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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Botswana boards the bandwagon of ecotourism & sustainable tourism

Rifai & Muohi discuss training and sustainable tourism Botswana

Botswana has no choice but to practice ecotourism and sustainable tourism, according to University of Botswana Acting Vice Chancellor Prof Kgomotso Moahi who was speaking at a public lecture organised by the Botswana Tourism Organisation and the University of Botswana (UB). UNWTO Secretary General Dr Taleb Rifai was the guest speaker at the July 26 […]

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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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Three UN bosses offer four tips to become a sustainable tourist

Three UN bosses offer four ways to be a sustainable tourist: Patricia Espinosa by UNclimatechange (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr; Erik Solheim by Harry Wad (CC BY-SA 3.0) via Wikimedia Commons; and Taleb Rifai by World Travel & Tourism Council (CC BY 2.0) via Wikimedia Commons

Three United Nations bigwigs representing the portfolios of tourism, climate change, and the environment have combined forces on Devex to offer four ways to become a sustainable tourist. The leaders, who possibly sat in an office together brainstorming their best ideas and deliberating over their choice of words (but more likely asked a communications staffer […]

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Was it time to act on measuring sustainable tourism a decade ago?

Opening of the 6th International Conference on Tourism Statistics: Measuring Sustainable Tourism

A high-level multilateral conference under the auspices of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has produced a declaration recognising the need to do something about measuring sustainable tourism (MST); determining tourism’s true contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The “Manila Call for Action on Measuring Sustainable Tourism” says tourism ministers, statistical chiefs, and environmental officials […]

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A PM appointed IY2017 ambassador … oh, and food fish are going extinct

Headlining a UNWTO press release dated June 12 is the fact that the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) appointed the Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, as one of nine (9) Special Ambassadors of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017. The ceremony took place in New York on June 7 […]

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