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    Indian Supreme Court intervenes to assist in tiger conservation

    The National Tiger Conservation Authority in India has issues new comprehensive guidelines on conservation and tourism under the 1972 Wildlife Act. §10.17 refers to tourism “Since, tourism has been happening in areas of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries which are now designated as core or critical tiger habitat, regulated low impact tourism (visitation) would be allowed in such areas subject to site specific carrying 22 capacity. However, no new tourism infrastructure should be permitted in such core and critical tiger habitats. Further, the buffer forest areas should also be developed as wildlife habitats with the active involvement of local people living in such areas. This would provide extended habitat to…

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    The London Olympics: economic impact #3 – more cold reality

    International visitor arrivals in August were down 5% on August 2011. Over the 3 months June to August international visitor numbers were down 7%.  This can be attributed to the weather, the Olympics (the congestion and displacement effects) or the recession in Europe. Some will counter that expenditure was up 9%, but as reported earlier expenditure was down in the shops. It seems likely that the spending was up on Olympic tickets and much of that money did not benefit the UK economy. “The ONS estimated that 590,000 people in July and August normally resident outside the UK had visited and attended at least one ticketed Olympic or Paralympic event,…

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    Addressing tourism impacts in Rome

    The Week edition of 6th October carries two reports from Italy: In a bid to preserve some decorum and sense of place the authorities in Rome have introduced fines of between €25 and €500 for people caught eating in the street in zones which have a “particular historical or architectural value” to “guarantee the protection of areas of merit in the historic centre”. Similar bans exist in Venice, Florence and Bologna. Pietro Citati, writing in  the Corriere della Sera (Milan) writes that the Sistine Chapel should be a place for quiet contemplation, but that the museum guards constantly have to yell for silence; visitors crowd through like “herds of drunks”.…

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