Tinkering with ‘ecotourism’ hides the real face of tourism

Anita Pleumarom (Tourism Investigation & Monitoring Team) and Chee Yoke Ling (Third World Network) The United Nations committed a substantial error when it proclaimed 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.  Despite its pronouncements of tourism being a positive force for economic development and poverty eradication, tourism is inept at meeting the challenge of […]


Knowing that local people are happy to have you stay is the secret of an enjoyable holiday Your holiday destination is a place where people live; people who may have different values and sensibilities to your own. Opening your mind to new cultures and traditions is part of the joy of a holiday. Learn a […]

The Child-Centred Model of International Volunteering

Ben Lambert, is the Seaver Foundation’s 2016 programme coordinator and shares his thoughts and conclusions of his research, undertaken whilst a volunteer “Along their journey, The Seaver Foundation found that listening to children’s voices in terms of what they need, want, and feel during their interactions with volunteers on different projects, helps to create a positive experience for all.” […]

Small is Beautiful and Green

Nicola Caygill gives a fresh perspective on cruising. Most of you will be aware of the  questionable practices of big ship cruises, both environmental and social.  I want to balance this with good news from the small ship tourism sector.  I run a small ship cruise company that sells trips on small ships of around […]

Five Tips for Airbnb Trips

‘Live there!’ smiles the Airbnb advert seductively. I was seduced years ago quite happily into using the booming ‘sharing economy’ of social media travel sites to find accommodation.  In fact I used one recently to get a cheap bed in outer London before a Tourism Concern conference. My night in my host’s spare room gave […]

Broken Promises threaten my Marine Paradise

Blake Dowling uncovers the troubling impact of tourism development on North Bimini in the Bahamas. Just 50 miles from Miami is the closest Bahamian Island, Bimini. It is a top-10 destination for me and has been for 20 years. Bimini consists of three islands, and it is paradise worth visiting. The main island is seven […]

Sri Lanka’s new winners in the tourism game

Sumesh Mangalasserry , a sustainable tourism campaigner and director of Keralan tourism operator Kabani, reflects on a disturbing recent visit to Sri Lanka. I was recently invited to visit Sri Lanka by NAFSO, an association of the fisher folk in Sri Lanka, and the Society for Threatened People, a Swiss based human rights organisation, in […]