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tour1Tourism is one of the most rapidly developing industries world-wide and offers a clear illustration of why the integration of the environment and development makes sense. However, it exerts dramatic pressures on natural and cultural resources and therefore needs to be managed in a way that can substantially relieve some of these pressures.

Bio-tourism, as promoted by B.I.O. since 1985, encourages environmental and cultural appreciation in tourism, as well as an international exchange of experiences on the basis of environmental preservation. It focuses on informed travel choices and supports local economies. In bio-tourism, travellers come into intimate contact with the environment and culture of the area being visited in a manner that is not destructive, but constructive. Cultural diversity, tradition, history and local tradition are the cornerstones of bio-tourism. As environmental solutions are long-term goals, travellers are also encouraged to fully claim their role in preserving the natural and cultural assets of their destinations for the future welfare and shared prosperity of the region and the world.

For B.I.O., bio-tourism is not just a conventional travel plan. It is a way for all peoples of the world to explore humanity’s natural and cultural heritage, and to achieve cooperation and mutual understanding. For her pioneering contribution to the promotion of tourism as a vehicle for peace, the B.I.O. President received the “Peace through Tourism Award” by the World Association of Travel Agencies (WATA) in 1998. A comprehensive volume on “Bio-Tourism” is published in Bio-Syllabus for European Environmental Education, an 880-page textbook available in print and electronically (CD-Rom). Based on this pioneering material is B.I.O.’s e-learning course on “Environmental Tourism,” which will soon be available online as part of our e-learning programme in environmental education.



Innovative Practices in Biotourism

  •  An e-learning platform developed for the project  Innovative practices in Biotourism implemented in the framework of the “Greece – Albania IPA Cross-Border Programme 2007-2013.” 3 courses available in 3 languages Announcement 
  • An e-learning course on Bio -Tourism has been developped and is being offered online through our website


  • Bio News 2 – pages 1,12, There Can Be No Tourism Without the Bio-Environment
  • Bio News 12 – page 16, Africa Without Fences – The Peace Parks Foundation
  • Bio News 16 – page 1, Bio-Tourism for Peace
  • Bio News 22 – page 3, Bio-Tourism and Bio-Agriculture in Egypt
  • Bio News 24 – page 9, Bio-Tourism
  • Bio News 26 – page 7, Bio-Tourism – Coastal Zones – page 16, Bio-Tourism
  • Bio News 28 – page 16, Bio-Tourism
  • Bio News 32 – Page 8-9, Mythos, Rivers, and Mountains of Greece





  • International conference for the EU project on “Innovative Practices in Biotourism – New Dimensions for Development in Prespa & Korçë,” Poster (GR) (EN) Program (GR) (EN) Korçë Speech,  Press Release (GR), (EN)
  • 1st Transnational Meeting for the project on “Innovative Practices in Biotourism,” IPA Cross-Border Programme Greece–Albania 2007/2013, PhotosPress Release
  • Workshop on Biotourism and Marketing in Prespa, Municipal Library of Prespa Press Release
  • Local communities in Lake Prespa and Korca benefit from the  ΙΡΑ Cross-border Programme. Press Release: English, GreekPhotos
  • Launch of the Biotourism IPA Cross/Border Programme Greece Albania 2007/2013 ‘’Innovative Practices in Biotourism’’ facebook page
  • The Land of Fthiotis – Biotourism and Development. B.I.O. implements EU Leader program promoting comparative advantages in Central Greece


  • The Land of Fthiotis – Biotourism and Development. B.I.O. implements EU Leader program promoting comparative advantages in Central Greece. Poster 
  • “Innovative Practices in Biotourism” implemented in the framework of the Greece–Albania IPA Cross-Border Programme 2007-2013. Local communities in Lake Prespa and Korca benefit from the  ΙΡΑ Cross-border Programme. Press Release: English, Greek


  • Extensive e-learning programmes in biopolicy and sustainable development for Greek students. 1st semester: Biopolicy – Tourism – Development, Green Salary and Climate Change Comments:: Biopolicy – Tourism – DevelopmentGreen SalaryClimate Change(Greek) & 2nd semester: Sustainable Agriculture, Biopolis – Sustainable Urban Development and Forest Protection, with more than 4000 subscriptions from students.
  • Publications: Biopolicy – Tourism – Development,” a book on environmental and cultural tourism (in Greek) Press Release
  • ‘Biotourism’ Book presentation


  •  Main speaker on “Aviation and Environmental Strategies” at a conference sponsored by iForce Communications S.A. in Athens, Greece Press ReleaseProgramme
  • Main speaker on “Biopolitics – Biotourism: Building a Green Society” at a conference organised by the Hellenic Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in Athens, Greece ProgrammePhotoAbstractSpeech
  • Publications: Biopolicy: Biotourism – Building a Green Society at the Hellenic Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Athens
  • Publications: Aviation and Environmental Strategies at the 5th yearly conference on Aviation – Present and Future by iForce Communications, Athens


  • Keynote speech at the Greek Institute for Aviation on “Biopolicy-A Green Strategy for Aviation”. Programme


  • An e-learning course on Environmental Tourism has been developed and is currently being offered online through the B.I.O. website


  • Keynote speech, conference on “Olympic Values, Tourism and Culture,” Ancient Olympia Greece


  • Biopolitics keynote at the conference on “Tourism and Culture,” Ancient Olympia, Greece


  • Biopolitics keynote, conference on Tourism and Culture, organised in Halkida, Greece, by Mentor Investment Consultants S.A. Programme


  • “Peace through Tourism Award” from the World Association of Travel Agencies, Malta. Bionews no.18, April 1999, p.4


  • Keynote address at the ALPINE Graduation Ceremony, Athens. Programme


  • Lecture, ALPINE Centre for Hotel and Tourism Management Studies, Athens


  • Guest of honour at the International Symposium on Functioning of Coastal Ecosystems in Various Geographical Regions, organised by the Institute of Oceanography of Gdansk University, Poland