Pack Mule Welfare Abuses in Mountain Tourism

Written by Glen Cousquer, veterinary surgeon and international mountain leader: A scandal waiting to break The suffering of pack mules and other working animals who labour in the tourism industry has largely gone unnoticed. It lies hidden, invisible to those who fail to see, tolerated by those who accept the excuses that the industry puts […]

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 […]

Alkemia Iceland travel company

Alkemia is a local travel agency, a tour operator and Destination Management Company (DMC), authorized by the Icelandic Ministry of Tourism. We guarantee a secure and high quality travelling experience, hosted by local guides that specialise in the region. We organize trips and placements with in the goal of helping you meet and explore this fascinating land. […]

What is the impact of hotels on local economic development?

What is the impact of hotels on local economic development? Applying value chain analysis to individual businesses. By Jonathan Mitchell, Xavier Font and ShiNa Li Dr Xavier Font is Reader from Leeds Beckett University & Dr ShiNa Li is a Senior Lecturer from Leeds Beckett University, a member of the Tourism Concern academic network. Jonathan Mitchell is […]

Green Hills Ecotours

Green Hills Ecotours is a team of local tour guides with aims to protect nature and promote responsible ecotourism within Rwanda; DR Congo, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. We ensure our customers get a real lifetime experience while benefiting the well being of local people in the areas that we are travelling. Through our community based […]

Maquipucuna Reserve & Ecolodge

The nearly 15,000 acres Maquipucuna Reserve, located just 50 miles from downtown Quito, harbors about 10% of Ecuador’s plant diversity and 4% of all the bird species known for the entire planet! Maquipucuna has the category of Protected Forest and has been declared as Important Bird Area (IBA). The visit to the Reserve and the […]