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Mountain Bike Ayiti

Friday, January 21st, 2011

First Annual MTB Ayiti Stage Race Exceeded ALL Expectations!

In simple numbers, MTB Ayiti 2013 was:

● 26 athletes- 13 foreigners representing 6 countries, 13 Haitian racers; 20 men, 6 women

● 105km of biking, with more than 3,200 meters of climbing

● 100+ total participants (staff, crew, drivers, porters, security, film, etc)

● $160,000 total budget, with $130,000 (82%) spent in Haiti or through Haiti-related companies

● 28 Sponsor companies and 24 Partner organizations

● 33 positive stories (and counting) in global media outlets ranging from National Geographic to The Miami Herald to adventure travel magazines on 3 continents.

The long term goal of the Mountain Bike Ayiti Project is to establish a sustainable adventure tourism industry in Haiti, operated and serviced by local Haitian micro-enterprise businesses in partnership with the international adventure and ecotourism industry. By design, these pioneer adventure tourists will be ‘discovering’ Haiti’s historical and cultural sites (such as the San Souci Palace, the Citadel, etc.) many of which are virtually unknown outside of Haiti, and starkly contrast with the scenes of destruction that most foreigners have indelibly etched in their minds.

Word-of-mouth marketing will quickly go viral, and the success of this effort will both enable and encourage further investment in attractions, accommodations, and services, which will open Haiti to non-adventure tourism. This will expand and strengthen Haiti’s physical and business infrastructure outside of the capital, and create economic growth in the smaller towns and villages.

While initially focused on mountain bike adventures, the blueprint will be easily replicable in other regions and other sports including paddling, wind surfing, kite surfing, snorkeling & diving, hiking, rock climbing, and a myriad of ecotourism activities. All of these are inter-related, and will build up a dense ecosystem of adventure activities that will help establish Haiti as a compelling destination spot, especially for North American volunteer-oriented travelers. The second annual MTB Ayiti Stage Race will be in Jan 2014.

Learn more and GET INVOLVED at http://mtbayiti.org

 

Save The Snows

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Save the Snows of Kilimanjaro is an ambitious initiative designed to increase awareness of the
destruction of the summit glaciers resulting from rampant deforestation around the base of Mount
Kilimanjaro. Replanting trees and restoring the traditional forest barrier will dramatically slow the retreat
of the ice and potentially reverse the destruction of one of the most ecologically diverse regions on earth.
Success hinges on activating a critical base of concerned parties through hands-on engagement at tree
planting nurseries.

AFRICAN BLACKWOOD

CONSERVATION PROJECT

To find out more about how you can contribute and participate, email projects@travelcology.com Travelcology has submitted the Save the Snows of Kilimanjaro project for a grant, sponsored by The Explorers Club and Eddie Bauer.  To find out more about the grant, click here.  To read our grant proposal, click here. Want to join the ecosystem and see how your role is entwined with all the other stakeholders striving to Save the Snows of Kilimanjaro?