“Good Tourism” insights & best practices

“Good Tourism” posts by academics, experts, and practitioners keen to share their sustainable tourism and/or responsible tourism insights, expertise, and experiences for the benefit of all travel & tourism stakeholders. Each “GT” Insight represents the opinion of its author/contributor, not the “GT” Blog.

Rural tourism: Delighting tourists, developing communities

Rural tourism in the Philippines at Banaue Rice Terraces.

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 […]

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And now for the weather: info-seeking & climate change adaptation in Pacific tourism

Climate change adaptation is increasingly important, especially in the Pacific

Climate change adaptation is increasingly talked about in the travel & tourism trade media as vital to the sustainability of the sector, especially in regions susceptible to extreme weather events and the worst-case scenarios of sea level rise, such as Pacific Island nations. In this “GT” Insight, Dr Johanna Nalau, Research Fellow at the Griffith […]

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Philippines tourism development & how to avoid more Boracays

Prominent Filipino writer and economist Dr Bernardo M Villegas is encouraged by the preliminary draft of the next Philippines tourism development plan because of its intent to develop low-density, community-based, and nature-based tourism and to promote the use of green technologies. However, in this “Good Tourism” Insight, Dr Villegas urges authorities to look to Spain […]

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Mission vision: Accessible, inclusive tourism for the visually impaired

Accessible and inclusive tourism for the visually impaired. Training.

A truly accessible and inclusive tourism industry should view people with disabilities, such as visual impairment, the same as anyone else—as a potentially lucrative market segment and a productive and innovative human resource—according to A Lajwanti Naidu in this “Good Tourism” Insight. Sensory organs play a vital role in life. Among them, eyes are probably […]

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Not so happy: Bhutan’s dysfunctional tourism strategy

Bhutan tourism is not so happy

The reality of Bhutan tourism is more gross dysfunction than gross happiness, according to Dr Rieki Crins, founder of the Learning Exchange Foundation and the Bongde Institute of Hospitality and Tourism, in this “Good Tourism” Insight. Bhutan, the small Himalayan kingdom famed for its Gross National Happiness development model—which was even mentioned in the American […]

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Is Antarctica the best managed tourism destination in the world?

Whale are another reason Antarctic tourism might be the best in the world

Is Antarctic tourism the best in the world? In terms of sustainability, Dr Thomas Bauer, Adjunct Professor in Sustainable Tourism at Central Queensland University, thinks it is. In this “Good Tourism” Insights contribution, Dr Bauer explains what Antarctica can teach the rest of the world. Sustainability has become the catchphrase of the early part of the […]

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