International “Good Tourism” news

“Good Tourism” posts based upon, or inspired by, interesting stories and feature articles of global interest; 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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The keys to managing growth and sustainable tourism governance

Dr Noel Scott was the lead author of the UNWTO special report on managing growth and sustainable tourism governance in Asia and the Pacific.

Advertise Here A special report on Managing Growth and Sustainable Tourism Governance in Asia and the Pacific was launched by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) at its 22nd General Assembly in Chengdu, China last week. For this “GT” Insight, The “Good Tourism” Blog corresponded with the lead author of the report, Griffith Institute of […]

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“Historical moment” as tourism ethics code becomes a convention

The member states of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) have approved the UNWTO Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics. This is based on the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism (PDF 787 KB) and is, according to a UNWTO press release upon which this post is based, the first international convention initiated by the […]

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What is destination human capital? It’s the people!

Don't forget destination HUMAN capital development!

Peter Semone would advise any incoming tourism minister to focus on their destination’s people as a priority. In this “GT” Insight, Mr Semone summarises the challenges and opportunities for destination human capital development and its potential contribution to the achievement of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and to tourism industry performance more generally. In 2016, […]

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Tourism growth is not the enemy: UNWTO boss

Tourism growth is not the enemy according to UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai

In response to an increasing number of reports about “tourism-phobia”, the the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), August 15, released an opinion piece by its Secretary General, Taleb Rifai, arguing that tourism growth is not the enemy; it’s how we manage it that counts. As an economic activity, travel and tourism is relatively young; yet it […]

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Involving indigenous people benefits business, environment: UN expert

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Governments too often sidestep indigenous people when approving new infrastructure projects on their land, ignoring the potential for sustainable economic growth and environmentally-friendly development, a UN expert said on Tuesday. A landmark United Nations declaration adopted 10 years ago declared authorities should seek consent from indigenous people before starting new infrastructure projects like mines and […]

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