Monthly Archives: May 2011

New Forest National Park could be left without any trees unless drastic action is taken to preserve it.

Chris Packham one of the presenters of the popular Springwatch and Autumnwatch wildlife programmes on BBC television has warned that the New Forest National Park is being destroyed. Dogs are disturbing ground nesting birds and dumping: �What we will basically … Continue reading

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NLD Welcomes Responsible Tourism to Burma , But Warns Against Abuses

Back in January I cautioned that it was probably premature to lift the travel boycott of since we had not heard directly what Aung San Suu Kyi though and the terms of her release from house arrest have not been … Continue reading

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the willingness to travel at all is a heartening sign of the victory of curiosity and adventure over fear.

We can�t stay safe from every harm � to try would make us all insane. Alice Miles writes in the 23 May edition of New Statesman about Professor Engin Isin�s view that modern citizens are neurotic, governments seeking to manage … Continue reading

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Selling culture to package tourists in The Gambia

Janet Thorne has published her report on Selling culture to package tourists: an exploration of demand for intangible cultural heritage excursions in The Gambia She reports  that there is demonstrable demand amongst package tourists in The Gambia for intangible cultural … Continue reading

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Ten Years of ASSET

In The Gambia to teach the Managing Tourism and Conservation in Protected Areas module of our ICRT Masters in Responsible Tourism Management course at the University of The Gambia for our Gambian cohort of students I was asked by the … Continue reading

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Book Launch at the Travellers Club

Last night I spoke at the Travellers Club in Pall Mall London about “Taking Responsibility for Tourism”. My talk was delivered in the library surrounded by maps and books about travel. It was a great opportunity to draw the parallels … Continue reading

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Richard Johnson on Costa Rica

“At Puerto Jiminez airport, in the Costa Rican rainforest, a customs officer pushes a fresh, green coconut into my hand. No tough questions about “the nature of my business” in his country � just advice. The milk in my coconut, … Continue reading

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Mixed Fortunes in Aviation

Emirates are expanding fast and ordering A380�s to meet demand, the Middle East is becoming a powerful hub for global aviation. In the year to March Emirates carried 31.4 million passengers, a growth of 14.5% over the previous year and … Continue reading

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Complaints by Tourists lead to a shark fishing ban

Tourism is important to the economy of Sabah on the island of Borneo. Complaints about shark fishing by tourists and local people have resulted in a decision to ban shark fishing form next year. Masidi Manjun, the Tourism, Culture and … Continue reading

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UN agencies commit to make tourism work for development

The first first public appearance of the UN Steering Committee on Tourism for Development took place in Turkey today. Tourism is one of the top three sources of export earnings for nearly half of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and … Continue reading

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Harold Goodwin