If governments (finally) decide to tax aviation fuel, they should start from private jets. If one can afford owning or flying a private jet, they can certainly afford paying tax (for a change and for change)! www.reuters.com/article/uk-climate-change-xr-genev…

Climate activists block Geneva airport's private-jet terminal

Climate-change activists blocked Geneva airport's private jet terminal on S...

Powerful new song & video from Manu Chao about the plight of refugees and migrants. Cross the Line! www.facebook.com/manuchao/videos/776363769471347/

Manu Chao - CROSS THE LINE. Dubioza Kolektiv &...

 

 

 

editorial

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We are happy that ECOCLUB.com funded community projects have started well in Nepal and Chile, as project progress reports show.

Our next Member Meeting (Text Chat) will be held on Tuesday 26 October (Time: 15:00 GMT/UTC). The topic will be "Workers' self-Management in Tourism" and the discussion will be used to draft a related ECOCLUB.com position paper. More details will be sent to our Members in a separate email.

Our Poll on Trophy Hunting Tourism (where typically big, rare animals are tracked by local guides so as to be killed by a tiny elite of rich, foreign males to be then used for decoration purposes) is coming to a close, and a comfortable majority find the practice 'barbaric', indicating that most ecotourism practitioners share basic political ecology principles according to which subsistence hunting by indigenous populations is acceptable, whereas recreational hunting and even worse, trophy hunting, is not.

interviews

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Miriam Ross: "Survival is calling for tourists to boycott Botswana due to the Botswana government's persistent failure to respect the rights of the Bushmen of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve".

Richard Greeman: "Those of us who are privileged to travel in the world should use these opportunities to make and maintain person to person connections with people and organizations in host countries in order to spread information and create links of solidarity"

articles

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An Assessment of the Thai Domestic Market for Community-based Tourism in Thailand’s Northeast

by William Tuffin Community-based tourism offers the communities of the Northeast a good model for tourism development with its community ownership and more intimate style. After all, it is the communities and their intimate rural lifestyle which attracts the tourists. When the tourist focus groups were asked what Chiang Khan could do to improve the tourism experience, the majority responded “stay the way it is.” Several of the tourist focus groups expressed concern that investors from outside of the area would buy land and build developments which would overshadow the traditional lifestyle and destroy the community atmosphere. Community-based tourism offers an alternative model of tourism development which could help to preserve and multiply the community elements attracting the tourists.

Impacts of Tourism Development in Saint Vlas, Bulgaria

by Markus Frick The rapid construction of mass-tourism infrastructures in Saint Vlas suddenly changed the town's social, economic and environmental situation in the mid 2000s. In many destinations, mass tourism has exploited the natural and social resources and the situation is no different in Saint Vlas. Still, most locals currently feel that tourism development has so far been a good thing, even though they played no part in decision-making. In private however, some are confiding their aversion to corruption in decision-making bodies, which allows illegal constructions that impact on the environment. Despite the current crisis, more tourism-related construction is planned and expected.

Contribution of Volunteer Tourism to Organic Farms: An analysis of the WWOOF exchange in Canada

by Cynthia Ord This paper concludes that tourism, organic farming, and environmental sustainability can all be linked through organizations such as WWOOF that facilitate market synergies and symbiotic relationships. Therefore, government subsidization of organic farming processes such as organic certification can also be subsidization of tourism entrepreneurship and sustainable development in rural areas.  Likewise, public and private grants to the non-profit organizations such as WWOOF would be beneficial to stakeholders in the inter-related areas of organic farming, tourism, and sustainable development.

 

blogs

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The Mayan site of Nim Li Punit, Belize

Now that Belize's Southern Highway has been completed the site at Nim Li Punit is more accessible than ever. It is located just north of the village of Indian Creek with its entrance off to the right when approaching from the north. It is one of the more modest archaeological sites in terms of the size of the standing structures but the site is most well known for the abundance of carved stelae discovered there.

International Day of Climate Change Celebrated in Booni, Chitral

10/10/10 International Day of Climate Change was celebrated in Booni, Chitral, Pakistan, through the facilitation of Destination Management Organization (DMO) Chitral and 350.org. The theme of the day was 'Breaking of Booni Glacier, Its Relation to Climate Change'. As many as 500 people from different walks of life participated. The day has had significance for the people of Booni as they have recently witnessed a flood destroying their valuable property and causing them major health problems, psychological twists and infrastructure disruption. 

 

We are all immigrants

A ghost is again floating over Europe, the ghost of racism! From the recent electoral far-right breakthrough (6%) in the former poster child of social democracy, Sweden to blackshirt vigilantism in the Italian South, to the endless tragedy of drowned and imprisoned immigrants in the Aegean and other Mediterranean islands right next to blissfully oblivious package tourists.

Changing the image of Sierra Leone, West Africa, through tourism

What better way to change peoples’ ideas about a destination by letting them see for themselves how the country is now, and they will go back home, tell their friends and share their experiences. After all, word of mouth has been proven as one of the most efficient marketing tools.
Sierra Leone is developing a number of Tourism projects, from traditional to Responsible, from beach to leisure, and adventure to discovery. As an emerging country it is also attracting investment from overseas, especially the USA and Europe. It is a dramatic change from the Sierra Leone of yesteryear.

reviews

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Volcano and Geothermal Tourism. Sustainable Geo-resources for Leisure and Recreation
Edited by Patricia Erfurt-Cooper & Malcolm Cooper, Earthscan, 2010

a collective work by 21 contributors, specializing in specific volcanic destinations and ranging from volcanologists, geologists and other environmental scientists to specialist photographers, volcano tour operators to tourism academics and consultants. the first major academic publication and global review on volcano tourism and as such it could form a basis for an undergraduate specialist academic course...Read More