Anthropology of Tourism: State of the Art and Beyond

Date:                 Wednesday 9th March, 2016 Time:                12.30 pm (with lunch) Venue:              Committee Room 3, Hendon Town Hall (The Burroughs, Hendon, London, NW4 4BQ) Chair:               Prof. David Harrison, Middlesex University London, UK Abstract:This lecture traces some of the theoretical and ethnographic lineages that have led to the present state of the […]

Tourist killed by elephant

Following the killing of a British tourist by an elephant in Thailand, our Director has spoken out about the wider issues surrounding the use of elephants in tourism.  CH5 News has a short clip of this interview, with details of the tragedy; and whilst our thoughts are with the family, the context in which the tragedy […]

Fair Trade Adventures

Sumak Travel & Cafédirect Producers’ Foundation team up to offer Fair Trade Adventures Fair Trade Adventures are the result of an exciting and innovative partnership between ETOG member, Sumak Travel, and Cafédirect Producers’ Foundation, organisations that both share a strong commitment to ethical and sustainable business practices. These small group tours, to unique destinations in Peru, Colombia […]

Top 7 Hidden Gems from the Ethical Travel Guide for 2015

Here are the Ethical Travel Guide’s Highest Rated Organisations for 2015 – Have you been to any of these locations??? As 2015 draws to a close Tourism Concern have highlighted the top 7 tourism enterprises from the newly released online ethical travel guide. These organisations have received a rare 5 star rating for their commitment to […]

Developing a Code of Conduct for houseboats in Alleppey, Kerala, India

Following on from our previous work in southern India, we have been working with local partners in Alleppey to develop a code of conduct for houseboat tourism since December 2014. Houseboat tourism is a wonderful way to experience the beauty and tranquility of the backwaters. It could and should be a model of ethical tourism, […]

Migrant workers exploited in Thai tourist paradise

Laundry workers who clean the Swedish tourists’ bed sheets in Thailand work 17 hour shifts. The fresh bread at the breakfast buffet is baked by workers who have not had vacation in a year. These are some of the results from Fair Action and Schyst resande’s (Fair Travel network) report “No Holidays for the Burmese.“ […]

Tourism Concern to speak at Responsible Tourism summit, India

Tourism Concerns Executive Director is a guest speaker at the Responsible Tourism Summit, hosted in New Delhi on the 9th December. The event has been organised by the Outlook Group, which published Outlook Traveller, which, launched in 2001, was the first significant magazine aimed squarely at the Indian tourist. The Secretary, Tourism, Government of India […]

Nepal Trekking – Update from Nepal

By Denis Gallagher – Nepal Trekking (ETOG member) Denis Gallagher is the founder of Nepal Trekking and a long-term member of the Tourism Concern Ethical Tour Operators Group (ETOG). Denis has recently travelled back to Nepal and has provided an update on the current situation in the Himalayan nation. Following the April 25th earthquake my […]