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Remembering a Polo Legend

Remembering a Polo Legend
Sardar Ahmed Khan, the polo legend of Northern Pakistan, though discreetly restrained his polo pony, yet inauspiciously failed to rein in the disloyal horse—‘sorkhon istor’—Syar’s metaphor for ‘death’ versified in one of his poems. He passed away on January 27, 2013 of cardiac arrest aged 59. May Almighty God rest his soul in eternal peace! Amen! His death left his family, relatives, friends and fans greatly sad and created an irreparable void in the field of polo. He will be sorely missed for long time to come.   Born to the distinguished Mohd Baig tribe, SA Khan inherited refined manners, passion for indigenous culture and taste for traditional sports i.e. free style polo and falconry, which he assiduously promoted in his life time. His grandfather, being close to Chitral's ruling family, owned extensive landed property, which reinforced by prolong socio-cultural influence, grossly determined the family’s role as a key decision-maker in the local...
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slum tourism vs. solidarity tourism

AlJazeera on June 11 did a special feature on "Slum" Tourism see http://stream.aljazeera.com/story/201306102246-0022819   If such tours are organised by the community itself (or genuine members thereof), following some sort of democratic decision / consensus process, and all proceeds are used to meet the real needs of the community then such tours are acceptable, and will tend to be respectful, meaningful and life-changing for participants. It then becomes a form of solidarity tourism and depending on how it is being promoted (content & channels) it may also attract suitable, politicised tourists not just the curious. "Slum Tourism" is however not a real solution to the problem of Slums, as Slums are the direct and visible products of capitalism, inequality and racism, the causes need treatment, not the symptom. It is of course easy (and safe) for large international media to criticise those small operators who are trying to do the right...
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Shandur Polo Festival 2013

Dear All,   Shandur Polo Festival 2013 is set to be celebrated from July 2-5, 2013. In consideration of the month of fasting, the event has been scheduled about 5 days earlier than usual. The event attracts great number of international, national and local tourits, who undergo long travel to participate in the event. You can be in contact with us should you or your friends plan to participate in the event.   Our contact is +92 3025975059
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World Environment Day 2013

On this years World Environment Day it is becoming clearer, through a wide range of developments ranging from the violently suppressed ecological protests in Istanbul, the popular anti-gold / anti-multinational mining campaign in the forest of Skouries, near Halkidiki Greece, the ongoing struggle of indigenous communities against oil giants in the Amazon and against bauxite in India, the growing anti-fracking movement in the United States, widening global awareness about Climate Change and its main causes ( Capitalism in all its forms : authoritarian, statist or neoliberal) and a constant flow of tragic sweat-shop deaths that reveal the ugly backstage of consumerism that the Environmental Movement can no longer remain or pretend to be apolitical, and that it must pick sides – either the 99% and the side of progress, of the people, or the 1%, the side of the ecocidal status quo. Or, as Noam Chomsky put it in a recent...
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Interview on Overbooked - new book covering the tourism industry

Interview on NPR - National Public Radio in the USA on the new book by Elizabeth Becker entitled "Overbooked" covering the tourism industry   I look forward to more conversations on this crucial issue. And also conversations with the many people already working on solutions.   http://www.npr.org/2013/04/29/179829147/tourism-today-trample-disrupt-and-destroy
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Articles about GIS & Tourism Management

Hi, I'm seeking articles or papers about GIS & Tourism Management.   Cheers   JP LE MOIGNE
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Happy Easter

Happy Easter !    With Easter, Tibet travel is opened from today ( 01 April 2013 ) since it was closed for foreigners for three months. We have several tour to Tibet, few of them listed in our Tibet Trip pages. If you are considering to make a trip still not late !
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Study Abroad in Greece: The Mediterranean Diet and Lifestyle, May 2013

Study Abroad in Greece: The Mediterranean Diet and Lifestyle, May 2013
University of Missouri and Crete’s Culinary Sanctuaries Study Abroad in Greece: The Mediterranean Diet and Lifestyle 10-Day Accredited Program May 20 – June 1, 2013 A comprehensive experiential learning program designed to provide an overview of the culture, nature and cuisine of Crete. This program is designed for teachers, students and professional researchers of nutrition, cuisine, sustainable living, tourism, and agricultural practices. Explore Crete's cultural and natural treasures with resident specialists. Experiences include private guided tours of archaeological sites, organic farms, natural parks/botanical hikes, food markets, olive oil factories, wineries, as well as demonstrations by artisan food producers, and food preparation classes. Presentations are exclusive to our small group of 20 attendees. This course will be held in several regions of Crete and in Athens on the final day of the program. Learning opportunities will be provided by Chef-Author Nikki Rose, Founder of Crete’s Culinary Sanctuaries and her network of over...
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Multi-award-winning eco-resort owner from Aruba to present at CTO Sustainable Tourism Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Johnson Johnrose, CTO Tel: (246) 427-5242 E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. MULTIPLE AWARD WINNER TO PRESENT AT CTO SUSTAINABLE TOURISM CONFERENCE IN TRINIDAD & TOBAGO ~ Owner and managing director of Bucuti and Tara Resorts in Aruba, Ewald Biemans, to share the secrets to his success and profitability ~ BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (11 March 2013) – Multiple award winning hotelier Ewald Biemans, whose properties enjoy average occupancies of over 90 per cent, will share his innovative and profitable environmental approaches with delegates attending the region’s premier sustainable tourism conference in Trinidad & Tobago next month. Mr. Biemans, the owner and managing director of Bucuti and Tara Resorts in Aruba, is an innovator in environmental practices and his success in achieving profitability through sustainable means has earned both him and his properties global recognition. In his presentation at the 14th Sustainable Tourism Conference (STC-14), the successful hotelier will outline a complete environmental...
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Tours to exotic and historic sites in Trinidad & Tobago await delegates to CTO Sustainable Tourism Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact Johnson JohnRose Caribbean Tourism Organization (246) 427-5242 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. TOURS TO EXOTIC AND HISTORIC SITES IN TRINIDAD & TOBAGO AWAIT DELEGATES TO CTO SUSTAINABLE TOURISM CONFERENCE -- A full day of Study Tours on Wednesday 17 April has been planned for the conference which runs from 15-18 April at the Hyatt Regency in Port of Spain -- BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (1 March, 2013) – Delegates attending the 14th Annual Caribbean Tourism Organization Sustainable Tourism Conference (STC-14), will get to explore some of Trinidad and Tobago’s most exotic and historic sites as part of the conference experience. A full day of exhilarating study tours has been planned to reveal the diversity of the host country and the various sustainability models being employed there. The Study Tours are among the most sought after aspects of the STC programme with delegates consistently rating them as the most rewarding sessions. Approximately 95...
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