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Comment by Ariane Janer on June 30, 2012 at 1:57pm

Any group members interested in learning and networking about global ecotourism in Monterrey at TIES yearly Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference ?

As a new member of the TIES advisory board, I went to last years conference. I found it very worthwhile and the ESTC2012 is one of the few international events I have registered for.

Some great speakers, opportunities to see what Monterrey is doing sustainability wise. And it is always great to catch up with ecotourism friends from all around the world and meet new ones.  For those who have businesses this is a great opportunity to showcase yourself to some top influencers.

Comment by Ed Wetschler on June 15, 2012 at 6:12pm

Mexican President Felipe Calderon just announced the cancellation of a $2 billion tourist development in Baja California, bowing to opposition by environmentalists that said the plan was a threat to a nearby coral reef. (Reuters) This development would have included golf courses, a marina, and 15 hotels.   How surprised are you that it was cancelled? 

Comment by Tripatini on June 8, 2012 at 3:04pm

Anyone have any suggestions for a fellow Tripatini member about the best place in INDIA for game drives/safaris? If so, please respond not on this wall but rather at this link to our Ask A Travel Pro forumShukriya! 

Comment by Adventures in Eastern Rhodopes on June 6, 2012 at 6:50am

Botany tours – Spring Orchids Short Break, Eastern Rhodopes, Southern Bulgaria

Tour description: This is a 5 days tour with a focus on the outstanding Eastern Rhodopes flora, combined with hiking and local cuisine.
Best period: May
Tour type:Guided group tours – the guides are specialists in nature with good knowledge in English. The groups are usually small, up to 12 people.
Difficulty grade: Explorer – see the description of the grade
Level of comfort: General – see the description of the level

Day 1
Transfer from the Airport Sofia to the town of Kardzhali in the Eastern Rhodopi mountains. Accommodation at a family hotel at the Kardzhali lake shore.

Day 2
Exploring the surrounding nature areas for local endemits plants such as Verbascum Rupestre, Lathrea rhodopea, Carpinus Orientalis, Hypericum rumeliacum, galium velenovskyi, Potentilla regis-borissii, Haberlea Rhodopensis, Black pine (Pinus Nigra), Populus nigra, Salix alba, Alnus Glutinosa, Black maidenhair fern (Adiantum capillus-veneris), etc.

Days 3 and 4
Travel South-east to Ivaylovgrad area to visit nature areas where the vegetation consists of riverine Platanus orientalis forest, mixed oak forest, and pseudo-maquises. On this and the next day you will meet the  Dactylorhiza romana, Platanus orientalis, Alnus glutinosa, Salix vitalba, Vitis sylvestris, Humulus lupulus, Phyllirea Latifolia, Asparagus acutifolius, Cistus incanus, Arbutus andrachne tree, Cephalanthera epipactoides, Ophrus cornuta, Ophrus mammosa, Ophrus apifera, Himantoglossum caprinum, Limodorum abortivum, Orchis papilionacea, etc. Also Salvia verbenaca and Polygala monspeliaca.

Day 5
Transfer back to Sofia Airport and departure.

  • Both transfers could be done from Sofia, Varna, Burgas and Plovdiv aiports.
Comment by SunSet Bay Club & SeaSide Dive. on May 8, 2012 at 4:52pm

Comment by Delvinus Sabolak on April 28, 2012 at 2:58am
Comment by Tripatini on April 25, 2012 at 12:38pm

Hi all! One of our fellow Tripatini members, a Kenyan eco camp, is looking for tips on how to boost occupancy. If you'd like to help, please reply to this link to our Ask A Travel Pro forum.  Thanks!!

Comment by Seven Directions|Cultural and Su on April 13, 2012 at 2:47pm

At Seven Directions Tours we want to suggest a new way to affiliate tourism with a purpose. The tourism industry witnesses new interesting trends where local tourism and conscious travel suggest alternative ideas about different meaningful travelling experiences. This featured tour’s goal is to create awareness about a variety of experiences manifested in diverse forms of art, nature, and human visions.

Art and Sustainability Tour

Comment by Stefanie Payne on March 27, 2012 at 4:33pm

Seeking to interview representatives of unique destination travel locations

(publicists, CVB’s, Dept of Tourism, etc.) to discuss the following:


—    Examples of how travel destinations spanning the planet are effected by the six-trillion-dollar global travel and tourism industry

—      Positive ways to contribute to local societies and economies when traveling throughout North America and abroad

—    What local communities are doing to earn money while simultaneously telling the stories that preserve their cultures


These discussions will contribute to a new journalistic project called “Write/Peace”, new on creative crowdfunding site: Kickstarter.  Over the course of one year, we will publish a series of long-form (3,500+) articles addressing the economic impact of travel and tourism worldwide.   


If you would like to discuss this project further, please email us your thoughts:  

Comment by Ed Wetschler on February 20, 2012 at 10:07am

Flying from Boston to San Francisco, Kaleel Sakakeeny found that he was responsible for .98 tons of CO2 -- that's a ton of gas, boys and girls. But are carbon offsets really the answer?




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