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Exploring the rich tribal cultures and nature of India's Chhattisgarh The newly carved state of Chhattisgarh lies in the heart of the India and is still charting its destiny. Many pleasant surprises await the visitor, in a land where mysteries unfold at every step, where history awaits to be discovered at every turn and where nature pours forth its bounty as the journey progresses. Its remoteness made Chhattisgarh one of the least known parts of the India that, incidentally, still remains relatively unexplored.   In this land you can do countless things but we have chosen the best five for you!   1. Tribal life The state prides itself on a tribal culture that dates back several millennia and the music, culture and craft of the tribal communities that can still be experienced across the state. There are as many as 42 tribes in Chhattisgarh and make up around a third of the population. The highest tribal concentration is in the...

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Australian Ecotourism Development Opportunity An exciting opportunity exists to create an ecotourism product on Miriuwung Gajerrong (MG) Aboriginal traditional lands close to Kununurra in the far north of Western Australia.   Tourism Western Australia (Tourism WA) is seeking interest from suitably qualified and experienced tourism operators with the capacity to develop exciting new visitor experiences in an essentially untouched area of the Kimberley. All interested parties are invited to discuss proposals with Tourism WA by firstly filling out the ‘Investor Response’ at the back of the attached brochure.   Kununurra offers a range of accommodation types for its more than 84,300 annual visitors and is a great launching point for extraordinary Kimberley experiences. A short scenic flight can deliver visitors to the awesome Lake Argyle and on to the World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles), and the eastern gateway to the Gibb River Road is only 70km to the northeast of the Town....
New TAEC Boutique opens in Luang Prabang, Laos In July, we opened the new TAEC Boutique on the main street in Luang Prabang featuring the Heirloom Collection of one-of-kind textiles and other handicrafts. Each piece is made of the highest quality materials by the most respected artisans of their craft.   We hope the Boutique will allow more tourists to support fairly-traded handicrafts from ethnic minority artisans, and discover the cultural diversity of Laos.   The TAEC Boutique is open daily from 9am - 9 pm.   In addition to reaching more visitors in Luang Prabang, TAEC made new friends and important contacts for future sales by sending Khoun and Alai to the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico last month. With over 150 artists from 60 countries and 20,000 visitors, this three-day event is the largest folk art market in the world, and we were pleased to participate in it once again.   For more...
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Dear All, Chitral Association for Mountain Area Tourism (CAMAT) welcomes its guest to participate in Broghil festival 2014. The event, which will continue from Agust 22-24, comprises of traditional cultural music, folkdances, folksongs apart from traditional sporting event such as buzkashi, yak polo and free style polo. Your participation is welcomed. Please view CAMAT's banner, which has been uploaded to this website. Thanks!  ...

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PAKISTAN: Chitral Association for Mountain Area Tourism (CAMAT) organized a 6-day cooking training for selected guesthouse owners from Broghil—the beautiful plateau in the extreme northern of district Chitral—in a local hotel of  Chitral where 8 selected youths participated.   The training was arranged through the financial support of Aga Khan Rural Support Program’s Market Development (MD) section under its Employability and Leadership for Youths (EELY) project with CAMAT as implementing partner.   The purpose of the training was to develop cooking skills of the selected trainees largely focusing on better hospitality management and food services with improved hygiene quality in their indigenous guesthouses. This will ultimately lead to creating self-employment opportunities for youths in the said destination.   The training focused on cleanliness, better hospitality management and high service quality. The expert chef in Pakistan Tourism Corporation (PTDC) Chitral transferred his cooking skills through ‘learning by doing’ or ‘learning by cooking’....

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Circuses without Bread Today another mega-event circus is about to open in Brazil at a USD 11bn cost (mostly at the benefit of monopolies and oligarchs) but there are clear signs that the organisers have forgot about the bread bit of the old appeasement equation ("panem et circenses" in Latin): Rio airport workers are on strike, there are numerous planned marches while 200,000 troops are mobilising across Brazil to prevent(?) rioting. Preparations have also involved the displacement (forced or induced eviction) of many thousands of Brazil's homeless. A good article documenting the injustice and inequality reproduced by the preparations for this mega-event in Brazil is at http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/06/10/race-class-and-the-world-cup-in-brazil/   There are also big worries about the Qatar World Cup, and a campaign to re-run "the vote" due to serious worker rights abuses. A people's sport has been slowly hi-jacked by a powerful and allegedly corrupt international monopoly and turned into a commercial, consumerist spectacle. Some telling numbers:...

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Twitter Chat on European Ecotourism Friend of mine, Chris Milnes ‏@reallifepr0ject is organising a 30 min chat on European Ecotourism this Wednesday at 15:00 CET.   Add #euroeco to follow along! More info: http://ow.ly/wuZIg...

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For Current Ecolodge Owners Since there are many members here who are ecolodge owners or are involved in/interested in managing/operating ecolodges, this survey + conference session by The International Ecotourism Society will be of interest to some. Please see the text below, from the email announcement sent by TIES on March 19.     Dear TIES Supporter, At the ESTC 2014 (Bonito, Brazil) we will be discussing succession planning in ecotourism. We know that many innovative ecotourism projects have been started through the years, all over the world. Many have become successful. But, like in all life cycles, there comes a time when the organization founder(s) wants to hand over the business to a successor. Finding the individual or organization willing to and able to continue building on the innovative "inheritance" is not always easy. The focus of the survey is on ecolodges (small accommodations located in or near conservation areas that are designed and operated sustainably). As a result, the TIES Ecolodge Survey aims to assess if succession...
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TAEC Accepted to Santa Fe International Folk Art Market Know any textile enthusiasts or Lao culture lovers in the American southwest or California? For the third summer in a row, TAEC has been accepted to the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. This year, we'd love to make connections with craft shops, museums, and cultural organisations while we're across the Pacific. If you know of a place or an audience for a talk or a trunk show, please contact us. If you'd like to help us out at the Market itself, do let us know!...

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I would like to invite you all to participate on the ONLINE conference "Responsible Travel Week 2014"   It takes place 10-16 of February on the social web, read more:http://planeta.wikispaces.com/rtweek2014   On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/337144946403377   On Google+ : https://plus.google.com/events/ccl0a3u9lo9pp53m0e2m7mid9lc   On Twitter: follow hashtag #rtweek14   See you next week!        ...