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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.

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.

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

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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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 and have a 97% employment rate for graduates. Each a source of pride for principal trainer Renias Mhlongo: “We had a dream to find people who are not educated, bring them into the bush and teach them about nature and tracking.” Not only has this dream come true, but the vision to become cross border custodians of wildlife has too.

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Central College Nottingham and The Institute of Travel & Tourism of The Gambia (ITTOG)

Categories: Academia, Africa, Cultural Heritage, Europe, Human Capital Development, Human Rights, Intercultural Dialogue, North, People and Places, West
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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, and UK students undertaking sustainable tourism master classes in The Gambia every year.

Subjects include sustainability, poverty reduction, human rights and social justice which, considering the lack of training in Gambia until then, has had quite an impact. Consequently, ITTOG’s 411 graduates are seguing smoothly into employment, thanks to its growing reputation for excellent, sustainable tourism training.

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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, Bernhard Elber, Grant Revell and Fred Spring

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Best Practice Model for Low-Impact Nature-Based Sustainable Tourism Facilities in Remote Areas

 

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