Are you connected to the tourism/travel/hospitality industries or travel media in any way? If so, please specify how (kindly include any relevant company names/Web sites!).
For the past 20 years, I've have provided active adventure travelers an authentic experience with good value to the Galapagos Islands. We own and operate a fleet of expedition vessels; three superior first class 20-passenger motor yachts, the M/Y Eric, Flamingo & Letty and a 16-passenger luxury dive live-aboard, the M/Y Sky Dancer, offering comprehensive 7-night itineraries including the outer, most spectacular islands in the archipelago. Ecoventura is a recognized leader in sustainable tourism in Galapagos since 2000 when we became one of the first recipients of the Smart Voyager ecological certification. More recently, we became the first company to offset carbon emissions, and also reduce emissions by 10% and install alternative energy sources (solar panels & wind generators). The Galapagos Marine Biodiversity Fund was created to with WWF to support environmental education and marine conservation through funding scholarships for local students, micro-enterprises for families of fishermen and control of illegal fishing activities through a permanent floating station and refit of park patrol boats. In 2008, we were awarded with the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Best in a Marine Environment award and in 2009, with the Conde Nast Traveler World Saver award in the category of Best overall Cruise Line and Travel & Leisure Global Vision award for Green Cruising.
On which destinations & travel topics can you advise members especially well?
Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands with extensions to Peru
What destinations are you most interested in learning about?
ecotourism, sustainable tourism, adventure travel
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Good morning, Doris, and welcome to Tripatini! Great to have you with us -- and we think you'll find our site productive as well as interesting and enjoyable.
To get the most out of Tripatini, you may want to take a moment to join several of our many groups which you may find of particular interest, such as Ecuador, Eco/Sustainable Tourism, Cruising, Adventure Travel, Eating/Drinking the World, our Spanish Language/Culture Club, and plenty of others covering many topics and most destinations across the globe.
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Thanks much for joining us, Doris; we wish you an outstanding rest of 2009 and look forward to seeing you online.