Veronika Mikos Interview: Veronika Mikos, Project Coordinator, Healthy Seas
"We are all responsible for a clean environment. We should not wait
for others, including municipalities or NGOs to clean up our mess!"
Interview: Robert Travers, International Tourism Expert
"Development agencies do tend to be quite defensive in terms of
post project evaluations... This means that negative
evaluations are rare, although intervention failures can be many"
Tree Plantations are NOT Forests 200 Organisations remind FAO that Tree Plantations are NOT Forests
On International Day of Forests, 21 March 2018
Effort to develop International Standards for Accessible Tourism under way
First meeting took place in Madrid with UNWTO support
EuroVelo, the European cycle route network, launches new Map
Aims to inspire those wishing to discover Europe by bike
Paths of Greece launches new ecolabel for hiker-friendly hotels
5% will be donated to trail conservation and promotion
Four-in-Five Canadians Support Legislation to Ban Trophy Hunting
Time to ban this dishonourable 'sport' & ecocidal form of tourism.
Sustainable Tourism on a Finite Planet New Book: "Sustainable Tourism on a Finite Planet" by Megan Epler Wood
Valuable destinations are on the verge of being irreparably harmed
Global Sustainable Tourism Council Releases Industry Criteria
Opens path to create standards beyond hotels and tour operators
UNESCO Director-General will participate in the VI InterEcoForum in Marbella
Ms Irina Bokova will take part in the closing ceremony on 24th of March
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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?