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Master of Ecotourism of the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina

March 15, 2011
Planning to be at RTD5

Planning for RTD5 in Canada, June 2011 In planning to attend the 5th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations (RTD5) to be held in Edmonton, Canada on the 27 -29 June 2011 I was thinking about the RTD4 last year in Oman and what a fantastic experience it was. As responsible tourism individuals and […]

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March 14, 2011
Bridge over the River Kangaroo

This very short story is about turning adversity (maintenance work on a bridge) into an economic sustainability opportunity. Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales Australia, is dissected by the Kangaroo River. The only crossing is Hampden Bridge, a timber suspensions bridge, which forms a vital transport link. The Road Traffic Authority had planned to close the […]

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January 29, 2011
Amazing recycling centre in El Gouna

On a recent trip to Egypt in November as part of the ABTA 'thriving destinations' work stream I visited an amazing recycling centre in El Gouna - some 40 minutes outside of Hurghada.  All of the hotel waste generated in El Gouna is taken to this site and separated into organic and non-organic waste.  Cardboard […]

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January 15, 2011
Can medical tourism be responsible?

The islands of St. Kitts and Nevis (population 50,000) is the mother colony of the British Caribbean islands. In the early 17th century the native population was exterminated by French and British settlers and they developed the islands with tobacco plantations and then sugar (Thomas Jefferson’s great-great grandfather owned a sugar estate). For a while […]

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January 6, 2011
It's a brilliant way to support the GiG farm, to learn about the local food culture and to enjoy a fabulous half day out of the hotel

I recently spent 2 weeks in the Gambia looking to develop some new products and events for our customers.  My main objective is to bring sustainable tourism to life in a fun way in charter destinations and to engage with as many of our customers as possible.  A great way to do this in the […]

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December 21, 2010
The Benefits of Awards

There can be a sense of self doubt when responding to an award opportunity. What is the motivation? Do awards achieve anything other than self glory? I write to propose a wider positive outcome –  inclusiveness. Awards can potentially be used to help nudge future responsible action. The Kangaroo Valley Tourist Association had received a […]

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