Herman Erdtsieck & Marion Neidt of MamboViewPoint Ecolodge, Tanzania
"It appears there are too many people wanting to "do good" in "poor Africa"...Luckily most volunteers are genuine and have a better understanding"
Cyril Dion Cyril Dion, Writer, Film director & Eco-activist:
"What we need now is to find ways to free the creativity, the enthusiasm of most people to get them on board.
We don’t need to complain or to cry anymore, we need to act."
Book Review

Book Review: "Sustainable Tourism on a Finite Planet"
This densely written book can be your crash course in tourism sustainability

Proposed US-Mexico border wall threatens critical wildlife habitat
According to new report by the Center for Biological Diversity

New Report on Gastronomy Tourism & Sustainability by UNTWO
Gastronomy tourism offers 'enormous potential' for sustainability & inclusion
EUROSOLAR: "End fossil & nuclear subsidies now!"
European Association for Renewable Energy issues seven-point call
LGBT Tourism Report UNWTO and IGLTA release 2nd Global Report on LGBT Tourism
Highlights global trends along with a review of the current state of LGBT rights
European Cyclists' Federation launches first comprehensive European cycling map
The map will soon be open for public input
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Happy, Eco & Socially Just 2012!


Best wishes and many thanks to all our members, readers and other friends. In 2012, through solidarity and mutual assistance, from the grassroots up and based on genuine, radical yet feasible and peaceful, ecological principles and practices let us all make Tourism more ecological and socially just, and the world a happier, freer place where
"all is for all".


Interview: C. Michael Hall


Professor, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

"Trouble is so many institutions from the World Tourism Organization down have adopted neoliberal positions and policies without even adequate considering what their implications might be at various levels, including knowledge generation and diffusion."

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A letter from the remote East: Mitan, Uzbekistan

By Agha Iqrar Haroon: We went directly to the house of the Aksakal, the local chief of an area in central Asia. Sitting in his room, I saw a soviet-era mirror and an old-style sofa, called Divan in these areas. We sat on the carpet, on a set of pillows - a traditional Eastern sitting. While we waited for the arrival of the Aksakal, his wife and two sons Murat and Gulam treated us with traditional food, grown in their land including fresh bread, Non. Non (or нон) is an Uzbek bread that is shaped as the sun - the symbol of life, bread also being an icon of life. I did not constrain myself and I started eating peanuts and raisin, big black grapes and a pomegranate. ..

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Book Reviews


Social Tourism in Europe, Theory & Practice
Scott McCabe, Lynn Minnaert, Anya Diekmann (Eds.)

Despite the impressive growth of tourism 'arrivals', the proportion among the population that does not travel has remained stable at around 40-45% for the past 60 years in Europe. Social tourism, as a 'tourism for all' concept, has not yet succeeded but this excellent book will hopefully contribute to this goal.

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Member polls


The "Occupy" Movement

will soon fail - 42.9%
will get stronger - 57.1%

New poll: Why are there so few worker-run hotels?