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    The Guardian Green Travel Guide

    The Guardian Green Travel Guide Liane Katz has edited a ground breaking Green Travel Guide for The Guardian which offers travellers and holidaymakers a guide to green holidays, as Tom Hall comments ?everything you need to travel with your eyes open.? Alastair Sawday, in his foreword,  reminds readers of Leo Hickman’s injunction to wean ourselves off long haul and exploitative travel, given that ?madness and denial? are everywhere, what he asks can we do. Liane Katz, and the contributors she has brought together, remind us that it is possible for ?the joys of travel to coexist with awareness?. We can make a difference by the way we travel. As consumers…

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    Progress in Tourism Studies

    I have been at a conference on Progress in Tourism Studies in Leuven at the Catholic University organised to celebrate the work of Professor Myriam Jansen-Verbeke, she has had a distinguished career producing excellent work on cultural tourism and particularly on cultural landscapes. Jafar Jafari was there reflecting on ?hindsight and foresight in the field of tourism? ? Myriam was for many years on the editorial board of Annals of Tourism Research. Jafari’s presentation celebrated the achievement in tourism studies and drew parallels between the growth of the industry and of academia’s interest in it. Jafari pointed out that tourism had to overcome ?iron walls? and to mount barricades to…

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    Recession brings back the traditional package holiday

    In the recession the traditional package holiday is finding renewed favour as holidaymakers hedge against the risks of their holiday becoming unaffordable. The recession has reduced the willingness of holidaymakers to use the budget airlines and book their own accommodation ? it is safer to book a package. ABTA has reported that bookings are moving away from the Eurozone, bookings to Egypt are reported to be up 38% and to Turkey 32%. Both TUI and Thomas Cook cut capacity earlier this year in order to maintain prices, some reports say by as much as 25%, people are trading down from villas to inclusive packages. The Maldives is reported to be…

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    Responsible Tourism in Destinations Taught in The Gambia

    The DG of the Gambian Tourism Authority was clearly impressed by the presentations made by our ICRT Masters students who had worked in groups with Gambian counterparts on four particularly difficult issues. The DG thinks that he will be able to implement four of the proposals on All Inclusives, governance and the Responsible Tourism Partnership and a series of events at the beginning of the season designed to ensure that the overseas operators and representatives are introduced to The Gambia and its tourism potential in the best possible way. This course, like its predecessors, has contributed to making The Gambia a better place to live in and a better place…

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    Spread the word about Travaid and join our advisory panel

    Increasing numbers of people want to put something back into the place or the community where they have travelled on holiday or business. At http://travaid.org/  you can find some excellent local initiatives to donate to � these have been screened by us and our advisers and we believe that they will make a significant difference to the people an places you have visited. Take a look at the projects and click through to make a donation through the Big Give. You can help by 1.    publicising this new opportunity for assured destination giving � please spread the word.2.    we are keen to develop more partnerships with tour operators and hoteliers…

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