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Come on baby, do the local-motion

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Whether as a tourist or a tour company, your dollar can go along way. Economic pressure is real, and supporting local businesses has numerous benefits. Supporting local prevents leakage, promotes community, and will give you a higher quality product.

 

Here are some ways you can support local and “tread lightly” on the road:

  1. Purchase tours from local businesses. They will have the most in-depth insights about local tours, insider information about events and community happenings, and of course the best stories to share!

 

  1. Shop local. Buying a local souvenir is something unique you can bring home as a reminder of your trip, so be sure to check the country of origin of your souvenir. Why go to Nepal to purchase something that was made in mass and shipped from China?

 

If visiting a local community based tourism enterprise, supporting their handcrafts is not only supporting their local economy, it is also promoting the local culture! Tour operators – consider adding a community tourism visit to your itinerary for a truly unique experience!

 

Feel free to contact us for more info.

 

  1. Eat local, or include local restaurants. Local eateries will feature fresh flavours that are special to a place. When in Rome, eat lots of pecorino Romano cheese!

 

  1. Leave an impact. If you would like to “do good” during your travels and are considering volunteering or making a donation, first check with a local NGO where your dollar will make the most impact.

 

If you are volunteering or arranging a volunteer gig, please do your research! Here are a couple of links to get you started:

 

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'green' events planning

In line with 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, it is important that we take steps towards implementing sustainability in our day-to-day activities. This includes events – a major component of our industry.


There are many things that event planners, service providers and meeting participants may do as a means of contributing to sustainable and responsible event management.

Here are a few simple ‘green’ meeting tips:

1. Use online registration to reduce paper usage

Forget about archaic paper registration methods. Use an online registration tool. Online registration and ticketing not only eliminates excess printed materials but also saves time. Participants love being able to register from any device at any time. Check out Eventbrite, an example of a low-cost online event registration mobile app that can be used to promote and manage your event events.

2. Use electronic communication and marketing

Save a tree by going digital. Send out invitations, real time information, announcements and updates through online media and other online channels. electronic devicesDraw attention to eco-friendly aspects of your event with digital signage and information.

3. Choose a green venue

The venues, and their facilities, have a huge impact on the sustainability of your event. Consider first whether the building itself is certified, for example, by the US Green Building Council. Select an event site that’s easily accessible by foot, bicycle or public transport. This reduces the carbon footprint of your event. If your event is attracting international delegates, give them ‘green’ hotel options.

4. Encourage sustainable transportation

Choose energy efficient, hybrid or electric vehicles for your event. Encourage delegates to travel by public transportation by making it easy for them to navigate. As an alternative, set up carpool service (e.g. liftshare.com) or shuttle bus service for your attendees. Find out more about how to commute in an eco-friendly way; check out 30 ideas on green event transportation.

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5. Recycle and reduce waste at events

Provide bins for recycling and composting to minimise waste-to-landfill. Make recycling stations highly visible and accessible. Liaise with the venue management team about arrangements for composting food waste and donating any excess food to local charities.

6. Minimise energy use

Using natural light instead of artificial light reduces bills and helps the environment. Where electric lighting is required, make the switch to LED bulbs. Switch off lighting and equipment when it is not being used.

7. Go local

Use local vendors for ancillary services such as food, décor, gift items, and rentals. This reduces emissions and gives important support the local economies. Hire local staff to reduce travel times, costs and pollution.

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8. Inspire sustainable practices

Educate and inspire attendees by making your ‘green’ event practices highly visible to all stakeholders, including the public and the media. Encourage responsible behaviour among all stakeholders and foster understanding and appreciation of sustainability by adapting the PATA Responsible Business Travel Guidelines. Finally, check out our favourite 5 tips to become a responsible green delegate.

 

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Be a farmer for a day in Crete

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Traditional bread making at Agreco

Traditional bread making at Agreco

13 September 2015 – Shy, directionless squeezing is not the way to bountiful buckets of milk. That’s what occurs to me, high in the sweet and fertile heartland of Crete, as I try to get to grips with the ancient art of goat-milking. Retaining a purchase on the teat while avoiding being nipped or kicked demands a lot of concentration. Emily Payne Read more.

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Host Community: Social and Cultural Issues Concerning Wildlife Tourism

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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

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Host Community: Social and Cultural Issues Concerning Wildlife Tourism

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