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, […]

Township Tours

Jeanett Andrea Søderstrøm undertook research into Township tours for her MSc During a holiday in Cape Town in 2009 I went on a township tour. Not knowing much about tourism to urban impoverished areas at the time, but concerned about how the communities would benefit from my visit, I looked for an ethical company I […]

All Inclusive Report launch

The impacts of all-inclusive hotels on working conditions and labour rights in Kenya, Tenerife & Barbados The launch of our All Inclusive Research report took place at 6pm on Monday 24th March 2014 at the House of Commons at an event hosted by Steve Reed OBE MP. In 2013, Tourism Concern supported by the International […]

Are tourists fuelling the orphanage industry?

Every year thousands of volunteers and tourists are lured to giving love to children in need around the developing word. In the past decade the number of orphan children has declined worldwide, however the increasing number of orphanages in many developing countries matches the rising numbers of tourists. In many parts of the world orphanages […]

End Water Injustice

An update from our Goan partner Eco Footprints on their struggle against water injustice Anabel da Gama, Director of our Goan partner Eco Footprints, provides an update on their efforts to tackle the negative impact of tourism on this southern Indian state’s water resources as part of our WET Campaign. “End water injustice” – thisis […]

New report reveals massive water inequity between tourism and locals

A report launched today (09/07/2012) by Tourism Concern reveals the stark inequities of water access and consumption between tourist resorts and local people in developing countries. Water Equity in Tourism – A Human Right, A Global Responsibility, demands concerted action by governments and the tourism sector to protect community water rights over tourist luxury. Download […]