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    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 have is a huge dog walking area covered with many more kilograms of excrement�. The growth in the population of ponies and deer is  Packham claims denuding the forest of new young trees, they are being eaten before they can mature. Packham is calling for controlled culling of deer and better management of the forest. Read more in the Daily Telegraph Please follow and like us:

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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 negotiated. Read more The Irrawaddy is published by a group of Burmese journalists living in exile in Thailand, an independent news media group respected in the region. On Tuesday May 24th (and corrected on May 26th) the Irrawaddy reported that  National League for Democracy (NLD) has said that it welcomes responsible tourism that does not cause human rights abuses and environmental degradation in the country. �The NLD would welcome visitors…

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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 and soothe their anxieties, rather than challenging them. She counters ?One thing that contradicts this this rather dismal vision of modern mankind is our willingness to travel abroad: to get on the plane despite the threat of shoe bombers and technical failure, to stay in foreign places despite the difficulty of assessing the risks we might face there. True, many travellers hand the calculation over to travel agents and insurance…

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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 heritage excursions � and conlcues that this is demand which tour operators are currently failing to meet. She argues that in order to to access this demand successfully, product development needs to encompass the full range of customer value, and packaging needs to overcome established negative preconceptions whilst emphasising the benefits of authentic and fun experiences which benefit local people. A more innovative approach to excursion development, built on her…

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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 Board of ASSET to lead their review of the last three years and to help them to develop their strategy for the next three years. It is the third strategic reviews which I have chaired for ASSET and a privilege. ASSET is the home of Responsible Tourism in The Gambia, it has been advocating and demonstrating the importance of Responsible Tourism principles since 2000 when it emerged from a workshop…

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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 between the Grand Tour of the eighteenth century and the Gap Year of today – both in some ways educational but also opportunities abroad to engage in more licentious behaviour than might be risked at home. There was a lively discussion afterwards about stately homes, the business case and the challenges of creating change in a diverse world and one in which more and more people with very different backgrounds…

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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, he says, is pure enough to be used as plasma in an emergency situation, and will cure me of everything from club foot to flatulence. The Costa Ricans are No 1 on the Happy Planet Index � even their customs officers like a laugh. But the Happy Planet Index is about more than a sense of humour. It ranks countries according to their ecological footprint � and Costa Rica is…

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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 meaning that they carried more passengers than BA, although BA has now been merged with Iberia. EasyJet has been squeezed by increases in APD and fuel price rises; it has not been possible to raise prices as demand is weak. EasyJet’s losses have nearly doubled as revenue per seat has fallen by 2.1% in large part due to the increase of ?1 in APD in the autumn to ?12 per…

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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 Environment minister for Eastern Sabah has said that complaints made by local activists and foreign tourists regarding cruel fishing practices have contributed to the state government’s plans to impose the ban starting next year. Please follow and like us:

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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 is a priority sector for their further integration in the global economy. The contribution  of tourism in advancing development was addressed during a Special Event on Tourism for Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction organized by the recently created UN Steering Committee on Tourism for Development (SCTD), during a major UN conference on LDCs (Istanbul, Turkey, 10 May 2011).   The potential of tourism in contributing to lift people out of…

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