The International Ecotourism Society
TIES promotes responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people by:
- Creating an international network of individuals, institutions and the tourism industry; - Educating tourists and tourism professionals; and - Influencing the tourism industry, public institutions, and donor to integrate the principles of ecotourism in their operations and policies.
Founded in 1990, TIES is the largest and oldest ecotourism organization in the world. It currently has members in more than 90 countries. The organization’s membership includes academics, consultants, conservation professionals and organizations, governments, architects, tour operators, lodge owners and managers, general development experts, and ecotourists. As a non-governmental organization, TIES is unique in its efforts to provide guidelines and standards, training, technical assistance, research and publications to foster sound ecotourism development. For more information about TIES, please visit www.ecotourism.org.