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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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An experimental authentic experience of Eco-Tourism in Dana Biosphere Reserve, Jordan (IUCN MEET project)

An experimental authentic experience of Eco-Tourism in Dana Biosphere Reserve, Jordan (IUCN MEET project)
  Photo 1. This is Dana Biosphere Reserve and Javier Zapata from Spain, one of my three co-travelers/trip testers/new friends. The MEET project follows a participatory planning approach, where managers of protected areas, local tour operators and service providers work in close synergy to develop ecotourism activities in Mediterranean protected areas. I couldn’t resist writing about my experience from a recent MEET test-trip in Dana Biosphere Reserve in Jordan, called “Rift Valley Mountain Trek”. This package was developed by the managers and the people of the Dana Protected Area, under the coordination of the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature ( RSCN ) of Jordan; the tour was conducted by the local tour operator Discovery Circle Tours. Photo 2. Our guide, Aed I feel very lucky I took part in such an authentic and in part also adventurous trip – as our team (of four) was the first to try out...
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IUCN Mediterranean Experience of Ecotourism test tours

IUCN Mediterranean Experience of Ecotourism test tours
It was a great pleasure to participate in the IUCN Mediterranean Experience of Ecotourism – MEET test tours in Karpathos, Greece. I wish them all the best on their important initiatives to celebrate and help protect our cultural and natural heritage. http://famtrips.meetnetwork.org/portfolio-items/the-untouched-heart-of-the-greek-islands-2/  
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Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries, Top Reviews on Tourism Concern's Ethical Travel Guide

Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries on the Top Reviews of Tourism Concern's Ethical Travel Guide. http://tourismconcern.org.uk/cretes-culinary-sanctuaries-network/
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Second edition Ecotourism Course (Design and Marketing Products)

Second edition Ecotourism Course (Design and Marketing Products)
STIPA Consultancy&Ecotourism with the Superior Institute of Environment present the second edition of the course "Ecotourism: Design and Marketing Products". In the last decade, Spain has begun to speak more and more often the concept of "ecotourism". Tourism that aims to be a memorable experience for discovering and knowing the most valuable natural places. Therefore, ecotourism allows a personal contact with natural and cultural heritage in each destiny; as well as to expanding and enriching the way of thinking from visitors and locals. We have a high potential in Spain, which is the higher diverse of natural areas, as well as a key role in Europe by its biodiversity. Ecotourism can be an activity that serves to preserve these natural and protected areas, understood as a tool that supports jobs and local economies and as a way to engage tourism stakeholders developing conservation initiatives. But one of the biggest weaknesses of...
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Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries 2016 Study Tours

Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries 2016 Study Tours
Our Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries Network is excited to welcome faculty and students from Utah State University on their May 2016 Study Tour to Crete! Utah State University Study Abroad to Crete, Greece Program And our fantastic annual Study Abroad program for faculty and students from University of Missouri! University of Missouri Study Abroad Program in Greece  
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