ANTI-ECOTOURISM HYSTERIA

A self-styled "coalition" of NGOs recently launched an anti-ecotourism "campaign" against the International Year of Ecotourism. Their website is http://www.twnside.org.sg/title/iye.htm
. The "Campaign" coordinating "groups" are: Third World Network Tourism Investigation & Monitoring Team ("tim-team"), Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM), Malaysia Consumers Association Penang (CAP). They allegedly wish to bring the "real world of the ecotourism industry to public attention". They more or less portray ecotourism as a "neo-liberal conspiracy" which plays into the hands of big corporations and the West and which facilitates globalization. Whatever the real motives of such organizations, be it the only indirect way they dare attack their governments, or simply self-promotion, their hysteria is helping no one, certainly not real ecotourism efforts on the ground. They are discrediting good and bad alike and really play the game of their supposed enemies. These self-styled Messiahs should realise that impoverished communities and disappearing wilderness need real, clear solutions fast, not pseudo-consultants with nebulous concepts blaming invisible boogies. We have no place for fifth-columnists, this time. Cause if they really cared and dared, instead of generally attacking "Ecotourism", they would be reviewing the pristine environmental and human rights record in their own backyard.

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EXPERT MEMBER EXPLAINS TO ASSOCIATED PRESS SUDDEN APPEARANCE OF HUMPBACK WHALE IN GREECE !
19/4/1 
"ATHENS, Greece (AP)- The rare sight of a young humpback whale frolicking in the sea off southern Greece has experts scrambling to document the visit of the wayward wanderer. The endangered humpbacks are normally found in the open ocean. There have been only a few reports of them passing through the Strait of Gibraltar to enter the Mediterranean Sea. The humpback, measuring about 35 feet, is estimated to be about 4 or 5 years old and appeared to be in good health, said marine biologist Emilia Drouga, who heads the Greek Society for the Study and Protection of Dolphins and Whales. The whale probably entered the Mediterranean while following fish it was feeding on during its annual migration, Drouga said Thursday."
Web: http://ecoclub.com/experts/ecx24.html

ADOPT A CORAL IN SABAH
by Ecotourist Member Gretchen Fogelstrom:
Gayana Island Eco-resorts' (Sabah, Malaysia) Marine Ecology Research Centre (MERC) drew attention to the value of coral reefs and other underwater resources through the sponsoring of the EARTH DAY CELEBRATION. The MERC’s EARTH DAY CELEBRATION aimed to demonstrate that Sabahans and visitors alike, can make an important contribution to underwater habitat protection. The activities included an adopt-a-coral program for certified divers that directly involved “naturally cementing” the coral to hard substrates below the surface. Thereafter, each six months, the corals will be photographed and measured and the data and photo emailed to the “adopted parent”. Web: www.gayana-ecoresort.com

Ecotourism Ring Members "Ecotours-BC" to pilot British Columbia's New Wildlife Television Series.
The first ever television series on British Columbia ecotourism is to be piloted by Ecotours - BC. Mark Pendlington, a well known Canadian sports celebrity, is hosting an all new television series based on Ecotourism in British Columbia. The series, Nikon Wildlife Expeditions, will feature the world’s best guides and photographers, sponsored by Nikon Canada and Kodak films. Nikon Wildlife Expeditions has chosen Ecotours - BC to guide the first show of the series. Ecotours - BC will guide Mr. Pendlington and his camera crew into the heart of British Columbia to make the first documentary on the Grizzlies of the Interior Rainforest. The movie will focus on mountain grizzly bears in their natural habitat. The new series will air in December of 2001 on CTV’s Outdoor Life Network. Ecotours - BC is a British Columbia company, owned and operated by Gary and Peggy Zorn, specializing in fully guided ecotourism, wildlife and natural history adventures. Web: www.ecotours-bc.com

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ECOCLUB.com & Indianhospitality.com EARTH DAY CONFERENCE
A very interesting on-line conference, organised by Indianhospitality.com and co-ordinated by ECOCLUB.com took place on the 22nd of April at the ECOCLUB Conference Centre.  The topic was "Earth Day 2001 and Ecotourism, an Indian Perspective". Eminent Speakers, practitioners in the field, presented their views and experience, and despite a few technical problems, a lively discussion followed. The event lasted almost 2 and a half hours. For complete details on the speakers, background material and transcripts please visit 
http://ecoclub.com/library/conferences/220401 
We wish to sincerely thank Ms Dolly Bhasin of Indianhospitality.com, and an Expert Member of ECOCLUB.com for this initiative and hope many more Expert and Provider Members will make (free) use of the ECOCLUB Conference Centre for presentations or conferences. 

ECOTOURISM EXPERTISE GROWING AT ECOCLUB.com
Seven new Ecotourism Experts have joined ECOCLUB.com during the past month and now offer a free basic consultancy to other Members ! 

They are as follows, in chronological order of joining:

Mr. Mandip Singh Soin in New Delhi, India: Ecotour Operator 
Mr. Konstantinos Skrepetos in Sparta, Greece:  Educator
Mr. Tito Chandy in Chennai, India: Wildlife travel expert
Mr. C.S. Mani in New Delhi, India: Ecotour operator
Mr. Eriks Leitis in Riga, Latvia: Ecotourism Guide & Consultant
Mr. Kobla Tamakloe in Accra, Ghana: Architect
Mr. German Arroyo, in Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico: River Guide

These and other ECOCLUB Expert Members can be now found and consulted at   http://ecoclub.com/experts.html

ECOCLUB
EN ESPANOL
Ecotourist Member Mr. Luis Brunicardi of www.kapokcamps.com
kindly translated a key page of the ecoclub.com site in Spanish. We thank him very much for his time.

ECOCLUB MEMBERS' GALLERY LAUNCHED
At http://ecoclub.com/members
Members receive 1 webpage to display up to 3 of their own ecotourism photos - up to 50 KB in total, plus there is a small graphics library of standard backgrounds and images. No knowledge of HTML required. Just fill out the simple forms to instantly create your page. Upload your ecotourism related photos, preferably with comments relating to your journey, and share them with other members today. And the WINNER is: On the 15th of every month, starting with May 2001, we will choose the ECOCLUB.com Picture of the Month. The winner will receive a surprise gift from the ECOCLUB Shop and the winning photograph will be on permanent display on a special page. If you do not win the first time round, simply change your pictures and try again. Good Luck ! 


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MASS TOURISM ROADS TO NOWHERE: THE CASE OF MURREE HILL STATION
By Agha Iqrar Haroon, President,  Ecotourism Society Pakistan 
Murree, is the only Hill Station in the Province of Punjab [alt. 2,240 m / 7,400 ft]. Its cold pine forests, amidst magnificent mountain scenery, made it the first choice for a day's outing from the capital. In summer the climate is cool - even chilly in the evening - and rain is common. In winter, the snow is piled high along the sides of the streets. It was extremely popular with Punjabis escaping the heat of the plains in summer, especially at weekends. Murree spreads along the top of a ridge for about five kilometers (three miles). At the north-east end is Kashmir Point, with views across the valley of the Jhelum River into Azad Kashmir. At the south-west end is Pindi Point, looking back towards Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Between the two runs The Mall, at the centre of which is the main shopping area. Promenading and shopping are Murree's main amusements. Founded as a Hill Station by the British in 1851, Murree was the summer headquarters of the government of Punjab until 1876. Murree remained, however, a little bit of England, complete with The Mall for promenading, parks, churches, schools, clubs and cafes. Since independence, Murree once again became the summer retreat of the governor of Punjab and, after Islamabad became the capital of Pakistan in 1962, Murree expanded. In the 1970s, this resort was receiving a normal influx of 2,000 - 2,500 domestic tourists during the peak season. There was a gradual rise during 1980-86 when the total number of domestic tourists reached 3,500 to 4,000 domestic tourists each peak season. This was the result of improved transport and higher incomes as many Punjabis emigrated to the Gulf States. At that time, there were about 45 hotels in Murree. The solid waste generated daily by these hotels was between 300 to 500 KG during peak season. The total drive time from Islamabad was about three hours on local transport as the road was narrow. Everything was balanced until 1987 when the government of Punjab started the construction of a new road from Islamabad to Murree. As soon as the road was completed, an unprecedented influx of domestic tourists occurred. Drive time from Islamabad was cut to 60 minutes! The existing hotels could not cope with this sudden increase in demand and old colonial buildings were demolished to make space for new plazas and hotels. By 1997, the total number of hotels had trebled to 145 ! The development of two more large Hotels in neighbouring Bhurban, 8 km from Murree, put further pressure. The solid waste created by these 145 hotels reached 1,500 KG per day during peak season. The peak season itself, originally four months long (May to August) expanded to eight months, producing ten times as much solid waste as in 1986: 3,000 KG per day compared to 300 KG in 1986 (Research done by Ecotourism Society Pakistan based on Murree Municipal Corporation records). In the following two years, the number of hotels trebled again, reaching 430 by the end of 1999. Shops' development matched this wild hotel expansion and thus there are now 620 shops. The ensuing massive increase in noise and pollution caused the departure of fauna from this area, resulting in decline in cross pollination. Once known for its flower beds and tranquilizing smells, Murree is now known for diesel fumes. Lack of a proper sewage system results in seepage of water in its contour. There is no proper solid waste management system, garbage is simply dumped. Plastic bags, bottles, wrappers of sweets and other objects are chocking the old drainage system. One can imagine the impact of thousand of people, traffic and unplanned buildings on this three mile ridge. Can it survive for long?. I think NO.

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ECOTOURISM IN THE REPUBLIC OF TATARSTAN - THE UNIQUE PART OF RUSSIA
by Zinaida Kouznetsova & Eleonora Minemoullina 

University of Economics, Management and Law Naberezhnye Chelny, Tatarstan, Russia 
The republic of Tatarstan is located on the eastern frontier of Europe at the confluence of the Volga and the Kama rivers. The most outlying points of the Republic are in 56,39' South, 45,15' West and 54,18' East. The distance from Moscow is 797 km. Territory. The Republic of Tatarstan covers the territory of 68,000 km², which is roughly the size of such countries as Ireland, Lithuania, Sri-Lanka. The Republic stretches for 290 km from North to South and 460 km from West to East. In the North it borders Kirovsky region (oblast'), in the Northeast - Republic of Udmutria, in the Northwest - Bashkortostan, and in the South - Samara region (oblast'), Orenburg region, Ulyanovsk region. Relief of the Republic of Tatarstan has relatively flat character, 90 % of the territory is 200 meters above sea level, with average height of 170 meters. The highest point of the Republic is 381 meters, the lowest point being 35 meters. 
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DEVELOPING AN ECOLODGE IN SRI-LANKA
by Nihal Ellegala

My country is Sri Lanka which is very much a conventional tourist destination and with a tremendous potential for eco-tourism, but untapped. In keeping with the spirit of eco-tourism, there are many villages all over the country that could be targeted for the mutual benefit of the indigenous people and the tourists without disturbing the environment. The majority rural people are poor - in terms of material possession, but are spiritually rich, friendly and unspoilt. However, "development", "globalization", "modernization" ... has taken its toll here too. No matter how spiritually rich you may be, money, at least some of it, has become necessary to live. Farming, the traditional employment is no longer paying. Migration to the cities is taking place at an alarming rate adding enormous pressure on the already over-crowded urban areas. On the other hand, the traditional village life is fast disappearing with no one left to take over even the traditional village crafts - hardly any takers for these natural products either - synthetic, machine-made, mass-produced substitutes are more fashionable, durable and at most times cheaper. 
--->Find the rest of this presentation and Contact Details at the ECOCLUB Ecotourism Business Centre

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AUSTRALIAN SNOW? 24/4 RTR
Australia's snowy alpine regions are shrinking and could disappear in 70 years because of global warming, Australian scientists say.

NEPAL JOINS ECO-REGIONS WITH INDIA 25/4 Xinhua 
Nepal and India will develop the Terai region adjoining the border areas of the two countries into an eco-region. Conservation experts plan to connect 11 conservation areas spreading across 30,000 square kilometers.

AND SUCCEEDS WITH RHINOS 5/4 ENN 
Nepal's wildlife conservation experts are relocating rhinos to establish a new breeding population of the endangered animals. Encouraged by the successful conservation of one-horned rhinos in Royal Chitwan National Park, a World Heritage Site, officials are developing new rhino habitats. 

TANZANIA DRIES UP 16/4 Greentour 
Tanzania may soon lose the Ruaha National Park if action is not taken to address critical issues related to the sustainable water flow of the Great Ruaha River. Ruaha National Park is Tanzania's second largest after Serengeti, covering 12950 sq. km.

GOLDMAN PRIZE'S WORTHWILE WINNERS 23/4 
This years' Goldman Environmental Prize winners included: 
-Eugene Rutagarama, a biology teacher who has moved aggressively to protect endangered gorillas in his homeland of Rwanda following the genocide there in the mid-1990s. 
-Myrsini Malakou and Giorgos Catsadorakis, Greek biologists working to save the Prespa wetlands, one of Europe's richest marshes. 
-Yosepha Alomang, a spokeswoman for the Amungme, a tribe opposed to a gigantic copper and gold mine in Irian Jaya, Indonesia. 
-Bruno Van Peteghem, an Air France crew member who is resisting proposed mining activities on New Caledonia.

BEARS WIN IN CANADA 4/4 WSJ
In a major victory for environmentalists, Canadian government and timber-industry officials have agreed to protect 3.5 million acres of British Columbia's ancient coastal rainforest, one of the world's last temperate rainforests, from logging. Called the Great Bear Rainforest, the wilderness of 1,000-year-old spruce trees has been the scene of anti-logging protests over the past decade. The area is nearly twice the size of Yellowstone National Park and inhabited by a rare white-colored black bear.

BUT LOSE IN THE US WP/AP
Interior Secretary Gale Norton intends to set aside a Clinton-era plan to reintroduce grizzly bears into the Idaho and Montana wilderness, the Washington Post reported. The decision reflects Norton's determination to side with governors such as Dirk Kempthorne of Idaho, a Republican who sued to stop the plan two days before President Bush took office. Kempthorne has denounced the Clinton administration for trying to force "massive, flesh-eating carnivores (sic) into Idaho.'' 

PVC LOSES IN EUROPE 3/4 greenpeace.org  
The European Parliament votes in favour of the substitution of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic because of concern over its hazardous properties.

NINE NORWEGIAN WOLVES BRAVELY KILLED WITH HELICOPTERS...6/4 RTR
But one escapes. And it may be a female ! The wolf eluded 24 hunters stalking the forests of eastern Norway since early February. Nine other wolves were killed by state-appointed hunters riding helicopters and snowmobiles.  Farmers blamed the wolves for killing 612 sheep last year, but environmentalists say stocks of wolves are too fragile to survive the cull.The hunt is estimated to have costed Norwegian taxpayers USD 331,200 about $36,000 for each of the nine shot.

WHILE 440 WHALES ARE KILLED FOR JAPANESE "SCIENCE" 11/4 WWF 
Japanese whalers returned to port on Wednesday, 11 April, having killed 440 southern minke whales in their 14th season of "scientific whaling". This year, Japan's self-awarded catch was for up to 440 southern minke whales. Japan has now killed a total of 5,035 southern minkes from the Southern Ocean under their 'scientific whaling' programme, even though an international moratorium on whaling has been in force since 1986, and the whole Southern Ocean was declared a whale sanctuary in 1994. 

BUDDHA FINDS REFUGE IN TAJIKISTAN  3/4 AP
While Taliban soldiers in Afghanistan destroyed two immense statues of Buddha, art historians in neighboring Tajikistan were meticulously restoring a huge reclining Buddha from the same era. Called "Buddha in Nirvana," it dates to the sixth or seventh century, it is 42 feet long and nine feet high.

WWF ECO-FORESTRY PROJECT ILLEGAL LOGGING? 4/4 ENS 
The Papua New Guinea Forest Authority has revealed that an eco-forestry project run by the U.S. based World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as a model of well managed forestry, is logging mangrove forests without permission. Mangrove forests are excluded from logging under the PNG Code of Logging Practice. 

RARE WILD BIRTH IN BRAZIL 5/4 AP 
Environmentalists in Brazil are celebrating the birth of the 1,000th golden lion tamarin monkey in the wild, a milestone in the fight to preserve the orange rain forest species.

A TEXAN "SURVIVOR'S" GIFT - NO IT'S NOT W. 5/4 AP 
"Survivor" contest Colby Donaldson apparently didn't see anything wrong when he brought some pieces back from the Great Barrier Reef on last week's episode. The 26-year-old Texan handed the coral out as souvenirs for his competitors. Embarassed (?) "Survivor" producer Mark Burnett promptly issued an apology. 

AND A TRUE TEXAN GIFT 9/4
The second largest wind farm in the world will be constructed on King Mountain in Texas. FPL Energy, LLC will own and operate the 278 MW generating facility. The output will be sufficient for 140,000 homes. The use of wind turbines will displace the emission of 20 million tons of carbon dioxide over the 20 year life of the facility. 

CALIFORNIA DIMMING Solar Times 6/4/1 
IF the California State government provided $135 million worth of compact fluorescent bulbs and water saving showerheads, the state could shut down 100 average sized power plants of its current 1,000 power plants. Or better yet, prevent the construction of new ones. 

UK : THE GOOD NEWS: 9/4 ENS 
More than a million United Kingdom households are a step closer to getting their electricity from wind power, after 18 offshore wind farm developers were granted leases to build on the sea bed.

AND NOW THE BAD NEWS ENS / Independent
Foot and mouth disease threatens to wipe out a breed of sheep unique to the United Kingdom. The hardy Herdwick grazes on the hills and dales of England's Lake District and North Pennines, two of the country's wettest and windiest regions. Meanwhile the pyres of animals being burnt in the U.K. because of the foot-and-mouth disease are producing more dioxin than all of the country's factories combined. The burning has put the country on pace to double its annual dioxin emissions. Meanwhile, the government has admitted that it hasn't conducted an assessment of the health effects of the burning and it isn't systematically monitoring the pollution coming from the pyres. Environmentalists fear that the pollution from the pyres will make nearby farmland unusable for years to come.

CHILDREN WITNESS VIOLENT ZOO DEATH 10/4 AP
When two rare tigers are accidentally allowed into the same cage at the local zoo, and one animal killed the other. The attack prompted the firing of one employee and the suspension of another, at the Henry Doorly Zoo, in Omaha, Nebraska. The Indochinese tiger, a male, instantly killed the female Bengal tiger. And the moral of the story, children is, tigers should not be kept in cages. 

WHILE TOURISTS WITNESS CARIBBEAN WHALE KILLS 10/4 ENS
Off the northern coast of the popular tourist island of St. Lucia, a struggling killer whale was hauled onto an unmarked fishing trawler in February. A few days later, tourists on a St. Lucia whale watching trip were confronted by fishermen trying to harpoon a sperm whale. 

WHITE HOUSE SERVER CRASHES FROM KYOTO E-PROTESTS 10/4 FOE
More than 50,000 people from all over the world flooded the White House with e-mails, as a part of a Friends of the Earth protest over G.W.Bush's rejection of the United Nations Climate Treaty. The White House server crashes twice. The climate may crash later.

WATER WASTE OUT OF FASHION IN MEXICO 12/4 RTR 
Under a new Tax reform bill, Environment Minister Victor Lichtinger said that ranching and mining interests would have to start paying for the water they use, giving them an incentive to conserve, and the worst-polluting cars would be taxed so that they became the most expensive cars on the market.

KRUGER REOPENS 13/4 ENS
South Africa's premier wildlife attraction, Kruger National Park, is once again open for business after floods in February 2000 devastated the region. 

NOT BUILT IN ONE DAY BUT ONE DAY IT FELL 16/4 AP
Experts inspecting a collapsed section of Rome's ancient Aurelian wall say the government should spend more to preserve the landmark. A 100-foot stretch of the wall - an 11-mile fortification built under a third-century Roman emperor - collapsed.

JET YOUR SKIS ELSEWHERE 13/4 AP
Personal watercraft will be banned in national parks and recreation areas by September 2002 except in special cases where the National Park Service can prove the machines won't harm the environment, according to a court settlement approved by a federal judge last week. 

MISSING THE FOREST IN KENYAN PARLIAMENT 19/4 ENS 
Proposing radical environmental protection measures, Kenyan members of Parliament Wednesday launched an attack against the government accusing it of systematically destroying forests and taking a casual attitude towards conservation. 

ARE THEY RELATED? 25/4  MH
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and the state cabinet unanimously approved a plan to create the largest no-fishing zone in the U.S. The Tortugas Ecological Reserve, which lies 70 miles west of Key West and 140 miles from the mainland, came about after 10 years of discussions.

OIL TANKERS SAFER, IN 14 YEARS FROM NOW, MAYBE 30/4 ENS
International talks on a global phaseout of single hulled oil tankers came to an end on Friday in London. Members of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreed to a 2015 deadline for almost all such vessels.

SPACE TOURISM BORN, AND IT IS ALL-INCLUSIVE 30/4 AP
Two days and 20 million dollars later, the world's first space tourist, California millionaire Dennis Tito, arrived at the international space station on Monday and floated inside with a huge grin. "I love space," he said. The Russian Soyuz capsule carrying Tito and two cosmonauts pulled up at the space station just before 4 a.m., ending a two-day journey that began with the launch in Kazakstan. As the six space travelers gathered around the table in the Russian Zvezda module, the living quarters, Musabayev told Tito: "We are going to prepare everything for you - nice bed and warm food." Apparently this tour is all-inclusive. But is it money well-spent? The choice is yours in our May poll.

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"Ecotourism for me is the best way to turn back to a nature life and the best time to keep environment and biodiversity on earth." - Kobkul Srivongcharoen, Thailand

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If it was economical to send all of the earth's refuse and pollution to the moon, would it be right to do it?

Total Votes: 90

YES

20%

NO

80%

Maybe it would not be right, but could it be the lesser of two evils?

The new poll
Was Dennis [space-tourist] Tito's 20 million Dollars, "money well spent"? 
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If you are organising or are aware of an ecotourism related Trade Show, Conference, Workshop or other Event please send us the details to news@ecoclub.com to promote it for free. 

A selection of worldwide eco-events in the next 3 months:

May 15-24, Month of Mountains - Regional Perspectives Workshops: PAKISTAN
May 16-19, Bula Fiji Tourism Exchange 2001 : FIJI
May 20-25, EXPOTUR 2001, Location: COSTA RICA
May 20-25, Africa Travel Association Annual Conference: Cape Town, S.AFRICA
May 22-26,
TIES Workshop Ecotourism Planning & Management: Montreal, CANADA
May 24-25, PATA-Pacific Tourism Exchange: Brisbane, AUSTRALIA
May 28-30, Indigenous Knowledge Conference: Saskatoon, CANADA 
May 28-31, TIES Workshop Ecolodge Design and Development: Montreal, CANADA
Jun 3-14, Emerging issues & Env. leadership development: New Haven, CT, USA
Jun 3-7, Wind Power 2001: Washington DC, USA 
June 6-8, ECOSUD 2001, 3rd Int. Confer. on Ecosystems & Sust.Dev.: Alicante, SPAIN
Jun 4-6, Eco-Entrepreneur Conference: OMAN 
Jun 15- Sep 15, Dolphins and Whales Monitoring: Crete, GREECE
Jun 17-24,  "Fact or Dream, Ten Years after the Rio Summit": Havana, CUBA
Jun 19-20, Forum for the dev. of adventure & ecotourism: Mexico City, MEXICO 
Jun 21-22, 7th Annual Eco-Management and Auditing Conference: NETHERLANDS 
Jun 28-30, Int. Conference on Sustainable Tourism: Rimini, ITALY
Jul 2-4, 7th Int. Interdisciplinary Confer. on the Environment: San Francisco, CA, USA
Jul 5-8, Water for People and Nature: Vancouver, BC, CANADA
Jul 25-28, The 5th Annual Multicultural Tourism / Hotel Ownership Summit: FL, USA

More info on these and other events at ECOCLUB.com EVENTS:  http://ecoclub.com/events
Members may also add Ecotourism Events on-line.

To get free access instantly to the details for these events, please join ECOCLUB.com at http://ecoclub.com/join.html

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@Surf Control software sales rocket by 200%. Employers love filtering and filter love.
@After a nine year battle, a US federal court rejects one company's claim that selling addresses to junk-mail distributors is protected under "the right to free speech"...
@A team of four Polish coders win $48,000 prize from security company Argus for breaking its "impenetrable" software.
@Ebookers.com joins the London stock exchange
@Travel Site Expedia, 70% owned by Microsoft, announces first ever quarterly operating profit in the third quarter ended March 31, more than a year ahead of schedule. 

@GEORGE ORWELL EVENT OF THE MONTH:
Source: Digitrends/CNET 18/4 
"Entertainment Media" is suing to get the rights to webcast the execution of the man convicted of bombing the Oklahoma City federal building, Timothy McVeigh. He is scheduled to be executed on May 16. The company will bring the matter to a federal court.

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THE APRIL ECO-QUIZ WAS: 
WHICH COUNTRY (member of U.N.) HAS THE MOST VOLCANOES PER CAPITA?


The correct answer according to data from the Smithsonian Institute http://www.volcano.si.edu/gvp/volcano/region04/tonga

is TONGA with 11 active volcanoes and 108,207 people (1998) or about 10,000 people per active volcano.

Some close replies were Iceland, Vanuatu and New Zealand. No winners this time.

THE MAY ECO-QUIZ IS:
WHICH COUNTRY FLAG HAS THE GREATEST NUMBER OF COLOURS WORLDWIDE


PRIZE: A SURPRISE GIFT FROM THE ECOCLUB SHOP 

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