Jonathan Tourtellot

Conservation Accomplishment, Travel Adventure

Mexico’s Hidden Garden, the Sierra Gorda You can sum up the key to this Mexican conservation success in one word: “Inclusion.” So says the cofounder of Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda, the Sierra Gorda Ecological Group. That’s Pati, or more formally, Martha Ruiz Corzo, the charismatic changemaker who has spent much of her life working to…

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“Overtourism” Plagues Great Destinations; Here’s Why

Tourism has a numbers problem. The world’s population explosion has finally arrived. It has manifested itself not in global waves of famine as was feared half a century ago, but in waves of Airbuses, tour buses, and minibuses. Tourists by the millions. This population explosion overwhelms St Mark’s Square in Venice. It pushes through the…

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Slovenia: A “Green Destination” of Many Hues

It was a green, green time in Slovenia last month. Especially so for those of us participating in a tourism-themed “Global Green Destinations” conference. We learned about “Green Solutions” and the “Slovenia Green” program and “Green Experiences,” and we did it all in Europe’s official Green City for 2016: Ljubljana, the country’s capital. Even the…

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Medici Prince Appeals for Help: “Save Florence!”

THE PLACES WE LOVE VIII Prince Ottaviano de’Medici di Toscana, President of the International Medici Association and present-day representative of the Historic House of the Medici—the family who powered the Italian Renaissance and thus much of Western civilization—lives in the splendid, art-infused city his ancestors helped create: Florence, Italy. He is not a happy man….

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The Places We Love VI: Grenada on the Cusp

“Natural.” “Eden.” “Genuine.” “Safe.” “Paradise.”  “Pristine.” “Unspoiled.” Russ Jarman Price was telling the audience at our international symposium that these and many other words had been offered to describe the island nation of Grenada. Collecting such descriptors was one step in the process that his creative team used in coming up with its new “Pure…

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Louisiana’s Best-Kept Secret Now a World Heritage Site

 World Heritage Recognition Granted June 22, 2014 You’ve probably never heard of it, but that’s about to change. This archaeological site is so exceptional that the international World Heritage Committee today granted the United States request for inscription on the World Heritage list maintained by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization). Welcome to…

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OAS Nod Leads Off a 2013 Geotourism Roundup

On September 6 this year, in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, the ministers of tourism of the Organization of American States voted that their countries should adopt the geotourism approach—defined in 2002 by the National Geographic Society as “Tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place—its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being…

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OAS Nod Leads Off a 2013 Geotourism Roundup

On September 6 this year, in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, the ministers of tourism of the Organization of American States voted that their countries should adopt the geotourism approach—defined in 2002 by the National Geographic Society as “Tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place—its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being…

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