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Products, partnerships & profitability the main focus of the Caribbean's premier sustainable tourism conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact Johnson JohnRose Caribbean Tourism Organization (246) 427-5242 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. PRODUCTS, PARTNERSHIPS & PROFITABILITY THE MAIN FOCUS OF REGION’S PREMIER SUSTAINABLE TOURISM CONFERENCE -- Theme of 14th Annual Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism set for 15-18 April in Trinidad & Tobago, is Keeping the Right Balance: Enhancing Destination Sustainability through Products, Partnerships, Profitability -- BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (14 February, 2013) – How to develop partnerships that result in an innovative, profitable and sustainable product will be the main topic for discussion when tourism planners, policymakers and stakeholders in the tourism sector meet in Trinidad & Tobago in April for the Caribbean’s premier sustainable tourism gathering. The 14th Annual Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development, otherwise known as the Sustainable Tourism Conference (STC-14) - to be held from 15 to 18 April 2013 - will explore ways the Caribbean can enhance destination sustainability and competitiveness in the current global environment...
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Stitching our Stories in Luang Prabang, Laos

Stitching our Stories in Luang Prabang, Laos
We are excited about a new project to empower minority women to share their stories through photography, interviews, and video.  In November, TAEC finished the first phase of the project with our partner, PhotoForward.  The participants, primarily young Hmong women from the night market, were given cameras, taught basic photography skills, and then asked to document women at work in their communities. The results were insightful and showed the strength of women in Lao society.  We celebrated the women’s creativity and hard work by exhibiting their photographs and embroidery at Children’s Cultural Centre.  To view their images, visit the online gallery at http://www.photoforward.org/women-at-work.html   We are now in the second phase of this project, working with a smaller group of women to further develop their photography skills and introduce them to basic research techniques.  The women have been exploring topics of their choosing, from shamanism and polygamy, to single parenthood and...
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Campaign for Kalsee Eco Lodge Project

Hi,   We have been campaigning for fund raise through indiegogo.com. We need your help ! If you are not able to contribute financially, we request you to help us by sharing, liking our campaign through facebook, twitter and other social networking.   Thanks   Campaign for Kalsee Eco Lodge      
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EplerWood and TIES launch global online learning series

Top Ecotourism and Community Development Experts Offer Online Professional Learning Series   The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and EplerWood International have partnered to develop an interactive online learning program, to be offered in April-May 2013, focused on community benefits through tourism.      February 19, 2013, WASHINGTON, DC and BURLINGTON, VT – Recognizing the need for accessible professional learning opportunities for tourism industry stakeholders engaged in ecotourism and sustainable community development, The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and EplerWood International are presenting the Professional Learning Series " Tourism and Community Development: Tested Strategies for a Better Future ", which will be offered online in April and May 2013. In addition to online lectures by top experts with successful hands-on experience worldwide, this four-part series will include social media platforms to create a dynamic and interactive learning experience.   Registration for the Professional Learning Series is now available online. The early-bird registration rate (US$160...
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14th Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development, 15-18 April, 2013, Trinidad

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Visit the Toledo Cacao Festival, Belize 24-26 May

Visit the Toledo Cacao Festival, Belize 24-26 May
The Toledo Cacao Festival was born in 2007 and has been celebrated each year on the same Commonwealth Day weekend towards the end of May. It attracts hundreds of visitors from around Belize as well as overseas. In 2013 the festival falls on the weekend of 24-26 May.   This lively festival has helped Toledo shed its worn out image as “the forgotten district” and establish it as one of Belize’s vibrant and growing tourism destinations. It also celebrates the tremendous contribution to development in the south made by the Toledo Cacao Growers’ Association (TCGA) and its hundreds of farmer members.   The Toledo Cacao Festival worked well as a name within Belize but many people do not understand the story that links cacao to cocoa and chocolate, which in the end is the real attraction. Likewise Toledo, Spain and Toledo, Ohio are better known internationally than Toledo, Belize. So this...
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A century of peaceful revolutions from below?

A century of peaceful revolutions from below?
  While (and perhaps because) geopolitics are getting messier each year in the post cold war era, it is the grassroots, empowered and emancipated by information and communications improvements that may take humanity a long way forward during this century.   Here are two random, seemingly unrelated, developments, we spotted today:    The reopening as worker-run of an, abandoned by its owners, metal factory, "Viomihaniki Metaleftiki" factory is taking place today 12 February, in Thessaloniki, Greece. In a country where unemployment has already climbed at 30% following the austerity, neoliberal policies imposed by IMF and the EU., such are obvious and necessary solutions.     And the discovery of a simple-to-use method for diagnosing cancer , which costs just 3 cents (and may continue to do so unless/until big pharma get their hands on it), by 15 year Jack Andraka old who following the sudden death of a close family friend...
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Kalsee Eco Lodge & soroundings

Hi,   After several years in tourism as tour operator, I found tourism makes changes in the world. Since last year we are constructing Eco lodge in Tanchowk-3, Lumle, Kaski, Nepal with partnership of local land owners and community.    Each year young people are moving to abroad like middle east,  to find job since there is no job available in the countryside in the villages. After they have little money they move to cities for better. But these kind of migration and movements has created social and economic difficulties in the country. To address these kind of issues we have just trying to create few jobs for local youths  constructing eco-lodge so that they keep their villages alive.   Our short mission and project highlights listed in our web page. http://egtours.com/Kalsee_Eco_Lodge_Project.php   Our eco lodge site is perfectly located to view Mt Annapurna range in one side and other side...
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GIS & Ecotourism

Hello,   I am looking information about GIS & Ecotourism.   If someone has papers, articles, or knows a book, let me know.   Regards,   Jean - Philippe Le Moigne
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On the Australian Bushfires

On the Australian Bushfires
    The dry summer/autumn season still has 4 months to run, and most of Australia is facing the highest ever-recorded temperatures, so danger still lurks. We have slashed all the grass around our house to make a firebreak and our gutters are covered so that sparks cannot get into the roof cavity - here in Australia that is how most buildings go up in flames during a bushfire.   Despite the enormous damage in contemporary-built Australia, in a sense fires are 'natural' in our landscapes because for 40,000 years Aborigines practiced 'firestick management' - burning forests and grasslands to improve conditions for their hunting and gathering. Over the centuries, the environment adapted to regular burning, and much of our native flora, from delicate ground orchids to huge eucalyptus trees, can only regenerate after fire since the seed casings need the heat of fire to crack open and release the seeds....
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