II Global Forum on Sustainable Tourism

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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. […]

Uakari Floating Lodge – Mamirauá Reserve

The Uakari floating Lodge is one of the projects of Community Based pioneers in Brazil. The main focus is working to empower communities in the management of the activity and create incentives for these communities promote the conservation of natural resources of the area. The Uakari Floating Lodge is inserted inside a pioneering conservation project […]

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 […]

As a Street Vendor in Brazil

Narrated by Juraci Sampaio My name is Juraci Sampaio and I have a story to tell: I’m fifty-three years old, born in Guaraçaí, São Paulo state. My parents were country people. They had a small farm and were able to provide a good educational structure for us. My mom was involved with politics and once […]

Slum Tourism

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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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