The Ethical Way to Go on a Safari Holiday

What is ethical tourism and how can you ensure that your safari holiday is an ethical one? Responsible travel comes in many different forms, whether it’s a positive impact on wildlife, the environment, or local communities. However, when planning and booking a safari, it can be tricky to figure out whether your tourism dollars are […]

Should you use Airbnb?

In the decade or so since their beginnings as matchmakers for lonely spare rooms, online letting platforms in the new sharing economy have mushroomed, and morphed into popular players in the holiday property rental market. But the internet is humming with fury and anxiety about the havoc this new travel phenomenom is causing. Is the […]

Ethical Animal Encounters

It always surprises me how long it’s taken for the world to realise that most of the animal tourism activities we have participated in for many years involves the harm and exploitation of animals. Only recently have animal activists begun to break through the social media feeds to shed light on the harmful effects of […]

The alarming massification process of the Rainbow Mountain

  A returning visitor’s perspective It was 2016 and I had been living in Cusco, Peru, for about a year. Passing by tourist agencies with attractive posters selling tours to Machu Picchu, Titicaca Lake, Salkantay Trek and Tambopata Natural Reserve-among others- was basically daily routine. But one day something changed. It took a while until […]

International Seminar on Tourism and Rights

The “International Seminar on Tourism and Rights – a Map of Contradictions” took place between 12 and 13 June at Sesc 24 de Maio, São Paulo. The conference was a chance to reflect on the democratisation of access and the impacts of tourist practices. Tourism Concern has worked with SESC previously and Mark Watson was […]