“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.

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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Ecotourism & wildlife: To feed or not to feed?

A 71-year-old New Hampshire, USA artist wants to develop an “ecotourism” product based on feeding bears and moose, according to an article in the Sentinel Source. Richard Whitney’s concept is simple: Find a remote, wooded area, create a controlled feeding site to attract wildlife and charge visitors to watch. Whitney and his partner were themselves […]

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Cuba gov’t praises Jardines del Rey hotels for sustainable practices

Cuba's government praises Jardines del Rey hotels for their sustainable pratices

Four hotels in Jardines del Rey, Cuba have achieved “good results in meeting environmental standards aimed at achieving sustainable tourism”, according to Prensa Latina, an information agency for Latin America. Jardines del Rey (“Gardens of the King”) is an archipelago off the northern coast of Cuba, in the provinces of Ciego de Ávila and Camagüey. […]

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A PM appointed IY2017 ambassador … oh, and food fish are going extinct

Headlining a UNWTO press release dated June 12 is the fact that the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) appointed the Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, as one of nine (9) Special Ambassadors of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017. The ceremony took place in New York on June 7 […]

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