How tourism can help the people of Nepal today

Since the earthquake in Nepal on April 25th, travel companies from across the world have launched fund raising drives to help the country's people. Intrepid's non-profit arm the Intrepid Foundation received more than $40,000 within the first 24 hours of launching its appeal. The speed and scale of responses like this makes two things immediately clear: these companies have sizeable networks of supporters who trust what they say, and there are a lot of tourists who want to help. But can people - … [Read more...]

10 things I learned from WTM 2014 and its responsible tourism programme

Having sat in almost every single seminar and event throughout the four days last week, I had plenty of chances to learn from some of the leading experts in the Industry. Here are 10 key facts and figures I learnt, and where possible a link to a video of them at WTM this year.  1) Elephants could soon be gone from Africa Colin Bell said that due to the escalating poaching crisis, the continent was losing 30,000 elephants a year to poachers, translating to 1 every 15 minutes. So bad has poaching … [Read more...]