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Responsible Travel Workshop in Crete Press Release

Crete, Greece, August 27, 2009: Crete’s Culinary Sanctuaries, the award-winning educational travel program noted for best practices in Responsible Travel, will offer a blueprint for implementing similar programs from October 11-18, 2009, for professionals in tourism, conservation, agriculture, and the culinary arts. Attendees will travel with specialists to historic sites and villages, organic farms and nature reserves for presentations on heritage preservation, and building mutually beneficial relations between local populations and the tourist trade.
CCS Founder, Nikki Rose, says “Crete is blessed with fascinating history, natural beauty and excellent fresh food. There is much to celebrate and protect. The roots of the Mediterranean Diet originated in Crete. CCS programs help to support people striving to preserve their lifestyle and share their valuable knowledge in mutually beneficial ways.”
CCS Seminars include organic olive oil and wine tastings, cooking demos, botanical hikes, traditional music and other activities celebrating Crete's distinctive heritage. Doctors, nutritionists, chefs, farmers, ecologists, anthropologists, travel agents, journalists, students, history and food enthusiasts have joined CCS programs. Their collected feedback confirms that participating in programs that protect Crete’s heritage is an enjoyable and enriching experience.
Global interest in sustainability includes tourism and foodservice. People involved with traditional trades, conservation, sustainable organic farming, and the food industry play an integral role in their communities, including attracting visitors. Responsible Travel offers innovative educational programs that protect cultural and natural heritage while doing good business.
Founders of Milia Ecolodge in Crete say, “We are not striving to change our standards to attract visitors, we are striving to attract visitors that appreciate our standards."

Workshop space is limited. Contact Nikki Rose for registration information.

Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries (CCS) was founded in 1997 by Nikki Rose, a Greek-American professional chef, writer and responsible travel adviser (for projects in Brazil, Cambodia, Europe and USA). CCS collaborates with over 40 small businesses and individuals working to protect Crete’s cultural and natural heritage. Seminars are conducted in rural communities, organic farms and historic sites. CCS has received awards from National Geographic, the World Tourism Forum for Peace and Sustainable Development, WTTC, and is featured in The New York Times, Lonely Planet and TV New Zealand.

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