Sun, Sand, Sea and Sweatshops

Making the world’s biggest industry fair While we relax in the sunshine around the world, life is far from paradise for the waiters, cleaners, cooks, porters, drivers, receptionists and other staff working to make our holidays enjoyable. Tourism is the world’s biggest industry, employing an estimated 220 million people worldwide. It is an industry that […]

Orphanages: there is a better way to help

When I talk to people about volunteering in orphanages, I often hear this: “Surely helping for a week or two is better than nothing?” and: ”Giving these poor children a bit of love and playing games with them is better than not doing anything.” I get it. I did it. And I realized that sadly, […]

Township Tours

Jeanett Andrea Søderstrøm undertook research into Township tours for her MSc During a holiday in Cape Town in 2009 I went on a township tour. Not knowing much about tourism to urban impoverished areas at the time, but concerned about how the communities would benefit from my visit, I looked for an ethical company I […]

Explore

Introduction: Explore has been offering off-the-beaten-track, responsible, small group adventure holidays for over 30 years. Since launching in 1981 with just six tours in a four-page brochure, the company now offer over 550 trips in more than 140 countries, including adult discovery tours, family adventures, short breaks, cycling and trekking trips. Ethical Commitment: Responsible tourism […]

All Inclusive Report launch

The impacts of all-inclusive hotels on working conditions and labour rights in Kenya, Tenerife & Barbados The launch of our All Inclusive Research report took place at 6pm on Monday 24th March 2014 at the House of Commons at an event hosted by Steve Reed OBE MP. In 2013, Tourism Concern supported by the International […]

Expert Africa

Specialists on Safaris, holidays & adventures in Africa & the Seychelles. Expert Africa is a travel company that is serious about organising safaris and holidays which really suit our travellers. All of our straight-talking team have travelled extensively in Africa; most of us have also lived and worked there. We’ll advise you from first-hand experience, guiding you […]

Save Bimini

The Bahamian islands of Bimini are famed for their pristine beaches and rich marine life, making them a popular holiday destination. In 2005, Bimini’s natural habitats and the livelihoods of local residents came under threat from the development of a mega-resort on North Bimini island – the Bimini Bay Resort and Marina. The project, overseen […]

Are tourists fuelling the orphanage industry?

Every year thousands of volunteers and tourists are lured to giving love to children in need around the developing word. In the past decade the number of orphan children has declined worldwide, however the increasing number of orphanages in many developing countries matches the rising numbers of tourists. In many parts of the world orphanages […]