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Understanding Environmental Tourism – Part 1

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This series on Environmental Tourism is published in three parts. Part 1 deals with the main impact areas of Environmental Tourism. Environmental Tourism, – also referred to as Ecotourism, Sustainable Tourism and Responsible Tourism – are terms rooted in the ...

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Understanding Environmental Tourism – Part 2

a golf course with environment wording

Part 1 in this series covers environmental impacts. Part 2 deals with the environmental impacts of tourism from a global perspective. Environmental Impacts of Tourism – Global Level Loss of Biological Diversity Biological diversity is the term given to the variety of life ...

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Understanding Environmental Tourism – Part 3

picture of a butterfly with environment wording

Part 1 in this series covered environmental impacts, while Part 2 dealt with the environmental impacts of tourism from a global perspective. Part 3, deals with the environmental conservation aspect of tourism. Tourism and Environmental Conservation The tourism industry can contribute to ...

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How To Tap Into The Ecotourism Niche Market

Vallee de Mai nature reserve in Seychelles

For tourism organisations wanting to tap into the growing ecotourism niche tourism market, the International Ecotourism Society provides the answers. By Desmond Langkilde. The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting ecotourism. Founded in 1990, ...

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Tented Adventures

Committed to low impact environmental and eco-friendly accommodation, Tented Adventures’ Pilanesberg National Park Safari Camp, and Pretoriuskop Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park are perfectly positioned with minimal permanent structures within their respective campgrounds. The ‘Glamping’ experience that Tented ...

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Tenikwa Wildlife Rehab Centre

Fair Trade Tourism certifiedTenikwa Wildlife Rehabilitation and Awareness Centre, a non-profit organisation located close to Plettenberg Bay, uses tourism as a platform to raise awareness about threats facing South Africa’s indigenous wild cats, using the funds it generates from tourism ...

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LUX Resorts and Hotels

LUX Four Seasons Resort Mauritius

LUX* Resorts and Hotels has embarked on a journey towards a carbon-clean future, known as ‘Tread Lightly’. Working with Ecosur Afrique, LUX* asks for a voluntary donation of €1 per room night – 32.5 per cent of which goes towards ...

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How to Tread Lightly in Ecotourism

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As a travel writer, I’ve visited many sustainable tourism destinations and eco-friendly hotels across the world. They’re doing their bit but how can you, as an eco-conscious traveller, play your part? By Holly Tuppen. Here are a few simple tips ...

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What is Ecotourism?

Eco-tourists at Vallee de Mai in Seychelles

The term ecotourism dates back to the 80s when people became aware that planet Earth is in danger and that they need to take better care of it. Once humanity had realised the harmful effects our behaviour has on the ...

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Amakhala Celebrates 20 Years of Conservation and Community

Amakhala Game Reserve 20-year logo

This year Amakhala Game Reserve celebrates 20 years of Conservation and Community, continuing to thrive as a unique example of how communities can convert agricultural land to ecotourism and create a viable tourism economy while protecting our wildlife and uplifting ...

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Ecotourism: A Case Study

Ecotourism is about uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel. This means that tourists who participate in ecotourism activities want reassurance that their host follows defined ecotourism principles. By Des Langkilde. Ecotourism Definitions In his book ‘Ecotourism: An Academic Definition’ (1999 ...

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Cleaning Up The Green Lodge Movement

In recent years, the terms ‘eco-friendly’ and ‘going green’ are becoming increasingly popular. With the millennial generation calling for establishments to become “woke” about green living and green hospitality (among other things), there is a higher demand than ever before on ...

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5 Ways to Make Your African Vacation Greener

Sustainable tourism means that you leave as little of a carbon footprint as possible when you are vacationing. A green vacation may seem at first like a difficult task when travelling to remote destinations like some of those in Africa, but ...

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Ol Pejeta Wins Ecotourism #EcoWarriorAwards

Nanyuki, Kenya –  Ol Pejeta Conservancy has won not one, not two, but THREE awards at this year’s Ecotourism #EcoWarriorAwards! Held at the Radisson Blu Hotel on 27th September 2017, Ol Pejeta staff were delighted to receive the Overall Award, as well as the ...

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Eco-Friendly Lodges: Asilia Africa

Roho ya Selous, in the UNESCO world heritage site of Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania, is the latest addition to the Asilia stable of ecotourism camps.  As an impact company, Asilia is a leader in the African eco-tourism industry. ...

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Tour Operators’ Charter for Sustainable Tourism

The important role that Tour Operators play in lowering the impact of mass tourism on local communities, economies and natural attractions is underestimated, and, indeed, under recognised. By Greg McManus. Most often it is left to the product owners themselves ...

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Why Join the Fair Trade Tourism?

In an industry regarded as being critical to economic growth and development and one that offers such potential for the empowerment and upliftment of impoverished communities and the protection of sensitive ecosystems, it is essential that we have some way ...

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Grootbos Reaffirms Fair Trade Principles

The pristine Grootbos Private Nature Reserve overlooking Walker Bay near Hermanus has been recertified by Fair Trade Tourism, demonstrating its commitment to the responsible tourism portfolio which boasts nearly 200 products in Africa. Grootbos is an established leader in the ...

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Eco-Friendly Hotels: Spier

As one of South Africa’s oldest wine farms and a well-known Western Cape landmark, Spier is passionate about the environment and supporting the local community. It regularly buys from and supports trusted local suppliers, and its philosophy is to make ...

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Eco-Friendly Lodges: Karongwe Portfolio

Karongwe Portfolio consists of six luxury lodges set in the 9000-hectare Karongwe Private Game Reserve, bordering the Makutsi, Lourene, and Greater Makalali game reserves near Tzaneen in South Africa’s Limpopo Province. What sets Karongwe apart from similar properties in the ...

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Eco-Friendly Hotels: Hotel Verde

Hotel Verde, situated at the Cape Town International Airport has recently been certified by Fair Trade Tourism – a prestigious accolade for both Hotel Verde and tourism in South Africa, showing leadership in the rapidly growing ‘green experience’ tourism market. ...

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Eco-Friendly Lodges: Jaci’s Lodges

Jaci’s Lodges is the epitome of eco-friendly luxury safaris in South Africa’s Big-5 Madikwe Game Reserve. Jaci’s promises an authentic, friendly and welcoming safari experience for eco-conscious guests. Jaci’s Lodges takes its commitment to sustainable tourism to heart. Aside from ...

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Fair Trade Tourism Joins #IYSTD2017 Initiative

Fair Trade Tourism has partnered with TourismTattler.com in supporting Africa’s contribution to the aims and aspirations of the UNWTO 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (#IYSTD2017).  Through a series of features published throughout this year under the theme ...

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Africa Wins at 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

Africa has dominated the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards winners, with Botswana and Kenya taking top honours in two of the five categories. The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards celebrates inspirational, world-changing tourism initiatives from ...

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Advancing Sustainable Tourism in Africa

As an international influence for travel in the content of Africa, TourismTattler.com has joined global media in promoting the aims and aspirations of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017. Through a series of editorial features published throughout ...

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Eco-Friendly Sustainable Tourism Icons

Launching Africa’s sustainable tourism gems this month with a selection of eco-friendly hotels and lodges, Tourism Tattler has partnered with Eco Atlas – an award winning eco-travel choice website. Where an eco-friendly property is featured in Tourism Tattler, we’ve shown ...

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Venue Review – Spier

It’s been a while since I’ve visited the Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch, South Africa. To say that I’m impressed with the farm’s conference facilities would be an under statement, writes Des Langkilde. Due to travel commitments at the time, ...

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Ecotourism hub of Mtunzini under threat

Mtunzini – From unspoilt ecotourism hub to dusty, mining town in 10 years? The proposed mining of the area south of Mtunzini in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) has been on the cards for more than 13 years, but following an appeal by ...

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