“Good Tourism” news from Europe

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

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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Meanwhile, a young couple promotes authentic experiences

overtourism Venice

UNESCO and the World Bank signed a new MoU about cities last week to “advance sustainable development by investing in culture, urban development, and resilience in an integrated manner”. As the consultants and spin doctors of the world lick their lips—and institutional bookshelves and cloud servers standby to supply storage for their expensive output—in Venice […]

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Spanish airline Iberia to end pregnancy tests as part of recruitment

Inclusive tourism Spain. Iberia Airbus A321-211 "EC-ILP" and British Airways Airbus A320-211 "G-Busk" in October 2010, before the airlines' 2011 merger. Source: Curimedia, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AAirbus_A321_Iberia_%26_A320_British_Airways_(5047661247).jpg

Spanish airline Iberia is to stop requiring women to take a pregnancy test as part of its recruitment process, it said in a statement on its website. A pregnancy test, which was a routine part of the medical examination that potential female recruits had to undergo, will be stopped, the airline said. “We will no […]

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July 13, 2017

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Lynx between a species’ reintroduction & ecotourism?

Species reintroduction ecotourism. Eurasian lynx in winter coat. By Tom Bech via Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/viatorius/8603098728

The reintroduction of the Eurasian lynx into European countries has resulted in new industries such as wildlife tourism and ecotourism; “breathing new economic life into remote rural communities”. So says the Lynx UK Trust, which last week updated stakeholders on its proposed trial reintroduction of the Eurasian lynx to the Kielder Forest of Northumberland in […]

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Reunification or not, Cyprus tourism has lessons to learn

Cyprus tourism has lessons to learn reunification or not

“Talks to reunify the divided island of Cyprus collapsed amid anger and recriminations in the early hours of Friday, marking the end of a process seen as the most promising in generations to heal decades of conflict.” Thus reported Reuters earlier today. The collapsed talks in Switzerland between Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish […]

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July 7, 2017

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