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E C O T O U R I N G   n e w s issue 13, May 2000

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NEW: The Monthly ECOCLUB.com EcoTravel Report Competition: 
Every month, starting with the July issue,  we will be publishing the best eco-travel report received. The winner will win US $50 or alternatively the winner's favourite charity will win US $100. 
For details and the rules please visit: www.ecotourism.cc/r/news.html


In this Issue:  

1. Ecotourism Ring Overview:  

Seven new websites joined the Ecotourism Ring during the past month bringing our total to 64 sites from 27 countries, a monthly increase of 12.4% !
However, Traffic fell slightly from 3426 hits to 3259 and the Ecotourism Ring ranged this month between the 49th and the 52nd in the top-100 travel related Webrings. 


Ecotourism Ring Top-10 by Traffic generated

Rank

(Previous)  Clicks  (Previous) Ecotourism Ring Member Site:
 1 (3)  95 (120) Amazon Rain Forest Expedition
 2 (1)  65 (142) Eco-Tours in Bhutan
3 (4)  60 (64) Daintree Wilderness Lodge - Australia
 4 (10)     59 (46) ecotourism.cc - Free Ecotourism Resources
5 (6) 55 (57) Tourindia - Kerala, India
6 (7) 48 (54) About.com: Ecotourism
 7 (5)  47 (59) African Safaris & EcoTourism
8 (2) 46 (142) Sunny Brook Cottages -NH, U.S.A.
9 (-) 44 (-)   Kosrae Village Resort, Micronesia
10 (-) 42 (-)   Estonian Ecotourism Association

2. The new Ecotourism Ring Members:    

A Warm welcome to our new Members from India, Bhutan, Micronesia, Italy (first Member), Australia, Thailand (first Member) and South Africa.

adventure and eco travel in India and Bhutan - We are a medium size and highly personalised adventure and eco travel company. Activities inlcude trekking, rafting, horse safari's, mountain biking, culture, and diving.
Traders Ridge Resort - Micronesia
- Traders Ridge Resort is located on Yap an unspoiled Micronesian island where you can enjoy world class scuba diving and a host of environmentally friendly activities.
Giomici Bello - Giomici, situated on a hilltop in the green heart of Italy, Umbria, is an 11th century fortress situated a step away from Assisi, Perugia and Gubbio. Appartments and cottages available. Swimming Pool, horse riding, local specialities.
Alice Experience Ecotours - Australia - A small group touring company based at Ayers Rock, that runs ecotours and special interest tours (e.g Birdwatching) tours in the Northern Territory at popular places as Ayers Rock (Uluru) and Alice Springs
Yap's leader in Eco-Tourism - Micronesia - Offering carefully built Yapese style cottages with the emphasis on high adventure low impact vacation.
Eco Network International Co.,Ltd - Thailand - We are a tour company affiliated with the Wild Animal Rescue Foundation of Thailand (WAR). We specialise in organizing eco-tours in Thailand and all our profits are donated directly to WAR. Moreover, we try to educate our customers about nature conservation.
Desert Discovery - Thirstland Safari's -South Africa - Desert Discovery offers exclusive mobile safari tours into Africa's pristine Kalahari desert wilderness areas.


3.  Members News: Article by Howard Zeder from Yap, Micronesia

 Traders' Ridge Resort: A Commitment to the Culture and Environment of Yap.

3 (b). Ecotourism Society of Pakistan New address:


4. Monthly Poll 

Q: Does Mass Tourism follow Ecotourism  - Out of a total  of  41  VOTES: 

20% ALWAYS
59% NEVER
21%  Depends on the Beach quality.


NEW POLL: If you are given the dilemma of choosing between creating a protected area for an Endangered species and preserving a tribe's hunting practices and grounds what would you chose.

A. To preserve the tribe's hunting practices and grounds

B. To create a protected area for the endangered species

C. To confine hunting to certain times of the year and certain areas.  

TO VOTE CLICK HERE   

The Poll will end on the 15th of June, results in the next ecotouRING news.


5. World Ecotourism News   - (Text and comments in the Subscribers version)  

IMPRISONED MEXICAN WINS ENVIRONMENTAL PRIZE - 17/04/00
COAT FROM HAMSTERS?  - 17/4/00 
PROTESTS GREET U.S. TOXIC-WASTE SHIP IN JAPAN - 18/4/00
CONGO AIRPORT REOPENS - 18/4/00
KNOWLEDGEABLE GORILLA DIES - 20/4/00
LOUVRE ACQUIRES 3 RARE PIECES - 20/4/00 
 SPECIES UP-LISTED AT CITES -20/4/00 
EARLIEST FORM OF CHINESE FOUND  - 20/4/00 
MAKAH CONTINUE WHALE HUNT - 21/4/00 
TOURIST KILLED BY ELEPHANT - 25/4/00 

" OVER 3000 PEOPLE GO GORILLA TRACKING IN UGANDA SINCE APRIL 1999
AIRPORT DIRECTOR: ROGUE POLICE AGENTS HARASS TOURISTS  -  26/4/00  

THE LAST OF THE  KAW INDIANS  - 27/4/00 
UNHAPPY NORWEGIAN WHALERS - 28/4/00 
SOFTSHELL TURTLE HARVEST BAN STARTS - 2/5/00 
FLORIDA: ONE MANATEE A DAY DYING ! - 4/5/00 
AUSTRALIAN CLONE WORK TARGETS ENDANGERED SPECIES - 11/5/00 
SWISS RHINOCEROS "PUT TO SLEEP" - 11/5/00  
EMBATTLED JAPANESE GREENPEACE - 11/5/00  


6. Trade Shows / Conferences

If you are organising or are aware of an ecotourism related Trade Show or Conference please send the details to ringnews@ecotourism.cc  to include it here.  More trade shows at http://ecotourism.cc/ 

Holiday MartTrade Show & Exhibition, Karachi, Pakistan, May 18-20, 2000

Sustainable Tourism and Competitiveness in the Mediterranean, Capri, Italy, May 18-20, 2000. 

Health & Wellness Tourism Conference

Kuwait International Travel & Tourism Exhibition Kuwait City, Kuwait, May 23-27, 2000

EIBTM Trade Show & Exhibition, Geneva, Switzerland, May 23-25, 2000 

World Travel Trade Show & Exhibition, Government-Sponsored Show, Seoul, Rep. of Korea, Jun 1-4, 2000

Fiji Ecotourism and Travel Association, Conference 2000, June 5-8, 2000.
Society of Incentive & Travel Executives


7. Internet & Tourism Laws Watch - Links to various publications

 


8. ECO-Quiz  Answer correctly by email to quiz@ecotourism.cc and receive a clever game by email!

Last Month's Question was:
Up to how many years do plastic film containers thrown by careless tourists last before they are naturally recycled?
The correct answer according to a brochure of Yellowstone N.P. the decomposition time for this particular type of refuse is 20-30 years.

This Month's Question is:
What are the ULTIMATE roots of the term ECOTOURISM ?


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