Barcelona Overtourism Introduction

Across Europe a backlash is building against the spiralling growth of tourism (overtourism) in some of the continent’s most popular urban destinations. In Venice, Rome, Dubrovnik and Barcelona tensions are growing as local populations release their frustrations in growing protests as ramifications become increasingly severe. No clear answer seems to develop from local government. With […]

Barcelona Movie Update

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Dear Tourism Concern Members, Firstly, we hope this update finds you all well and looking forward to the festive season. Over the past few months, Cristina and I have been busy with furthering our research for our film, meeting with organisations across the city to connect with people invested in the debate around mass tourism […]

Trouble in paradise – Thailand’s hotel workers tell their stories

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The article was originally published by Schyst resande (Fair Travel Network) together with Fair Action. Their ongoing campaign in Sweden looks into how hotel workers are treated in Thailand. Safe, friendly and affordable. Thailand is a favourite holiday destination. But the tourism industry isn’t all sunshine. For the Burmese migrant workers who clean the rooms, […]

Animals in Tourism – report launch

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Report launch – Monday 11th December 2017 – House of Commons Our new report, Animals in Tourism, which is now available to download, will be launched by Steve Reed MP at the House of Commons on Monday 11th December at 7pm. The event is free to attend for Members and anyone who downloads the Report. […]

“Why we have stopped selling school trips to Iceland?” The School Travel Consultancy

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Whilst everything may look idyllic in the glossy Iceland travel brochures, beneath the surface, things are not quite so rosy. For many, the decision of a school tour operator to stop selling one of the most popular overseas school trip destinations may seem like a crazy idea. Since there is the potential to lose clients […]

Tourism Can Be a Force For Good – Our Ethical Tour Operators Group

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Our Ethical Tour Operators Group (ETOG) was set up with the purpose of highlighting how tourism can be a force for good. This is achieved by collaborating with socially responsible tour operators, who are passionate about minimising negative impacts within the industry. It is formed by a group of small to medium size tour operators […]

Community-based tours in the biggest favela of Latin America

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Few years ago, in Rio de Janeiro, I met Ailton Macarrão, who introduced me, as one of its promoters and founders, to the Rocinha Community Tourism Forum (Forum de Turismo da Rocinha), which was the community-based response to the growing demand for tourism in the favela, and, which represented Rocinha’s organised response to the exploitation […]

“Backpacker Tourism can be a Force for Good.” Says Aid & Development Worker

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As appeared in South East Asia Backpacker from 2 October 2017. Among many points I wanted to make, the most significant one is to go out just before Saint Helena Island’s new regular air service begins on 14 October. As I re-tweeted to perhaps the island’s best tourism advocates, who are entirely self-funded “Ability of […]

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