From tourism to coffee, young Thais blend profit with social good

Young Thais like Aliza blend profit with social good, from tourism to coffee

Six years ago, Somsak “Pai” Boonkam drew up a plan with two villages in northern Thailand for tourists to stay with local families and immerse themselves in hill-tribe culture. The aim was for the villagers to see some financial benefit from their country’s multi-billion-dollar tourism industry. Pai was sure it would be a hit with […]

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Hotels train staff to read signs of modern slavery

modern slavery hotels. Old-school room keys.

Advertise Here 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 […]

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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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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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How to make a hotel green & responsible: Get on with it!

How to make a hotel green & responsible: Just do it!

John Morris Williams, General Manager of the Luang Prabang View Hotel in Laos, shares a little of his 28 years’ experience initiating and driving common-sense measures at hotels and in host communities. Mr Williams makes it clear that he favours real action over expensive certification, believing that supply chain partners and guests are capable of […]

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