BANGKOK, Thailand - Centara Hotels & Resorts, throughout its 30-year history, has always believed passionately in green and sustainable tourism, a policy that is at the heart of the company and which engages every property in its portfolio.
With the … May 21, 2013
ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada - In the silent shallows off Grenada, an Underwater Sculpture Park models the practice of sustainable tourism. The first of its kind in the world, Grenada’s Underwater Sculpture Park was designed to act as an artificial reef, … March 13, 2013
School kids from Pangandaran, Indonesia, have urged global tourism leaders to take climate change seriously. The 451 participants of the Mangrove Ambassadors Program voiced out through a selection of 24 “Letters to Leaders” how climate change is affecting … March 8, 2013
Latin Trails recognizes the impact of tourism activity both on local cultures and on the environment. It realizes the importance of preserving the cultural and natural heritage of the South American destinations visited by travelers. As such, it is a … January 11, 2013
The travel industry looks to the World Travel Market (WTM) event today to lead on this year’s World Responsible Tourism Day (November 7) through a wealth of debates and presentations on conscious tourism practice, as well as the awarding of the 2012 … November 8, 2012
The Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label (SSTL) is for the first time being promoted at the World Travel Market (WTM) with the support of the UNDP GEF. The SSTL is a Sustainable Tourism Management and Certification program designed specifically for use … November 7, 2012
STOWE, Vermont – The International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) is proud to announce that Mr. Elhamy ElZayat, Chairman and CEO, EMECO Travel, Egypt, and former Chairman of the Egyptian Tourism Federation will be a featured speaker at this … October 27, 2012
ARUSHA, Tanzania - Tourism is one of the most effective ways to preserve Africa’s national parks and protected areas while creating jobs and income for local communities. This was one of the main conclusions of the First Pan-African Conference on Sustainable … October 22, 2012
STOWE, Vermont - The International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) is proud to announce that UNWTO Secretary General, Dr. Taleb Rifai, will be a featured speaker at this year’s IIPT event at World Travel Market in a panel discussion on: … October 11, 2012
The Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label (SSTL) has awarded its first three certified tourism establishments with their sustainable label certificates on Saturday, September 29, during the grand annual Seychelles Ball that took place at the Constance … October 5, 2012
INCHEON & SEOUL, South Korea - For eleven consecutive years, the Skal International “Sustainable Development in Tourism” awards were presented during the Opening Ceremony of the 73rd Skal World Congress, which this year took place in the South … October 5, 2012
Hotel Energy Solutions, an online tool developed by UNWTO which allows hotels to assess their energy consumption and move towards more sustainable energy options, has been launched in Spanish on the occasion of “World Tourism Day 2012 – Tourism and … September 28, 2012
September 27 marks global World Tourism Day, a day initiated and facilitated by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), on which the tourism industry is called to consider its role in various pertinent global issues. The focus this year is on tourism … September 27, 2012
With less than one week to go to World Tourism Day (WTD) on September 27, preparations for the official celebrations in host country Spain are well underway.
In the presence of Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Asturias, Maspalomas, … September 21, 2012
The Seychelles Tourism Academy made an unprecedented achievement by launching the online version of the sustainable tourism course in partnership with the Commonwealth of Learning through the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth.
The … September 7, 2012
A delegation from Seychelles is back in the country after attending the first ever Tourism Forum by COMESA (Common Market for East and Southern Africa), which was held in the Kenyan Capital, Nairobi, on August 22-24.
Most of COMESA member states were … August 28, 2012
The theme of this historic event is “Shaping the Future of Tourism in COMESA,” and it is being organized with the support of the COMESA Business Council in partnership with the Kenya Investment Authority and the Kenya Tourism Board.
The forum has … August 13, 2012
A leading Western Australian tourism expert said other islands can learn valuable lessons in policy and planning for sustainable tourism development from the Republic of Seychelles.
Curtin University Professor of Tourism, Jack Carlsen, has recently … July 11, 2012
Professor Jack Carlsen from Curtin University in Australia was in Seychelles to better appreciate the island’s efforts in the field of sustainable tourism. Professor Carlsen is himself a Professor of Sustainable Tourism at the Curtin Sustainable Tourism … July 2, 2012
The Rio+20 event `Green Innovation in Tourism´, co-hosted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) with the support of the Brazilian … June 20, 2012
PORT OF SPAIN - On June 28 and 29 in Nicaragua, high-level tourism officials from the Greater Caribbean will convene at the 23rd meeting of the Special Committee on Sustainable Tourism (SCST-23) to discuss matters pertaining to the Association of Caribbean … June 18, 2012
On Thursday last week, Mr. Peter Sinon, the Minister responsible for Natural Resources (Agriculture and Fisheries) and Industry, used the public holiday to go further afield to visit Denis Island to see for himself the successes of an island claiming … June 13, 2012
The International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) announced today that SW Associates, based in Washington, DC, USA, has joined its alliance. SW Associates, partners, and affiliates have managed and participated in tourism and related development programs … April 29, 2012
Three companies and one destination, from four continents, have been recognized for their best practices in sustainable tourism at this year’s World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Tourism for Tomorrow Awards.
The four winners were selected from … April 17, 2012
The 2012 official World Tourism Day (WTD) celebrations will be held in Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Spain, (September 27, 2012). Under the theme “Tourism and Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development,” WTD 2012 highlights the need to bring … March 8, 2012
The Carnival International de Victoria, hosted by Seychelles and La Reunion in Seychelles, was this year passing the clear message that both these tropical islands supported and promoted sustainable tourism. Alain St.Ange, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism … March 5, 2012
STOWE, Vermont – A joint meeting of the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) Board of Directors and IIPT International Advisory Board was recently held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City to discuss future plans for IIPT. … March 2, 2012
The travel and tourism industry could do more for responsible and sustainable tourism, reveals a survey that took place at World Travel Market 2011 - the leading global event for the travel industry - by exhibitor SustainIt.
As the travel and tourism … January 18, 2012
In December, within the series of joint expert events within the framework of the Days of Slovenian Tourism, all key Slovenian tourist operators signed the Declaration of Partnership for Sustainable Development of Slovenian Tourism. This is considered … January 15, 2012
LOS ANGELES, California - Green Globe Certification announced its top performing sustainable travel and tourism businesses for 2011. Businesses selected for the Highest Achievement Award 2011 have attained the highest percentage of sustainability indicators … December 15, 2011
The Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meets annually to assess progress in dealing with climate change, make decision, and adopt resolutions on these issues. This year, COP17 will take … November 30, 2011
Today, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) announced the 12 independent finalist selection judges from around the world, for its 2012 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards.
Every year, WTTC recognizes innovative leaders in sustainable tourism through its … October 19, 2011
The 19th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly being held at Gyeongju in Korea has elected the Republic of the Seychelles and the Republic of Senegal as Africa delegates to the UNWTO Sustainable Tourism Committee.
Minister Thierno Lo, the Senegal Minister … October 12, 2011
MANDEVILLE, Jamaica - Two community tourism leaders who lead active organizations have teamed up to offer visitors a novel, experiential educational vacation in Jamaica, “Home of Community Tourism.” The first innovative leader in community-tourism … October 10, 2011
LOS ANGELES, California - Green Globe today announces the certification of Bentota Beach Hotel, Sri Lanka. Located in the southwest corner of Sri Lanka, Bentota Beach Hotel sits between stretches of unspoiled beach along the Indian Ocean and the calm … September 25, 2011
Fourteen of Spain’s most prominent tourism businesses have signed their commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism at the first International Congress on Ethics and Tourism, which was officially closed by their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe … September 19, 2011
On Monday, September 12, 2011, Minister of Tourism, Marthinus van Schalkwyk, launched the South African National Minimum Standard for Responsible Tourism (NMSRT), which highlights the role of sustainable tourism practices in creating better places for … September 14, 2011
LOS ANGELES, California - Green Globe today announced the recertification of Atlantis Submarines, Barbados. Atlantis Submarines was first certified in December 2008. This flagship company has demonstrated its continued focus and commitment to sustainable … August 22, 2011
Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort & Casino and Constance Ephelia Resort, two of the largest hotel companies in the Seychelles, have come to an agreement this week with the Seychelles Farmers Association and Cooperative to purchase local chicken instead … August 5, 2011
LOS ANGELES, California - In 2011, the Club Med Village of Chamonix renews its Green Globe certification, verifying its commitment to sustainable tourism.
This step is part of the systematic deployment of certification at all Club Med Villages. To … July 27, 2011
The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and China have opened a third Sustainable Tourism Observatory to monitor the environmental and socio-economic impacts of tourism.
The Zhangjiajie Observatory, located in Hunan Province, is part of a network … July 19, 2011
The Seychelles President, Mr. James Michel, has been presented a "green paper" of the Seychelles’ Master Plan for Tourism for the next five years by the Seychelles Tourism Board CEO, Alain St. Ange, at State House yesterday afternoon.
The President … July 5, 2011
UNWTO and the Indonesian Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MoCT) have launched a new energy efficiency project in Indonesia. The project, “Sustainable Tourism through Energy Efficiency with Adaptation and Mitigation Measures in Pangandaran” (STREAM), … June 13, 2011
International development banks, UN agencies, and intergovernmental organizations have pledged to support the sustainable development of tourism in a network of parks spanning ten countries in West Africa. Commitments to the West Africa Parks Project … June 3, 2011
The seven Central and Eastern European countries sharing the Carpathian mountain range have agreed to jointly manage the sustainable development of tourism; a sector of fundamental importance to the region. Meeting at the 3rd Conference of the Parties … June 2, 2011
UNWTO and the Organization of American States (OAS) have signed a cooperation agreement aimed at developing sustainable tourism policies and enhancing the productivity and competitiveness of the tourism sector in the Americas.The agreement was signed … May 27, 2011
LOS ANGELES, California - Green Globe Certification today announced that Mr. Ewald K. Biemans, CEO of Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts Aruba, will address the Green Globe World Summit in Paris, Saturday, May 28, 2011.
Mr. Biemans is owner of Bucuti Beach … May 25, 2011
LOS ANGELES, California - Green Globe Certification announced the expert speaker list for its World Summit in Paris from May 27-29, 2011. The 3rd annual summit attracts leaders in sustainable travel and tourism, as well as committed professionals assisting … April 29, 2011
Cape Town Tourism has hailed the content of Minister of Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk’s tourism budget speech, which was released at a media briefing on April 20, 2011. Minister van Schalkwyk reported on three themes that the South African tourism … April 21, 2011
A UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) international donors’ conference is looking to mobilize funds to support sustainable tourism development in cross-border parks and protected areas spanning ten countries in West Africa (Dakar, Senegal, May 27-28, … April 4, 2011
The Secretary-General of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), TalebRifai, and the President of the Banesto Foundation, AntonioBasagoiti, today presented the cooperation agreement signed by the two organizations at UNWTO headquarters in Madrid.
UNWTO … March 29, 2011
Increased investment in sustainable tourism can boost the sector’s contribution to economic growth, development, and particularly job creation, while at the same time addressing major environmental challenges, according to the just released … February 22, 2011
UNWTO and Croatia have agreed to further advance sustainable tourism and maximize its contribution to economic growth, job creation, and development in the country. Planned joint activities include the holding of the "First International Conference on … February 18, 2011
UNWTO is a key partner of the recently established Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism, an initiative to connect all stakeholders working or interested in working to develop sustainable tourism (Costa Rica, January 21, 2011).
As the United … February 4, 2011
The United Nations General Assembly has adopted by consensus at its 65th session three separate resolutions emphasizing the role of tourism in sustainable development. The three resolutions, on the implementation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, … December 21, 2010
Tourism offers an effective and viable regional development tool through boosting economic growth and creating quality jobs. This was the central message coming out of the UNWTO Seminar on "Tourism as a Tool for Sustainable Regional Development" (Tirana, … November 26, 2010
The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has called on delegates attending the Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP10) in Nagoya, Japan, to recognize tourism’s role in safeguarding … November 3, 2010
The Travel Foundation, Royal Caribbean Cruises’ Ocean Fund and Museum for African Art (NYC), will be presented with the 2010 World Tourism Award in a ceremony at World Travel Market (WTM) in London, Monday, November 8, at the ExCel Center, WTM Conference … October 29, 2010
LOS ANGELES, CA - The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park is the first attraction of its kind in the Caribbean to attain Green Globe Certification, demonstrating its commitment to the environment and sustainable operations and management.
Green Globe … October 28, 2010
The Global Observatory on Sustainable Tourism (GOST), a United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) initiative for the monitoring and evaluating of sustainable tourism policies, received a significant boost following the signing of a collaboration … October 5, 2010
The 29th ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF), the region’s foremost tourism and travel event, to be hosted by member-nation, Brunei Darussalam, in Bandar Seri Begawan, from January 21-28, 2010, has registered overwhelming response. All 373 exhibiting booths at … December 16, 2009
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) today announced the judges for the 2010 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, WTTC's highest-profile accolade recognizing best practice in sustainable tourism. Each year, tourism companies, travel organizations, and destinations … November 3, 2009
"Tourism has become the best incentive for all economic and social policies," said HE Michel Sleiman, President of the Lebanese Republic during his first visit to the UNWTO headquarters. He stressed the importance of UNWTO to "contribute more in highlighting … October 20, 2009
With climate change and the global recession driving the current international political agenda, both politicians and businesses are increasingly drawn towards the idea of a global green economy.
The tourism sector is at the frontline of these key … August 11, 2009
Skal International and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), following a series of meetings between representatives of UNEP and Skal International. The object of the memorandum is to provide a framework … February 23, 2009
The 6th Annual Skål International Ecotourism Awards were presented by the President of Skål International, Litsa Papathanassi and Vice President, Media and Public Relations, Hulya Aslantas in the presence of the Minister of Tourism of Turkey, Mr. Ertugrul … November 15, 2007