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As a tutor in Ecotourism at Tai Poutini Polytechnic, I am always interested in knowing what you feel your needs are when it comes to education. Sandra Rhodda, our Research Manager at Tai Poutini Polytechnic has done a number of surveys on this but we really need to keep that information coming. As a Polytechnic, we are training people in vocation rather than discipline and our role is twofold. Firstly we want to provide leadership in industry standards of service and interpretation. Secondly we need to be intimately linked with operators to keep our fingers on the pulse to help this exciting industry grow and keep the quality of visitor experiences high.

Please feed back to me and the forum any burning issues that you see as relevant to education in Ecotourism (geoffb@tpp.ac.nz)

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As we have only a small group of participants, we should maybe try to email people we know who will have a meaningful contribution and invite them to introduce themselves and take part. I have started up a wikispace where we can try to get info on NZ out there as much as possible to the world. Additions welcome. Try this link
http://ecotourismnz.wikispaces.com

Also look on flikr as I have set up a flikr account too if you want to view my photos. I have sent some of you invites to be friend. It is under name tuisong1

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100% agreed Geoff,

It may take all of us a bit of effort to make those initial contacts but so far the initial dialogue is so encouraging that we should take active steps get those with a vested interest involved.

Watch this space in the next few days.

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ecotourism challenges for the small owner/operator

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Congratulations to Tai Poutini Polytechnic for organizing and running an excellent Eco-tourism conference and from that the opportunity to participate in this type of forum. The West Coast is a favorite place for me to visit and work in and to see the initiatives, promotions and developments in this area is truly marvelous. The organizers of the Eco- conference can be proud of their achievement from the venue, the quality of the presenters, the range of topics covered through to the mix of people they attracted. It was a real pleasure to listen to fluent maori spoken in person for probably the first time.

It was also notable to me the high percentage of family or single owner/operators that participated at this conference compared to a say a TIA conference. This group of operators is the one who need the most help but also have the most to give.

Collaborating with groups such as DoC, the Ministry of Tourism, Tourism NZ, TIA, certification bodies and local and regional councils is essential but their limited size, time and budgets means they are overshadowed by large operators with big budgets.

Owner/operators that employ no staff need their own networking functions such as the annual conference and regional online dialogues but also for joint marketing and promotion of their unique host status.

Always useful is the delivery of information about managing a successful ecotourism business but targeting each level.

Just as

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I noticed Brian that the tourism course at Tai Poutini Polytechnic involves giving people the skills to research the stories of any environment

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Recommended reading ... and viewing. This raises the question as to whether any of the RTOs or tour operators or universities are posting ecotourism videos on YouTube!

Tourism New Zealand Takes Over You Tube
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0709/S00314.htm
Tourism New Zealand is staging a global road block, taking over the YouTube homepage for 24-hours. The takeover starts at 9.00pm on the West Coast of the United States on September 17 (4pm Tuesday 18th in New Zealand).

The deal between YouTube and Tourism New Zealand includes 24-hour ownership of the paid video space on the homepage, followed by three months of a New Zealand branded channel.
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Developing Ecotourism Education in New Zealand

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With permission from Brian, I have taken his comments about the creation of the ecotourism program and published this online
http://www.planeta.com/planeta/07/0710taipoutini.html

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News item. New Zealand has been chosen to host World Environment Day 2008. The United Nations celebrates World Environment Day each year on June 5 as a way to stimulate worldwide awareness of the environment and enhance political action. The focus of the event will be on solutions and opportunities for countries, companies and communities to make the transition to a low carbon economy and lifestyle.

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http://www.unep.org/wed

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New Zealand Tourism Strategy 2015

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New Publication - New Zealand Tourism Strategy 2015
http://www.nztourismstrategy.com
The New Zealand Tourism Strategy 2015 was launched by the Prime Minister, Rt Hon Helen Clark on 7 November 2007. The Strategy updates the New Zealand Tourism Strategy 2010 that was launched in 2001. The vision of the New Zealand Tourism Strategy 2015 is: "In 2015, tourism is valued as the leading contributor to a sustainable New Zealand economy".

The Strategy is underpinned by two key values, kaitiakitanga (guardianship) and manaakitanga (hospitality). These values provide the foundation for a sustainable approach to the development of our tourism industry. If we embrace these values, we will achieve our vision for 2015.

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New topic - Ecotourism NZ Conference 2008
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New topic - Ecotourism NZ Conference 2008
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Government funding for sustainable tourism in regions
http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/gove ... sm+regions

[quote]New government funding of $840,000 is being committed to help tourism businesses in the regions improve their environmental sustainability, Tourism Minister Damien O

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Next week in New Zealand

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Seminar brings together sustainable practice experts for businesses
http://www.queenstown.com/200805292989/ ... esses.html

Queenstown, New Zealand - Businesses keen to learn more about sustainable practice here and around the globe and how adopting sustainable practices can work for them are invited to a Sustainable Business Seminar during Environment Week in early June.

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