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5 Reasons you will want to visit this Victoria, B.C. neighborhood

5 Reasons you will want to visit this Victoria, B.C. neighborhood
“Don’t think there are no crocodiles because the water is calm” Malay proverb Victoria is often linked with afternoon teas and retirement condos for seniors but as I slipped into Oak Bay, a small community in the Victoria capital region, I discovered an unexpectedly eclectic destination; much of it was hidden in plain sight. Oak Bay has it’s own sea monster Although Oak Bay is only a ten minute drive from downtown Victoria this municipality of 18,000 boasts its own police force, a main street that closes for tea party races, two marinas, and its own sea monster. Popular with British settlers, hence the moniker “behind the tweed curtain”, Oak Bay streets are dotted with Faux Tudor architecture and manicured flowerbeds. I settled into a chair overlooking Haro Strait at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel and sipped a pinot gris as I watched visitors enter The Snug pub. According to the...
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Tourism Development in the Rangelands of Western Australia

Western Australia’s Rangelands cover around 87 per cent (2,266,000 sq. km) of the State’s land mass, and 75 per cent of its coastline (Figure 1). Land tenure within this area comprises pastoral leases, freehold, unallocated Crown Land, National Parks, Conservation Reserves, Special Purpose Leases and Aboriginal Reserves and mining leases. This area includes a diverse group of relatively undisturbed ecosystems such as tropical savannahs, woodlands, shrub lands and grasslands. Rangelands extend across low rainfall areas and variable climates, including arid, semi-arid, and some seasonally high rainfall areas and sub-tropic climates in the far north of the State. Many of the State’s iconic landscapes are located within these rangeland areas, and provide Western Australia with unique attractions for marketing and promotions that will attract visitors. While a number of tourism experiences including accommodation, tours and activities operate within this environment, the vast expanse, distances between destinations, and impact of seasonality presents challenges...
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How to design sustainable tourism

In this article, I share my vision of the meaning of sustainability in tourism, but also how to implement the concept to the ground. http://www.sustainabletourismworld.com/how-to-design-sustainable-tourism-in-italy/  
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Ecotourism in Croatia has a bright green future

Croatia, where I live, is the well known Mediterranean tourist destination. According to the latest data from our Ministry of Tourism there where 17 Million Tourists Flock to Croatia in 2017. Istria was the most visited region, followed by Split-Dalmatia County, Kvarner, Zadar County and Dubrovnik-Neretva County. To distance itself as a mass tourism destination the Croatian tourism industry must seek new ways of furthering its development, which will enable it to gain the sustainable competitive advantages that it obviously needs. Clearly, one of the possible ways of achieving this is through ecotourism. Croatia even though is well known Mediterranean tourist destination has more to offer to tourists than just beautiful beaches. In Croatia, we are blessed with 8 National parks, 2 strict reserves and 11 Nature parks each offering something magical and beautiful. With a solid foundation of eco-conscious organizations, local experiences, and dedication to socio-cultural and environmental sustainability, ecotourism...
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The Adventure Angels 3rd “Abundance Scholarship” for a Woman-Owned Adventure Business from an Emerging Destination

May 14, 2018 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                  For the third consecutive year, the Adventure Angels , in partnership with the Adventure Travel Trade Association , are offering our “Abundance” scholarship to support a woman-owned business owner from an emerging destination. The scholarship enables the business owner to attend the Adventure Travel World Summit, the ATTA’s annual B2B professional development and networking event. The Adventure Angels are a group of 10 women who met and bonded at ATTA professional events.  We are a fun and adventurous group of women who are passionate travel professionals and entrepreneurs. The Adventure Angels include female travel agents, tour operators, media and consultants. We aim to cultivate meaningful relationships and mindful connections. Our mission is: “Leap. Discover. Inspire.” The scholarship was inspired by ATTA’s mission of empowering the global community to do good through travel.  “We created the scholarship in 2016 as a response to...
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Ecotourism Australia members win 1 in 4 Australian Tourism Awards.

If  Ecotourism  Australia  were a state, it would have come second in Friday night’s 2017 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards tally in Perth, proving that ecotourism is more than just a niche industry in Australia. Read more  https://bit.ly/2IXyGhL
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Adventure Angels Abundance Scholarship 2018

For the third year, the www.AdventureAngels.org are sponsoring a woman-owned business from an emerging tourism destination to attend the Adventure Travel World Summit. This year it will be held in Tuscany. Please join us in giving a hand up to a deserving woman. Every dollar counts!  https://www.gofundme.com/2018-adventure-angels-scholarship
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My hotel - the Inn at Laurel Point - had dead people helping manage it

My hotel – the Inn at Laurel Point – had dead people helping manage it. I’d heard Victoria was a great place for the newly wed and nearly dead. But I hadn’t heard read more 
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Microplastics or Veganism?

Plastic inside Plastic - not so fantastic.
The choice is yours. And it is an urgent one too: The World Health Organisation today announced  an urgent review  into microplastics in drinking water, following a new study by  Orb Media  and State University of New York - Fredonia, which found plastic contamination in 242 out of 259 bottles sampled from 11 brands in nine countries, at twice the level of the supposedly inferior, humble tap water. The multinational brands involved, some of whom are keen on privatisation of public water utilities (so that they can sell it back to us at bottled prices?), were, as expected, quick to dispute the accuracy of the results, but what even the most gullible consumers will start realising soon is that microplastics are potentially a threat as serious to human health and the environment as Climate Change, and related to it in various ways.    The micro-plastic mega-threat is one extra but very serious reason for...
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IMPACT Sustainability Travel & Tourism 2018 sets new tone

Did you know a five-star hotel uses 1,800 liters of water per day per visitor? That’s compared to 350 for a three-star or 326 for your average Canadian family. Does this mean you should stay home if you want to help the environment? Attendees at IMPACT: Sustainability Tourism and Travel 2018 in Victoria, British Columbia January 21 – 24 asked plenty of tough questions. With some of the world’s sustainability experts in attendance there were was plenty of lively discussion. More than a conference this event brought together 170 people from across Canada to discuss how tourism can grow in harmony with host communities and the environment. “We did this event because no one was doing a deep dive into this topic,” explained Paul Nursey, President and CEO of Tourism Victoria. Victoria with more carbon-neutral businesses per capita than any other community in Canada is a great location for a summit...
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