Cruise ships: What the FOC?

Most cruise ships sail under something called a ‘Flag of Convenience’ – an ‘FOC’.  This means that companies choose to register their ships in a country other than the country of ownership. Common FOC nations include Liberia, Panama and the Bahamas. Flying an FOC means that ships are subject to less regulation, making it more […]

All Inclusives

Tour operator First Choice, part of TUI, markets all its holidays as all-inclusive. Other tour operators are also keen on this model of tourism . But what does the resurgence of the all-inclusive model, where tourists are invited to ‘leave their wallets at home’, mean for the destinations we visit? Majorica – all-inclusive holidays blamed for loss of local […]

Protecting the backwaters of Alleppey

For centuries the backwaters of Alleppey, Kerala have been used by local people for cooking, drinking and washing as well as for transportation, fishing and agriculture. They are also increasingly popular with tourists, who hire thatched houseboats to explore the tranquil palm-fringed waters and picturesque villages. However, unregulated tourism expansion is threatening rural communities and […]

Trekking Wrongs: Porters’ Rights

As a result of a ground-breaking campaign by Tourism Concern, Trekking Wrongs: Porters’ Rights, over half of UK trekking tour operators  adopted our code of conduct for improved working conditions for mountain porters. The successes of this campaign also informed other campaigns and industry codes of conduct. But the work of supporting and protecting the porters, who […]

Human Rights

The right to turn on a tap and see water come out, the right to access coastal land to sustain your livelihood, the right to walk around your neighbourhood, the right to privacy – these are all human rights we take for granted. But what if these rights were taken away from us – and […]

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