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Cicada mania is breaking out in a large part of the United States. In the great tradition of U.S. entrepreneurship, restaurants, bars, hotels, and others are preparing for the tourists who will swarm to see the insects. National Geographic Traveler magazine reports on the best things to see and do during the great cicada invasion.

This June National Geographic Traveler and Conservation International will present the World Legacy Awards in sustainable tourism. Today's TravelWatch profiles last year's Nature Travel category winner, an African safari outfitter that works to support local communities while protecting natural and cultural resources.

In the latest TravelWatch update, National Geographic Traveler geotourism editor Jonathan B. Tourtellot reports on how one beachside Brazilian fishing village-turned-resort retains its charm—and its fishermen. Plus, a New Mexico mountain lodge spotlights conservation.

Select hotels are dimming their outdoor lighting, says National Geographic Traveler's Jonathan B. Tourtellot. The hostelries aim to treat guests, once again, to stunning views of star-filled skies.

The latest digital cameras have made vacation photography a snap. Read what National Geographic Traveler editors have to say about finding the right digital camera, buying memory cards, and the advantages of digital over analog photography.

Too few international tourists are worse than too many, says National Geographic Traveler geotourism editor Jonathan B. Tourtellot—especially when it comes to smashing stereotypes. Also, why planned development maps are raising eyebrows in Massachusetts, and top farm-stays in Poland.

Many Italian towns and small cities have a Pro Loco, a civic membership organization that works with local businesses and tourism officials to devise ways to enhance the town and attract visitors. It's an idea the rest of us might want to adapt to our own countries, writes National Geographic Traveler magazine's Sustainable Tourism Editor, Jonathan Tourtellot.

Starting in January reward tickets won't be free anymore, if you fly Air Canada. The airline will charge a fee to cash in miles, reports Traveler's January/February 2004 issue. Upgrades and other perks may also be more difficult to get, because frequent flier miles will likely depreciate in 2004.

National Geographic Traveler geotourism editor Jonathan B. Tourtellot explores two issues on the front lines of the sustainable tourism debate: Florida sprawl and snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park. Plus, an Aspen, Colorado, ski company turns environmentally-friendly.

United States travel companies are earning a reputation for poor customer service, says National Geographic Traveler editor Keith Bellows. But that doesn't mean you have to suffer during your next trip.

When Hurricane Isabel roared onto the Outer Banks of North Carolina two months ago, storm waters washed U.S. Highway 12 out to sea. Now agencies are pumping sand back into "Isabel Inlet" and plan to restore the road by the end of November. But is this an exercise in futility?

When a study revealed how badly wildlife and wilderness were faring in Banff National Park, Canada's Rocky Mountain jewel, business and government leaders met to search their civic souls: How to save the park without dying economically? Their solution, says TravelWatch columnist Jonathan Tourtellot, could save the Great Smokies.

A "living fossil" found only in Europe's oldest lake is facing extinction because of pollution and overfishing, scientists warn. If the Ohrid trout is to be saved, they say urgent conservation action is needed in Albania and Macedonia.

Over the next decade, the Mexican government proposes to complete a chain of 27 marina-resorts encircling Baja California. The project spans thousands of miles of rugged coast, assorted national parks, five biosphere reserves, and the entire Sea of Cortés. The plan would bring tourists and jobs, but at what cost?

While the United States government still urges tourists to avoid Iraq, it recently lifted a travel ban imposed 12 years ago. Some tour operators are already planning trips to the war-torn nation, betting that Iraq will be the place to travel once the country stabilizes.


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