Brad Nahill Brad Nahill, Director & Co-founder, SEE Turtles
Turtle protection enforced in Belize & parts of Costa Rica but not in Nicaragua
Florian Kaefer Florian Kaefer, Founder & Editor, Sustainability Leader Project & The Place Observer
"The real change in the next years regarding tourism sustainability is going to happen at the destination level."
Rob Rankin Rob Rankin, Managing Director, Vagabond, Small Tours of Ireland
"Certification is required to ensure that greenwashing does not occur and Tour Operators like ourselves are held accountable to processes and procedures"
Country of Contradictions

Book Review: Country of Contradictions, Costa Rica: Early Ecotourism
An engaging narrative of Costa Rica’s budding Tourism sector during 1979-1984

Too Rare to Wear

Survey finds one in three souvenir shops sell illegal turtleshell products
Buyers include domestic and international, particularly cruise, tourists.

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

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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?