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Report by Nikki Rose: Crete Needs to Restore its Gastronomic Heritage

Cooking in Eastern Crete CCS Documentary in Progress
From the Destination Stewardship Report, e-newsletter is a collaboration between the Destination Stewardship Center and Global Sustainable Tourism Council, and in time maybe others.  Crete Needs to Restore its Gastronomic Heritage Culinary expert Nikki Rose says Crete has wandered far from its roots as the "Garden of Greece," losing traditiona...
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Supporting local communities while looking at rebuilding business coming out of this pandemic

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This pandemic has just shown us once more how big our responsibility is towards the people we work with in the tourism industry: from full-time tourism business staff to freelance guides and drivers, as well as small locally owned businesses or NGOs or the communities which are regularly visited by tourists. Without being able for visitors to visit...
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Adaptation Ideas for Small Hospitality & Tourism Providers during and after the Pandemic.

On May 7th, 2020 we held a Virtual Ecoclub Member Meeting to discuss 'Pandemic Adaptation Strategies for Ecotourism'. Our aim was to brief each other on local conditions and compare notes on what can be done during and in the aftermath of the pandemic so as to protect and support our businesses, our communities and Ecotourism. Due to the pandemic lockdown millions of tourism employees, professionals and small business-owners have suddenly been left unemployed or precariously employed by near bankrupt businesses. If international tourism recovers too slowly, many of them will need green (re)training and new green jobs and opportunities outside tourism. The pandemic itself can only be stopped if a cure is found, if the virus mutates into a less potent form (there are some indications in late May 2020) or if there is mass immunity. It is as if a huge earthquake has taken place (the disease) and we...
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Pakistan: A Heaven for Adventurists & Trekkers

Pakistan: A Heaven for Adventurists & Trekkers
These pictures are from a 10-day trek from Sor Laspur (Upper Chitral) to Kumrat (Upper Dir), one of the most exotic and challenging treks in Pakistan. It passes through glaciers, glacial lakes, mountain passes, pastures, and forests. The total length of the trek is 140 kilometers with 4400m maximum altitude. You will come across five...
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What can the tourism sector learn from COVID 19?

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I doubted a lot whether to share this, my opinions related not to COVID 19 but to the insights that COVID has brought us. 

I consider sustainable a tourism that is collaborative with the local community, environmentally friendly, and tourism that is inclusive and accessible. A more collaborative approach to with the local community, for example, make it easier to develop a strategy that helps you in normal circumstances. When extraordinary circumstances, like COVID 19 happen, you have a group of people and businesses that can try to support each other. 

A more environmentally friendly approach in the business, first of all, is better because it is good with the environment where we live, healthier, safer, even more beautiful. Also, in the medium and long term is helping the business with a lower fix cost. 

Another way the sustainable approach to tourism would have helped is through more inclusive tourism. Here let me clarify what a mean with the word inclusive. I refer not only to people with some kind of disabilities (physical or mental) that for many reasons can find it challenging to have a proper experience, but also not to target just who is already our type of guests. 

https://www.sustainabletourismworld.com/what-can-the-tourism-sector-learn-from-covid-19/

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2020: What next......

2020: What next......
COVID-19 has hit tourism hard across the world. But whilst thankfully, many countries are seeing a slow return of travellers, here in Brasil we are still in tourism lockdown. The tourism industry closed down here in March and is set to continue to be this way for several more months. Morretes is finding life particularly difficult as over 40% of th...
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Costa Rica approaches Tourism in the midst of the Pandemic

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Costa Rica tourism industry, like in many other countries, has been impacted by the health measurements taken by the COVID-19. The country has been one of the few Latin American countries that had closed borders to international arrivals from the very beginning of the pandemic. This has had a great benefit for the citizens and resident's health sin...
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Snowflakes

Snowflakes
Snowflakes are nature’s spectacular manifestation that symbolize exemplary climate conditions in the mountains of Chitral, Pakistan. It is a critical source to replenish underground water reservoirs that feed fresh springs and streams vital to sustain subsistent agriculture locally. When snowflakes whirl along the wind and its white sheet drapes over trees, land, v-shaped valleys, ledges and icy lakes, it offers real excitement for adventurists, trekkers, and nature lovers. In winter, snowdrift is also a sensational phenomenon and it would be an outwardly experience on snowy day to stand atop a windy crest with fog engulfing all around and feeling the caress of snowflakes on one’s face. At this point pleasant melancholy overcomes and creative artistic vision is refreshed when thick snow layer mutes the gurgling streams and morning fog rolls into the village. With thigh-deep snow, steep landscape and mountain gorges, district Chitral is dubbed as ‘the land of avalanches’. In...
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English Translation of Yarmin Hamin, the Epic Khowar Song of Syar

English Translation of Yarmin Hamin, the Epic Khowar Song of Syar
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French Start-Up launches a proximity and sustainable tourism reservation website

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More than 7 out of 10 travellers are willing to choose a more eco-friendly holiday by staying in nature-responsible accommodations. Green tourism activities as agrotourism, wine tourism or spiritual retreats are growing fast and becoming trendy in France. Moreover, the lockdown due to the current health crisis has pushed French tourists to apprecia...
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