“Good Tourism” news from Europe & the United Kingdom

“Good Tourism” posts based upon, or inspired by, interesting stories and feature articles from Europe & the United Kingdom; 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.

Lisbon locals face eviction in favour of trendy tourism, celebrities, short-term rentals

Lisbon tourism is booming. Locals are being indirectly forced out by trendy tourism and celebrities

Lisbon tourism is booming. Within a month of the “GT” Insight direct from Lisbon—”Why We Hate Tourism Tours & why you should too” by Ricardo Oliveira—the Thomson Reuters Foundation reports on the negative impacts of trendy tourism on locals’ lifestyles. Carla da Cunha has a tight budget with which to find a new home in […]

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Islands of darkness: Ireland’s ‘Alcatraz’ and the growth of dark tourism

Spike Island is part of the growth of dark tourism

Advertise Here By Gillian O’Brien, Reader in Modern Irish History, Liverpool John Moores University, writing for The Conversation. Spike Island—the former fortress and prison off the coast of County Cork in Ireland—has been named Europe’s leading tourist attraction at the World Travel Awards. The island beat off competition from Buckingham Palace, the Eiffel Tower and […]

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Civita di Bagnoregio, the tourism town on the edge of extinction

Tourism town on the edge of survival Civita di Bagnoregio. By evondue via Pixabay. https://pixabay.com/en/civita-di-bagnoregio-latium-2286541/

Since becoming the first Italian town to charge an entry fee, tourist numbers to Civita di Bagnoregio have exploded from 40,000 annually four years ago to a forecast 850,000 this year. In 2017, the hill-top hamlet will “welcome” visitors at a ratio of 85,000 to one full-time resident. Signposted as “Civita, The Town That Is […]

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Why We Hate Tourism Tours & why you should too

Why "We Hate Tourism Tours" and why you should too

With its provocative name and maverick spirit, We Hate Tourism Tours (WHTT) has attracted plenty of consumer press and travel blog attention since it started facilitating authentic experiences in Lisbon, Portugal eight years ago. In this “GT” Insight, WHTT’s “philosopher-in-chief” Ricardo Oliveira considers WHTT’s unorthodox approach in the context of tourism’s “new reality”. We Hate Tourism […]

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Vatican proclaims support for sustainable tourism “with a human touch”

Vatican sustainable tourism

The Vatican, via its Catholic News Agency, has proclaimed its support for responsible travel and sustainable tourism by urging tourists to “remember the human person and the environment in their travels, treating people and things with respect”. Cardinal Peter Turkson wrote: “Holiday time cannot be a pretext either for irresponsibility or for exploitation: in fact, […]

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Hotels train staff to read signs of modern slavery

modern slavery hotels. Old-school room keys.

Adult guests who check in with a child, repeat cash bookings, or late check-ins without luggage could all be signs of modern slavery under guidance newly issued to staff at a British hotel chain. The 400 staff at Shiva hotels—from receptionists to human resources staff to cleaners—will be trained as part of a company-wide campaign […]

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