TIES global community is 1,200+ members strong with organizations and professionals from over 135 countries representing one of the fastest growing sectors of the global tourism industry.
(Ecotourism Professionals, Industry Experts, University Students, Professionals Working in Related Fields) Professional members receive benefits tailored to those working in ecotourism, and interested in sharing their expertise and improving their skills.
(Destinations, Operators, Lodgings, NGOs, Associations, Businesses in Related Fields) Any organization directly or indirectly affiliated with the tourism industry and engaged in ecotourism can sign up as an organization member of TIES.Join Now >
Ecotourism is now defined as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education” (TIES, 2015). Education is meant to be inclusive of both staff and guests.
Ecotourism is about uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel. This means that those who implement, participate in and market ecotourism activities should adopt the following ecotourism principles:
- Minimize physical, social, behavioral, and psychological impacts.
- Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect.
- Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts.
- Provide direct financial benefits for conservation.
- Generate financial benefits for both local people and private industry.
- Design, construct and operate low-impact facilities.
Jul 27, 2021
Traveling in Bulgaria is quite diverse and still very few people know the opportunities for ecotourism. Let’s face the truth, before the pandemic Bulgaria was a mass tourism destination with 2 distinct seasons – summer and winter. That’s how it was regarded to in the eyes of the international visitors partly related also the the advertising in this light.