Tourism Can Be a Force For Good – Our Ethical Tour Operators Group

Our Ethical Tour Operators Group (ETOG) was set up with the purpose of highlighting how tourism can be a force for good. This is achieved by collaborating with socially responsible tour operators, who are passionate about minimising negative impacts within the industry. It is formed by a group of small to medium size tour operators […]

Community-based tours in the biggest favela of Latin America

Few years ago, in Rio de Janeiro, I met Ailton Macarrão, who introduced me, as one of its promoters and founders, to the Rocinha Community Tourism Forum (Forum de Turismo da Rocinha), which was the community-based response to the growing demand for tourism in the favela, and, which represented Rocinha’s organised response to the exploitation […]

“Backpacker Tourism can be a Force for Good.” Says Aid & Development Worker

As appeared in South East Asia Backpacker from 2 October 2017. Among many points I wanted to make, the most significant one is to go out just before Saint Helena Island’s new regular air service begins on 14 October. As I re-tweeted to perhaps the island’s best tourism advocates, who are entirely self-funded “Ability of […]

Why indigenous peoples’ land rights are fundamental for a successful tourism practice.

The article was written by Cecilia Manduca, a recent MA in Tourism, Environment and Development graduate from King’s College London. The relevance of Indigenous Peoples’ land rights is paramount also under the tourism point of view. This article is going to show how successful tourism for indigenous people is highly dependent on the recognition of […]

AGM (annual general meeting)

Notice of the annual general meeting of the Members of Tourism Concern. If you are a Member and would like to attend please register below. Date: Thursday 19th October Time: 6:30pm Place: ActionAid UK Head Office, 33-39 Bowling Green Lane, London EC1R 0BJ Agenda Apologies Minutes of the last AGM (TC AGM Minutes 2016) Chair’s […]

Cross-Cultural Caring: The Case of the Muslim Foster Carers & International Volunteering 

A ferocious debate has unraveled through the news this week challenging the importance of cultural familiarity and shared language for children in the care of the state. Whilst the UK media has approached these issues as a national crisis in child-care, it is hard to ignore the parallels that form with common criticism in the […]

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 […]

Help fund a film highlighting the issues caused by overtourism

Help us a fund a short film, produced by Tourism Concern Members and Barcelona residents, highlighting the issues caused by tourism in the city. Across Europe a backlash is building against the spiralling growth of tourism in some of the continent’s most popular urban destinations. In Venice, Rome, Dubrovnik and Barcelona tensions are growing as […]