Tourism for Tomorrow Newsletter January 2017

Announcing the Finalists for the WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2017

 

We have announced last week the Finalists for the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2017, who this year range from individual ecolodges to entire countries. They work in cities and in the most remote wilderness, offering volunteer trips or helping to prepare street children to work in hospitality. We will be profiling each one of the fifteen Finalists over this and the following two newsletters, before announcing the Winners at the annual WTTC summit in April.

Awards Lead Judge, Graham Miller, Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Surrey, said: "The 2017 Finalists illustrate how widespread the notion of sustainable tourism has become. While sustainability used to be focused around the preservation of nature, this year, the organisation’s missions are, amongst other things, centred around innovative value creation for societies, travel technology for those with accessibility needs, and empowerment of the young workforce.”

Each of the five categories has three Finalists, who are all now put forward to the next stage of the judging process, where they will receive onsite visits from an expert in sustainable tourism, who will assess their credentials in practice compared to their original written application.

Their findings will then be provided to the Winners Selection Committee, whose final decision as to who are the winners in each category will be announced at WTTC’s Global Summit, which takes place on April 26-27 in Bangkok, Thailand.
The Winner Selection Committee is chaired by Fiona Jeffery OBE, Chair of the WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards who said: “Now more than ever it’s important to highlight how tourism positively connects people across the planet and brings great social and economic benefits to destinations. The 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Award Finalists demonstrate a commitment to long term vision in preference to short term gains and provide inspiring examples of responsible leadership in their businesses. The true value of the awards is the insight and learning which can be shared across the industry and I’m looking forward to hearing their stories during the WTTC Global Summit in April 2017.”

The Finalists this year are:

For the Community Award, which is given to those companies whose work has done most to improve the lives of local people in the locations where it operates, the Finalists are Sri Lanka’s Cinnamon Wild Yala, small group tour company G Adventures, and the Kenyan conservancy Ol Pejeta.

For the Destination Award, presented for exceptional stewardship at destination level be it a country, region, state, town, or national park, this year’s Finalists are the Botswana Tourism Organisation, the Polish city of Bydgoszcz, and Finland’s oldest national park, Pallas National Park.

The Environment Award recognises companies or organisations who have utilised tourism to make significant improvements to the natural environment. The Finalists this year are the conservation volunteer company Biosphere Expeditions, the Brazilian Caiman Ecological Refuge, and the ecoresort Misool from Indonesia.

The Innovation Award is given each year for a project that has shown the most ground-breaking innovation at addressing an environmental or social challenge where tourism can play a significant role. For 2017, the Finalists are the Dutch based Soel Yachts, Spain’s Native Hotels and The Mapping Ocean Wealth initiative led by the Nature Conservancy, based in the USA.

You can read more about our Finalists here

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who are the Finalists for the Tourism for Tomorrow Community Award?

Cinnamon Wild Yala

Located in the south of Sri Lanka, Yala is the most visited national park in all of Sri Lanka. It is also one of the best places to spot leopards, with one of the highest densities of the elusive cat not just on the island, but anywhere in the world.

This, however, causes a problem. The border of the park is home to hundreds of dairy farmers, and at night leopards have been known to kill their cattle. Needing to protect their prized assets, farmers have set snares and killed many of these endangered creatures. And while Yala may have a high density of the cat, the total numbers are still very low - with around 70 estimated in the main park area and 32 in the buffer area where the farms are located. 

In response, the Sri Lanka hotel chain Cinnamon, whose Cinnamon Wild Yala is found on the park’s border alongside the dairy farms, has spent the last six years implementing an ingeniously simple solution designed to protect the leopards, boost the farmers’ incomes, and offer improved tourist experiences all in one go.

Since 2010 the hotel has manufactured & donated more than 70 steel cages, which enable the farmers to protect their cattle at night. The difference is remarkable. In the five years before the project began, 50 leopards were killed by farmers trying to project their livestock. Since 2010, however, the farmers have not lost any cattle to leopard attacks - and so neither have they killed any leopards. And over the same period, the farmers have seen their income increase by over 20 percent.  

Cinnamon also engages with its traditional competitors - the other Yala lodges and camps - coming together to fill the park’s watering holes during droughts, while making sure they too see the benefit to them of its conservation work. Even the production of the steel pens has been implemented to maximise local benefits - with local welding businesses making an extra US$ 28,500 in the last six years through the contracts for their construction. 

Finally, tourists reap the rewards too. Of course more leopards means more sightings, which makes for better safari experiences. But Yala has also made the project part of its offer to guests, who can now spend a morning with a farmer, learning of their lives and sharing tea together. The cage may keep leopards out, but in so doing it has brought many more communities together. 

G Adventures

When travellers enjoy lunch at the New Hope Cambodia Vocational Training Restaurant, they are also providing marginalised people in that community with the hospitality skills needed to gain work. Anyone joining the Thailand Hilltribes Trek doesn’t only get the chance to meet and share experiences with homestay hosts from the communities of Ban Pha Mon, Ban Meung Pam, and Ban Jabo. They are also enabling these communities to remain in their home villages, rather than head to the city in search of work now that climate change has seen made their annual rice yields much less predictable. And the many thousands who stop to buy a souvenir at the Women’s Weaving Cooperative at the village of Caccaccollo in Peru aren’t just picking up authentic handicrafts - they have been instrumental in making it possible for local municipality to prioritise the building of new road, electrical and sanitation infrastructure.

All these projects have two more things in common. First they are supported by the Planeterra Foundation, and secondly, large numbers of the tourists visiting them were taking part in one of G Adventures’ trips. The connection is no coincidence. 120,000 people go on G Adventures tours each year, making it the world’s largest small group travel company. And Planeterra is its not-for-profit arm, set up in 2003 to help develop projects like the ones above, so that people in marginalised communities could benefit from tourism.

Since it was launched in 2003, Planeterra has launched or supported 60 community development projects, which have helped over 70,000 people gain greater access to education, health care and sustainable income. In 2015 it looked to scale its impact considerably, launching the ‘50 in 5 Campaign’ that looks to develop 50 new social enterprises - and include them all in G’s itineraries by 2020.

To ensure the transparency and efficacy of its impact, last year, G Adventures conducted a global supply chain assessment. This audit found that 91 percent of the company’s suppliers are owned and operated by local legal residents; that 97 percent of its suppliers incorporate some kind of sustainability practices into their business; and 70 per cent purchase supplies from local markets and farmers. The travellers stopping at the cafes, plying the trekking routes, and buying their souvenirs may not realise the full impact of their decisions, But G and Planeterra have made sure they matter.


Ol Pejeta

There are just three Northern White Rhino left in the world. All three live on Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy, protected 24/7 in the hope that they might one day breed. The conservancy is also home to 115 black rhino, making it the largest sanctuary for these creatures in East Africa. And it is the only place in Kenya where it is possible to see chimpanzees, which it rescues from the black market and rehabilitates on its 90,000 acres in Lakipia County.

Beyond its own 90,000 acres, Ol Pejeta works to improve life in the surrounding communities. It supports six health centres, providing health care access to 20,000 rural community members. Its own dispensary attends to the medical needs of 450 community members every month; and this is backed up by a mobile clinic visiting more remote locations. It is also helping farmers develop rainwater harvesting, and has over 100,000 indigenous tree seedlings sown in 12 nurseries for catchment rehabilitation.

It works with local schools, supplying water, solar power, buildings and ICT equipment. It supplies cookstoves and solar devices to households. Overall, it has committed to invest $6.5m in community development over the next six years as it bids to reduce human wildlife conflict incidents by 10 per cent each year.

Such efforts make for better tourism, and they do so by making lives better for the communities where they operate. The tourists, who stay in the conservancy’s six camps provide the bulk of its income and support 650 employees - most of whom come from the local area.

These tourists are also much more than just passive observers. While staying at the conservancy, they get the chance to go lion tracking, visit schools and clinics and enjoy interactive sessions with K-9 security units. Such engagement translates online - despite having only 160 beds, the conservancy has 19,000 Twitter followers, 54,000 Facebook likes and 24,000 followers on Instagram. Few people in the world will ever get to see the Northern White Rhino, but thanks to the presence of Ol Pejeta, many many more feel actively engaged in its survival. 





 

 

 

 

Who are the Finalists for the Tourism for Tomorrow Destination Award?

Botswana Tourism Organisation - Chobe, Makgadikgadi and Okavango Delta Ramsar Site

The only way to comprehend the areas encompassed by Chobe, Makgadikgadi and Okavango Delta Ramsar Site is to deal in superlatives. Chobe is home to around 50,000 elephants, probably the highest elephant concentration in all Africa, and part of the largest continuous surviving elephant population. They are also Kalahari elephants, the largest of them all.

Makgadikgadi is one of the largest saltpans in the world, Stretching out across an area the size of Portugal, this vast expanse of salt-saturated clay is an unearthly domain, where endless horizons merge with the stark land below, appearing utterly inhospitable to life. Yet when the rains come, tens to hundreds of thousands of bright pink flamingoes appear, making the scene even more surreal for a few weeks each year. 

The Okavango Delta was declared the 1000th UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014. An immense network of inland channels and marshes, when it floods each the summer the water covers an area slightly larger than Belgium, and attracts one of Africa’s greatest concentrations of wildlife, with more than 200,000 large mammals descending upon the Okavango at this time. 

While the animal populations are sometimes incredibly dense, the human population is not. Across the whole of these three regions, the population around Chobe stands at 25,876, for the Okavango Delta it is 59,421 and around Makgadikgadi there are 56,209. With few population centres of any note, ecotourism is one of the only sectors that can provide sustainable employment. 

Through focussing on high end, low impact ecotourism, and the many services that support it, around 60,000 jobs have been created and US$650 million contributed to Botswana’s GDP. To achieve eco-certification in the area, companies must demonstrate that they offer tangible benefits to the community through ongoing, multi-year financial and/or in kind support, and at least 2 percent of their gross profits must be provided directly or in-kind for community-based projects. 

These efforts continue to pay off. Whether collaborating with neighbours Angola, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe on the even larger Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (of which Chobe, Makgadikgadi and Okavango Delta Ramsar Sites make up 30 per cent of the area), or ensuring that all eco-certified companies sell locally produced handicrafts on site, there is no vision too large, nor any detail too small in the commitment to keeping Botswana as a rare beacon of hope for Africa’s wildlife and people.

City of Bydgoszcz

Life in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz flows along the river Brda, which runs right through the centre. Each year throughout July and August an international concert takes place with orchestras playing on floating stages. And so clean is the water that a triathlon takes place right in the heart of the city, which also plays host to Poland’s only open water swimming championship.

It wasn’t always this way. By the end of the Cold War the riverbanks were run down and dangerous, and sewage outlets and factory waste discharge polluted its flow. But as Eastern Europe began to open up in the 1990s, so did the chance to revitalise the city’s lifeblood.

17km of river were dredged. Sewage and other waste outlets were redirected or closed off, so that now as much as 94 percent of sewage is treated before being discharged into the river.  All in all, so great were the improvements that the Brda is now ranked as the cleanest river in Poland. Even the river bus that ferries locals and tourists up and down its length is solar powered.

With the waters flowing cleanly again, the city was motivated to develop the boulevards that lined its banks, and encourage people to walk along them and take picnics on the river’s banks. A run down island in the river has also been restored, so it has become a place of walks, picnics and outdoor events, now known as the Island of Museums.

Alongside the triathlon and annual music festival, many more tourist-friendly events and attractions have been created, such as the H2O Trail of Water, Industry and Crafts – a new experience presenting the water and industrial heritage of the city; the annual Great Rowing Regatta; and the Bydgoszcz Water Festival - a three-day event for watersports enthusiasts.

Since implementing all these measures, the numbers of tourists has risen dramatically, meaning opportunities for local entrepreneurs have also greatly increased, and many have set up or moved their businesses nearer the river. And it is not only the human population of Bydgoszcz that has welcomed the river’s return to health. In recent years rare species such as beaver, otter and have also come back. 

Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park

According to measurements taken in 2016, the cleanest air in Europe, and perhaps the world, is found in Lapland’s Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park. This is Finland’s oldest national park, and a place of vast silences and skies patterned most nights by the Northern Lights. It is also the most popular National Park and nature travel destination in the country, visited 525,000 times in 2015.

The responsibility for maintaining such a unique place rests with Parks & Wildlife Finland, which works in collaboration with local authorities, travel operators and businesses to balance the needs of conservation and local development. An advisory board has been appointed to increase the use of National Parks as travel destinations and to improve this collaboration, bringing together representatives from local authorities, business organisations, the local reindeer herders’ association, the Finnish Sámi Parliament and local businesses.

Together they are developing year round tourism products to enable people to enjoy the beauty of the park. This means ski trails in winter, and trekking routes when the snow has gone - the National Park now offers 300 km of cross-country skiing tracks, 250 km of hiking trails and cross-country cycling routes, 30 km of winter cycling routes and 70 resting places with toilets and fireplaces and the possibility to stay overnight - all for free.

The area is also home to some 150 enterprises whose business is connected to the National Park. For example, while many people like to walk alone or in small groups, not everyone likes to carry all their equipment and supplies from base to base. By facilitating coordination between villages and private entrepreneurs, it is becoming increasingly easy for walkers to pack up their luggage in the morning, head off walking and then find their bags waiting for them at their next destination by the end of the day. This promotes longer visits to the park, distributes people and their spending, and connects local villages to one another. It means trekkers and walkers are left unencumbered to walk and breathe freely of Europe’s freshest air.

Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals - SDG 1: No PovertySDGs

Tourism cannot end poverty. But as a sector that employs hundreds of millions of people worldwide it can help lift many out of it - so long as the wages it pays offer a sustainable, decent living. Gender is also a significant issue in the perpetuation of poverty, from the potentially life-threatening risks from early pregnancy, to how it often denies women the chance of an education and a better income. As a sector that employs a significantly high percentage of women, tourism has to work to support women both in work and at home, for example through offering flexible working hours to suit their needs or providing free childcare facilities on site. 

The risk, however, is that tourism exacerbates the divide between rich and poor. There can be few greater disconnects than the sight of wealthy foreign tourists enjoying holidays of unimaginable luxury, while beaches, forests, and other natural resources are closed off to local people, for whom essential goods and services also become unaffordable as prices increase until only tourists can afford them. If local people are not included in the economic benefits that tourism can bring, then the friction between tourists’ wishes and locals’ needs will only get worse.

Issues such as poaching of animals either for food or to sell to traffickers will never be ended if local people don’t experience the economic benefits to them of keeping wild animals alive. Nor is trafficking a risk only for wildlife and tourism. The international networks that tourism facilitates can be abused by those trafficking in vulnerable humans, whether through hotels or the likes of fake orphanages, where well-meaning but misguided voluntourism can see children removed from their parents as a means to earn income. 

Looking through the lists of previous winners and finalists from the Tourism for Tomorrow awards, however, time and time again there are examples of tourism offering solutions to the blight of poverty. Indeed there are so many that to highlight just a few would suggest most others do not also play a role. In fact, wherever it happens, whether it is luxury or budget, rural or urban, tourism cannot be responsible and sustainable if it does not directly help the most vulnerable in society improve their livelihoods. Tourism may not be able to end poverty. But it has a vital role in moving the world closer.

 

 

 

 

Accessible Tourism Focus - Why is improved communication central to accessible tourism? Interview with Pablo Ramon, co-founder of Native Hotels

WTTC: What is the background to the creation of Native Hotels? Why did you decide to focus so much on accessible tourism?

PABLO: The origin of NATIVE - a non-profit association- was a chance that happened in 2009, when a group of travel journalists heard a young blind girl living in Madrid being interviewed on the radio. She described an extremely hard daily life in the big city, yet in a happy and even comical way. Her testimony - drama and happiness - touched me deeply. I had been writing for the internet for the previous 15 years as editor of travel magazines - and I thought: "Being blind, how can she follow us? She will never be able to choose her favourite hotel on the internet by herself? I wondered, what do blind people do on the internet?" We contacted a webmaster assuming the answer would be "Nothing at all". But the webmaster surprised us by describing several tools for blind people to surf the internet, and we decided we would write for everyone, including people in her condition. And we began working with criteria of universal communication.

In the last six years we have learned a lot, and we have decided to develop new solutions to make tourism easier for people with any kind of reduced mobility We are giving the elderly and disabled people the possibility to surf a new website with a double accessibility system. They will be able to choose a hotel or trip, to confirm the facilities are suitable for their disabilities, to book and also to pay via PayPal. Thanks to the InSUIT system we can surf without seeing the screen, without touching the keyboard and without talking to the computer. It´s not magic, but technology. Blowing, sounds, or touching any key are substitutes of the click of the mouse if you can use your eyes, fingers, voice, or hands.

More than 600 million people are unable to enjoy leisure time due to a disability. And 500 million cannot even find information on a website because 99% of them are not accessible for blind or impaired vision users, colour blindness, arthritis, quadriplegia, and other limitations.

WTTC: From your interactions with guests, what are the biggest challenges that they find when looking for accessible holidays?

PABLO: First, we should know that accessibility is not just wheelchairs. Let me share a riddle: "On this hotel’s fourth floor a deaf client is staying. At five in the morning, fire alarm. How can we wake up the deaf client before he burns to death?”. Deaf clients should be able to escape like the rest of the customers. But... how many directors of hotels know the simple solutions to avoid a tragedy? We suggest to them the latest solution, the WiiM watch for alerts, developed by Hering Software, that vibrates in case of fire, flood, if someone knocks our door... Deaf customers can try it in our hotels if they request it when making their reservation.

In the hotels of NATIVE´s network, among the facilities for physical accessibility, customers even have the opportunity of crossing the desert riding a camel in an adapted wheelchair. We offer door hangers in Braille and embossed to indicate "Please, make up my room" or "Don´t disturb", Braille signage in different areas of the hotel as well as in our room, restaurant menus in Braille, we propose even avatars in sign language or alert watches for deaf people, magnetic key information in QR code for blind and visually impaired users, and much more. The costs? Hotels must pay only 350€ to receive the website in 6 languages, accessible for all users, door hangers, pack of Braille and embossed signals, and much more.

But while accessible gadgets and accessories are very important, perhaps the most important for disabled people looking for accessible holidays is the right information - honest information about the accessibility of buildings, services, bathrooms, lifts, swimming-pools, and any other element of a day of entertainment.  With this, clients can choose a hotel, a restaurant, or visit an attraction without surprises.

WTTC: You have put particular emphasis on accessible communication. What have you learned from working in this field, that you feel the industry needs to focus upon more than it already does?

PABLO: We must say that many people with disabilities are not independent even to choose a destination on the internet. Therefore, the first step to enable a client to enjoy accessible tourism is not respected by 99% of the websites in the world. That´s a flagrant apartheid, a technological apartheid , and something not acceptable in societies that say they apply equality laws. 

We all spend a lot of time at home looking for a destination on our computers. For people with disabilities the lack of information is double: on the one hand they need more time to find accessible places to stay - as hotels with an adapted room for wheelchair don´t mention it and hotels without them are wrongly featured as accessible establishments on the main OTAs.

We could go further and say that even having a single hotel with an accessible website is not much help, because we are talking about an accessible drop in the inaccessible ocean of the internet. We must offer an accessible network of accessible hotels. That’s our challenge. We are looking for a sponsor to expand NATIVE worldwide as a free tool. It would take less than 90,000 US dollars to offer the system for free, and including hotels on five continents.

From 2017, we are looking to add almost 1,000 hotels worldwide, these being the most committed to people with disabilities, each year. We will do it from our new web platform, accessible to various disabilities, offering the information in six languages and including the first accessible booking engine online equipped with a dual system of accessibility - or it can be done by adapting an existing booking engine to be truly accessible. Last June we sent to the largest online booking engine a proposal to create a section for accessible bookings in accessible hotels, but four months later they decided not to go ahead. For us it has been a very frustrating decision, because people from the company told us that the project was fantastic and had surprised the highest levels.

Are we and other organisations like us too alone in this global challenge? It’s not logical at all, because elderly people and people with disabilities are among the best clients for tourism and leisure. People with reduced mobility are customers travelling as a couple, with family, or with friends. 

Are tourism professionals perceiving only the social side of disability and accessibility and that is why they do not seem to be concerned? Are they forgetting the business side, denying services to 10% of the public? Because in terms of accessible tourism we find less supply than demand. In my opinion those hoteliers who lack information about accessibility are losing opportunities that are being exploited by others. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GSTC meeting focuses on building sustainability in European tourism

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council GSTC European Regional Meeting that took place in Athens in November 2016 saw attendees from 16 countries explore a range of issues concerning sustainable tourism in Europe. These included: Sustainability Standards and Programs for European Tourism; European Best Practices for Sustainable Management of Destinations and Enterprises; Marketing Sustainable Tourism in European Destination; The Value of a Global Sustainability Brand for Greece Tourism; and Applying Standards and Certifications to Destinations and Enterprises. The keynote speech by the Bank of Greece Chief Economist Dimitris Malliaropulos explored climate change challenges and the role of sustainable tourism in Greece’s new growth model. 
Presentations from the conference can be accessed here, and will be available online until September 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Cook commits to act on improving animal welfare and Head of SA Tourism looks to end cub petting and other animal interactions

Thomas Cook Group has committed to only sell animal attractions and experiences which meet strict welfare standards, following an audit of its portfolio. At the end of 2016 the company engaged animal welfare specialists Global Spirit to conduct an audit of a cross section of the attractions it sold against ABTA’s global welfare guidance for Animals in Tourism – which are increasingly widely accepted as being the most rigorous and valuable such guidelines in the world. “Our animal welfare policy, developed in partnership with the Born Free Foundation and animals in tourism specialists, Global Spirit, will require all animal attractions and outings sold by Thomas Cook to evidence full compliance with the ABTA Global Welfare Guidance,” announced Peter Fankhauser, Chief Executive, Thomas Cook. “I am proud that Thomas Cook is taking the lead as the first travel business to enforce higher animal welfare standards. We’re committed to conducting our business in a way that is consistent with our customers’ expectations of us.” 

Under the terms of the new commitment from Thomas Cook, all animal attractions must be fully compliant with the ABTA Global Welfare Guidance for Animals in Tourism; the company will no longer sell or promote any new attractions or hotels keeping wild animals in captivity that do not comply with industry minimum welfare requirements; it will ensure that existing facilities keeping captive wild animals, contracted by Thomas Cook, meet the highest animal welfare standards; and it has agreed to phase-out practices that are known to severely compromise the welfare and survival of animals.

“We are delighted that Thomas Cook can use our detailed, personalised and practical recommendations to support their suppliers in meeting the minimum requirements of the ABTA Guidance,” Jo Hendrickx, co-founder of Global Spirit, told WTTC. ”Their approach enables us to assess all of their global suppliers consistently to one set of industry agreed standards which is the key to driving positive change. We hope that their leadership will encourage other tour operators to look at their own Animal Footprint and take the same steps to ensure that the ABTA Guidance is consistently applied.”

On the other hand, the newly appointed CEO for South Africa Tourism has publicly criticised tourism products that exploit wild animals, and said he will work with those committed to sustainable tourism in South Africa to ‘eradicate’ the industry. Sisa Ntshona said that his organisation takes the welfare and conservation concerns about cub petting and other wildlife interaction practices seriously and that SA Tourism is in discussion with the Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme “to see how we can work more closely with them to eradicate such practices".

Speaking in a webinar hosted by Tourism Update, Ntshona stated that: “South African Tourism does not promote or endorse any interaction with wild animals such as the petting of wild cats, interacting with elephants, and walking with lions, cheetahs and so on.” His stance was supported by many people working in conservation in the country. The team behind the international award-winning documentary Blood Lions team praised his “ethical vision”, adding, “If South Africa wants to market itself as a destination offering ethical and responsible tourism, there cannot be any place for predator breeding, canned hunting, and the use of lions and other species as our playthings.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leading European parks awarded for work in sustainable tourism

Some 19 European parks were awarded the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas last December. Among them, eleven were being given the status for the first time, while eight were renewing their commitment to the Charter’s principles. 

Over the past 20 years, the Charter network has grown to include 157 destinations across 19 European countries. It is designed as a practical management tool that enables protected areas to develop tourism sustainably through collaboration with relevant local stakeholders.

For the first time ever, a transboundary region (one that crosses national borders) was awarded: the Julian Alps Ecoregion encompasses Triglav National Park in Slovenia and Prealpi Giulie Nature Park in Italy. “The Charter is a flagship for the whole Transboundary Region,” said Stefano Santi, Director of Prealpi Giulie Nature Park. “It expresses a genuine European spirit of respect for nature and brotherhood among people of different countries and represents an extraordinary chance to promote the breath-taking world of the Julian Alps and its unique biodiversity and cultural heritage”.

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 Written and edited by Jeremy Smith



Tourism for Tomorrow in the news : A selection of news articles from last month

NewspaperT4THow to Be an Ethical Traveler - Yahoo Sports


Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.  Who knows what this means? - Hugh Riley Blog
   

Ten Feathers in our Cap!  - Wilderness-safaris