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New Meeting: Meet with the International Ecotourism Society-make an impact on your travel!

From: donna
Sent on: Tuesday, March 11, 2008 11:44 AM
Announcing a new meeting for The Washington Ecotourism Meetup Group!

What: Meet with the International Ecotourism Society-make an impact on your travel!

When: Thursday, March 27, 6:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Who should come: Anyone who is interested in treading lightly in this wonderful world.

Why: If you love to travel but care about the enviroment and want to make a difference.

Meeting Description: We are very excited to have one the staff from the Ecotourism Society meet and talk to us about how we can travel and have a positive impact on the world.
As the world's oldest and largest ecotourism organization, TIES (The Internationa Ecotourism Society) is committed to promoting the principles of ecotourism and responsible travel. With the goal of uniting conservation, communities and sustainable travel, TIES serves its members in over 90 countries, as the global source of knowledge and advocacy in ecotourism.

Ecotourism is:

"Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people." (TIES, 1990)

Ecotourism is about connecting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel. This means that those who implement and participate in responsible tourism activities should follow the following ecotourism principles:

minimize impact
build environmental and cultural awareness and respect
provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts
provide direct financial benefits for conservation
provide financial benefits and empowerment for local people
raise sensitivity to host countries' political, environmental, and social climate

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