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World Water Day 2015: UN Calls for Global Unity in Pursuit of Better Water Access for All

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22 March 2015 – As the perils of climate change increasingly threaten the planet, the international community must unite in “a spirit of urgent cooperation” to address the many water-related challenges facing humanity, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today. Read more.

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Caribbean Tourists Arriving by Plane worth More to Local Economy than Cruise Guests

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13 March 2015 – Although the cruise industry plays an important role in many Caribbean economies, visitors that arrive by air are far more valuable to these islands built around hotel stays and excursions. Samantha Shankman. Read more.

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Huaorani Ecolodge

11 March 2015 – The Huaorani Ecolodge promises a unique and immersive cultural experience – but at the expense of the people who struggle to maintain a life in the rainforest. Megan Alpert. Read more.

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Bangkok, 11 March, 2015 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Los Angeles and New York Offices are lending their support to the filming of Ocean Mysteries, a television show from US broadcasting corporation ABC, as they come to shoot a documentary about Thailand’s environmental conservation and marine environments during February and March this year. Read more.

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Many gift-givers use the low Cuban wages as the prime argument for bringing gifts. The average wage for a Cuban is indeed 12-25 dollars monthly, and yes, that does sound ridiculous. It’s tempting and obvious to compare that money with the daily lives of the tourist and nobody in Canada or Europe can live off 20 dollars for just a week, let alone a few days. But Cuba is not Canada or Europe. Read more.

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Wildlife watching tourism is one of the most important tourism segments in Africa, according to new UNWTO research released on the occasion of World Wildlife Day. In view of tourism’s potential in advancing inclusive growth across the continent, poaching and illicit trade in wildlife pose a serious threat to the future of Africa’s socio-economic development, the publication warns. Read more.

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Berlin, Germany / Madrid, Spain, 3 March 2015 – In his ITB 2015 opening address, UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai highlighted how new technologies are changing society and shaping the tourism sector, shifting power from governments and companies to citizens and consumers. Rifai recalled that with power comes responsibility and highlighted tourism´s capacity to overcome prejudice in an often divided world. Read more.

 

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The Disproportionate Growth of Tourism, or what I would personally call “The Bucket List Phenomena”, is something affecting many countries and regions around the globe. The problem is that it is not sustainable, already sites like Angor Wat and others around the globe have too many visitors, more than they can cope with to the point where sites are getting damaged and their future sustainability threatened. Mario Hardy. Read more.

 

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European tourism professionals, accessibility experts and policymakers talk about the business case for accessible tourism and how destinations and enterprises can win more business by responding to market changes. The interviews were recorded at the European Conference, “Mind the Accessibility Gap. Re-Thinking Accessible Tourism in Europe” on 6th June 2014. Read more.

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PATA Thailand Chapter

With estimates of foreign demand for Thailand as a destination approaching a possible 50 million before the end of this current decade, serious attention needs to given to managing that demand over simply stimulating more. Theodore Koumelis. Read more.

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