Thursday, October 13, 2016

Free Webinar on Digital Storytelling & Cultural Preservation

Canadian Ecotourism Services (CES) is offering a Free Webinar on Digital Storytelling & Cultural Preservation! This Webinar is for Cultural Coordinators, Tourism Entrepreneurs, Community Leaders, Economic Development Officers and anyone interested in digital storytelling projects.

What you will learn:

·      Discover how you can preserve your culture for future generations through digital storytelling!
·      How to get Youth, Elders and everyone in between involved!
·      How to build interesting content and create your App/Website!
·      Continue to add new stories and content for generations to come!

When: October 26th at 12:00 pm EST

Where: At the comfort of your desk! – Details will be sent upon registration

To register please contact CES at 1-877-444-5550

Travel Trends for 2017

The travel industry is always shifting and changing based on current worldwide trends, the emergence of new markets, and different niche groups. As a business or someone that is involved in the tourism industry, it’s important to keep up with these new trends. Here is some insight with some of the growing trends and emerging niche markets for 2017.

Growing Market of Wellness-Minded Travellers

One of the newest trends to hit the travel industry is the growth of wellness travel.  This includes more than marketing just resorts and retreats, it involves promoting your destination to target the growing market of wellness-minded travellers.

Destination expert Roger Brooks, president of Peoria, AZ-based Roger Brooks International, says “health and wellness is now one of the top four brands that destinations are pursuing.”

Costa Rica Tourism is gearing up to focus its 2017 PR campaign to promote the “Pura Vida” Lifestyle which is guided by the core values of community, health and wellness.

Responsible Travel is on the Rise

After reviewing an article posted by, one of the growing demands is in Responsible Travel – which is tourism that maximizes the benefits to local communities, minimizes negative social or environmental impacts, and helps people conserve fragile cultures and habitats or species.

Research studies continue to show that travellers prefer companies that instil eco-friendly practices in their operations. Travellers have a higher level of environmental and cultural awareness, meaning that they are more demanding and able to influence tourism providers to change their practices.  

Nature-Based Tourism Growth

I’ve noticed this new trend first hand by exploring Vancouver Island. There is a lot more younger people, a.k.a. Millenials, out in nature, hiking, and exploring some off the beaten track nature-based activities. I was in Port Renfrew, the other day, a community on Vancouver Island’s west coast with a population of only 120 people, and their local tourism industry grew this year by 700%! That is an incredible growth in tourist numbers and shows that people are searching for opportunities to get them up close and personal with nature.

Nature-based tourism accounts for about 20% of the total for international travel and continues to grow according to the UNWTO.

The Real Local Experience

Living like a Local has also become a growing trend. People are searching for more authentic, “real” experiences that allow them to connect with people and places. 

This trend fits perfectly with CES’s Authentic Indigenous Moments (AIM) Project – which is an indigenous platform that focuses on creating authentic community experiences between visitors and local guides.

A Growth in Niche Markets

The tourism industry is experiencing more segmented markets and new groups of consumers. The following are some of the top growing niche markets that relate to responsible travel:
·      Adventure Tourism
·      Agritourism
·      Culinary or Gastronomic Tourism
·      Orange Tourism – Focuses on Cultural, Economic and Social Development
·      Sharing Economy – peer-to-peer market
·      Wellness Travel

If you are interested in enhancing your current tourism project or turning your tourism idea into reality, contact for details on how to get started!

The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends and Statistics -

Friday, June 17, 2016

Ecotourism Webinar July 13 at 12 Noon CST - Developing Unique Alternative Accommodations

FREE Webinar on Developing Unique Alternative Accommodations

Presenter: Join Amanda Huculak, Project Manager of Canadian Ecotourism Services (CES) and owner of Travel Roots, a socially responsible travel company, as she takes you on a journey to discover what makes accommodations unique and memorable. She'll provide insight from her own travel experiences as well as provide a variety of Best Practices from around the world.
What you will learn:

  • Discover Best Practices in unique accommodations throughout the world
  • What it takes to stand out from your competition
  • How to draw tourists in to your rural accommodation options
  • What is needed to start your own business


Where: At the comfort of your desk! – Details will be sent upon registration

For more details please contact CES at 1-877-444-5550 or email

Share your Story with the World - Digital Storytelling Project!

We're happy to announce that we'll be offering Digital Storytelling Projects through our Cultural Preservation Initiative starting at only $4,500! 

This is an amazing opportunity to:

  • Celebrate and preserve your community's unique culture and heritage
  • Record and document stories about your culture, traditions and language
  • Map and share the spirit and identity of your people
  • Create a digital living museum of your community
  • Develop an innovative app that showcases stories from your past, present, and future
  • Engage youth & elders and everyone in between in protecting your culture
Call Amanda to apply at 1-877-444-5550 or email her at

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Tourism Excellence North Brokers Meeting - June 8, 2016

Announcement: There is going to be a Tourism Excellence North Brokers Meeting at Old Fort William on Wednesday June 8th from 9:30am to 4pm.

The meeting is free to attend and is most relevant to tourism stakeholders from the region, in particular provincial and federal tourism advisors municipal staff, economic development officers, destination marketing organization staff, sector organizations and others who are on the ground and in the field supporting tourism operators, destinations and communities as a regular part of their everyday job.

The Tourism Excellence North (TEN) program was presented at the 2016 NOMA Conference this year and is a tourism development program for Northern Ontario, inspired in part by the success and impact of a similar program led by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) in Atlantic Canada. TEN is a suite of 10 training solutions designed to strengthen the ability of tourism operations to respond to changes in the marketplace, adapt to quality visitor expectations, develop innovative experiences that raise the bar on visitor value and deliver increased returns for operations and the destination as a whole. TEN strategically guides investment into tourism development holistically over the long term. TEN is aligned to support priorities for tourism development in Northern Ontario, specifically those of Tourism Northern Ontario (TNO) and Explorer’s Edge (EE). TEN also supports and aligns with service quality enhancement and visitor experience priorities of Canada’s Federal Tourism Strategy: Welcoming the World and Ontario’s Growth Plan for Northern Ontario. Initiated in September 2014, the final plan, completed in February 2015 is supported by a 3-­year implementation plan. 

For more information visit their website at

Thursday, May 5, 2016

How to Start an Ecotourism in 1 Day

You are invited to the following event:
Event to be held at the following time and date:
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EDT)

To Register click here

How to Start an Ecotourism Business in 1 Day
What you will learn how to:
  • The process of what you need to start a grassroots ecotourism business
  • How to get your business ‘market ready’
  • Market your business online and reach your target audience
  • How to work effectively with tourism businesses, organizations, & your community

 Where: At the comfort of your desk! – Details will be sent upon registration
Who: Canadian Ecotourism Services (CES) is a tourism and community development firm with over 18 years of Indigenous tourism development. We specialize in planning, business development, coaching & training, cultural preservation projects, cultural village development, cultural digital apps and marketing and branding. 
Tired of the same old methods and consultants? -  Join us and discover why we are one of Canada’s premier firms working with Indigenous communities across Canada and around the world.

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We hope you can make it! If you have any questions give us a call at 1-877-444-5550.

Canadian Ecotourism Services (CES)