Let your mayor know: Small cities can boost visitation for free, simply by improving their Wikipedia presence! www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/sep/18/wikiped…

Wikipedia edits have massive impact on tourism, say economists

Adding a few paragraphs and photos can boost revenue by £100,000 for small cities

A very interesting report by our Member Ms Judy Karwacki on how a destination can benefit by training and licensing independent non-professionals so that they may provide quality local experiences directly to travellers. ecoclub.com/headlines/reviews/1328-200918-cv-local…

Cabo Verde: The Potential of Local Experiences and Online Marketplaces to Diversify Tourism - Judy Karwacki for World Bank Group.

A pivotal shift in consumer sentiment about travel is taking place across the globe where people of all ages are seeking more immersive and meaningful…

What could go wrong when a foreign government decides which particular, tiny island you may or may not visit? www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/sep/09/uk-governme…

UK government's Greek island quarantine list prompts renewed calls for testing

Regional approach to quarantine is a ‘step in the right direction’ but holiday firms say traveller testing for Covid-19 is vital too

The obvious solution to unblock international travel: Italy pioneers rapid tests for airline passengers before boarding! www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/italy…

Italy to offer ‘Covid-free’ flights with 30-minute testing

‘Saliva tests are coming in the future, making it as easy as going through the x-ray,’ says airport management CEO

Schinias National Park near Marathon, Greece: Authorities finally decided to bar automobiles from this coastal forest with the addition of simple road barriers, and the result is fantastic, ideal for socially-distanced bathing in a 3km long sandy beach (site of the famous battle of Marathon in 490 BCE) and picnics under the thick shade of pine trees.

Schinias National Park near Marathon, Greece: Authorities finally decided to bar automobiles from this coastal forest with the addition of simple road barriers, and the result is fantastic, ideal for socially-distanced bathing in a 3km long sandy beach (site of the famous battle of Marathon in 490 BCE) and picnics under the thick shade of pine trees.

Crest's annual report focuses on the effects of the pandemic. ecoclub.com/headlines/reviews/1327-200911-crest-re…

The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends & Statistics 2020 - New CREST Report

The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends & Statistics 2020, a special edition on lessons from COVID-19 for tourism in a changing climate.

Rest in Power, George Bizos www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-54104885

George Bizos obituary: Remembering Mandela's gentle but fierce lawyer

The South African champion of human rights remained active and outspoken into his tenth decade.

Each time you visit a new country, you realise that your expectations were based on a couple of stock photos and that there is far greater variety within countries, and far more similarities between countries than you expected. This is probably a result of marketeers overselling what they think as the 'unique selling points' of a country for foreign visitors. In a pandemic/post-pandemic tourism... Show more

Each time you visit a new country, you realise that your expectations were based on a couple of stock photos and that there is far greater variety within countries, and far more similarities between countries than you expected. This is probably a result of marketeers overselling what they think as the 'unique selling points' of a country for foreign visitors. In a pandemic/post-pandemic tourism that will be mainly based on domestic and VFR travel images such as this - from Saudi Arabia! - may become more frequent. Read more at https://www.arabnews.com/node/1720481/saudi-arabia

Encouraging forecast from Airbnb's Brian Chesky: "People are now discovering small towns, small communities. They’re discovering national parks, falling in love with the outdoors, and realizing they can go to all sorts of other places. This is an irreversible trend.” www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-09-04/airbnb-…