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#1 Nikki Rose

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Posted 08 June 2008 - 11:24 AM

Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries Eco-Agritourism Network is a finalist in National Geographic's Geotourism Challenge.

The competition aims to identify innovations in tourism that sustain, enhance and preserve local culture and place.

Winners are decided by public votes. Please vote for Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries and tell 2000 friends. Voting concludes on June 11. Voters are required to register first and select 3 favorite entries. To let the judges know that your first choice is Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries (there is no designation on the voting form), you can also post a comment on the CCS entry discussion page as well.


This is an important initiative to create awareness of programs that help to protect cultural and natural heritage. Support of this work is crucial.


Here's the link:

http://www.changemak.../node/2104/vote


All the best,
Nikki Rose

About CCS
CCS promotes the work of over 40 locally-owned small businesses and individuals working on cultural and natural heritage preservation projects. The network organizes educational programs for small groups and eco-agritourism workshops. Seasonal programs cover history, organic farming, nature, botany and cuisine. Seminar attendees have a rare opportunity to experience Crete from an insider’s viewpoint and learn about sustainable foodways that can enrich their quality of life. CCS awards include the World Tourism Forum for Peace and Sustainable Development, The World Travel and Tourism Council and is featured in National Geographic publications, The New York Times, National Public Radio, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian (UK), and manuals on ecotourism, agritourism and nutrition.

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#2 Wim

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Posted 08 June 2008 - 12:18 PM

For one or other stupid reason I missed Nikki's first posting on this board. This mail and her web url can be found when you check her profile on this board. I suppose her web url is not allowed to show as a hot link on this board since I understood that .com's are not welcome. Correct me if I'm wrong moderator(s)!

Anyhow, her "Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries Eco-Agritourism Network" suits exactly where I stand for when it comes to sustainable tourism in Crete. I think there are other members on this forum who think the same way and I would like to encourage them to vote for her network.

After all who wouldn't like to visit this "τυρί μαμά" before she vanishes into oblivion....

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#3 Nikki Rose

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Posted 08 June 2008 - 03:28 PM

Dear Wim,

Thank you for your support of Responsible Travel projects in Crete. Most of us would probably agree that more projects are crucial. That requires a lot of work by many dedicated people on this island of significant cultural and natural heritage. But if residents "build it" they should be assured that their efforts are appreciated and supported. That's still not clear.

There is much to discover in Crete but also much to protect and preserve. Implementation and support of preservation work that we all benefit from requires our active participation, whether we be public or private entities, journalists or travelers. Most of us love Crete for her culture and natural beauty...but we might not realize that what seems to be so accessible is always at risk.

If tourism is not benefiting the majority of residents or protecting and celebrating a region's fascinating heritage...we need to rethink our collective role in tourism and work together to make it better...to act before it's too late.

All the best,
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#4 Wim

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 08:44 PM

This is about sustainable eco-agritourism. Yes, the sort of tourism 80% of this board advocates.
So I hope the members of this board and the visitors will vote.

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#5 David and Glenda

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Posted 12 June 2008 - 10:45 AM

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Winners are decided by public votes. Please vote for Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries and tell 2000 friends.
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Er, I don't have 2000 friends to tell!
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#6 Wim

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Posted 12 June 2008 - 11:27 AM

Neither do I :) David

But this forum gets a lot of visitors. So they'll read it too. I hope.
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#7 lshall05

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Posted 12 June 2008 - 12:54 PM

Voting closed yesterday. The item was only posted on Sunday morning so a lot of people that only check the forum once a week will have missed it.

I missed it because I'd been away the weekend and although I had a quick look on Monday, thought I'd come back to it when I had more time to read it.

Surely the finalists must have been given more than 3 days notice that they were in the final!!