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From zoos to environmental education & ecotourism centres

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  Bashing villains (soft, anonymous, targets not, say, a powerful hotel developer!), real and perceived (all- inclusives , orphanages, slum tourism, voluntourism) is becoming a bit of a tradition these days. A UK-based responsible OTA, a minor player compared to mainstream OTA giants yet a big one on the adjectival tourism scene, has abruptly ...
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Women and Tourism & speaking truth to Tourism

I have been involved in a gender pilot program in a union recently, this has crystallised some thoughts for me that I thought I would try to share, also in light of the Trump phenomenon and how we might learn from this.My take on recent politics is that identity politics has suffered a backlash and that groups that could have and should have stood ...
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On Overbooking

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The recent passenger-removal-due-to-overbooking incident from a flight operated by a major airline shed light on a common (50,000 annual cases in the US alone) but relatively unknown, dubious commercial practice, and also revealed or confirmed some interesting facts: - the power of direct-democratic, citizens journalism, in the form of ma...
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Nikki Rose Interview in Food Tank, Conservation is our best recipe.

Interview in Food Tank hot off the press: "Conservation is our best recipe. No matter how many wonderful products we have wherever we live, to benefit from them in our daily lives and for generations to come we need to protect and celebrate our providers and stewards first." -Nikki Rose https://foodtank.com/news/2017/04/crete-cook-cultivates-sustai...
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Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries in UNWTO #IY2017 Celebrations

News from our fields @Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries. Our work is featured in the United Nations World Tourism Organization International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. # IY2017 http://www.tourism4development2017.org/events/crete-culinary-sanctuaries-educational-programs-celebrating-our-cultural-and-natural-heritage/#
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Getting boaters ready for a new kind of whale?

Getting boaters ready for a new kind of whale?
Humpback whales are making a comeback off British Columbia's west coast. According to the Marine Education and Research Society - MERS - humpback whale numbers have increased by 30% in the last five years. Where once they were a rarity, whale-watching companies on northern Vancouver Island now see humpbacks frequently. Tourists usually make the tri...
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Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre (TAEC) Laos - Upcoming Workshops and Events

Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre (TAEC) Laos - Upcoming Workshops and Events
We are excited to announce the addition of Katu Backstrap Weaving at TAEC! As with all of our half-day handicraft workshops, we include a museum tour, drink, and instruction by an ethnic artisan from 9:30am - 12pm. Our workshops are a hands-on way to learn something new while on holiday and discover an appreciation for the traditional crafts of Lao...
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Tourism companies for sustainable management of Estonian forests

Tourism companies for sustainable management of Estonian forests
Public appeal of tourism companies to the Environmental Commission of the Parliament of Estonia and the Minister of Environment concerning sustainable management of Estonia forests. Current forest policy and forest management practices in Estonia do not take into sufficient consideration the needs of tourism sector. Increasing forest cutting confli...
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Ears have Walls, Walls have Ears

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In early versions of Sid Meier's classic strategy game 'Civilisation', the discovery of gunpowder made Walls obsolete. It was far more gradual in reality, but Walls did eventually become obsolete as defensive structures and those that escaped destruction to allow for city expansion during the industrial revolution were later reborn as tourism attra...
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Ecotourism with a purpose: supporting education in rural Nicaragua

Sister Communities of San Ramón, Nicaragua (SCSRN), a Durham based non-profit, is excited to announce that we will be building four new classrooms. These new classrooms will be built in the communities of El Roblar and El Jinete, in the municipality of San Ramón, Nicaragua. This brings the tally of classrooms built by SCSRN, to 28 classrooms over 1...
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