The National Geographic Society – The National Geographic Society has been inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888. Solimar has partnered with National Geographic Maps to create an array of destination media solutions—including online interactive mapguides, printed maps, and mobile applications. The combination of the development and marketing expertise of Solimar, the design capabilities of National Geographic Maps, the brand and distribution of National Geographic publications, as well as the involvement of the destination’s local stakeholders, helps promote and protect a destination’s distinctive characteristics. This partnership has helped to engage local communities around the world while promoting the principles of sustainable tourism. For more information visit www.nationalgeographic.com
Global Sustainable Tourism Council - The Global Sustainable Tourism Council is a coalition of 32 organizations working together to foster increased understanding of sustainable tourism practices and the adoption of universal sustainable tourism principles. The Council, which was initiated by Rainforest Alliance, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Foundation, and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), launched the Sustainable Tourism Criteria at the World Conservation Congress in October 2008. These criteria will be the minimum standard that any tourism business should aspire to reach in order to protect and sustain the world’s natural and cultural resources while ensuring tourism meets its potential as a tool for poverty alleviation. For more information visit www.gstcouncil.org
Adventure Travel and Tourism Association (ATTA) – The Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) is a global membership organization and home to a thriving community of more than 700 responsible, profitable businesses, destinations and media who transform customers and businesses alike into advocates for sustainability and justice worldwide. They are working to ensure the sustainable development of the adventure tourism industry, with their sights set on people, planet and profit. For more information visit http://www.adventuretravel.biz
SAVE Travel Alliance - SAVE stands for Scientific, Academic, Volunteer and Educational Travel. The SAVE Alliance is non-profit “network of networks” that facilitates linkages between potential or developing tourism destinations and attractions, and the appropriate SAVE markets. This is a fast growing group market segment, which was identified and conceptualized by The George Washington University in 2003. Subsequently, Honduras became the first country to establish SAVE as a national tourism priority. Other countries are now considering SAVE as a tourism marketing strategy and development approach. The SAVE market includes travelers who engage in activities which can create significant positive contributions to the sustainability of a destination. For more information visit www.save-travel.org
The Global Partnership for Oceans is a growing alliance of more than 100 governments, international organizations, civil society groups, and private sector interests committed to addressing the threats to the health, productivity and resilience of the world’s oceans. It aims to tackle widely documented problems of overfishing, pollution, and habitat loss. Together these problems are contributing to the depletion of a natural resource bank that provides nutrition, livelihoods and vital ecosystem services. For more information visit www.globalpartnershipforoceans.org
Tourism Cares preserves and enhances the travel experience for future generations. They channel the philanthropic passion and commitment of the travel industry to protect and restore valuable destinations we all care about—and to support those destinations as engines for prosperity, civil society, and pride in their communities. Their domestic programs focus on industry-wide volunteer events, capacity building for the nonprofit stewards of tourism sites, and scholarships and mentoring to support a talented workforce. Globally, their efforts include corporate social responsibility partnerships, strategic investments, and advocacy and education across the travel industry. For more information visit www.tourismcares.org
HM Design is a unique one-of-a-kind physical planning and design firm which practices its very own quadruple bottom line philosophy—one that balances economic, environmental, social and spiritual aspects for every project. The firm is a specialty eco-land planning and eco-design office. The President, Hitesh Mehta has built projects and consulted in over 57 countries spanning six continents and is a multi-international award winner in the fields of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Environmental planning, Urban Planning and Design, Interior Design and Photography. Design in this global age of heightened cultural and environmental sensitivity needs to be all-encompassing and holistic in nature and sustainable in all aspects of the planning and design process. In every project, HM Design tries to create an eco-plan or eco-design that have never been created before. Each plan and design is a response to the local context: physical, metaphysical and cultural. All HM Design projects have a respect for animals, plants, local people and the spirit of the place. The approach right from the outset is that of low-impact development. This stewardship-motto of taking care of Mother Earth and all the species that inhabit on it begins right on day one and continues into construction supervision.
SBAIC Small Business Association for International Companies (SBAIC) is a membership forum established to promote the meaningful utilization of U.S. small businesses at USAID. Its members, including Solimar International, are small companies in good standing with a solid track record of providing services to USAID and other federal agencies around the world. SBAIC currently has 119 members of which more than half are small disadvantaged businesses. Their members work in every development sector, including conflict zones and other high-profile, complex settings.
11th Street Business Alliance To support community development in our neighborhood in Washington, DC Solimar has assisted the independent businesses located along 11th Street NW come together to form the 11th Street Business Alliance. Through monthly meetings, the alliance is providing advocacy and support to the local businesses while fostering a community dialogue within the neighborhood. As one of our first initiatives, the Alliance developed the 11thStreetDC.com website as well as a social media presence. We are also active in organizing neighborhood festivals and other community outreach events.