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    And Now, the Tourism Sustainability Council

    Thursday, September 10th, 2009

    From The Partnership for Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC Partnership):
    Partnership for Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria and Sustainable Tourism Stewardship Council Announce Merger to Form Tourism Sustainability Council

    Two leading initiatives launch effort to provide global sustainable tourism guidelines and international accreditation for travel industry to help protect the environment and support local communities

    The Partnership for Global […]

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    The Tourism Sustainability Scorecard / La Ficha de Evaluación de Sostenibilidad Turística

    Thursday, May 28th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB releases sustainability scorecard for private sector tourism projects

    Interactive online tool enables assessment of sustainability dimensions of proposed projects

    The Inter-American Development Bank today released a new Tourism Sustainability Scorecard, an interactive tool developed to ensure that the IDB’s investments in private sector tourism projects maximize social, economic, cultural and environmental […]

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    Buenos Aires Begins Eco-Certifying Lodging

    Monday, May 18th, 2009

    The program of Buenos Aires Province launched earlier this year to formally recognize “sustainable touristic lodging” is finally getting into full swing. The provincial environment authority, OPDS, just announced the award of the first 21 certifications to lodgings in the Sierra de la Ventana (“Window Mountains”) area of Torquinst.
    The program judges lodging in touristic […]

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    Making Belize Tourism More Sustainable?

    Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

    Temas Note: What I like about this loan is that it explicitly seeks to incorporate “sustainable tourism criteria” (hopefully the recently announced global criteria) into the master plan that the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will help the Government of Belize to develop, and it makes provisions for helping small businesses meet the costs of upgrading […]

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    IDB & The National Geographic Society Join Forces to Promote Sustainable Tourism

    Saturday, October 18th, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB, The National Geographic Society to jointly promote sustainable tourism
    The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and The National Geographic Society have joined efforts to promote initiatives aimed at developing sustainable tourism in Latin America and the Caribbean.
    IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno and John Fahey, President of The National Geographic Society (NGS), […]

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    First Destination for UNEP’s Green Passport Program: Brazil

    Monday, October 13th, 2008

    The international community is about to launch a “Green Passport” program to promote “sustainable holidays,” and guess where the concept is being field tested first: a small colonial era town in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro (RJ) state, Paraty.
    The Green Passport is a project of the International Task Force on Sustainable Tourism Development (ITF-STD) created under […]

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    SEMARNAT: Respecting Environmental Laws Needn’t Harm Tourism

    Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

    Mexico’s Environment Minister, Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada, rejects the claims of some that tough enforcement of that country’s environmental laws and regulations is harming tourism there.  He argues that respecting environmental law and tourism development can go hand-in-hand in Mexico.
    Elvira Quesada points out that in the first 21 months of the Calderón Administration the Environment […]

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    Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria / Criterios Globales de Turismo Sostenible

    Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

    Temas Observation: I was favorably inclined toward this exercise because of the involvement of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Conservation Union (IUCN), Conservation International (CI) and secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), but was less impressed that Ted Turner endorsed it, still unsure what to think about the Rainforest Alliance‘s efforts […]

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    Nominate a LAC Candidate for the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

    Saturday, September 20th, 2008

    The deadline for nominating candidates for these awards is 15 December. There are many worthy candidates in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) — my friends at Barbados Free Press, for example, have suggested a worthy one in the hopes that such an award will help boost tourism on that island. I am not […]

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    Buenos Aires Province to Launch Sustainable Hotels Certification Program

    Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: The environment authority of the Argentine Province of Buenos Aires, the Provincial Organ for Sustainable Development (Organismo Provincial para el Desarrollo Sostenible – OPDS), has announced that it is creating an eco-certification program for tourism establishments (primarily lodging) there. The “Green Star” program will rate not only conventional hotels, but also […]

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