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Panama Papers and Tourism: "Teachable Moment" for the Industry?

Panama Papers and Tourism: "Teachable Moment" for the Industry?
Live Session on Tourism Financial Accountability and Economic Growth With the aim of helping turn the Panama Papers scandal into a useful "teachable moment" for the tourism industry, TrainingAid is hosting a free and open live session on Thursday, April 14th featuring a presentation by Dr. Linda Ambrosie, the author of " Sun & Sea Tourism: Fantasy and Finance of the All-Inclusive Industry ". Dr. Ambrosie will share key insights into the impact of exploitative tax practices, combined with local corruption, throughout the global tourism value chain, and offer recommendations for tourism industry stakeholders - including multinational enterprises, tourism managers, destination organizations and policy-makers - on how to advocate for solutions and positive change. Register for free to join the live session and to receive access to the video replay.   Tourism Finance: Why Accountability Matters to All As the Panama Papers scandal has brought the world’s attention to the scope...
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What Sets Successful Community-Based Tourism Enterprises Apart?

What Sets Successful Community-Based Tourism Enterprises Apart?
Community-Based Tourism (CBT) can be a great way to empower communities and support sustainable local development by providing alternative livelihoods, expanding economic opportunities, creating a sense of pride, and supporting development needs in a way that is in line with long-term priorities. So why do so many CBT projects fail? In the upcoming TrainingAid Live Session , Kelly Galaski (Program & Operations Manager for Americas & Europe, Planeterra Foundation) will discuss key challenges with CBT initiatives, and share practical insights on how to develop market-ready and financially viable community tourism products. TrainingAid Live Session, March 31st, 2016 Title: Key Factors in Successful Community Tourism Product Development Presenter: Kelly Galaski, Program & Operations Manager (Americas & Europe) for Planeterra Foundation Date & Time: Thursday, March 31st, 2016 - 10am EST (New York), 4pm CET (Berlin), 10pm ICT (Bangkok) Registration: Sign up for free here   About the Planeterra Foundation Planeterra Foundation  is a non-profit organization established by global travel company G Adventures. Planeterra's...
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Malaysia: Embarking on experiential learning in nature escapades close to the urban spaces of Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia: Embarking on experiential learning in nature escapades close to the urban spaces of Kuala Lumpur
Sungai Chilling in the province of Selangor, Malaysia, is a nature reserve consisting of a picturesque waterfall and the Sungai Chilling Fish sanctuary, a project under the Selangor State Fisheries Department. This idyllic nature trove being located roughly at a distance of 75kms from the northern peripheries of Kuala Lumpur that involves about an hour and half drive via the town of Kuala Kubu Bharu, is one of the main eco-travel spots closest to the bustling spaces of Kuala Lumpur. For day-trippers and campers, Sungai Chilling provides a perfect setting for nature-based recreational opportunities within a convenient distance. The central attraction, the Chilling waterfalls, is located at a certain height that makes it necessary for visitors to cross the rapid flowing river 5 times and a trek uphill for almost 4 hours through the bushes and dense vegetation of Malaysian rainforests. The difficulty in negotiating with rapid flowing river are generally...
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New article on ecoclub.com Paper Series

By looking at ecotourism efforts around the world, there is continuous change: some best ecotourism practices fail to keep their status, or are even suspended after a period of time; other ecotourism practices appear, some of them reaching high standards. " Ecotourism in Protected Areas, A literature Review " on the ecoclub.com papers session is a conceptual paper based on our presentations in lectures, workshops and conferences for ecotourism and protected areas, in the last 10 years. The paper offers a better understanding of ecotourism, viewed as a continuously evolving process in the context of the particular environmental, social, cultural, economic, political and technological features of each area, which may change with time. Finding the right, dynamic balance, which can differ from case to case, is the key for proper ecotourism development in protected areas. Read the article here: https://ecoclub.com/library/epapers/38.pdf  
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Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries 2016 Study Abroad Programs, Crete, Greece

Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries 2016 Study Abroad Programs, Crete, Greece
Join us in Crete, Greece, May 16-24, 2016 for Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries Educational Network Study Abroad Program with Utah State University. A distinctive faculty-led experiential learning program designed to provide an overview of the culture, nature and cuisine of Crete. Also open to non-USU students. Earn 3 Credits for this incredible experience. Organized by Nikki Rose, Founder of Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries, an award-winning program for best practices in sustainable travel, and USU Faculty: Tamara Steinitz and Janet Anderson, Professional Practice Professors, Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Sciences. Throughout this study tour, students will meet over 20 resident teachers for presentations, including tours of archaeological sites focusing on agricultural and culinary practices in ancient Crete; organic farms, farmers' markets, and nature reserves hosting wild edible plants used in cuisine and herbal medicine; traditional villages and artisan food producers of olive oil, cheese and other traditional foods; plus cooking classes featuring one of the...
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Rosmarinus Officinalis

Beautiful short film by Andreas Siadimas  celebrating local environmental knowledge and genuine hospitality in Crete, Greece.
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TrainingAid Live Session: Digital Marketing for Tourism Businesses

TrainingAid Live Session: Digital Marketing for Tourism Businesses
TrainingAid , an international tourism e-learning company offering online training courses and skills development opportunities for tourism professionals, is hosting a free Live Session on Monday, February 29th, 2016, featuring a presentation by Julia Barrero, head of marketing at Xola. To learn more & to register (registration is free), please see: http://bit.ly/TourismTL1602   Title: Forget Silver Bullet, Think Strategy: Advanced Digital Marketing for Tourism Businesses Description: These days, your customers demand complex, individualized, and relevant marketing. To achieve that, you don’t need a silver bullet (news flash: it doesn’t exist), you need strategy. This Live Session will teach you to ask the right questions to maximize the return on your marketing investment. By setting goals and analyzing your success with qualitative and quantitative feedback, you’ll market your tour more easily and successfully. Join tourism marketing specialist, Julia Barrero of Xola.com, as she guides you through a strategic framework and key Google...
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Malaysia's Gunung Mulu Caves and National Park

The Sarawak Government has provided strong support for appropriate and sustainable development of the Gunung Mulu National Park since its WHS inscription. It has left behind its original ‘modern progress’ model of development – forestry and oil palm plantations, with the former now banned for the past ten years and the latter carefully regulated. Illegal logging still occurs in the most isolated parts of the state along the border with Indonesia’s province of Kalimantan where monitoring is difficult (no roads, only two airstrips for small aircraft) but it is minor. Offshore oil remains a mainstay of the state economy, but terrestrially ecotourism is being pursued as the mainstream path especially for poverty alleviation of local communities. Mulu is evidence that the Government is sincere in implementing ‘genuine’ ecotourism as distinct from ‘eco-lite’ ventures, and flying into Mulu over thousands of hectares of oil palm plantations to the heavily forested ranges of...
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Responsible Tourism Week Hangout with our Editor & Members

It was great discussing responsible travel prospects in Greece, Estonia, Malaysia and the United States in a live hangout hosted by Ron Mader and with the participation of Ecoclub Members Natali Dologlou, Aivar Ruukel, Sudipta Kiran Sarkar and Chris Milnes. The event was part of Planeta.com Responsible Tourism Week 2016     
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Nikki Rose in TV Series - cuisine and ecotourism in Crete, Greece

Greetings, On the air now from Washington DC, a 2-part public TV program with guest chef-instructor and ecotourism director, Nikki Rose from Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries Network. Discussion about Crete's culture, cuisine and Responsible Travel initiatives. Part 1: https://youtu.be/hoP6bTUqBBo Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff-r5-2pAF4  
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