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TravelWatch News

This week's TravelWatch column profiles an award-winning Barbados resort that protects its coastal environment and helps guests engage in authentic island life.

An award-winning tourism program at Gunung Rinjani—Indonesia's second largest volcano—ensures that tourist fees support local conservation and culture.

This week's TravelWatch column profiles Anangu Tours, an Aborigine-owned tour company in Australia's Red Center.

A new nature preserve and resort in Dubai has set aside 4.8 percent of the desert emirate's total landmass for conservation.

Partnering with the National Geographic Society, the Honduran government recently announced its plan to become the first country with an official "geotourism" strategy.

The Cook Islands receive more tourists per capita than any other South Pacific destination. Now authorities are revamping their tourism strategy to focus on preservation.

Traveler magazine's geotourism editor says the military dictators of Burma (Myanmar) are defacing medieval Buddhist temples at one of Asia's greatest archaeological sites.

In this TravelWatch column, National Geographic Traveler's geotourism editor examines a stewardship program that keeps Maine's ocean islands untrampled.

Global warming is threatening travel destinations worldwide. What's more, travelers themselves are contributing to it. Find out what you can do about it.

In today's TravelWatch column, National Geographic Traveler geotourism editor Jonathan B. Tourtellot says keeping an ear out for local musicians adds harmony to your trip.

In March National Geographic Traveler magazine rated 115 destinations for sustainable-tourism practices. In response to the "Destination Scorecard," some vacation hot spots are taking action.

As golf courses and golf resorts proliferate around the world, their growth provokes environmental questions about land use, habitat destruction, stunning water consumption, and runoff pollution from pesticides and fertilizers. Is it possible to have greener golf? Conservationist and golfer Mark Wexler reports.

National Geographic Traveler and Conservation International announced the winners of the 2004 World Legacy Awards in sustainable tourism. Winners include a Dubai desert resort that has restored local native plant and animal species, including endangered oryx, and an Aboriginal operated tour company in the Australian outback.

National Geographic Traveler and Conservation International this week named 12 outstanding tourism finalists in the 2004 World Legacy Awards, which recognize excellence in environmental, social, and cultural travel. Finalists include travel enterprises in natural travel, heritage tourism, hotels and resorts, and destination stewardship.

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.