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Ecotourism Roundup, June 29th - July 7th, 2017

A new City and Green Tourism Destination in one is emerging: Liuzhou Forest City, Guangxi, China

Volvo became the first major car manufacturer to announce that all its cars will be electric or hybrid by 2019 and that it will launch 5 all-electric models by 2021.

A day after, France also announced that it plans to ban all petrol and diesel vehicles, but not just yet, in 20 years time

According to Sea Shepherd, 517 pilot whales and 81 white sided dolphins have been slaughtered in Denmark's Faroe Islands so far this year, in the name of "tradition"! The NGO has officially submitted a request to the European Commission to launch infringement proceedings against Denmark.

Following a July 1st rise in minimum wages in California's Santa Monica, Hotel employees' wages, match Los Angeles' rates and rise from $13.25 to $15.66 per hour.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie had ordered a state beach closed to the public due to a budget impasse but then had some explaining to do when he was photographed enjoying the same beach with his family.

Tanzania's President Magufuli has confirmed plans to build a hydropower dam on Selous Game Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to a large number of elephants and the critically endangered black rhinoceros, despite IUCN advice, earlier in February, creating protests from conservationists, and a WWF online campaign:

The southern Iranian city of Ahvaz, listed as one of the world's most air-polluted, saw record temperatures of 54 Celsius, or 61 C if humidity is also taken into account.

Cambodia's environment and tourism ministers agreed to create a working group to draft a national eco-tourism policy:

Thai Police announced that they had only seized two complete elephant tusks so far this year, compared to 99 last year and attributed this to strict enforcement of new legislation.

In Hong Kong, however, customs officers seized a record 7.2 tonnes of ivory in a container inbound from Malaysia. 

The University of Fiji is offering a new eco-tourism course to sustainable tourism management students

The Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference (27-29 November 2017, Adelaide, Australia) is seeking ecotourism papers for its workshops & masterclasses 

A new UNWTO study titled "International Rural Tourism Development, An Asia-Pacific Perspective" is available as a paid download at:

Ecotourism Roundup, June 21st - 28th, 2017

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