Dr Campo Elias Bernal

Campo Elias Bernal, Founder & Director, FEDEC, Colombia:
"I believe social innovation is the most promising element in ecotourism and sustainable tourism management"

Jorge Moller

Jorge Moller, Director, REGENERA, Chile:
"We need public involvement to sustain a destination forever. 
If it is only an agreement between private sides it will not succeed."

Natalia Naranjo, Tourism & Development Expert, Colombia:
"What communities need is a good quality of life and usually, this involves small projects"
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Happy, Eco & Socially Just 2012!

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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

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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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Travelogues

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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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Blogs

 

 

Book Reviews

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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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Headlines

 

 

Member polls

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The "Occupy" Movement

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

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