“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.

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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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.

Advertise Here 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 […]

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

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 Rio Olympic […]

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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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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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