African Responsible Tourism Award winners are ‘reinventing’ travel to continent

Looking across the winners of the inaugural African Responsible Tourism Awards, one encouraging trend is clear. Several of the winners are not just examples of what you might class as typical 'African' tourism done well. Instead, they are challenging such preconceptions and stereotypes, and reinventing traditional tourism models along the way. Take Chobe Game Lodge in Botswana, which has won the Best for Resource Management Award. Not only does it have the 'most advanced biogas plant in any … [Read more...]

Does responsible tourism really work? These six new pieces of proof that it does

My research for this article didn't start well. I typed in "Does Responsible Tourism Work" in google, and got precisely one result. What could this mean? Had no one ever asked the question about the impacts of responsible tourism online before? And whether they have or not, where are all the answers? As it happens, the answers are out there, growing all the time. They are just not neatly labelled or gathered together in one place. Which is something we need to change. So to start the ball … [Read more...]

SPOTLIGHT: a survery of organisations working for the protection of animals in Tourism

The importance of animals in tourism is rarely commented upon. Yet for many tourists our holidays involve experiences that connect us to other members of the living world. Everything from going on safaris to visiting zoos and aquaria. Birdwatching to deep sea fishing and scuba. Horse, elephant or yak rides. Whale watching to shark cage diving. Then add to these encounters the food choices that any non-vegan makes while travelling, be it the local cheese or pate from the market to the Blue fin … [Read more...]