Future of Homestays

Future of Homestays
Mountain Homestays – An Authentic Mountain Experience Mountain homestays is a community empowerment initiative that focuses on promoting rural destinations by developing homestays in partnership with the locals. The focus is on reaching out to communities living in the remotest parts of the Himalayan belt in India, such as in Ladakh region in north...
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The unbearable irrelevance of fanatics

The coro-doomsday has stunned the mainstream bringing various fringes to the limelight. In celebratory mood, tourism-haters, elitist pseudo-revolutionaries, agoraphobics and misanthropic degrowthists, to die-hard fans of the "dictatorship of the proletariat" to alt-right racist conspiracists, UFOlogists and so on, a pluralistic cacophony of "we told you so". Nope, you told us nothing and you still do not have anything to tell us. Your theories are "not even wrong",  your thinking is unoriginal, self-defeating, pessimistic, malthusian and discounts the propensity of humans to evolve and progress in the face of natural adversity. Yes, Marx at 202 years old is always relevant, especially if we read between the lines, but so are all other great philosophers from A to Z, from Aristotle to Zizek (pun intended). But if miraculously reincarnated, none of these greats would last a week as pandemic-era prime-ministers. Aristotle would start wars by calling all our neighbours barbarians, Pythagoras would...
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Tourism in a post corona world

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In our new post corona world the concept of tourism is changing. With some forms of travel restrictions looking likely to continue for the foreseeable future, and with our instinctive desire to travel and take holidays, community tourism and staycation breaks are set to boom in the months ahead, as people look to more local solutions without the ne...
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A First Attempt at a Green Roof

A First Attempt at a Green Roof
 Since opening Pousada Serra Verde we've been keen to embrace 'green' technologies and principles wherever possible. Other than fitting in with our forest setting a green roof also helps with cooling and extends the life of the roof whilst helping bio-diversity.  We have just built an external breakfast area to replace the ageing 'tent' (...
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Welcome Coronatourism!

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Will Covid-19 (or SARS-2) have lasting effects? Is Ecotourism & Green Hospitality sheltered? Here are some initial thoughts (working draft): 1. Despite the hype of covid-19 webinars and the emerging adaptation cottage industry, It is likely that the pandemic will only have short-term effects, especially if there is not a second wave in Autumn 2020. 2. Most changes will be rolled back as soon as the cure has been found. It is not realistic to eat or to get a sun tan in plastic see-through cubicles. To wrap all foods in ecocidal plastic wrapping paper and packaging. Or to remove airconditioning units and halve bed capacity. Nor is it economic or ecological for a plane or a tour bus to travel half empty. The only lasting changes will be related to more meticulous room cleaning procedures (such as these) on the part of hosts, and personal precautions and hygiene routines on...
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Sri Lanka: Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC), July 17-20, 2020

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Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC), 2020 - July, 17-20, Hambantota, Sri Lanka International and regional gathering of Ecotourism experts in Hambantota, Sri Lanka "Voice of the Community in the Asia-Pacific Region that can be heard in the wider global forum of discussions" ESTC '20 is hosted by Sri Lanka Ecotourism Foundation ...
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Utopia through Tragedy?

A plane is constantly losing altitude over the ocean. Some start praying. Others are frozen with fear. Some remain calm and also try to calm down their fellow passengers - "the pilots surely know what they are doing". Some are screaming or crying, hard to tell, something in between. Some are hugging each other and others are kissing. One is stealing an expensive smartphone. Some are texting their loved ones. A few are preparing to open the door and jump while others are just bracing for impact. A small group are trying to burst into the cockpit to check on the pilot and take control. The plane is the world. The fire is Covid, maybe 3 months from now. Who will you be? Who should you be? There is no easy answer. Looking at the bright side...hard but try: if we were to add freedom of movement with (green means of...
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Quintuple Crisis? Five more reasons to act and green our act!

Tourism communities, businesses and destinations, the world itself is now facing a quintuple or five-fold crisis: the Climate Crisis, the Coronavirus Crisis, a structural Economic Crisis, a sharp Financial Crisis and an ongoing Refugee/Humanitarian Crisis. It should be, but it is not always obvious to everyone that the five crises are interconnected. Habitat loss and a warming climate encourages infectious diseases. Diseases worsen the simmering, global, structural economic crisis, which brings about a sharp drop in financial exchanges. All these worsen the socioeconomic conditions in already-troubled and poor parts of the world with wars ensuing and new refugees and economic migrant streams created. This in turn gives rise to xenophobic political forces which puts pressure on the political class and sabotages progressive, green initiatives, the very ones we need if we are to combat climate crisis or at lease adapt to some of its side-effects. This is a vicious circle. To break...
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Werfenweng – the role model of a genuine ecotourism destination

Werfenweng – the role model of a genuine ecotourism destination
The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) defines ‘ecotourism’ as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education”. While there are plenty of tourism businesses and destinations worldwide that devoted themselves to both ecotourism principles and eco-friendly activities, Werfenweng is a unique destination as it specialises on the first two words of the TIES’s definition – the responsible travel. The village is located 50km south from Salzburg and it lies right at the foothills of the Tennengebirge mountain region at an altitude of 900 meters above sea level. Thanks to its position, the nature is unspoilt, the air is fresh and both locals and wildlife enjoy good health. No wonder this region is highly attractive for tourists all year round. But how to manage the ever-increasing tourist flow without jeopardising the precious environment? The key, as it turns out, lies...
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Opportunities to Link Community-Based Sustainable Tourism to Organic Farming Organizations

BIOFACH - The World's Leading Trade Fair for Organic Food, Nuremberg 12-15 February 2020. This is a great example to consider that community-based sustainable tourism can play a major role in collaboration. Connecting these two industries is key, as we @Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries have done for over 20 years. Pristine environments can also be protected by organic farming communities nearby. Eco-Tourists will appreciate that while enjoying real, safe food and waterways. https://www.biofach.de/en/news/press-releases/congress-organic-delivers-afbj2txytj_pireport          
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