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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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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Cambodia vows to expand & improve community-based ecotourism services

Cambodia community-based ecotourism. Cambodia hard work in the rice paddies. Kevin Evans/AusAID, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ACambodia_-_Working_in_the_rice_paddies_(10678730813).jpg

An inter-ministerial working group has vowed to expand and improve Cambodia’s community-based ecotourism services, reports Khmer Times. Tourism Minister Thong Khon said there are about 2,000 fishing and forest communities nationwide, but only a few are serving the tourism sector. “Some areas are trying but are not running proper tourism services, while we think there […]

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Caribbean sustainable tourism efforts need to step up

Caribbean sustainable tourism. Sunset on Manzanillo beach, Margarita island, Venezuela. By Hector Darío, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ASunset%40Manzanillo_Beach%2C_Margarita_Island%2C_Venezuela.JPG

The Caribbean region’s sustainable tourism efforts need to step up after members of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) this week recognised 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and promised to empower community leaders to contribute positively to local and regional tourist products. According to a TeleSUR report, ACS Secretary-General Dr […]

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Great Barrier Reef tourism reprieve but resorts in trouble

Great Barrier Reef tourism. A variety of colourful corals on Flynn Reef near Cairns. By Toby Hudson, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11137678

Great Barrier Reef tourism operators hope UNESCO’s decision not to list the natural wonder “in danger” will reverse a drop in visitor numbers, according to a Courier Mail story. “UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee endorsed Australia’s Reef 2050 plan to protect the iconic asset, avoiding ­international embarrassment for the $6.4 billion-a-year tourist drawcard. “However, the WHC […]

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APEC tourism ministers to “ensure sustainable and inclusive growth”

APEC tourism minister adopted a statement on sustainable tourism

The second of four priority areas outlined in a statement adopted by Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) tourism ministers, June 19, is: “Ensure sustainable and inclusive growth in the travel and tourism sector by encouraging socially and culturally responsible tourism”. Adopted at the APEC High Level Policy Dialogue on Sustainable Tourism held in Quang Ninh province, […]

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