“Good Tourism” news

“Good Tourism” posts based upon, or inspired by, interesting stories and feature articles from around the world; especially under-reported stories or those covered by non-industry media. The “GT” Blog will often summarise a story and link to the original source thereby encouraging coverage of sustainable tourism and/or responsible tourism news and practices.

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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Terrorism and tourism’s diabolical relationship

Terrorism and tourism's diabolical relationship

Advertise Here Ayşegül Acar, research assistant at Karabük University, Turkey, and doctoral student at Istanbul University, explores the discomfiting relationship between terrorism and tourism in this “GT” Insight. Bombs exploding one after another, vehicles ploughing through masses of people, media coverage, and the responses of those in power; they all create tension, international conflict, disorder, […]

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The “Good Tourism” Podcast #2: How to be a plastic-free hotel in 15 minutes

plastic-free hotel

As co-founder of the not-for-profit Refill NOT Landfill in Cambodia, Christian de Boer claims a hotel can obliterate its reliance on plastic water bottles in about 15 minutes. All it takes is willpower, a signature, and a willingness to absorb or pass on about a dollar a day per guest. With more than a decade’s […]

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Why we are banning tourists from climbing Uluru

climbing Uluru will be banned from 2019

The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park board of management has announced that tourists will be banned from climbing Uluru from 2019. Uluru, formerly known in English as Ayer’s Rock, is an iconic sandstone rock formation that rises dramatically from the flat plains of Australia’s red centre. Kata Tjuta (“many heads”), 25 km to the west as […]

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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

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 to take […]

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Galapagos tourism threatens native wildlife

Galapagos tourism threatens wildlife. Image by By Agencia de Noticias ANDES (CC BY-SA 2.0) via Flickr

While the Galapagos tourism industry relies on natural and historical and natural history attractions, it is also one of the threats to that same heritage … By Veronica Toral-Granda, PhD candidate, and Stephen Garnett, Professor of Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods, Charles Darwin University, writing for The Conversation. Native species are particularly vulnerable on islands, because […]

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