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The Business of Nature Tourism: Resources

A wealth of resources exist to help guide you through the process of starting a nature tourism business. This is only a small selection of the resources we are aware of. Our suggestions reflect our intent to encourage local, sustainable, community-based tourism enhancement.

Experience Washington - Official Washington State Tourism, Office of Trade and Economic Development, industy site provides visitor profile, travel economic impact and other tourism marketing information specific to Washington State

The Sonoran Institute - The Sonoran Institute works with communities to conserve and restore important natural landscapes in Western North America, including the wildlife and cultural values of these lands. The Institute's efforts create lasting benefits, including healthy landscapes and vibrant livable communities that embrace conservation as an integral element of their economies and quality of life.

The Conservation Fund - The Conservation Fund forges partnerships to preserve our nation's outdoor heritage -- America's legacy of wildlife habitat, working landscapes and community open-space.

United Nations Environment Publication - Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas: Guidelines for Planning and Management

Sound Tourism- Sound Environment Project is dedicated to bringing the Western Washington tourism community current, clear and useful information that highlights the connection between a thriving tourism industry and a healthy environment.

Making Nature Your Business: A Guide for Starting A Nature Tourism Business in the Lone Star State - From Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Establishing a Birding-Related Business: A Resource Guide. - From the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, Texas A&M University.

Fermata, Inc. - Fermata Inc. is a consulting firm specializing in sustainable projects related to wildlife viewing and nature tourism. Free registration on their site provides access to a great deal of research and data.

Kalahari Management - Information, advice and services for ecotourism and nature-based tourism

Providing Positive Wildlife Viewing Experiences - From Watchable Wildlife, Inc. and the Colorado Division of Wildlife. A resource book for professionals providing wilflife viewing experiences.

Twinshare: Tourism Accomodation and the Environment - A guide to wildlife-friendly building practices for the nature tourism industry.

For Toursim Professionals - A collection of links from the National Geographic Society's Sustainable tourism Resource Center.

Whale Watching-Best Practices Guidelines from the Whale Watch Operators Association Northwest

International Guidelines for Sustainable Tourism from the Convention on Biological Diversity - Sustainable Tourism From the Global development Research Center.

Sustainable Tourism - From the Global development Research Center.

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