Cruise ships: What the FOC?

Most cruise ships sail under something called a ‘Flag of Convenience’ – an ‘FOC’.  This means that companies choose to register their ships in a country other than the country of ownership. Common FOC nations include Liberia, Panama and the Bahamas. Flying an FOC means that ships are subject to less regulation, making it more […]

Spain

Situated in Western Europe where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean, Spain lures over 50 million visitors each year with its sun, sea, sand and vibrant culture. Once a country comprising of quiet fishing villages and Catholic traditions, the tourism boom of the 1950’s and the end of a 36 year dictatorship in the 1970’s saw […]

Delhi homestay & walking tours for street children

Walks and bed & breakfast accommodation run by former street children. Let the young beneficiaries of our well-reputed local partner NGO, Salaam Baalak Trust, guide you through the hidden alleys and markets of Old Delhi. Or let them be your hosts stay in our new bed & breakfast, which offers a taste of the comforts of plush south Delhi but firmly in the centre of the city and in the real world. See, hear, taste and smell the vibrant as well as the more challenging side of Delhi’s narrow streets through the eyes of our young staff who know them better than anyone. www.streetconnections.co.uk

What is it about the behaviour of travellers when abroad?

The press and media generally has been full of stories recently about the behaviour of British travellers when abroad, most notably the case of a group who stripped off their clothes to varying degrees on top of Mount Kinabalu in Borneo. This was a mountain deemed sacred by the locals, and worse still, their actions […]

Butterfields Edward Johnson Trust

The Damodaran family run three clean and comfortable ‘homestays’. Rooftop Retreat  – an ideal base from which to explore Mysore city, and a sanctuary at the end of a day’s sightseeing. Coconut View – run by daughter Divya, is a self-catering apartment located in a peaceful suburb near the city’s ashrams and university, suitable for long […]

Equality in Tourism alternative conference

Equality in Tourism are organising an alternative conference: Walking, Sharing and Learning with Local Communities in Turkey. Attendees will stay with Turkish women, in Anatolia, in their homestays, enriching and positively affecting their lives (and attendees) while debating with the underlying causes of gender inequities in tourism. Attendees will visit local women’s initiatives, talking and discussing as […]

Broken Promises threaten my Marine Paradise

Blake Dowling uncovers the troubling impact of tourism development on North Bimini in the Bahamas. Just 50 miles from Miami is the closest Bahamian Island, Bimini. It is a top-10 destination for me and has been for 20 years. Bimini consists of three islands, and it is paradise worth visiting. The main island is seven […]