The fourth annual Armenian] Ecotourism Conference was held on August 30-31. The event was organized by the AUA Acopian Center for the Environment. in partnership with the Tourism Committee of the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Armenia (RA), RA Ministry of Environment, WWF Armenia and Transboundary Joint Secretariat funded by the KfW German state-owned development bank and The International Ecotourism Society (TIES)
What is TIES?
Founded in 1990, The International Ecotourism Society has been on the forefront of the development of Ecotourism, providing guidelines and standards, training, technical assistance, and educational resources.
The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) is the oldest and largest ecotourism society in the world.
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We received 971 viable survey responses from 91 countries in every continent. We received the largest number of responses from the USA, but we were heartened to receive responses from Sudan, Palestinian territories, Israel, Venezuela, Bhutan, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Nepal, Cote D’Ivoire and Iran, along with 80 other nations.
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Ecotourism vacation is becoming more and more important because tourists are seeking natural beautiful destinations in order to see beautiful...
Scientific research proves that the state of the world is in peril. Take for instance, the environment. Already biodiversity has been reduced to the lowest levels in human history. We have lost 25% of all bird species, 24% of mammal species, 11% of plant species, and 24% of coral reefs. Ecotourism has the potential to combat these issues.
Travelling locally might not be super glamorous, but it’s often cheaper and teaches you about your own area—and it’s much less polluting. If you want to go further afield, The International Ecotourism Society can point you in the direction of some holidays that won’t hurt the planet.
WASHINGTON, DC — Effective January 1, 2015, The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) has revised its Definition and Principles, created by the...