Look beyond the lights….

Helen Jennings, Tourism Concern writer, reflects on Indigenous Tourism in Scandinavia: In thinking about holidays in Scandinavia, perhaps most people think about the Northern Lights. An enormous quantity of literature, advertisements and film encourage us to think this way. While the lights are certainly worth seeing – for those lucky enough to do so, for […]

Tourism Concern library checks out

Over 200Kg of books from the Tourism Concern library have been donated to the Institute of Travel and Tourism of the Gambia. The books arrived at Gatwick on Friday morning at 6am and were kindly taken via students on a field trip to the Gambia. Alberto and the students were fantastic and made the process […]

Not all volunteering with children is bad

After attending Tourism Concern’s International Volunteering Conference in Croydon, The Rosie May Memorial Fund were invited to share their opinion on international volunteering, the problem’s with institutionalisation, and the bad press volunteering faces: Sri Lanka was the second worst hit country in the 2004 Asian Tsunami, killing 40,000, and seriously damaging the countries’ major industries of […]

The bear facts about holidays in Asia

Animals Asia has been rescuing bears from the horrors of the bear bile industry since 2000 and is the only organisation with a bear sanctuary in China. It also has a sanctuary near Tam Dao National Park, Vietnam. Animals Asia’s founder and CEO, Jill Robinson MBE, is widely recognised as the world’s leading expert on […]

Residential care perspectives: orphanage tourism in Cambodia

The growing popularity of international volunteering has led to the trend of orphanage tourism, whereby people take time to volunteer at or visit an orphanage while visiting a foreign country. The literature on volunteer tourism is growing but mainly focuses on the volunteer and to a lesser extent on the host communities, and the literature […]

Why the tourism industry needs to put human rights on its agenda

Mark Watson, Tourism Concern’s Executive Director, comments on this important issue: This week, over 50,00 tourism industry representatives from 189 countries convened in London for the annual World Travel Market. Business deals worth millions of dollars were struck and thousands of tourism products were no doubt  bought and sold. These products combine services, cultures, people, and places. However, it […]

Indigenous peoples and cultural tourism

Helen Jennings, Tourism Concern writer, draws observations from a Canadian case study: One arena in which indigenous peoples are being encouraged to become more active in their communities is with regard to ‘cultural tourism’. Heritage sites are springing up across the world, catering for the interests of local and foreign visitors keen to hear stories of […]

Education for Sustainable Development through Tourism

This article first appeared in Tourism Watch, September 2014 The villagers of Mae Kam Pong have developed a “Sustainable Tourism Community for Learning” programme that serves to bring the local villagers together with tourists, within a learning environment. The tourists provide a source of revenue for the village, as they are introduced to the rich […]