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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.

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.


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.


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. 

Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau, Japan

Categories: Asia, Cultural Heritage, East, People and Places
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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.










Wilderness, South Africa

Categories: Africa, Community, Cultural Heritage, Management, Operations, People and Places, Planet, Southern
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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.





Gugu gathers turtle data










Destination Roros, Norway

Categories: Cultural Heritage, Europe, Management, North, Operations, People and Places
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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 tourism destination.



The Tourism Council of Bhutan

Categories: Asia, Central, Cultural Heritage, Management, Northeast, Operations, People and Places, Visitors
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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 philosophy of Gross National Happiness (GNH).



Feynan Ecolodge

Categories: Asia, Community, Cultural Heritage, Energy, People and Places, Planet, West
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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 tribes and villages around the reserve. All this means over half the money paid by guests at Feynan stays in the immediate local area, benefiting 450 local people in 2014. As a result of its efforts, the business has grown by 28% since 2012; even though tourist numbers to Jordan haven been affected by unrest which also had effect on its neighbours in the Middle East (Jordan has borders with Iraq, Syria, Israel and Saudi Arabia).

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Global Travel and Tourism Partnership (GTTP) Education Programme

Categories: Cultural Heritage, Human Capital Development, Intercultural Dialogue, People and Places
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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, heritage and environment, along with those of other cultures too. Although not every student will go on to work in the travel industry, the vast majority will end up as tourists. Thanks to the training provided by GTTP, they will all be more aware of the issues that will confront them.

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