Shangri-la Ecotourism Forum 2011

May 11, 2011.

The start of Tibet Ecotourism Collective

 In the fall of 2011, Tibetan travel agents, social entrepreneurs, hotel owners and representatives of NGO’s met in Shangrila, Yunnan province for five days of lectures, discussions and training on ecotourism and community tourism opportunities on the Tibetan plateau. In presentations, participants were introduced to the meaning of ecotourism, new ecotourism initiatives  and  successful environmental programs in Tibet. Participants also explored simple ways to make daily life a bit more environmentally friendly by recycling chopsticks and teacups and visited some nearby ecotourism attractions.
Over lunch and dinner in the old town of Shangri-la, ideas were shared and new friendships and collabarations formed, and the first steps towards formalising the Tibet Ecotourism Collective were made.
Favorite Places in Tibet

Favorite places in Tibet

Favorite experience: Walking around Barkhor Square

I love the close contact with the Tibetan pilgrims from all over Tibet, rubbing shoulders with them, the scent of the juniper from the incense burners while walking around Barkhor Square in Lhasa. It is great to explore the small monasteries inside the Kora, down narrow, dark alleyways that smell of smoke and butter.

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Thanks Kim Bannister!