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Wild Asia’s Responsible Tourism Awards 2012: Now Open!

  • Amy McLoughlin, Wild Asia
  • 14 June 2012

The annual Responsible Tourism Awards, developed by Wild Asia to reward accommodation providers throughout Asia who are making a difference, is now accepting applications. Launched in 2006, the Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards are back for 2012 with a new selection of categories to honour innovative businesses that have excelled through the practice of responsible tourism.

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Can Ecotourism Help Save Endangered Species?

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 22 May 2012

We’ve all visited neglected, underfunded and high-traffic tourist parks where wild and endangered animals have become almost tame. Sites such as these, where regulations are inadequately enforced, are unfortunately far too common. On the sunny flip side of this is well-planned ecotourism, the kind that helps conserve many outdoor and wilderness spaces that may be a last hope for endangered species.

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For Earth Day 2012, Help Commit a ‘Billion Acts of Green’

  • Joe Ascanio
  • 19 April 2012

Since the very first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, over 20 million Americans from all walks of life have contributed to major environmental accomplishments. For 2012, the Earth Day Network is again hosting “A Billion Acts of Green®” with the ambitious goal of registering another one billion environmentally friendly actions.

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What is Tourism’s Biggest Threat to the Environment?

  • WHL Group
  • 18 April 2012

In honour of Earth Day – scheduled this year for Sunday April 22 – and our focus this month on ecotourism, we’re thinking about our planet. We’re thinking about the human activities that have the most harmful impact on it, especially the one we love most – travel. We’re compelled to ask: What is tourism in its worst form, environmentally? Even in its best form, can the cost to the earth of tourism ever really be offset?

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From Logging to Tourism: A New Deal for Asian Elephants in Laos

  • Cindy Fan
  • 11 April 2012

Laos was once majestically known as Lane Xang – Land of a Million Elephants. Today, however, the outlook for the Asian elephant population in Laos is bleak. Only 1,000 remain and their numbers are steadily decreasing. An estimated 560 still work in logging, the industry that is primarily responsible for their slow demise. Fortunately, tourism is offering one positive solution.

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Video Spotlight: CERN Announces Launch of Affordable Teleport Technology

  • Paul Tavner
  • 1 April 2012

For far too long, travelling the world has meant relying on costly and unsustainable air travel operators to transport us to our destinations. Now, with the introduction of this new technology our ability to travel freely and easily has taken a huge leap forward. Looking forward, this technology will allow us to visit any destination in the world, without having to stop and worry about our carbon footprint.

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Video Spotlight: The Genius of a Place

  • Paul Tavner
  • 18 March 2012

The creative team behind the upcoming film ‘The Genius of a Place’ – a title taken from the works of Alexander Pope – noticed the change that was taking place in Cortona, Italy, and set out to document it. While steps are being taken to mitigate against the damage being done to this particular destination, it serves as an example for other towns likely to be affected by similar issues.

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Photo of the Week: White Sands and Blue Waters, Mauritius

  • Emmanuel Ramdhony (photo) Maurisun (text)
  • 26 February 2012

Resorts, such as the Shanti Maurice A Nira really make the most of the incredible white sands and turquoise gradients that characterise Mauritian beaches. The resort goes to great lengths to operate in harmony with its surroundings, and serves to complement – rather than compete with – the natural beauty of its location. Built using natural materials, the Shanti blends into the landscape perfectly.

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Video Spotlight: Vendemmia – A Documentary About Cinque Terre, Italy

  • Paul Tavner
  • 22 January 2012

This week’s Video Spotlight features the work of film-makers Krista Lee Weller and Sharon Boeckle. The American duo and their team have spent several years documenting the challenges facing the Italian region of Cinque Terre, a beautiful section of the Italian Riviera that has been strained by tourism and the desire to capitalise on it.

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