Judges’ reasons for winning: “Bonito was launched as a tourism destination when its natural beauty was revealed on Brazilian television in 1990; in 2012 it received 190,000 tourists. Bonito is famous for its crystal clear waters, caves, mountain and forests with diverse wildlife to be found in a national park and ten private reserves. domain name search who is . As tourists began to arrive several concerns emerged: there was fear that unregulated tourism could impact on the environment. The private sector businesses and the public authorities realized that tourism development in Bonito needed to be managed so they developed a voucher system to control visitor numbers. The judges were impressed by the voucher system and keen to recognize its contribution to ensuring the sustainability of the destination.”
The Best Responsible Tourism Destination aims to reward a village, town, city, region or country that strongly promotes responsible tourism practice to tourists and to everyone working in the travel and tourism industry or involved in offering responsible holidays to its visitors. Previous winners have included St Kilda in Scotland, Roros in Norway, Aspen in the USA, and New Zealand.
Its no surprise that Bonito will be the host of The International Ecotoursim Society’s annual conference, the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC14). Scheduled for April 27th – 30th, 2014, the event provides a unique venue to discuss practical solutions to advance sustainability goals for the tourism industry. Currently in its 8th year, ETSC2014 is a leading international meeting place for tourism businesses and destinations, the ESTC will bring together 600 professionals from across the industry and over 45 countries.