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“Can tourism pay for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa?” asks Damian Bell, Executive Director of Honeyguide Foundation (HGF) in Tanzania. With the belief that “the futu

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“Can tourism pay for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa?” asks Damian Bell, Executive Director of Honeyguide Foundation (HGF) in Tanzania. With the belief that “the future of the ecosystems requires a harmonious balance with human livelihoods and conservation of natural resources”, and that tourism could play a big role in achieving this balance, he has established the foundation, which works with local communities and tourism enterprises to conserve wildlife and natural habitat. HGF uses social business and conservation initiatives to create an economic environment favorable to wildlife conservation and community development.                                        What Does Ecotourism Mean to the French Outbound Tourism Market?

 

The ESTC13 session “C-2: Understanding Key Consumer Trends Driving Sustainability Practices in Tourism” will feature a presentation on the French outbound tourism market by Guillaume Cromer, Director of ID-Tourism, sharing key insights into how the French outbound market understands ecotourism and responsible travel, so that ecotourism and responsible travel businesses can better understand and target the French market. ID-Tourism is a consulting company based in Paris specialized in sustainable tourism marketing, and works in France, Africa and Asia on CSR strategies, ecotourism schemes and community-based tourism projects.

UNWTO Tourism Forum Promotes Business Between Africa and Spain

 

The fourth edition of the Investment and Tourism Business Forum (INVESTOUR) addressed cooperation and business opportunities between Spain and Africa. Celebrated on the occasion of the Madrid International Tourism Fair (FITUR), INVESTOUR 2013 brought together representatives from 33 African countries and over 50 Spanish entrepreneurs.

 

“Bringing together the public and private sectors with potential international partners, represents a unique opportunity to reinforce business relations between Spain and Africa and advance sustainable development in the continent”, said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, opening INVESTOUR. Against the backdrop of international tourist arrivals growing by 6% in the region in 2012, the event took place “in a moment in which Africa continues to strive in the tourism map”, he added.

 

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