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TravelWatch News

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.

How can a tiny lodge get a nation's prime minister to rethink resort tourism and support creation of a new national park? Just win a World Legacy Award for sustainable tourism, reports National Geographic Traveler geotourism editor Jonathan Tourtellot.

You don't get much local flavor in the all-inclusive resorts strung along Jamaica's north coast. For authenticity you need community tourism, according to National Geographic Traveler geotourism editor Jonathan Tourtellot. Plus, Buddhist-friendly angling in Mongolia.

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.

Last week, Brazilian President Luiz da Silva announced the launch of a multi-year World Tourism Forum for Peace and Sustainable Development. The initiative partners world governments, private sector sponsors, and non-profit organizations—including the National Geographic Society—that work to promote good tourism practices.

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.

Dominica is not like other Caribbean islands—people aren't jaded; prices are low; and the scenery is unspoiled. National Geographic Traveler geotourism editor Jonathan B. Tourtellot examines how the island can attract more visitors, without trampling its charm.

What are Americans' attitudes about travel? Geotourism editor Jonathan Tourtellot examines some surprising findings from a joint survey by National Geographic Traveler and an industry trade group. Plus, news on an environmentally-responsible cruise line.

Why do many Americans ignore—even fear—the program that Portugal loves? National Geographic Traveler geotourism editor Jonathan Tourtellot examines the love-hate relationship for UNESCO's World Heritage Program. Plus: Exploring Chicago's ethnic neighborhoods.

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.

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?

A feeling of remoteness lends charm to the California ski town of Mammoth Lakes. But the town government and corporate investors want to spend nearly one billion dollars (U.S.) to turn the place into an international resort destination to rival Aspen, Vail, and Whistler.