World Legacy Awards 2016 and Other Sustainable Tourism Highlights at ITB Berlin

World Legacy Awards 2016 and Other Sustainable Tourism Highlights at ITB Berlin

The 2016 National Geographic World Legacy Awards were one of the undisputed highlights of ITB Berlin, the world’s largest travel fair and tourism convention. We had the pleasure to get to know some of the award winners during ITB Berlin, a convention more than ever committed to promoting socially and environmentally responsible travel business and experiences. Here is a brief summary of the sustainable tourism highlights and award winners…

The Ripple Effect of the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC)

The Ripple Effect of the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC)

As Mark Twain said, “Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” While the 2016 TIES Ecotourism & Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC) took place a while ago, the impacts of the important synergies and connections continue to grow and spread, like a ripple effect. To explore this further, Deby Stabler takes us on a virtual trip around North America – from Canada all the way to Mexico – to explore how conferences shape our journey.

Reflections on 2015 Sustainable Tourism Summit in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country

Reflections on 2015 Sustainable Tourism Summit in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country

Last month, we were invited to attend the International Sustainable Tourism Summit organized by the Instituto de Turismo Responsable (ITR), the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and the Basque Tourism Authority (Basquetour), held in the region’s capital city of Vitoria-Gasteiz. The event attracted over 200 inspiring (and aspiring) local sustainable tourism professionals, and many other experts from worldwide leading organizations. The official conference highlight was the signing of the Sustainable Tourism Charter, a declaration of intent by the conference attendees to promote a more sustainable and responsible tourism.