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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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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Meanwhile, a young couple promotes authentic experiences

overtourism Venice

UNESCO and the World Bank signed a new MoU about cities last week to “advance sustainable development by investing in culture, urban development, and resilience in an integrated manner”. As the consultants and spin doctors of the world lick their lips—and institutional bookshelves and cloud servers standby to supply storage for their expensive output—in Venice […]

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Reunification or not, Cyprus tourism has lessons to learn

Cyprus tourism has lessons to learn reunification or not

“Talks to reunify the divided island of Cyprus collapsed amid anger and recriminations in the early hours of Friday, marking the end of a process seen as the most promising in generations to heal decades of conflict.” Thus reported Reuters earlier today. The collapsed talks in Switzerland between Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish […]

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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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