I write this blog about ecotourism because I have a big interest in this topic and I do think it can make a difference. I want to share what I find/think interesting about it.
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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Good News for Ecotourism

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Some days are definitely better than others, and today is pretty unique for ecotourism.

First Nile Guide released a new version of their website. I am not going to comment on the details about it as Techcrunch has done it pretty well, but I think it is definitely something good for ecotourism as it enables people to share more information. And if travellers have more information on their next trip they can take better decisions, e.g. on their mode of transportation. At the end it will help to reduce the impact of travellers on the environment.

The second one is the decision of Barack Obama to develop high speed train in the US. At last!! This will not only have a positive impact on the environment but will create thousands of jobs in America. If he keeps going like this it is going to be "Yes We Did It" in four years time.

The last one is a bit more personal: an Article from Planet Green on eco-friendly countries. And after Costa Rica and New Zealand, they put France! France?? Well as a French person I have always thought that Germany or any Scandinavian country would have an edge over us, but it is true that with the high speed train railway network, the improvement on recycling policies all over the country and the development of renewable energies we are getting greener than ever.

So good news on the ecotourism front but the fight continue.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Greater Yellowstone Geotourism Map: Could Be Better

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Yellowstone National Park in the US is the oldest natural park in the world and probably one of the most beautiful and famous ones. This preserved area is a perfect place for ecotourism and so I was delighted when I received an email about a Geotourism map.

"Much more than a road map, the new Geotourism MapGuide to the Greater Yellowstone Region and its companion Web site Yellowstone Geotourism share locals’ knowledge on everything from where to find the best huckleberry milkshake and great community events to where to watch rescued grizzlies and wolves in their daily activities. Nearly 1,000 map point nominations were received from the region’s residents, making the MapGuide a unique resource for the millions of annual visitors as well as locals seeking unspoiled outdoor places and authentic cultural experiences. The MapGuide will be unveiled in three events around the region: on March 27 in Cody, Wyo.; March 30 in Boise, Idaho; and March 31 in Helena, Mont.

The map is very useful (and can be downloaded) and covers the whole area of the park, but I would have prefered an interactive one accessible online with filters and different others possibilities. For the next version I guess.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The International Ecotourism Society Revamped Website

I really like the International Ecotourism Society as this is an organization that has brougth a lot to ecotourism. But to be honest I did not like their website as I found it a bit old fashion and not very user fiendly.

However time have changed. I just saw the new version of the website and my first reaction was: "Whaoooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. What happened??". It has everything that any good website should have: clear background, instant identification of where you have to go, relevant sections, continuous animation (but not annoying or distracting at all). They also offer you the possibility to embed one widget, which is a pretty cool features for bloggers. I hope that this indicate a bigger use of social media tools, thing that would be my only reproach to this new design/website.

Have a look and let me know what you think.

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