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.

Involving indigenous people benefits business, environment: UN expert

indigenous tourism development

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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Residents, authorities, hoteliers grapple with global sharing economy

World tourism and the sharing economy

Protests by residents and lobbying by hoteliers are forcing governments globally to toughen their stance on the accommodation sharing economy. Spain’s Balearic Islands has announced it will penalise landlords for illegally renting apartments to tourists with fines of up to 40,000 euros (~US$47,000). Renting apartments without a licence was banned in the Balearic Islands in […]

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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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Collective action, data are main challenges to fighting child sex tourism

global child sex tourism study

Failure of collective action and a chronic lack of robust data constitute the main challenges to eliminate child sex tourism according to Offenders on the Move: Global Study on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel & Tourism 2016. Two weeks ago, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) HQ in Madrid hosted a “transition meeting […]

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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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Is orphanage tourism a form of modern slavery?

Orphanage tourism and slavery. Tonle Sap, Siem Reap, Cambodia: A little girl making money for her family by posing with a snake in a water village of Tonle Sap Lake. Source: CEphoto, Uwe Aranas https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Cccefalon via Wikimedia https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tonle_Sap_Siem_Reap_Cambodia_Girl-begging-for-money-with-snake-01.jpg

Many travel & tourism professionals are coming to believe that orphanage tourism is at best a problematic means to generate income to support children; at worst a form of modern slavery. Slavery!? Modern slavery is widely practiced in the tourism supply chain of developing countries, according to Australian academics Joseph M. Cheer, Kent Goldsworthy, Leigh […]

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