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Kenyan island Lamu is uneasy about its UNESCO Heriage List site status
Added: 2009-10-12 18:13:24


UNESCO is ready to withdraw Lamu osland from the World Heritage List, if its inhabitants will continue to ruin what was the reason of inclusion of the island into the list - unique houses made from petrified corals, with their cool patios, numerous terrasses, beautifully carved doors. It seems that Heritage List status did not actually cheer the locals, as they constantly break the rules implied by UNESCO, in order to earn their dollars from (frequently irresponsilbe) tourism.

Photo credit: telegraph.co.uk
Audi efficiency car race from A to B (Å to Bée)
Added: 2009-10-05 21:05:07


Since most of places (that are interesting for rural travelers) are best reached by cars, we are glad to promote any initiative from car manufacturers about fuel efficiency, because it makes rural travel even more nature-friendly. Someone has calculated that single two-hour flight from A to B has the same ecological footprint that going from A to B by car in two weeks. This year, Audi goes from A to B with some style.

In the beginning point of the race.
Goby.com searches in three dimensions.
Added: 2009-10-05 20:19:10


We have noticed a new kid on the block of travel-oriented search engines. It's Goby.com, and except its short domain name, it features a new approach to searching for travel-oriented information.

Jiuzhaigou - China's Mystic Waters
Added: 2009-09-29 15:37:05


Article by Edward Hoagland (Published in March 2009 issue of National Geographic)

Jiuzhaigou means "valley of nine villages," because it once harbored nine, but other numbers are more significant now. About 80 hotels are clustered cleanly at the mouth of a Y-shaped, 20-mile-long valley in the Min Mountains of central China, where 280 buses wait to shuttle this day's 18,000 or so visitors up the very pretty route, past a chain of flower-colored, ribbony lakes and fingery waterfalls, underneath escarpments chevroned with maple, spruce, or bamboo forests cut by the talus of old landslides.

Photograph by Michael Yamashita (National Geographic)
Kronotsky Nature Reserve - Fragile Russian Wilderness
Added: 2009-09-29 15:29:59


Article by David Quammen (from January 2009 issue of National Geographic magazine).

Some places on this planet are so wondrous, and so frangible, that maybe we just shouldn't go there.

Maybe we should leave them alone and appreciate them from afar. Send a delegated observer who will absorb much, walk lightly, and report back as Neil Armstrong did from the moon—and let the rest of us stay home. That paradox applies to Kronotsky Zapovednik, a remote nature reserve on the east side of Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula, along the Pacific coast a thousand miles north of Japan.

Kronotsky Volcano. (c) Michael Melford, National Geographic
Nice page about rural tourism on Ibiza
Added: 2009-09-19 22:46:47


I found this article just a few days ago, despite it was actually written on a Valentine Day last year. This article is perfect example of successful propagation of rural tourism, describing its benefits to wide auduence, and at the same time, the article accentuates why it is good for Ibiza in particular. Most of practical notes and advices are valid for all other places open for rural tourists - but this guys also provide information about accommodation and activities on this Balearic Island, widely known for its club life.

Villa Can Maries, Photo from ibiza-spotlight.com
Second dinosaur museum in Queensland, Australia
Added: 2009-09-19 22:25:14


South-west Queensland is now hoping to open a centre to showcase the region's fossil finds to tourists.

A multi-million dollar dinosaur museum is already under construction at Winton in the state's central west. But now a locally-driven group called the Outback Gondwana Foundation is hoping to build a $1.5 million facility near Eromanga, west of Quilpie, reports ABC News (www.abc.net.au)

Many dinosaur bones are still waiting to be discovered. Photo from australiangeographic.com.au
Foreign Capital to Boost Rural Tourism in Southern China
Added: 2009-09-19 22:11:33


South China's Guangdong Province has been seeking foreign funds and co-operations to construct more "farms" and other speciality scenic spots to boost rural tourism industry.

The 'farms' for sightseeing and other tourist projects will be located in Qingyuan, Zhaoqing, Shaoguan, Yunfu, Jieyang, Meizhou and Chaozhou in the province's mountainous areas.

"The countryside and village tourism industry has great potential," said an official from Guangdong Provincial Administration of Tourism yesterday.

View on the Pearl River. (c) Manfred Leiter, tropicalisland.de
Jenolan Cave near Sydney reopens after revamp
Added: 2009-09-19 22:00:01


A 340 million-year-old cave at Jenolan reopened on 20th of August after a $500,000 upgrade, reports ABC News (www.abc.net.au)

The Jenolan Caves are an example of remarkable caverns in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia; 175 kilometres west of Sydney. They are the most celebrated of several similar groups in the limestone of the country being the oldest discovered open caves in the world.

Photo by Sylvia Wu, http://www.flickr.com/photos/7347585@N05/
Upgrading Stanley Nut
Added: 2009-09-19 21:49:39


Australian State Government will spend close to $300 000 upgrading tracks and lookouts at the Stanley Nut on Tasmania's north-west coast, reports ABC News (www.abc.net.au).

The Nut, an old volcanic plug discovered by the explorers Bass and Flinders in 1798, who officially named it Circular Head. It has steep sides and rises to 143 metres with a flat top. It is possible to walk to the top of The Nut via a steep track.

Tourists regularly travel to Highfield (a farming region on the north west of the township) to view the picturesque northern beaches with The Nut in the background.

Town of Stanley and The Nut. Photo of hazelz19 of outdoors.webshots.com.
Eco Tourism in the Middle East: Yemen
Added: 2009-09-19 08:44:19


We continue to deliver you the articles of Karen Chernik of prophet.com about Eco Tourism possibilities in the Middle East. This time her article covers Yemen.

Palm trees of Socotra island. Photo from socotraisland.org
Eco Tourism in the Middle East: Lebanon
Added: 2009-09-19 08:35:40


We continue to deliver you the articles of Karen Chernik of prophet.com about Eco Tourism possibilities in the Middle East. This time her article covers Lebanon.

Cedar tree is an ancient symbol of Lebanon
Eco Tourism in the Middle East: Syria
Added: 2009-09-18 21:40:49


We continue to deliver you the articles of Karen Chernik of prophet.com about Eco Tourism possibilities in the Middle East. This time her article covers Syria.

Syria is full of ancient ruins, among other things. Picture delivered through greenprophet.com.
Eco Tourism in the Middle East: Jordan
Added: 2009-09-18 21:33:17


We continue to deliver you the articles of Karen Chernik of prophet.com about Eco Tourism possibilities in the Middle East. This time her article covers Jordan

Tent Camp in Jordanian desert. Photo from flickr.com, copyright of its respective author, delivered through greenprophet.com
Eco Tourism in the Middle East: Egypt
Added: 2009-09-18 21:27:26


In our attempt to deliver you all the best news on rural, green and responsible travel, we found several invaluable sites that are providing this kind of information. We are very happy to introduce these sites and their authors to you. One of the best data sources is greenprophet.com. Here is a teaser of Karen Chernick's article about Eco Tourism in Egypt (the one from her series about Eco Tourism in the Middle East)

Adrere Amellal Ecolodge, Picture from greenprophet.com
GoEco Pioneers Volunteer Eco Tourism in Israel
Added: 2009-09-18 21:18:00


Karen Chernick of greenprophet.com reports about GoEco, a volunteer organization established in 2005 by Jonathan Gilben and Jonathan Tal (both of whom have degrees in Environmental and Geographical Studies), which is a pioneer in introducing the concept of volunteer tourism to Israel. Volunteer tourism is a relatively new field in which travel benefits not only the tourist but the community that he or she visits.

Following text is an exerpt from Karen's article, which can also be found at greenprophet.com

GoEco volunteer in Israel
Rural Tourism Helps Costa Rica’s Doka Maintain Coffee Traditions
Added: 2009-09-18 20:58:37


At $16 a person, The Real Coffee Tour is not the principle bread winner for the Vargas family, which has run the Doka Estate coffee plantation through generations and almost 80 years. But for owner Don Rodrigo Vargas, it is one of his greatest sources of delight.

His story was originally published by costaricapages.com

During the tour, visitors can see various stages of coffee growing and making. Picture from dokaestate.com
Italian group launching rural tourism network in Cape Verde
Added: 2009-09-18 20:35:22


New tourism project set to start on four Cape Verde islands

Cospe, a non-governmental organisation from Italy, is developing a new tourism project for the Cape Verde islands.

Santiago will be one of four islands involved in the "rural tourism network", which aims to celebrate and improve local products for the purpose of boosting Cape Verde's tourism industry.

Fishing boats on the beach on Santiago. Photo courtesy of guardian.co.uk
Xiamen has a new rural tourism spot - Bougainvillea Park
Added: 2009-09-18 20:20:34


Not many foreigners live in Xiamen know that Bougainvillea is in fact a city flower of Xiamen. Even if you don’t know the flower by name, Bougainville or Bouganvillea will be well known to many foreigners in Xiamen soon.

Bougainvillea Park on Damao Mountain was open to the Xiamen public couple of weeks ago. This feature attracted more than 10 thousand people who chose to visit the park on previous weekends and savour a kaleidoscope of colour for themselves.

We bring you this article thanks to whatsonxiamen.com, who cite WOX Info as a main source of this information. We encourage you to visit their site to learn even more about Xiamen region.

Bouganvillea Park was open to public in late 2008. Photo courtesy of whatsonxiamen.com
Maldives vows to be first carbon-neutral nation
Added: 2009-09-12 12:41:39


Article by Olivia Lang from Male for Reuters - as published on reuters.com

The Maldives will shift entirely to renewable energy over the next decade to become the first carbon-neutral nation and fight climate change that threatens the low-lying archipelago's existence, said the president Mohamed Nasheed.

Maldives are threatened to disappear because of the level of the ocean to raise in the nearest future.
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