China pledges another three years of ‘toilet revolution’ to boost tourism

China pledges another three years of 'toilet revolution' to boost tourism

China announced on Sunday plans to build and upgrade 64,000 public toilets between 2018 to 2020 as part of its “toilet revolution” aimed at boosting tourism and lifting the sector’s contribution to economic growth. China has been keen to develop and expand services industries to move away from debt-fueled and investment-driven growth, while offseting the […]

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Is tourism a way to lift the Pacific out of poverty?

Can tourism alleviate Pacific poverty? Port Vila, Vanuatu, from the War Memorial, 2006. By Phillip Capper (CC BY 2.0) via Wikimedia. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3APort_Vila%2C_Vanuatu%2C_from_the_War_Memorial%2C_1_June_2006_-_Flickr_-_PhillipC.jpg

Advertise Here There are still many opportunities for Pacific Island states to take advantage of tourism for development, according to Ratnakar Adhikari and Joe Natuman writing for the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The seafront of Port Vila, Vanuatu, bustles with activity. Traders – most of them women – call out to tourists wandering past, imploring them […]

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Lisbon locals face eviction in favour of trendy tourism, celebrities, short-term rentals

Lisbon tourism is booming. Locals are being indirectly forced out by trendy tourism and celebrities

Lisbon tourism is booming. Within a month of the “GT” Insight direct from Lisbon—”Why We Hate Tourism Tours & why you should too” by Ricardo Oliveira—the Thomson Reuters Foundation reports on the negative impacts of trendy tourism on locals’ lifestyles. Carla da Cunha has a tight budget with which to find a new home in […]

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From tourism to coffee, young Thais blend profit with social good

Young Thais like Aliza blend profit with social good, from tourism to coffee

Six years ago, Somsak “Pai” Boonkam drew up a plan with two villages in northern Thailand for tourists to stay with local families and immerse themselves in hill-tribe culture. The aim was for the villagers to see some financial benefit from their country’s multi-billion-dollar tourism industry. Pai was sure it would be a hit with […]

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Child sex tourism goes suburban, rural, online

Child sex tourism is moving away from red light districts and into the suburbs and country areas, and online.

Working undercover in bars and brothels across Southeast Asia to combat child sex tourism and slavery, campaigner Kevin Campbell has posed many times as a tourist looking to buy sex with a girl. But these days, Campbell, who works for the anti-trafficking group The Exodus Road, says it is far less common to see young […]

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Afghan travel agent helps women study abroad

Afghan travel agent is giving Afghani women educational and career opportunities abroad

An Afghan travel entrepreneur is hoping to inspire a new generation of women by using her agency to help female students secure places at universities in Turkey, Russia and Europe and then break into male-dominated careers. Marjana Sadi (pictured above), 21, set up Banoo Travel Agency in a market in central Kabul nearly a year […]

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