Huff Post: UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

Dr. Laurie Marker‘s latest article in the Huffington Post

Namibia is the country I have called home for the past 26 years. It is a beautiful place, with vast, scenic landscapes largely undeveloped that serve as habitats for an abundance of wild flora and charismatic megafauna. It is the destination Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, chose for their honeymoon, and the nation where Angelina Jolie gave birth to daughter Shiloh. More and more people are discovering and traveling to this great nation each year. That is why we are very excited the United Nations designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. We hope that this distinction will raise awareness about the need to continue conserving our planet’s natural resources. Here in Namibia, those resources include our wildlife species, but especially the cheetah.

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