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CREST's "Local Traditions" Photo Contest

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CREST's "Local Traditions" Photo Contest: August 10 - 24, 2017Enter to share with the CREST community - and have a chance to win a FREE luxury, one-night stay in Chicago!At the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), we believe that when you go on vacation, you don't have to leave your values at home. Part of traveling responsibly means engagin...
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New Jamaica Community Tourism Toolkit launched

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Kingston (Jamaica), Wednesday, 02 August 2017: Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says economic and social development in rural Jamaica has been boosted by the Community-based Tourism programme of the Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF). Speaking at the Symposium to close o...
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Climatexit, Ego vs. Eco, but every cloud has a silver lining

Call it Climatexit? Perhaps, but there is no need to despair at President Trump's 'final decision' to 'withdraw' from the Paris Treaty. For a democracy, it may be scary if one is really able (there are doubts) to take such a decision without having to get approval from Congress. But looking at the bright side, this dev...
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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 ann...
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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 mas...
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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 Rosehttps://foodtank.com/news/2017/04/crete-cook-cultivates-sustain...
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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. #IY2017http://www.tourism4development2017.org/events/crete-culinary-sanctuaries-educational-programs-celebrating-our-cultural-and-natural-heritage/#
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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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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 trip...
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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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