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  • Stronger together

    Sharing has become a main driver for our economy. Using underutilised assets allows us to improve efficiency, sustainability and community. Through user-generated web content, and with the growing popularity of renting goods rather than buying them, consumers are becoming increasingly savvy, connected, and conscious. Here are some ways to become a part of this movement: Check out these 14 pioneers of the more »
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  • Community Based Tourism in Pha Mon and Mae Klang Luang in Thailand

     By Michelle Groothedde, Associate Intern Sustainability & Social Responsibility, Pacific Asia Travel Association. In Doi Inthanon National park, about 90 kilometres from Chiang Mai, in the North of Thailand, two communities, Pha Mon and Mae Klang Luang, both ethnic Karen communities, have worked in community based tourism for 11 and 18 years respectively. On a mini field trip we visited the two more »
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  • ‘Unesco-cide’: does world heritage status do cities more harm than good?

      The gambling-ridden clan jetties of Malaysia’s George Town were saved from ruin by the award of Unesco world heritage status, but their new fame left locals overwhelmed by a tide of invasive tourism. Can we ever get the balance right? Chew Jetty in Malaysia’s George Town attracts tourists by the boatload. Historic homes are now commercial stalls branded with more »
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  • Challenging Voluntourism – Food for thought when working with volunteers –

      Voluntourism. It sounds like a beautiful way to combine service and travel. Indeed, many volunteers are flocking to countries, usually for short periods, to Asia and Africa to help children, to save endangered animals or to build houses and schools.   However, this form of tourism arguably does more harm than good. It is suggested that voluntourism perpetuates stereotyping, more »
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  • These Chinese megaprojects are transforming cities – and the way people live

    Many urban centers, like Shanghai and Shenzhen, have gone from modest fishing villages to booming megacities.   China is rapidly urbanizing. More than half of China’s population now lives in cities, and over 100 Chinese cities have over 1 million people each. Many urban centers, like Shanghai and Shenzhen, have gone from modest fishing villages to booming megacities. Others have more »
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  • Supermarket giant to slash emissions 60% by 2025, 100% renewable by 2030

      UK supermarket giant Tesco is not exactly popular with the deeper green environmentalist crowd. In fact, when they planned on opening one of their Tesco Express convenience stores in my hometown of Bristol, it literally resulted in riots. But while there’s legitimate concern around the oversized power that Tesco wields to transform our high streets, it’s hard to deny more »
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  • ‘Sustainable tourism’ is not working – here’s how we can change that

    This year is the United Nations’ International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. UN World Tourism Organisation Secretary-General Taleb Rifai declared it gave: … a unique opportunity to advance the contribution of the tourism sector to the three pillars of sustainability – economic, social and environmental, while raising awareness of the true dimensions of a sector which is often undervalued. more »
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  • Tips for a sustainable Mother’s Day celebration

      Sunday May 14th is Mother’s Day in many parts of the world. It’s our chance to celebrate the special mothers in our lives. Mothers form a large part of the global workforce. Did you know, for example, that tourism employs twice as many women than other business sectors?   Mother Nature must also be celebrated on this special day more »
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  • PATA Celebrates Earth Day 2017 – Everyone can be a hero

    Since this year’s Earth Day falls on a weekend, PATA decided to celebrate a little early. For this year’s Earth Day, our Green Team invited Mr Poonyos Kumpolkunjana, founder of Paper Ranger a local Bangkok non-profit, to give our team a workshop, titled, “Everyone can be a hero.”   On Tuesday, 18 April, Mr. Kumpolkunjana came to the PATA Engagement Hub more »
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  • What Happens to Half-Used Hotel Soap?

      Ever wondered what happens to the half-used bars of soap you leave behind after overnight stays in hotels? In some cases, the soap gets recycled, thanks to a nonprofit named Clean the World. The organization, which is based in Orlando, Florida, works with hotel partners to collect used soaps and recycle them for distribution to those in need. Since more »
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  • Enjoy water festivals responsibly

      Songkran is the Thai New Year festival celebrated from 13 – 15 April. It is one of the country’s most important public holidays. Songkran is a Buddhist festival also celebrated in many other parts of Asia including Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and parts of China. Each country has its own unique rituals and celebrations. Water holds considerable significance during Songkran. more »
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  • Try eco-friendly spring cleaning!

      No detail is too small, especially when it comes to cleaning. This idea can be applied to every area of hospitality, but today we are specifically referring to spring cleaning. When you think about spring cleaning, de-cluttering comes to mind, but have you thought about the cleaning products you use? Sustainable living starts with our daily routine, so let’s more »
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  • Sustainability is Out and Transformation is In – Beware!

    As predicted earlier, the buzzword “du jour” in tourism is fast becoming transformation. Its predecessor, sustainability, has through over and mis-use become meaningless and ineffective lacking the capacity to lift hearts, inspire hope and, ironically, sustain action. I am delighted but also very concerned.. Here’s why. New buzzwords are favoured by a sector that, by its very nature, has to focus more »
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  • Travelling responsibly with children

    Travelling breaks down barriers and promotes diversity. Travel is about shared experiences and building friendships. It is a great way to learn understanding for different customs. If we teach our children how to make the right travel choices, it can not only benefit them, but it will also make the world a better place.   Here are some ways to more »
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  • The Green Movement Is Talking About Racism? It’s About Time

    The same people and organizations we admire for protecting our wild places also have a history of being apathetic—or plain antagonistic—toward issues of race and social justice Given the history of conservationists elevating endangered plant life over endangered black lives, it is environmentalism’s soul that most needs saving.    Photo: Kristen Rogers Photography/Stock   Facing a new White House administration more »
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  • Earth Hour 2017 – it’s more fun with the lights out

      Remembering to switch off lights in an unoccupied room makes a big difference to our planet’s energy bill. Switching off your lights during Earth Hour on March 25 shows your commitment to the planet. Our actions today can change our world for tomorrow. Here are some creative ways to spend your Earth Hour:   1. Candlelight dinner or indoor more »
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  • Video release by Green Fins for environmental briefings

    By sharing their knowledge and their passion, the diving industry has recently guided the development of nine brand new “Green Fins How-to-videos”, designed to guide business managers how to easily implement the Code of Conduct and to show divers exactly what they should expect from an environmentally friendly dive centre. They will be completely free for anyone to see and more »
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  • Change what you eat and reduce your carbon emissions

    There’s no doubt that raising livestock for food requires massive amounts of land, food, energy and water – and it is claimed that these farm animals contribute to at least 50 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to a report published by the Worldwatch Institute.   Is it possible for humans to adjust lifestyles and diets in such a more »
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  • International Women’s Day 2017

      Thailand, 2015. Photo: UN Women/Pornvit Visitoran. | Lebanon, 2015. Photo: UN Women/Joe Saad | Kenya, 2016. Photo: CIAT/Georgina Smith The 2017 theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March, focuses on “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”.  The world of work is changing, with significant implications for women. On one hand, technological advances and globalization more »
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  • Denmark reduces food waste by 25% in five years with the help of one woman – Selina Juul

    Never underestimate the power of one dedicated individual. A woman has been credited by the Danish Government for single-handedly helping the country reduce its food waste by 25 per cent in just five years. Selina Juul, who moved from Russian to Denmark when she was 13 years old, was shocked by the amount of food available and wasted at supermarkets. more »
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  • 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

    #TravelEnjoyRespect The United Nations 70th General Assembly has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.   To that end, please explore the official IY2017 website at www.tourism4development2017.org, which is their primary tool for coordinating the worldwide celebrations of the year, and on which more than 200 events and activities have already been registered. The UNWTO kindly invites you more »
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  • Tourists behaving badly: how culture shapes conduct when we’re on holiday

    There appears to be increasing tension between tourists and residents around the world, with the former often blamed for behaving inappropriately and disturbing locals. Protests against tourist behaviour have erupted in Barcelona, Venice and Hong Kong. In Hong Kong, tourists are blamed for being noisy, inconsiderate, urinating in public, buying up necessities such as baby milk powder, and generally not more »
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  • WTTC announces Finalists for 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Award

    The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is pleased to announce the 15 Finalists for its 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. The 2017 Finalists cut across five continents in the following categories: Community, Destination, Environment, Innovation and People. The WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, now in its 13th year, showcases business practices of the highest standards that balance the needs more »
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  • A micro-approach to sustainable tourism: how travelers can take small actions that result in large, positive impacts

    By La Carmina, travel blogger and TV host @ lacarmina.com   Intro As a millennial travel blogger, I’ve noticed a rising interest among travelers my age for “authentic, immersive” experiences. I personally gravitate towards sharing stories in this vein, such as conservation safaris in South Africa, or village food tours in Vietnam. Skift’s recent report echoes this movement: “Arguably the most more »
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  • Advancing human rights at work – A look back at 2016

    2016 has been a significant year in advancing fundamental principles and rights at work. Working with governments, social partners and communities, the ILO FUNDAMENTALS Branch has helped those who cannot organize and bargain collectively, those suffering from discrimination, and those who are trapped in child labour and forced labour. There is much more to be done, and we look forward more »
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  • Tourism Tidbits: Providing Tourism Cheer

    Wishing Everyone a Happy Chanukah and a Merry Christmas December 2016: Tourism this past year has faced many challenges, from a slow economy in Europe to ISIS attacks, from medical issues such as Zika to waves of terrorism in Europe and wars in the Middle East.  For many around the world, despite the fact that this has not been an easy year, more »
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  • Sustainable Holiday Gift Ideas

    Finding the perfect holiday gifts for loved ones may seem difficult and stressful sometimes. For this holiday season, instead of giving the traditional boxed gifts, consider giving a present that has a really positive impact. Here are some great ideas to help you become a responsible gift giver this holiday: Choose Sustainable Materials: Choose items that are made from natural more »
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  • Rethinking Inclusive Sustainable Coastal Tourism in Cox’s Bazar

    by Maeve Nightingale, Mangroves for the Future Programme Manager, IUCN   Home to a golden sand beach, towering cliffs, amazing surf, rare conch shells and colorful pagodas, Cox’s Bazar should long ago have been on the map as a popular tourist destination. Yet, little is known about this fascinating fishing port located in the South Asian nation of Bangladesh. Cox’s more »
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  • CBT Vietnam, Vietnam/Canada

    Honourable Mention Community Based Tourism Initiative The Northern Vietnam Community Based Tourism project is a collaboration of several organizations that make up the overall initiative. It is led by the School of Tourism at Capilano University in association with Hanoi Open University, and the ethnic hill tribe communities of Taphin, TaVan, and Lao Chai in the trekking region of Sapa. The more »
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  • Ban Rai Gong King Community-Based Tourism Club, Thailand

    Honourable Mention Community Based Tourism Initiative Ban Rai Gong King Village is a small community in Chiangmai Province, a popular tourist destination in the northern part of Thailand. The community is situated next to Chiangmai Night Safari, so the main occupation of the villagers are vegetable plantation to sell as animal food in the zoo. During the economic crisis in the year more »
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  • Bojo Aloguinsan Ecotourism Association, Philippines

    Best Community Based Tourism Initiative Bojo Aloguinsan Ecotourism Association (BAETAS) was formally registered with the Department of Labor and Employment in October 2009, and with the Bureau of Internal Revenue the following year. The project was initiated by the local government of the municipality of Aloguinsan, a town located 73 kilometers midwest of Cebu City on the island of Cebu more »
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  • Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards – Finalists’ Case Studies

    In September 2015, Wild Asia revealed the winners of the ninth Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards at PATA Travel Mart in Bangalore, India. Winners of the awards represent leadership in commitment to benefiting their local communities and natural environment, whilst providing authentic and meaningful travel experiences for visitors from around the world. The Awards are based in the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria, and all more »
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  • International Volunteer Day: Is ‘orphanage tourism’ a solution or a problem?

    Last week was the International Volunteer Day which takes place every year on December 5th. The growing popularity of international volunteering has led to the trend of orphanage tourism: people take time to volunteer at or visit an orphanage while visiting a foreign country. In Cambodia, a visit to an orphanage would include a short performance or dance routine by more »
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  • Discover Germany – Sustainable Tourism

    More and more travelers are heading for cities that promote environmentally friendly transport, renewable energy, and restaurants that serve food from sustainable sources. We take you to Hamburg, Neumarkt, and Freiburg. DW Read more.
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  • Drought-hit central western Queensland communities look to build resilient future

    November 24 2015 – Despite unprecedented drought across a vast area of outback Queensland, a group of local councils has embarked on a long-term planning project aimed at building resilient communities to withstand future dry times and economic challenges. Chrissy Arthur Read more.
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  • The Quest to Build the World’s Most Sustainable Town in the Middle of the Panamanian Jungle

    It’s 10 am on a Tuesday in the Tres Brazos jungle, a jagged two-hour trek outside Panama City, where a handful of American twentysomethings have been awake and working since sunrise. Aaron Prairie leads a group of biology students on a nature hike, using a machete to hack his way through an overgrown trail. Max Cooper cuts long strips of more »
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  • Equipping Africa’s Next Generation for Jobs in the Hospitality Industry for Sustainable Growth

    The Africa continent is increasingly becoming a desired destination for millions of world-class travelers, who enjoy the white sandy beaches, wildlife safaris, and cultural tours in every region of Africa. Some 55.7 million international visitors traveled to Africa in 2013, according to the UN World Tourism Organization. Amini Kajunju Read more.
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  • It’s the age of the ‘post-tourist’

    In the last decade, the tourism industry has been overtaken by a new kind of tourist: one who avoids popular sites and abandons their maps. Welcome to the age of the “post-tourist”. Siobhan Lyons Read more.
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  • Five reasons funding should go directly to local NGOs

    Less than 2% of humanitarian aid goes directly to local NGOs, but Jennifer Lentfer argues that grassroots groups are best placed to help those in need, giving five reasons for that. Read more.  
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  • Practical Tips for Sustainable Travel

    You don’t need super powers to add a dose of sustainability to your holiday. Check out this sustainable tourism guide and infographic. These travel tips can easily be incorporated in your trip. Peter Berg Schmidt. Read more.
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  • Can a Trip Ever Be ‘Authentic’?

    In a globalized age — when a McAloo Tikki is just as Indian as the Taj Mahal — has the very word lost its meaning? I once spent an unforgettable day in the traveler’s treasure-house that is Sana’a, capital of Yemen. Stained-glass windows glittered from thickets of high tower-houses as night began to fall, and khat-chewing men with daggers at more »
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  • TED Prize Goes to Archaeologist Who Combats Looting With Satellite Technology

    November 08 2015 – Her laptop brims with satellite images pitted with thousands of black dots, evidence of excavations across Egypt where looters have tunneled in search of mummies, jewelry and other valuables prized by collectors, advertised in auction catalogs and trafficked on eBay, a criminal global black market estimated in the billions of dollars. Ralph Blumenthal and Tom Mashberg Read more.
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  • Bali protest against tourism reclamation plan turns to song to get message out

      November 02 2015 – The Indonesian government wants to reclaim land in Benoa Bay to develop international tourism. Locals say it will destroy their villages and way of life, forcing fishermen to give up their livelihoods and instead become souvenir sellers. Jeremy Smith Read more.
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  • Searching for Orangutan’s but Finding Hope for Borneo’s Endangered Wildlife

    November 03 2015 – “Hold it.” Hasri’s upheld hand tells us. He takes two soundless steps on the dried leaves of the lowland Borneo rainforest and listens. We pause for the strange sound to repeat itself among the jungle cicadas and morning calls of birds. David McGuire Read more.
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  • Patagonia’s controversial new national park

    November 02 2015 – “Pain?” asks Jorge Molina, my hiking guide. Yes, there is a little pain, but it’s too late for cold feet. Or, more accurately, it’s too late not to get cold feet, because we’re already shin-deep in a swift icy river. Graeme Greene Read more.
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  • Canada’s aboriginal tourism: It doesn’t get much more traditional than this

      October 26 2015 – It’s a chilly evening in late March and I’m standing inside the traditional wooden longhouse at the Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations in Wendake, Que., a cup of tart rhubarb cordial in my hand. Despite the cold it’s cozy in the dim space and the longhouse sleeping platforms look inviting, but I’m not here to stay tonight. more »
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  • Suriname indigenous leaders protest airport expansion and land confiscation

      October 26 2015 – Indigenous communities are protesting the expansion of Suriname’s international airport. The airport has obtained title to the neighbouring, indigenous land, and wants to expell most of the population of the Arawak villages Hollandse Kamp and Witsanti. Indigenous people reject the airport’s claim that they are the trespassers. Jeremy Smith Read more.
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  • Is Nepal now ready for tourists? Interview with Raj Gyawali, Nepal Now

    October 21 2015 – Following the earthquake that struck Nepal earlier this year, many in the country’s tourism industry, supported by friends and colleagues from around the world, began to collaborate on ideas and solutions for how to get its tourism industry back on its feet as quickly as possible. Jeremy Smith Read more.  
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  • Would you visit a country where you have to pay $340 a day?

    October 19 2015 – Tourists have long rhapsodised over this Himalayan kingdom, wedged north of India and south of China. Although there is no numerical limit to entry of tourists, the government wants the number to remain under strict control, hence Bhutan’s leaders focus on what they call ‘high value, low volume’ tourism. Leah McLennan Read more.
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  • Groundbreaking compassionate destination concept launched in Kerala

    October 16 2015 – A new initiative has been launched in the city of Kozhikode in Kerala, which aims to ensure the city lives by the mantra of how responsible tourism should work in destinations: Better places to live, Better places to visit. Jeremy Smith Read more.
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  • Organic Village Scheme Set for Expansion

      October 15 2015 – The government has pitched the idea of developing the organic village scheme in a move to strengthen local communities and farmers. The scheme, organised through a partnership with the Organic Agriculture Association of Thailand, will launch in five provinces: Chiang Mai, Surin, Lampang, Phetchabun and Nakhon Pathom. PHUSADEE ARUNMAS Read more.  
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  • Women’s places: the fight for gender equality in tourism

      October 11 2015 – On the slopes of Mount Meru in northern Tanzania, Fatima Faraji welcomes guests to her 20-acre coffee plantation, where she harvests only the fullest cherry-red arabica berries. Hand-picked by a team of experienced women, the coffee is pulped and processed on site the same day. Hilary Tagg Read more.
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  • Volunteers seek airline sponsor to help bring music to refugees on Lesvos

    October 07 2015 – A group of musicians from Galway, Ireland is seeking travel industry support for a planned trip to help refugees on the Island of Lesvos. They are currently trying to find an airline/travel company to sponsor them by way of providing flights to Athens, from where they will take a connecting ferry. Jeremy Smith Read more.
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  • Book a Trip to Vietnam, Quadruple a Family’s Income

    October 6 2015 – Ly Man May is busy plucking a chicken. In the pot it goes, boiled whole, bones intact. In 20 minutes lunch will be served: rice, vegetables, chicken, and of course, homemade rice wine. For breakfast, however, May made pancakes to suit the Western palate. Esha Chhabra Read more.
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  • Remarks at the Opening of the 2015 Our Ocean Conference

    October 05 2015 – The words on the screen a few minutes ago, “We are killing ourselves,” it’s a dramatic and not insignificant statement.  But it has the virtue of being true.valwriting.net   I am passionate about the oceans because I’m passionate about life and the oceans are life.  We would not survive. John Kerry Read more.
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  • The Many Faces of Sustainable Tourism – My Week in Bali

      October 05 2015 – Do you know the difference between ecotourism, sustainable travel, responsible travel and volunteer vacationing? While there is a lot of overlap with each of these terms, they all have one common theme – that is to improve lives through travel and tourism. Sucheta Rawal Read more.
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  • Bitter irony of UNWTO’s 1 Billion tourists – 1 billion opportunities campaign

    October 01 2015 – This year’s World Tourism Day theme ‘1 Billion Tourists – 1 Billion Opportunities’ sounds like a slogan for an advert to entice consumers to buy a product like a laundry detergent or hamburger. The UNWTO invites us to celebrate 1 billion tourist arrivals per year and the seemingly unlimited growth of the travel and tourism industry; more »
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  • Chile’s Altiplano Region Seeks Sustainable Tourism

    September 22 2015 – Chile’s altiplano or high plateau region, pounded by the sun of the Atacama desert, the driest place in the world, is home to dozens of indigenous communities struggling for subsistence by means of sustainable tourism initiatives that are not always that far removed from out-of-control capitalism. Marianela Jarroud Read more. 
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  • Inspiring ways tourism is helping refugees, and how it could do more

    September 23 2015 – If you only read some of the more reactionary publications around, you might be mistaken for thinking that tourism’s response to the growing refugee crisis was mostly anger at having holidays spoiled. “Holidaymaker misery” ran one headline. “British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays ‘awkward’ in Kos” announced another. Jeremy Smith Read more.
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  • What happens abroad….doesn’t have to stay abroad

    by Shanna Schubert and Brooklynn Downing, Intern-Associates, PATA Brooklynn Downing and Shanna Schubert Being recent female graduates originally from North America, we quickly realised our commonalities soon after meeting each other. When you’ve been out of your comfort zone for a period of time, travelling abroad, living with a host family, etc., to come across someone from a similar background more »
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  • Wilderness, South Africa

    Wilderness – a company which has long been recognised for its pioneering conservation through tourism work – has further matured its successful sustainable tourism business model by becoming listed on the Africa Board of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Using the “4Cs”, they integrate and monitor Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce across all sectors of the company. Download  
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  • Misool Ecoresort, Indonesia

    Misool Eco Resort (MER), a dive lodge in Raja Ampat, Indonesia, has successfully partnered with local communities in a destination stewardship programme to stop rampant shark finning and destructive fishing practices. In 2005, they secured a long-term lease from local communities, providing local people with much-needed sustainable income, to establish a 425 km2 No Take Zone, expanded in 2010 to more »
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  • Thailand Community Based Tourism Institute

    The Thailand Community Based Tourism Institute (CBT-I) is a partnership between two pioneering community-based tourism organizations, the Responsible Ecological Social Tours Project (REST) and the Thailand Research Fund Community Based Research Unit (TRF CBR). After working for more than ten years with Thai and ethnic minority communities to develop and market community based tourism programmes, they joined together to create more »
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  • Soria Moria Boutique Hotel / Educational Development Programme – Cambodia

    Soria Moria is a 38 bed hotel whose goal is to facilitate long-term economic development in the impoverished area of Siem Reap, near Angkor Wat. With tourism growing in the area, the hotel was established in 2007 to empower locals to develop successful long-term economic opportunities through building educational capacity and encouraging the development of socially responsible leaders. Download
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  • Saunders Hotel Group

    The local family-owned Saunders Hotel Group has been a leader in responsible tourism since the 1980s, when they converted a local police office in Boston, Massachusetts into an historic hotel and worked with local community partners to build affordable housing in the area at the same time. With a mission of “Preserving the Past and Protecting the Future,” they now more »
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  • Abercrombie & Kent, USA & Global

    Abercrombie & Kent (A&K), a global tour operator with its roots in Kenya, created its non-profit organisation, now known as A&K Philanthropy (AKP), over three decades ago to support its conservation and community benefit efforts in destinations where they operate. With 50 independent offices worldwide, each A&K office selects projects for AKP’s support, enabling A&K guests to visit the projects. more »
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  • The Bushcamp Company, Zambia

    Established in 1999, The Bushcamp Company operates six tented camps and the Mfuwe Lodge in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. By implementing a per guest per night conservation fee, it works closely with local community and conservation organisations to develop projects that help conserve wildlife resources, support education, and generate a sustainable source of income for the local people who more »
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  • &Beyond, South Africa

    Adventure travel and wildlife safari specialist &Beyond operates 32 lodges in six countries (five one the African continent, and in India). Over the past 21 years, its holistic business model based on “caring for the land, its wildlife, and its people” has played an integral role in making long-term contributions to conservation where they operate. Focusing their core efforts on more »
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  • Siraj Center, West Bank

    The Siraj Center in the West Bank (Palestinian Territory) , located near Bethlehem, works to educate and promote a new vision for local tourism as an alternative to the area’s long time dependence on pilgrimage mass tourism. As a non-governmental organisation founded in 2005, the Siraj Center develops sustainable tourism programmes and businesses under the ownership of local, marginalised communities, and more »
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  • Feynan Ecolodge

    The first ecolodge in Jordan, the Feynan Ecolodge supports the local communities and wildlife of the Dana Biosphere Reserve, while introducing guests to the lifestyles and legacy of the Bedouin. It is run on 100% sustainable power and 80% of products used at the lodge are purchased from within 60km radius. Likewise all the onsite employees are hired from local more »
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  • Grootbos Nature Reserve

    South Africa’s Cape Floristic Region is the smallest of the world’s six floral kingdoms. Yet despite covering just 0.5 % of Africa, the region is home to nearly 20 % of the continent’s flora. The luxury lodge Grootbos manages 2,500 hectares in this region, with 785 indigenous plant species recorded on the reserve, of which 117 are species of conservation more »
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  • Rivers Fiji

    Carving through steep canyons and lush rainforest, the Navua River in Fiji is both an incredible place to go rafting and an attractive prospect for logging companies. Since 2000, Rivers Fiji has collaborated with indigenous landowners and the logging company that owns the land to create the Upper Navua Conservation Area, a 16km long river corridor that hopefully will save more »
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  • Red Sustainable Travel

    At Magdalena Bay in Mexico’s Baja California, an innovative tourism start up called Red Sustainable Travel is using responsible adventure tourism to persuade fishermen to change from practices that are killing sea turtles, and seek alternative livelihoods in ecotourism instead. Some 185 local people have been trained in the principles of sustainability and business management and US$120,000 has been generated more »
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  • TUI Travel

    Its status as an industry leader in unquestionable, and when it comes to sustainability TUI Travel certainly means business. As a group, it has shown exemplary sustainable tourism practices, and its latest development, the Sustainable Holidays Plan, is no exception. To date, 1200 of its suppliers are working towards sustainability certifications. In partnership with The Travel Foundation, it launched the more »
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  • Lapland Vuollerim Welcomes You

    Any organisation that offers guests three courses for dinner served at three different local homes deserves a place on the innovative hit list. Since 2008, this community organisation has devised 50 genuine Lappish life experiences, where guests interact with local people. Becoming a company in 2010, it reinvests a hundred per cent into the local economy. With exemplary stakeholder cooperation, more »
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  • Lao National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality (LANITH)

    Lao People’s Democratic Republic may be landlocked, but all doors are open for tourism. However, three quarters of population still works in subsistence agriculture, so education in tourism is fundamental. A need catered for by the Lao National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality (LANITH). Set up in 2008, it has two arms: A diploma in Tourism for undergraduates and The more »
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  • Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark

    The Burren translates from Boireann, or “great rock” in Irish. However, this might also refer to the local communities as it is not only the dramatic limestone karst landscapes that bring visitors here, it’s the people. With a special shout out to B.E.N., or the Burren Ecotourism Network , which is made up of local sustainable tourism businesses coming together more »
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  • Basecamp Explorer Kenya

    Svein Wilhelmsen founded Basecamp Explorer in 1998, following a meeting with Maasai elder, Chief Ole Taek in Kenya about threats to his people and lands. Wilhelmsen’s mission was to set up a company to care for both. Eagle View camp in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Kenya, best illustrates this, where five hundred Maasai families gave their land in trust and, more »
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  • Asilia Africa

    As it enters its tenth year of business, Asilia Africa boasts a Big Five that is about so much more than wildlife. Community, conservation, capacity, certification and commitment are five core principles running through Asilia. With thirteen properties in Tanzania, Kenya and Mozambique, it employs 600 people and operates in critical conservation areas where both wildlife and local economies are more »
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  • Arviat Community Ecotourism

    When Arviat’s Inuit people received money under a land claim agreement relating to Federal Conservation Areas, they invested it the future. A future sustained by tourism and wholly owned by the community. Located on Nunavut’s Hudson Bay in Canada the Inuit have lived, survived and thrived in this region for over four thousand years. It is still steeped in tradition more »
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  • Abercrombie & Kent

    Celebrating 50 years in business, Abercrombie and Kent (A&K) is world renowned for quality safaris and attention to detail. The local communities are never considered, however, a mere detail. They are integral. By establishing Destination Management Companies worldwide, and hiring more than 2200 local staff, they know that conservation and community go hand in hand. For example, A&K have always more »
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  • Banyan Tree Say Environment and Community Projects Are a ‘No Brainer’

    Banyan Tree’s first integrated resort in Central Vietnam is supporting and celebrating local culture with a range of projects. Laguna Lang Co is Banyan Tree’s first integrated resort in Central Vietnam, and with a range of carefully researched community and environment projects rolling out over the next few years, the company is working hard to support and celebrate the local more »
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  • Community Targeted Recruitment in India’s Hotel Sector

    New research by the City & Guilds Centre for Skills Development looks at how Indian hotels can improve recruitment and training to help marginalised individuals from local communities access employment.  The report case-studied four hotels in Southern India that employ individuals from under-represented groups (such as local and marginalised communities) through unique recruitment and training programmes. Here’s a synopsis of more »
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  • What is Community Engagement?

    Corporate community engagement—also known as corporate community involvement or corporate community investment – refers to the activities that a company undertakes to enhance its relationships with, and contribute to the well-being of, the communities in which it has a presence or impact It is the most visible way an organisation can demonstrate its ethics. It entails many different kinds of more »
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  • Understanding Urban Tourism Impacts: An Australian Study 

    The study set out to better understand the perceptions and attitudes of urban host communities toward tourists and tourism, and to understand the impacts that were of most concern to these communities in major cities. Outlined below is a summary of key findings from the local government focus groups and community survey. by Deborah Edwards, Tony Griffin, Bruce Hayllar and more »
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  • The Sector Project Sustainable Development through Tourism

    of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) at a Glance by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Download  
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  • The Makuleke Experience in South Africa — Sustainable Tourism and Community Based Natural Resource Management

    Project Name: Training and Support for Resource Management (Transform), South Africa Destination: Makuleke/Pafuri, Kruger National Park, South Africa Partners: Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) and South African National Parks Board (SANParks) by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Download
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  • Indigenous Community Festivals – Top End: An Evaluation Using Encore Event Evaluation Kit

    For the last 20 years, annual festivals of varying sizes have been held by a number of indigenous communities in the Northern Territory’s Top End. Until now little analysis has been conducted of their planning, organisation, management, marketing and contribution to tourism. This study analyses data collected from attendees at five small community festivals in the Northern Territory’s Top End. more »
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  • Host Community Perceptions of the Impact of Events: A Comparison of Different Event Themes in Urban and Regional Communities

    This report provides the findings from a comparative study of the social impacts of three events located in different regions and differentiated by theme. The three events were the Australian Grand Prix, the Moomba Festival, and the Horsham Art Is… Festival. The key objective of this report was to examine host community perceptions of event impacts across a range of more »
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  • Learning Markets and Indigenous Tourism: Action Research Pilot of Developing a Learning Markets Cluster and Sample Itinerary in Central Australia

    This project applied and evaluated Participatory Action Research Methodology (PARM) in the context of developing a Learning Markets cluster of Indigenous tourism operators in Central Australia.This led to developing and testing a Learning Markets itinerary establishing links with specialist distribution systems relevant for the Learning Markets sector. It was expected that this would allow building the capacity of local Indigenous more »
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  • Indigenous/Aboriginal Tourism Research in Australia (2000-2008): Industry Lessons and Future Research Needs

    Research on Indigenous/Aboriginal tourism (IAT) is highly heterogeneous and difficult to organise for the purpose of over-viewing and synthesising. In order to gain an overview of completed research, and be able to identify benefits, gaps and directions of IAT research in the Australian context, this research project had three main objectives: to review IAT research use this review to identify more »
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  • Indigenous Tourism Businesses in Queensland: Criteria for Success: Towards the Development of a National Diagnostic Tool for Indigenous Tourism Businesses

    Little is known about the factors that contribute to the success and long-term viability of enterprises in Australia’s Indigenous tourism sector.  Given this, it was considered imperative to identify those underpinning factors that are associated with the success of Indigenous tourism enterprises. Utilising seven ‘successful’ case study businesses from Queensland, the research sought to explore the development, operation and management more »
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  • Enriching the Experience: An Indigenous Tourism Story Audit Tool

    The objective of the research was to develop a ‘Story Audit Tool’ to be used in the field with Indigenous people and other key informants to collect local stories for use in tourism enterprises and marketing; establish a prototype Intellectual Property agreement for commercial tourism for the use of images, film and written accounts of local Indigenous stories in tourism; and critically more »
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  • EarthCheck Research Institute Fact Sheet 10: Supporting Local Communities

    Supporting and sustaining local communities underpins a triple bottom line approach to sustainable tourism where economics, environmental and social thinking are all integrated into core business activities.    This fact sheet has been developed in line with the goals of The Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC). by EarthCheck Research Institute Download
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  • Ready, Set, Go! Factsheet: Crisis Support Management

    As a business person in your local community, you will often be involved in community meetings or working with others to assist the recovery process. An awareness of how members of a community may respond to a crisis event can be helpful, especially if people behave in challenging ways. by EC3 Global, University of Queensland School of Tourism Download
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  • Cultural Landscapes of Tourism in New South Wales and Victoria

    The research project conducted fieldwork in a number of case studies in metropolitan and regional and rural areas of New South Wales and Victoria in order to investigate and explore the intersection between traditional and new cultural landscape precincts and the current and future patterns of Australian tourism. Cultural landscapes of tourism are diverse in character. This project compared the more »
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  • Assisting Communities to Develop Heritage Tourism Opportunities

    Heritage managers are increasingly expected to use tourism as a source of revenue to maintain heritage properties. Many of these individuals and organisations have little or no skills in business/tourism planning or financial management. This report outlines approaches that can assist with the development of heritage tourism across a region including use of a thematic framework to link heritage places, more »
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  • Economic Evaluation of Tourism for Natural Areas: Development of a Toolkit Approach

    This study seeks to provide simple methods to evaluate the contribution of natural area tourism to local/regional economies. It draws on work undertaken in 2003 by Carlsen and Wood and longitudinal research undertaken by Wood in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia since 1997. The former  study assessed the economic contribution of tourism to two Western Australian regions (the Gascoyne more »
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  • Good Environmental Practices: Snorkeling

    Originally founded in 1994 to galvanize the dive community for conservation, CORAL has grown from a small, grassroots alliance into the only international nonprofit organization that works exclusively to unite communities to protect our planet’s coral reefs.     In this easy-to-follow guide, CORAL provides valuable do’s and don’ts for marine operators and their guests when snorkelling. by CORAL Download
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  • Tourist Activity as Sustainable Regional Development Instrument

    In this paper, the author attempts to answer the question of how to develop tourism in a sustainable way as a tool of regional sustainable development, while respecting local conditions, communities and environment. by PhD Elena Delise Download
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  • Tourist Activity as Sustainable Regional Development Instrument; A Regional Case Analysis: Kerala, India

    In this research paper, author Elena Delise looks at tourist activity as sustainable regional development instrument by shining the spotlight on Kerala in India. Elena says: “The question to resolve is how to develop tourism in a sustainable way as a tool of regional sustainable development, while respecting local conditions, communities and environment.    In this paper I will try to more »
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  • Planning and Design Standard for Improving Sustainability of Neighbourhoods and Precincts

    The aim of the project was to generate a new Green Globe product by creating a new standard, the Precinct Planning and Design Standard (PPDS). The PPDS has to be suitable for use with developments such as Salt and Sydney Olympic Park (SOP). The existing design and construct standard is too narrow to use in isolation for the Salt and more »
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  • Our Backyard, Our Community, Our Future: Mansfield Shire Council

    Mansfield Shire Council has committed to the EarthCheck Sustainable Communities initiative (formally known as Green Globe) to benchmark our  environmental and social performance and develop a shared vision for the future.    This case study outlines the environmental strategy and benchmarking data designed to empower the community and create a sustainable future. by EarthCheck Download
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  • EarthCheck Case Study: Lane Cove River Tourist Park, Australia

    Lane Cove River Tourist Park aims to operate an ethical and profitable business that is sustainable, without destroying or depleting natural resources and the natural environment, polluting the environment or taking from the local community and indigenous culture. by EarthCheck Pty Ltd Download  
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  • EarthCheck Case Study: Eaton Hotel, Hong Kong

    As a major hotel in Hong Kong, Eaton Hotel understands their responsibility to understand, reflect upon and change processes and policies that have the potential to inflict harm on the environment, communities and future generations. by EarthCheck Pty Ltd Download
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  • Bahías de Huatulco, Mexico

    This benchmarking report shines the spotlight on Mexico’s Bahías de Huatulco, which is the first sustainable community in the Americas, and the third worldwide to be recognised by EarthCheck. by EarthCheck Download
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  • America’s First Sustainable Community: Bahias de Huatulco

    Bahias de Huatulco – or Huatulco Bays – is Mexico’s southernmost beachside destination. It is also the first sustainable community in the Americas, and the third worldwide to be recognised by EarthCheck.    This commitment to leadership is clearly articulated in Huatulco’s Sustainability Policy and practically demonstrated by the establishment of their Green Team. by EarthCheck Download
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  • Managing the Kosciuszko Alpine Area: Conservation Milestones and Future Challenges

    The Mt Kosciuszko alpine area is a major ecotourism destination, especially for summer day-walkers to the highest peak on the Australian continent. The popularity of this natural heritage not only vindicates the historical vision for its conservation but has also created a new conservation management imperative. by Graeme L. Worboys and Catherine M. Pickering Download
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  • Inventory of Tourism Assets on Department of Environment and Conservation Rangeland Properties

    The project assessed the tourism potential of inland pastoral properties recently acquired by the Department of Conservation and Land Management (now DEC, Department of Environment and Conservation) in the Murchison and Gascoyne regions of Western Australia. by Amanda J Smith, Michael Hughes, David Wood  and John Glasson Download
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  • Understanding Partnerships for Protected Area Tourism: Learning from the Literature

    As demand grows for tourism opportunities within Australian protected areas, partnerships are increasingly seen as the way forward in dealing with the variety of interests involved and ensuring that sustainability goals are pursued. Previous tourism partnership research has not made the most of opportunities to consult related literature from a broad range of disciplines and use associated theoretical developments as more »
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  • Public/Private Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism

    The objective of this report is to provide a framework for the sustainable development of the travel and tourism industry in the APEC region, through public/private partnerships, and to deliver a sustainability strategy for tourism destinations. by Terry De Lacy, Marion Battig, Stewart Moore and Steve Noakes Download  
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  • Trends in Protected Areas

    This study relied mainly on secondary data sourced directly from previous research projects conducted by STCRC in protected areas in Australia to review the management and visitor trends in national parks and other protected areas to review management practices, visitors, economic benefits, environmental impacts, education and interpretation and destinations marketing. An expert consultation was conducted to identify the trends in more »
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  • Sustaining Indigenous Cultural Tourism: Aboriginal Pathways, Cultural Centres and Dwellings in the Queensland Wet Tropics

    This scoping study seeks to provide an overview of current Indigenous cultural tourism in the Wet Tropics region of north-eastern Australia, and examines both the opportunities and impediments for Aboriginal operated tours in the mosaic of rural landscapes and protected areas that make up this region. In particular, the study aims to describe and assess enterprises that integrate knowledge of more »
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  • Indigenous Tourism in Australia: Profiling the domestic market

    Tourism Research Australia (TRA) has collected valuable data on Indigenous tourism visitors through its International Visitor Survey (IVS) and National Visitor Surveys (IVS and NVS). by Tourism Research Australia Download
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  • Ship Sourced Pollutants from Small to Medium Recreational and Tourist Vessels: Stage 3 Heavy metal concentrations

    This ship sourced pollution study originated from a research program conducted by the South-East Queensland Regional Water Quality Management Strategy, a multi-agency community/industry/government partnership group. Results from previous studies and feedback from principal stakeholders such as Maritime Safety Queensland, prompted demand for a second study to investigate levels of trace metals at selected popular anchorages in eastern Moreton Bay. by Jan more »
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  • Ship Sourced Pollutants from Small to Medium Recreational and Tourist Vessels: Stage 2 Sewage pollution

    This study originated from a research program conducted by the South East Queensland Regional Water Quality Management Strategy, a multi-agency community/ industry/government partnership group. The first phase of the study produced a final report on ship-sourced pollution in the Brisbane River and Moreton Bay. Imminent changes to sewage discharge regulations for recreational vessels operating in Queensland’s coastal waters and concerns more »
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  • Prosper: An Evaluation of Tourism Contribution to Regional Economies

    Prosper was established to develop context specific yet holistic models for assessing the value of tourism in regional destinations. The research has produced a range of immediately useful tools, including: a template for collecting and analysing indicators of the economic, social, and environmental value of tourism, a methodology for conducting Prosper research in a variety of regional settings, a research more »
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  • Prosper Pilot Case Study: Woodburn

    Underlying this pilot study is the recognition that the economic, social and environmental outcomes of regional tourism development are largely determined by important conditions, such as interrelationships and resources, within any region. This report presents the findings of a capacity for innovative regional tourism  development pilot case study conducted in the northern New South Wales community of Woodburn. by Damien more »
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  • Promoting Awareness of the Value of Tourism: a resource kit

    This Resource Kit is designed to provide information and tools to assist  those working in the tourism industry, or seeking to develop tourism, to  successfully promote the economic, socio-cultural and environmental benefits  of tourism. Available on CD-ROM only. by Ingrid Rosemann, Gary Prosser, Stephanie Hunt, Kate Benecke Download
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  • Concepts of Tourism Yield and their Measurement: Executive Summary

    The report develops tools for measuring and enhancing the yield from tourism at the business, regional and national level. It clarifies the different concepts of tourism yield. Different stakeholders (operators, governments, community, researchers etc.) mean different things by ‘yield’ and this presents a barrier to communication and policy discussion. by Larry Dwyer, Peter Forsyth, Liz Fredline, Leo Jago, Marg Deery more »
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  • The Development of Place Attachment in Parks

    This report provides a summary of the literature pertaining to the development of place attachment. In presenting an overview of the literature, the reports also focuses on the use of the concept of place attachment in the development of a proposed urban park setting, a key requirement of the study. In so doing, the report provides a list of recommendations more »
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  • Development of a Scale to Assess the Social Impact of Tourism within Communities

    This study presents a framework for the development of social indicators to measure the impact of tourism on communities. It is a research project which emanated from the Green Globe 21 Standard that incorporates  indicators for the environmental impact of tourism and seeks to develop other indicators. The report provides the theoretical background to the concept of sustainable tourism and more »
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  • Wildlife Tourism: Impacts, Management and Planning

    Wildlife tourism is big business worldwide, and is a valuable tool for nature conservation. This is a comprehensive volume on the subject, written by experts in the field and drawing on a wide range of disciplines. It covers the full scope of wildlife tourism, including zoos, wildlife watching, hunting and fishing. It provides an up-to-date review of wildlife tourism issues, more »
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  • Wildlife Tourism: Challenges, Opportunities and Managing the Future

    The aim of this summary is to provide a ‘snapshot’ of Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (STCRC) research that informs the wildlife – tourism relationship and its management. STCRC completed a major research program to identify opportunities for wildlife tourism in Australia and to facilitate enhancement of its sustainability. After six years of research, the Wildlife Tourism Subprogram has built more »
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  • Indigenous Wildlife Tourism in Australia

    Reviews and evaluates involvement by Indigenous people in wildlife tourism operations across mainland Australia. Focus is on wildlife attractions that feature living wildlife in either captive or free-ranging settings that incorporate Indigenous cultural presentations. by Sue Muloin, Heather Zeppel and Karen Higginbottom Download
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  • Indigenous Interests in Safari Hunting and Fishing Tourism in the Northern Territory

    Detailed review of tourism management issues in regard to guided sport fishing and commercial safari hunting ventures conducted on Aboriginal lands in the Top End of the Northern Territory. by Lisa Palmer Download
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  • Host Community: Social and Cultural Issues Concerning Wildlife Tourism

    The host community is a fundamental component of any tourism system. This report looks at wildlife tourism activities that have many impacts on a host community, an important element to consider in the concept of sustainability. by Georgette Leah Burns and Trevor Sofield Download
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  • A Framework to Guide the Sustainability of Wildlife Tourism Operations: Examples of Marine Wildlife Tourism in Western Australia

    The principal aim of this exploratory study is to develop and test the initial stages of a framework to assess the sustainability of marine wildlife tourism operations in Western Australia. In particular, this study uses the available research as a guide to understanding ecological, environmental, operational and social impacts of marine wildlife tourism on both marine wildlife and humans and more »
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Cultural Heritage

  • ‘Unesco-cide’: does world heritage status do cities more harm than good?

      The gambling-ridden clan jetties of Malaysia’s George Town were saved from ruin by the award of Unesco world heritage status, but their new fame left locals overwhelmed by a tide of invasive tourism. Can we ever get the balance right? Chew Jetty in Malaysia’s George Town attracts tourists by the boatload. Historic homes are now commercial stalls branded with more »
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  • ‘Sustainable tourism’ is not working – here’s how we can change that

    This year is the United Nations’ International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. UN World Tourism Organisation Secretary-General Taleb Rifai declared it gave: … a unique opportunity to advance the contribution of the tourism sector to the three pillars of sustainability – economic, social and environmental, while raising awareness of the true dimensions of a sector which is often undervalued. more »
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  • Enjoy water festivals responsibly

      Songkran is the Thai New Year festival celebrated from 13 – 15 April. It is one of the country’s most important public holidays. Songkran is a Buddhist festival also celebrated in many other parts of Asia including Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and parts of China. Each country has its own unique rituals and celebrations. Water holds considerable significance during Songkran. more »
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  • Travelling responsibly with children

    Travelling breaks down barriers and promotes diversity. Travel is about shared experiences and building friendships. It is a great way to learn understanding for different customs. If we teach our children how to make the right travel choices, it can not only benefit them, but it will also make the world a better place.   Here are some ways to more »
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  • 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

    #TravelEnjoyRespect The United Nations 70th General Assembly has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.   To that end, please explore the official IY2017 website at www.tourism4development2017.org, which is their primary tool for coordinating the worldwide celebrations of the year, and on which more than 200 events and activities have already been registered. The UNWTO kindly invites you more »
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  • UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation

    Call for Entries: 2017 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation 20 FEBRUARY, 2017, BANGKOK,– Submissions are now being accepted for the 2017 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. The Awards recognize the efforts of private individuals and organizations that have successfully restored or conserved structures, places and properties of heritage value in the region. The Awards emphasize the more »
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  • Tourists behaving badly: how culture shapes conduct when we’re on holiday

    There appears to be increasing tension between tourists and residents around the world, with the former often blamed for behaving inappropriately and disturbing locals. Protests against tourist behaviour have erupted in Barcelona, Venice and Hong Kong. In Hong Kong, tourists are blamed for being noisy, inconsiderate, urinating in public, buying up necessities such as baby milk powder, and generally not more »
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  • PATA Gold Awards

    The PATA Grand Awards are presented to outstanding entries in four principal categories: Marketing; Education and Training; Environment; and Heritage & Culture. The Pacific Asia Travel Association Gold Awards recognises exceptional achievement in a variety of endeavours, acknowledging and rewarding the very best that the Asia Pacific’s travel industry has to offer. The winning projects set industry standards for excellence and innovation, serving as more »
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  • Ban Rai Gong King Community-Based Tourism Club, Thailand

    Honourable Mention Community Based Tourism Initiative Ban Rai Gong King Village is a small community in Chiangmai Province, a popular tourist destination in the northern part of Thailand. The community is situated next to Chiangmai Night Safari, so the main occupation of the villagers are vegetable plantation to sell as animal food in the zoo. During the economic crisis in the year more »
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  • Siddhalepa Ayurveda Health Resort, Sri Lanka

    Best Marine and Wildlife Tourism Provider – 2015 InSPIRE Awards Health Resort is nestled amidst tropical gardens along the picturesque coastal belt of Wadduwa Sri Lanka. Offering a unique combination of health, luxury and relaxation, this serene resort is part of the renowned Hettigoda Group – the creators of one of Sri Lanka’s much loved brands ‘Siddhalepa’. Facing the sparkling blue more »
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  • It’s the age of the ‘post-tourist’

    In the last decade, the tourism industry has been overtaken by a new kind of tourist: one who avoids popular sites and abandons their maps. Welcome to the age of the “post-tourist”. Siobhan Lyons Read more.
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  • Practical Tips for Sustainable Travel

    You don’t need super powers to add a dose of sustainability to your holiday. Check out this sustainable tourism guide and infographic. These travel tips can easily be incorporated in your trip. Peter Berg Schmidt. Read more.
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  • Can a Trip Ever Be ‘Authentic’?

    In a globalized age — when a McAloo Tikki is just as Indian as the Taj Mahal — has the very word lost its meaning? I once spent an unforgettable day in the traveler’s treasure-house that is Sana’a, capital of Yemen. Stained-glass windows glittered from thickets of high tower-houses as night began to fall, and khat-chewing men with daggers at more »
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  • When cities rise from the depths

      November 06 2015 – Last week we were reminded that there’s still plenty to both love and learn about our planet, as news went viral about a 16th-century church in Mexico spookily rising from the watery depths. Abandoned in the 18th Century after a plague swept through the Chiapas region, the Temple of Santiago usually rests about 30m underwater. Ellie more »
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  • TED Prize Goes to Archaeologist Who Combats Looting With Satellite Technology

    November 08 2015 – Her laptop brims with satellite images pitted with thousands of black dots, evidence of excavations across Egypt where looters have tunneled in search of mummies, jewelry and other valuables prized by collectors, advertised in auction catalogs and trafficked on eBay, a criminal global black market estimated in the billions of dollars. Ralph Blumenthal and Tom Mashberg Read more.
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  • Get Your Boots On: The Spectacular Transcaucasian Trail is Open!

      November 05 2015 – The incomparable Transcaucasian Trail, a hiking route across the Caucasus Mountains from the Black Sea to the Caspian, was launched on Responsible Travel Day of the World Travel Market. Katie Ruth Davies Read more.
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  • Patagonia’s controversial new national park

    November 02 2015 – “Pain?” asks Jorge Molina, my hiking guide. Yes, there is a little pain, but it’s too late for cold feet. Or, more accurately, it’s too late not to get cold feet, because we’re already shin-deep in a swift icy river. Graeme Greene Read more.
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  • Canada’s aboriginal tourism: It doesn’t get much more traditional than this

      October 26 2015 – It’s a chilly evening in late March and I’m standing inside the traditional wooden longhouse at the Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations in Wendake, Que., a cup of tart rhubarb cordial in my hand. Despite the cold it’s cozy in the dim space and the longhouse sleeping platforms look inviting, but I’m not here to stay tonight. more »
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  • Suriname indigenous leaders protest airport expansion and land confiscation

      October 26 2015 – Indigenous communities are protesting the expansion of Suriname’s international airport. The airport has obtained title to the neighbouring, indigenous land, and wants to expell most of the population of the Arawak villages Hollandse Kamp and Witsanti. Indigenous people reject the airport’s claim that they are the trespassers. Jeremy Smith Read more.
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  • Descending Into A Volcano — To Farm

      October 25 2015 – From the rim of Ecuador’s Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve, it’s at least a 45-minute drive (no, more like plunge) down a winding, bone-crushing dirt road to the floor of the crater. But it’s well worth it. After all, how often do you get to say you’ve traveled to what’s billed as the world’s only inhabited, cultivated more »
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  • Help whales around the world by answering a simple questionnaire

      October 19 2015 – Next week Travindy will be attending the inaugural Whale Heritage Sites Summit in the Azores. We’ve written about it before here – in essence the idea is to create a network of locations around the world that are the leaders when it comes to conservation of whales and offering great whale watching experiences. Jeremy Smith Read more.
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  • Would you visit a country where you have to pay $340 a day?

    October 19 2015 – Tourists have long rhapsodised over this Himalayan kingdom, wedged north of India and south of China. Although there is no numerical limit to entry of tourists, the government wants the number to remain under strict control, hence Bhutan’s leaders focus on what they call ‘high value, low volume’ tourism. Leah McLennan Read more.
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  • Book a Trip to Vietnam, Quadruple a Family’s Income

    October 6 2015 – Ly Man May is busy plucking a chicken. In the pot it goes, boiled whole, bones intact. In 20 minutes lunch will be served: rice, vegetables, chicken, and of course, homemade rice wine. For breakfast, however, May made pancakes to suit the Western palate. Esha Chhabra Read more.
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  • The Many Faces of Sustainable Tourism – My Week in Bali

      October 05 2015 – Do you know the difference between ecotourism, sustainable travel, responsible travel and volunteer vacationing? While there is a lot of overlap with each of these terms, they all have one common theme – that is to improve lives through travel and tourism. Sucheta Rawal Read more.
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  • Chile’s Altiplano Region Seeks Sustainable Tourism

    September 22 2015 – Chile’s altiplano or high plateau region, pounded by the sun of the Atacama desert, the driest place in the world, is home to dozens of indigenous communities struggling for subsistence by means of sustainable tourism initiatives that are not always that far removed from out-of-control capitalism. Marianela Jarroud Read more. 
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  • Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau, Japan

    The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau (TCKTB) works to develop and promote Japan’s spiritual heartland – the ancient region of Kumano. Registered by UNESCO as part of the “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes of the Kii Mountain Range”, Kumano has been welcoming Japanese pilgrims for centuries to this natural and cultural heritage destination. Download
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  • Wilderness, South Africa

    Wilderness – a company which has long been recognised for its pioneering conservation through tourism work – has further matured its successful sustainable tourism business model by becoming listed on the Africa Board of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Using the “4Cs”, they integrate and monitor Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce across all sectors of the company. Download  
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  • Destination Roros, Norway

    The old mining town of Røros, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980, was originally established in 1646, and now hosts over 1 million visitors annually. With the end of mining in the late 1970’s, Destination Røros has been instrumental in facilitating a broad-based multi-stakeholder approach to reversing the area’s environmental degradation and economic decline and creating a thriving, sustainable more »
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  • The Tourism Council of Bhutan

    Bhutan began officially welcoming foreign visitors as tourists in 1974. Led by the Tourism Council of Bhutan, with the goals of a tourism industry that will act as a force for the conservation of environment and the promotion of cultural heritage, the country is carefully expanding its emerging tourism industry to promote sustainable tourism as part of Bhutan’s overall development more »
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  • Feynan Ecolodge

    The first ecolodge in Jordan, the Feynan Ecolodge supports the local communities and wildlife of the Dana Biosphere Reserve, while introducing guests to the lifestyles and legacy of the Bedouin. It is run on 100% sustainable power and 80% of products used at the lodge are purchased from within 60km radius. Likewise all the onsite employees are hired from local more »
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  • Global Travel and Tourism Partnership (GTTP) Education Programme

    The Global Travel and Tourism Partnership (GTTP) Education Programme is an industry philanthropic program started by American Express in 2006. It is now supported by 11 global corporations and several thousand local businesses, and used by 440,000 students from 5,000 secondary schools spread across 12 member countries. A central component is an emphasis on developing students’ respect for their culture, more »
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  • Sozopol Foundation

    Sozopol is the oldest town on Bulgaria’s Black Sea Coast. There are still buildings and ruins stretching back to the fourth century, along with a wonderfully intact old town of cobbled streets and medieval stone and wood houses. In 2002 the Sozopol Foundation was established to ensure the town’s sustainability as it grew in popularity with tourists. At that time more »
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  • Lapland Vuollerim Welcomes You

    Any organisation that offers guests three courses for dinner served at three different local homes deserves a place on the innovative hit list. Since 2008, this community organisation has devised 50 genuine Lappish life experiences, where guests interact with local people. Becoming a company in 2010, it reinvests a hundred per cent into the local economy. With exemplary stakeholder cooperation, more »
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  • Bonito

    Just like the limestone that filters impurities out of the famously blue waters in Bonito, Brazil, this region has stopped mass tourism passing through. Thanks to the instigation of an entry voucher system in 1995, all natural attractions in Bonito have daily visitor limits. The income generated from vouchers not only assures their preservation but also funds the verification of more »
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  • Central College Nottingham and The Institute of Travel & Tourism of The Gambia (ITTOG)

    High level training is the main tool for embedding sustainable tourism in any destination. It is also the remit of this partnership between Central College Nottingham and The Institute of Travel & Tourism of The Gambia (ITTOG), initiated in 2008. They have a shared mission statement for “Success through Learning”, with Gambian students benefiting from a curriculum created by Central, more »
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  • Basecamp Explorer Kenya

    Svein Wilhelmsen founded Basecamp Explorer in 1998, following a meeting with Maasai elder, Chief Ole Taek in Kenya about threats to his people and lands. Wilhelmsen’s mission was to set up a company to care for both. Eagle View camp in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Kenya, best illustrates this, where five hundred Maasai families gave their land in trust and, more »
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  • Arviat Community Ecotourism

    When Arviat’s Inuit people received money under a land claim agreement relating to Federal Conservation Areas, they invested it the future. A future sustained by tourism and wholly owned by the community. Located on Nunavut’s Hudson Bay in Canada the Inuit have lived, survived and thrived in this region for over four thousand years. It is still steeped in tradition more »
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  • Banyan Tree Say Environment and Community Projects Are a ‘No Brainer’

    Banyan Tree’s first integrated resort in Central Vietnam is supporting and celebrating local culture with a range of projects. Laguna Lang Co is Banyan Tree’s first integrated resort in Central Vietnam, and with a range of carefully researched community and environment projects rolling out over the next few years, the company is working hard to support and celebrate the local more »
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  • The Sector Project Sustainable Development through Tourism

    of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) at a Glance by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Download  
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  • Trans-border Tourism in the Central and Lower Danube Region

    Creating a trans-regional Competence Centre as a shared platform for tourism promotion in the Danube region The Danube, the second-longest river in Europe, winds its way through ten countries between the Black Forest and Black Sea, linking up myriad cultural and economic regions. While tourism is well developed in the upper reaches from Germany through Austria and Slovakia down to more »
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  • Intercultural Encounters on Abraham’s Path

    Tourism and Sustainable Development in the Palestinian Territories Project Name: Organizational development and development of touristic products for the cultural walking trail Abraham’s Path Palestine (Masar Ibrahim Al Khalil) Partner: Masar Ibrahim Al Khalil by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Download
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  • Tourism as Part of Integrated Development Planning and Nature Conservation in Vietnam

    Location: Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Quang Binh Province, Vietnam Partners: PNKB National Park, Tourism Administration Office of Quang Binh DoCST, Provincial People’s Committee by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Download
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  • Indigenous/Aboriginal Tourism Research in Australia (2000-2008): Industry Lessons and Future Research Needs

    Research on Indigenous/Aboriginal tourism (IAT) is highly heterogeneous and difficult to organise for the purpose of over-viewing and synthesising. In order to gain an overview of completed research, and be able to identify benefits, gaps and directions of IAT research in the Australian context, this research project had three main objectives: to review IAT research use this review to identify more »
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  • Marketing Geotourism Sustainability

    Geotourism, if positioned as a supplementary knowledge-adding product within an attractive ecotourism experience will attract affluent ‘over 45 y.o.’ professionals, their partners and friends through alumini and professional interest groups.    This paper outlines how to sustainably market geotourism and the benefits it brings to parks and culture. by Angus M. Robinson Download  
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  • Essential Australia: Towards a Thematic Framework for the Interpretation of Cultural Heritage Sites in Tourism

    The principle aim of this study was to develop a set of themes for the  interpretation, marketing and development of cultural heritage tourism products and services in Australia. Ultimately the framework will be used by a wide range of heritage tourism operators and managers. A user-friendly kit will assist these groups to use the framework to create engaging heritage tourism more »
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  • Development of a Research-Based Tool for Evaluating Interpretation

    The aim of this research project was to develop, test and refine an evaluation tool kit for assessing the impacts of interpretation on visitors at heritage, nature and food and beverage tourism sites. In particular, we sought to develop a package that was user-friendly and practical for operators to use, yet based on theory and rigorous research methods. by Sam more »
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  • Characteristics of Interstate and Overseas Bushwalkers in the Arthur Ranges, South West Tasmania

    This report presents social data regarding bushwalkers who visit low-use walking destinations within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The aim of the research was to determine the characteristics of bushwalkers during the 2000-2001 summer season. by Douglas A. Grubert and Lorne K. Kriwoken Download
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  • Economic Value of Tourism to Places of Cultural Heritage Significance: A Case Study of Three Towns with Mining Heritage

    This exploratory study of tourism to the three heritage Australian mining towns of Charters Towers, Maldon and Burra, has aimed to measure the economic impact of such tourism on the host regions and to learn more about the motivations and behaviour of visitors to the towns. by Michele Cegielski, Ben Janeczko, Trevor Mules and Josette Wells Download
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  • Cultural Landscapes of Tourism in New South Wales and Victoria

    The research project conducted fieldwork in a number of case studies in metropolitan and regional and rural areas of New South Wales and Victoria in order to investigate and explore the intersection between traditional and new cultural landscape precincts and the current and future patterns of Australian tourism. Cultural landscapes of tourism are diverse in character. This project compared the more »
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  • Assisting Communities to Develop Heritage Tourism Opportunities

    Heritage managers are increasingly expected to use tourism as a source of revenue to maintain heritage properties. Many of these individuals and organisations have little or no skills in business/tourism planning or financial management. This report outlines approaches that can assist with the development of heritage tourism across a region including use of a thematic framework to link heritage places, more »
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  • Tourist Activity as Sustainable Regional Development Instrument

    In this paper, the author attempts to answer the question of how to develop tourism in a sustainable way as a tool of regional sustainable development, while respecting local conditions, communities and environment. by PhD Elena Delise Download
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  • EarthCheck Case Study: Lane Cove River Tourist Park, Australia

    Lane Cove River Tourist Park aims to operate an ethical and profitable business that is sustainable, without destroying or depleting natural resources and the natural environment, polluting the environment or taking from the local community and indigenous culture. by EarthCheck Pty Ltd Download  
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  • Inventory of Tourism Assets on Department of Environment and Conservation Rangeland Properties

    The project assessed the tourism potential of inland pastoral properties recently acquired by the Department of Conservation and Land Management (now DEC, Department of Environment and Conservation) in the Murchison and Gascoyne regions of Western Australia. by Amanda J Smith, Michael Hughes, David Wood  and John Glasson Download
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  • Public/Private Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism

    The objective of this report is to provide a framework for the sustainable development of the travel and tourism industry in the APEC region, through public/private partnerships, and to deliver a sustainability strategy for tourism destinations. by Terry De Lacy, Marion Battig, Stewart Moore and Steve Noakes Download  
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  • The Old and the New: Success factors in cultural heritage tourism enterprise management

    This booklet is an industry summary of the full report, Success Factors in Cultural Heritage Tourism Enterprise Management, containing references, methodology and detailed findings from the  project. The project has identified the critical factors for successfully balancing viable cultural heritage tourism (CHT) enterprises with heritage conservation goals. by STCRC Download
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  • Sustaining Indigenous Cultural Tourism: Aboriginal Pathways, Cultural Centres and Dwellings in the Queensland Wet Tropics

    This scoping study seeks to provide an overview of current Indigenous cultural tourism in the Wet Tropics region of north-eastern Australia, and examines both the opportunities and impediments for Aboriginal operated tours in the mosaic of rural landscapes and protected areas that make up this region. In particular, the study aims to describe and assess enterprises that integrate knowledge of more »
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  • Successful Tourism at Heritage Places: a guide for tourism operators, heritage managers and communities

    In 1998, the need to develop guidelines for tourism where heritage places are involved was identified. This followed recognition that there needed to be a stronger bridge between tourism industry codes of practice and heritage conservation principles. by Australian Heritage Commission and Sustainable Tourism CRC Download
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  • Success Factors in Cultural Heritage Tourism Enterprise Management

    This project sought to identify critical factors for successfully balancing viable cultural heritage tourism (enterprise with heritage conservation goals. Information was gathered from site visits and interviews with operators and cultural heritage managers. The outcomes will be of interest to government agencies and heritage tourism operators in the public and private sector. by Jack Carlsen, Michael Hughes, Warwick Frost, Celmara more »
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  • Indigenous Tourism Involvement in Queensland

    The aim of this research is to examine mainstream and Indigenous tourism operators and key industry stakeholders’ ideas, attitudes and experiences of Indigenous involvement in the tourism industry. In addition, the research was used to gauge perceived opportunities for further Indigenous tourism development. by Noah Nielsen, Jeremy Buultjens and Deborah Gale Download  
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  • Indigenous Tourism in Australia: Profiling the domestic market

    Tourism Research Australia (TRA) has collected valuable data on Indigenous tourism visitors through its International Visitor Survey (IVS) and National Visitor Surveys (IVS and NVS). by Tourism Research Australia Download
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  • Culture and Heritage Tourism Research Snapshot

    This document profiles key Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (STCRC) research in the field of cultural and heritage tourism, an important and growing component of the Australian tourism landscape. It has been developed with both industry and custodians of cultural and heritage assets in mind. It brings together summaries, statistics, key findings and recommendations in an easily accessible resource. by more »
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  • Living Memory and the Interpretation of Heritage

    The study aimed to develop a digital interactive to enrich visitor experiences at heritage tourism sites. It also developed a suite of guidelines to allow heritage tourism operators (and heritage managers) to operate a similar interactive module at heritage sites throughout Australia. by Celmara Pocock, Marion Stell, Lucy Frost, Julia Crozier and Simon Ancher Download
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Gender

  • White Men in Suits at ITB panels – part 2. Time to tackle the lack of diversity at tourism events

    by Marta Mills (oneplanetblog.com), sustainable tourism specialist and sustainability adviser for the Transcaucasian Trail       Exactly a year ago after ITB Berlin 2017, I wrote White Men in Suits and Sustainable Tourism for PATA’s Sustainability Blog, referring to the nationality, race and gender imbalance of speakers at ITB, but also at other conferences and events in the tourism industry. more »
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  • Why Empowering Women Is the Best Way to Solve Climate Change

      In April of this year, the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii recorded its first-ever carbon dioxide reading over 410 parts per million (ppm). This is a brand-new state of affairs, as humans have never existed on Earth with CO2 levels over 300 ppm. If carbon emissions continue their current trend, our atmosphere could get to a point it hasn’t been at in more »
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  • Tips for a sustainable Mother’s Day celebration

      Sunday May 14th is Mother’s Day in many parts of the world. It’s our chance to celebrate the special mothers in our lives. Mothers form a large part of the global workforce. Did you know, for example, that tourism employs twice as many women than other business sectors?   Mother Nature must also be celebrated on this special day more »
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  • International Women’s Day 2017

      Thailand, 2015. Photo: UN Women/Pornvit Visitoran. | Lebanon, 2015. Photo: UN Women/Joe Saad | Kenya, 2016. Photo: CIAT/Georgina Smith The 2017 theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March, focuses on “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”.  The world of work is changing, with significant implications for women. On one hand, technological advances and globalization more »
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  • 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

    #TravelEnjoyRespect The United Nations 70th General Assembly has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.   To that end, please explore the official IY2017 website at www.tourism4development2017.org, which is their primary tool for coordinating the worldwide celebrations of the year, and on which more than 200 events and activities have already been registered. The UNWTO kindly invites you more »
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  • Practical Tips for Sustainable Travel

    You don’t need super powers to add a dose of sustainability to your holiday. Check out this sustainable tourism guide and infographic. These travel tips can easily be incorporated in your trip. Peter Berg Schmidt. Read more.
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  • Women’s places: the fight for gender equality in tourism

      October 11 2015 – On the slopes of Mount Meru in northern Tanzania, Fatima Faraji welcomes guests to her 20-acre coffee plantation, where she harvests only the fullest cherry-red arabica berries. Hand-picked by a team of experienced women, the coffee is pulped and processed on site the same day. Hilary Tagg Read more.
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  • Reality Tours and Travel

    By taking tourists to visit Dharavi, one of Asia’s largest slums, Reality Tours & Travel breaks down negative stereotypes and shows visitors how the area is the heart of small-scale industries like embroidery and leather tanning in Mumbai. 80% of the company’s profits go to development projects through its sister NGO, Reality Gives, which range from computer classes to a more »
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  • Tourism and the Millennium Development Goals

    The Millennium Development Goals are eight global targets which range from halving extreme poverty to combating major diseases throughout the world by 2015. How can the travel and tourism industry help to achieve them? What are the MDGs? The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have been agreed to by all the world’s countries and leading development institutions and have galvanized global more »
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Human Capital Development

  • Challenging Voluntourism – Food for thought when working with volunteers –

      Voluntourism. It sounds like a beautiful way to combine service and travel. Indeed, many volunteers are flocking to countries, usually for short periods, to Asia and Africa to help children, to save endangered animals or to build houses and schools.   However, this form of tourism arguably does more harm than good. It is suggested that voluntourism perpetuates stereotyping, more »
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  • The Code events on preventing sexual exploitation of children

    The Code (short for “The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism”) is an industry-driven responsible tourism initiative with a mission to provide awareness, tools and support to the tourism industry in order to prevent the sexual exploitation of children. Visit their events on Child Protection in Travel and Tourism: Workshop on more »
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  • Stay healthy at work

      Climate change is considered by many to be the biggest global health threat a concern that is driving people to greener behaviour and consumption. Those concerns drive people to go for greener and environmental friendly products but health starts with everyone within.   Companies should tackle this issue and ensure the support of happy and healthy employees, not only more »
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  • Forget ‘developing’ poor countries, it’s time to ‘de-develop’ rich countries

      This week, heads of state are gathering in New York to sign the UN’s new sustainable development goals (SDGs). The main objective is to eradicate poverty by 2030. Beyoncé, One Direction and Malala are on board. It’s set to be a monumental international celebration. Given all the fanfare, one might think the SDGs are about to offer a fresh more »
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  • PATA Celebrates Earth Day 2017 – Everyone can be a hero

    Since this year’s Earth Day falls on a weekend, PATA decided to celebrate a little early. For this year’s Earth Day, our Green Team invited Mr Poonyos Kumpolkunjana, founder of Paper Ranger a local Bangkok non-profit, to give our team a workshop, titled, “Everyone can be a hero.”   On Tuesday, 18 April, Mr. Kumpolkunjana came to the PATA Engagement Hub more »
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  • Tour operators motivated by UNWTO’s sustainability campaign

    The $1.2 trillion travel industry, which moves more than a billion international travelers around the globe each year, has both the opportunity and the responsibility to contribute to cleaner, greener and more respectful travel practices, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). And with that in mind, for 2017 the organization has launched a yearlong “Travel. Enjoy. Respect.” more »
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  • The Green Movement Is Talking About Racism? It’s About Time

    The same people and organizations we admire for protecting our wild places also have a history of being apathetic—or plain antagonistic—toward issues of race and social justice Given the history of conservationists elevating endangered plant life over endangered black lives, it is environmentalism’s soul that most needs saving.    Photo: Kristen Rogers Photography/Stock   Facing a new White House administration more »
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  • “White Men in Suits” and Sustainable Tourism – Challenges for the ITB and Suggested Solutions

    by Marta Mills (@oneplanetblog), Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Director, Transcaucasian Trail Association According to UNWTO, tourism’s role in the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development is to promote inclusiveness: inclusive sustainable economic growth, social inclusiveness, diversity, mutual understanding. The word “inclusive” appears in five Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Yet one thing that was clearly missing from the ITB’s “Sustainable Tourism more »
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  • International Women’s Day 2017

      Thailand, 2015. Photo: UN Women/Pornvit Visitoran. | Lebanon, 2015. Photo: UN Women/Joe Saad | Kenya, 2016. Photo: CIAT/Georgina Smith The 2017 theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March, focuses on “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”.  The world of work is changing, with significant implications for women. On one hand, technological advances and globalization more »
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  • 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

    #TravelEnjoyRespect The United Nations 70th General Assembly has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.   To that end, please explore the official IY2017 website at www.tourism4development2017.org, which is their primary tool for coordinating the worldwide celebrations of the year, and on which more than 200 events and activities have already been registered. The UNWTO kindly invites you more »
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  • The Most Ethical Travel Destinations for 2017

    Ten countries that protect their environment and respect human rights Travel is more than an opening for good will, writes Ethical Traveller. It is one of the world’s most powerful economic engines, and can drive the way countries treat their citizens, indigenous peoples, wildlife and the environment. Travel is the world’s largest industry, with a trillion-dollar annual footprint. This means more »
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  • Marriott CEO’s Open Letter To President-Elect Trump

    Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson wrote the following open letter to President-Elect Donald J. Trump on LinkedIn. Sorenson has not been afraid to express his views on social and political issues that impact the hospitality industry, and society as a whole, and the following letter details his hopes for the future, not only for the hospitality industry, but for the country, more »
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  • September MGM Sustainability Newsletter (2016)

      Find the original newsletter and other MGM Sustainability news here.
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  • August MGM Sustainability Newsletter (2016)

      Click here for the original newsletter and other MGM Sustainability News.
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  • Engaging Employees to Create a Sustainable Business

    The key to creating a vibrant and sustainable company is to find ways to get all employees—from top executives to assembly line workers—personally engaged in day-to-day corporate sustainability efforts.                                                               more »
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  • This Tower Pulls Drinking Water Out of Thin Air

    In some parts of Ethiopia, finding potable water is a six-hour journey. People in the region spend 40 billion hours a year trying to find and collect water, says a group called the Water Project. And even when they find it, the water is often not safe. A possible solution: a new product called Warka Water, an inexpensive, easily-assembled structure that extracts gallons more »
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  • CBT Vietnam, Vietnam/Canada

    Honourable Mention Community Based Tourism Initiative The Northern Vietnam Community Based Tourism project is a collaboration of several organizations that make up the overall initiative. It is led by the School of Tourism at Capilano University in association with Hanoi Open University, and the ethnic hill tribe communities of Taphin, TaVan, and Lao Chai in the trekking region of Sapa. The more »
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  • The Quest to Build the World’s Most Sustainable Town in the Middle of the Panamanian Jungle

    It’s 10 am on a Tuesday in the Tres Brazos jungle, a jagged two-hour trek outside Panama City, where a handful of American twentysomethings have been awake and working since sunrise. Aaron Prairie leads a group of biology students on a nature hike, using a machete to hack his way through an overgrown trail. Max Cooper cuts long strips of more »
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  • Equipping Africa’s Next Generation for Jobs in the Hospitality Industry for Sustainable Growth

    The Africa continent is increasingly becoming a desired destination for millions of world-class travelers, who enjoy the white sandy beaches, wildlife safaris, and cultural tours in every region of Africa. Some 55.7 million international visitors traveled to Africa in 2013, according to the UN World Tourism Organization. Amini Kajunju Read more.
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  • Five reasons funding should go directly to local NGOs

    Less than 2% of humanitarian aid goes directly to local NGOs, but Jennifer Lentfer argues that grassroots groups are best placed to help those in need, giving five reasons for that. Read more.  
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  • Searching for Orangutan’s but Finding Hope for Borneo’s Endangered Wildlife

    November 03 2015 – “Hold it.” Hasri’s upheld hand tells us. He takes two soundless steps on the dried leaves of the lowland Borneo rainforest and listens. We pause for the strange sound to repeat itself among the jungle cicadas and morning calls of birds. David McGuire Read more.
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  • Hotels offer hope to survivors of human trafficking

    October 13 2015 – The film ‘Giving Hope to Survivors of Human Trafficking – a short film by YCI’ tells the stories of survivors who are graduating from a six month training programme in hotels around the world, and are embarking on new careers and more promising futures. Siobhan O’Neill Read more.
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  • Banyan Tree Hotel & Resorts, Singapore

    As a global hospitality group, Banyan Tree Holdings Ltd.’s sustainability concepts seek to create long-term value for multiple stakeholders in many diverse destinations. With a mission of, “Embracing the Environment, Empowering People,” Banyan Tree works through a three-pillar strategy: enhancing efficiency in environmental operations, conserving natural heritage and biodiversity, and social and economic empowerment of local people in their destinations. more »
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  • Misool Ecoresort, Indonesia

    Misool Eco Resort (MER), a dive lodge in Raja Ampat, Indonesia, has successfully partnered with local communities in a destination stewardship programme to stop rampant shark finning and destructive fishing practices. In 2005, they secured a long-term lease from local communities, providing local people with much-needed sustainable income, to establish a 425 km2 No Take Zone, expanded in 2010 to more »
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  • Cheli & Peacock, Kenya

    Since 1985, Cheli & Peacock Ltd has been developing environmentally-friendly safaris and eco-camps in Kenya, with a focus on lesser-visited areas of significant biodiversity that have faced poaching and lack of resources. With 70% of Kenya’s wildlife roaming outside of protected areas, they work with local communities to support wildlife conservation by providing economic benefits through bed-night levies, leasing agreements, more »
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  • Soria Moria Boutique Hotel / Educational Development Programme – Cambodia

    Soria Moria is a 38 bed hotel whose goal is to facilitate long-term economic development in the impoverished area of Siem Reap, near Angkor Wat. With tourism growing in the area, the hotel was established in 2007 to empower locals to develop successful long-term economic opportunities through building educational capacity and encouraging the development of socially responsible leaders. Download
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  • The Bushcamp Company, Zambia

    Established in 1999, The Bushcamp Company operates six tented camps and the Mfuwe Lodge in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. By implementing a per guest per night conservation fee, it works closely with local community and conservation organisations to develop projects that help conserve wildlife resources, support education, and generate a sustainable source of income for the local people who more »
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  • &Beyond, South Africa

    Adventure travel and wildlife safari specialist &Beyond operates 32 lodges in six countries (five one the African continent, and in India). Over the past 21 years, its holistic business model based on “caring for the land, its wildlife, and its people” has played an integral role in making long-term contributions to conservation where they operate. Focusing their core efforts on more »
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  • LooLa Adventure Resort, Indonesia

    Located on the island of Bintan, Indonesia, a one hour ferry ride from Singapore, LooLa Adventure Resort provides active educational holidays, primarily for Singaporean families and schoolchildren. Founded in 1999, it employs nearly one 100% of its local resort staff from Bintan, actively encouraging and supporting staff professional development, including English language, computer skills, and hospitality management training, with training more »
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  • Siraj Center, West Bank

    The Siraj Center in the West Bank (Palestinian Territory) , located near Bethlehem, works to educate and promote a new vision for local tourism as an alternative to the area’s long time dependence on pilgrimage mass tourism. As a non-governmental organisation founded in 2005, the Siraj Center develops sustainable tourism programmes and businesses under the ownership of local, marginalised communities, and more »
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  • Confortel

    In Spain it is mandatory to reserve 2% of jobs for people with disabilities. Confortel has gone considerably beyond this requirement: of the 500 people who work in its hotels, 10% have some kind of disability. And in two of its hotels they have gone even further and created a ‘Special Employment Centre’ where 70% of the staff are disabled more »
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  • Global Travel and Tourism Partnership (GTTP) Education Programme

    The Global Travel and Tourism Partnership (GTTP) Education Programme is an industry philanthropic program started by American Express in 2006. It is now supported by 11 global corporations and several thousand local businesses, and used by 440,000 students from 5,000 secondary schools spread across 12 member countries. A central component is an emphasis on developing students’ respect for their culture, more »
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  • Mountain Shepherds Initiative

    Founded in the Himalayan region of Nanda Devi in 2006, the Mountain Shepherds Initiative has trained up more than 70 youth, both boys and girls, to work in responsible adventure tourism. Those that stay with the initiative can own shares in the company – so far 12% of the total equity is owned by the youth, and the percentage is more »
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  • Reality Tours and Travel

    By taking tourists to visit Dharavi, one of Asia’s largest slums, Reality Tours & Travel breaks down negative stereotypes and shows visitors how the area is the heart of small-scale industries like embroidery and leather tanning in Mumbai. 80% of the company’s profits go to development projects through its sister NGO, Reality Gives, which range from computer classes to a more »
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  • Red Sustainable Travel

    At Magdalena Bay in Mexico’s Baja California, an innovative tourism start up called Red Sustainable Travel is using responsible adventure tourism to persuade fishermen to change from practices that are killing sea turtles, and seek alternative livelihoods in ecotourism instead. Some 185 local people have been trained in the principles of sustainability and business management and US$120,000 has been generated more »
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  • SA College for Tourism – Tracker Academy

    The traditional skill of tracking is an indigenous art form which the Tracker Academy has revived. A need was recognised not just in South Africa, but across its borders too and so the Academy was born out of The Peace Parks Foundation , an organisation set up to enable cross border conservation. They recruit from rural communities, offer full bursaries more »
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  • Lao National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality (LANITH)

    Lao People’s Democratic Republic may be landlocked, but all doors are open for tourism. However, three quarters of population still works in subsistence agriculture, so education in tourism is fundamental. A need catered for by the Lao National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality (LANITH). Set up in 2008, it has two arms: A diploma in Tourism for undergraduates and The more »
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  • Chepu Adventures Ecolodge

    Sustainability is a mantra that beats quietly throughout Chepu, an off grid eco-lodge on Chiloe Island, built with sustainable materials. The owners constantly reinvest in eco technology not only to improve their footprints but also to educate guests. Herein lies the innovation. They have installed sensors in water and electric sources, and disseminate usage data to tablets in each bedroom. more »
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  • Central College Nottingham and The Institute of Travel & Tourism of The Gambia (ITTOG)

    High level training is the main tool for embedding sustainable tourism in any destination. It is also the remit of this partnership between Central College Nottingham and The Institute of Travel & Tourism of The Gambia (ITTOG), initiated in 2008. They have a shared mission statement for “Success through Learning”, with Gambian students benefiting from a curriculum created by Central, more »
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  • Abercrombie & Kent

    Celebrating 50 years in business, Abercrombie and Kent (A&K) is world renowned for quality safaris and attention to detail. The local communities are never considered, however, a mere detail. They are integral. By establishing Destination Management Companies worldwide, and hiring more than 2200 local staff, they know that conservation and community go hand in hand. For example, A&K have always more »
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  • Hilton Worldwide Launch New Soap Recycling Project in Singapore

    Hilton Worldwide, Soap Cycling, DHL Global Forwarding, and United World College South East Asia Students partner to launch soap recycling program in Singapore On average, less than half a soap bar gets used by guests at the Hilton Singapore. In the meantime, thousands of underprivileged families in Asia – especially in South Asia – cannot afford to buy soap.  Furthermore, more »
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  • Marriott Supports Education Initiatives in China

    Marriott supports Yao Foundation with $800,000 to build three ‘Hope’ schools in rural China Marriott International has signed a three-year agreement with the Yao Foundation to support educational programmes for children in rural areas of China. The Yao Foundation is a charity organisation established in 2008 by former professional basketball star Yao Ming under the auspices of The China Youth more »
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  • Penang Children Learn about Turtle Conservation at Rasa Sayang Resort

    Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang recently held its first interactive and educational turtle conservation programme for 80 primary school children from SJK (C) Eok Hua and SJK (C) Pai Chai. “Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa is pleased to give back to the local community of Batu Feringgi, where we operate, as well as Teluk Bahang, where many of more »
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  • InterContinental Hanoi Launches Youth Career Initiative Programme

    The InterContinental Hanoi Westlake underlined their commitment to young people and the local community with the launch of their Youth Career Initiative (YCI) programme. The hotel is one of three official participating hotels in Vietnam to run the Youth Career Initiative (YCI) program in 2013. Speaking at the launch General Manager, Mr. Adam McDonald said InterContinental were ‘delighted’ to be more »
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  • Sukau’s Local Naturalist Guides

    Sukau Rainforest Lodge at Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia employs 14 staff, of whom 11 are locals In September last year; the lodge took on its first local Orang Sungai naturalist guides, Jaini Ahmad and Sugiman Sugiat joined the lodge as general workers in 1996 and 1999 respectively. Neither could speak English when they arrived but with in-house training and courses in more »
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  • Engaging Employees

    Getting started: Why engage your employees? According to a recent survey from Brighter Planet, which works with organisations to help reduce their carbon footprint, 86% of respondents said they were not engaged by their employers on sustainability, even though the same number said it was promoted by their organisation. So how do businesses bridge the gap? Eating according to the more »
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  • Ready, Set, Go! Factsheet: Cash Flow

    When a crisis event first affects your business, it’s important to develop or revise your budget. Budgets are the expected future activities of a business, measured in financial terms. They are a kind of financial summary of all anticipated plans and actions for the business such as marketing, staffing, human resources and operations. by EC3 Global, University of Queensland School more »
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  • EarthCheck Case Study: Dart River Jet Safaris, New Zealand

    Dart River Jet Safaris operates in one of New Zealand’s most picturesque mountainous wilderness areas, on the outskirts of Queenstown. While jet boating requires the use of fossil fuels in order to power the boats, this Maori owned and operated company leverages advancements in fuel injection technologies, and driver training. by EarthCheck Pty Ltd Download
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  • Examining the Critical Success Factors of Small Operators: Entry to the Nature-based Tourism Sector

    This report examines the current issues relating to individuals intending to start-up a nature-based tour operation using public land. Specifically, the study focuses on the challenges these individuals face and the type of support required from the early stages to actual business establishment. by Sue Bergin-Seers, John Breen, Elspeth Frew and Linda Roberts Download
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  • Engaging Tourism Enterprises: How Operators Source Information for Business Improvement

    The recognition that small to medium tourism enterprises (SMTEs) are a vital part of the tourism sector emphasises the importance of ensuring that their communication, learning and information dissemination and acquisition practices are as efficient as possible. This is especially the case since SMTEs are often under-resourced and time poor. Currently, our understanding of these practices and their implications for more »
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  • Training Needs of the Hospitality Industry

    This report documents a multi-perspective investigation into the training needs of the hospitality and tourism industry in Australia. by Paul A Whitelaw, Paul Barron, Jeremy Buultjens, Grant Cairncross and Michael Davidson Download  
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  • From Davos to Copenhagen and Beyond: Advancing Tourism’s Response to Climate Change

    From Davos to Copenhagen and Beyond: Advancing Tourism’s Response to Climate Change is a background paper on the UNWTO Davos Declaration and the actions following. by UNWTO Download    
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  • Visitor Information Centres: Best Practice in Information Dissemination

    This project investigates the ways in which information from visitor information centers (VICs) is disseminated and presents the findings from three components of the study which examine the (a) the knowledge management within VICs; (b) visitor preferences in terms of the way in which information is disseminated and used; and (c) the types of VICs that exist and the level more »
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Human Rights

  • The Code events on preventing sexual exploitation of children

    The Code (short for “The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism”) is an industry-driven responsible tourism initiative with a mission to provide awareness, tools and support to the tourism industry in order to prevent the sexual exploitation of children. Visit their events on Child Protection in Travel and Tourism: Workshop on more »
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  • Offenders on the Move: GLOBAL STUDY ON SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN IN TRAVEL AND TOURISM 2016

    The Global Study on SECTT aims to bring this gross violation of children’s right into the light, and marks the 20th anniversary of the 1st World Congress on the Sexual Exploitation of Children. Guided by a High-Level Taskforce and informed by detailed studies from every region and many countries, as well as contributions from experts and only) research initiative on more »
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  • ‘Sustainable tourism’ is not working – here’s how we can change that

    This year is the United Nations’ International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. UN World Tourism Organisation Secretary-General Taleb Rifai declared it gave: … a unique opportunity to advance the contribution of the tourism sector to the three pillars of sustainability – economic, social and environmental, while raising awareness of the true dimensions of a sector which is often undervalued. more »
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  • Tips on Customer Service

      By Dr. Peter Tarlow. From Tourism & More, Inc.     As of the writing of this article, Europe continues to have multiple terrorism attacks.  Tourism & More sends its prayers to all those who are victims of terrorism No matter in what area of tourism you may be, the simple fact is that tourism is a customer-oriented business.  Without customer service, more »
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  • The Green Movement Is Talking About Racism? It’s About Time

    The same people and organizations we admire for protecting our wild places also have a history of being apathetic—or plain antagonistic—toward issues of race and social justice Given the history of conservationists elevating endangered plant life over endangered black lives, it is environmentalism’s soul that most needs saving.    Photo: Kristen Rogers Photography/Stock   Facing a new White House administration more »
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  • International Women’s Day 2017

      Thailand, 2015. Photo: UN Women/Pornvit Visitoran. | Lebanon, 2015. Photo: UN Women/Joe Saad | Kenya, 2016. Photo: CIAT/Georgina Smith The 2017 theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March, focuses on “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”.  The world of work is changing, with significant implications for women. On one hand, technological advances and globalization more »
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  • 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

    #TravelEnjoyRespect The United Nations 70th General Assembly has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.   To that end, please explore the official IY2017 website at www.tourism4development2017.org, which is their primary tool for coordinating the worldwide celebrations of the year, and on which more than 200 events and activities have already been registered. The UNWTO kindly invites you more »
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  • Flight Attendants Train to Spot Human Trafficking

    Shelia Fedrick said she instinctively felt something was wrong the moment she saw the girl with greasy blonde hair sitting in the window seat of aisle 10 on a flight from Seattle to San Francisco. The girl “looked like she had been through pure hell,” said Fedrick, 49, a flight attendant working for Alaska Airlines. Fedrick guessed that the girl more »
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  • The Most Ethical Travel Destinations for 2017

    Ten countries that protect their environment and respect human rights Travel is more than an opening for good will, writes Ethical Traveller. It is one of the world’s most powerful economic engines, and can drive the way countries treat their citizens, indigenous peoples, wildlife and the environment. Travel is the world’s largest industry, with a trillion-dollar annual footprint. This means more »
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  • Advancing human rights at work – A look back at 2016

    2016 has been a significant year in advancing fundamental principles and rights at work. Working with governments, social partners and communities, the ILO FUNDAMENTALS Branch has helped those who cannot organize and bargain collectively, those suffering from discrimination, and those who are trapped in child labour and forced labour. There is much more to be done, and we look forward more »
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  • Marriott CEO’s Open Letter To President-Elect Trump

    Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson wrote the following open letter to President-Elect Donald J. Trump on LinkedIn. Sorenson has not been afraid to express his views on social and political issues that impact the hospitality industry, and society as a whole, and the following letter details his hopes for the future, not only for the hospitality industry, but for the country, more »
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  • International Volunteer Day: Is ‘orphanage tourism’ a solution or a problem?

    Last week was the International Volunteer Day which takes place every year on December 5th. The growing popularity of international volunteering has led to the trend of orphanage tourism: people take time to volunteer at or visit an orphanage while visiting a foreign country. In Cambodia, a visit to an orphanage would include a short performance or dance routine by more »
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  • Five reasons funding should go directly to local NGOs

    Less than 2% of humanitarian aid goes directly to local NGOs, but Jennifer Lentfer argues that grassroots groups are best placed to help those in need, giving five reasons for that. Read more.  
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  • Practical Tips for Sustainable Travel

    You don’t need super powers to add a dose of sustainability to your holiday. Check out this sustainable tourism guide and infographic. These travel tips can easily be incorporated in your trip. Peter Berg Schmidt. Read more.
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  • Groundbreaking compassionate destination concept launched in Kerala

    October 16 2015 – A new initiative has been launched in the city of Kozhikode in Kerala, which aims to ensure the city lives by the mantra of how responsible tourism should work in destinations: Better places to live, Better places to visit. Jeremy Smith Read more.
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  • Radisson Blu joins fight against child exploitation

      October 14 2015 – Operation Makesafe is a joint initiative between the Metropolitan Police and Westminster City Council that aims to train staff to spot the signs of CSE. Radisson Blu Hotels and Resorts is the first major business in Westminster to undergo the training, with others expected to participate in the coming weeks. Siobhan O’Neill Read more.
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  • Hotels offer hope to survivors of human trafficking

    October 13 2015 – The film ‘Giving Hope to Survivors of Human Trafficking – a short film by YCI’ tells the stories of survivors who are graduating from a six month training programme in hotels around the world, and are embarking on new careers and more promising futures. Siobhan O’Neill Read more.
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  • Women’s places: the fight for gender equality in tourism

      October 11 2015 – On the slopes of Mount Meru in northern Tanzania, Fatima Faraji welcomes guests to her 20-acre coffee plantation, where she harvests only the fullest cherry-red arabica berries. Hand-picked by a team of experienced women, the coffee is pulped and processed on site the same day. Hilary Tagg Read more.
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  • Bitter irony of UNWTO’s 1 Billion tourists – 1 billion opportunities campaign

    October 01 2015 – This year’s World Tourism Day theme ‘1 Billion Tourists – 1 Billion Opportunities’ sounds like a slogan for an advert to entice consumers to buy a product like a laundry detergent or hamburger. The UNWTO invites us to celebrate 1 billion tourist arrivals per year and the seemingly unlimited growth of the travel and tourism industry; more »
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  • Confortel

    In Spain it is mandatory to reserve 2% of jobs for people with disabilities. Confortel has gone considerably beyond this requirement: of the 500 people who work in its hotels, 10% have some kind of disability. And in two of its hotels they have gone even further and created a ‘Special Employment Centre’ where 70% of the staff are disabled more »
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  • Central College Nottingham and The Institute of Travel & Tourism of The Gambia (ITTOG)

    High level training is the main tool for embedding sustainable tourism in any destination. It is also the remit of this partnership between Central College Nottingham and The Institute of Travel & Tourism of The Gambia (ITTOG), initiated in 2008. They have a shared mission statement for “Success through Learning”, with Gambian students benefiting from a curriculum created by Central, more »
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  • Talking Point: Child Protection and the Role of Hotels

    In connection with our South East Asia theme in January, Responsible Travel tell us about the role of hotels when it comes to child protection in tourism, with a focus on Cambodia.     Child protection continues to be a major theme across the tourism industry. In 2013 the World Responsible Tourism Awards introduced a ‘Best for Child Protection’ category, and at World Travel more »
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  • Tourism and the Millennium Development Goals

    The Millennium Development Goals are eight global targets which range from halving extreme poverty to combating major diseases throughout the world by 2015. How can the travel and tourism industry help to achieve them? What are the MDGs? The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have been agreed to by all the world’s countries and leading development institutions and have galvanized global more »
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  • Addressing Human Trafficking in the Hospitality Industry

    Our latest Know How Guide has been developed to help hoteliers understand human trafficking and forced labour – what it is, how it may affect them and what actions they can take to reduce the risk of trafficking in their business Definition of Human Trafficking Human trafficking is the acquisition of people by improper means such as force, fraud or more »
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  • Human Rights and the Hotel Industry

    This Know How Guide is a high-level introduction to human rights for the hotel industry – what human rights are, the context of the hotel industry, steps to implement the UN Guiding Principles and resources for further reading. It is primarily written for Corporate Responsibility Managers in hotel companies, though it may also be of interest to individual properties. Please more »
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  • Intensifying Efforts to Combat Sexual Exploitation of Children in the Tourism Industry

    Development Partnership with the Private Sector Supports the Code in Thailand Tourism plays a significant role in driving economic growth in developing countries. However, an increasing number of tourists influence the sex tourism business. Although the travel sector is not directly responsible for the sexual abuse of children in the tourist trade, the tourism industry has a key role to more »
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Intercultural Dialogue

  • Challenging Voluntourism – Food for thought when working with volunteers –

      Voluntourism. It sounds like a beautiful way to combine service and travel. Indeed, many volunteers are flocking to countries, usually for short periods, to Asia and Africa to help children, to save endangered animals or to build houses and schools.   However, this form of tourism arguably does more harm than good. It is suggested that voluntourism perpetuates stereotyping, more »
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  • ‘Sustainable tourism’ is not working – here’s how we can change that

    This year is the United Nations’ International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. UN World Tourism Organisation Secretary-General Taleb Rifai declared it gave: … a unique opportunity to advance the contribution of the tourism sector to the three pillars of sustainability – economic, social and environmental, while raising awareness of the true dimensions of a sector which is often undervalued. more »
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  • Tips on Customer Service

      By Dr. Peter Tarlow. From Tourism & More, Inc.     As of the writing of this article, Europe continues to have multiple terrorism attacks.  Tourism & More sends its prayers to all those who are victims of terrorism No matter in what area of tourism you may be, the simple fact is that tourism is a customer-oriented business.  Without customer service, more »
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  • Sustainability is Out and Transformation is In – Beware!

    As predicted earlier, the buzzword “du jour” in tourism is fast becoming transformation. Its predecessor, sustainability, has through over and mis-use become meaningless and ineffective lacking the capacity to lift hearts, inspire hope and, ironically, sustain action. I am delighted but also very concerned.. Here’s why. New buzzwords are favoured by a sector that, by its very nature, has to focus more »
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  • The Green Movement Is Talking About Racism? It’s About Time

    The same people and organizations we admire for protecting our wild places also have a history of being apathetic—or plain antagonistic—toward issues of race and social justice Given the history of conservationists elevating endangered plant life over endangered black lives, it is environmentalism’s soul that most needs saving.    Photo: Kristen Rogers Photography/Stock   Facing a new White House administration more »
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  • 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

    #TravelEnjoyRespect The United Nations 70th General Assembly has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.   To that end, please explore the official IY2017 website at www.tourism4development2017.org, which is their primary tool for coordinating the worldwide celebrations of the year, and on which more than 200 events and activities have already been registered. The UNWTO kindly invites you more »
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  • The Quest to Build the World’s Most Sustainable Town in the Middle of the Panamanian Jungle

    It’s 10 am on a Tuesday in the Tres Brazos jungle, a jagged two-hour trek outside Panama City, where a handful of American twentysomethings have been awake and working since sunrise. Aaron Prairie leads a group of biology students on a nature hike, using a machete to hack his way through an overgrown trail. Max Cooper cuts long strips of more »
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  • Can a Trip Ever Be ‘Authentic’?

    In a globalized age — when a McAloo Tikki is just as Indian as the Taj Mahal — has the very word lost its meaning? I once spent an unforgettable day in the traveler’s treasure-house that is Sana’a, capital of Yemen. Stained-glass windows glittered from thickets of high tower-houses as night began to fall, and khat-chewing men with daggers at more »
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  • Patagonia’s controversial new national park

    November 02 2015 – “Pain?” asks Jorge Molina, my hiking guide. Yes, there is a little pain, but it’s too late for cold feet. Or, more accurately, it’s too late not to get cold feet, because we’re already shin-deep in a swift icy river. Graeme Greene Read more.
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  • Canada’s aboriginal tourism: It doesn’t get much more traditional than this

      October 26 2015 – It’s a chilly evening in late March and I’m standing inside the traditional wooden longhouse at the Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations in Wendake, Que., a cup of tart rhubarb cordial in my hand. Despite the cold it’s cozy in the dim space and the longhouse sleeping platforms look inviting, but I’m not here to stay tonight. more »
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  • Suriname indigenous leaders protest airport expansion and land confiscation

      October 26 2015 – Indigenous communities are protesting the expansion of Suriname’s international airport. The airport has obtained title to the neighbouring, indigenous land, and wants to expell most of the population of the Arawak villages Hollandse Kamp and Witsanti. Indigenous people reject the airport’s claim that they are the trespassers. Jeremy Smith Read more.
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  • Book a Trip to Vietnam, Quadruple a Family’s Income

    October 6 2015 – Ly Man May is busy plucking a chicken. In the pot it goes, boiled whole, bones intact. In 20 minutes lunch will be served: rice, vegetables, chicken, and of course, homemade rice wine. For breakfast, however, May made pancakes to suit the Western palate. Esha Chhabra Read more.
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  • Inspiring ways tourism is helping refugees, and how it could do more

    September 23 2015 – If you only read some of the more reactionary publications around, you might be mistaken for thinking that tourism’s response to the growing refugee crisis was mostly anger at having holidays spoiled. “Holidaymaker misery” ran one headline. “British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays ‘awkward’ in Kos” announced another. Jeremy Smith Read more.
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  • Global Travel and Tourism Partnership (GTTP) Education Programme

    The Global Travel and Tourism Partnership (GTTP) Education Programme is an industry philanthropic program started by American Express in 2006. It is now supported by 11 global corporations and several thousand local businesses, and used by 440,000 students from 5,000 secondary schools spread across 12 member countries. A central component is an emphasis on developing students’ respect for their culture, more »
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  • SA College for Tourism – Tracker Academy

    The traditional skill of tracking is an indigenous art form which the Tracker Academy has revived. A need was recognised not just in South Africa, but across its borders too and so the Academy was born out of The Peace Parks Foundation , an organisation set up to enable cross border conservation. They recruit from rural communities, offer full bursaries more »
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  • Central College Nottingham and The Institute of Travel & Tourism of The Gambia (ITTOG)

    High level training is the main tool for embedding sustainable tourism in any destination. It is also the remit of this partnership between Central College Nottingham and The Institute of Travel & Tourism of The Gambia (ITTOG), initiated in 2008. They have a shared mission statement for “Success through Learning”, with Gambian students benefiting from a curriculum created by Central, more »
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  • Best Practice Model for Low-Impact Nature-Based Sustainable Tourism Facilities in Remote Areas

    This project was undertaken to determine the specific criteria for low-impact sustainable tourism in remote areas, and then apply this criteria to two locations in Western Australia. A multidisciplinary team with expertise in sustainable planning and design, environmental technologies, sustainability assessment and indigenous  consultation collaborated to design and develop the criteria for the project outcomes. by David Beyer, Martin Anda, more »
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