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 […]

School Trips and Ethical Tourism

Taking students to explore the world can change their lives and transform outcomes – but have you considered the impact it might be having on our planet, asks Adrian Ferraro Be honest now: when planning a school trip, do you consider whether the trip is ethical or sustainable? No? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. During […]

An interview with Valle dei Cavalieri, awarded for “Excellence and Innovation in Tourism” by the UNWTO.

A little mountain community at risk of disappearing, due to the depopulation. They decided to work together cooperatively to save their territory, their culture and their history. They believed in another kind of development. Based on the values of collective participation, mutual help and internal democracy. Tourism has been an important tool in the process. […]

Tourism boom in Georgia – reasons to celebrate?

Many thanks to Marta Mills for sharing her story with us. You can follow her journey in Georgia through the One Planet Blog on Sustainable Tourism. One of the main objectives of the Georgian National Tourism Development Strategy 2015-2025 is to increase the number of international arrivals to 11 million. At the current rate, achieving […]

Trouble in paradise – Thailand’s hotel workers tell their stories

The article was originally published by Schyst resande (Fair Travel Network) together with Fair Action. Their ongoing campaign in Sweden looks into how hotel workers are treated in Thailand. Safe, friendly and affordable. Thailand is a favourite holiday destination. But the tourism industry isn’t all sunshine. For the Burmese migrant workers who clean the rooms, […]

Bimini: Locals speak out

Alison Stancliffe revisits an issue made tragically topical by September’s devastation caused by Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean. [The impact of major resort development on a small island was raised last year by blog contributor Blake Dowling.Our recent blog below updated you on developments in Bimini before Hurricance Irma swept in. Go to the Facebook […]

A true community based tourism that had an impact in poverty reduction in northern Ethiopia

I am Girma Tadele, the founder of Tadele Travel, and I was once a member of community based tourism initiative. I joined TESFA (Tourism in Ethiopia for Sustainable Future Alternative) in early 2007, three years after the initiative was launched. I had been attracted into TESFA by the stories told by a good friend of […]