“Good Tourism” news from the Americas

“Good Tourism” posts based upon, or inspired by, interesting stories and feature articles from North America, Central America, and South America; 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.

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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Green Games for a blue planet? Rio 2016 one year on

Advertise Here Sustainable business consultant Ariane Janér witnessed first-hand how the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games affected the Brazilian city she calls home. In this “GT” Insight, Ms Janér reflects on Rio 2016 and summarises its potential, its positives, its broken promises, and its missed opportunities. One year has gone by since the 2016 […]

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Pantanal jaguar ecotourists willing to compensate ranchers for stock losses

Wildlife ecotourists willing to compensate ranchers

Most wildlife ecotourists in the Pantanal region of South America say they are willing to compensate cattle ranchers for livestock taken by wild jaguars. This is according to a new study, “The numbers of the beast: Valuation of jaguar (Panthera onca) tourism and cattle depredation in the Brazilian Pantanal”, by Fernando R. Tortato, Thiago J. Izzo, […]

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Caribbean tourism, fishing, farming bears brunt of climate change: CCCCC

Caribbean tourism climate change. Hurricane Felix

Small Caribbean islands risk losing their entire way of life unless they urgently strengthen defences against a raft of future disasters, according to Ulric Trotz, deputy director at the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC). Fishing and farming communities living in coastal areas as well the tourism industry, which is vital for Caribbean economies, often […]

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July 29, 2017

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Caribbean sustainable tourism efforts need to step up

Caribbean sustainable tourism. Sunset on Manzanillo beach, Margarita island, Venezuela. By Hector Darío, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ASunset%40Manzanillo_Beach%2C_Margarita_Island%2C_Venezuela.JPG

The Caribbean region’s sustainable tourism efforts need to step up after members of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) this week recognised 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and promised to empower community leaders to contribute positively to local and regional tourist products. According to a TeleSUR report, ACS Secretary-General Dr […]

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Aviation, tourism can do more to stop human trafficking

The US leads in an international effort to train airline and airport staff to spot and report potential human trafficking. However does aviation lag behind other tourism supply chain sectors? Report by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Flight attendant Donna Hubbard was deeply concerned when a couple carried a boy who was sweating, lethargic and appeared […]

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