Posts Tagged ‘geotourism’

The 2014 New York Travel Festival – A Transformative Experience

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 22 April 2014

The Travel Word applauds the New York Travel Festival, which, like more and more other major travel shows, is embracing the value of travel that is as much about the visitor as it is the host. Here is an overview of the 2014 NY Trav Fest, as well as a list of its panels focusing on travel with a conscience.


Authenticity, Giving Back and the Awkward Case of Indigenous Tourism

  • Daniel Kreuger
  • 15 August 2012

Travel industry trend watchers have lately observed that, with the ideas of ‘authenticity,’ ‘giving back,’ ‘participation,’ and ‘engagement’ resonating with travellers, there are new alliances developing between the adventure tourism industry and the world’s indigenous communities. I believe these consumer and industry trends are encouraging.


Why Aren’t More Bloggers Writing About Responsible Travel?

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 21 March 2012

Most mainstream newspapers and magazines today acknowledge that more and more travellers consider themselves ‘ecotourists,’ but don’t really give their readers enough to feed their ethical penchants. Hamstrung by shrinking budgets and market-deaf advertisers, they look like they’re being outpaced by the industry they’re supposed to support. So why aren’t you, the new generation of penmen and -women, stepping into an expanding vacuum?


The Geotourism Development Foundation Launches to Increase the Benefits of Tourism

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 14 July 2011

Yesterday saw the official launch of the Geotourism Development Foundation, a global not-for-profit organisation committed to elevating travel as a force for good through community development projects. Responding to a growing interest in independent, experiential and local travel, the GDF aims to cultivate community, cultural or environmental projects that link to tourism and derive revenue from visitors.


The Local Voices Rally and Tally for Local Travel Experts

  • The Travel Word
  • 13 June 2011

We know you’ve got your favourite travel destinations. Everyone does. Now, through the Local Voices Rally and Tally for Local Travel Experts, you can vote for your favourites AND help some ethical local travel experts win support for their businesses. It’s very, very easy! During the month of June, it’s as simple as pasting some text and adding your name.


Bringing Responsible Tourism to the Hills of Darjeeling, India

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 5 April 2011

Set against the jaw-droppingly gorgeous backdrop of the snow-covered Himalayas and surrounded by the phenomenal forests and streams of rural Darjeeling, India, the little village of Mineral Spring is a community knit together by strong cultural values that have made it a model of sustainable growth. Now, homestays with locals have been set up, satisfying the desires of both mindful travellers and responsible hosts.


Ger to Ger Goes for Gold in Mongolia

  • Natasha Robinson
  • 7 May 2010

Ger to Ger – the self-styled ‘market-driven social enterprise’ based in Mongolia – is definitely doing something right. Founded in 2005 by Mr Zanjan Fromer, a native Alaskan with extensive experience in tourism and development, Ger to Ger aims to give travellers the ultimate, authentic Mongolian experience.


Geotourism Challenge 2009, Urban Adventures Prize and Tourdust Scholarship Winners Announced

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 10 September 2009

The results are in and the veil has been lifted on the top finalists! The entire whl.travel network congratulates NatureAir, PEPY and Wikiloc for their well-deserved rewards and recognition in the Geotourism Challenge 2009, to Ger to Ger, Context Travel and Cobati (Community Based Tourism Initiatives) as recipients of the first Urban Adventures Prize, and to Ger to Ger, Cape Race and RiverIndia for the scholarships they’ve won as part of the Tourdust Scholarship.


YOU VOTED for the Winners of the 2009 Geotourism Challenge

  • whl.travel
  • 13 August 2009

The 2009 Geotourism Challenge: Power of Place – Sustaining the Future of Destinations has just turned the penultimate page of its final chapter. After 1368 nominations from 113 countries followed by 611 entries from 81 countries, a panel of expert judges — including a Nobel Peace Prize winner, a co-founder of Lonely Planet and the editor of National Geographic Traveler magazine — selected 10 finalists and now all the votes for the final three are being counted.


The Power of Place: Sustaining the Future of Destinations

  • Len Cordiner
  • 3 March 2009

The team at whl.travel has partnered up with the National Geographic Centre for Sustainable Destinations and Ashoka to support the 2009 Geotourism Challenge. We are trying to indentify organisations doing great things to retain the “Power of Place” – sustaining the future of destinations for future generations. So please, join in. Put forward any initiatives out there you have seen which you think we all need to know about.

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