II Global Forum on Sustainable Tourism

The World Social Forum 2018 will be held 13 -17 March in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Every year, since 2001 the World Social Forum has been the place where organised groups, civil society organizations, NGOs, social movements and local communities have come together to think and rethink the economic model of our society and the world we live in. […]

Little Fishing Villages, Big Vision of Ecotourism in Brazil

A report by Felipe Zalamea of Sumak Travel: Sumak Travel supports a business model chosen by local communities who want tourism to provide a complementary, rather than the sole source of their income. The difference is critically important. We believe that mass tourism is unsustainable and prefer an approach focused on more diversified livelihoods. I wrote recently about how community-based […]

Slum Tourism

Is it ever right for tour operators to offer excursions to slums? Like us, you are probably uncomfortable with the idea of wealthy tourists paying money to look at poor people. But is there a way that such tours could ever be ethical and help alleviate poverty? “Poverty tourism”, “poorism”, “slum tourism”, “favela tours”, “township […]

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