to environmental problems through the amazing experience that travelers will get by watching animals in their natural habitat. Each group is accompanied by a researcher who will make the trip incredibly educational. Also, each group spends several days in one of the most beautiful Russian reserves, doing some work for it: from helping to collect scientific data to arranging eco-paths.
Inventory analysis and carbon footprint of coastland-hotel services: A Spanish case study
05-11-2018
Tourism is a key industry in the Spanish economy. Spain was in the World top three ranking by international tourist arrivals and by income in 2015. The development of the tourism industry is essential to maintain the established economic system. However, if the environmental requirements were not taken into account, the country would face a negative effect on depletion of local environmental resources from which tourism depends. This case study evaluates, through a life cycle perspective, the average carbon footprint of an overnight stay in a Spanish coastland hotel by analyzing 14 two-to-five-stars hotels. Inventory and impact data are analyzed and presented both for resource use and greenhouse gases emissions, with the intention of helping in the environmental decision-making process. The main identified potential hotspots are electricity and fuels consumption (6 to 30 kWh/overnight stay and 24 to 127 MJ/overnight stay respectively), which are proportional to the number of stars and inoccupancy rate and they produce more than 75% of the impact. It is also revealed that voluntary implementation of environmental monitoring systems (like EMAS regulation) promotes the collection of more detailed and accurate data, which helps in a more efficient use of resources. A literature review on LCA and tourism is also discussed. Spanish hotels inventory data presented here for the first time will be useful for tourism related managers (destination managers, policy makers and hotel managers among others) to calculate sustainability key indicators, which can lead to achieve real sustainable-tourism goals. Further data collection will be needed in future projects to gather representative data from more hotels, other accommodation facilities and also other products/services offered by tourist sector in Spain (like transport of tourists, food and beverage, culture sports & recreation and others).
Value Chain Assessment in Tourism
05-11-2018
Since January 2014 the International Labor Organization (ILO) has implemented the SECO funded project ‚ÄúSupporting Tourism in Myanmar through Business Management training‚ÄĚ. Following on from Phase 1, ILO carries out Phase 2 (2017-2021) of the Project on SME development in Myanmar supported by NORAD. In order to identify sensible development activities at local level and resources that could support their implementation, research into the domestic and international tourism value chains in Myanmar is considered vital. Tourism value chain assessments of this kind have been conducted in the two beach resorts Chaung Thar and Ngwe Saung (2014), in Bagan (2015), in Kyaing Tong (2015), in Myeik (2016), Mrauk-U (2017) and most recently a combined assessment of the two tourism destinations Mawlamyine and Hpa-An in January and February 2018. The Myanmar Tourism Master Plan defines cultural and creative tourism as the typical forms of tourism relevant for Hpa-An. So far however, most tour operators have not yet included Hpa-An and other parts of Kayin State in their tours. Kayin State including the region around Hpa-An started enjoying a relative peace and stability recently. In the past, the potential for armed conflict has hampered developing the tourism potential of the State. Many areas in Kayin State are still today restricted for tourists. However, the prospect of a peaceful future will further boost tourism in the city and the State. The tourism VCA has produced a comprehensive picture of challenges and opportunities local tourism SMEs and other tourism actors are facing in Hpa-An and helped identifying a first batch of 13 proposals for action that would address the kind of support tourism entrepreneurs would need to develop. The analysis indicates that Hpa-An has great future tourism potential, if current problems are addressed. Those problems include the availability of tourist information, transportation options to the destination, poor Internet access and quali
Bringing ecotourism and volunteerism together: a Case of the Great Baikal Trail
05-11-2018
Situated in south-east Siberia, the 3.15-million-ha Lake Baikal is the oldest (25 million years) and deepest (1,700 m) lake in the world. It contains 20% of the world's total unfrozen freshwater reserve. Known as the 'Galapagos of Russia', its age and isolation have produced one of the world's richest and most unusual freshwater faunas, which is of exceptional value to evolutionary science (UNESCO, 1996). Apart from being a natural wonder of the outstanding universal value, Baikal Lake also attracts thousands of tourists annually. Touristic exploration is present at both sides of the lake, i.e. in Buryatia and Irkutsk Oblast. As the most visited areas around Baikal are at the same time special protected natural areas, development of environmentally friendly infrastructure at National Parks and outside would be a reasonable solution to a mass-tourism-caused challenge. With that in mind Great Baikal Trail ‚Äď a former interregional NGO and today an Association of Leadership, Ecological Education, and Trailbuilding has been built environmentally sensitive trails around Baikal Lake for the last 15 years. Through its diverse projects in environmental education and volunteerism it also aims to cultivate social responsibility in the modern society. Not only GBT‚Äôs projects evolve around environment that is a primary field within the discourse of sustainable tourism development, but they also clearly reflect the socio-cultural authenticity of host communities. Thus, the local region is a home to Buryats, the largest ethnic minority in Siberia. Every trailbuilding project involves introduction to this culture, including cuisine and traditions. Hence, such projects raise awareness about the unique local population domestically and internationally.
Global Sustainable Tourism Dashboard
25-10-2018
The Global Sustainable Tourism Dashboard provides a broader insight into how the sector is contributing to the SDGs by tracking indicators across a range of relevant sustainability dimensions.
Reducing plastic
25-10-2018
Oceans are, with their temperature, their currents and under life sea, the engine of global systems that make the earth habitable for people. Oceans cover three-quarters of the earth’s surface, and our drinking water, the weather, the climate, the coasts, most of our food and even the air we breathe are dependent of the oceans. Worldwide, everyone is aware of the plastic soup floating around in the oceans. Plastic fragments into small particles, which changes all our water into a global microplastic soup. Water animals and plankton eat these plastics, and this is how it enters our food chain. On average, travellers use at least 30 water bottles per person during a two-week trip, especially in warm countries where you have to drink a lot. This causes a huge amount of plastic waste. In many countries waste is not properly processed, and litter is a big problem. In order to reduce the amount of plastic waste, we work together with our local experts to expand the number of water refill stations in cities and hotels. This way our travellers can easily refill their own refillable bottle without having to buy plastic bottles. We are also partner of RefillMyBottle, a community that has mapped all locations where people can refill their bottle for free or minimum fee. In some of the countries where we organise holidays to, it is not possible to drink water straight from the tap. That is why we also started to promote the Lifestraw bottle, the SteriPEN and the Grayl bottle to our clients. This re-usable bottle filters unsafe drinking water into safe drinking water! We have started the plastic-free travel challenge with several bloggers to show our travellers that zero-waste travel is actually possible. Involved: Better Places network, Dopper, Lifestraw, SteriPEN, Grayl, RefillMyBottle, all local experts of the Better Places network.
OffWorld
17-10-2018
OffWorld is a brand new French company advising travellers with a responsible & ethical approach while booking their next trip. As a personal travel coach, OffWorld provides tailor made advice and work with a committed network in order to offer the best solutions for all the travellers. OffWorld works with local partners to participate to the economic development, it also promotes off-road destinations in order to avoid the mass tourism effect while offering responsible accommodation solutions and cultural activities to better understand every people. The goal is to find back the real values of a trip : the discovery, the feelings and above all the respect. Please feel free to contact us at contact@offworld.fr for any request about the company or even a partnership. Together, let's prove to all the travellers that responsible tourism ensure our future.
Kuoni Congress Sustainability
17-10-2018
Kuoni Congress strives to act as a good corporate citizen which takes into full account the current and future economic, social and environmental impacts of its business. Kuoni Congress seeks to manage meetings, events and congress activities in an ecologically and socially sustainable manner.
Wine Tours
17-10-2018
Venivinum’s wine tours give you the opportunity to taste the unique wines of Catalonia. Departing from Barcelona, you will enjoy vineyards, grapes, land, history and landscape, a combination of ancestral agriculture and expertise, in wineries that produce the best natural, biodynamic and organic wines and sparkling wines. From your accommodation in Barcelona -hotel, hostel, apartament, room, cruisers...- or from an agreed meeting point -like cruisers in Tarragona or other place-, we will use the most sustainable means of transport, whether that be train, electric bicycles, electric or hybrid cars or conventional cars for bigger groups (up to 6 people). We will visit wineries, enjoy a meal together and take you back to the meeting point at the end.
Globetrotterseven B2B tour
16-10-2018
The trip will serve as un opportunity for participants to get hands-on experience and exposure to Lesotho's cultural norms, business regulatory framework, political climate and socioeconomic challenges and opportunities. The visit is a mixture of tourism activities and face to face purposefully arranged meetings with local business and governmental offices. Participants will have an opportunity to explore business ventures available in Lesotho in 4 main sectors Agribusiness, tourism and creative arts, textiles and innovation.
National Dance Award with Histor
16-10-2018
The National Dance Award with History, is an initiative imagined by the Society of Historical, Archaeological and Geographical Studies of Chile, in conjunction with the directors of the Oriental Dance Academy Najmah All Sahara. With the main objective of stimulating creation in the field of historical research and geographical - historical analysis of oriental dance and tribal fusion in the continent, the meeting has been designed to educate the audience through dance and its interpretations with historical foundations, promoting good health and well-being through dance, with emphasis on social inclusion and gender equality. The contest, which hopes to bring together important representatives of the country and the American continent, will be held in the beautiful World Heritage City of Valparaíso; promoting tourism and the multicultural relationship. The alliance between the Dance Academy and the History Society, goes to show that both history and dance are made up of multiple aspects, beyond the technique or trajectory of those who represent them, in such a way that we have created a unique space for the multidisciplinary study of dance's history and its artistic interpretation. The event is sponsored by the Historical Bulletin (ISSN 0719-7802), a scientific journal that will publish all the reviews submitted to the contest, and supported by the International Symposium "Meeting of History and Geography" Concón, Chile; event that already has the support of the work of tourism4sdgs.
Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals ‚Äď Good Practices in the Americas
15-10-2018
This joint publication between UNWTO and the Organization of American States highlights case studies from across the Americas that showcase the contribution of tourism to sustainable development in line with the 17 universal SDGs. It shows how a common multi-stakeholder approach to tourism development can catalyze sustainable growth through our sector. Key recommendations: ‚ÄĘ Across the Americas and particularly in the Caribbean, tourism is one of the primary sources of employment, foreign direct investment and GDP. ‚ÄĘ Tourism in the Americas also improves livelihoods, promotes poverty alleviation, enhances the protection of biodiversity and cultural heritage development, and helps to build peace. ‚ÄĘ It is crucial to precisely define the role tourism should play in the sustainable development agenda of the region up to and beyond 2030. ‚ÄĘ Critical attention must be paid to the way tourism is managed, with its income generation and employment benefits at risk of being compromised by tourism 'overcrowding' and climate change. ‚ÄĘ The emergence of a more responsible traveller means that destinations in the region should integrate resource efficiency and multi-stakeholder involvement in adopting policies, actions and initiatives. ‚ÄĘ Managing tourism development sustainably also requires strengthening partnerships between national and international public and private stakeholders, as well as local communities. ‚ÄĘ Destinations can fill their data gap in measuring the social, economic and environmental impacts of tourism, and improve effectiveness of policies and programmes related to the SDGs, through a statistical framework such as is being suggested by the launch of the Measuring Sustainable Tourism (MST) project.  
Tourism for Development ‚Äď Volume II: Good Practices
15-10-2018
How can tourism effectively contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development? This flagship report addresses the changes needed in policies, business practices and consumer behaviour. Showcased along 23 case studies from around the world, this two-volume report examines the role of tourism in each of the five pillars of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, 2017: 1. Sustainable economic growth; 2. Social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction; 3. Resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change; 4. Cultural values, diversity and heritage; and 5. Mutual understanding, peace and security.
Tourism for Development ‚Äď Volume I: Key Areas for Action
15-10-2018
How can tourism effectively contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development? This flagship report addresses the changes needed in policies, business practices and consumer behaviour. Showcased along 23 case studies from around the world, this two-volume report examines the role of tourism in each of the five pillars of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, 2017: 1. Sustainable economic growth; 2. Social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction; 3. Resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change; 4. Cultural values, diversity and heritage; and 5. Mutual understanding, peace and security.
Tourism and Culture Synergies
15-10-2018
The UNWTO report on Tourism and Culture Synergies highlights the symbiotic relationship between tourism and culture and the interdependency of the two sectors. The report, undertaken through a survey of UNWTO member states and expert opinion, affirms that cultural tourism plays a major role in global tourism today. It also reveals that the sub-sector, in keeping with the changes to tourism as a whole, has been transformed by changing lifestyles, new forms of culture and creativity, and evolution and innovation in technology.
Youth Career Initiative
15-10-2018
The Youth Career Initiative is the hotel industry‚Äôs award winning solution to global youth unemployment. It aids the hotel sector to address SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) by supporting disadvantaged young people ‚Äď including survivors of human trafficking ‚Äď through skills and employability training. Such skills enable them to access employment and education opportunities, thereby boosting local economies. YCI currently works with eleven international hotel groups, including Marriott and the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), to transform the lives of youths in 16 countries and 26 locations across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific. YCI centres on a six-month programme offering students hands-on vocation training in 15 hotel departments (80% of the programme). They also gain work and life skills in a classroom-based environment (20% of the programme). YCI‚Äôs partnership model is unique, bringing together hotels and local non-profit partners to work collaboratively to deliver the training programme. Hand in hand, they create an engaging curriculum with the support of dedicated mentors. YCI enables hotels and other businesses to recruit from an untapped talent pool, while building a motivated workforce. YCI began in 1995 as the Youth Career Development Programme in Bangkok, spearheaded by the Pan Pacific Hotels Group. Lyndall De Marco, Corporate Director of Education at Pan Pacific, and Dr Kitiya Phornsadja, Child Protection Officer for UNICEF Thailand, created the unique model. They recruited the programme‚Äôs first students from social welfare schools in northern Thailand‚Äôs rural provinces. In 2004, De Marco joined the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF), where she expanded the programme under its current name (YCI) as an initiative of the International Tourism Partnership (ITP).
Enhancing the climate resilience of tourism-reliant communities
15-10-2018
Tourism is the dominant sector of the Samoan economy, contributing more than 20% of its GDP. The principle resource bases of tourism are Samoa’s pristine beaches and its coastal, lagoon and reef areas. Some 70% of Samoa’s population live within the coastal strips, with tourism operations generally within 100 meters of the coastline. As they are adjacent to the coast, many operators and reliant communities are exposed to the impacts of climate change-induced natural hazards and other long-term incremental changes like rising sea-levels. To address these issues, this project (2013-2017) focuses on expanding the resilience of natural and socio-economic systems in tourism-related operations and areas; on enhancing livelihood strategies; and on supporting communities to weather climate change-induced hazards. The initiative supported the formulation of integrated and climate-sensitive Management Plans for five Tourism Development Areas, involving at least 10 villages, 16 community-owned tourism operations, four tourism attractions, and the wider communities in the villages of South-East Upolu, Manono, Eastern Savaii, Northwest Savaii and South East Savaii. The project’s objectives are pursued by strengthening multi-level stakeholder collaboration and public-private partnerships, in order to introduce a set of locally-tailored adaptation measures; strengthen institutional capacities to integrate climate change and disaster risks in tourism-related policy frameworks; and improve local awareness and understanding of the importance and benefits of preparedness in the face of climate change risks.
Sustainable tourism governance in the Bohol Province
15-10-2018
Bohol province, located in the Central Visayas region, is the tenth largest of the Philippines‚Äô 7,641 islands. With a main island surrounded by 72 smaller islands, Bohol is now one of the country‚Äôs most prominent tourism destinations. The province is best known for its tourism circuits involving one of the world‚Äôs smallest and most endangered primates ‚Äď the Philippine tarsier ‚Äď as well as the unique limestone formations of the Chocolate Hills, its white sand beaches and other natural wonders. Bohol is historically and culturally significant, with its Spanish-era heritage churches. Prior to its development as a major tourism destination, the province was characterized by widespread poverty, low incomes and high out-migration rates. Bohol was a member of Club 20 ‚Äď the 20 poorest provinces of the Philippines ‚Äď and a hotbed of communist insurgency, hosting the general headquarters of the Communist Party in the Central and Eastern Visayas. To address these issues, the Provincial Government of Bohol decided to pursue ecotourism as a form of regional development for environment-friendly and community-based economic growth. This decision was based on the influence of good governance practice, province-wide stakeholder consultations involving local communities, and the province‚Äôs inclusion as one of the key sites in the Philippines‚Äô National Ecotourism Strategy. This led to the establishment of strong partnerships both within and outside the province. As such, provincial tourism stakeholders gained the skills to manage continued and sustainable tourism growth.
Sustainable Destinations Alliance for the Americas
15-10-2018
The SDAA focuses on two of the most tourism dependent regions in the world ‚Äď the Caribbean and Central America. These regions are also biodiversity hotspots, particularly for marine ecosystems, and are highly susceptible to climate change vulnerability. If inappropriately managed, tourism may aggravate challenges in these areas, such as the misuse or degradation of precious ecosystems, economic leakages, and a loss of cultural traditions in face of rising homogenization. However, tourism can also be a powerful mechanism for addressing such issues by supporting conservation efforts, moves to protect reefs and forests, initiatives to safeguard culture and heritage, and by providing much-needed employment opportunities, foreign exchange earnings and prospects for investment. To harness tourism‚Äôs potential in this regard, the SDAA was launched in March 2014 by Sustainable Travel International (STI) and a range of partner organizations, listed below. This innovative public-private partnership is grounded upon a shared commitment to building resilience in local communities, improving the way tourism is managed, and enhancing competitiveness in destinations across the Caribbean and Latin America. Eleven destinations ‚Äď mainly coastal regions and islands that are highly popular with tourists ‚Äď are part of the Alliance, namely Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, the Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Mexico, and St Kitts and Nevis. The SDAA demonstrates how sustainably managed tourism can be efficiently managed at the regional level to improve lives and protect the environment. The SDAA‚Äôs objectives are to: ‚Äď Maximize tourism‚Äôs benefits for local communities and residents; ‚Äď Protect the region‚Äôs natural and cultural assets by conserving its land and marine resources; and ‚Äď Embed sustainability practices in the day-to-day management and marketing of destinations.
Chumbe Island Coral Park
15-10-2018
Tanzania‚Äôs coral reefs are under threat from dynamite fishing and overexploitation, while coastal forests are disappearing in the wake of rising charcoal production and coastal development. Marine Protected Areas play a crucial role in conversing biodiversity and replenishing coral and fish stock. They can also generate income for their own sustainable management through ecotourism. In response to this situation, CHICOP‚Äôs overall aim is to create a model of sustainable nature conservation ‚Äď one in which ecotourism supports park management, research and Environmental Education Programmes for local school children. While the Park‚Äôs objectives are non-commercial, its operations follow commercial principles. Since 1991, CHICOP has turned the formerly uninhabited Chumbe Island into a fully-managed, internationally recognised nature reserve that: ‚Äď Includes a marine park, forest reserve, visitors‚Äô centre and eco lodge; and ‚Äď Provides sanctuary to critically endangered species, such as Aders‚Äô duikers, coconut crabs and Roseate terns. All this was achieved in partnership with local communities, through: ‚Äď Village meetings before and during project development; ‚Äď Employing and training former fishermen as Park Rangers, underscored by a preference for recruiting local people; ‚Äď Basing all operations on detailed Management Plans spanning 1995-2027; ‚Äď Creating a Park Advisory Committee with Government, university and village representatives; ‚Äď Offering marine rescue services to local fishermen/women in distress; and ‚Äď Developing Environmental Education Programmes for fishermen, school children and all visitors.
Ecotourism in Sundarbans Impact Zone
15-10-2018
The Sundarbans mangrove forest, a natural wonder and one of the largest continuous blocks of mangrove forests in the world, stretches across south-western Bangladesh. Local communities living along the fringes of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Ramsar Wetland Sanctuary, in the districts of Sathkhira and Khulna, are highly dependent on forest resources for their lives and livelihoods. Natural phenomena and the overexploitation of natural resources, including by growing human populations with few alternative livelihood opportunities, pose a threat to this delicate mangrove forest ecosystem. Relief International‚Äôs (RI) ecotourism project in the Sundarbans Impact Zone aims to lessen local communities‚Äô dependence on forest resources by supporting them to explore ecotourism as an alternative income generating source, and develop their options as eco-entrepreneurs and service providers in the ecotourism value chain. The project‚Äôs overall objective is to strengthen local livelihoods and enhance respect for local culture, communities ‚Äď including minority ethnic groups ‚Äď and ecology through the development of ecotourism, cultural tourism and entrepreneurship. The initiative also instils a sense of respect and responsibility among tourists, encouraging them to buy local products, ensure that they have the least amount of impact on the surrounding environment, and understand that their contributions assist the conservation of the neighbouring mangrove forest.
Art, Culture and Tourism Centres
15-10-2018
Lanzarote, a leading European destination and the easternmost of Spain‚Äôs Canary Islands, receives 3 million tourists each year. Given the island‚Äôs unique landscape, local artist and architect C√©sar Manrique conceived an ambitious creative project to conserve Lanzarote‚Äôs environment and culture while showing its beauty to the world, involving interventions that explore the harmonious relationship between art and nature. Thus, the foundations of the Art, Culture and Tourism Centres (CACTs) were laid in 1966. Manrique began to develop a network of tourist centers for Lanzarote‚Äôs Cabildo (island Government), engaging fellow artist Jes√ļs Soto and a range of outstanding craftsmen ‚Äď gardeners, blacksmiths, stone masons, carpenters and Cabildo workers. Today, the network of Centers encompasses nine tourism attractions integrated with the surrounding natural environment. Combined, they receive 2.9 million visitors annually. The spaces include a cave (Cueva de los Verdes), a volcano (Jameos del Agua), other natural wonders (Jard√≠n de Cactus, Mirador del R√≠o, and Monta√Īas del Fuego/Timanfaya), a castle (Castillo de San Jos√©), an underwater museum (Museo Atl√°ntico) and cultural heritage sites (La Casa Amarilla and Monumento al Campesino).
Hostelling International
15-10-2018
HI USA, a national non-profit organization that operates 33 hostels across the United States of America, offers carefully-designed immersive environments that promote interaction and understanding among people of diverse backgrounds. Its targeted experiential learning programmes foster cultural competence and challenge the traditional tourism experience ‚Äď one characterized by spectatorship and consumption as opposed to engagement and creation. HI USA‚Äôs education and engagement programmes are a permanent, recurring core feature of the organizations work. They are offered to guests and community members to strengthen intercultural understanding and global citizenship. Between April 2016 and March 2017, over 122,000 people participated in HI USA‚Äôs intercultural experiential learning programmes ‚Äď 5,100 programmes were offered to travellers and 760 to community members. 56% of all programmes were led by community volunteers. Over the same period, HI USA‚Äôs New York Hostel offered 930 experiential learning programmes to travellers and 57 to community members. Led by locals interested in engaging visitors and learning about them, HI NYC‚Äôs programmes offer a deeper opportunity to think about travellers‚Äô impact on the lived experience of the places they visit, and reflect on their own culture‚Äôs similarities or differences. Community-led discussions, events and service opportunities help visitors develop a more complex perspective of a place, how it shapes the people who live and work there, and the challenges that local communities face. This impacts what tourists think about others, themselves, and the actions they take. The good practice lessons learned from these programmes have direct impacts on intercultural understanding.
Mayakoba Tourism Development
15-10-2018
The Mayakoba Tourism Development initiative is situated in Riviera Maya, within the Solidaridad municipality in the northern reaches of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. It encompasses a 249 hectare complex, located on a karstic coast with a humid tropical climate. The local environmental systems ‚Äď known as Punta Bete and Punta Maroma ‚Äď form strips parallel to the sea, consisting of beaches, coastal dunes, mangrove forests and ‚Äėmedium‚Äô forests. Tourism has a high environmental impact on such dune and mangrove ecosystems, especially mass tourism with a high density of rooms. Recognizing the need for a very different model of tourism development in Mayakoba, the Spanish company Obrasc√≥n Huarte Lain (OHL) designed and implemented an innovative, low-density model. Engineers, architects, experts, consultants and scientists from research centres ‚Äď both local and international ‚Äď undertook specialized studies and participated in technical planning. Mayakoba‚Äôs main location lies behind the mangrove forest and involves minimum use of the rear dune‚Äôs watershed. It seeks to have the lowest possible impact on local ecosystems. The complex forms an environmental matrix, marked by the use of existing terrestrial ecosystems and the creation of a 25 hectare aquatic ecosystem of canals, which functions as a natural estuary. Designed through rigorous study based on scientific foundations, the area‚Äôs tourism infrastructure consists of four world-class hotels and a PGA Tour-certified professional golf course. Mayakoba‚Äôs natural and anthropic elements are integrated within a framework of ‚Äėlasting natural luxury‚Äô. Its operation has enabled the maintenance of pre-existing flora and fauna, as well as the creation of aquatic and coastal habitats that did not previously exist. This has sparked an increase in fauna, particularly birds, fish and amphibians, forming an important new wildlife sanctuary.
Climate Change Vulnerability Studies
15-10-2018
Mexico is highly exposed to natural hazards ‚Äď ranging from droughts to hurricanes. As climate change gains pace, wide-ranging shifts in climate variability are anticipated, including increases in extreme weather events and associated likely impacts on economic activities like tourism. To address these challenges, a series of Climate Change Vulnerability Studies on 20 of Mexico‚Äôs priority tourism destinations were conducted between 2012 and 2016. These studies were undertaken by a research centre, the National Academy of Research and Development, at the request of the Ministry of Tourism. They assess vulnerability to climate change in Canc√ļn, Riviera Maya, Acapulco, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Nuevo Vallarta, Mazatl√°n, Boca del R√≠o, Veracruz, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Huatulco, Campeche, Coatzacoalcos, Costa Esmeralda, Tlacotalpan, Guanajuato, Monterrey, Morelia, Puebla, San Miguel de Allende and Manzanillo. These Climate Change Vulnerability Studies have four main components: - An assessment of the destination‚Äôs vulnerability to the impacts of climate variability and climate change, considering various risks; - An Adaptation Programme for each destination, carried out through an on-site workshop with local actors. These evaluate the matrix of specific adaptation actions to be carried out by the tourism sector in each destination, subjected to a hierarchical and cost-benefit approach; - Vulnerability and risk maps for each destination, featuring geographic information on vulnerabilities; and - Analysis of each destination‚Äôs Early Warning System, operated by the Directorate General of Civil Protection of Mexico‚Äôs Ministry of the Interior.
Olderkesi Community Wildlife Conservation Trust
15-10-2018
The Olderkesi Community Wildlife Conservation Trust (OCWCT) spans 7, 608 acres in the south-eastern reaches of the Maasai Mara region in Kenya, bordering Tanzania‚Äôs Serengeti National Park and Kenya‚Äôs Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Home to the Maasai tribe, the area is known for its abundant wildlife ‚Äď both flora and fauna ‚Äď including several endangered species of animals. In 2013, the OCWCT was initiated by the Cottar‚Äôs Wildlife Community Trust (CWCT) and landowners in Olderkesi, with the aim of improving the livelihoods of the Maasai community in Olderkesi. All activities undertaken through the OCWCT seek to strengthen livelihoods, preserving Maasai culture and enhance visitor experiences at Cottar‚Äôs 1920s Camp and Bush Villa. Community land is leased to OCWCT for wildlife conservation and tourism. In return, the community receives an incentive in the form of a land lease fee. Wildlife and the area‚Äôs rich Maasai culture are the main tourism products which have been sustained through the CWCT and OCWCT. The latter‚Äôs main stakeholders are Cottar‚Äôs 1920s Camp and landowners in the area, who are involved in decision making. The participation of all land owners has been vital, as is the involvement of relevant local authorities to ensure proper documentation and certification.
El Carlos Ecotourism and Archaeological Centre
15-10-2018
The village of El Carlos in northern Colombia, situated in the Necoclí municipality in Antioquia state’s Urabá region, lies next to the border with Panama. Due to its strategic location, the Urabá region has suffered a history of violence. El Carlos itself was affected, obliging communities to develop survival strategies to avoid becoming a target of conflict. In 2005, with the demobilization of paramilitary forces, a process of community reconciliation began. Communities began working together in the spheres of tourism, handicrafts, fisheries and cocoa farms. Thus, the El Carlos Ecotourism and Archaeological Centre was created to strengthen tourism and peace in the area. The community was supported by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Prosperity Department, which initiated a programme to provide community members with alternatives to illegal economic activities. Support was also forthcoming from the local government for various projects, with funds from a range of ministries and institutions. The community developed ties with tourism stakeholders in the area. In 2015, Colombia’s Vice Ministry of Tourism designated the Urabá region as a pilot in its Tourism Development Plan, within the context of its Tourism, Peace and Coexistence programme.
Nearly Zero Energy Hotels (neZEH)
15-10-2018
Buildings account for 40% of the European Union’s (EU) total energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions. Accommodation is responsible for 21% of the tourism sector’s CO2 emissions. While there is immense potential for savings in this sphere, the hospitality sector’s fragmented nature poses challenges to this objective. As EU directives for Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB) are rolled out, Europe’s hospitality sector will have to comply with these requirements. The Nearly Zero Energy Hotels (neZEH) Consortium was created to assist hotels to save energy, reduce their carbon footprint and build a more competitive and sustainable hospitality sector. It supports hotels to reach Nearly Zero Energy levels, in response to the EU’s commitments on energy efficiency and climate change (2020 and 2050 targets), specifically its policies of transforming Europe’s building stock into Nearly Zero Energy Buildings. The neZEH initiative provides hotels with tailored technical advice, shares good practices and undertakes capacity building related to energy renovations. The project offers sound, adapted guidance, practical training and useful tools such as the neZEH e-toolkit. This free online tool assists hotels to identify appropriate solutions in the area of energy efficiency. The toolkit and the overall neZEH project build upon the Hotel Energy Solutions (HES) initiative, used by over 1,540 hotels to improve their competitiveness through resource efficiency. To date, renovation projects have been implemented in seven EU member states, with 16 Nearly Zero Energy Hotels supported between 2013 and 2016. Championing an approach can lead to a 70% reduction in energy consumption, these innovators serve as an inspiration towards a more sustainable hospitality sector.
Dubai Sustainable Tourism Initiative
15-10-2018
Tourism is one of the strongest pillars of Dubai's economic growth. With the aim of attracting 20 million visitors by 2020, Dubai has set clear targets for sustainable development. These are in line with the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform the United Arab Emirates (UAE) into a ‚ÄėGreen Economy for Sustainable Development‚Äô. Dubai Sustainable Tourism (DST) is a public-private partnership, with the involvement of civil society, that aims to contribute to Dubai‚Äôs broader clean energy and sustainable development targets by embedding the principles of sustainability into all aspects of the tourism sector. DST brings together all economic stakeholders involved in tourism and hospitality ‚Äď from tour operators to hotel developers and operators. Its holistic approach builds on common goal to achieve the long-term objective of a sustainable economy. The initiative‚Äôs structured approach to achieving sustainability identifies four clear targets ‚Äď energy efficiency; environmental protection; awareness and education; and sectoral engagement. These fall within the overall context of environmental protection, social development and economic enablers, which will enable tourism in Dubai contribute to the overall journey of mitigating climate change and promoting sustainability by using four working streams or delivery platforms.
Global Himalayan Expedition
11-10-2018
Ladakh, located in the Indian Himalayas, boasts rich cultural heritage due to its location on the ancient silk route. Tourists from around the world visit the area to meditate, explore its mountain valleys and its traditional heritage. Local communities were largely dependent on kerosene lamps for lighting, which emitted toxic fumes and caused health problems. In 2013, the Global Himalayan Expedition initiative (GHE) was founded by Paras Loomba in Ladakh to expand access to electricity for the area‚Äôs remote Himalayan communities by leveraging tourism as a model to provide their villages with electricity. The GHE offers tourists the opportunity to travel to the most remote reaches of the Himalayas, while having a tangible, positive impact on the lives of local communities through expanded access to electricity. It offers a life changing experience for visitors and local indigenous communities through its three-step expedition approach: ‚Äď A survey of the communities, involving the creation of an itinerary for the expedition which revolves around adventure and social impact; ‚Äď Reaching out to tourists through social media, inviting them to be part of the impact expedition; and ‚Äď Taking groups of 15-20 tourists from around the world to improve the lives of marginalized local communities. To date, GHE has conducted 37 expeditions which have provided 53 villages with access to electricity, improving the lives of at least 20,000 people. The initiative has formed partnerships with several global enterprises, which send their employees to serve as part of leadership expeditions and extend electricity to the area‚Äôs villages.
Sabyinyo Community Livelihood Association (SACOLA)
11-10-2018
Volcanoes National Park (VNP), a haven for the highest concentration of endangered mountain gorillas in the world, is situated in northern Rwanda, on the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The region is characterized by its high population density ‚Äď of some 700 people per square kilometre ‚Äď land scarcity and poverty. These factors have prompted some locals to illegally access the Park‚Äôs resources to sustain their livelihoods ‚Äď including water, meat, wood, medicinal herbs and honey. To enhance the Park‚Äôs conservation and protect its biodiversity, there was a need to actively involve the neighbouring community in protection efforts. SACOLA was created to contribute to Volcanoes National Park‚Äôs sustainable conservation, while improving the socio-economic conditions of the local population. The Association‚Äôs tourism project involved the construction and operation of a high-end community lodge ‚Äď the Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge ‚Äď marked by community participation and representation. SACOLA‚Äôs members include local leaders, key community representatives of the Rwandan Office of Tourism and National Parks (RDB) and the International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP). Its composition was guided by a desire to ensure the appropriate representation of the local community, and to ensure sustainability by involving RDB and IGCP. Responsibility for environmental conservation and strengthening community livelihoods is shared among all the institutions involved. The initiative is grounded upon Rwanda‚Äôs political will to link conservation to the principles of sustainable development.
ILUNION Hotels
11-10-2018
ILUNION Hotels is a chain of accessible hotels offering differently-abled professionals the opportunity to work in the tourism sector. The ILUNION Hotels project covers the entirety of Spain, with physical representation in the provinces of Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Bilbao, Seville, Zaragoza, Malaga, Huelva, Cadiz, Gerona, Menorca, Merida and Badajoz. One of its main objectives is to integrate persons with disabilities in a working environment where such professionals are lacking. Appreciating the great potential of Special Employment Centres (CEE) ‚Äď where the vast majority of staff members are persons with disabilities ‚Äď ILUNION decided to carry out a trial in one of its hotels. After a trial lasting several months, which verified the viability of this approach, ILUNION requested the hotel‚Äôs official classification as a CEE. Today, all of ILUNION‚Äôs hotels offer employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. Those classified as Special Employment Centres, where over 70% of employees have disabilities, are especially significant examples of labour integration. These CEEs offer all key hotel services, from accommodation to event hosting and catering, in Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia. The success of this initiative has involved a range of actors alongside ILUNION, including its dedicated staff and management, and several foundations, like FSC-INSERTA, dedicated to working with persons with disabilities.
Supporting Women Entrepreneurs
11-10-2018
The region of Mopti in Mali boasts two prominent tourism destinations ‚Äď Djenn√©, a flooding area, and Sangha, a non-flooding area. Women in Mali are highly engaged in the production of handicrafts, hotel services, restaurants, the supply of produce and product processing. In Mopti, many small camps, restaurants and eateries are run by women. Women also dominate several branches of handicrafts ‚Äď including jewellery making, pottery and the dyeing of traditional fabrics like indigo and bogolan ‚Äď as well as agricultural and processing activities like vegetable growing and the production of natural jams and fruit juices from local produce, such as tamarind, bissap and baobab. Nonetheless, great swathes of women in Mali are impoverished. In this context, a project by UNWTO‚Äôs Sustainable Tourism - Eliminating Poverty Initiative (ST-EP) worked to support women entrepreneurs in the Mopti region, enabling them to become integrated into the tourism value chain and related local supply chains. Targeting community groups and vulnerable women in region‚Äôs leading tourism destinations, the project structured, organized and reinforced several women‚Äôs associations and cooperatives. Beneficiaries included: ‚Äď Women artisans in Djenn√©; ‚Äď The Sevar√©/Mopti Agro-Food Processing Women‚Äôs Network; ‚Äď The Association of Women Produce Suppliers of Sangha; ‚Äď The Women's Hotel and Restaurant Association of Mopti and Djenn√©; ‚Äď Women tour operators, alongside food and beverage operators in the informal sector; ‚Äď Women‚Äôs associations in the Mopti region involved in tourism, agro-food, arts and crafts, and produce; and ‚Äď Tourism establishments in the Mopti region who support gender equality, especially in terms of job creation.
Las Terrazas Complex
11-10-2018
Cuba’s Las Terrazas Complex spans 5,000 hectares in the eastern reaches of the Sierra del Rosario UNESCO biosphere reserve, in the Candelaria municipality of the province of Artemisa. The area is traversed by several rivers, including the San Juan and Bayate rivers, and boasts natural pools of fresh, crystalline water. Situated in the area are the colonial-style Hotel Moka; the Casa del Lago, located on the shore of Lake San Juan; and the Ecological Research Centre, responsible for overseeing the well-being of forest ecosystems. The local community’s rich cultural life is showcased to visitors through workshops that specialize in painting, serigraphy (screen printing), ceramics, woodwork and plant fibres. The Las Terrazas Complex was created in 1994 as a tourism-based sustainable rural development project, giving continuity to the country’s Integral Development Plan, initiated in 1968. The Complex aims to rehabilitate and preserve the area’s environmental integrity through the reforestation of terraces, while achieving a balance between the local population and the environment. Since the founding of the Las Terrazas community, tourism has been their main source of livelihood through the Las Terrazas Complex. It is considered Cuba’s first eco-museum, serving as a national and international reference point. It strives not only to incorporate tourism as an economic facilitator, but also to ensure social and environmental sustainability through responsible tourism. This prevents negative socio-environmental impacts while creating links between tourism and the community, thus guaranteeing tourism’s compatibility with social development.
Kumarakom Responsible Tourism Initiative
11-10-2018
Kumarakom is situated on the banks of the Vembanad Kayal ‚Äď the second largest lagoon in India ‚Äď near the city of Kottayam, in the heart of the Kerala backwaters, a chain of brackish lagoons and lakes in the southern Indian state of Kerala. Tourism is thriving as visitors are drawn to the area‚Äôs immense lake and lush green paddy fields, variety of migratory birds, farmers tending tiny plots of land inter locked with small canals, fishermen‚Äôs boats plying travellers across canals and lagoons, and rich culinary traditions. Although Kerala was doing well in terms of tourist arrivals, tourism projects were marked by a top-down approach that did not sufficiently take into account the voices of tourism stakeholders, local communities and local self-government. Tourism development often led to conflicts over resource use, employment and benefit sharing with the local community. In 2007, the Department of Tourism of the Government of Kerala established the Kumarakom Responsible Tourism project to foster sustainable tourism development in the state. Kumarakom was selected as a pilot destination for the initiative, as one of Kerala‚Äôs most globally renowned destinations. The project envisages that each stakeholder in the destination has a responsibility to make tourism sustainable, prioritizing economic, socio-cultural and environmental sustainability through responsible activities by all stakeholders. An institutional mechanism was created to lead the project. This destination-level Responsible Tourism Committee encompasses representatives from the local self-government (panchayat ), the tourism industry, NGOs and the community.
Club Med and Agrisud Contributing to Local Development
11-10-2018
The local development project spearheaded by Club Med and the NGO Agrisud supports local producers who are in precarious situations and live in the vicinity of Club Med resorts in Senegal, Brazil, Morocco and Indonesia. The initiative‚Äôs challenging aim is to organize a lasting match between the local supply of food products and the demands of Club Med resorts ‚Äď meeting quality, quantity, diversity, regularity and price criteria. Its objective is also to ensure fair remuneration for producers and a strong distribution of added value, giving the poorest groups access to these markets. The project has trained 350 Very Small Enterprise (VSE) vegetable and produce suppliers in agro-ecology, as well as organizing these suppliers into commercial cooperatives. They have since been able to supply 92 tonnes of vegetables to Club Med resorts in these four countries. Overall, the partnership has benefited about 2,400 people ‚Äď both local producers and their families. The project‚Äôs approach is comprehensive ‚Äď spanning the entire supply chain from the producer to the end customer, in order to match the now-professional supply side with the high expectations of the demand side. Agrisud interacts with farming VSEs near Club Med resorts in order to: ‚Äď Strengthen producers‚Äô capacities in technical matters (e.g. agro-ecological practices), economic management (e.g. the development and analysis of operating accounts) and organizational issues (e.g. the bulk purchase of seeds, the maintenance of irrigation systems, etc.); and ‚Äď Establish a sustainable local procurement system through the participatory development of the procurement protocol, as well as by grouping producers into commercial cooperatives.
Green Supply Chains
10-10-2018
As Slovenia‚Äôs capital city, Ljubljana, prepared to assume the title of European Green Capital 2016, a study among local hoteliers and restaurants revealed that two main obstacles prevented them from purchasing locally produced goods ‚Äď price and complexity. In order to resolve these issues, the Green Supply Chains project was launched in 2015. It aims to increase the percentage of locally produced food and drinks available in hotels and restaurants in and around Ljubljana by offering these stakeholders the possibility of purchasing 100% locally produced foods and drinks via a uniquely managed, centralized and easy-to-use online system. By 2017, the initiative had spread to the entire region of central Slovenia, linking Ljubljana and 25 other municipalities. The project enables tourism sector stakeholders ‚Äď specifically hotels and restaurants ‚Äď to easily access local farmers, and vice versa, via a Rural Development Cooperative which acts as a linkage between suppliers and buyers. Farmers, hotels and restaurants who wish to participate in the project sign a formal contract with the Cooperative, obliging them to either deliver or purchase locally produced goods. Seasonal offers are available online (see: http://www.jarina.si/) , at prices negotiated by the Cooperative on behalf of its members. This site enables members to submit their daily/weekly orders. Goods are then delivered to their doorsteps. The Green Supply Chains project was initiated by Ljubljana Tourism, hand in hand with the Institute Factory of Sustainable Tourism, the NGO GoodPlace, the municipal Department of Rural Development and the Jarina Rural Development Cooperative.
Dahshour World Heritage Site for Community Development
10-10-2018
Dahshour is home to two of Egypt‚Äôs oldest and best-preserved pyramids. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, comprising five small villages, is located less than an hour from Cairo. Covering an area of 70 km2 between the river Nile and the desert, Dahshour is home to some 40,000 people. Many local community members maintain old customs, living in a traditional manner. Most of the population‚Äôs livelihoods are based on crops and livestock rearing. The region is marked by severe food insecurity, malnutrition, vulnerability and poverty. The Dahshour World Heritage Site for Community Development project (2009-2013) was a joint initiative by the Egyptian Government and five UN agencies ‚Äď UNWTO, UNDP, ILO, UNESCO and UNIDO. To protect the area of the Dahshour pyramids, its ecosystem and communities, the project supported tourism-based sustainable development, cultural and ecological management, and opportunities for revenue generation. It focused on improving the livelihoods and working conditions of the local population through targeted employment-generation activities, with special focus on women‚Äôs and youth employment, as well as the development of locally-driven MSMEs. The development of community-owned and operated MSMEs enabled the community to access microfinance schemes. The project also provided the population with technical training and expertise in small business sector development. The initiative was based on the premise that a well-planned influx of tourists could benefit Dahshour so long as local stakeholders gained the necessary capacities to ensure sustainable community development through tourism-related opportunities. The pioneering initiative marked the first time national and international partners from the tourism, cultural heritage and natural heritage sectors came together to work with the Dahshour community to reduce poverty.
Mumbuca Community
09-10-2018
Mumbuca's Community is one of the most african-brazilian communities in Brazil. It is located in the middle of Jalap√£o State Park, state of Tocantins. The mainly activity in this community is 'capim dourado' handcrafts. Nevertheless, 'capim dourado' had been desappearing over the years so locals had the idea to responsibly manage it. Locals are friendly people and the conection with tourists is great. They have felt grateful for receive different people to visit their comunnity and the ecoregion where they lives.
POUSADA UACARI - RESERVA DE DESENVOLVIMENTO SUSTENTAVEL MAMIRAUA
08-10-2018
TURISMO DE BASE COMUNIT√ĀRIA NA RESERVA DE DESENVOLVIMENTO SUSTENT√ĀVEL DE MAMIRAU√Ā, REGI√ÉO CENTRAL DA FLORESTA AMAZ√ĒNICA. POUSADA UACARI, ECOTURISMO, TURISMO SUSTENT√ĀVEL, GEST√ÉO PARTICIPATIVA PRA GERAR RENDA PARA A COMUNIDADE. A √ĀREA E A MAIOR RESERVA DE PRESERVA√á√ÉO DA V√ĀRZEA DA FLORESTA AMAZ√ĒNICA. O TURISMO VEM GERANDO RENDA PARA A POPULA√á√ÉO RIBEIRINHA COMO FORMA DE COMPENSA√á√ÉO ECON√ĒMICA PARA A CONSERVA√á√ÉO DO ECOSSISTEMA
SDGs Study Program and ‚ÄúYouth for SDGs‚ÄĚ Scholarship
08-10-2018
Travel around the tip of South America with the Peace Boat and learn about the UN SDGs in an experiential study program ‚ÄúPeace Education and the SDGs in South America,‚ÄĚ taking place February 18-28, 2019 during Peace Boat‚Äôs 100th Voyage, sailing from Ushuaia, Argentina to Valparaiso, Chile. Achieving the SDGs requires mobilization of young people through entrepreneurship, volunteering, research, education and other endeavors. Toward this aim, Peace Boat US is providing two full scholarships (program fee and travel expenses) and a limited number of partial scholarships under the ‚ÄúYouth for the SDGs‚ÄĚ theme. Please visit http://www.peaceboat-us.org/programs/peace-education-and-the-sdgs-in-south-america-winter-2019/ for more information regarding application details.
POUSADA UACARI - RESERVA DE DESENVOLVIMENTO SUSTENTAVEL MAMIRAUA
06-10-2018
TURISMO DE BASE COMUNIT√ĀRIA NA RESERVA DE DESENVOLVIMENTO SUSTENT√ĀVEL DE MAMIRAU√Ā, REGI√ÉO CENTRAL DA FLORESTA AMAZ√ĒNICA. POUSADA UACARI, ECOTURISMO, TURISMO SUSTENT√ĀVEL, GEST√ÉO PARTICIPATIVA PRA GERAR RENDA PARA A COMUNIDADE. A √ĀREA E A MAIOR RESERVA DE PRESERVA√á√ÉO DA V√ĀRZEA DA FLORESTA AMAZ√ĒNICA. O TURISMO VEM GERANDO RENDA PARA A POPULA√á√ÉO RIBEIRINHA COMO FORMA DE COMPENSA√á√ÉO ECON√ĒMICA PARA A CONSERVA√á√ÉO DO ECOSSISTEMA
SDGs Study Program and ‚ÄúYouth for SDGs‚ÄĚ Scholarship
04-10-2018
Travel around the tip of South America with the Peace Boat and learn about the UN SDGs in an experiential study program ‚ÄúPeace Education and the SDGs in South America,‚ÄĚ taking place February 18-28, 2019 during Peace Boat‚Äôs 100th Voyage, sailing from Ushuaia, Argentina to Valparaiso, Chile. Achieving the SDGs requires mobilization of young people through entrepreneurship, volunteering, research, education and other endeavors. Toward this aim, Peace Boat US is providing two full scholarships (program fee and travel expenses) and a limited number of partial scholarships under the ‚ÄúYouth for the SDGs‚ÄĚ theme. Please visit http://www.peaceboat-us.org/programs/peace-education-and-the-sdgs-in-south-america-winter-2019/ for more information regarding application details.
Jetwing UN SDG Forum
28-09-2018
A high-level forum held under the theme of ‚ÄúPeople, Planet, Profits ‚ÄĒ How the UN Sustainable Development Goals can Help Build a Stronger, More Sustainable Tourism Industry in Sri Lanka.‚ÄĚ Aims to help senior management across the entire Sri Lankan travel & tourism industry better understand the UN Sustainable Development Goals and brainstorm ways to mainstream them into corporate agendas and business plans. The forum‚Äôs co-organized and partnered by one of Asia-Pacific region‚Äôs longest serving travel trade journalists, Mr. Imtiaz Muqbil (Bangkok-based Executive Editor of Travel Impact Newswire and The Olive Tree),; who will present a specially-designed simplified summary of the UN SDGs and outline how they are relevant to travel & tourism and, provide a comprehensive perspective of the state of play in the world and Asia as well the key issues, trends and challenges facing travel & tourism. The forum will also feature a panel discussion with the participation of leading industry members sharing best practices and their perspectives on how to mainstream the SDGs in Sri Lankan travel & tourism industry.
Hospitality Soap and bottled amenities Recycling Program
28-09-2018
Through a Strategic Partnership with the Company Clean the World, the hotels that work on our Sustainability Program collect, sort, sanitize used amenities to produce hygiene Kits that are delivered to highly vulnerable communities in Dominican Republic The first hotel company in the Dominican Republic to adopt Clean the World‚Äôs Hospitality Recycling Program is Karisma Hotels & Resorts with its 2 properties: Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts and Sensatori Resort Punta Cana. With a combined 460 rooms on the ocean-side properties, in just a three month time period, the hotels have already diverted 255 pounds of waste from Dominican landfills, contributing to the creation of over 800 newly recycled bars of life-saving soap to be distributed within the country. ‚ÄúWe believe that Tourism Industry is the right answer for the Sustainable Development of many communities and destinations, and it requires a serious and long-lasting commitment from our company, in order to make Sustainability a strategic pillar of our operation,‚ÄĚ said David A. Orteg√≥n-Mart√≠nez Sustainability Director at Karisma Hotels & Resorts. ‚ÄúBy working with Clean the World, we are making a positive impact on the health conditions of vulnerable communities in the Dominican Republic, a very important step for the sustainable development of this destination.‚ÄĚ With 39 additional resort properties in Punta Cana alone, the opportunity for hospitality recycling is great. To facilitate the Clean the World Hospitality Recycling Program, Clean the World has partnered with Ecoservices, a Dominican Republic-based environmental consulting company, to leverage existing logistics with local hotels.
CTR Seminar Series 2018 - Tourism and SDGs ‚Äď
26-09-2018
Tourism can contribute to the achievement of the United Nation‚Äôs Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ‚Äē Center for Tourism Research (CTR), Wakayama University under its mission aims to contribute to the development of a sound and sustainable society through the advancement of tourism research. Recognizing the importance of sustainability, the concept and related activities of SDGs are actively promoted through diverse range of research activities including the CTR Seminar Series ‚ÄėTourism and SDGs‚Äô, CTR funding scheme and dissemination of UNWTO publications as an affiliate member.
Access to clean water for 400 vulnerable malagasy
22-09-2018
This project will enable provision of safe water in vulnerable households living surrounding protected areas in Madagascar. Two hand pumps boreholes will be installed with a budget of $5,994 to boost the livelihood of 400 people. One borehole costs $2,945, has a capacity to pump between 20-35 liters per minute and serve 200 people. This project will improve well-being, reduction in women and children's burden collecting water. Starting with just $14.98 you can boost the livelihood of 1 person
'Overtourism'? ‚Äď Understanding and Managing Urban Tourism Growth beyond Perceptions Report
19-09-2018
The management of tourism flows in cities to the benefit of visitors and residents alike is a fundamental issue for the tourism sector. It is critical to understand residents‚Äô attitude towards tourism to ensure the development of successful sustainable tourism strategies. This report analyzes the perception of residents towards tourism in eight European cities ‚Äď Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, Lisbon, Munich, Salzburg and Tallinn ‚Äď and proposes 11 strategies and 68 measures to help understand and manage visitor‚Äôs growth in urban destinations. The implementation of the policy recommendations proposed in this report can advance inclusive and sustainable urban tourism that can contribute to the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Co2 compensation
18-09-2018
Climate change literally knows no boundaries, it affects every country. Consequences each country increasingly faces are droughts, extreme storms and floods. Travelling by plane creates prosperity and jobs worldwide, but also produces high levels of CO2 emission. In case of long journeys, the flight to the destinations is the largest part of the total CO2 emissions. The CO2 footprint of transport and stay at the destination is limited, especially if travellers make use of small-scale, sustainable accommodations, eat in local restaurants and do not travel too many kilometers. Better Places is initiative taker of a group of 13 Dutch tour operators compensating all the CO2 emissions of their travels. Better Places does not only compensate the on-land package clients have booked, but also the emission that is needed for the clients to reach the destination. In order to map these emissions, we make use of a carbon calculator that calculates the exact CO2 emission per travel item. Better Places makes journeys CO2 neutral by investing in (for example) more efficient cookers in Ghana and solar energy in Thailand. We work together with the Swiss South Pole Group that has selected these projects. Involved: Better Places, Aksja Reizen, Koning Aap, Shoestring, Yourway2go, Footprint Travel, Labrys Reizen, Riksja Travel, Sawadee Reizen, SNP Natuurreizen, SRC Travel, Thika Travel, Travelhome, Carmacal carbon calculator, South Pole Group
Travelife Certification
18-09-2018
Better Places is certified by Travelife since January 2017. Travelife for Tour Operators is a management, training and certification scheme and they aim to support tour operators in implementing sustainability practices in their operations by advising them on the latest trends and developments. The Travelife standard has been acknowledged as the first standard for tour operators by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). The sustainability standards created by Travelife include criteria that relate to internal management, product range, animal welfare, partners and suppliers, and client communication. Requirements include having a publicly available sustainability policy, buying sustainable and local products (FSC paper, green energy and fair-trade coffee), and stimulating partners and suppliers to also work sustainably. The main goal is for tour operators and destinations to sustainably develop themselves. After all, sustainable tourism is nothing more than celebrating holidays and having respect for the environment, people, nature and culture. Better Places has made agreements with the local travel experts in terms of sustainable operations. All our partners have followed the Travelife training and are either already Travelife certified or working on it at the moment. By stimulating this, we are creating a baseline of sustainability practices the whole Better Places network complies with and commits to in order to make the tourism industry more sustainable. Involved: GSTC, Travelife, Better Places, all local experts of Better Places worldwide (35)
Sistema de Indicadores de Turismo Sostenible para los municipios Tol√ļ y Cove√Īas, departamento de Sucre, Colombia.
17-09-2018
El prop√≥sito central es dise√Īar un sistema de indicadores de turismo sostenible para facilitar y orientar la toma de decisiones por parte de los sectores p√ļblico y privado en los municipios Tol√ļ y Cove√Īas en el Golfo de Morrosquillo, departamento de Sucre, mediante el an√°lisis y la adaptaci√≥n al territorio de modelos exitosos y en funcionamiento, con el fin que se pueda mejorar la informaci√≥n asociada a la toma de decisiones. Se trata de un proyecto de investigaci√≥n que identifica una bater√≠a de indicadores de turismo sostenible para implementar en los municipios objeto del estudio, cuyo desarrollo se presenta a lo largo de cuatro cap√≠tulos. El primero contiene el marco te√≥rico y referencial del desarrollo sostenible, el turismo sostenible, los indicadores y sus sistemas. En el segundo cap√≠tulo se identifican y analizan varios sistemas o modelos de informaci√≥n tur√≠stica y de indicadores de turismo sostenible, En el tercer cap√≠tulo se precisa la informaci√≥n requerida por los actores de turismo del territorio, priorizando los principales aspectos de su inter√©s para que orienten la selecci√≥n de variables del sistema de indicadores para que su informaci√≥n sea pertinente. El cuarto y √ļltimo cap√≠tulo incluye la escogencia de indicadores de turismo sostenible, previas consideraciones, relacionadas con el n√ļmero √≥ptimo de indicadores para un destino, la tipolog√≠a, los criterios de selecci√≥n y el modelo de priorizaci√≥n escogido, y finalmente se presenta la bater√≠a de indicadores propuesta.
Red Rocks Success Stories
17-09-2018
Red Rocks Rwanda is a social enterprise that was established in 2013 in Nyakinama village, Musanze district. Our main mission is to harness tourism, conservation, intercultural exchange and community development through working together with local communities living around the Volcanoes National Park, which is among the homes to the last surviving mountain gorillas and other precious but endangered animal and plant species. We have a compelling desire to empower socially and economically the people living around the park so that they can see the benefits of conserving the environment and natural resources for the benefit of everyone and posterity. It is with this in mind that we created a physical space where talented artists, craftsmen and women, musicians, entrepreneurs, farmers and those supporting them, like cultural and social institutions, government agencies, corporate organizations, NGOs, private funders, volunteers, educational institutions and researchers among others can have a place they can get deeply involved to build a stronger society through bringing in their own local community development agenda, and to use tourism as a vital tool for community development. We envisage Red Rocks Rwanda to be a place where local talents can be tapped and promoted, and the youth can have enough training to secure their future through using their respective talents. We also envision that tourists, entrepreneurs, financers and corporate organization can come together so that we may ultimately succeed in creating positive impact in our community through supporting various community programs developments we have initiated. Visiting Red Rocks Initiatives is more than adventure. This is an experience and education of Rwanda’s rich cultural heritage, signifying how the local community can develop, and how the people can become even more responsible in protecting our natural environment and heritage.
Hilton Worldwide CSR Actions:
13-09-2018
Hilton Worldwide CSR Actions: Education - Awareness , Funds, in kind donations
13-09-2018
Hilton has a global commitment that aims to impact at least one million young people by 2019 by helping them to reach their full potential. This new initiative will open doors for young people by:
  • Connecting them to the world of travel by enabling them to experience new cultures, contributing to the improvement of the sustainability of the industry and shaping their future with opportunities in Hilton Worldwide's expansive supply chain.
  • Preparing them for success in the world of work, travel and beyond by supporting their basic needs and developing their life and professional skills with mentorships, appprenticeships and Hilton Worldwide's innovative career awareness program, Careers@HiltonLive; and
  • Employing them across all divisions of the business across more than 4,000 owned, managed and franchised hotels worldwide.
Hilton Worldwide issued an industry-wide call to action in collaboration with the International Youth Foundation (IYF) to help prevent a "lost generation" by building awareness and creating opportunities for young people in the hospitality industry. Changing perceptions of career opportunities in the travel and tourism industry is a key priority for Hilton Worldwide and the sector. The commitment builds upon Travel with PurposeTM, Hilton Worldwide's global corporate responsibility strategy to create shared value for our communities, business and environment in which we operate.  It brings together a range of existing programs and company resources around the world that connect, prepare and engage young people including:
  • Careers@HiltonLive, Youth in Hospitality Month:¬†A month-long awareness campaign where hotels connect with young people via job fairs, career guidance talks, and job shadowing to learn about careers in hospitality. In 2013 hotels across Europe hosted over 320 events reaching more than 20,000 young people.
  • Bright Blue Futures:¬†The program, led by the company's flagship brand Hilton Hotels & Resorts, encourages Team Members to donate their time and expertise to help young people achieve stability and bring hope to their communities, preparing them for a brighter future. The program launched last year at the World Economic Forum.
  • Apprenticeship Programs:¬†Widespread skills and training programs at properties across Europe and Asia including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Turkey, China and the UK.
  • School Partnerships:¬†Relationships with more than 50 hospitality schools and universities around the world to prepare the next generation of talent.
  • Professional Development Programs:¬†Comprehensive hands-on accelerated training programs that help train the next generation of hospitality leaders.
  • Life and Soft Skills Trainings:¬†Life skills training program leveraging IYF's¬†Passport to Success. To date, the company rolled out the training program in Saudi Arabia and South Africa and plans to launch a version globally in 2014.
  • Teaching Kids to CARE:¬†For more than a decade, DoubleTree by Hilton Team Members have connected young people to opportunities to learn about sustainability, encouraging them to be engaged global citizens.
More information about Hilton Worldwide's global commitment to open doors for young people is available at¬†hiltonworldwide.com/youth  
 
Tourism and youth development in Tanzania
12-09-2018
Why Can Tourism be an efficient tool to fight poverty and unemployment rate in Tanzania especially among youth?? (1). Tourism is Consumed at the Point of Production. (2). Tourism is a more diverse industry than many others. (3). Tourism is labour intensive, which is particularly important. (4). It creates opportunities for many small and micro entrepreneurs. (5). The infrastructures required by Tourism can also benefit communities and Youth activities. (6). Tanzania has a comparative advantage in tourism. (7). Tourism provides not only material benefits for the country but also cultural pride. (8). Tourism is taking an increasing importance in the economy of Tanzania. I believe that tourism is in a good position to contribute to the poverty alleviation and job opportunities among Tanzanian. On the other hand I think Tourism industry should be promoted by allowing young people to start their own businesses (Social Enterprises), as it happens in South Africa, Kenya and Ghana but regulations must be simple and easy in order not to discourage them. ( e.g Tourism Act 2008, TATO, Brela & TRA) Likewise I urge young people to create the culture of visiting tourist attractions found in Tanzania.
Wyndham Resorts and Hotel CSR Actions: Responsible purchases - diversity and respect policy
11-09-2018
Wyndham Resorts and Hotel have placed measures to improve practices related to diverse and sustainable sourcing.  They have worked with suppliers to develop more environmentally friendly, diverse and socially- responsible products. They have reviewed suppliers doing business in high risk countries or offering high risk products or services and conduct due diligence on our existing and prospective suppliers on an ongoing basis to ensure their ethical conduct meeting Wyndham standards. Furthermore, they have continued to execute on targets to increase spend on Responsible and Diverse suppliers. This is exemplified during the fourth Wyndham Hotel Group Global Conference, where they invited more than 150 suppliers to participate and identified vendors with Green and Diversity designations. They have also recognised suppliers through the Vendor and Distributor of the Year as well as awarded ' Diversity and Green Supplier of the Year' award.
#GoGreenWeskus Responsible Tourism Outreach 2018
10-09-2018
Weskus Tourism is passionate about promoting Sustainable Living. Join the 4th Annual #GoGreenWeskus Responsible Tourism Outreach on 30 Oct 2018 at the West Coast Fossil Park. Entry is Free. Please book early to avoid disappointment. The ‚ÄúResponsible Tourism Outreach‚ÄĚ has a vision of promoting sustainable living, as well as the Development of a sustainable Destination. We feel that we can learn and be inspired, about the development of Cape Town as a sustainable destination, with Environmental, Economic and Social Development. The Main Focus Areas of the Outreach are: * Promote Social Wellbeing * Stimulating the Economy * Preserving the Environment We invite tourism products and businesses to share their success stories and give encouragement and advice to SMME's on how to Promote Sustainable Living in the Cape West Coast.
Live the History
10-09-2018
My name is Negin Boushehri and last week I had the pleasure of spending two nights at Meymand troglodyte village. I am training to become a tour guide and I was there to explore what the area has to offer for future tours. I stayed at MeymandMoon Ecolodge with friendly and caring people who have themselves escaped urban life to seek refugee in the peaceful nature. What took me to the Cultural Landscape of Meymand was that it was inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2015, confirming its outstanding universal value as a cultural and natural property which requires protection for the benefit of all humanity. What stands out for me is that the semi-nomadic villagers live in cave dwellings carved out of soft rock by their ancestors, an unusual form of housing in a dry, desert environment. The above picture is a troglodyte room in MeymandMoon ecolodge where I got to spend the night in an over 2000-year-old, man-made cave and fell sleep on its comfy beds reflecting on all the life that had happened there through out the years! I spent a few days away from city life experiencing three different settlements in the area: the caves in the ecolodge, Sar-e Aghol, and Sae-e Bagh/Abadi, where I joined the locals in washing and shearing the sheep, played fun, traditional games, and made the local "kornou" bread and other food, In Sar-e Bagh I was able to taste some great local wine as I watched the beautiful historical petroglyphs. I also had the opportunity to learn to make "namad", and other types of handicraft which I took with me as a souvenir. Current dwellers are mostly seniors with a decreasing population, which makes authenticity and integrity vulnerable within a generation. Thus, as a guest in MeymandMoon, I was introduced to appropriate sustainable development such as dredging canals and vaccinating livestock, while beautifully taking part in the authentic life to support the traditions and produce that make the village both attractive and sufficiently viable.
Tour ODS. Lomas de Ancón
10-09-2018
TOUR ODS es una innovadora propuesta que busca fomentar la participación ciudadana a través de la práctica de un turismo responsable, aplicando los principios de la Agenda 2030 y los Objetivos de Desarrollo sostenible. De esta forma, el turismo se vuelve un instrumento educativo, sumamente pedagógico, que sensibiliza y transforma la vida de los visitantes y comunidades receptoras. En esta oportunidad, tendremos nuestra primera salida de campo a la Zona Reservada Lomas de Ancón donde realizaremos un taller de sensibilizarnos en ODS, generaremos un impacto positivo en la localidad a través del voluntariado ambiental, y finalmente, practicaremos sandboarding con los participantes.
7 Million Jobs
10-09-2018
Bringing up to 7 million tourism related part time employment opportunities to citizens along the major corridors in Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas. We implement the desired goals included in the PDF attached. Also available is online discussion forum at https://asianhighwaynetwork.com/forum for collaboration purposes.
Kondopina Community Based Tourism
07-09-2018
The initiative will consist of Cultural groups Orchid farms Arts and crafts The initiative aims to bring in cash to boost local economy within the community. The entire community will be involved in this project and participate actively in all aspects of the project
Red Rocks supporting conservation and community development
07-09-2018
Red Rocks Rwanda is a social enterprise that was established in 2013 in Nyakinama village, Musanze district. Our main mission is to harness tourism, conservation, intercultural exchange and community development through working together with local communities living around the Volcanoes National Park, which is among the homes to the last surviving mountain gorillas and other precious but endangered animal and plant species. We have a compelling desire to empower socially and economically the people living around the park so that they can see the benefits of conserving the environment and natural resources for the benefit of everyone and posterity. It is with this in mind that we created a physical space where talented artists, craftsmen and women, musicians, entrepreneurs, farmers and those supporting them, like cultural and social institutions, government agencies, corporate organizations, NGOs, private funders, volunteers, educational institutions and researchers among others can have a place they can get deeply involved to build a stronger society through bringing in their own local community development agenda, and to use tourism as a vital tool for community development. We envisage Red Rocks Rwanda to be a place where local talents can be tapped and promoted, and the youth can have enough training to secure their future through using their respective talents. We also envision that tourists, entrepreneurs, financers and corporate organization can come together so that we may ultimately succeed in creating positive impact in our community through supporting various community programs developments we have initiated. Visiting Red Rocks Initiatives is more than adventure. This is an experience and education of Rwanda’s rich cultural heritage, signifying how the local community can develop, and how the people can become even more responsible in protecting our natural environment and heritage.
Wyndham Resorts and Hotel CSR Actions : Water - new equipment and technologies
04-09-2018
Wyndham's water conservation programs strive to use products and implement services that promote cleaner water as well as more conservative and efficient consumption. Wyndham Worldwide locations in all business units globally, including franchise locations, are encouraged to use low flow showerheads, faucet aerators and consider other conservation programs, including low flow toilets, urinals and minimizing water loss due to poor landscaping management practices. They have developed a series of programs and engagement initiatives with their guests, suppliers and franchisees to support water conservation plan. Guest sustainability programs, in particular, are a priority for the Company. The towel and linen re-use program at the hotel, where guests can choose not to have their linens and towels laundered every day- helps reduce water and energy consumption. Furthermore, Wyndham Worldwide have made assessments on water risk from owned, managed and leased properties in their portfolio using the World Resource Institute's Aquaduct tool and the World Wildlife Fund's Water Risk Filter. Based on the location of their property, they consider a series of risks, which include water scarcity-, water stress, food occurrence, pollution and overall water risk, across thousands of properties.  The results of the water risk assessment were presented to the Wyndham Green Council with the objective to develop targeted programs to address communities and properties with the greatest exposure to water risk.
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts CSR Actions : Recycling and waste - basic processing
03-09-2018
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts have embarked on a journey to minimize waste to landfill.¬† Their waste reduction goal is to advance best practices and engage associates to reduce, re-use, donate and recycle waste from the resorts' properties and corporate facilities. Their strategy builds on Wyndham Green‚Äôs commitment to reduce its environmental impact by implementing innovative sustainable practices through its Wyndham Green program. The program focuses on all of Wyndham's relevant waste streams which include: glass, plastic, aluminium, paper, soap, food, organics, kitchen grease, lamps, batteries, e-waste, mattresses, furniture, linens and carpet In 2016 Wyndham expanded its national program with Waste Management in an effort to build a cohesive waste program and leverage their portfolio to deliver value to the properties while increasing diversion from landfill. This program is just one step in an effort to meet long term waste to landfill minimization, but it is critical to ensure all properties are on one common waste program to streamline reporting initiatives.¬†Through this partnership, the enhanced reporting and transparency will ultimately result in an accurate baseline for which they can measure the diversion progress. The program includes enhanced reporting for organic collection, Landfill Gas to Energy, Waste to Energy, recycling and landfill trash. Currently 20% of the Company‚Äôs North America managed hotel locations are enrolled under the new program and as contracts expire new locations are added where applicable. For the properties enrolled in the program in 2016 the average diversion rate was approximately 40% and delivered almost $60,000 in value.  
Wynn Resorts CSR Actions: Education - funds/in kind donation
31-08-2018
In 2017, Wynn Macau donated $10million to the University of Macau Development Foundation to support the long-term success of the University of Macau and its Asia-Pacific Academy of Economics and Management. This effort plays a key role in developing local expertise and sharing talent throughout the region. To support the growth of neighboring countries and regions, the initiative will also provide diverse opportunities for local youth, allowing them to contribute to the economic development of the country.  
Wynn Resorts CSR Actions: Local Enterprises: Responsible Investment
31-08-2018
Wynn Macau Community Engagement creates opportunities in business and education. Wynn Macau are committed to sourcing products and services locally to support the development of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). In partnership with Macau Chamber of Commerce, their procurement team hosts meeting with local businesses to discuss potential partnership opportunities. This process has helped increased procurement from three types of SMEs, as identified by the Macau government: Local small and micro enterprises, 'Made in Macau' enterprises and enterprises by young entrepreneurs. In 2017, the Wynn Local SME Network, an initiative designed to further the development of local SMEs. Their network leverages support from the Macau government, chambers of commerce and community members to advance these enterprises. With this network, Wynn Resorts hopes that it will strengthen existing relationships and help establish long-term partnerships with even more local SMEs.  
Wynn Resorts CSR Actions: Education- Awareness campaigns
31-08-2018
Wynn Las Vegas works with Green Our Planet, a nonprofit conservation organization that brings experiential learning through outdoor garden classrooms to student attending local Title I schools, which are defined by having more than 40 percent of students come from low-income families. Wynn Resorts sponsors Green our planet has enabled the organization to build four outdoor garden classrooms that impact more than 4,000 students in the Las Vegas area. Weekly garden workshops immerse students in science, technology, engineering ,art and mathematics (STEAM) education through the real-world application of growing local produce. The outdoor gardens give students and their teachers opportunities outside of traditional classroom garden. Students also learned about nutrition to complement their growing efforts in the gardens. Wynn's involvement beyond monetary investments, with employees also supporting the local missions. Professional Chefs from the resorts have held cooking demonstrations for students using fresh produce from the garden classrooms that emphasize health and wellness through a balanced diet. Wynn employee volunteers have also helped maintain and expand gardens at each of the schools.    
Wynn Resorts CSR Actions: Recycling and waste - specific material
31-08-2018
Wynn Resorts have been working with Clean the World - a non profit organization that collects and recycles soap and other hygiene products discarded by the hospitality and similar industries daily and prevents millions of hygine related deaths by donating and distributing these products to people living in poverty. Wynn Resorts in Macau have worked with Clean the World for the past six years, resulting in the recycling of 13 metric tons of soap. More recently Wynn Las Vegas has been working with the non profit, as well. Clean the World has distributed more than 44 million bars of soap to over 127 countries with the help of companies like Wynn Resorts.
Wynn Resorts CSR Actions : Renewable Energies
31-08-2018
Wynn Resorts invests heavily in alternative energy with the aim to reduce environmental impact, ensure a reliable power supply, and reduce peak demand on local power grids. In 2017, the Wynn Solar Facility was completed, a 160- acre solar energy facility located in Fallon, Nevada, hat is dedicated to providing sustainable energy solely to Wynn Las Vegas. Created in partnership with Enel Green Power North America, one of the world's most advanced clean energy companies, the Wynn Solar Facility will begin delivering power in the first half of 2018. Since 2012, Wynn Las Vegas has reduced its energy use by more than 100 million kW through technologies such as LED lighting. Wynn Macau also began installing energy efficient LED lighting starting in 2016, a project that is about 80 percent complete and contributed to a nearly 10 percent reduction in GHG emissions at the resort from 2016 to 2017. Encore Boston Harbor is incorporating highly efficient lighting as well. At their Encore Boston Harbor resort, they are installing a rooftop solar array capable of producing 1.5 megawatts of power, which will be integrated into the property's conventional supply. Wynn resort, together with Tesla were awarded $1.1 million by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center for the installation of utility scale battery storage. Encore Boston Harbor will be able to reduce its demand on the electrical grid and provide critical reliability during outages on the local power grid.      
Wynn Resorts CSR Actions - Personal development - training
30-08-2018
Wynn Resorts provides employees with professional development and training opportunities to elevate their job, people and leadership skills. They also provide career development, personal performance, and leadership courses throughout the year at no cost to their employees. They require employees to participate in a responsible gaming course, which is offered biannually. These classes address how to identify problem gaming and prevent underage gaming and drinking.  In addition, all employees who serve alcohol are required to participate in an online course to receive their Alcohol Awareness card. Among the professional training to improve job and leadership skills conducted by Wynn Las Vegas and Wynn Macau are the following:
  • Wynn Welcome - new employee orientation Leader Orientation - for new managers or newly promoted managers
  • ID Training - for all employees who are normally required to check guest identification
  • Leadership Acceleration Program - elevates employees to the next level of leadership
  • Alcohol Awareness - for all employees who serve or sell alcohol
  • Performance Management - mandatory for new and newly promoted supervisors
  • Anti-Phishing and Email Data Security - for all employees with Wynn email addresses and computer access
  • Communication and Smart Goals - focuses on setting realistic goals for teams
  • Responsible Gaming - focuses on problem gaming, policies on minors in the casino, prevention of underage gaming and drinking alcohol, and more True Colors Workshop - delves into different personalities and points of view
  • Service Standards - all employees undergo training on great guest service Team Building - focuses on understanding team members
  • Facilities Trainee Program - trainees build technical and engineering skills Situational Leadership - addresses leadership adaptability
  • Public Speaking - two levels focus on hands-on experience
  • Emotional Intelligence - helps leaders harness emotional intelligence
  • Career Advancement Program - management training
 
TUI CSR Actions - Ecosystem - waste treatment
30-08-2018
TUI Cruises is committed to supporting its implementation through targeted measures. Examples of these are comprehensive wastewater treatment systems for the entire fleet, the self-imposed obligation to not discharge any untreated wastewater into the sea and the zero-discharge target for pupled food waste. In order to increase the previous extend to 100%. TUI Cruises will further raise the efficiency of its drying systems for food waste, thus enabling the incineration process to be optimized. The section on Emissions contains a detailed description of the closed-loop operating mode¬† that TUI Cruises uses voluntarily in the whole of the Baltic Sea on its newbuilds equipped with a scrubber. This is also a measure to protect the oceans and seas, as disposal of the scrubber water produced during the exhaust gas treatment takes place on shore. Like all newbuilds Mein Schiff 5, which entered service during the reporting year, is also equipped with a Wastewater Purification System (AWP) for treating all the effluent generated on board.   measure to protect the oceans and seas, as disposal of the scrubber water produced during the exhaust gas treatment takes place on shore. Like all newbuilds Mein Schiff 5, which entered service during the reporting year, is also equipped with a Wastewater Purification System (AWP) for treating all the effluent generated on board (see diagram on p. 29). In this system, the wastewater from the various collection and generation points on board is fed into a mixing tank. After the mixing process, larger solids and impurities, such as plastic or paper, are¬†removed from the effl uent in a coarse prefi ltration step. The next treatment stage takes place in a bioreactor with the aid of bacteria, which settle on a membrane and break down the organic constituents of the wastewater. Afterwards, the AWP pumps the effl uent into a fl otation tank. There, the addition of oxygen and polymeric compounds causes the remaining solids to rise to the surface, where they can be skimmed off for subsequent incineration or disposal. The wastewater then passes through a so-called polishing fi lter, which removes even the ultrafi ne solid residues. The fi nal purifi cation stage is the UV disinfection to kill all germs and bacteria. At the end of the process, the purifi ed effl uent meets very high standards and is either discharged overboard on the high seas, outside the three-nautical-mile zone or disposed of on shore. ‚Ķ Control is better TUI Cruises adopts a similarly careful approach to disposing of water from the engine room contaminated with oil. The company discharges this so-called bilge water into the sea exclusively outside of the twelve-mile zone. Prior to this, de-oiling equipment is used to separate the oil and treat the bilge water. Using a multistage monitoring process, TUI Cruises ensures compliance with its self-imposed limit of 5 parts per million (ppm) for water discharged into the sea.
Wynn Resports CSR Actions - Diversity Management
30-08-2018
In early 2018, Wynn Resorts established an expanded Culture and Community Department. The department supports diversity and inclusion, gender equality, fair treatment in the workplace, and employee charitable efforts in the communities Wynn Resorts serves. One of the department's first major initiative is the Women's Leadership Forum. The forum is designed to close the gender gap in management, provide career growth opportunities for female employees at all levels, create pay and title equity, and ensure a safe workplace. To better understand to accomplish these goals, focus groups, studies and surveys have been commisioned to identify inequities and pinpoint areas where female employees could be advancing faster. The 2018 Initiative of the Women's Leadership Forum includes the following:
  • Pay Equity Study
  • Women‚Äôs Leadership Evaluation Opportunities
  • Sexual Harassment and Safe Place to Work Survey
  • Focus Groups
  • Women‚Äôs Leadership Forum Town Halls
  • Women‚Äôs Leadership Panel Discussions
  • Mentorships for Women
  • Diversity and Inclusion Training
 
WISATA Programme
29-08-2018
WISATA, as a landmark program, was carried out in close cooperation with the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy. The main goal of the program was to contribute to economic development through sustainable tourism, which creates employment and income to improve the livelihood of the local population. The programme was funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and carried out in close cooperation with the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and in line with the national tourism development programme. This mini-page provides an overview of achievements and lessons learned.
Empowering Women in Myanmar’s Hospitality Sector
29-08-2018
Swisscontact, financed by SDC and in partnership with hotels in four of Myanmar’s tourism hotspots, started the Hotel Training Initiative in September 2014. Part of the Vocational Skills Development Programme, the courses offer disadvantaged women and men a chance to learn needed job skills, while supplying much-needed skilled workers to the areas’ hospitality industry. This story is about three women who are full of perspectives for their lives thanks to the training.
Tourism Impacts in Labuan Bajo, Flores, Indonesia
28-08-2018
Like so many other places before it, Labuan Bajo on the Indonesian island of Flores is undergoing the metamorphosis from a quite harbour and fishing town to a busting tourism destination. Vastly growing numbers of tourists travel to Labuan Bajo in order to hop on a boat and take a trip to Komodo National Park. Indonesia‚Äôs central government has recognised the potential of the destination and is determined to boost its development. It wants ‚Äú10 new Balis‚ÄĚ to rise until 2020 and Labuan Bajo is supposed to be one of them. To reach this goal visitor numbers are targeted to grow to 500,000, which is a fivefold increase within four years. The intense plan of the central government is based on a common conception of tourism as a driver for development and poverty reduction. However, experience over decades of tourism growth all over the world has proven that the expected ‚Äėtrickle-down-effect‚Äô does not actualise. Undeniably tourism development is a double-edged sword. This impact assessment aims to put the governmental development plans for Labuan Bajo in perspective by describing the current state of development and emerging trends as well as existing benefits and pitfalls along the triple bottom line of sustainability.
Comunity-based Tourism in Flores Impacts and Carrying Capacity
28-08-2018
The research of this report describes the perception of the tourism development in three communities in different locations across the island of Flores in Indonesia. Two of the communities are traditional villages. The third is a typical Flores farming community. The research answers the following questions: Which impacts are important to the communities and how is the current situation with regard to each of these impacts? How sustainable is the tourism development and did the communities become depend on the new benefits? What can the people not tolerate to happen in their communities? Has the carrying capacity in terms of visitor numbers, acceptance of changes and livelihood transition been overstepped? The study considered 44 different factors in order to evaluate the impact of tourism development on the communities.
DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION IN TOURISM
28-08-2018
The training based on Digital Transformation in Tourism. People involved are the Youth of United Nation Association and United Nations Chapters Tanzania from 24th September to 28th September. As we celebrate the World Tourism Day 2018 by Visiting Historical sites in one region known as Tanga.
African Responsible Tourism Awards
28-08-2018
The African Responsible Tourism Awards were established in 2014 to celebrate and inspire change in the African tourism industry. The awards rest on a simple principle ‚Äď that all types of tourism, from niche to mainstream, can and should be organised in a way that preserves, respects and benefits destinations and local people. Our ambition is to showcase great examples of responsible tourism in practice and to use them to educate others about what can be achieved and to challenge others to do as well or better. We are also keen to see businesses which can report their initiatives and document their impact, both increasing positive economic, social and environmental impacts and by reducing negatives ones. So the awards also includes a category for Best for Global Goals Reporting. This category is awarded to a tourism organisation that leverages tourism to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and then transparently reports on the impacts.
RED ROCKS TREE PLANTING PROJECT
28-08-2018
Rwanda forests and woodlands can be classified into four categories, including the natural forests of the Congo Nile Ridge comprised with Nyungwe National Park Gishwati, and Mukura ; the natural forests of the Volcano National Park , the natural forests in savannah and gallery‚Äźforest of the Akagera National Park. Most of the plant species found in these forests are used in traditional medicine and some plants reveal important biochemical extracts. With more than 104 flower species, wetlands and aquatic ecosystems are also rich in biodiversity. Red Rocks Initiatives supports a local Women Association called IGIHOHO PROJECT Cooperative which promotes sustainable forest management, balancing social, environmental and economic concerns to meet today‚Äôs requirements. We launched the project to support the conservation of endangered tree species around the volcanoes national park. The project will contribute towards the aims of the United Nations sustainable development goal number thirteen ‚Äď to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impact.
Green Key National Operator Meeting
28-08-2018
Every one to two years, the Green Key National Operators from all around the world gather to exchange best practices, discuss latest trends in tourism ecolabels and build a strategy to involve more tourism establishments in sustainability. Green Key is a voluntary ecolabel for hotels, hostels, campsites, holiday parks, small accommodations as well as conference centres, attractions and restaurants. The Green Key award is based on compliance with strict criteria in the areas of environmental management (water, energy, waste, cleaning, etc.) and sustainability education (staff, guests, suppliers, etc.). Compliance with the criteria is confirmed through a rigorous application process and verified at on-site audits. The award is valid for one year at a time. Currently, more than 2,900 establishments in 57 countries are Green Key awarded. The programme is managed by the international charity, the Foundation for Environmental Education. Green Key is endorsed by the World Tourism Organization and its hotel criteria are recognised by Global Sustainable Tourism Council.
African Responsible Tourism Awards Ceremony
28-08-2018
Winners of the African Responsible Tourism Awards will be announced at the awards ceremony to an audience of tourism ministers, destination managers, industry professionals and media. Winners will include the winner of the category for Best for Global Goals Reporting. This category is awarded to a tourism organisation that leverages tourism to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and then transparently reports on the impacts.
The 1st UNWTO Tourism Startup Competition
27-08-2018
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), in partnership with Globalia, launched the 1st UNWTO Tourism Startup Competition, the world‚Äôs largest initiative dedicated to identifying the startups that will lead the transformation of the tourism sector! ‚Äć Tourism is one of the best positioned sectors to drive inclusive growth, create jobs, reduce poverty, and foster sustainable development and peace. Accounting for 10% of the world GDP, tourism has a significant impact on exports, job creation, investment, development of infrastructure, and the promotion of social inclusion. Moreover, given its cross-sectorial nature, tourism‚Äôs wide reach also stimulates entrepreneurship and growth of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), which along with start-ups, are an important driver of innovation and job creation. Furthermore, tourism engages all sectors to collaborate and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. The objective of the programme is to select the best solutions and the most disruptive projects. The search will focus on finding pioneering proposals for implementation of emerging and disruptive technologies, as well as on startups based on new business models, such as the circular economy. In this regard, one of the pillars of this competition is to give visibility to projects that are committed to enhancing sustainability in tourism. The startup search process is as ambitious as it is complex: identifying the best projects in all corners of the planet. For this, UNWTO and Globalia have enlisted the innovation consultancy firm Barrab√©s.biz, which boasts more than 20 years‚Äô experience in the creation, connection and activation of entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems. To broaden the scope of the competition and to facilitate the registration of interested startups, the programme will be implemented through the digital platform YouNoodle, a leading Silicon Valley company in the startup evaluation space at the global lev
Kenya Airways CSR Actions - Education funds/in-kind donations
23-08-2018
The Kenya Airways Corporate Social Responsibility program aims at delivering sustainable educational programs to support future generations. Some accomplishments related to education projects are:
  • Putting up school infrastructure such as: a dormitory at Esageri School for the Deaf in Baringo County; science laboratory at Songeni Mixed Secondary School in Makueni County; two classrooms at Ongora Primary School in Rongo County; and a dining hall at Namunyak Girls Secondary School in Narok County.
Education is also one of the Core sustainability Pillars of Kenya Airways Corporate Social Responsibility program, which include but not limited to below: 1. Education 2. Water 3. Environmental conservation 4. Resource Mobilization projects 5. Health and Sanitation 6. Disaster Response 7. Sports & Cultural engagements
How botanical gardens help to conserve the environment around Volcanoes National Parks
21-08-2018
To conserve and educate people on the value of plants, Red Rocks Cultural Centre started a botanical garden around the Volcanoes National Parks in 2016. The main aim of the gardens was to make environmental sustainability a priority and to protect endangered species of plants. So far, Red Rocks botanical gardens have played a great role not only as resource for the study and cultivation of plants with healing properties but also as key component for environmental conservation. The botanical gardens are also starting to play a role in the mitigation of the effects of climate change, and could be vital to the survival of the planet as they are perfectly placed to help ecosystems to adapt to new climates in the Volcanoes National Park and the Virunga massif. We have hosted many researchers and students from various universities and other institutions in Rwanda who are doing botanical studies. They come and we teach them about the scientific names of various plants together with their medicinal value. Red Rocks botanical garden project has become a useful resource for various national and international researchers. Apart from helping in environmental conservation-which was the key objective of establishing the gardens, they have also become a significant component of tourist attraction, saying ‚Äėmany tourists visit the gardens to see some species of plants for the first time that can only be found around these areas.
Global Sustainable Tourism Dashboard
21-08-2018
The Global Sustainable Tourism Dashboard provides a broader insight into how the sector is contributing to the SDGs by tracking indicators across a range of relevant sustainability dimensions.
Solar electrification of trans himalayan homes
21-08-2018
Offbeat Tracks is an experiential travel company that promotes experiential and sustainable travel across India. We work with rural communities to encourage homestay based experiential travel with a focus on rural micro entrepreneurship and skill development. All our projects are set out to promote sustainable and responsible travel in alignment with the Sustainable Developmental Goals set out by the UN. " Think global and act local" is the motto that we strive towards. Tourism is one of the largest revenue generators all over the world and we at Offbeat Track's aim to promote sustainable development across the Himalaya's via tourism. Keeping that in mind we have identified 3 SDG's as mandated by the UN that we would adopt in all our travel related experiences. These are as follows: Affordable and clean energy (Goal 7) Decent work and economic growth (Goal 8) Responsible consumption and production (Goal 12) Affordable and clean energy: The Trans Himalayas (Ladakh and Zanskar) are an arid, high altitude region with a lot of settlements having limited or zero access to electricity. People living in these regions traditionally depend on Kerosene and firewood as sources of light and energy. These traditional sources of energy have adverse effects on the health of the community leaving the young and elderly extremely vulnerable to Carbon monoxide poisoning. These regions are essentially high altitude cold deserts with nearly 300 days of abundant sunshine. Keeping this vital asset in mind, we realised that Solar energy harnessing units would be an ideal clean energy solution to people of this region. Vision: We have envisioned solar powering 1000 homes in the Trans Himalayas over the next five years. We plan to use tourism as a tool via which we can bring clean energy access to rural and nomadic communities living across the Trans Himalayas. Our first expedition last year had the team successfully solar electrify 10 rural homes in Ladakh that were off the grid.
Say HI to Sustainability
21-08-2018
Say HI to Sustainability is a HI (Hostelling International) Sustainability Exchange project. This is a cooperation between HI Norway and HI Brazil, funded by the Norwegian governmental organ FK Norway, which is a part of the Norwegian foreign affairs ministry. The aim of Say HI to Sustainability is to foster sustainable travel, gathering and sharing valuable tools and ideas to create a Sustainability Strategy around the Hostelling International network. focusing on the importance of local products, services and activities. The project will run over a 3-year period and each year two participants from Brazil and two from Norway will have the opportunity to work and learn about sustainability in the partner country. Thus, the project is a mutual exchange of knowledge between the participants and hostels. It is important for us to always learn about, as well as promote and educate as many people as we can about sustainability. We do this by presenting our project to the hostels we travel to, as well as participating on events that might be beneficial to the project, such as for example World Travel Forum. This gives us the ability to reach several businesses and people at once, as we are always looking to expand our network. Since this is a project funded by FK Norway, mutual exchange between countries is a large part of our project. Therefore, all participants are actively trying to understand and grasp our new host countries, learning the language and customs, to bring back this knowledge to our home country upon return. To share our gained knowledge, we are actively using social media as well as this website. We keep ourselves updated on what other hostels in and outside the HI network do towards sustainability all around the world. On this website we gather all the great ideas hostels have given us throughout our travels, frequently posting tips and blogposts about our quest to make the hostelling world more sustainable.
TRIANGLE - Building a European Knowledge Alliance for Sustainable Tourism
21-08-2018
Within the framework of the EU’s Erasmus Knowledge Alliance programme, the EuropeanECOTRANS Network for Sustainable Tourism Development has teamed up with leading universities and businesses with core ICT and tourism interests to create an innovative European wide collaborative online learning delivery system for Higher Education Institutes to offer quality tourism sustainability training to destination administrators, SMEs and workforce individuals linked to tourism activity in Europe’s protected areas. At the heart of the Alliance will be a collaboratively-managed ICT Portal - the TOURISM2030 platform - containing online training tools for b2b or b2c use, including: A knowledge alliance of universities wishing to manage their sustainable tourism offers in a collaborative framework. A collectively-managed tourism knowledge base configured as an applications database engine, supporting: A Competence in Sustainable & Responsible Tourism Certification online course (graduate level with ECTS credits) A Sustainable Tourism Development Handbook and Online course A Travel Green Europe Mapping App for certified tourism businesses to reach out to responsible consumers A Certification Quickfinder to help businesses choose the most suitable certification process A Tourism Sustainability Best Practice Browser for evidenced-based decision taking A Europe-wide student intern placement system offering in-situ and online certification & auditor skills training.
5th FERIA NACIONAL DE PUEBLOS MAGICOS
21-08-2018
Beautiful colonial city of Morelia, located in Michoacan State, Mexico, will host the 5th Magical Towns Fair, which will gather the 111 localities that have obtained this denomination. A Magic Town is a small town, located mostly in rural but accessible areas, which offers its visitors unique experiences based on its historical, cultural and natural assets, making them live truly magical moments. This edition will also include the participation of Latin American countries interested in joining eforts to develop a regional LATAM product from the sum of communities with similar characteristics. Visitors will find an exhibition area, local products and handcrafts fair trade, local food tasting, training seminars, learning talks and art shows based on the cultural heritage of each participating town. The Magic Towns program was created in 2001 and fosters roots by creating employment linked to tourism; reinforces the values ‚Äč‚Äčof identity; contributes to reduce poverty and inequality. It is managed from the local level by empowered civilian committees that work together with the acting governments in turn to guarantee their continuity.
International Symposium "Meeting of History and Geography" Concón, Chile.
21-08-2018
The International Symposium "Meeting of History and Geography" maintains an open call to the historical debate and related sciences, which does not reduce its issues to the national limits of Chile. Advances in the investigation of history, geography and related sciences such as archeology, botany, zoology, heritage management and tourism, for example, encompass an ever broader subject of specialties that escapes the very borders of its discipline, provoking the necessary interdisciplinarity; especially for "Special Interest Tourism", which requires a solid historical base that supports the cultural discourse that is offered. The event, which has its beginnings in 2014, has had as main stage the Historical and Archaeological Museum of the city of Concón; an excellence tourist destination, standing out for being the Gastronomic Capital of Chile; which form part of a great regional axis united by history that goes back thousands of years behind. In previous years, the event attracted the attention of great Chilean experts, as well as outstanding scholars from Mexico, Peru, Argentina and Panama. In 2017, the event was considered part of the global activities of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017. Two of the lectures of the year 2017 were published in Issue Number 20 of the Historical Bulletin of the same company. In the same way, the 2016 and 2015 editions have also obtained a space in this outstanding magazine.
Red Rocks Cultural Tourism Week 2018
20-08-2018
31st August ‚Äď 04th September Join our exhibition on this date to have a hands-on experience of how Red Rocks is keeping our cultural heritage alive. There will be a show of how local community benefits from tourism activities together with the ways we can preserve our pristine culture for the benefit of future generation. Visitors will participate in different cultural expressions like basket weaving (The AGASEKE), Pottery and the process of making the banana beer (URWAGWA) among others. Conservation & Community Success Stories 05th September The local community will be happy to share their success stories concerning harnessing tourism as a means of socio-economic and sustainable development. Apart from celebrating viable conservation efforts that the local community has undertaken, you will also have the chance to meet different tourism and conservation players from a broad spectrum in the industry who will provide you with salient details about the history of ecotourism around the Virunga massif. Football & Arts for Conservation, plus Crazy Gorilla Night 06th September Our key mission is to promote art for conservation. Consequently, we have scheduled an event on this date where you‚Äôre going to be introduced to conservation-themed art exhibits, live painting demos, and you too are going to actively take part in the demos by doing your own painting and taking it with you home as a souvenir. This is an event you cannot afford to miss. Furthermore, our host of activities will include also a football tournament organized with conservation education in mind. Kwita Izina 07th September The Kwita Izina annual event has become a must-attend ceremony. Now in its 14th year, this year‚Äôs event promises to sparkle just like it has done before. It has also played a significant role in conservation of the rare mountain gorillas. This year, 23 baby gorillas are to be named. But we have organised a party for you at Red Rocks Rwanda where you will join our local people
Centro American Community Based Tourism Encounter
20-08-2018
Networking event for CBT entrepreneurs, responsible travel agencies & tour operators, academia, NGOs and public offices representatives. First two days are for workshops and forums related to relevant topic for CBT Second two days are for market and business rounds to promote selling alliances between attendees. General public is invited since there will be cultural activities and tours.
East Africa Community Based Tourism Encounter
20-08-2018
The East Africa Community Based Tourism Encounter (EACBTE) is a Project that aims at promoting networks between Community Based Tourism initiatives and other relevant stakeholders in order to create business opportunities, collaboration alliances, capacity building and promotion of CBT as a sound means for local sustainable development. This is a two-year project, rotating in countries of East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania) which actively work in Community Based Tourism.
Igihoho Support Cooperative helping kick out plastic seed-bags.
17-08-2018
Red Rocks support the local women associations who came together under Igihoho Support Cooperative to seek ways on how to promote environmental conservation but also sustain community development.
ONE PLANET ‚Äď SUSTAINABLE TOURISM PROGRAMME ANNUAL MAGAZINE 2017/2018 ‚Äď Lead Innovate Finance Empower (LIFE)
17-08-2018
In this third annual edition, the One Planet - Sustainable Tourism Programme magazine presents the highlights of the network’s activities from 2017 to 2018. Please find more information from the link.
Carbon offsetting and responsible tourism
17-08-2018
Since our launch 20 years ago, low impact, responsible tourism has been at the heart of everything we do.
United Against Waste
14-08-2018
United Against Waste is a national sector network across the whole value chain of the out-of- home consumption. Together we will halve Food Waste in the hospitality sector!
International Conference on Sustainable Mountain Development & Tourism
14-08-2018
In order to raise some un-addressed yet fragile mountain development issues, GEA is organising 1st International Conference on ‚ÄúSustainable Mountain Development & Tourism (SMDT)‚ÄĚ at Kathmandu/Nepal, by supporting the philosophy & mission of UN-SDGs (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org & UN WTO (http://tourism4sdgs.org) collectively. We seek support from everyone or anyone, who is really concerned abt Mountain issues by promoting n supporting thiis Campaign thru SMDT Conference. Nepal
International Conference on Sustainable Mountain Development & Tourism
12-08-2018
In order to raise some un-addressed yet fragile mountain development issues, GEA is organising 1st International Conference on ‚ÄúSustainable Mountain Development & Tourism (SMDT)‚ÄĚ at Kathmandu/Nepal, by supporting the philosophy & mission of UN-SDGs (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org & UN WTO (http://tourism4sdgs.org) collectively. We seek support from everyone or anyone, who is really concerned abt Mountain issues by promoting n supporting thiis Campaign thru SMDT Conference. Nepal
Adventure Junky App
09-08-2018
The Adventure Junky App is 'earth's sustainable travel game'. Adventure Junky uses the proven tool of gamification to engage the world's biggest demographic - Millennials - to travel more sustainably. With literally billions of travellers circling the planet every year, the travel industry has a significant impact on the well-being of people and planet. Adventure Junky is working in partnership with the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), and its membership to create a more fairer, inclusive and sustainable future for global tourism, through the support of the adjacent values. The app will be a showcase for leaders in sustainability, be they destinations, operators, gear suppliers or apparel companies. Equally the app will promote the importance of the values below to its adventurers in order to raise the awareness and adoption of our guiding principles and responsible adventure travel.
Aventure Colombia CSR Actions - Fight against sexual exploitation in tourism - awareness campaign
08-08-2018
Some difficult situations in Colombia may lead to the development of cases of sexual exploitation of minors. Aventure Colombia fights against this sexual exploitation by supporting the national campaign and sensitizing ‚Äčits collaborators, travelers and service providers via the publication of articles on its blog, the signature of engaging contracts and of the internal regulation by its collaborators and service providers. Furthermore, Aventure Colombia respects and only works with service providers that respect the Colombian laws that indicates the sentences for anyone who develops suspect activities with minors
BCD Travel CSR Actions -Ecosystem - pollution reduction
08-08-2018
BCD Travel engage employees in resource efficiency efforts. A dedicated team of CSR coordinators in their global locations oversees the implementation, tracking and improving of local environmental initiatives.  Some of the 2016 initiatives are as follows:
  • Green teams were organised in countries that previously did not have this engagement
  • Offices ran local campaigns encouraging employees to create personal sustainability plans or otherwise incorporate sustainability into their everyday lives
  • Global promotion and participation in Earth Day, Earth Hour and World Environment Day events to engage and educate employees.
  • Employee award and recognition programs that reward measurable environmental improvements or demonstrations of best-in-class practices.
  • Six percent increase in work from home opportunities for U.S employees, resulting in reduced gasoline and CO2 emissions, cost savings on office space, and better work-life balance.
  • Implemented a Global Energy Saving program to help reduce operational energy usage by 11,661,915 kilowatt-hours (KWh) and CO2 emissions by 18,460,810lbs. ISO 14001 specifies the requirements for an environmental management system that BCD travel has used to enhance its environmental performance in a systematic manner that contributes to long-term environmental goals.
 
Plan Estrategico de Turismo Sostenible para Ibague
06-08-2018
El objetivo principal del presente documento ‚ÄúMemoria Diagn√≥stico del Destino‚ÄĚ, es el de servir de documento de referencia para el posterior proceso de auditor√≠a y consecuente certificaci√≥n de Ibagu√©
Tourism & the SDGs: Papua New Guinea
06-08-2018
Three day intensive workshop on tourism and the SDGs for PNG. Developed and led by Steve Noakes.
The Macedonian Experience
06-08-2018
The Macedonian Experience is a 1 week Tourism Program which kicks-off the start-up of our Cooperative Movement Changemakers4all (www.changemakers4all.com). In the program we work with the local community, often small farmers, shop-owners or individuals which are very involved in offering a different Touristic Experience. Lazar Stamkov is one of the key figures in this respect who has a massive experience in all kinds of Adventurous Sports Activities and Programs with respect for the environment.
Sustainable Enterprise Sonoma
06-08-2018
With the 2018 theme ‚ÄúPlay, Work, Live for a Sustainable Future,‚ÄĚ the conference will explore sustainability on the personal, business, and regional scale. The program is designed through the use of the One Planet Cafe to give plenty of opportunities to join the conversation and find new collaborators. The goal of the conference is promote sustainable operating practices, kickstart regional collaborations, and build a network of professionals working for more sustainable and resilient communities
Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals Conference 2019 (Tourism4SDGs19)
06-08-2018
Tourism4SDGs19 offers the opportunity for a wide range of scholars and tourism stakeholders to discuss and debate both (i) challenges to tourism contributing to the SDGs, and (ii) ways in which tourism can deliver on its potential to be more inclusive, equitable and sustainable, in line with the values embedded in the Global Goals. CFP open now : https://tourism-sdg.nz/call-for-papers/; due date 16 Sept. Visit the website for information about keynote, speakers, programme and registration
Día Mundial del Turismo: El Turismo en la Era Digital
06-08-2018
El Turismo en la Era Digital En la actualidad, las empresas y las personas están conectadas, intercambian información y realizan transacciones de formas que nunca habíamos imaginado. La combinación de plataformas digitales, las opiniones y contenidos creados por el usuario, la integración de las redes sociales, los sistemas de posicionamiento global y el uso de los macrodatos y la inteligencia artificial han transformado nuestra forma de gestionar, consumir y compartir la información.
Kalpak Travel: Our commitment to sustainable, responsible tourism
06-08-2018
The UN‚Äôs sustainable development goals (SDGs) is an opportunity for all of us ‚ÄĒ tourists and tour operators alike ‚ÄĒ to think about how we can travel in a way which not only minimises the damage we cause to the environment, but we can also positively contribute to realising the UN‚Äôs 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs). So what does that mean in practice? https://kalpak-travel.com/blog/central-asia-sustainable-responsible-tourism/
Language Games Festival
06-08-2018
languages are invited to form clubs and participate in the games. thereafter, the surplus will be channelled to building a global language centre that will introduce LANGUAGE TOURISM & preserve langu
Circuitos icultural
06-08-2018
The plan is develop one day tours that will provide guide trips and visits to the process of every handmande crafts in the city of Ita, located in the Central Department of Paraguay.
Festival de las Lomas de Mangomarca
06-08-2018
El domingo 22 se llevó acabo el "Festival de las Lomas de Mangomarca" en el cual participamos como promotores en el cuidado de las lomas #Innpulsaturismo contribuyendo al cuidado del medio ambiente.
Fair Voyage
06-08-2018
Conscious travel platform promoting exclusively certified socially & environmentally responsible local tour companies, accommodations & projects.
Rural women and girls master farmer empowering; smart farming program - Rural women and girls master fishing program & climate smart fisheries; aqyaculture programe
06-08-2018
Working in Sustainable Development by Resilient Climate Creativity making sustainable business & Civic Media through AI & the 2030 Agenda
UNWTO Tourism Tech (Ad)venture: Big Data Solutions in Tourism
06-08-2018
In the framework of the 109th session of the UNWTO Executive Council, UNWTO in collaboration with the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism of Bahrain will organize a UNWTO Tourism Tech (Ad)venture Forum (TTAF) focused on Tourism Smart Management and Big Data solutions in tourism ‚Äď powering new business models through innovation.
The Macedonian Experience
04-08-2018
This is an event organized by Changemakers4all (www.chagemakers4all.com) - a Dutch-Macedonian Cooperative Movement that has recently been set up. With this Program we kick-start the first Touristic Program of the Cooperative which supports the SDG2030 goals for responsible and inclusive tourism. It is a journey in the southern-region of Macedonia, which takes people through the history, nature, culture and culinary tradition of Macedonia. The Program involves the local community.
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03-08-2018
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22nd UNWTO General Assembly in Chengdu, China
02-08-2018
Sustainable tourism is increasingly relevant in national agendas for its role in fostering economic growth, social inclusiveness and the protection of cultural and natural assets. This is now also recognized at the highest international level with the UN General Assembly having adopted several resolutions acknowledging the role of tourism in sustainable development, including the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This calls for evidence to support policy and track progress. UNWTO recognizes that, apart from being a technical exercise, the development and implementation of a statistical framework for sustainable tourism is very much a strategic endeavor that will require stakeholder engagement, inter-institutional coordination and political leadership. Participants had the chance to discuss methodological advances, explore emerging issues and learned from pioneering country experiences in this area of measurement. The Manila Conference gathered for the first time Ministers, Statistical Chiefs, Policy experts and statisticians dedicated to sustainable development, environment and tourism.
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02-08-2018
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TUI Cruises - Recycling and waste
30-07-2018
TUI Cruises place special focus on the issue of food waste through the launch of the project supported by Futouris entitled ‚ÄúFood Waste ‚Äď Reduction of food waste on cruise ships‚ÄĚ. The aim of the pilot project is to make efforts to tackle the tremendous waste of food around the world. The project launched in September 2016 has a duration of 18 months, during this time the causes of food waste on board the Mein Schiff ¬ģ fleet will be identified with the aid of the project partner United Against Waste e. V. and processes relevant for reducing food waste will be optimized. After the first analysis phase on board Mein Schiff 4, TUI Cruises is working with United Against Waste e. V. and Futouris in a second project phase to develop specific measures from the results and is set to conduct trials of these measures on board as from the summer. These measures are intended to organize the processes involved in the preparation, presentation and disposal of food on board more efficiently. The aim is to use the resources employed to the best possible effect, reduce the consumption of resources and food waste as well as create awareness for this topic amongst the crew and guests. The company will then prepare a catalogue of actions from the final results and carry out targeted training for the employees on board. TUI Cruises will implement the effective measures within the entire Mein Schiff ¬ģ fleet. The results of the project will be published via Futouris and thus made available to the cruise industry as a whole. This will enable far-reaching stimuli to be given in the form of specific proposals for measuring food waste and best practice measures for reducing waste. This is intended to promote greater sustainability in managing food on cruise ships.
TUI Cruise CSR Actions - Wildlife and Ecosystems - animal protection
30-07-2018
TUI Cruises cooperated with several environmental protection organizations, whose campaign goals include the conservation of whales. Through donations from the Green & Fair excursions, for instance, the company again supported the organizations MEER e.V. and Pottwale e.V. The latter organization mainly uses the donations for information activities for the population on Dominica and, in particular, the newly created Marine Education Program, which is particularly aimed at children. In 2016, TUI Cruises also successfully continued its important awareness campaign on whale conservation for guests. As part of its more than two-year collaboration with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), the company created a flyer called ‚ÄúMeet us don‚Äôt eat us‚ÄĚ, which informs guests on the Nordic routes about the threat presented to whales and the concerns of consuming whale meat. In the summer of 2016, the subject of whale conservation featured strongly in¬†the media in connection with whaling on the Faroe Islands, a destination which TUI Cruises served once during 2016. TUI Cruises expressly distances itself from worldwide whaling. If the company encounters practices that raise concerns about species protection at its destinations, it consistently seeks a dialogue with the authorities, environmental protection organizations and its local partners. This was also the case in connection with the whaling on the Faroe Islands, which was criticized most strongly by TUI Cruises. In a meeting held at the destination, TUI Cruises was able to convince itself that the company‚Äôs tourist attractions on the Faroe Islands had nothing to do with whaling and will continue to actively inform its guests on the route about the local situation and thus create awareness of what is happening in the region.
TUI Cruises CSR Actions - Wildlife and ecosystems - landscape protection
30-07-2018
TUI Cruises contributed to the conservation of biodiversity on the high seas and in the global destinations in a variety of ways in 2016, especially in sustainable coral conservation.¬†Many species of coral are threatened by extinction due to the destruction of their habitats, which is leading to a loss of diversity in species and to a deterioration of ecosystems. In collaboration with zoo aquaria, scientists and local lobby groups, the non-profit foundation SECORE International (‚ÄúSExual COral Reproduction‚ÄĚ) is pursuing new procedures in nature and species conservation and ismaking efforts to find innovative strategies to recultivate coral species threatened by extinction and to restore the functionality of coral reefs. One of the SECORE projects, with which TUI Cruises has been involved since 2012, is coral conservation off of the coast of Cura√ßao. In addition, TUI Cruises and SECORE as part of the collaboration with Futouris e. V. have developed a campaign on the subject of sustainable snorkeling and diving within the coral conservation project. All over the world, inattentive or unwitting visitors cause severe damage to coral reefs and have had an alarmingly adverse affect on their condition. Against this backdrop, the campaign provides targeted information for tourists on excursions and trains local diving schools and their guides in the Caribbean. TUI Cruises has integrated a Code of Conduct into its contracts with the diving schools, which lay down sustainable diving standards. The campaign entitled ‚ÄúSustainable under water‚ÄĚ focuses the awareness of tourists and local divers on sustainable conduct during the dives and thus promotes environmentally acceptable dive trips. As a result, it makes an additional contribution to the SECORE recultivation projects for coral conservation.  
EXO Travel -
30-07-2018
EXO Travel developed guidelines with the support of environmental NGOs (TRAFFIC,WCS,WWF, EARS) and other specialists to inform travellers and travel agencies. These guidelines include The Global Standards for Animals in Tourism and address in particular issues concerning elephants, tiger, primates and monkeys, marine life, turtles.¬† EXO Travel works only with elephant camps that¬† treat their animals properly and help them in the future to shift towards more friendly activities for elephant. They consulted several experts from EARS, WPA, Elefantasia, Traffic and developed their own specific evaluation check list for elephant camps and a rating scheme. They developed guidelines with the support of environmental NGOs (TRAFFIC, WCS, WWF, EARS, etc.) and other specialists to inform travellers and travel agencies what are the issues at stake and how to behave properly. These guidelines include The Global Standards for Animals in Tourism and address in particular issues concerning elephants, tigers, primates & monkeys, marine life, turtles. EXO Ethical code directs the way that   EXO is not, as some other tour companies, willing to cease all elephant rides abruptly as this means a serious loss of revenue for local communities whose livelihoods depend on it, as well as elephants. They prefer to raise the issue and continue working only with those who treat their animals properly and help them in the future to shift towards more friendly activities for elephants. They consulted several experts from EARS, WPA, Elefantasia, Traffic and, developed their own specific evaluation check list for elephant camps and a rating scheme. SC have started conducting inspections. - Within the frame of Travelife certification the EXO Foundation reviewed the EXO Responsible Travel Policy and elaborated a range of key documents outlining policies, guidelines, check lists to assess their suppliers, etc. All these are meant to facilitate the implementation of the certification process by over 500 staff, as well as inciting their suppliers & clients to join their march towards sustainability.   - EXO Ethical code directs the way that EXO Travel conducts its business. It was designed to fight against corruption and ensure EXO fair relationships with all interested parties: customers, competitors, staff, destinations and suppliers. It guides every step of decision making in line with their ethical commitments and those that are important for a healthy and sustainable business.   - Since 2013, EXO Travel has made the decision to cease visits to schools, orphanages and other children‚Äôs centers following reports on the numerous unseen negative impacts of such visits from child welfare organizations such as Friends International, Save the Children, UNICEF, which work closely with disadvantaged children and families.
TUI CSR Actions - Ecosystem - Pollution reduction
30-07-2018
TUI Cruises attach particular attention to the environment-friendly mobility of its employees. Following a review of the current situation and needs analysis, a comprehensive mobility program with short-term and long-term measures was developed.¬†In order to optimize level of emissions, TUI Cruises conducted an employee survey with an analysis of their place of residence.¬†It then realized the potentials revealed by implementing measures such as promoting use of the public transport network and rail discount cards. The company implements measures such as promoting the use of public transport network, rail discount cards and offer of company bicycles.¬† In addition, the company created a section called¬†¬†‚ÄúNachhaltig Unterwegs‚ÄĚ [Sustainable Travel] on the intranet in which it provides employees with information on offers of sustainable mobility, ranging from the Profi Card for employees from the HVV (the Hamburg public transport network) through to car sharing schemes.    
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28-07-2018
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Curso de Turismo sostenible y desarrollo local en √°reas rurales
27-07-2018
El curso est√° basado en el concepto del turismo como motor para la creaci√≥n de actividades econ√≥micas y de empleo decente en las √°reas rurales. Durante las fases a distancia y presencial se examinar√°n en detalle las claves necesarias para que el turismo pueda ser una alternativa socioecon√≥mica sostenible, y cu√°les son los elementos a tener en cuenta para dise√Īar una estrategia de desarrollo rural basada en el turismo.
Tourism & the SGDs in Mongolia
27-07-2018
Tourism and the SDGs - a 3 days training program conducted in December 2017. A total of 150 specialists from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, the Ulaanbaatar City Tourism Department, the Development center of Tourism, specialists in charge of tourism from districts and 21 aimags, other private organizations and entities attended the training.
International Adventure Conference
27-07-2018
The International Adventure Conference attracts a truly worldwide audience, from a range of different specialisms. The challenging ideals and targets of the United Nations‚Äô SDGs go way beyond environmental concerns and emphasise human interaction with the planet, with nature and with each other. Our delegates carry with them stories related to all seventeen SDGs. The event will open up critical discourses about these powerful new goals ‚Äď economic, social, cultural, philosophical and physical.
Halt Poverty supporting sustainable tourism
27-07-2018
Halt Poverty was launched as a project in 2015 in response to the needs to empower human capital in tourism-based activities. Based in Madagascar. Halt Poverty is now officially registered as a social venture that support local communities with sustainable tourism initiatives. Our actions encourage sustainable tourism experience in Madagascar including¬†relieving¬†pressure on overcrowded tourist areas. Inappropriate actions can be damaging to the destination. Tourism has direct linkages with other businesses. It has a broad resource from which many new businesses may emerge. Economic survival and from tourism demand communication and education as prerequisites.  
Reduce use of plastic bags
27-07-2018
The Choose Honduras team is fully committed to sustainable tourism practices. Since 2003 we’ve worked closely with many of the regions of Honduras we operate in, with an eye toward helping the host communities and inhabitants become active participants in the travel industry and not just spectators.  We believe that responsible travel must be beneficial to everyone involved; the travelers, the local service providers, the host communities, and the natural environment where it takes place.  When local people benefit from tourism and participate in its value chain, they become committed; and local commitment helps maintain the cultural experiences truly authentic and helps protect the natural landscapes. As an initiative to support responsible and sustainable tourism, Choose Honduras is providing travelers with reusable shopping bags that are crafted and hand painted by local artisans, with the aime of reducing the consumption of plastic bags.
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25-07-2018
The purpose of this project is to design a model Sustainability Balanced Scorecard that will develop and integrate strategic planning of tourism companies in the region of San Antonio De El Tequendama
EXO Travel - Professional development
23-07-2018
EXO Travel started a series of trainings to all staff to raise staff awareness on issues related to office consumption and their environmental and social impacts, and to raise awareness on the importance of considering the consequences of their actions,¬† which is a major Buddha teaching making it even more relevant in our destinations. To shift from a didactic training to a more fun and accessible learning tool and to find a away to get their staff to be more familiar with sustainability principles and aware of all the new policies and guidelines, they have launched a game : EXO Sustainability Game. In September 2015, EXO Foundation launched a monthly sustainability game to improve staff knowledge on sustainability. The game includes a quiz and/or a mission with a specific theme, such as: responsible tourism, environmental management in the office, local communities, climate change, etc.¬† Questions are specifically relevant to tourism and EXO Travel. Winners are rewarded with 'responsible' gifts. This game has been proven quite successful and was recognized by Travelife as an outstanding tool. The game has created a dynamic learning process, stimulating initiatives and creativity of the staff.  
Wilderness Scotland CSR Actions -Wildlife and ecosystems - pollution reduction
23-07-2018
Wilderness Scotland have taken significant steps to deliver meaningful action on climate change. In accordance with the advice of The Carbon Trust, their climate change strategy is based upon the following business actions:
  • To encourage clients to access the start/end point of their trips by public transport
  • To deliver a low carbon holiday experience, relating to the activity, transportation, accommodation and other services used.
  • To elsewhere reduce energy consumption and consequent carbon emissions throughout our business, wherever possible.
  • To work with suppliers to reduce carbon emissions and to develop new low-carbon products, wherever possible.
  • To focus on trips to parts of Scotland where tourism will deliver positive socio-economic and environmental benefits.
  • To financially offset all unavoidable carbon emissions which are generated by the company.
  • To make clients aware of these issues and encourage them to offset their own carbon emissions arising from air travel
G Adventures CSR Actions - Funds/in kind donations
20-07-2018
G Adventures strongly believes that tourism is a force for global good, and we’re committed to promoting sustainable solutions in communities around the globe. G Adventures and their non-profit arm, the Planeterra Foundation deliver the greatest impact for disaster relief  by supporting local communities year-round through their commitment to responsible tourism and social development.  Established in 2003, Planeterra is G Advantures non-profit partner dedicated to ensuring communities touched by tourism benefit from the opportunities it provides. Planeterra helps empower local people to develop their communities, conserve their cultures, and create humane and supportive systems for their endeavours. Planeterra manages over 50 social enterprises on all seven continents, that benefit women, at-risk youth, and rural and indigenous communities Women make up over half of the tourism workforce and yet they are often underpaid and have limited opportunities to move into higher positions in their jobs. Planeterra helps women redefine their roles in society by providing life-changing access to education and job-training. To discover more of Planeterra' projects in helping empower local people to develop their communities, click here 
Light up Borneo
20-07-2018
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The Value of Human Rights on the Camino de Santiago: harnessing the power of tourism to promote cross-cultural dialogue and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
20-07-2018
The International Project "The Value of Human Rights on the Camino de Santiago: harnessing the power of tourism of tourism to promote cross-cultural dialogue and achieve the SDGs" is a project for university students to study and analyze tourism and the human rights and their reflection in the Camino de Santiago as vital elements that shape the global identity and culture, as well as the relation between tourism, the Camino de Santiago and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition, the project will incorporate the UNWTO Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics as a guiding principle. The forum achieves the international commitment of the participating universities to work continuously and tirelessly towards the fulfillment of the SDGs and the achievement of sustainable tourism practices. It is a platform for benchmarking tourism on cultural routes, exchanging best practices, learn from each other and gather knowledge that can later be applied to other cultural routes worldwide.
LA HEROICA: YO VIAJO RESPONSABLE
20-07-2018
La campa√Īa LA HEROICA: YO VIAJO RESPONSABLE fomenta el impacto positivo que el Turista ejerce en el medioambiente, la cultura y la econom√≠a del lugar que se visita, a trav√©s de BUENAS PRACTICAS
Experience Travel Group CSR Actions - Responsible Investment
20-07-2018
Experience Travel Group is working with all parties affected by their business, including clients, colleagues, suppliers, industry partners and local communities, to ensure that the experience they offer cause minimal disturbance whilst providing the utmost enjoyment for the client. They also increase focus of sustainable options throughout their destination countries and encourage suppliers to improve their product with regards to making it more sustainable. Through continued correspondence with all parties involved, products will be developed accordingly in an effort to ensure that not only the experiences provided to the client are authentic and enjoyable, but that the impacts caused by such experiences do not negatively affect the local communities or environment. Local community perceptions will be periodically garnered via a community survey, to receive information from communities on how the group can work more effectively and positively for them. Wildlife and nature product will be continuously reviewed based on the latest information in the press and scientific literature to ensure not only the experience is enjoyable for the client but that it is not negatively affecting the wildlife involved and that the practice is not encouraging unethical/illegal activities such as poaching. As an action to increase focus on sustainable options throughout their destination countries, a review of safari drive operators and the production of guidelines for all safari drive operators used by Experience Travel Group. We also aim to review the experiences offered with regards to tribal trekking, particularly in relation to the tourist heavy areas of Sapa in northern Vietnam, and Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, and the employment practices of hotels and ground handlers. This initiative¬†has already begun with the removal of excursions to the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage and continues to develop through the review of elephant riding activities throughout their destinations countries. Experience Travel Group will also raise awareness of sustainable travel practices to their clients to reduce negative environmental impact, for example through promoting the use of filtered water bottles to replace single use plastics.  
Experience Travel Group CSR Actions - Wildlife and ecosystems animal protection
20-07-2018
Experience Travel Group is committed to animal welfare, both for captive animals and those you observe in a wild environment. They commit to continuously work with suppliers to ensure compliance with relevant national and international welfare legislation and best practice. The Group is committed to upholding and enhancing the minimum standards of welfare for animals whose lives are impacted by tourism, and to protecting animals from exploitation, neglect and cruelty at the hands of the tourism industry. They commit to abiding by the Five Freedoms adopted by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) as a benchmark for animal's physical and mental well being. These are:
  • Freedom from Hunger and Thirst: nutritious food and clean water
  • Freedom from Discomfort: a suitable living environment that provides shelter, opportunities to rest and considers the species-specific needs of wild animals
  • Freedom from Pain, Injury and Disease: preventative and curative health care
  • Freedom to express Normal Behaviour: living space that encourages natural behaviour
  • Freedom from Fear and Distress: appropriate areas to seek privacy and limit human contact
As a member of ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) and AITO (Association of Independent Tour Operators), they work closely with these groups as well as animal welfare NGO’s worldwide in order to better understand and identify practices which may pose a risk to animal welfare and our client’s health and safety in our destination countries. They provide the following guidelines to clients for responsible wildlife viewing:
  • Do not feed wild animals ‚Äď this can have severe consequences for an animal‚Äôs welfare as well as your own personal safety
  • Do not touch wild animals ‚Äď you can unwittingly pass on diseases that the animal has no immunity against, as well as placing yourself at risk.
  • Do not smoke when close to animals
  • Do not tease or provoke animals
  • Do not shout of make loud noises when close to animals
  • Do not drop litter ‚Äď please dispose of it responsibly
  • Do not support the use of animals as photographic props
  • Do not support animal performances where animals are trained to perform tasks that have no basis in their natural behavior ‚Äď for example riding bikes, cleaning teeth, elephants doing headstands. These behaviours are unnatural and may involve adverse training techniques which can have serious animal welfare implications.
  • Do not purchase souvenirs made out of wildlife products or other threatened natural materials e.g. coral, shells, starfish. Wildlife products may include but are not limited to: skin (handbags, belts, and drums), ivory, bush-meat, bones, feathers, quills, teeth etc., traditional medicines, good luck charms, tortoiseshell or plant parts.
In their commitment to wildlife and ecosystems - animal protection, they provide clients with information on animal welfare issues as they arise through the Experience Travel blog, and employ customer feedback mechanisms to provide clients with a platform to inform of new issues.
Experience Travel Group - CSR Actions - Host community involvement
20-07-2018
Experience Travel Group has in place The Experience Travel Group Sustainable Travel Policy that is about continual improvement, monitoring and evaluation. The Group is committed to maximizing the positive impacts of monetary and cross-cultural exchanges between clients and the local communities in their destination countries. They aim to be completely transparent the Sustainable Travel Policy and ensures wealth is spread around the community and not concentrated on small sections and interest groups by avoiding taking shopping/food commissions, doing their best to ensure drivers not to pressure guests to use particular shops where they can earn commissions, and encouraging a tipping policy to encourage excellent service and discourage over-reliance on commissions. The Sustainable Travel Policy also ensure guests are well-informed travellers through the provision of comprehensive pre-departure information on tipping, begging, cultural norms etc., as well as an in-country welcome pack with information on major sights, activities, local eating, shopping and language.
EXO Travel CSR Actions - Responsible purchases
19-07-2018
EXO Travel raises awareness about sustainable-sourced goods amongst staff.  For example:
  • Clients are given welcome pack which includes a Shan bag made by local people in Ywa Ma Village near Inle Lake and a fan made from natural palm materials. These are practical items which travelers can use during their stay in Myanmar that also showcase the work of local artisans:
  • Employees are encouraged to purchase local coffee for consumption in the office
  • The company has implemented using chemical-free office cleaning materials. (mixture of one or more of water, vinegar, baking soda)
 
EXO Travel CSR Actions - Recycling and Waste - specific material
19-07-2018
EXO Myanmar is taking responsibility for setting an example by ensuring as little waste as possible is wasted:
  • All pantry waste is separated according to the following categories: wet waste, dry waste, instant coffee packets, plastic bottles, aluminium cans.
  • Used individual coffee packets are sent to the Mary Chapman School for the Deaf on a monthly basis. The school uses these as¬† raw materials to create handicrafts in their training workshop_
  • Used aluminium cans are sent to Pomelo¬†on a monthly basis. The social enterprise sends these to its suppliers who use them to create innovative products.
  • Staff have been sensitized about the negative health and environmental impacts of polystyrene and are requesting caterers for private office events to bring reusable plates rather than polystyrene.
  • Housekeeping staff sell accumulated used plastic bottles and paper to informal waste collectors who recycle these products. This raise awareness that 'waste is not waste' and in fact has a value.
  • Begin monitoring our monthly recyclable and non-recyclable waste production
  • Identify further options for recycling/'upcycling' izr waste to reduce our production of non-recyclable waste
  • Install paper towel dispensers in all small office bathrooms to help staff use just one paper towel every time they use their hands. They have also trainedstaff to use the 'shake and fold' method which involves shaking one's hands 12 times after washing and then folding one paper towel to dry the hands.
   
EXO Travel CSR Actions - Professional Development
19-07-2018
EXO Travel invest in training to empower their employees. They promote a culture a culture of passion, innovation, sharing and caring, life-long learning in EXO Travel. This is underlined by the company's annual EXO Academy training conducted by Mekong Train Coaching Agency . The training is customized every year and based on various topics such as teamwork, time management, planning, productivity, etc. EXO also provides sustainability training and in Responsible Tourism. They undertook the Travelife certification process to motivate employees to think about sustainability throughout all aspects of business and raise awareness of key issues to consider.
  • In 2013 and 2014 a presentation was given by the EXO Foundation to all Yangon staff members about Responsible Tourism and how EXO is getting involved with the Travelife certification scheme.
  • 50 members of Yangon office staff (including ALL managers) passed the online Travelife training in October 2014.
  • All key documents such as Responsible Travel Policy, Ethical Code, Guidelines for Wildlife Viewing and Protection, and EXO Saving Tips (discussed in 'Internal management: Environment and community relations') are clearly communicated to staff via email and the EXO 24 intranet service.
  • Since 2015, new staff are introduced to Responsible Tourism and Travelife during the induction training provided by HR.
  • STeam was set up in April 2015 and consists of at least one staff member from each department. At present,there are 28 members of the team. Meetings are arranged twice per month and the objective is to empower team members and make them more familiar with sustainability concepts. They become ambassadors for sustainability within the company and convey their knowledge to fellow members of their department.¬†Examples of topics discussed during STeam meetings: Saving energy, reducing paper usage, reducing waste, recycling and 'upcycling'
 
Cox and Kings CSR Actions - In kind donation for education
18-07-2018
Cox and Kings believe that many of societal issues including poverty, unemployment and gender violence can be addressed through timely intervention through education. The company is committed to the cause of education and support the education of under privileged girls in India. Cox & Kings Foundation has facilitated quality education to students including both pre-primary and primary schools in Pune and Nashik.¬†n 2013, Cox and Kings adopted the Amrutdham NMC School in Nasik, where they supported the education of 200 girls per year from Std II - VI. The donated amount is used for the school's academic support. The Nanhi Kali Kit includes uniforms, notebooks, stationary and hygiene material. It is also used for social and moral support like sports, competitions, celebrations, communication, consumables, stationary and for personal cost. Besides facilitating education for girls and children from economically weaker section of the society, Cox & Kings Foundation has also been enabling the 'Education for Life' project that gives educational and nutritional support at 7 schools under Children's Aid Society. Under this project, our association with Ojus Medical Institute has given a platform to many vulnerable children to seek support. Nutritional support of egg and banana is given on a daily basis or as per need based at Chembur Children‚Äôs Home, Bal Kalyan Nagari, Additional Observation Home, New Observation Home, Dongri Observation Home and David Sassoon Industrial School. The foundation continues to eliminate the societal evils through education in conjunction with NGO partners, Nanhi Kali, Ojus Medical Institute and the Mamta Trust.      
Cox and Kings CSR Actions - Health awareness campaigns
18-07-2018
Every human has a right to a healthy life. However, the wide socio-economic gap in society denies large populations access to accessible and affordable medical care. The underprivileged and those most at-risk are also those most unlikely to receive timely healthcare interventions. Cox & Kings is committed to bring quality healthcare to the lives of everyone. With our partners we also work to improve the lives of children facing multiple disabilities, thus enabling them to lead an independent life. In the year 2016-17, Cox & Kings Foundation has implemented the following health care projects -
  1.  Providing Iron chelators (medicines to control iron overload) to Thalassaemia patients: Iron overload is an undesirable outcome of the regular blood transfusions. Conditions arising out of iron overload are the main cause of fatalities among thalassaemia patients. Cox & Kings Foundation ensured seamless flow of iron chelators to the thalassaemia patients belonging to lower-income families. Patients belonging to various centres in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Kalyan, Ulhasnagar, Pune Loni, Srirampur, Dhule, Solapur and Kolhapur were benefitted due to the availability of Iron chelators.
  2. Upkeep of Ashray and Ankur Asmita Centres: Cox & Kings Foundation supports Ashray and Ankur Asmita, temporary Crisis Intervention Centres (CIC) set up by CCDT to ensure the protection of children, especially those who are orphaned and vulnerable. CCDT along with the Cox & Kings Foundation has been able to positively impact the lives of children by way of nutritious food, timely medical care, psychosocial & recreational support and counselling and attention to their developmental needs.
  3. Making wishes come true: Cox & Kings Foundation supports Make a Wish Foundation in fulfilling ‚ÄėTo Have‚Äô wishes of the critically ill children. With this money, MAWF buys the child a gift of his or her choice, such as a toy car, computer, a doll house, digital camera and so on. The Foundation also supports the 'to go' wishes wherein we fulfill travel wishes of these terminally ill children. Cox & Kings Foundation sponsors the trip of the child to any destination of his choice, within India. With this initiative, we have created happy memories at the children‚Äôs dream destinations such as Delhi, Goa, Ajmer, Agra, Kulu Manali and so on.
  4. Gifting vision: Cox & Kings Foundation believes that sight should be a gift everyone should enjoy - regardless of their socio-economic status. Our efforts are to bring advanced healthcare and eye treatments to the millions who are denied it. Cox & Kings along with Poona Blind Men's Association has undertaken cataract surgeries of needy and economically weaker patients.
  5. Beating cancer: Cox & Kings Foundation stands shoulder to shoulder with its NGO partners in supporting children suffering from cancer. They continue to hold awareness programmes and sponsor treatment as they enable hundreds of children to beat the fatal disease. Cox and Kings also celebrated International Childhood Cancer Day with Make a Wish Foundation and CanKids KidsCan in different states of India.Whereas, CanKids KidsCan organised the Go Gold¬† India ‚Äď for Warriors and Angels campaign that aimed at creating awareness about the central message that childhood cancer is curable.
  6. Special therapies to children with multiple disabilities: Each child with multiple disabilities is unique. He/She has his/her own set of experiences, medical condition, style of learning, likes dislikes, etc. Cox & Kings Foundation believes in assisting these kids to make them independent in their daily lives as much as possible. Our association with Muskan Foundation has yielded impressive results year on year. For the overall development of the child facing multiple disabilities, therapies are extremely important. The apt therapy is selected and complemented with special education. Keeping the child’s age in mind, he or she is enrolled in an early intervention program or the special education program. Based on the needs of the child, therapies like Vision Rehabilitation, Occupational, Physiotherapy, Sensory Integration & Speech Therapy are executed.
  7. Clean Drinking Water: The famous tourist destination of Gujarat, known for its serenity, has been facing a severe problem - water salinity. Water in Kutch is excessively saline, with TDS levels well above the permissible limits of WHO (World Health Organisation). This has caused deterioration of health of the young kids in schools. The steady fall in the number of school children coming to school and severe water salinity affecting their health prompted Cox & Kings Foundation to set up RO filters in association with Centre for Desert and Ocean and Green Works Trust
Cox and Kings CSR Actions - Funds/in kind donations
18-07-2018
Cox and Kings have been working in partnership with local NGOs and communities through different agricultural programmes and sustainable models. Cox & Kings aims to provide easy and implementable solutions to rural areas in order to address problems of poverty, education, outdated farming techniques and social welfare. Cox & Kings Foundation teamed up with Pragati Pratishthan to provide sustainable solutions to the water scarcity and farming crisis by donating materials to set up drip irrigation and water conservation projects¬† in Jawhar, India.    
Cox and Kings CSR Actions - Awareness campaigns and education
18-07-2018
Women in India are disproportionately affected by poverty and discriminations; and suffer abuse and violations in the realization of their rights, access to resources, and opportunities for a better life. Experience shows that, when equipped with proper resources, women have the power to help entire families and communities overcome poverty, marginalisation and social injustice. Cox & Kings believes that the empowerment of women is the key to progress as a society. Through skill building and employment programmes, they aim to make women self-reliant and poised for success.
  • In partnership with Ojus Medical Institute, the foundation has empowered women living in the slum areas of Ghatkopar, Mumbai through the Damini Project. The special vocational training has enabled self-employment and employment in local institutions. This has improved their socio-economic status which has impact their families positively. Courses including Tailoring, Mehendi and Beauty classes are organised to empower the underprivileged background, marginalized women, students and dropout students from Municipal schools.
  • ¬†To save the girls from getting abandoned or killed, Cox & Kings Foundation with Maa Bhagwati Sansthan has facilitated installation of 65 cradle points throughout the state of Rajasthan. This initiative encourages parents to not abandon their daughters and simply place the unwanted children in these cradles. The Sansthan then adopts the children and takes care of them.
American Express Global Business Travel CSR Actions - Diversity Management
17-07-2018
American Express began to formalize its commitment to diversity and inclusion nearly three decades ago with the official launch of an Employee Network, the Black Employee Network. In addition, the company introduced a Diversity Council, a diversity awareness training and the inclusion of diversity goals in its Performance Management Process. Today, American Express continues to evolve and grow our diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives. Our goal is to create an employee base that is as diverse as the customers and communities we serve. Through the diverse insights and experiences of our employees, we can better serve our customers. Since 1987, Employee Networks at American Express have provided opportunities that support personal and professional development, skill building and career growth. Completely employee-driven, they bring value to our company in many ways, from creating an inclusive workplace to driving product innovation. Employee Networks encompass the full spectrum of diversity at American Express, including disability, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, generations, sexual orientation and veteran’s status. In 2015, with 15 networks and nearly 100 chapters worldwide, our Employee Networks ran many career-focused events including panel discussions, speaker series, leadership spotlights, clinics, career fairs and virtual forums.
American Express Global Business Travel CSR Actions - Professional Development
17-07-2018
American Express Global Business Travel invest in research to help identify potential barriers to women‚Äôs advancement in the workplace and created programs designed to develop and promote high-potential women at American Express. These programs include Pathways to Sponsorship and Women Rising at American Express, which focus on: gender intelligence training, strengthening talent pipeline; building a global network; and sponsorship. In addition, they also offer an online¬† learning module to help encourage more effective relationships between high potential women and executive sponsors. More than 1500 employees have completed the module since it was introduced in June 2015. In addition, American Express have joined with several Fortune 500 companies as inaugural members of Blue Circle Institute‚Äôs ‚ÄėTransformational Leadership‚Äô program to address the lack of representation of multicultural women in managerial, senior or executive jobs, and on boards. The nine month program gives high-potential, mid career women of colour the resources they need to get to the next level, including tailored and self paced leadership development guides and live web-based discussions.
Amadeus CSR Actions - Education - Funds/in kind donations
16-07-2018
Building on years of skills training for young people by Amadeus country offices,  Amadeus initiated a pilot programme with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Ministry of Tourism in Kenya to increase access for women and youth from underserved communities to employment and entrepreneurship in travel and tourism. This project addresses two global challenges:
  • the need for more skilled professionals in the fast-growing sector of travel and tourism, and
  • the dire situation of millions of unemployed youth who, though educated, lack the sector-specific skills required by businesses.
To achieve this, we will be encouraging multiple stakeholders in the travel and tourism sector in Kenya ‚Äď including hotels, travel agencies, tour operators, and airlines - to support the project‚Äôs development and implementation. This industry-wide collaboration is necessary to ensure that these young people gain experience with businesses throughout the travel and tourism sector during training, and develop the practical skills needed to enter the job market or the supply chain.  
Accor Hotels CSR Actions - Eco design
16-07-2018
The development of urban agriculture provides a response to growing urbanisation ‚Äď the growing gap between agricultural rural areas that produce food for cities and consumers. Recent years have seen the emergence of new innovative approaches to bring these two worlds together including urban gardens, educational peri-urban farms and direct sales models. Locally, AccorHotels has set a target of 60 hotels with vegetable gardens by 2020. In order to be valid, gardens need to meet certain criteria, including a minimum cultivation area of 20m2, production of plants for food consumption and regular maintenance. Each garden will be adapted to the context of the hotel and relevant space constraints. In 2017, a review was conducted of properties which identified 16 Australian hotels with existing herb and vegetable gardens. A number of hotels have well established productive kitchen gardens, for example:
  • PULLMAN REEF HOTEL CASINO Pullman Reef Hotel Casino has brought to life unused roof and balcony space with the installation of two Ebb and Flow (flood and drain) hydroponic systems which produce a range of herbs and edible plants for hotel guests food and beverage outlets. The hotel has also set up two bee hives hosting a total of approximately 20,000 bees on the hotel‚Äôs rooftop. All honey produced is passed directly onto the hotel‚Äôs award winning Tamarind Restaurant.
  • NOVOTEL CAIRNS OASIS RESORT Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort successfully relocated and replanted their existing herb garden to make it closer to the kitchen and accessible to guests. The Hotel has expanded the variety of planted herbs which are used in the menus and the hotel bar has come up with a number of herb infused cocktails using basil, rosemary and min
AccorHotels have also participated in the Univative program which involves giving university student teams real world problems in a hackathon style event run over four weeks. Four teams from University of New South Wales, University of Technology Sydney, University of Wollongong and Macquarie University took on the AccorHotels project which focused on how best to expand the use of vegetable gardens across the Australian network. Teams were asked to consider garden design, cost, productivity and guest engagement in developing their solutions. University of New South Wales won the challenge based on their innovative 3D printed modular design concept and plant selection.
Southwest Airlines CSR Actions- Human rights awareness,diversity and respect policy
16-07-2018
Southwest offer a wide array of professional opportunities through internal training programs, and they encourage employees to extend their knowledge through external training engagements in their respective fields.   They have enhanced Leadership courses to include sustainability content. In these courses, they discuss sustainability, their fuel usage and its impact on their greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, their initiatives to decrease emissions, and their recycling programs. Annual environmental training for operational groups that includes storm water pollution prevention, proper waste disposal, air permit compliance and aircraft drinking water compliance are also provided to employees.   In 2014, they collaborated with Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois, and its aviation maintenance department, where they donated actual aviation equipment so their students could acquire hands-on experience and become better prepared to enter the airline industry. This collaboration has led to an increase of Lewis University graduates working at their maintenance facility base at Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW).
Emirates CSR Actions -Education - Awareness campaigns
16-07-2018
In 2013, Emirates launched a new environmental initiative called ‚ÄėA Greener Tomorrow‚Äô. The aim of the initiative is to support not-for-profit environmental or conservation organisations by providing a funding award of up to $150,000. ‚ÄėA Greener Tomorrow‚Äô is an outcome of Emirates‚Äô commitment to sustainability and environmental conservation. The money for ‚ÄėA Greener Tomorrow‚Äô is raised through various recycling programmes across the Emirates Group. Winners of the initiative:
  • South African Wildlife College Trust:¬† provided three scholarships and two bursaries for their certificate programmes in nature conservation to students who already work in the conservation area but who do not have formal educational qualifications to advance their careers. These qualifications will help students move into roles such as wildlife area managers, park rangers and senior field rangers, working to protect wildlife parks within southern Africa.
  • African Parks: used the funding from ‚ÄėA Greener Tomorrow‚Äô to support educational development within the Barotse community who live within the Liuwa Plain National Park in Zambia. African Parks provided educational tablet computers and employ additional teaching assistants within the schools in the park. Improved access to education is expected to decrease the pressure on the wildlife and natural resources of the park
Emirates CSR Actions - Wildlife and ecosystems - animal protection
16-07-2018
In 2013, Emirates launched a new environmental initiative called ‚ÄėA Greener Tomorrow‚Äô. The aim of the initiative is to support not-for-profit environmental or conservation organisations by providing a funding award of up to $150,000. ‚ÄėA Greener Tomorrow‚Äô is an outcome of Emirates‚Äô commitment to sustainability and environmental conservation. The money for ‚ÄėA Greener Tomorrow‚Äô is raised through various recycling programmes across the Emirates Group. Through ‚ÄėA Greener Tomorrow‚Äô, Emirates is able to support organisations that work at the grassroots level in engaging with communities to conserve their environment.As part of the 2016 'A Greener Tomorrow', Emirates selected three not-for-profit organisations working in wildlife protection and environmental conservation in Africa as recipients of a funding awards. The winners were selected from a global pool of applicants working towards environmental sustainability and conservation in their respective regions.   One of the winners is The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB), an international body dedicated to seabird rehabilitation. The fund will support SANCCOB‚Äôs rehabilitation, protection and chick- rearing programmes.¬† SANCCOB is recognised internationally as a leader in the field of seabird rehabilitation with veterinary staff working around the clock to provide the best care to the ill, injured, abandoned and oiled African penguins and other seabirds that are admitted to its two centres annually.
Emirates CSR Actions - Energy- New equipment and technologies
16-07-2018
To improve local air quality emissions, Emirates operates modern, low emissions aircraft that meet applicable international engine emissions standards, using ground- supplied power where available, instead of aircraft auxiliary power unit. Emirates employ electric and low-emissions ground equipment and vehicles.  For example, Dubai National Air Transport Association (dnata) continued to expland its fleet of green vehicles and ground service equipment, including in:
  • Dubai (86 hybrid or electric vehicles),
  • Switzerland (electric forklifts, vehicles and stairs)
  • Singapore (pallet jacks and forklifts)
Emirates also acquired an electric Bollorè Bluecar for ramp operations at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and Emirates flight catering trucks all operate on low-sulphur diesel.
Club Med - Responsible purchases - diversity and respect policy
16-07-2018
Club Med has a role as an assembler of various services, in which purchasing plays an active part approximately 75% of the business volume. Responsible purchasing thus fits naturally into the Group’s strategy of responsible performance. Since 2007, raising the buyers’ proficiency in sustainable purchasing has been the focus of regular workshops, especially during annual international conferences. Sustainable purchasing concerns everyone, and is addressed based on the degree of maturity of the geographical regions.  The Group obtained in 2014 OEA/AEO customs certification. This customs procedures and safety/security quality label is a measure of the confidence invested in Club Med by European customs which recognizes the company as a reliable international trading partner. This internationally recognized certification accords certain privileges in terms of customs procedures and controls relating to safety and security. Stages of the purchasing process Sustainable development actions are incorporated at each stage of the purchasing process:
  • In defining the purchasing policy: managing risks and developing responsible purchasing is one of the four pillars of the policy;
  • In sourcing criteria: certifications and/or the implementation of good environmental and social practices are one of the questions asked of any potential new supplier through the dedicated website;
  • In the main operating specifications and the selection criteria for tenders and contracts;
  • In reporting on sustainable purchasing: monitoring methods and computer tools have been developed; their use should continue to increase;
  • In improvement processes requested by the buyers from their suppliers.
Club Med CSR Actions - Local supplier prosperity- local purchases
16-07-2018
The vast majority of Club Med's purchases of goods and materials for the villages is from local suppliers in their countries of operation (ranging from 83% in the North America to 100% in China, with an average of 89.7%)14. If a portion of these purchases consists of imports by the local supplier (which is very difficult to assess), this rate nonetheless reflects Club Med’s intention to work as much as possible with local partners, producers and distributors. Supporting and developing local farming: a unique partnership with Agrisud Finding that in some cases local supply was inadequate to meet its villages' demand for fresh produce, Club Med decided to help strengthen this network, thereby playing an active role in the economic development of the regions where it operates.  This decision led to a partnership with the NGO Agrisud signed in late 2008, to enable local producers to supply Club Med villages, and to guide them towards more sustainable land use, based on the principles of agro-ecology. The benefits of this are multiple and contribute to several of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG):
  • helping farmers to escape poverty (SDG 1 & 8) by training them (SDG 4) towards a market economy (SDG 10 & 11) and sustainable use of their lands (SDG 2, 9 , 12, & 15);
  • contributing to the relocation of subsistence farming (SDG 2 & 8); - buffets offering customers fresh produce that is local, eco- friendly and meaningful (SDG 3);
  • securing supplies of fresh produce (SDG 3) and increasing the share of local purchases in Club Med's procurement process (SDG 9);
  • securing water supply for farms (SDG 6) with solar energy (SDG 7);
  • affording women equal rights to economic resources (SDG 5) in the Senegal the project is specially focused on the women vegetable producer - about 13.3 tons of carbon sequestered by market gardening and arboriculture and reducing the CO2 impact of transporting such produces (SDG 13) ;
  • more firmly rooting the villages in their host communities (SDG 16); - involving diversified actors everywhere: customers (SDG 17)
In 2017, the projects, including Agrisud-Club Med were :
  • the early cropping of production (two months earlier than normal), improved diversity and higher quantities tripled VSB income at Cap Skirring (Senegal). Completion of the project to install solar powered pumps has provided easier access to water for 179 market gardeners, enabling them to cut their fuel consumption by 30%
  • the startup of agro-ecology production and sales to Club Med from the newly-supported project at La Palmeraie in Marrakesh, Morocco
  • the second year of agro-ecology production and the doubling of production supplied to the Village by the Bali project in Indonesia
  • closer involvement of Club Med teams and a strengthening business relationship with confirmed weekly purchasing commitments at Rio das Pedras, Brazil.
Club Med CSR Actions - Health prevention program, Customer security and health prevention and facilities
16-07-2018
The profession of G.O (Gentil Organisateur) was invented by Club Med 60 years ago.¬†¬†The G.O is the ambassador of the Club Med spirit and upholds the company's values. In addition to their professionalism and know-how is added a way of being, which brings them close to customers and produces moments of happiness, kindness, conviviality, friendliness and humour. Club Med commits itself to the welfare and fulfillment of its employees in offices and agencies and in villages, where particular living and working conditions call for attention and specific actions adapted to them. Backed by an independent organization that specializes in studies of internal opinion, Inergie, Club Med deployed ‚ÄúGO¬ģ-GE Voice‚ÄĚ, its first worldwideinternal barometer in 2014. The purpose of ‚ÄúGO¬ģ-GE Voice‚ÄĚ is to listen to the voice all GO¬ģ-GEs around the world in order to improve their wellbeing at work. It is based on an on-line questionnaire dealing with subjects such as pride in affiliation, integration, personal development, sharing, overall satisfaction, confidence, management, working environment, conviviality, recognition and respect. The questionnaire is personal and is accessible for everyone; it has been translated into 20 languages and has an innovative audio version adapted to people with a lower level of literacy. The survey is conducted every two years, the most recent being in 2016. The participation rated up by 10 points in villages with¬†very high GE mobilization (a 69% participation rate, +14 points) and a 73% participation rate in offices.    
Club Med CSR Actions - Health prevention program, Customer security and health prevention and facilities
16-07-2018
Club Med has developed a high degree of expertise in preventing risks related to the health and safety of its customers and employees. All employee training stresses the safety of employees and customers as a top priority. Club Med also puts a special focus on prevention and on providing medical support and assistance to its teams whenever necessary. The Health and Safety (HS) department and its networks of coordinators are vital to this effort. In 2017, the mechanism to track professional moves of office GO¬ģ (Club Med¬†staff are called "GOs", or Gentils Organisateurs )¬† abroad using the tool, SSF Locator, selected in 2015 by the Department of Human Resources, Safety-Hygiene and Health, is being deployed in all agencies that the Group calls on. This tool enables to better anticipate, react to and communicate with those traveling, if needed. It integrates bookings made by the various booking agencies and notifies travelers prior to departure about the security situations at their destination. It also enables the traveler to be contacted during their trip if necessary.
Club Med CSR Actions Fight Against Sexual Exploitation in tourism - awareness campaigns
16-07-2018
Respect for host countries and their inhabitants is one of the founding principles of Club Med and is an essential condition for the local acceptance of its villages. Fighting against sexual exploitation of children in tourism This concern for respect relates to all of the riches of the country hosting a village, starting with the most precious of them: its children. The actions defined in the partnership agreement signed with ECPAT in 2005.¬†ECPAT is an international organization with a presence in over 70 countries worldwide. Its aim is to fight against child prostitution, child pornography, and the trafficking of children for sexual purposes. Many tourism professionals are committed with ECPAT to fight against the sexual exploitation of children in tourism. The partnership was¬†renewed in 2017, with the further distribution of the joint Club Med ‚Äď ECPAT leaflet that ties in with the NGO‚Äôs communication campaign. These leaflets are sent to the homes of French, Belgian and Swiss customers heading to sensitive countries. Outreach is also conducted via the commercial website in several countries, including France and the US. In 2017, more than 43,400 leaflets were sent to French, Belgian and Swiss customers, ringing the total number sent since 2005 to more than 800,000. Furthermore, a¬†procedure intended for use by Reception staff of risked destinations to identify underage guests has been updated in 2014
Club Med CSR Actions - Diversity Management
16-07-2018
In 2012, Club Med introduced a set of dedicated measures to promote the principle of workplace gender equality and enable all employees to fulfill their family duties more easily. This commitment is built around three action areas:
  • ¬†hiring
  • promotion
  • work/life balance
The measures in place include:
  • ¬†Monitoring the hiring process for village GO¬ģ and GE with a position-based analysis of gaps in the breakdown of me¬† and women between applicants and those hired;
  • Setting progress targets on the proportion of women promoted to service manager in village Mini Clubs, Events and Bars;
  • Mechanisms to strengthen support during lengthy absences, such as interviews with a manager both before and after maternity, paternity or parental leave;
  • Aligning the treatment of paternity leave to that of maternity leave; - Extending the right to exceptional ‚Äúsick child‚ÄĚ leave (five days a year) to cover the period of adaptation to child care arrangements (institutional child care, home-based child care, nanny, etc.) or entry into preschool;
  • ¬†Considering the family and marital status of service managers and GO¬ģ in village hiring and assignment decisions
Club Med operates a gender-transparent hiring policy, and offers the same salary to men and women of equivalent experience and job profile. In 2017, 44% of Club Med Leadership Committee members were women; a figure slightly above the average for CAC40 listed companies (42% - Source: Deloitte survey ‚Äď Women in the boardroom, A Global Perspective - 5th edition). In the villages, women benefit somewhat more than men (in FTE) from occupational and geographical mobility, as well as from training. The proportion of women managers is slightly lower than that of men among village managers and Service manager.  
Club Med CSR Actions - Customer security and health - prevention and facilities
16-07-2018
Disabled access in Club Med's Villages Accessibility agendas were filed by the statutory deadline of January 1, 2015. Work on compliance upgrades was launched in successive phases. To date, rooms have been made compliant in 82% of villages (vs 62% in 2015) and are scheduled in 2017/2018 for 14% of the villages and, on communal areas, compliance upgrades have been completed in 14%, nearly finished in 5% and started in 45% of villages and scheduled in 36% of the resorts. In accordance with French legislation, Club Med has introduced accessibility registers and trained all its hospitality staff working in its French vacation villages and offices in how to welcome disabled customers and employees. A project spanning all the villages around the world has also been launched to improve the provision of Club Med premises and activity accessibility information to all customers. Lastly, a training module called ‚ÄėExtending a warm welcome to disabled customers‚Äô has been rolled out for reception teams in France, as part of the in-house receptionist training program and in preparation for the opening of new villages. This training is led by physicians from the village health network.
Club Med CSR Actions - Diversity Management, Non discrimination values in staff recruitment and training
16-07-2018
Equal Treatment related to disabilities  The company is continuing its commitment to integrate Club Med SAS handicapped employees through the fourth agreement running through to year end 2018. Club Med is also an active contributor to a network of companies working for the positive development of disability employment policies. It also contributes to the working group formed to define the key indicators for monitoring these policies. Civil year 2017: 42 hirings and 133 salaried workers employed (fixed-term, permanent contracts), at the end of December 2017 In 2017:
  • the actual level of disabled employees hired was significantly above the committed level: up 25% on 2016
  • Club Med has introduced accessibility registers and trained all its hospitality staff working in its French vacation villages and offices in how to welcome disabled customers and employees
  • the number of voluntary recognition of disabled worker status cases has risen significantly
  • the opportunity to opt for teleworking four days per month (rather than two for other employees) is greatly appreciated by disabled employee
American Airlines CSR Actions - Responsible purchases- diversity and respect policy
16-07-2018
American Airlines prioritize diversity and inclusion. Their Supplier Diversity Program, established in 1989 adds value to their supply chain by proactively seeking out diverse suppliers, such as women , the minority , or LGBT- owned businesses as well as small businesses that are owned by the disadvantaged, veterans, service-disabled veterans and those with HUBZone certification. The process includes:
  • Evaluating products and services on their merits, giving fair and impartial consideration to all suppliers
  • Awarding contracts based on highest quality and best delivery combined with most competitive cost to us
  • Reviewing performance of suppliers and contractors to enhance their ability to provide products and services that exceed industry standards
  • Ensuring inclusion of diverse companies in procurement opportunities
In 2017, American spent 18 percent more with small and certified-diverse suppliers over the previous year. They participated in 43 supplier diversity events around the United States, which provided networking opportunities through matchmaking sessions, business fairs and other events supporting diverse and small business connections. For example, at the Rainbow Coalition Conference in Chicago, we presented a seminar on ‚ÄúHow to do Business with American.‚ÄĚ For Black History Month, our African-American Diversity Network EBRG worked with our Supplier Diversity team to put on a business fair at American‚Äôs headquarters. The business-to-business portion of the event allowed small local suppliers to sell their products and services to team members. The business-to-consumer portion featured invited local certification organizations that spoke about the pathways to successfully becoming certified.
American Airlines CSR Actions - Education - Funds in Kind
16-07-2018
American Airlines¬† support several community education programs, including the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, the nation‚Äôs oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to military children. In 2015, American honored 210 children of employees, including 40 first-generation college attendees, with $560,000 in scholarships through the combined American Airlines Education Foundation. They also donated an MD80 aircraft to Oklahoma State University to serve as a learning laboratory for the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology‚Äôs Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering program.  
Amadeus CSR Actions - Education - Funds/in kind donations
16-07-2018
Amadeus has a global partnership with Computer Aid International that came to fruition in a pilot to tackle the digital divide in Sierra Leone. Amadeus contributed computers to equip e-classes in rural primary and secondary schools in the country. This project ensures that all students, regardless of learning ability, location and social or financial background, are able to access the e-classes. With further contributions in 2017, Njala University became the first accredited International Computer Driving License center in Sierra Leone. In the project’s next stage, Njala University will be able to train 30 teachers across 10 schools and impact over 5,000 students in 1 year.
Air Nippon Airways CSR Actions - Diversity Management
16-07-2018
In February 2017, the Air Nippon Airways (ANA) Group signed the CEO Statement for Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs). This initiative, which is promoted by the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and UN Women, bolsters gender equality in high-level corporate leadership. The company cooperated in the test operation of the WEPs GAP Analysis Tool, a self-assessment tool intended to foster understanding of WEPs. In addition, the Group is working to support the success of women on a Group wide basis through ongoing network building and information exchange through ANA-WINDS, which is composed of female managers among the Group.  ANA has also formulated numerical targets in such areas such as the number of female officers and the ration of female managers.
Air Nippon Airways CSR Actions - Diversity Management
16-07-2018
ANA is embarking on a number of employee initiatives to support its diversity and inclusion policies. These include the establishment of a new consultation service for LGBT employees, an expanded program to improve awareness of and education about LGBT issues, starting with training for management personnel, and a review of the airline‚Äôs welfare and benefits arrangements based on the premise that a same-sex partner is equivalent to a spouse.   In March 2017, the ANA Group was awarded with the highest level of Gold in the ACCESS 2017 Index of the Accessibility Consortium of Enterprises (ACE), a general incorporated association. The group aims to establish workplace environments that make it easy to work, regardless of challenges and promotes the adoption of the 36K ‚Äď Employee Kickoff approach to the employment of people with disabilities and working to systematically expand employment of people with disabilities.   In a further move to underscore its commitment to diversity and inclusion, ANA is re-labelling multi-purpose lounge toilet facilities at Haneda, Narita and Osaka Itami airports to make it clear that they are available for the use of passengers of either sex and also transgender passengers.
Air Nippon Airways CSR Actions - Wildlife and ecosystems - Animal protection
16-07-2018

The rising temperature of seawaters is causing bleaching and a large-scale outbreak of crown-of-thorns starfish that threaten Okinawa's coral with extinction. Air Nippon Airways participates in the Coral Restoration Project Team Tyura Sango, working to restore and protect the critical coral community near Onnason, Okinawa Prefecture. Team Tyura Sango is a project formed in 2004 as a partnership among government, academia and business to restore and protect the coral community near Onnason, Okinawa Prefecture, in a bid to support the restoration of coral reef ecosystems.

Volunteer divers plant coral by hand after it has been grown at onshore facilities. Since the project began, more than 1,200 volunteers have helped in the restoration, and more than 1,600 heads of coral have been planted. In addition to continuing these preservation activities, ANA ensures that the hand-planted coral continues to grow and spawn to increase in size and number.  They want these activities to inspire as many people as possible with an awareness of the importance of the beauty of the seas.
Air Nippon Airways CSR Actions - Recycling and Waste Management
16-07-2018
The ANA Group is working to realize closed-loop recycling of waste that is generated on board aircraft, at airports, and at offices in order to reuse resources. The Group recycles used paper generated by office equipment and also recycles old inflight magazines, etc., into items such as timetables, envelopes, and business cards for use in its offices throughout Japan.   Used cabin attendant, ground staff, and flight crew uniforms are broken down into fiber and reused as automotive soundproofing material. In addition, the uniforms themselves are made from materials produced from plastic bottles and other recyclables.
Accor Hotels CSR Actions - Recycling, Efficiency technologies for energy and water
16-07-2018
Accor Hotels commits to offer guests a true culinary experience through high-quality, healthy and sustainable food, all the while contributing to the transformation of the agricultural model and fighting against food waste. Through the Healthy and sustainable food charter, Accor hotels are reducing food waste in the restaurants by 30%, by weighing, monitoring, analysing and making every effort to reduce consumption at every stage: at the time of ordering, storing ,serving and prepping in the kitchen. They also encourage their hotels to donate unsold food, subject to local regulations and health rules. They are also reducing the quantity of packaging used. For example, by eliminating individual portions, favouring large-sized bottles of water and dispensing with bottles of water smaller than 33cl. Where the technical and health conditions allow, Accor Hotels offer filtered water or bottled water coolers. In its restaurants, Accor Hotels is committed to:
  • Reducing food waste by 30% by 2020
  • follow their charter on healthy and sustainable food
  • 65% of waste from hotel operations will be recovered and reused by 2020
  • 5% reduction in energy consumption per room per night by 2018 (owned, leased and managed hotels).
  • 5% reduction of water consumption per night by 2018 (owned, leased and managed hotels)
Accor Hotels CSR Actions - Local supplier prosperity- local purchases
16-07-2018
During 2016, AccorHotels Australia rolled out the Healthy and Sustainable Food Charter to all hotels. The goal of the Charter is to offer guests a true culinary experience through high-quality, healthy and sustainable food, all the while contributing to the transformation of the agricultural model and fighting against food waste. AccorHotels Australia has made the following commitments in line with the Charter:
  • Preference products and ingredients supplied from Australian producers to avoid transportation impacts
  • Ban the use of overfished species.
  • Offer one or more fish options from certified sustainable fisheries or aquaculture.
As part of AccorHotels commitment to serve consistently healthy and safe food for our guests, the business has adopted the¬†Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)¬† Food Safety Methodology. HACCP provide¬† a methodology to ensure that all raw materials, products and services that are purchased,handled and processed conform to specified requirements and provides traceability throughout the supply chain.With an initial focus on luxury and upscale brands, hotels across the Australian network are receiving certification, in addition to the suppliers engaged by National Procurement. All other hotels are required to implement a comprehensive and compliant Food Safety Program that meets the needs of their operations.  
Accor Hotels CSR Actions - Eco design
16-07-2018
In order to roll out ecological design on a large scale, AccorHotels has defined sustainable development criteria for the 10 families of products that are key to its business. The criteria identified include prohibiting the use of certain chemicals, using recycled materials, green labelling of products and using wood or paper products that do not result in deforestation. In 2015, 98% of Accorhotels were already using at least one ecolabel product for floor coverings, paints or cleaning products. 94% purchased certified sustainable paper. Novotel, a hotel within the AccorHotels Group¬† lead the way by taking eco-friendly action to another level, especially with the "Live N Dream", Novotel‚Äôs 100% sustainable bed. In 2014, Novotel created "Live N Dream", the bed system that resulted from an eco-design scheme that also addressed other sustainable development concerns.¬†To date, about 14,000 beds have been introduced in some fifteen countries, mostly in Europe. Accorhotels also have adopted the use of¬†innovative pillows and duvets filled with bedding fibers made from 100% recycled PET; materials chosen for their low environmental impact (a bed base made with wood from sustainably managed forests); less packaging material and end-of-life product recycling solutions. Furthermore, with the involvement of ergonomists to create a design that limits the risk of musculoskeletal disorders for housekeeping staff; training videos to teach them the right bed-making gestures and postures and how to use the hydraulic Levly¬ģ bed-lifting system.
 
 
Accor Hotels CSR Actions- Diversity Management
16-07-2018
AccorHotels has a strong commitment to gender equality. It has signed the UN's Women's Empowerment Principle and is an Impact Champion in the HeForShe Program. The Goal is to have 35% of hotel managers to be women by 2017. (This commitment was realised during 2017 with the total reaching 36%. AccorHotels Australia has now committed to target 50%). In 2016, the business started reporting on gender balance of department managers across the business. In 2017, 45% of department managers were female. The Strategic Leaders Development Program, facilitated by AccorHotels Acad√©mie, is the Group's high potential female leadership program designed to accelerate the development of female department managers. Department managers are a major source of new General Manager appointments. The Woman at Accor Generation (WAAG) is a global program focused on providing leadership training and networking opportunities for female managers and executives at AccorHotels. The program is also supported by the Australian Inclusion and Diversity Committee. AccorHotels globally supports the United Nations‚Äô HeForShe program. The program promotes women‚Äôs empowerment and gender equality by inviting all members of society to make a commitment to actively increase gender equality ‚Äď especially in the workforce. The program has been actively promoted across the hotel network. In Australia, 636 AccorHotels staff had made the pledge as of November 2017, up from 328 at the same time in 2016 (source: http://www.heforshe.org/en/accor-hotels)
Accor Hotels CSR Actions - Customer Security and Health
16-07-2018
Accor Hotels offer their customers healthy and high quality food. They place great importance on the quality of their meat and livestock products by including a piece of high-quality meat on the menu, at a good price and if possible of local origin, the meat do not contain hormones and milk comes from cows raised without growth hormones, and eggs from free range hens reared outdoors. Trans fatty acids are limited, and where solutions are available, for example, palm oil is replaced with other non hydrogenated fats. They favour processed products that do not contain palm oil in particular for sandwich bread and crisps. The hotel also limit the presence of sugar in the food offered. For example, they work to ensure bread, pastries, and cakes contain lower quantity of glucose-fructose syrup, or even none at all. During 2016, AccorHotels Australia rolled out the Healthy and Sustainable Food Charter to all hotels. The goal of the Charter is to offer guests a true culinary experience through high-quality, healthy and sustainable food, all the while contributing to the transformation of the agricultural model and fighting against food waste. AccorHotels Australia strives to source the best, freshest, seasonal produce from local markets nationally. Locally, AccorHotels Australia has made the following commitments in line with the Charter.
Club Med CSR Actions - Diversity Management
16-07-2018
As a signatory to the Diversity Charter in 2004 (the year of its launch), Club Med has long been sensitive to issues of diversity in the workplace. By tradition and especially considering the countries where it operates, Club Med promotes pluralism of origins and seeks diversity through recruitment and career management. The principles of diversity and non-discrimination have been reaffirmed in the ethics charter since 2009. Among the elements that illustrate and help to ensure nondiscrimination are the importance placed during the recruitment process on relational skills and on the objective assessment of associated skills. Measures taken to promote equality between women and men. In 2012, Club Med introduced a set of dedicated measures to promote the principle of workplace gender equality and enable all employees to fulfill their family duties more easily. This commitment is built around three action areas: - hiring - promotion - work/life balance Club Med operates a gender-transparent hiring policy, and offers the same salary to men and women of equivalent experience and job profile. In 2017, 44% of Club Med Leadership Committee members were women; a figure slightly above the average for CAC40 listed companies (42% - Source: Deloitte survey ‚Äď Women in the boardroom, A Global Perspective - 5th edition). In the villages, women benefit somewhat more than men (in FTE) from occupational and geographical mobility, as well as from training. The proportion of women managers is slightly lower than that of men among village managers and Service managers. Hiring diversity for GO¬ģ and GE is reflected today, for example, by the number of different nationalities represented in each village:
  • 105 nationalities represented;
  • 90% of Club Med villages have eight or more nationalities among their employees;
  • 55% of villages have 15 or more nationalities among employees;
  • some villages can have up to 25 different nationalities (average of the 5 villages with the greatest spread of nationalities)
NTF IV Myanmar: Inclusive Tourism development with focus on Kayah state (consolidation) and Tanintharyi Region (extension)
13-07-2018
Following the success of the "NTF III Myanmar: Inclusive Tourism focussing on Kayah state" project, ended in July 2017, Myanmar authorities asked ITC to extend activities to other parts of the country. ITC conducted a feasibility study on the potential of the destinations and the feasibility of an ITC inclusive tourism project. The studies included destinations prioritized by international and national Tour Operators, namely Tanintharyi, Kayin, Mon and Shan. Thanintaryi stood out as the destination with most potential. Tanintharyi has relavant revenue generation potential becasue of its pristine beaches and easy accessibility both from the capital Yangon (by flight) and from Thailand with three border crossing open to tourists. The three-and-a-half-year project is part of the fourth phase of the Netherlands Trust Fund (NTF IV) portfolio of trade development projects, which started last December 2018 with funding from The Netherlands. It will seek to bolster tourism capacity at the national and regional levels building on the results of NTF III by expanding tourism product development to Tanintharyi region and further consolidating the achieved results at national and at Kayah state level. The same successful value chain approach, from product and service development over association strengthening and destination branding to market linkages will be adopted. The project aims to improve livelihood of local village stakeholders and expects an increase in income generated by tourism of 20% and 200 jobs created/supported and an increase in international tourist arrivals to Tanintharyi Region by at least 35%.
NTF III Myanmar: Inclusive Tourism focussing on Kayah State
13-07-2018
Recently opened and with a diverse ethnic culture and history, Myanmar offers tourism experiences that cannot be found elsewhere. Myanmar‚Äôs tourism sector can, if managed correctly, contribute to spur socio-economic progress and support local provision of products and services for sustainable livelihoods. Nevertheless, the country‚Äôs annual increase in international visitor arrivals has slowed down, calling for a diversification of Myanmar‚Äôs tourism offer. The industry cannot rely any longer solely on the country‚Äôs main tourist attractions (Bagan, Mandalay, Yangon and Inle Lake) and activities. Beyond these known destinations, there are still many authentic places to discover, Kayah state being one of them. Tourism in Kayah State holds great potential for growth, particularly for cultural and eco-tourism. Located south of Inle Lake, it is endowed with pristine nature and cultural diversity. At the same time, it is one of Myanmar‚Äôs poorest states. The Myanmar NTF III project, funded by The Netherlands and implemented between August 2014 and July 2017, addressed the whole tourism value chain by overcoming bottlenecks at each point from product development over market linkages to destination branding, bringing all stakeholders together towards sustainable tourism. One single project that truly connected all players in a sustainable manner with the aim of enhancing Myanmar tourism industry as a way out of poverty. The NTF III project built skills across the tourism value chain and maximized benefits to local businesses and communities. In four traditional villages ITC helped develop respectful cultural tourism tours, creating jobs and increasing incomes for the ethnic minority residents, who in many cases were post-conflict returnees. Over the project duration (2014-2017) income for Kayah‚Äôs SMEs and providers of tourism products and service increased by 83% and jobs supported (formal and informal) by 28%. Between 2014 and 2017 the number of international tourists in Kayah state grew by about 230% and domestic tourists by almost 200%. Client spending in the state almost quadrupled over the same period. Next to financial indicators, the project is generating important intangible impact, namely facilitating the peace process in Kayah state by enforcing cooperation between all stakeholders, including government authorities, private businesses and local communities. ITC built capacity on three levels‚ÄĒ(1) tourism products and service providers in Kayah state and tour operators in Yangon, (2) tourism sector associations and (3) national and state government enhancing Myanmar‚Äôs tourism sector and linking it to international markets.
Manual on Tourism and Poverty Alleviation ‚Äď Practical Steps for Destinations
10-07-2018
With the aim of contributing to the understanding of tourism as a tool for poverty alleviation and sustainable development, UNWTO jointly with SNV has produced this publication, which outlines some practical steps that can be taken in tourism destinations to shape and manage tourism in ways which deliver more benefits to disadvantaged individuals and communities. The manual looks at the process of analysing a tourism destination in terms of current contribution of tourism to the poor and planning how this could be strengthened in the future. It proposes the establishment of a tourism strategy and action plan based on this analysis which embraces pro-poor concerns and actions and provides guidance on planning monitoring and evaluation. Furthermore it contains an indicative programme of training sessions, including handouts, using the material contained in the manual.
Tourism Driving Trade, Fostering Development and Connecting People
10-07-2018
This brochure discusses the importance of tourism as a force for driving trade, fostering development and connecting people. The publication explores tourism's economic and social benefits; it's resilience as an industry; the opportunities it builds for succesful partnerships; the role of politics and its effects on the industry, and the necessity to close the aid gap in regards to tourism.
Tourism in the Green Economy
10-07-2018
Over the past years, and particularly since the start of the global economic crisis, a widespread consensus has emerged on the need to build a new economic paradigm. Multiple crises ‚Äď in climate, biodiversity, fuel, food, water and the economy as a whole ‚Äď have led to calls for a new development model: a ‚Äúgreen economy‚ÄĚ. The¬†UN Green Economy Report¬†demonstrates that the greening of economies is not a constraint on growth, but rather a new engine of development, able to create decent jobs, reduce poverty and address major environmental challenges. Tourism, finds the Report, is one of the ten economic sectors best able to kick-start the transition to a sustainable and inclusive green economy.
EU Guidebook "Sustainable Tourism for Development"
10-07-2018
Tourism is a major activity with characteristics that make it particularly valuable as an agent for development. Developing countries however face a particular fragility in their natural, economic, social and human environments which could jeopardize the sector‚Äôs dynamism and beneficiary qualities. With such a significant potential for development, the need for a sustainable approach to tourism in developing countries to promote growth in the long term while maintaining a balanced use of resources is imperative‚Ķ The Guidebook ‚ÄúSustainable Tourism for Development‚ÄĚ has been carried out by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) with the financing of the European Commission Directorate-General Development and Cooperation, within the framework of the project ‚ÄúEnhancing capacities for Sustainable Tourism for Development in Developing Countries‚ÄĚ. The European Commission (Directorate General Development and Cooperation ‚Äď DG DEVCO/ EuropeAid) requested UNWTO to prepare a Guidebook on Sustainable Tourism as an engine for development, trade in services, job creation and poverty reduction. The Guidebook seeks to enhance the understanding of tourism in all its dimensions and describe how the sector relates to the EU Agenda for Change. This enables EU services in Brussels and the EU Delegations in 180 countries, as well as other development institutions, to include sustainable tourism development in their programme cycles. The guidebook was tested in six developing countries (Botswana, India, Kenya, Vietnam, Senegal and Timor-Leste) and was publicly launched on the 27th of June 2013 in Brussels, Belgium. The Guidebook takes a comprehensive approach to tourism, covering a wide range of topics relating to its planning, development, management and impact. By working through the whole document, users can identify priorities for intervention across a spectrum of issues.
Sustainable Cruise Tourism Development Strategies ‚Äď Tackling the Challenges in Itinerary Design in South-East Asia
10-07-2018
The cruise industry is one of the fastest growing segments of tourism. Although a recent development in Asia and the Pacific as compared to the traditional destinations in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, cruise tourism has been growing at double-digit rates in the region fuelled by the increasing demand from the North-East Asia markets, namely from China. In this context, South-East Asia has gained particular relevance as its ports account for around 45% of all port calls in the region. The exponential growth of cruise tourism in Asia, and particularly in South-East Asia, presents a major opportunity, but also an undeniable challenge to ensure that the policy, planning and development of cruise tourism is done in a sustainable and responsible manner. Indeed, cruise tourism, though still an emerging segment in Asia, has an immense potential to contribute to the region‚Äôs socio-economic progress while enhancing regional integration as many itineraries include ports in different countries. Yet, as highlighted in the present report ‚Äúcontrolling tourism demand and mitigating its impacts will be the 21st century challenge. Cruise tourism will be one of the focal points of this shift in the way we experience the planet‚ÄĚ.
Highlights of the 1st UNWTO Conference on Accessible Tourism in Europe
10-07-2018
UNWTO‚Äôs commitment to accessible tourism is guided by the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, a fundamental frame of reference for responsible and sustainable tourism development. Article 7 of the Code recognizes that ‚Äúdirect and personal access to the discovery and enjoyment of the planet‚Äôs resources constitutes a right equally open to all the world‚Äôs inhabitants‚ÄĚ. As such, UNWTO collaborates with Disabled People‚Äôs Organizations to mainstream accessibility throughout the tourism sector. In 2013, the UNWTO General Assembly adopted Recommendations on Accessible Tourism for All to guide stakeholders in implementing universal accessibility in practice.
Case Studies of Traditional Cultural Accommodations in the Republic of Korea, Japan and China
10-07-2018
Cultural accommodations are emerging as a form of tourism product with a great potential to attract tourists combining traditional lodging services with authentic cultural experiences based on the traditional way of life of the host community. With a view to further support governments and other institutions in their endeavours, this UNWTO and KCTI joint publication presents 13 cases from three North-East Asian countries ‚Äď Republic of Korea, Japan and China ‚Äď as good practices in cultural accommodation approach for sustainable tourism development.
Mekong River-based Tourism Product Development
10-07-2018
It is hoped that this report will support further product development and assist the public and private sectors in planning and expanding the breadth river-based tourism activities along the Mekong River. The report is divided into four sections. The introduction outlines the approach to the study and defines river-based tourism. This is followed by the situational analysis, which explores the current product, market and policy dynamics of the Mekong River region and highlights opportunities and challenges for the development of river based tourism. Section three of the report provides a strategic framework and action plan for improving the quality, quantity and breadth of river-based tourism along the Mekong River. In section four of the report, river-based tourism development zones are mapped with complementary itineraries. And finally, the appendices provide a detailed implementation plan, summary of existing cruise products, and an indicative monitoring framework.
Benchmarking Methodology for the Development of Sustainable Cruise Tourism in South-East Asia
10-07-2018

Benchmarking Methodology for the Development of Sustainable Cruise Tourism in South-East Asia¬†follows the 2016 publication on¬†Sustainable Cruise Tourism Development Strategies ‚Äď Tackling the Challenges in Itinerary Design in South-East Asia.¬†Both reports were prepared in cooperation with the Asia-Pacific Tourism Exchange Center (APTEC).

This second publication aims to support data-driven collaboration by encouraging information exchanges related to sustainable cruise tourism in South-East Asia. The report presents a methodology for policymakers and stakeholders to evaluate the impacts of cruise tourism at the destination level. With this methodology, destinations can benchmark their progress compared to that of their neighbours and, ultimately, enhance their regional collaboration.

Manual on Accessible Tourism for All: Principles, Tools and Best Practices: Module V: Best Practices in Accessible Tourism
10-07-2018
The¬†Manual on Accessible Tourism for All: Principles, Tools and Good Practices, co-produced with the ONCE Foundation for Cooperation and Social Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities and the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT), is intended to provide stakeholders with a useful tool to understand the needs of the tourism sector in terms of accessibility, the competitive advantages of tourism for all, and the methods for its implementation. Module V: Good Practices for Accessible Tourism provides an overview of case studies and good practices which have proven a successful implementation of universal accessibility in different spheres of tourism, such as promotion, market research, travel agencies, transportation, accommodation, training and capacity building and destination management. The examples analyze a wide spectrum of conditions which were decisive in making accessible tourism a reality and are meant to inspire the key stakeholders to engage in similar initiatives in their respective areas of influence. The manual¬īs objectives are to provide stakeholders with a useful tool to understand the needs of the tourism sector in terms of accessibility, the competitive advantages of tourism for all, and the methods for its implementation.
Tourism and Culture Partnership in Peru ‚Äď Models for Collaboration between Tourism, Culture and Community
10-07-2018
The publication Tourism and Culture Partnership in Peru: Models for Collaboration among Tourism, Culture and Community analyses the importance of collaboration among three essential elements for the sustainable development of tourism destinations: tourism, culture and the community. Starting with a general framework, this book explores the subject by studying the case of Peru, as a country that has distinguished itself in its links to cultural tourism and in the tourism management of its heritage.
5th Global Summit on City Tourism: Cities ‚Äď Local Culture for Global Travellers 1‚Äď2 November 2016
10-07-2018
The 5 th Global Summit on City Tourism as a follow up of the previous four Summits once again aims at providing a comprehensive understanding of the new opportunities, challenges and the dynamics of city tourism in urban areas by exchanging knowledge, experience and expertise on the above mentioned areas.
Practical Guidelines for Integrated Quality Management in Tourism Destinations ‚Äď Concepts, Implementation and Tools for Destination Management Organizations
10-07-2018
The Practical Guidelines for Integrated Quality Management in Tourism Destinations offer a comprehensive and pragmatic approach to the improvement of quality of tourism destinations. The handbook is a perfect tool for tourism managers, planners, academics, professionals, entrepreneurs and decision-makers. It clarifies tourism concepts developing basic tools for improving quality at tourism destinations.
Second Global Report on Gastronomy Tourism
10-07-2018
In 2012, UNWTO Affiliate Members Programme launched the Global Report on Food Tourism outlining the state of gastronomy tourism. The report presented various examples of tourism and gastronomy professionals with extensive experience in international organizations, destination management, in both tourism enterprises and training schools. The 2nd Global Report on Gastronomy Tourism proviodes recent trends in gastronomy tourism, in addition to experts’ analyses and case studies suggesting best practices. The report, developed by the UNWTO Affiliate Members Programme with case studies from 60 contributors including UNWTO Member States, Affiliate Members and partner organizations, showcases how gastronomy tourism can be a driver for modern tourism in creating authentic experiences while promoting sustainable tourism. The report offers an introduction to a variety of themes related to gastronomy tourism, such as case studies on product development and experience in gastronomy tourism, challenges, communication and branding, good practices as well as training and skills in gastronomy tourism. In essence, the 2nd Global Report on Gastronomy Tourism provides a holistic perspective of the state of gastronomy tourism today and an outlook for the future of the sector.
Affiliate Members Global Reports, Volume 15 ‚Äď Second Global Report on LGBT Tourism
09-07-2018
Following the success of the first UNWTO Global Report on LGBT tourism published in 2012, UNWTO and International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association, a UNWTO Affiliate Member, decided to embark in the preparation of the Second Global Report on LGBT Tourism, offering a more extensive analysis of LGBT (lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual) tourism. The Second Global Report on LGBT Tourism focuses on providing a set of recommendations to tourism stakeholders interested in attracting LGBT Tourism and maximizing the benefits associated with LGBT Tourism. Among others, the diversity and complexity inherent to the LGBT consumer are explored, providing the corresponding set of recommendations to tourism stakeholders to better understand the LGBT traveller. The publication is also enriched by a comprehensive compilation of case studies that provide valuable examples of case studies of tourism stakeholders who have benefited from their outreach to LGBT travellers. The Second Global Report on LGBT Tourism represents thus an excellent reference for all tourism stakeholders and destinations in particular, interested in engaging in LGBT tourism and fully harness the potential LGBT tourism has to offer.
Tourism for Sustainable Development in Least Developed Countries: Leveraging Resources for Sustainable Tourism with the Enhanced Integrated Framework
09-07-2018
Tourism is a key sector for trade development for many LDCs as highlighted in 45 out of 48 Diagnostic Trade Integration Studies analyzed for this joint UNWTO-ITC-EIF report. This report provides concrete guidance on how to better harness the role of tourism for sustainable development and realize the 2030 Agenda for the prosperity of people and the planet through trade policies. It provides hands-on guidance to design trade related technical assistance directed at the tourism sector making the report a must-read for the development community, particularly as 2017 marks the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
International Rural Tourism Development ‚Äď An Asia-Pacific Perspective
09-07-2018
This publication released on the occasion of the International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, focuses on community empowerment and poverty alleviation through rural tourism development. The report shines a light on rural tourism development in the Asia Pacific region with fourteen specific case studies that show how communities have adapted a sustainable approach to rural tourism that stimulates economic growth, creates employment and improves the livelihood of communities.
Maximizing the Benefits of Mega Events for Tourism Development
09-07-2018
A mega event benefits a host destination in terms of attracting visitors to the event and drawing global attention to the destination. However, in addition to such short-term benefits, it can be a catalyst for longer-term tourism development in various aspects from economic to social. This publication on Maximizing the Benefits of Mega Events for Tourism Development provides practical references on what a host destination can do to fully leverage the event opportunity for tourism development with a variety of illustrative cases. Although the report refers to insights from mega events, the practical references can be applied to any scale of events in any destination.
Managing Growth and Sustainable Tourism Governance in Asia and the Pacific
09-07-2018
This publication released on the occasion of the International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, focuses on sustainable-tourism governance approaches that have helped to realize tourism’s potential to contribute to economic growth and improved livelihoods in the Asia and the Pacific region by providing tangible examples demonstrating that growth and sustainability are not at odds. The case studies presented in the report cover 13 countries and 17 destinations in the region and highlight issues related to growth and sustainable-tourism governance, providing approaches from both the private and public sectors in one of the most promising and successful tourism regions in the world.
New Platform Tourism Services (or the so-called Sharing Economy) ‚Äď Understand, Rethink and Adapt
09-07-2018
This report aims to gain a better understanding of how new platform tourism services, or the so-called Sharing Economy, is shaping the tourism sector. It seeks to identify the specific opportunities and challenges it poses across destinations, how these are being addressed, and the way forward. Drawing on the responses of a UNWTO survey, this exploratory study offers a global overview of the current situation, impact and future importance of these services in five main areas of tourism ‚Äď information, accommodation, transport, food and tourism activities.
Regional Statistics Capacity Building Programme - Second Workshop
09-07-2018
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Ministry of National Planning, Tourism and Handicrafts of Algeria are organizing jointly the Regional Statistics Capacity Building Programme (RSCBP) in Algiers, at the kind invitation of the Government of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria. The selected countries to participate in this programme are: Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Cote d'ivoire, Egypt, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sudan, Togo and Tunisia.
Official Celebration of World Tourism Day 2018 - Tourism and the digital transformation
06-07-2018
Digital advances are transforming how we connect and inform ourselves, transforming our behaviour, and encouraging innovation and sustainable, responsible growth strategies. We must better understand the growing economic, societal and environmental impacts of technology and innovation in tourism if our sector is to sustain continuous and inclusive growth in line with the¬†Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. ‚ÄúTourism and the Digital Transformation‚Ä̬†is the theme of this year‚Äôs World Tourism Day (WTD).  
International Seminar on Women’s Empowerment in the Tourism Sector
06-07-2018
The importance of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls has been underscored in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 5- Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030. Gender equality implies a society in which women and men enjoy the same opportunities, outcomes, rights and obligations in all spheres of life (UNPFA, 2017). A critical aspect of promoting gender equality is the empowerment of women, with a focus on identifying and redressing power imbalances and giving women full autonomy to manage their own lives. Women’s empowerment is vital to sustainable development and the realization of the human rights for all. Moreover, evidence shows that promoting equality will speed up the progress towards the achievement of the SDGs, (UNICEF, 2011) and must be a central part of any strategy to create more sustainable and inclusive economies and societies (OECD, 2014).
International Conference on decent work and socially responsible tourism
06-07-2018
As part of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, the World Tourism Organization (WTO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) are pleased to invite you to the International Conference on Decent Work and Socially Responsible Tourism to be held in Madrid on 20 October 2017, from 09h30 to 14h00, at the Ministry of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda (MINETAD), address Calle Capit√°n Haya, 41. The Tripartite Conference will address the intersections between tourism and employment, as well as issues of governance, corporate social responsibility, responsible production and consumption patterns, universal accessibility and equitable redistribution of benefits generated by tourism sector. The thematic orientation is being defined by the Agenda 2030 of the Sustainable Development Objectives (SDGs), in particular the SDG 8, 12 and 14, and also as a general framework the UN Global Code of Ethics for Tourism (1999), whose conversion in the International Convention has just been approved by the UNWTO General Assembly, and the ILO tripartite document Guidelines on Decent Work and Socially Responsible Tourism, agreed at the meeting of tripartite experts and constituents (Geneva, 20-24 February 2017).
8th UNWTO International Meeting on Silk Road Tourism
06-07-2018
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Ministry of Tourism of Greece and the Region of Central Macedonia have partnered together to organize the 8th UNWTO International Meeting on Silk Road Tourism in Thessaloniki, Greece on 10-12 October 2018.
Following the success of the previous two editions in Dunhuang (2013) andXi’an (2015) in China, this international Silk Road meeting will be hosted for the very first time by a European Silk Road Member State, and focus on the overarching role and relevance of the Silk Road within a globalized tourism framework. To count upon the participation of Silk Road Member States, UNWTO Affiliate Members and international partner agencies, interested stakeholders from around the globe, both public and private, are invited to attend an event that will count upon a ministerial roundtable and specialized sessions focused on assessing the role and relevance of the historic Silk Road routes within a globalized setting. Together with the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), a joint session assessing the Silk Road's role in bridging Europe with Asia will take place, after which a B2B session aimed at strengthening business ties between European and Asian stakeholders will be held during the second day of the event. Primarily focused on tourism partnerships, but open to all business sectors, stakeholders interested in exploring the vast opportunities of trans-continental exchange are encouraged to make the most of this networking opportunity. Participation in the B2B session is free of cost; only registration for the event is required.
Event partners: UNWTO is pleased to partner with Aegean Airlines, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Thessaloniki Convention Bureau, the Thessaloniki Tourism Organization, and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) in organizing this event.
Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism
06-07-2018
The¬†Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism¬†organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Government of Jamaica, the World Bank Group and the Inter-American Development Bank aimed to set a new collaborative framework for tourism moving towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. An official event of the¬†International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, the events gathered 1500 participants and over 150 speakers in Montego Bay, Jamaica, on 27-29 November 2017. The conference¬†brought together world leaders from the tourism industry along with governments, donors, international development and finance organizations to design and coordinate an international road map and foster collaborative relationships for inclusive economic and social development via tourism. Organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Ministry of Tourism of Jamaica and the World Bank Group, in collaboration with Chemonics International, a leading international development firm, this conference helped identify successful models and initiatives of public-private partnerships (PPPs) that will contribute to sustainable tourism development globally. To achieve tangible results, the conference yielded practical plans to guide future development initiatives building on the United Nations¬†2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, including specific development proposals and opportunities related to the achievement of¬†Sustainable Development Goal (MDG)¬†17 which calls for revitalizing the global partnership for sustainable development.  
6th International Conference on Tourism Statistics: Measuring Sustainable Tourism
06-07-2018
On the occasion of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, the Government of the Philippines and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) organized the 6th International Conference on Tourism Statistics held in Manila from 21 to 24 June 2017 with the objective of addressing the issue of the Measurement of Sustainable Tourism. Sustainable tourism is increasingly relevant in national agendas for its role in fostering economic growth, social inclusiveness and the protection of cultural and natural assets. This is now also recognized at the highest international level with the UN General Assembly having adopted several resolutions acknowledging the role of tourism in sustainable development, including the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This calls for evidence to support policy and track progress. A core component of the conference was the presentation of the first draft of a new statistical framework for tourism ‚ÄĒone that integrates the various dimensions of sustainable tourism (economic, environmental and social) and across relevant spatial levels (global, national and subnational). UNWTO recognizes that, apart from being a technical exercise, the development and implementation of a statistical framework for sustainable tourism is very much a strategic endeavor that will require stakeholder engagement, inter-institutional coordination and political leadership. Participants had the chance to discuss methodological advances, explore emerging issues and learned from pioneering country experiences in this area of measurement. The Manila Conference gathered for the first time Ministers, Statistical Chiefs, Policy experts and statisticians dedicated to sustainable development, environment and tourism.
2nd UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture
06-07-2018
This Conference is a sequel to the First UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia in February 2015  and will provide the platform to reflect upon the Siem Reap Declaration that pledged to explore the synergies of the tourism and culture sectors to work in harmony for sustainable development. The United Nations has declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, thereby offering a unique opportunity to explore and highlight tourism’s potential to help transform the world into a place of prosperity and wellbeing for all. In this context, the second UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture features prominently as one of the official events on the calendar of activities of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Gathering tourism and culture stakeholders from all world regions in Muscat, Oman, the Conference will address a wide range of topics, including governance models, tourism development and protection of cultural heritage, culture and tourism in urban development and creativity, and exploring cultural landscape in tourism as a vehicle for sustainable development in destinations worldwide.
Measuring Sustainable Tourism: Report of the 6th International Conference on Tourism Statistics
06-07-2018
Over 1000 leaders and practitioners from 88 countries convened in Manila, Philippines, at the 6th International Conference on Tourism Statistics: Measuring Sustainable Tourism (21‚Äď23 June 2017). Ministers, Statistical Chiefs, policy experts, statisticians, private sector and academics dedicated to sustainable development and tourism united to lay the groundwork for an expanded statistical framework for Measuring Sustainable Tourism (MST) in its economic, social and environmental dimensions. Global leaders spoke strategically, and politically, on the need for statistics to credibly substantiate tourism in national and international agendas, and as a lever for sector viability. The outcome "Manila Call for Action on Measuring Sustainable Tourism" represents a global commitment to sustainable tourism and the need to measure it through a consistent statistical approach, recognizing that effective sustainable tourism policies require an integrated, coherent and robust information base.
Regional Conference on Investing in Tourism for an Inclusive Future: Challenges and Opportunities Petra, Jordan, 26‚Äď27 October 2016
06-07-2018
This report synthesizes the rich insights of the first Regional Conference on Investing in Tourism for an Inclusive Future: Challenges and Opportunities (26‚Äď27 October 2016, Petra, Jordan). Jointly organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities of Jordan, the event advanced understandings of how investments in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) region can harness tourism‚Äôs potential to foster inclusive growth and sustainable development in the broadest sense ‚Äď economically, socially, culturally and environmentally. The report highlights the Conference‚Äôs discussions on three priority areas, and the role of finance in achieving these priorities: access to training and employment opportunities; supporting local micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises; and resource and energy efficiency. By identifying challenges, lessons learned and key recommendations, the Conference culminated in the Petra Declaration ‚Äď a call to action to build a more inclusive, sustainable tourism sector.
10YFP Sustainable Tourism Programme Annual Magazine 2016/2017 ‚Äď Advancing towards a Clear North
06-07-2018
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are guiding our common action towards a better world. The key role of sustainable tourism is explicitly mentioned in three of the 17 goals, yet the contribution of the tourism sector to the 2030 Agenda is much wider. This year of 2017, declared by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, recognizes the potential for sustainable tourism to advance all 17 Goals, from gender equality to the fight against climate change or the end of poverty. With international tourist arrivals forecast to reach 1.8 billion in 2030, the greatest challenge for the tourism sector is to shape this growth so it contributes to environmental conservation, resource efficiency and cultural preservation while creating inclusive economic opportunities. In response to this challenge, the Sustainable Tourism Programme of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production was created in 2014 to blend the expertise, technical capacity and reach of governments, NGOs, international organizations, business, academia and consumer organizations. The programme’s principal aim of accelerating the shift to sustainable consumption and production (SCP) patterns represents a new North for the tourism sector, enhancing its contribution to the SDGs on water, energy, climate change, oceans and land as well as its direct contribution to SDG 12 on sustainable consumption and production.
UNWTO/GTERC Annual Report on Asia Tourism Trends, 2017 Edition ‚Äď Executive Summary
06-07-2018
The UNWTO/GTERC Annual Report on Asia Tourism Trends, 2017 Edition, the fourth annual report in the series, highlights the rapidly growing tourism sector of Asia and the Pacific . This growth has been influenced by technological developments and the digital revolution. Regional collaboration with its many challenges and opportunities is also highlighted as one of factors shaping tourism development in Asia and the Pacific.
UNWTO.Themis Foundation course on Tourism Strategy
05-07-2018
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the UNWTO.Themis Foundation and the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Artisanal Promotion of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea jointly organize a¬†"Tourism Strategy" course in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, from 24 to September 28, 2018. The objective of this course is to provide participants with knowledge, tools, skills and opportunities to discuss and put into practice issues relevant to the tourism strategy. The working language of the course will be Spanish and French *By invitation only  
Postgraduate Diploma in Mountain Destination Management at the University of Andorra
05-07-2018
The Postgraduate Diploma in Mountain Destination Management, offered by the University of Andorra, in collaboration with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), its UNWTO.Themis Foundation and Pallarsactiu, has been created to ensure excellence for professionals aiming to occupy positions in organizations and tourism companies geared towards improving the competitiveness and sustainability of mountain tourism destinations. This Postgraduate Diploma has been designed to provide students with the necessary methodological tools to confront the challenges that mountain destinations face in the XXI century and, consequently, become professionals with the capacity to analyse those challenges in a global context with special emphasis on mainstreaming sustainability in the development of their professional activity. Format: Online with two onsite sessions (March and June) Participants: Graduates and professionals from public and private tourism sectors with expertise or a direct role in strategy, management policy, planning and promotion of mountain tourism destinations. Access requirements: A degree in tourism or professional experience in the tourism sector. Duration: October - June (1 academic year = 9 months) Credits: 30 ECTS credits Structure:
  • Introduction to the Sustainable Management of Mountain Tourism Destinations
  • Mountain Tourism Destination Planning
  • Mountain Tourism Destination Marketing
  • Two mandatory on-site sessions
  • Final project
Collaborating Universities:¬†Colorado State University (USA) & Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (Switzerland) Accreditations: Postgraduate Diploma in Mountain Destination Management by the Universitat d‚ÄôAndorra Credits within Colorado State University (CSU) ‚ÄúSki Area Management‚ÄĚ Graduate Certificate Programme
UNWTO/GWU University Online Course on ‚ÄúTourism as a Path to International Cooperation & Sustainable Development‚ÄĚ
05-07-2018
This intensive course trains university graduates, industry professionals and government official in subject areas related to international cooperation and development through tourism, with the threefold objective of: (a) providing participants with the latest knowledge and tools for leveraging tourism as a tool for sustainable development; (b) foster practical application of UNWTO‚Äôs principles and guidelines for sustainable tourism; and (c) present innovative approaches that contribute to the 2017 United Nations International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. REGISTRATION & REQUIREMENTS Candidates wishing to apply for the University Course on ‚ÄúTourism as a Path to International Cooperation & Sustainable Development‚ÄĚ should be university graduates, industry professionals or government officials from disciplines relevant to tourism and interested in planning international cooperation and sustainable development projects related to tourism. Candidates should have an excellent command of English, as the Course will be conducted in this language. Candidates interested in taking part can read all additional information about the ONLINE part of the course by downloading the Brochure and fill out the application form and upload the supporting documents as soon as possible. Documents must be addressed to: Omar Valdez Executive Director UNWTO.Themis Foundation SELECTION Please note that applying does not mean that the candidate is automatically accepted as a participant. All candidacies will be considered and evaluated, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted. A final selection of participants will be carried out and those selected will be informed via email. We would like to thank all applicants in advance for their interest and trust. COURSE FEES The Online Course fee is $1,225 USD. Candidates interested in taking part can read all additional information about the ONLINE part of the course by downloading the Brochure and fill out the application form and upload the supporting documents as soon as possible.
UNWTO/CTO Workshop on Sustainable Tourism Destination Management & Marketing in collaboration with GSTC
05-07-2018
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the UNWTO.Themis Foundation in collaboration with Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), and the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) are jointly organizing a workshop in Saint Lucia on Sustainable Tourism Destination Management & Marketing, from 27 to 31 March 2017, for tourism officials and professionals from the host country as well as from the region. This workshop will examine the critical activities companies and destination communities must address to ensure they maximize the economic benefits of tourism throughout the value chain, while ensuring both the unique heritage and natural environment of the destination are preserved. The programme will also address the key trends in the marketplace to ensure participants meet the needs of ever more sophisticated consumers. The ultimate objective of this workshop is to contribute to the sustainability and competitiveness of the Caribbean tourism industry. Knowledge, skills, tools and experiences will be shared, enabling participants to apply triple-bottom-line management approaches to ensure that tourism experiences are both globally competitive and sustainable. Mr. Carlos Vogeler, Programme Director for Regional programme for America and Executive Director for Member Relations at the UNWTO stated that: ‚ÄúWe need to keep working in making the world understand that tourism, when well-designed and well-managed, can contribute to the three dimensions of sustainable development: social, economic and environmental and consequently to the 17 Universal Sustainable Development Goals‚ÄĚ.
English 2014 University Course Tourism and International Cooperation for Development
05-07-2018
This intensive course trains university graduates and professionals in subject areas related to international cooperation and development through tourism. Participants are given an opportunity to achieve specialization in this area of work in order to take advantage of international development opportunities including the UNWTO.Volunteer Corps which supports UNWTO international technical assistance projects and those of other agencies of the UN System. The objectives are as follows: - To provide participants with basic knowledge and tools to take part in international cooperation projects or development programmes through tourism. - To disseminate UNWTO's principles and guidelines, especially tourism's role as an instrument of development and poverty alleviation; - To disseminate the ideals of service and solidarity rooted in the essence of volunteerism; - To foster opportunities for networking and community building between course participants, industry professionals and key tourism stakeholders COURSE STRUCTURE Part 1: On-line From August 18 to September 26, 2014 Estimated hours: 90-100 hours Part 2: On-site George Washington University (GW), Washington DC, USA From October 4 to 16, 2014 Hours of instruction and field studies: 100 hours The on-site component of the course follows a practical methodology based on specific knowledge on issues relevant to tourism and international cooperation for development, so that the participant acquires hands-on tools used in tourism related International Development projects. The on-site course includes the development of a concept design for a sustainable tourism project as well as a rapid-destination assessment fieldwork in the DC Metropolitan area. Case studies and best practices will be presented by GW professors, tourism experts from international cooperation or development agencies, and UNWTO/Themis officers. Also, a briefing will be provided on PM4SD-a new methodology and qualification developed in Europe for designing and managing successful tourism projects. A detailed agenda and outline of the course content will be provided before the GW on-site component begins. Participant Profile University graduates, young professionals and early retirees from disciplines relevant to development cooperation, over 21 years of age, demonstrating interest in participating in projects of international cooperation for development related to tourism. A basic introduction to tourism module will be provided for participants with no academic or experiential background in tourism. ADMISSION PROCEDURE The official on-line application form of the University Course on Tourism and International Cooperation for Development must be submitted and the required documentation must be sent in PDF or JPG format to cigw@unwtothemis.org, with subject: "CoopInt14GWU-Surname", before 31 July 2014. Documentation required: - Copy of your highest academic degree. - Professional resume. - Photograph. - English certificate for non-native speakers only (TOEFL and IELTS are preferred). - One letter of recommendation (Professional or Academic). - Letter of motivation stating why you want to participate in this course. - Copy of your passport (biographical page). *Visa formalities are the sole responsibility of the participant. COST OF THE COURSE The total cost of the course is US$2,900. This fee will cover costs for the on line and on site portions of the course, and the provision of course materials, lunch and refreshment breaks during the course. Costs of travel to and from Washington, DC, additional meals and accommodations are not included. GW will provide information to assist participants in finding appropriate accommodations as needed. Payment Deadline: Tuition fees, for all admitted participants, must be paid before 31 July 2014 directly to the Themis Foundation located in the Principality of Andorra. The admission of the participant will be formalized with the payment.
UNWTO Course in Paraguay on ‚ÄúTourist Routes for Community Development‚ÄĚ
05-07-2018
A group of forty qualified tourism officials, professionals and university professors of tourism of UNWTO Member States from both the host country and representatives of Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Panama, Peru and Puerto Rico, will meet in Asunci√≥n on the occasion of this course that aims to provide participants with the knowledge, tools and opportunities to reflect, discuss and implement the relevant issues addressed in the development of tourist routes with integration of communities; the creation and design of a tourist route, its development and implementation, its management and monitoring and its promotion and commercialization. This course, like all the initiatives of the UNWTO.Capacity program, has a theoretical-practical approach and is structured in modules and by processes and the contents are based on concrete facts and are presented through presentations, the analysis of real cases, debates, works in group and practical activities, in order to share with the assistants as much theoretical knowledge as tools and capacities that allow them to make a practical application in their own destinies. This methodology contributes to the achievement of a highly interactive learning experience and, therefore, indisputably more enriching and productive. As a finishing touch, SENATUR kindly invites the attendees of the course to participate in the inauguration of the 14th edition of the International Tourism Fair of Paraguay (FITPAR), on 13 October, a space where products, services and tourist destinations of the region are presented to the professional market and the general public. "Every time we travel, we use a whole chain of services provided by different actors, whether transportation, gastronomy or the purchase of products in a local market. This is what we know as a multiplier effect of tourism in the economy, a whole made up of various suppliers that constitute a long chain of value to create employment, empower local communities and contribute to improving the living conditions of local people, opening up new opportunities for a better future, "said Carlos Vogeler, Executive Director of UNWTO. He adds that "tourism can only thrive if it integrates the local population by encouraging social values ‚Äč‚Äčsuch as participation, education and improvement of local governance. At the same time, there can be no true development of tourism if that development works in any way to the detriment of the values ‚Äč‚Äčand culture of the receiving communities or if the socio-economic benefits it generates do not come directly to the communities. "
An√°huac-UNWTO Master Degree on Tourism Destination Management
05-07-2018
OMT-Anahuac Master's Degree in "Management of Tourist Destinations" The Anáhuac México Norte University (Mexico), in collaboration with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), offers the OMT-Anahuac Master's Degree in "Management of Tourist Destinations" with the purpose of training professionals in the sector to train professionals with high technical specialization. , with a broad and comprehensive vision of the most important issues of tourism development in general and of destination management in particular, with emphasis on strategic thinking, competitiveness and innovation on the one hand, as well as on ethics and responsibility social on the other. Important information - Course conducted in Spanish - Online, with only one face-to-face week per year - Participant profile: professionals from the public and private tourism sector - Participants must have an official certificate of undergraduate studies completed in ourism or other related disciplines that have work experience in any of the fields of tourism development. - Duration of the course: a year and half and starts every year in July Structure - 15 online subjects (one subject is taught per month) - 1 semi-face-to-face subject - 4 face-to-face courses (the first week of the first and fifth trimesters are taught and are taught by international professors of the UNWTO) Authors and teachers Outstanding international experts, representatives of the public, private and academic sectors, which guarantees a broad, multisectorial approach applicable to all tourist destinations in the world. Information at: http://ww2.anahuac.mx/turismo/plan-de-estudios
World Conference on Tourism and Future Energy ‚Äď Unlocking Low-carbon Growth Opportunities
05-07-2018
For tourism to be based on low-carbon growth, the accommodation, air and land transport clusters need to be fully engaged. Innovation in energy use and sources such as renewable primary energy, transport to and within destinations, and a change in consumer behaviour are all part of the solution. This will require substantial investment that takes into account the imperatives of sustainability without hampering competitiveness. As part of the Astana EXPO 2017, UNWTO and Kazakhstan held the World Conference on Tourism and Future Energy to discuss new opportunities and innovative solutions that could help the global tourism sector to contribute to low-carbon growth. This report details the key takeaways from each discussion. The conference concluded that there is great urgency but also great opportunities for tourism to become a leading sector by reducing its CO2 emissions and become part of the decarbonized economy of the mid-21st century.
3rd International Congress on Ethics and Tourism ‚Äď Enhancing the Sector‚Äôs Sustainability through Shared Responsibilities
05-07-2018
The 3rd International Congress on Ethics and Tourism, held in Krakow, Poland in April 2017 under the theme ‚ÄėEnhancing the Sector‚Äôs Sustainability through Shared Responsibilities‚Äô, tackled issues of governance and corporate social responsibility (CSR), responsible consumption patterns and universal accessibility, as well as effective management models for natural and cultural resources. This report details the key takeaways from each discussion and the conclusions of the congress. Amongst these, it was recommended that governments should create an enabling environment for multi-stakeholder cooperation towards ethical tourism, aimed at advancing resource efficiency and shared value and accountability.
1st UNWTO Tourism Startup Competition
05-07-2018
World Tourism Organization and Globalia announce the first and largest worldwide competition for tourism startups
  • This pioneering initiative for the tourism sector reaches out to 164 countries to find startups aiming to transform tourism.
  • Whether tech-based or non-technological, early-stage or more mature, any startup with innovative ideas capable of revolutionizing the way we travel and enjoy tourism is welcome to participate.
The tourism sector took a giant step into the future. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), in partnership with Globalia, the leading tourism group in Spain and Latin America, announced the launch of the 1st UNWTO Tourism Startup Competition. It is the world’s first and largest initiative devoted to identifying new companies that will lead the transformation of the tourism sector. In order to find the best projects, the call for competitors will be launched in 164 countries.
The objective of the programme is to select the best solutions and the most disruptive projects. The search will focus on finding pioneering proposals for implementation of emerging and disruptive technologies, as well as on startups based on new business models, such as the circular economy. In this regard, one of the pillars of this competition is to give visibility to projects that are committed to enhancing sustainability in tourism. The startup search process is as ambitious as it is complex: identifying the best projects in all corners of the planet. For this, UNWTO and Globalia have enlisted the innovation consultancy firm¬†Barrab√©s.biz, which boasts more than 20 years‚Äô experience in the creation, connection and activation of entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems. To broaden the scope of the competition and to facilitate the registration of interested startups, the programme will be implemented through the digital platform¬†YouNoodle, a leading Silicon Valley company in the startup evaluation space at the global level. ‚ÄúInnovation and tourism investment are not ends in themselves; they are means to develop better tourism products, to improve the governance of tourism and to make the most of the proven sustainability of tourism, by creating jobs and generating opportunities," said UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili. For his part, Globalia CEO Javier Hidalgo confirmed his company‚Äôs support for this new initiative emphasizing that ‚Äúas a global tourism group, we want to offer the winners the opportunity to work with us and transform the sector together‚ÄĚ. Who can participate? To participate in this global competition, startups must present business models that are related to at least one of four main areas:
  • The future of travel
  • The tourism experience
  • Environmental impact
  • Community development
Those interested in participating can find more information and submit their applications through the programme's website at www.tourismstartups.org. Applications are open from 26 June to 3 September 2018. The projects will be evaluated according to five criteria: uniqueness and viability of the solution, potential impact, business model, scalability and team profile. A jury will evaluate the entries and select the best projects as semi-finalists to be announced in September 2018. The winners of this competition will have the opportunity to be part of the leading companies in the tourism sector. About UNWTO                                                                                                            The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), a United Nations specialized agency, is the leading international organization with the decisive and central role in promoting the development of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. It serves as a global forum for tourism policy issues and a practical source of tourism know-how. About Globalia Globalia is the number one tourism group in Ibero-America, with a turnover of over 3.57 billion euros in 2016. With a presence in more than 20 countries and 15,000 employees, Globalia Holding provides services to all sectors of the world of tourism. It comprises a number of independent companies that are leaders in their markets, including Air Europa (airline), Halcón Viajes (travel agencies), Travelplan (tour operator), Be Live (hotel chain) and Groundforce (airport handling).
First Professional Experience Project
05-07-2018
The original initiative has grown in approach, focus and scope, setting a challenge to improve the employability of 35 young people at risk of social exclusion. JP Morgan also joined the project as a sponsor and the Accenture foundation provided technological support and language skills. We believe that the initiative deserves recognition. Thanks to the efforts of all of our partners, we are promoting an innovative social-work model that helps youngsters get their first job opportunity in a professional environment, providing them with experience, personal development, maturity and the skills to help them in their search for employment. The project is part of the Meli√° Hotels International CSR strategy and is a social initiative for the development of employability whose main mission is to improve the conditions of young people at risk of exclusion, by increasing the quality and stability of employment, promoting equal opportunities and enhancing self-awareness and self-improvement in a real-life environment. Meli√° is listening to the new generations that require a more responsible attitude from leading companies.
World¬īs First 100% Electric Tour Bus
05-07-2018
When the company Switchbus GmbH was set up in 2013, there were no electric busses with a long-range available for tourism, that were suitable for mountain excursions. As a result, the company invested significant private effort and financial resources to convert a regular small 16-seater IVECO Daily bus to be 100% electric. The project was successful and since the summer of 2014, ‚ÄúSwitzerland Explorer Tours‚ÄĚ offer a variety of day and multi-day tours based on sustainable tourism principles. The bus called ‚ÄúSwitchbus‚ÄĚ has a range of 200-300 km depending where it travels. It is also supplied with renewable energy by the local Lucerne utility company ‚ÄúEnergie Wasser Luzern‚ÄĚ, making all tours zero-emissions (and so no emission compensation required). The successful innovation of Switzerland Explorer Tours is related to two public-private stakeholder collaborative initiatives, both initiated and coordinated by the company. These included the: a) Development of a 100% electric tour bus, and b) Design of sustainable tour experiences.
Bali Beach Clean-up
05-07-2018
The ocean sustains us with the basic elements of life -it produces half of the oxygen in the air we breathe, and it is an essential part of the water cycle, helping to provide the water we drink. However, we face difficult challenges when it comes to preserving clean oceans, but one problem is simple to understand: rubbish. Rubbish is one of the most widespread pollution problems facing our oceans and waterways. We all know waste in the water compromises the health and livelihoods of humans and wildlife, and threaten the tourism industry that depends on it. Unfortunately, even in world famous beaches, such as those in Bali, we have all noticed the ‚Äútsunami of trash‚ÄĚ on the beachfront these past few years during the wet season. During this time, which usually occurs between October and April, tons of rubbish will pile high after having been washed out by the monsoon rain and brought back by onshore winds, leaving the island in a horrendous condition. That‚Äôs why since 2012, Garuda Indonesia joined forces with Coca Cola, Amatil Indonesia (CCAI) and Quiksilver Indonesia (QS) through Bali Beach CleanUp program ‚Äď a bold action founded by CCAI and QSin2008 ‚Äď that aims to minimize the impact of waste on the beautiful beaches of Bali, strengthen the tourism industry which will help improve the welfare of the local people, and support Bali‚Äôs government‚Äôs program.
Treetop Walking Path
05-07-2018
The Treetop Walking Path was opened in AnykŇ°ńćiai Regional Park in this summer. It became a sensation. This Path is the first among Baltic and Eastern Europe lands. The annual number of visitors in small Lithuania‚Äôs town AnykŇ°ńćiai, which belongs to AnykŇ°ńćiai Regional Park, is about 9,000. After the Path‚Äôs opening (in less than 3 months) around 150,000 visitors visited the Treetop Walking Path! Abundant number of visitors from various countries proves that it has been a successful project and a great move in strategy of AnykŇ°ńćiai educational tourism development. The success is due to: - An innovation in Baltic States and Eastern Europe. - An extremely carefully and thoughtfully chosen place. The Path is located in relatively small but extraordinaire forest. It is widely known because of the poem ‚ÄúThe Forest of AnykŇ°ńćiai‚ÄĚ written by famous Lithuanian writer Antanas Baranauskas. The poem reveals (some quotes are in The Path‚Äôs information stands) particularly close relationship between man and nature. Moreover, this place is an intersection of hiking, cycling, water and motor tourism routes. In addition, AnykŇ°ńćiai forest with a lot of natural and cultural heritages is preserved in the AnykŇ°ńćiai forest‚Äôs landscape reserve. - The possibility to combine different types of tourism and recreation: active, educational, health and cultural tourism. The visitors can order the educational program and learn interesting facts about the forest‚Äôs biodiversity. - An original architectural solution: the folk band‚Äôs motifs from Lithuanian ethno-cultural region called the Highland. - Special attention for people with disabilities. The Path is the only place in Lithuania where people with disabilities can be taken this high.
Responsible Tourism and Crime Free in Medellín
05-07-2018
The Office of the Under Secretary of Tourism of the Mayor's Office of Medellín has been working tirelessly since 2012 to fight against the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) associated with travel and tourism by promoting and implementing actions among entrepreneurs in the tourism sector and among the city's public and private agencies in order to work together towards responsible tourism. As a result of the executed activities, an average of 12,000 people have been reached by the CSEC program, and 41 public and private agencies have signed agreements to continue working to prevent sexual offenses. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) works with governments and the civil population to prevent drugs and crime from threatening the citizens' safety, peace and development opportunities. Its work mandate in Colombia is directly related to promoting the update of the best international practices through contributions related to the generation of knowledge about the nature, scope and trends of the drug and crime problem, the support of the implementation of international conventions on the matter, the orientation and accompaniment for the development and implementation of national policies and strategies to fight drugs and crime, and the development of national abilities to address and prevent the production, traffic and abuse of drugs and other manifestations of organized crime. As a concrete result of the identification of sexual exploitation activities in the city, and with the previous knowledge of the administration, the UNODC signed an agreement with the Office of the Under Secretary of Tourism of the Mayor's Office of Medellín, whose aim is to train local authorities and tourism services providers of the City of Medellín to identify the risk of behaviors related to human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of children and adolescents associated with travel and tourism.
Green Certifications Programme
04-07-2018
The initiative hereby presented by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) is the Green Certifications Program. The PRTC encourages the development of new modalities such as ecotourism, agrotourism, cultural, religious, and medical and wellness, among other niche markets. For this development to be ongoing, it should be framed under the elements of sustainability. In accordance with Puerto Rico Law 254 of November 2006, known as the ‚ÄúPublic Policy Act for the Sustainable Development of Tourism in Puerto Rico‚ÄĚ, the Sustainable Tourism Division was created. The Division focuses on the planning and implementation of several projects and programs, such as the Green Certifications Program, which comprises the Sustainable Tourism Facilities Program, the Ecotourism Program, the Agrotourism Program, and the Community Based Sustainable Tourism Program. The PRTC would like to highlight that Puerto Rico is one of the few islands in the Caribbean, with its own certification programs. These voluntary, government operated programs represent no cost for hotels, haciendas, farms, and tour operators endorsed by the PRTC. The auditing process is undertaken annually with a recertification process every two years. Our criteria certification includes, but is not limited to, energy efficiency, water saving, appropriate disposal of waste products, indoor air quality, landscaping practices, recycling program, establishment of an environmental policy, including service providers, as well as a green team, involvement and benefit of the local community, education and outreach, a green fleet of vehicles, reduction of toxic and hazardous substances in the whole property.
East Africa Tourism Platform 
04-07-2018
The East Africa Tourism Platform (EATP) is the private sector body for tourism in East Africa, working towards promoting the interest and participation of the private sector in the East African Community (EAC) integration process. EATP is the first regional tourism apex body put into place, able to lobby at the EAC level and at the level of national governments. The vision of creating and promote a vibrant and diverse single tourism destination is the driving force. EATP promotes intra and inter-regional tourism though advocacy, marketing, skills development, research and information sharing. The main strategic objectives of EATP are to: - Intermediate and reduce obstacles to intra and inter-regional tourism - Promote an intra and inter-regional tourism marketing approach - Facilitate continuous skills development in the tourism sector - Promote harmonized standards and codes of conduct of tourism facilities and services - Facilitate access to finance and risk management services - Share information and provide networking opportunities Providing positive and results oriented policy advocacy is the core objective of the platform. EATP enhances East African’s tourism competitiveness through effective dialogue for policy reforms and regulations, improved tourism services export capabilities and strengthening tourism private sector’s capacity and sustainability. Since its launch EATP can be credited for advocating for the single tourist visa, use of national IDs as travel documents for citizens between Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, free movement of tourism services, partial liberalization of EAC air space and joint marketing initiatives which is mainly under the East Africa Northern Corridor. These initiatives have already started having positive effects on regional travel. Other initiatives such joint marketing initiatives, technical support for national associations or harmonization of standards and codes of conduct of tourism facilities and services are ongoing and will enhance the regional destination competitiveness.
Re-inventing the Government in Tourism
03-07-2018
Before 2012, the regency’s name, Banyuwangi, was barely heard especially among foreign visitors. Despite its strategic position, next to the mecca of Indonesian tourism of Bali Island, and its wonderful natural assets from white sandy beaches to volcanoes, culinary products to cultural performance and sacred rituals, Banyuwangi remained a sleepy neglected small town. Within three years, the regency on the eastern tip of Java Island has won about 70 awards, with six of them on tourism sector, thanks to the radical transformation of the local government. Defying the usual negative perceived stereotypes of the local government officials, the local government has made a strategic move of reinventing the government. The decision includes, among others, blending its traditional functions to serve in areas of education, health, and social and to take care of the infrastructures, with a more goal oriented and powerful-branding-machine team and speeding up the decision making process and mutual inter-dependency among government officials. Armed with a simple communication technology such as Whatsapp and Blackberry Messenger, the usual three to four days of exchanging papers for administration has been cut into minutes of useful decision making process. This paper provides four key strategies made by the local government of Banyuwangi, the extent to which re-inventing the local government with ICT in a developing country can provide opportunities in establishing its tourism industry.
ILUNION Hotels
03-07-2018
The pioneering policies of ILUNION Hotels in the area of universal accessibility carry an enormous potential to change attitudes, break down social barriers and make the accommodation sector more inclusive. ILUNION Hotels has developed a specific business model of universal accessibility that comprises not only customers with disabilities and specific access requirements, but also its employees and suppliers. All the hotels of the group have obtained the Universal Accessibility Certificate from Bureau Veritas (UNE 170001-2), which guarantees that the hotels provide environments, rooms, and technical aids which ensure universal accessibility for all. ILUNION’s workforce of 568 people includes 18,31% of employees with some form of disability, but if we consider both direct and indirect employees, the percentage reaches 40%. Furthermore, specific training plans in accessibility awareness guarantee a standard of excellence in the interaction between employees and customers. As the constant improvement in the area of accessibility is key part of the company’s mission, specific plans are established every year to upgrade and improve the accessibility of the group’s infrastructure and services. For these reasons, ILUNION Hotels’ innovative approach to accessibility represents a virtuous, innovative and replicable best practice of corporate social responsibility. For more information, please visit the website.
Encyclopedia of tourism, Ulysses Foundation, Spain
03-07-2018
The Encyclopedia of Tourism is a directory which gathers comprehensive and up-to-date tourism knowledge, offering access to over 700 publications. It is available in hardcopy, eBook and online. The project also fosters a knowledge community where experts are invited to share their expertise and the community, together with editors, can revise publications.
Tourism 4.0, Turismo de Portugal IP, Portugal
03-07-2018
Tourism 4.0¬†is an initiative developed by Turismo de Portugal that aims at promoting entrepreneurship, support travel and tourism startups as well as foster innovation in tourism in the country. Under this initiative, Turismo de Portugal acts as an advisory body and coordinator by promoting the establishment of alliances and partnerships between the different agents, facilitating the access to funding and offering training and strategic advices to SMEs¬ī. As a result, several initiatives have been launched since the creation of the programme, contributing to the fostering of an active entrepreneurial environment in Portugal.
Carmacal carbon calculator for travel packages, Dutch Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (ANVR), The Netherlands
03-07-2018
Carmacal is an innovative tool developed to measure the carbon footprint of tourism activities through the analysis of the involved modes of transport, accommodations and other activities. This user friendly and web-based carbon calculator provides a useful solution for all tour operator, travel agency or destination interested in reducing their carbon emissions and benefiting from both the economic and environmental benefits linked to it.
A Sustainable Tourism Supply Chain - FundaciónTropicalia, Dominican Republic
03-07-2018
The project¬†‚ÄúInclusion of Micro-and Small Enterprises in the Sustainable Tourism Supply Chain‚Ä̬†was developed in 2013, providing a solution to the non-existent tourism structure faced by the town of Miches, Dominican Republic.¬† The new business model enhances regional market access to local farmers and microenterprises by including them in the sustainable tourism value chain designed to supply Tropicalia, a sustainable luxury development of Cisneros Real Estate. Fundaci√≥nTropicalia further develops the supply chain by promoting trade among farmers, assisting them in the access to funding and offering technical assistance and training. The programme is supported by the Inter-American Development Bank‚Äôs Multilateral Investment Fund (IDB/MIF).
Culture heritage: Tools for sustainability of a World Heritage Site, Petra National Trust, Jordan
03-07-2018
Petra National Trust’s Education Outreach and Awareness (EOA) program is a unique and innovative educational program launched to promote the preservation and sustainability of Petra Archaeological Park (PAP).PNT works with local communities to raise awareness among children and youth about the cultural and natural values of Petra by underscoring the links between good practices in cultural heritage management, sustainable tourism development, and long-term economic gains.
Govardhan Eco Village - Eco Tourism as a Catalyst for Rural Development, Govardhan Eco Village, India
03-07-2018
Govardhan Eco Village (GEV)¬†is a community located in Maharashtra, India, that has developed an innovative tourism model combining both tourism and the promotion of sustainable development. The community offers the travelers the possibility of receiving training in various areas including rural development, environment conservation and organic agriculture. Furthermore, through the training institutes developed by GEV, best practices learnt from their experience in organic agriculture are shared with surrounding local community.  
Ecobnb: The community of sustainable tourism, Ecobnb, Italy
03-07-2018
Ecobnb is an innovative start-up offering a network of eco-sustainable accommodations, recognized today as an important Italian Community of Sustainable Tourism and a growing community in Europe. Through the establishment of sustainability requirements for all selected accommodations, Ecobnb has managed to offer an alternative tourism experience to travelers, while bringing together a community of responsible tourists that contributes to the preservation of the environment and the promotion of sustainable tourism.
Adding Color to lives, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Belgium
03-07-2018
‚ÄúAdding Color to Lives‚Ä̬†is a global social action art project launched in 2015 by the midscale hotel brand, Park Inn by Radisson. This innovative project brings together youth in difficult life situations allowing them to express themselves through art and have a lasting impact on their communities while embracing their cultural heritage.
Innovative use of e-tourism - Egypt¬īs strategy 2020, Advisory Council of the Tourism Ministry, Egypt
03-07-2018
Egypt¬īs E-Tourism strategy was launched to help rebuild the country¬īs image and recover from the significant decline in tourism since 2011. The new promotional strategy was built around the development of a digital campaign and the implementation of e-marketing tools in the tourism sector. The success of this innovative and fully inclusive strategy lies in the use of a 360 degree feedback mechanism between travelers and tourism agents and the development of capacity building programmes to all tourism stakeholders in virtual marketing.
Invat.Tur, Valencia Region Tourism Board, Spain
03-07-2018
Invat.Tur is the branch of Valencia Region Tourism Board specialized in the generation and transfer of tourism knowledge through the development of R+D+i projects and adaptation to new trends in tourism. Bringing together all tourism stakeholders, it serves as an efficient platform that contributes to improving the competitiveness of the region while also enhancing collaboration and advancing knowledge in tourism.
Social progress index in tourism destinations in Costa Rica
03-07-2018
The Social Progress Index (SPI) is a tool developed to measure the well-being of individuals living in tourism destinations. Incorporating the use of a new methodology and multidimensional indicators, this instrument successfully assesses the sustainability of tourism destinations, paving the way for benchmarking between territories. Most importantly, it serves as a guide for the development of new tourism policies and the launch of public-private collaborations that have a positive impact on local communities and foster the role of tourism as a catalyst for sustainable development.
Strategies for development of sustainable tourism in Guanajuato, Guanajuato Ministry of Tourism, Mexico
03-07-2018
Recognizing the important potential of tourism as a catalyst for development, the Government of the State of Guanajuato in Mexico took a step ahead in setting tourism as a priority in the agenda through the implementation of the 2013-2018 Guanajuato State Tourism Plan (GSTP). The complex structure of the State Tourism Program is structured around five sectorial objectives and more than 90 actions and 8 goals distributed in all 7 regions of the State of Guanajuato, all aligned to reinforce the competitive advantage of the region and position the destination as one of the top Mexican tourism destinations.
Eurpoamundo Vacaciones
03-07-2018
Europa Mundo Vacaciones, a Spanish Tour Operator, has created in 2011 a Foundation which has achieved remarkable results in the implementation of the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism in its worldwide activities, particularly in its contribution in the area of community wellbeing and sustainable development of tourism. In six years of activity, the Foundation has invested a total of EUR 1.5 million to support 104 projects in 27 countries in the areas of education, health, creation of companies and infrastructures, directly benefitting 186.849 individuals. Recent examples of community development projects include those creating and consolidating self-sustaining health systems in the most populated and unprotected areas in countries, such as in remote provinces of Bolivia, Colombia, Morocco and Nepal, and consisted in the provision of basic health education and training to the local communities by qualified medical volunteers. Other outstanding projects supported by the Foundation were focused on the promotion of a sustainable development of tourism in disadvantaged areas, as the one carried out in Nicaragua, where the creation of jobs for the local communities was facilitated by a local foundation through the development of a sustainable tourist route in rural areas. A similar project in Lebanon was specifically addressed to the socio-economic inclusion of local and refugee women in isolated provinces. The Foundation also strongly collaborates with the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) department of its company Europa Mundo Vacaciones in organizing social and environmental awareness campaigns and volunteering programs involving its employees, providers and clients. For more information, please visit the Europa Mundo Foundation Website.
eVisitor - Croatian national tourist information system, Croatian National Tourism Board, Croatia
03-07-2018
eVisitor is a unique online information system that provides insight into tourist traffic and accommodation capacities (commercial and non-commercial) in Croatia. It generates statistical reports and marketing indicators in real time (i.e length of stay, location, gender, age, country of residence, type of facility, destination, etc), which enables more efficient monitoring of tourist traffic and revenues, allowing better control over the collection of accommodation fees creating a synergistic effect of all Croatian tourism stakeholders and contributes to ensuring their competitiveness.
EarthCheck Building Planning and Design Standard (BPDS), EarthCheck, Australia
03-07-2018
BPDS set out a holistic sustainability framework that enables undertaking an integrated assessment of the expected environmental, social, cultural and economic performance of a project. Projects that adopt the BPDS can quantifiably demonstrated significant operational cost reductions, regenerative environmental outcomes and positive social and cultural values. The benchmarking and certification software at the core of this initiative is leading the way in the sustainability movement within the tourism sector.
Smart Tourism System (STS), SEGITTUR, Spain
03-07-2018
Smart Tourism System (STS) is a crucial element in the Smart Destinations project as it allows different data sources to be analyzed, selected according to the destination’s needs, and for information to be gathered, processed, and analyzed, transforming it into knowledge. The STS offers the necessary information for the decision-making process of companies and administrators at the destination.
IT.A.C√Ä ‚Äď Migrants and Travelers, Festival of Responsible Tourism
03-07-2018
IT.A.CÀ is the first festival in Italy dedicated to responsible tourism involving about 250 organizations working in the fields of responsible tourism. The festival is composed of more than 300 free events such as guided tours and itineraries, workshops, meetings and seminars, 0 km lunches, expositions, and concerts.
Educating and empowering local communities for sustainable tourism futures, The Sumba Hospitality Foundation, Indonesia
03-07-2018
The Sumba Hospitality Foundation is initiating a sustainable tourism development plan for Sumba through the concept of full boarding permaculture school and green hotel for underprivileged Sumbanese youth providing vocational education, focusing on practical and soft skills, nurturing environmental awareness and cultural identity and empowering local communities to promote responsible tourism.  
Strengthening Community Tourism in the Sierra Gorda, Grupo Ecologico Sierra Gorda, Mexico
03-07-2018
Grupo Ecol√≥gico Sierra Gorda (GESG) was founded in 1987 by Martha Ruiz Corzo and her family with local citizens to save the forests they call home. ¬†97% of approximately one million acres in the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve is the private property of 100,000 inhabitants living in 638 rural poverty communities. GESG¬īs on-going programs include environmental education, skills for a conservation oriented economy, forest and soil regeneration, payment for environmental services, and community owned and operated tourism. Widespread civil participation and inter-institutional partnerships are key to the success of 75 micro and mini enterprises participating throughout the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve, owned and operated by mostly rural women.¬† The unique brand of genuine rural tourism experiences are reflected in the social integration and on-going nature conservation activities. The official operator is Sierra Gorda Ecotours since 2004.
Connecting community, local friends, and visitors to a unique experience and happiness, Triponyu.com, Indonesia
03-07-2018
Triponyu.com is a booking application that offers unique tours of the local communities in the Solo and Central Java area. These offers are not only unique but also contribute to job creation, preserve the community’s heritage, environmental landscape, and the sense of well-being that is felt by locals. The tours are designed and conducted by the locals who are now become active players through this scheme as they receive 93% of revenues that derived from this initiative.
Great Plains Conservation: Conserving and Expanding Natural Habitats, Great Plains Conservation and the Great Plains Conservation Foundation, Botswana and Kenya
03-07-2018
Great Plains Conservation owns and operates nine luxurious, sustainable safari camps and products across Botswana, Kenya and soon Zimbabwe, conserving nearly one million acres of land outside of national parks and employing almost 600 people. All profits are invested back into supporting the conservation of the wildlife through the implementation of direct conservation actions and the engagement of local community.
Three-Pillar Innovation Initiative, Balesin Island Club, Philippines
03-07-2018
Launched in 2012, the Balesin Island Club was designed to function in perfect harmony with nature, as demonstrated by its strategy which was intentionally developed around the three pillars:  the use of technologies to achieve sustainable practices, a sustainable consumption of resources and the local community empowerment. The integrated eco-friendly planning, along with the various campaigns and actions led by the hotel represent a successful example of an entity committed to promoting sustainable tourism.
Community and Resilience: two villages tackle depopulation, Valle dei Cavalieri, Italy
03-07-2018
Cavalieri community-based cooperative was created to counter the depopulation of the village of Succiso in Italy, whose population passed from over 1,000 inhabitants in the 1950s to 64 inhabitants some years ago. Thanks to the strong involvement of the community, innovative and authentic tourism attractions were developed resulting in the development of the tourism activity and the enhancement of the unique cultural identity of the village.
‚Äč‚ÄčConservation and Livelihoods: Community managed Ecotourism at Mangalajodi, Mangalajodi Ecotourism trust, India
03-07-2018
Mangalajodi, a picturesque village located in northeast India at the borders of a vast wetland, is home to over 200 of birds¬ī species. Once associated with poaching of birds, the villagers stand today as true defenders of wildlife thanks to a coordinated effort in implementing a solid awareness campaign on the importance of preserving natural species and the benefits associated with wildlife tourism.
Longmen Grottoes ‚ÄúInternet + Longmen‚ÄĚ action plan
03-07-2018
The ‚ÄúInternet + Longmen‚ÄĚ action plan was launched three years ago to further enhance the beauty of UNESCO World Heritage Grottoes of Longmen, one of the finest examples of Chinese Buddhist art. The sophisticated incorporation of technological elements such as intelligent application center contributed to the creation of a more pleasant experience for the visitor and raise awareness on the necessity to preserve the richness of the cultural site. The Longmen Grottoes site is the first ‚ÄúInternet + Smart scenic area‚ÄĚ in China and is in line with the smart tourism development plan developed by the China National Tourism Administration.
MiBarrio - Mercado de Hacienda Applied Research Project, Ente de Turismo del Ministerio de Modernización, Innovación y Tecnología del Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
03-07-2018
The MiBarrio initiative represents an excellent example of urban planning strategy aimed at improving the livelihood of the communities through tourism development. The extensive screening of the different neighborhoods allowed the city of Buenos Aires to identify less touristic urban areas and develop, in collaboration with the local inhabitants, new tourism products to specifically tackle the economic and social issues faced by the inhabitants. The resulting tourism experiences contribute to give a voice to the communities enhancing their unique identity while fostering social inclusion, entrepreneurship as well as the economic development of the area.
Art and tourism painting a new future for women
02-07-2018
I am Swarna Chitrakar, and this is my story‚Ķ. I belong to the village of Naya that is around 160 kms away from the city of Kolkata, in India. Our village has found a place on the cultural map of India because of its thriving tradition of Pata-chitra, or traditional scroll painting. I went through the hardships of daily life like any other woman of my community. But I wanted to break free from social shackles and taboos, especially those that prevented painting and singing by women. I settled down at Naya with my husband and daughters and started painting Pata-chitra, encouraged by my father Amar Chitrakar and my uncle Dukhushyam Chitrakar. Traditionally this art form was practiced by the menfolk. Men primarily painted and sang while the women helped in making colors from minerals, fruits, flowers, seeds and leaves. Women were not supposed to paint the pata themselves. All this has changed now. Naya was once a poor village, but today it is an active settlement of around 60 families of Patua ‚Äď the community of scroll painters, many of whom are women. The community is called Patua and all of them have their last name as Chitrakar, meaning painter. I belong to this community of painters. Naya is now a flourishing hub of Patachitra painting and a year round cultural and tourist destination. At one point of time, this art form was dying as electronic media made inroads into the village community. It was tough to sell the paintings and our survival was difficult. A social enterprise www.banglanatak.com started working in our village to revive the tradition with support of the Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre in 2005. There were only around 20 painters and hardly anyone knew the songs. Veteran painters like Dukhushyam, Shyamsundar, Rani Chitrakar trained the young people on painting. Dukhushyam taught singing. Audiovisual CDs were published on our painting tradition. The lost art of the use of natural colour was revived. In 2010, www.banglanatak.com organized POT Maya a three day fair in our village. They also set up a resource centre. The resource centre provided us much needed space to practice and showcase our art tradition. The fair and the resource centre created a new tourism culture. Tourists and visitors began to pour in with great interest and I could now have a direct communication and interaction with the collectors. POT Maya held in the second weekend of November celebrated its fourth edition in 2014. Our art has found appreciation among the local people as well as across the country and the globe. More and more artists and mainly women are now involved in Patachitra and there are more than 300 painters in our village. It has opened up a new world of freedom for womenfolk particularly. The women who had restricted mobility, are enjoying a new freedom and are travelling across the country. Patuas have now travelled to countries like France, Germany, the UK, Italy, China, The US, Australia and Japan. Today Patachitra has become a vibrant folk media telling stories not only from epics and mythology but also on new contemporary subjects. We paint on themes like climate change, violence against women, human trafficking or events like 9/11 and tsunami. Collectors and buyers travel all the way to our village to see and buy our paintings. My village Naya has now become a most important tourist destination. The Department of Micro, Small, Medium Enterprise and Textiles is now supporting development of comprehensive infrastructure as our village has emerged as a successful Rural Craft Hub. Today, I feel so happy to see children in the village taking up brush and color on weekend mornings anticipating visitors. I feel proud and happy that I am a part of this renewed culture.
A home for tourists
02-07-2018
My name is Virginia ‚ÄėVirgie‚Äô Deocareza Negrite, and this is my story‚Ķ I am thirty-two years old, and a mother of two. I have always had my feet rooted in nature‚Äôs ground. I grew up in Brgy. San Roque, Bulusan, Sorsogon situated at the foot of the Bulusan Volcano Natural Park (BVNP). During my growing up years, my family used to occupy a piece of land within the park for slash-and burn-farming to augment their income and provide for daily sustenance. Poverty made life difficult. My dreams to fulfill my aspiration of becoming a public high school teacher became so out of reach. To attain my dreams, I migrated to Metro Manila where I applied, and was hired, as a factory worker for a year. Then I worked as a House Help or ‚ÄėKasambahay‚Äô in return for my schooling. I was enrolled and finished the 1st year of college for the course of Bachelor in Secondary Education (BSE) in the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasay (PLP), until I faced the crossroads of my life to choose between financial support for my family or fulfill my dreams of becoming a teacher. I sacrificed the latter. After years of struggle, my whole family bonded together and decided to contribute for the continuation of my education. That was the year 2000. Every ounce of contribution for my education was sourced out from hard labor, from selling tilapia fished from Bulusan Lake and farmed products harvested from their clan‚Äôs kaingin in BVNP and portions of salaries of my siblings serving also as household workers in Manila. As years passed and while I was grappling with poverty, AGAP Bulusan, Inc., a community-based multi-sectoral environmental NGO, started to operate ecotourism services of Bulusan Lake. The BVNP in Bulusan Area is endorsed by the LGU of Bulusan, the Province of Sorsogon and BVNP Protected Area Management Board (PAMB). Partnerships were done with AGAP Bulusan‚Äôs Mission to protect and conserve the biodiversity, as well as to develop ecotourism products and services. As a lake fisher, I was one of the beneficiaries trained as an Eco Guide in 2010 and during these initial stages started earning money from tourism-related services. In a spate of luck, in October of 2011, the Bulusan Area Biodiversity Conservation and Ecotourism Support Project was granted funds by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) under the Small Grants Program (SGP) of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The project was done in partnership with six barangays bordering BVNP and Bulusan LGU and the Provincial Government of Sorsogon, together with National Government Agencies (NGAs) such as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Department of Agriculture (DA), and the academe such as the University of the Philippines - Los Ba√Īos (UPLB). The project involved fifty-hectare reforestation of the denuded area of BVNP due to slash-and-burn farming and illegal cutting of trees; establishment of six community-based nurseries in six bounding barangays of BVNP; organization and mobilization of People‚Äôs Organizations (PO) in the said barangays and environmental education and as a form of advocacy known to the communities as ‚ÄėDalaw Turo‚Äô. In addition, training to the beneficiaries was conducted for them to serve as Naturalist/Mountain Guiding and Wildlife Enforcement Officer (WEO). Likewise, technologies where introduced in Sustainable Agriculture on Organic Vegetable Farming, Beekeeping, Handicraft, Pili Pulp Oil Production and Aqua-culture. In return, beneficiaries serve as Volunteer Environmental Stewards as deputized WEO by DENR and Emergency Responders to Tourists in times of need and to their communities during calamities such as typhoons and volcanic ash explosions. Moreover, agricultural products will be developed using new technologies to form part of the fusion of Agriculture and Tourism, also known as Agri-Tourism. Life has come a full circle for me and Noel. From a shabby nipa hut that had a kitchen on bare ground, our family of four now lives in a semi-concrete structure with two rooms and a toilet and bath. Before we used to throw waste into the fields around the house. Now we take greater care, because now we have found home. Tourism indeed means jobs. Keeping a job means being able also to reach out to others. Tourism pays, and it pays to protect and conserve the environment.
From natural water flows opportunity
02-07-2018
My name is Tiham√©r Horv√°th and this is my story‚Ķ I was born near Lake Balaton, often called ¬īthe Hungarian sea¬ī, which is one of the main tourist attractions of Hungary. I lived, and I am still living, in Gyenesdi√°s where my forefathers had lived all their lives. Hopefully my descendants will also live here as I firmly believe that the spirit of our antecedents provide us especially strong roots and inspiration in unexpected crossroad situations in our life. Though my family never worked in the tourism business, the atmosphere surrounding us had great influence on our everyday life. Warm and devoted hospitality was something my mother and my family taught me. The love for pleasant, peaceful and emotional togetherness with kind people, as well as the mission for improving the life and the environment of our community was the most valuable heritage I received from my parents. Having finished my secondary school studies I became a pipe- fitter. Later on I learnt all kinds of crafts connected to it. I thought the construction business would be a lifelong career for me. I with my brother founded a company that soon became quite prosperous. One day we started refurbishment works in the public utilities of a very little village, called Kehidakust√°ny. At that time, this tiny settlement was a poor, sleepy place whose inhabitants worked in the fields. This village had an old thermal¬† medical bath with special curing water inside: very hot sulphurous hydrogen carbonated water for¬† rheumatic and muscular disorders, gynaecological diseases and skin ailments. One morning I woke up and thought: there is this special natural resource that could cure thousands of people. By developing it into a ‚Äėfun-and-spa resort‚Äô it could be a new tourist destination in the region, providing hundreds of jobs for the local community in tourism. I was so excited to share my medical tourism idea with my brother but he was quite sceptical as tourism, and especially spas and wellness, were totally unknown to us. But we were professionals in the construction business, and we had all the resources necessary for reconstruction. In a few years‚Äô time, partly supported by government development funds, we built our¬† dreamland¬† ‚Äst a¬† beautiful spa complex in the middle of¬† an¬† earlier¬† agricultural¬† area. The people living in the village were extremely excited about putting their settlement on the country‚Äôs tourism map, and started to study tourism. As supplementary service providers, some of them built accommodation; others opened restaurants or shops around it. The picture of the village changed completely. More and more inhabitants became our employees, while others established their own entrepreneurships and started to work in tourism too. One day, I looked around and felt astonishingly happy to see how beautiful this little village has become, to see how the complete economy of this community changed. Now I am 64 years old and retired, and still I work hard every day. However, I am consciously preparing for slowing down my life soon. Tourism also helped to make this in a happy, comforted mood, by finding new goals for myself. Every day, strength is given to me by this environment, and visitors also get a slice of it, because the goods produced here are served for them in the restaurant of the resort. My children also work in Kehida Termal. They are educated tourism experts who will continue the business. I am so proud to see that besides learning about tourism, their attitude to the community‚Äôs life, their sense of responsibility for local matters and economy, is just like the pattern inherited from my parents and ancestors. Now I know that the tourism I introduced to my family‚Äôs life is a perfect field for expressing our social responsibilities, and our loyalty towards the community we belong to.
The elephant's friend
02-07-2018
My name is¬†Sokhem Kuon and this is my story... When I was born, my parents named me Sokhem. In English, it means Hope. This name puzzled me, as at that time there was no hope. The Khmer Rouge had destroyed Cambodia. In 1980, when I was a small boy, we had no food, no land, no money, no schools, and no doctors. My father found work as a woodcutter around Chi Phat, a village hidden in the Cardamom Mountains. We cleared land for ourselves and lived off the forest; we planted corn, trapped animals and tapped resin to sell. That is when I learned about the forest. My father was very skilled, and taught me all he knew. The first time I saw elephants, the most dangerous of all the animals, I cried in fear. My father put his hat on my head, saying, ‚ÄúWear this magic hat. It will make you invisible to elephants, if you stay still and quiet‚ÄĚ. At ten years old, I learn all about the forest, and how to respect Neak Ta, the guardian spirit of the forest. My father was never afraid of the animals, but he was fearful of Neak Ta. ‚ÄúDo not anger Neak Ta. He is powerful, and will make you sick and die,‚ÄĚ he told me. ‚ÄúWhat angers him?‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúTaking what is his,‚ÄĚ said my father. ‚ÄúWhat is his?‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúEverything in the forest is his. If he favors us, he will show us wild fruit trees, and lead animals to our traps. We may take what we need to live, but no more, and whatever we take, we must share with him.‚ÄĚ It was never easy to survive on what we could collect from the forest, but year by year, we managed. I grew to be skilled in forest life. With the end of war, roads came and our lives became harder. Loggers and traders moved in, buying our wood and animals to sell on. People took more than they needed to survive. The forest had survived the war, but could not survive the peace. We hated those people; we were just trying to survive. My father aged, and fell ill: Neak Ta was angry. He stayed home, while I went to the forest with friends. One day, while checking my traps, soldiers arrested me. They took me to see a foreigner who was sitting on the forest floor, crying. Nearby, a mouse deer lay dead in my trap. She asked me why I had killed the deer and I explained that we needed food. ‚ÄúWhy don‚Äôt you work?‚ÄĚ she asked. I explained that there was no work. I did not know it yet, but that day, my life changed. One month later, the village chief called us to a meeting. The soldiers were there, and the foreign lady. She was the most beautiful person I had ever seen, but I was more afraid of her than of Neak Ta. The lady, Suwanna, was the leader of Wildlife Alliance. Suwanna said she would give us jobs as part of an ecotourism community. No one believed it would work but it did. Suwanna helped us to set it up. We elected a management team, and I became the leader of the forest rangers. I still live and work in the forest, but now I remove traps and put out fires. Every year, more visitors come to Chi Phat to enjoy its beauty. Now, 250 villagers are guesthouse owners, guides, cooks, boat drivers, bicycle mechanics, waste collectors, or rangers like me. We all still earn a little income from farming and fishing, but when times are hard, or our children are sick, we have an income, and no longer need to go to the forest. I no longer fear Neak Ta. I am his ally to save the forest. I am still afraid of elephants. Deep in the forest, we hear them, and we see them. When they come close to our camp at nighttime, the ground trembles, and we shake with fear. I miss my father‚Äôs magic hat. Truly, I am the elephants‚Äô friend, but I fear the elephants forget this. These days, my future is bright. My children are healthy, and go to school. I can look after my parents. Life is not easy, but I am hopeful. Maybe my parents chose my name wisely after all.
On the Palace doorstep
02-07-2018
I am Rusaila Derat from the village of Nuwe‚Äômeh, and this is my story‚Ķ I am from Jericho. I was born near the Hisham Palace. My family were farmers who planted the land around the Palace. I grew up with those beautiful ruins around me. We planted and herded the sheep. My father was a visionary, and he also held a small canteen at the entrance of the Palace where we learned to deal with tourists. This built in us the base on which we work today. When my children grew up and I had some time, I decided with a few women to start a project that was different from all those around us, and that could change our situation. Jericho is the land of tourism, the land of the 10,000 years, we are in Nuwe‚Äômeh, the place of Hisham Palace in Jericho, the land of archeology, tourism and mosaics. I had the idea to combine the beautiful mosaics I saw growing up around Hisham Palace and we started making small items in mosaic as well as silver and mosaic jewelry. As we did not have the chance to complete our education, we looked forward to have this project be a success. We got together, and each one of us put in some seed money so as to buy some equipment and get training. We started at home, under the tree, and slowly we realized that we need to plan and make sure that every tourist who comes to Palestine goes home with a handicraft from our work. We received lots of moral support from the Ministries and the organizations. When we started, we thought that this would be an immediate goldmine, but then we realized that the challenges were big. To reach what we wanted, we needed perseverance, patience and determination. The challenge was to distinguish ourselves from other products. We learnt how to do fine artifacts, and also learned how to sell our products to the tourists and local communities. Since we started, the project has given us so much power, in our families, in our society and in our education. Today people look up to our group¬† if¬†women who are slowly building this organization. Four of our colleagues have just started university; they started feeling that the project challenges them and offers them the means to continue their university education. Being part of this project gave us so much self-confidence. My children and all our children also gained so much self confidence. We transformed our homes to such a better situation. Most of all, we are confident that our future is safe for our families.  
Turning a home into hope
02-07-2018
I‚Äôm Regina Martinez, and this is my story‚Ķ My husband, a sportsman, and I are living here in Ayolas. He works here and I‚Äôm retired. We both are seniors. After a delicate health problem that I went through, the doctors recommended me to do occupational therapy. In Ayolas we found a house that was for sale and although the house was in a state of neglect, we asked for a bank loan and bought it because it was near the river and my husband and I really like the river, nature and green spaces. It also has a church in the corner. This house is in the neighborhood San Jose-M√≠ in Ayolas City. I myself was in charge of many of the tasks of repairing the house. For example, I painted doors and walls. These occupations were part of my therapy. A Senatur official came home to introduce me to the program ‚ÄėPosadas Tur√≠sticas‚Äô (Tourist Lodges). I loved it, and I agreed to join this program because I like to receive and give attention to the people in my house. Senatur offered lectures and workshops to enable us to focus on guests.¬†I was fortunate that most of my guests were families. Since I started getting people in my lodge I was very lucky because they come from various parts of the country. For me it is a very positive experience because it keeps me constantly busy working at home. By nature I like to put everything in order, I work to keep everything clean at all times and offering attention to my guests. Although it is my husband who does public relations for pleasure, and that‚Äôs why he has so many friends. I deeply recommend people to dare to enter this program ‚ÄėPosadas Tur√≠sticas‚Äô. Especially for women, and even more if they want to help their husbands to also bring an income of money into the economy of the family. For me, it gave me a job in my own house, comfortable without having to meet timetables or public transport mobilization that I cannot do anymore. I receive an interesting income through my lodge. And all the money I make I reinvest in improvements to the lodge. With most of my guests, I have an almost family relationship and we are in touch thanks to the technology of today. We send greetings and messages by cell phones. Since the very beginning of my Tourist Lodge, we have always given opportunity to work to all who we contracted for the construction, and so far I have hired someone to help me in cleaning. Senatur helped me a lot, providing me with blankets, curtains, tablecloth and other items handed over to me. For¬†me Senatur is already like my family.
Historical trails on two wheels
02-07-2018
My name is Paco, and this is my story‚Ķ I am 34 years old now. Italy is my home ‚Äď it is who I am, what I love, where my future lies. Here I have lived, loved, dreamed. When I talk with people and friends who know what I do, they say I made a dream come true. Well, maybe yes, maybe not. All I know is that I do what I like most: be with people from all over the world and cycle every day. I had the idea to build a company when I was 26. I found the right partner ‚Äď Adriano, 33 years old, who already was a friend of mine. Together we brought the rickshaw businessto Apulia, South Italy. Our idea was simple: give visitors the opportunity to see the places we loved from the seat of a bicycle. Make it possible for them to feel all of the textures, hear all of the sounds, breathe in all of the scents and enjoy all of the energy of the places we love, by being in them. Why¬†not? Something incredible happens when you get people to slow down, look, listen and feel. What better way to make this happen than on a bicycle. As mad as it seemed at the time, little by little we made people think that this is a real job. Today our company, veloservice, counts more than 25 guys working in Bari and Lecce who are proud to show the best we have in our land on board our bikes. Our offering is simple. As we say on our website, since 2008 we have been engaged in promoting a conscious and responsible lifestyle called bike concept. We address zero-emission sustainable mobility by organising activities and events that go beyond the use of a bicycle. We believe in small and good daily habits that lead to great changes.
Creating opportunity over a cup of coffee
02-07-2018
Hi. My name is Na and my name is Yai and this is our story‚Ķ We live in Ban Nong Luang, Muang Paksong, Champasak province. The main income of our family is from coffee planting and also I do pets feeding. My sister Yai works in a cooking group. She cooks food for guests. My main job is working in the coffee field. I think that my family will be better and I will get more money if I work for tourism, so now I am also working as guide. I know that this helps me very much, now I have two ways of income from coffee planting and tourism. In the past, the village‚Äôs only work was in the coffee field. It was the only way to have an income. But now there‚Äôs tourism as second income. Although it is not much, as we are still growing, this can help us to get a better life. We are so happy that there is tourism in our village. Almost everything is going well, but only one difficulty is communication. I don‚Äôt know English yet and tourists don‚Äôt know Lao. Since tourism came to Laos, people have gotten jobs, more income, and have better living. As for me working as guide, I can have more money for the family. This gives me a feeling of doing the best I can to take care of my family. I am not the only one that is happy to have tourism. Others in my community work as chefs, cooking food for guests who come to visit the coffee fields. We also have homestay, and unique Laos massage, ‚ÄėNuad Phan Bou Han‚Äô, that guests are happy to experience. Some of the guests buy our coffee as souvenir. We see the importance of ecotourism, tourism for nature conservation, so all the villagers are taking care of our home. I am so proud of this. All the villagers here now have income from tourism. I think that in the future more tourists will come to visit. This makes me so happy.
Sowing the seeds of tourism opportunity
02-07-2018
My name is Milutin Prascevic, but everyone knows me as Mico. This is a story about me‚Ķ I am a retired biology teacher. I have four daughters. I have worked in the local school as biology teacher for many years. The school, this place, is my home. I love my home. Since I was a boy I have been passionate about climbing mountains, and I know every corner of the Prokletije mountains. They have recently become a protected zone of the national park Prokletije. While teaching my students about plants I realized that it would be easier to show them. My students loved the idea. As I spent every spare moment in the mountains, I decided to start bringing plants. I would carefully take the plants from their home in the mountains, making sure their roots were protected, and bring them to the school. That is how my 20 years long work of creating a botanical garden¬†was initiated. Today, I have 350 plant species that are typical for Prokletije right here in my garden. Initially, this garden was just a place where my students got practical education, and the place where I tried to ‚Äėinfect‚Äô them with love for plants, biology and nature in general.Then biology students, botanists and nature lovers from surrounding countries started to visit, for scientific purposes. When a national park was declared, couple of years ago, this garden became a favourite point on a cultural route of Plav, a place visited by tourists passing by. Because all of this was the product of my enthusiasm, and main goal was to get students and everyone else to respect Prokletije biodiversity, I never wanted to charge anyone for¬†visits to the garden. But my family and I have realized that we could offer other services, especially when the number of visitors started to grow, and maintain free entry policy but still have additional income. We offer different services ‚Äď I guide groups who want to see natural habitat of these plants, we have built a wooden cottage where we offer accommodation, we prepare meals for visitors, and since we have an orchard, we make jams, preserves and brandies, which are my specialty, as I add various aromatic herbs to them. We package these products and we sell them. As the number of visitors to our zone has just started to grow, we have not yet had significant income from these activities.But we know this will come. What we have created is too special for tourists to miss out on. We are still beginners. But I have no doubts we will be successful. Our garden has been declared as zone of particular importance for natural heritage of Polimlje area. By doing the work we do, we contribute to the¬†tourism offering, we raise awareness on Prokletije¬†biodiversity, we educate about relicts and endemic¬†species, and we generate additional income for our¬†family. And it all came to be as a combination of¬†my education and my hobbies, at time when I was¬†coming to the age that I thought no real work is¬†ahead of me! I am sure that the work I do keeps me healthy. I keep my plants healthy, they keep me healthy, and as my daughters will continue in my footsteps, my plants will keep my children healthy.
Conservation protecting all lives
02-07-2018

My name is Memory Ganuses, and this is my story….

I will try and see how I can write this. After I completed my grade 12 in November 2002, I did not have a clear idea of what I want to do next. As I could not go for further studies due to lack of funds, I opted for going to Swakopmund to look for a job, just to keep me going, for starters…

After a tough life of two years in Swakopmund, in and out of jobs, from being a domestic worker as a young lady just out of school, and then as a cashier at PEP, a local clothing store, and then as assistant Chef at de Kelder Restaurant, I felt I had enough of city life so I decided to go back home to the farm.

After a tough life of two years in Swakopmund, in and outof jobs, from being a domestic worker as a young lady just out of school, and then as a cashier at PEP, a local clothing store, and then as assistant Chef at de Kelder Restaurant, I felt I had enough of city life so I decided to go back home to the farm.

I returned to the farm for some time, eventually learning about the Khoadi-Hoas Conservancy and Grootberg lodge. Back then I was not so well informed about the conservancy and all its endeavours. I took my CV to the conservancy head office, hoping for a job at Grootberg Lodge. I was employed as a baby sitter for the Managers at the Lodge ‚Äď it was the¬†only job available by then, so I took it. Then later I got a job as a waitress the lodge, in 2009. That was the beginning of a bright future for me‚Ķ

This is where it all started. I learned about the conservancy and how the lodge and the conservancy works together, which was quite amazing. I also learnt about how to live with the wild animals, such as elephants for example, learning things like what to do when you have an encounter with an elephant, and also a very important one is not to shoot an elephant when it comes and damages your water point, but to in fact report that to the conservancy, and they will compensate you in a way that in the end leaves both parties happy.

I slowly grew fond of the nature and what it has to offer. Then in 2013 I was very lucky to have received a bursary from the African safari lodge foundation to go and study for a certificate in small accommodation establishments in Graaff Reinet in South Africa.

My studying experience in South Africa was quite fun. I learnt many more interesting things about tourism at the college all thanks to the SACT for having showed me the right direction. We were trained how to deal with guests in a more professional way, and many more. Upon my return I was granted a job at Grootberg lodge as an Assistant Manager.

My life has changed tremendously. Some years ago when I was finished with school, I did not picture myself where I am standing today. I am no longer the young girl that had no ambition when she had finished school, but I am now a grown lady who is aiming towards success in tourism, all thanks to everyone who played a role in my transformation. It has also affected my family and my community in a very productive way as now I can tend to the needs of my family, and I am also like an ambassador for my community.

I play my part in the development of the Khoadi-Hoas Conservancy in a way, which makes me very proud. The conservancy is grown from strength to strength as with increased conservation awareness the wildlife numbers have grown, and the conservancy has a compensation scheme in place for human and wildlife conflict, this shows that the community is not left in the dark but is well taken care of.

Taking pride in our heritage
02-07-2018
I am a Santo Domingo native from the department of Sonsonate in El Salvador, here I live with my family. I am the President of the Cooperative Association of Agricultural Artisanal Production for Tourists ‚ÄėHuitzapan¬ī, which is the Nahuatl name of Santo Domingo; in Spanish it means ‚ÄėRiver of Thorns‚Äô. Tourism has changed the lives of the families of Santo Domingo since we joined with the Ministry of Tourism in 2011. That was when they were forming the Nahuatl-Pipil Route with five other municipalities of Sonsonate through the project Strengthening Entrepreneurial capabilities of Indigenous Communities of Sonsonate through Ecotourism. It was funded by the Organization of American States (OAS). Today there is much more tourism-related activity available to tourists, and we have linked to 170 handicraft workshops in red clay and wood to create ‚ÄėThe Path of the Red Clay‚Äô. There you can find a variety of objects for decoration, others for use in the kitchen, and tourists can also learn how to handle the mud and create some traditional figures. The second group of tourist attractions is more physical and involves the Salto El Escuco, the Salto Tepechapa and the Poza Encantada. The easiest is the Salto El Escudo, a few minutes‚Äô walk from the village to a natural site where the ancient cosmological energy can be felt. The jump is 83 meters high and its waters are crystal clear and icy. The more intense option is the long walk to the Salto Tepechapa, along a nature trail that tests fitness and which ends in a wonderful waterfall of 90 meters high. Before arriving at the waterfall, tourists can take a break at the Enchanted Poza, about halfway, where it is said that there lives a golden fish that appears in the pool. When people try to catch it, it hides in a cave inside the pool. Locals say that once a couple of men tried to catch it but they drowned, and that it makes an appearance at midnight. What I like about my job is that it combines tourism with the crafts and the Nahuatl language. In our community the majority of people speak Nahuatl. Thanks to tourism, we have been able to diversify the local economy and conserve our natural and cultural resources Tourism has become our way of keeping our traditions alive, our people secure, and our community proud.
A jewel box of rich possibilities
02-07-2018
My name is Martina Plesnik and I am the owner of the Hotel Plesnik. I was born on 28th October 1947 in Logar Valley in Slovenia. The experts say that this is one of the most beautiful valleys in Europe. On this small portion of territory, numerous natural pearls have accumulated. Peaks covered by woods, high peaks over 2000 meters. and various waterfalls create the harmony of the landscape. Even as a child, I encountered tourism, as we had a guesthouse at home with five rooms, a restaurant and farm. Today I live in Velden in Austria. Before World War II, my parents had, until 1939, a hotel with 60 rooms and a restaurant. To make the hotel of appropriate standard they built a power station and water capture in order to get electricity and enough water for the guests. Unfortunately, my father was unable to fulfill his great vision for tourism. He had fully prepared plans for a tourist centre in the Logar Valley with a cinema, bus park and recreation centre. World War II put a spanner in his works. During the war, the hotel and all the farm buildings were burned down, leaving only ruins, one typewriter, a radio and plans that my father buried. In most cases, the land was nationalized. My father was only allowed to build a house for his parents, then the guesthouse with five rooms and a restaurant, where we later lived ‚Äď my parents, five children and our grandmother. After the war, times were not easy and during socialism the personnel was quite restricted, so we all worked in the restaurant and on the farm. At that time, tourism was quite different. The tourism season lasted only three months, but hiking was of great importance. In 1952, we even received a visit from the president of Yugoslavia Josip Broz Tito. With my grandfather, Franc Plesnik, they went on a hunt. That‚Äôs where I got my start in tourism, which has not had the opportunity to develop since a small pension would not be able to support a big family. I left for Munich, where I met my life partner Koulen Horst and created my career in the cosmetic field with international trade names and my own decorative line, mainly in the eastern markets. In 1992, Slovenia became independent and we were successful in having our land in the Logar Valley returned to us. I immediately saw the opportunity to fulfill the wish of my beloved father, who sadly died during this period ‚Äď that is to re-build a hotel with 32 rooms, a restaurant and wellness centre. Later, we also bought the Villa Palenk with 11 rooms and upgraded the complex with a conference centre. The hotel was opened in 1995 and luckily it soon attracted wealthy guests and many international politicians. Tourism has connected the whole family ‚Äď that is, five children with their heirs ‚Äď and we have developed a small tourist centre. My brother Darko and his son Gregor are engaged in tourism on the Plesnik farm, my sister Dragica and her son PrimoŇĺ at the Na Razpotju guesthouse, while my nephew Franci is at the Ojstrica guesthouse. My sister Marjana and Darko are connected to the hotel successfully run by my niece Nina Plesnik and her life partner Nenad Brdar, who is also chef in hotel restaurant. Even my brother, who lived in Kranj, opened a bar, which is now led by his son Darko and his life partner Tedeja. Tourism has accompanied me all my life. During my activities in my beauty career, I was constantly on the road between¬†Paris and the East and Far East, where my life partner Horst¬†worked. I had the opportunity to travel much of the world¬†and I always tried to stay in well-organized hotels so I could¬†observe their activity. I have never forgotten the stories told¬†by my grandmother Taja, who often visited the luxury hotel¬†Negresco in Nice before World War II, which has become¬†my dream as well. Since then, tourism has changed a lot in¬†all areas. Today, guests are much more demanding, which¬†means a completely new challenge. However, this does not¬†mean that tourism has lost its charm.¬†The economic crisis in Slovenia has also affected us, but we did not lose our will and our vision. We still have a lot of work ahead of us, we would like to improve our quality by training our staff, while we strive to make our guests satisfied with the services we provide and happy while visiting us. This year we renewed our wellness centre and built an outdoor natural pool. For the future, we have plenty of plans, which will be continued by the next generation. Tourism forms the life of our whole family. Our heart beats for tourism.
The spirit of Istria
02-07-2018

I am Manuela Hrvatin, and this is my story…

Four years ago on the Istrian peninsula, a small tourism revolution began. Project Istra Inspirit was set by the Region of Istria, the Istrian Tourist Board and the Istrian Tourism Development Agency to make our rich cultural and historical legacy the cornerstone of the authentic Istrian tourist experience. Together, we wanted to bring tourism in Istria to life in a way that would keep our history and community alive.

We knew that globalization is threatening the traditional identity of the community and that tourists today want authenticity and they want to experience it with the local community.

Strongly disliking the term ‚Äėevent‚Äô, we decided to create ‚Äėexperiences‚Äô interactive performances based on Istrian stories, myths and legends taking place on authentic locations linked to the stories and enriched with thematic dinners prepared with local ingredients. The journey through the history of Istria began!

Proud of our tradition and culture, we started with our stories throughout the peninsula, with the support of the local community as a part of Inspirit. We thought that our wish to preserve traditional heritage would be acknowledged and that it would be easy. We thought that everybody in the Istrian tourism sector would share our vision. However, we soon realized that in tourism development there are two options: the first, using local communities and cultural and historical heritage solely to make profit, and the second serving the community and promoting new investments to revitalize the cultural and historical heritage. Although the second option is more difficult and pays off only in the long run, it was the only right choice for us as a place and people. Together, we set up our principles the rules of conduct from which we do not deviate and followed them through. Four years later, writing about our beginnings and dreaming about the future, we are happy to say that we are achieving our goals. Inspirit experiences grew in numbers, the fourth generation of tourism and culture students are actively involved in the project, local producers of souvenirs, family farmers, craftsmen, artists and others want to join us and offer their products to guests of Istria. We are preparing for the new season. We are already thinking about torches that will light up the darkened streets of the abandoned medieval town of Dvigrad, already imagining expressions on the faces of our guests when they enter the cold depths of the Rasa mines. In our fantasies, we already laugh and rejoice with guests of a typical fisherman’s tavern Spacio for whom honest working Rovinj fishermen will prepare dinner. Looking at the sun from our office, we imagine a romantic sunset at the archaeological site of Vizula, where a true Roman drama took place, or the sun which warms the hands of working people from Buzet who will prepare homemade bread for Inspirit guests, teach them to play traditional Istrian games and try to get them to help wash laundry in the old way. There are more and more stories; there is more work to be done. So be it. Istria deserves it, tourists deserve it, my culture, history and traditions deserve it.
Handbook on Marketing Transnational Tourism Themes and Routes
02-07-2018
One of the tourism areas with high potential to empower travellers to make a positive change on their surroundings is that of transnational tourism, whether based around cultural or natural thematic threads. This diverse and novel phenomenon appeals to the emotions, intellect and senses of the modern-day visitor, who desires to live the culture and character of a place, connect with local communities, and pursue challenges and discovery as they travel. The UNWTO Silk Road Initiative, gathering today 33 countries, is a contemporary example of a pioneering project in this field. The marketing of such routes and networks is complex, with transnational tourism products facing several potential administrative and cultural challenges. However, overcoming these obstacles to create transnational networks can bring significant benefits to all stakeholders, including in terms of marketing, trade, education and community development. With this Handbook on Marketing Transnational Tourism Themes and Routes, the European Travel Commission (ETC) and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) aim to provide an overview of six varieties of transnational tourism themes and routes, as well as practical guidelines both for managers of existing transnational routes and networks and for those seeking to create new ones. This ETC and UNWTO¬†Handbook on Marketing Transnational Tourism Themes and Routes¬†aims at acquiring a deeper understanding of the transnational tourism themes and routes that are already proposed to travellers. Through illustrative case studies it furthermore provides practical guidance ‚Äď especially for NTAa and NTOs ‚Äď on the the creation and implementation of tourism routes, on marketing thematic tourism, including its development, management and promotion. The handbook will enrich UNWTO‚Äôs tools for innovation, and feed into the ETC‚Äôs ‚ÄėDestination Europe 2020‚Äô strategy, contributing also to the development and promotion of its VisitEurope.com Internet portal.
European Union Short-Term Tourism Trends, Volume 1
02-07-2018
This release of the European Union Short-Term Tourism Trends presents an update of the analysis of preliminary results for international tourism in the European Union (EU-28) for the first ten months of 2017 based on arrivals data reported by destinations. Furthermore, this issue includes an analysis of cruise tourism. According to available data, 13 of the 28 countries of the European Union recorded double-digit growth in arrivals. Overall, EU-28 destinations recorded a strong 8% increase in international tourist arrivals through October 2017, compared to the same period last year. Within the EU-28, growth was strongest in EU-28 destinations in Southern and Mediterranean Europe (+10%). These robust results reflect the sustained demand for travel around the world, in line with the improved global economy and the rebound of destinations that suffered declines in previous years.
Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals ‚Äď Journey to 2030
02-07-2018
Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals ‚Äď Journey to 2030 serves as a guide to how the tourism sector can contribute towards the implementation and achievement of the 17 SDGs. It aims to inspire governments, policymakers and tourism companies to incorporate relevant aspects of the SDGs into policy and financing frameworks as well as business operations and investments. The publication‚Äôs recommendations are based on an analysis of 64 countries‚Äô Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) on the SDGs ‚Äď submitted to the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in 2016 and 2017 ‚Äď as well as eight Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support (MAPS) country roadmaps and the CSR activities of 60 global tourism companies. The publication aims to inspire governments, policymakers and tourism companies to incorporate relevant aspects of the SDGs into policy and financing frameworks as well as business operations and investments.
Western Silk Road Roadmap
02-07-2018
The Western Silk Road Roadmap is a summary of work conducted by UNWTO and the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG Grow) of the European Commission (EC). The work included research into the existing usage of the Silk Road identity, connections between key destinations through tangible and intangible heritage, and the potential of a Western Silk Road tourism brand. Concepts were developed to strengthen the use of such a brand to bring benefits to destinations and two capacity building workshops were held on how to progress from theory to practice in developing the Western Silk Road as a transnational tourism route. This roadmap aims to present a common tourism development plan for the route. his roadmap aims to present a common tourism development plan for the route.
2nd International Congress on World Civilizations and Historic Routes
29-06-2018
Jointly organized by the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria and UNWTO, the2nd International Congress on World Civilizations and Historic Routes will be held on 14-16 November in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Cultural heritage lies at the very heart of the collective memory and identity of the citizens of the world. Destinations that boast archaeological sites, ancient architecture, folklore traditions and arts and that find themselves along these ancient routes can assume the role of catalysts for exchange of experience between peoples and cultures through tourism development, and thereby promote sustainable growth, prosperity and peace in their own regions. Recognizing the above, the Congress will explore the possible ways in which world civilizations could be brought to life through tourism, in particular by making use of the networks developed along historic routes. The congress will also focus on adressing how tourism along these routes can play a leading role in creating new socio-economic opportunities for development at local, regional and national level while safeguarding and promoting tangible and intangible ancient heritage. Participants will have the opportunity to build upon the great cultural wealth spanning along the ancient routes, learn from different experiences and generate synergies among themselves and between several networks developed alongside the ancient cultural routes.
First Meeting of the Working Group of Experts on Measuring Sustainable Tourism
28-06-2018
UNWTO Conference on City Breaks: Creating Innovative Tourism Experiences
28-06-2018
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the City of Valladolid,¬†the Municipality of Valladolid¬†and Affiliate Member Madison MK are pleased to inform you that theUNWTO¬†Conference on City Breaks: Creating Innovative Tourism Experiences¬†will take place 15 to 16 October, 2018 in Valladolid, Spain. Taking place in a unique city with great historical importance, the conference will address different areas of specialization that can contribute to the successful positioning of urban destinations as City Breaks. Valladolid has been chosen as the venue for this first conference because it is a benchmark destination that is committed to a clear strategy in active, oenological, cultural and domestic tourism, by leveraging the unique elements the destination has to offer, such as sports, music, theater, cinema, literature and gastronomy. These will be addressed in the different panels, with special emphasis on governance and public-private collaboration models that allow for their proper implementation.