Rural tourism: Delighting tourists, developing communities

Rural tourism in the Philippines at Banaue Rice Terraces.

At the Second International Rural Tourism Conference held in Anji County in Huzhou, China, July 16-18, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) released its report on International Rural Tourism Development: An Asia Pacific Perspective. Sponsored by Huzhou City, the report presents best practices and successful strategies in rural tourism development throughout Asia Pacific and showcases the […]

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Minister raises racism at South Africa Tourism Month launch

South Africa tourism minister raised racism at tourism month launch. Meanwhile, the many races of South Africa are represented in the Nelson Mandela University Choir. Source: GovernmentZA https://www.flickr.com/photos/governmentza/35872724332/

An holistic focus on the socioeconomic benefits of tourism to communities is at the heart of South Africa Tourism Month, September 2017, which was launched last week. “This is why it is so vital to encourage South Africans to travel around their own country,” South Africa Minister of Tourism Tokozile Xasa said. “Not only will […]

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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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Mission vision: Accessible, inclusive tourism for the visually impaired

Accessible and inclusive tourism for the visually impaired. Training.

A truly accessible and inclusive tourism industry should view people with disabilities, such as visual impairment, the same as anyone else—as a potentially lucrative market segment and a productive and innovative human resource—according to A Lajwanti Naidu in this “Good Tourism” Insight. Sensory organs play a vital role in life. Among them, eyes are probably […]

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Mission cells to power responsible tourism in Kerala

Kumarakom is a pioneer destination for responsible tourism in Kerala

Kerala’s Responsible Tourism Mission will be up and running by the end of this month (July 2017). According to a news article in The Times of India, the Indian state’s “ambitious” program aims to generate more employment and income in local communities without harming the environment. Under the Mission, responsible tourism “cells” will be set […]

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Would Gorkhaland tourism be better for the Gorkhas?

Would Gorkhaland tourism benefit from independence? Pro-Gorkhaland independence posters, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India. By Adam Jones via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Tourism in the Darjeeling Hills and Dooars has the potential to thrive under a “Gorkhaland” state administration, according to an article by Jaideep Mazumdar for Swarajya. These Indian territories, which are currently under West Bengal state administration, are “richly endowed” with natural beauty and biological diversity. With some control over tourism development planning and market […]

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