At the Second International Rural Tourism Conference held in Anji County in Huzhou, China, July 16-18, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) released its report on International Rural Tourism Development: An Asia Pacific Perspective. Sponsored by Huzhou City, the report presents best practices and successful strategies in rural tourism development throughout Asia Pacific and showcases the […]Read More Rural tourism: Delighting tourists, developing communities
Botswana has no choice but to practice ecotourism and sustainable tourism, according to University of Botswana Acting Vice Chancellor Prof Kgomotso Moahi who was speaking at a public lecture organised by the Botswana Tourism Organisation and the University of Botswana (UB). UNWTO Secretary General Dr Taleb Rifai was the guest speaker at the July 26 […]Read More Botswana boards the bandwagon of ecotourism & sustainable tourism
Failure of collective action and a chronic lack of robust data constitute the main challenges to eliminate child sex tourism according to Offenders on the Move: Global Study on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel & Tourism 2016. Two weeks ago, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) HQ in Madrid hosted a “transition meeting […]Read More Collective action, data are main challenges to fighting child sex tourism
Recognising that cultural heritage and sustainable tourism have become “key economic drivers for poverty reduction and job creation”, UNESCO and the World Bank signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) last week to reinvigorate their joint commitment to “advance sustainable development by investing in culture, urban development, and resilience in an integrated manner”. Irina Bokova, Director-General […]Read More UNESCO, World Bank commit to urban development, culture, resilience
Soon after The “Good Tourism” Blog shared a link to a “GT” Insight about elephant tourism to an ecotourism industry Facebook group, the motivation of contributor John Roberts was questioned by an angry commentator: “The fact that someone employed in the elephant riding industry is writing critically about the negative impacts of Responsible Tourism on […]Read More More shades of grey in elephant tourism
Most Pacific ecotourism projects are short term because they are driven by purely conservation concerns while neglecting profitability. Pacific-region ecotourism programs are fragmented, making it difficult to get a clear picture of progress. And there is a lack of funding and promotion of ecotourism in the region. According to a South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) […]Read More Pacific ecotourism hampered by economic realities?