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OUTSIDE Travel Awards 2014

March 18, 2014

Editor’s Note: The ATTA is happy to announce that the following ATTA members were honored by the OUTSIDE Travel Awards 2014: Ibex Expeditions — Best Mountain Trip; H&I and Backroads — Best Bike Destination; Ciclismo Classico — Best Foodie Destination; Island Jane Eco-Tours and South Expeditions — Best Adventure Hub; Wilderness Travel — Best Family Trip; Fogo Island Inn and Juvet — Best New Hotel; GeoEx — Best Splurge Best Trips, Deals, Service Providers, Apps and Gear Santa Fe, NM – OUTSIDE, America’s leading active lifestyle brand, has announced this year’s annual Travel Awards winners. From the most beautiful beaches to the best deals, the 2014 OUTSIDE Travel Awards celebrate the top destinations and travel providers in the U.S. and around the world that inspire people to participate in an active lifestyle. The winners appear in OUTSIDE’s April issue (on newsstands March 18), and online. This year, OUTSIDE tapped its global... Read More →

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International Handbook on Tourism and Peace launched by UNWTO and the Government of Austria

February 3, 2014

Providing a unique overview of tourism as a tool in peace building and reconciliation efforts, the International Handbook on Tourism and Peace was launched with the support of the Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth and the Ministry of European and International Affairs of Austria Vienna, Austria - The Handbook offers a comprehensive collection of perspectives on tourism and peace from leading international specialists with topics ranging from sustainable development and conflict resolution to eco-tourism and heritage preservation and includes several case studies. On the occasion of the launch, UNWTO Secretary Taleb Rifai stated that “the fundamental experience of tourism – visiting a new place and meeting its people and culture – is a transformative aspect that defines tourism’s role as an agent of peace. In this age of travel, I trust that this Handbook will help enhance our understanding of the subject and open up further possibilities to foster tourism as a valuable... Read More →

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Bonito, Brazil Prepares to Host Ecotourism Leaders from Around the World During the 2014 Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference

January 23, 2014

Washington, DC – Building ecotourism capacity within destinations around the world is the main theme for the 2014 Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC 14) being held in Bonito, Brazil April 27-30, 2014, says The International Ecotourism Society (TIES)`s chair, Kelly Bricker, and representatives for destinations and tourism operations  looking to build their reputation for ecotourism experiences are encouraged to register. “Providing travelers with tourism options that are sustainable and follow the principles of ecotourism is no longer an option, it is an expectation,” says Bricker . “For over 24 years TIES has been then driving force behind providing the skills, training and academic resources for creating policies and establishing authentic ecotourism practices in global destinations.” The Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC 14), now in its eighth year, is TIES’ annual conference. A leading platform for industry stakeholders... Read More →

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National Geographic Announces 2014 Adventurers of the Year

November 20, 2013

Online Voting for People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year Runs through Jan. 31, 2014 Climber Adam Ondra Photograph by Van Conrad Adventure Educators Amy and Dave Freeman Photograph by Bernardo Gimenez Big-Wave Surfer Greg Long Photograph by Bruno Lemos Alpinists Raphael Slawinski and Ian Welsted Photograph by Raphael Slawinski WASHINGTON — National Geographic has announced the 2014 Adventurers of the Year, whose extraordinary achievements in exploration, adventure sports, conservation or humanitarianism have distinguished them in the past year. Online voting for the People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year is now open and runs through Jan. 31, 2014. Fans can go here to vote every day for their favorite honoree. The adventurer with the most votes at the end of the voting period will be announced in February as the 2014 People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year. This year’s 13 honorees include a long-distance swimmer who was the first to swim from Cuba to Florida without protection... Read More →

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Pan-Europe Experiences, Branding and Social Media at The Heart of Europe’s Tourism Strategy

November 15, 2013

LONDON - Following on the “Destination Europe 2020” joint initiative with the European Travel Commission (EC) announced at last year’s World Travel Market (WTM), Eduardo Santander, Executive Director of the European Travel Commission (ETC), presented at a press conference in London the first findings of the overseas consultation process led by ETC to gather first-hand industry input for the consolidation of a comprehensive strategy for the promotion of Europe as a tourist destination. “We wanted to involve the entire tourism industry in formulating a common tourism strategy for Europe. The extensive market intelligence that we have gathered during the last year will allow us to determinate pathways to support tourism growth and sustain Europe’s competitive position as the number one world tourism destination” addressed Eduardo Santander. He pointed out the big opportunities coming up for European destination, especially in the emerging outbound travel markets of South America... Read More →

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Tourism in Africa: Harnessing Tourism for Growth & Improved Livelihoods

October 9, 2013

Ahead of the 2013 Adventure World Summit, the first Summit to be held in Africa, our guests from the The World Bank Group wanted to share an eight-page overview of their new book, Tourism in Africa: Harnessing Tourism for Growth and Improved Livelihoods (available online). The book was prepared to support governments and the private sector across Africa in their understanding and planning for their tourism sectors, and with 24 viable case studies, is a dynamic resource for anyone interested in successful models of sustainable stakeholder issues in African tourism. During the Summit, Hannah Messerli, from the World Bank will be part of a session entitled “Synergy – A Study in Development & Tourism” that will review Namibia’s success in becoming a world leader in balancing conservation, community development and tourism. She will be joined by leaders in both government and conservation. The moderator of the session, Mr. John Kasaona, is the son of the first game guard in Namibia,... Read More →

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Outdoor Industry Association Takes the Pulse of Outdoor Retail at Outdoor Retailer

August 21, 2013

By Outdoor Industry Assocation Reprinted with permission of Outdoor Industry Association. Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is the leading trade association for the outdoor industry and the title sponsor of the Outdoor Retailer trade show. The Outdoor Retail of the Future Project is a multi-year initiative aimed at reinventing the outdoor retail experience. Working with and for its members, OIA is uncovering actionable strategies to help OIA members adapt to the rapidly shifting needs and expectations of outdoor consumers. Unless outdoor specialty retailers can adapt to rapidly changing consumer behavior and attitudes, the marketplace is at risk of losing a distribution channel that is critical to sustaining long-term growth of the outdoor industry and recruiting new outdoor consumers. In response to this, Outdoor Industry Association® (OIA) kicked off the Outdoor Retail of the Future Project at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market last week. Nearly 800 people packed the room at the OIA Industry... Read More →

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Outdoor Industry Association® Announces 2013-2014 Board of Directors

August 13, 2013

Jennifer Mull, CEO of Backwoods, Named Chair Outdoor Industry Association® (OIA) announced today the newly elected 2013-2014 Board of Directors. The board also selected its officers, naming Jennifer Mull, CEO of Backwoods, Inc., as chair; Zohar Ziv, President and COO of Deckers Corp., as 1st vice chair; Casey Sheahan, CEO of Patagonia, as 2nd vice chair; Travis Campbell, CEO of Far Bank Enterprises, as Treasurer; and Sue Rechner, President and CEO of Confluence Watersports, as Secretary. “I have thoroughly enjoyed serving on the OIA board with an amazing group of industry executives,” said Mull. “I am honored to be named chair and look forward to serving the needs of our members to ensure a vibrant, healthy future for the industry.” As a member driven organization, the OIA board consists of 18 industry elected members and 10 appointed non-voting members, who may serve up to two consecutive three-year terms. New or reelected voting board members serving three-year terms include: Todd... Read More →

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Culture and Tourism the ‘Perfect Marriage’

July 23, 2013

Visiting Auckland this week, Malaysia’s Minister of Tourism and Culture, Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz has highlighted the potential of merging of culture and tourism. In New Zealand as part of a global campaign to attract more foreign visitors to Malaysia, Minister Nazri says his country’s diverse cultures enhance the country’s competitiveness and attractiveness as a travel destination. Malaysia’s fifth ranking politician, Nazri has just taken on the Tourism and Culture portfolio following recent general elections. He takes the helm of a sector which earned Malaysia RM60.6 billion (NZ$24.24 billion) last year. Through the 2014 campaign, which has the theme ‘Celebrating 1 Malaysia Truly Asia’, Malaysia aims to attract 28 million visitors next year and generate revenue of Malaysia RM76 billion. Minister Nazri explains “like New Zealand, where experiencing your Maori culture is a unique proposition for tourists, we know a major draw card... Read More →

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Global Sustainable Tourism Council Signs Landmark Memorandum of Understanding With Global Travel & Tourism Partnership

July 14, 2013

Washington, D.C. - The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce a partner association with the Global Travel & Tourism Partnership (GTTP), an industry philanthropic initiative to teach students about careers in travel and tourism in more than 5,600 schools in 11 countries. GTTP Executive Director Nancy Needham and GSTC CEO Mauro Marrocu formalized the alliance through a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed last month. According to the MoU, the two organizations will establish a working relationship and collaborate on projects for a period of two years. The agreement details the partners’ joint advocacy and mutual support of the GSTC’s mission to promote sustainable tourism development and the GTTP’s mission to educate secondary school students on career opportunities in travel and tourism. Among the various collaborative efforts currently being planned, the GSTC will endorse GTTP curricular materials and GSTC members will have an opportunity... Read More →

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