Celebrating new routes and opportunities for tourism in Ethiopia

Building on a decade of cooperative academic research and partnership between Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, London, The African Business Group, SOAS and Cutting Edge Tourism will host an event on November 3rd, 2014 celebrating new routes and opportunities for tourism in Ethiopia. Rich cultural, historical and […]

World Social Tourism Conference

The next World Social Tourism Conference will take place from 7th to 10th October 2014 in São Paulo, Brazil. Mark Watson, Tourism Concern’s Executive Director, has been invited as a guest speaker and will chair the debate on community based tourism. For the first time in its history, ISTO (International Organisation of Social Tourism) is organizing […]

Why I stopped being a Voluntourist

Pippa Biddle reflects on her experience in Tanzania: White people aren’t told that the colour of their skin is a problem very often. We sail through police check points, don’t garner sideways glances in affluent neighbourhoods, and are generally understood to be predisposition for success based on a physical characteristic (the colour of our skin) […]

All-inclusive board basis one of many factors affecting spend

New research published by the Travel Foundation shows that board basis is just one of several factors that can influence how much holidaymakers spend in resort. Board basis is (obviously) an important factor affecting spend on food and drink: the research found that all-inclusive customers spent significantly less on meals out and drinks, which meant […]

Corporate social reporting in the cruise industry

Dr Xavier Font, Leeds Metropolitan University The cruise sector has been criticized in the past for poor environmental and labour practices and limited positive impacts on the destinations they visit. Some cruise brands have responded by developing systems to manage their impacts and report their practices, while a great majority have not felt the need […]

As a Street Vendor in Brazil

Narrated by Juraci Sampaio My name is Juraci Sampaio and I have a story to tell: I’m fifty-three years old, born in Guaraçaí, São Paulo state. My parents were country people. They had a small farm and were able to provide a good educational structure for us. My mom was involved with politics and once […]

Enter the London 10km Run & Represent Tourism Concern!

There is still time for you to enter the famous London 10km Run and represent Tourism Concern! The London 10km run takes place on July 12th, 2015 with the race starting at ~9:30am. The run has a fantastic atmosphere and can be run/jogged individually, or in a group of friends. Throughout the course there are plenty of […]

Orphanages: there is a better way to help

When I talk to people about volunteering in orphanages, I often hear this: “Surely helping for a week or two is better than nothing?” and: ”Giving these poor children a bit of love and playing games with them is better than not doing anything.” I get it. I did it. And I realized that sadly, […]