Maldives: avoid resorts linked to human rights abuses

A new checklist of ‘resorts to avoid’ in the Maldives is published today with tourists being asked to avoid island resorts across the country that are linked to human rights abuses. The Ethical Maldives Alliance advocates the consideration of human rights issues when choosing where to stay in the Maldives  by providing a traffic light-style guidance […]

Can Myanmar begin the journey to sustainable and quality tourism?

  The Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business today published a sector-wide impact assessment on tourism which highlights some of the positive and negative impacts tourism can have on the country, and the choices to be made. The second sector-wide impact assessment (SWIA) by the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB), follows on from the SWIA […]

Best Practice in Volunteer Tourism

In January 2014, the Journal of Sustainable Tourism published my edited Masters thesis, “Volunteer tourism, greenwashing & understanding responsible marketing using market signalling theory” (free download), in which I posed the question, from the hundreds if not thousands of volunteer tourism options out there, can the difference in ethics demonstrated by organisations be perceived from […]

Combating child trafficking through ethical voluntourism

Next Generation Nepal (NGN) has launched its long-awaited report showing that volunteering in orphanages in Nepal is in fact fueling child trafficking. The report, “The Paradox of Orphanage Volunteering: Combating Child Trafficking through Ethical Voluntourism,” shows that orphanages in Nepal contain over 15,000 children, yet at least two out of three of these children are […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]