- Written by WTTC
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London, UK - 20 March 2017: Travel & Tourism generated 1 in 10 of the world’s jobs in 2016 as the sector grew by 3.3%, outpacing the global economy for the sixth year in a row, reads a new report by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).
WTTC’s Economic Impact Report 2017, which is conducted in conjunction with Oxford Economics, researches the economic impact of Travel & Tourism impact on global level, for 25 regions, and 185 countries.
- Written by World Rainforest Movement
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Montevideo, Uruguay - 21 March 2018: On 21 March, the International Day of Forests, 200 organisations are reminding the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) that its misleading forest definition dating back to 1948 must be changed. The definition has allowed the plantations industry to hide the devastating ecological and social impacts of large-scale monoculture tree plantations behind a positive forest image.
FAO’s forest definition has allowed the plantations industry to call their monoculture plantations of fast-growing species such as eucalyptus, pine, rubber or acacia “forests” because it defines a forest only by the number, height and canopy cover of trees on an area. The FAO forest definition has been used as a blueprint for over 200 national and international forest definitions since 1948.
- Written by ECOCLUB.com Team
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"We are all responsible for a clean environment. We should not wait for others, including municipalities or NGOs to clean up our mess!"
Veronika Mikos has over 10 years of experience in managing international projects related to nature conservation. She is an economist and the Project Coordinator of the Healthy Seas initiative (Web: http://healthyseas.org) since its inception. Healthy Seas collects waste fishing nets with the help of divers and fishermen in order to create healthier seas and recycle marine litter into new textile products. Ms Mikos studied Business and Tourism at universities in her native Hungary and Finland. Her thesis was on “The role of ecotourism in raising the environmental awareness among the local communities – based on case studies from Hungary and Finland”. Ms Mikos speaks Hungarian, English, German and basic Greek and Dutch. She is an active Member of ECOCLUB.com since 2005.
ECOCLUB.com: What first attracted you to the world of Conservation and Ecotourism?
Veronika Mikos: My parents raised me to respect and protect nature with all its creatures, including plants and animals. So, it was obvious to me that I want to work for a good cause, create value with my work. I am a kind of idealist, yes. Since my childhood, we were always taking holidays with an “eco-mind”, although the concept of ecotourism was not clear for my parents. I think they just followed their intuition and had good intentions. For me, nature conservation and ecotourism are closely connected.
- Written by ECOCLUB.com Team
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"Development agencies do tend to be quite defensive in terms of post project evaluations at present in my experience, and few agencies widely publish or publicise evaluations. This means that negative evaluations are rare, although intervention failures can be many"
Robert Travers is a leading International Tourism Expert with over 18 years specialist experience providing project management and technical advice for various United Nations, national and international, organisations and agencies in Asia, Africa and Europe. Areas of expertise include Tourism marketing, responsible tourism development, destination management; monitoring and evaluation, tourism & climate change, green economy, heritage, environmental goods and services, pro-poor interventions and post-conflict recovery. We recently met Mr Travers in Athens where he is doing a study on Scuba Diving for the Greek Ministry of Tourism.
ECOCLUB.com: Among the many types of governments and tourism administrations which you have consulted which have been your favourite and why?
Robert Travers: As a consultant one offers advice: This advice is not aways taken! It is, of course, rewarding to see Governments or tourism administrations following and implementing advice, but the ability and political willingness of Governments or tourism administrations to manage tourism vary considerably. My favourites tend to be those who participate in developing consensus around recommendations. Often, perhaps surprisingly, these are sometimes one party states in consensus-based societies, as opposed to adversarial democracies. To be more specific, I have seen governments in Vietnam and Laos debate and (eventually) implement recommendations made in Tourism Master Plans and other studies with good success. Also working with UNESCO on World Heritage Site management issues, I note that the ability and willingness of governments and tourism bodies to implement recommendations varies considerably and that often they take a long time to implement recommendations.
First Meeting for the development of an International Standard on "Accessible Tourism for All" held in Madrid
- Written by UNWTO
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Madrid, Spain - 1 March 2017: From the initiative of the ONCE Foundation, the Spanish Association for Standardization (UNE) and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the first working meeting for the development of an International Standard on Accessible Tourism for All was held in Madrid on 13-14 February.
The Technical Committee TC 228, responsible for tourism and related services within the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), will develop a global and transversal international standard that will include, initially, a systematic inventory of existing standards, technical criteria, recommendations and requirements in the field of accessible tourism. In addition, recommendations and requirements will be suggested for those segments of the value chain and related activities whose international standardisation in terms of accessibility is still pending.
- Written by EuroVelo
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Brussels, Belgium - 1 March 2017: EuroVelo, a project of the European Cyclists´ Federation which comprises a network of 15 long distance cycle routes that connect the European continent, is launching a new, improved cycling map. Following the success of the previous edition, the 2017 map will be the main promotional tool for the network over the coming years, inspiring all those wishing to discover Europe by bike.
- Written by Paths of Greece
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Athens, Greece - 22 February 2017: Paths of Greece, a Social Cooperative Entreprise, in cooperation with Green Evolution, an environmental consultancy, is launching a new ecolabel titled “Hikers’ Friendly” (Web: www.hikersfriendly.com). The ecolabel is initially offered to accommodation facilities in Greece that wish to be recognised as “Hikers’ Friendly Hotels” (HFH), but later on, it will also cover Hiking Destinations. The aim of the new label is to assist tourism professionals in upgrading their services to hikers. The label is currently in pilot stage, but it will soon be widely available.
- Written by Ban Trophy Hunting Ltd.
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Vancouver, BC, Canada - 14 February 2017: Most Canadians believe it is time to end the practice of hunting animals for sport, a new nationwide Insights West poll conducted on behalf of Ban Trophy Hunting Ltd. has found. In the online survey of a representative sample of Canadians, 80% of residents support enacting legislation that would ban trophy hunting in their province.