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A Pictorial Journey and Photography Workshop in Morocco

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 18 September 2014

When you go to Morocco, don’t make the same mistakes I did. Learn how to capture the country’s special light, and with it your impressions of a place that will surprise you. When I was there, I met the woman I eventually married. I deeply wish I had taken more pictures and that they were more evocative and of better quality. I wish I had taken a photography workshop in Morocco.

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Third Annual Indigenous Peoples Week: August 5 to 11, 2013

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 29 July 2013

Next week, The Travel Word once again honors the place of indigenous people in tourism by taking part in the third annual Indigenous Peoples Week. This year, the goal continues to be to raise awareness of indigenous tourism options for travelers and to improve digital literacy skills among the indigenous tourism providers themselves.

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Morning Alms in Luang Prabang, Laos: Religious Tradition Turned into Tourist Spectacle

  • Cindy Fan
  • 8 April 2013

Tak Bat or morning alms is a living Buddhist tradition in Laos that has become a tourist attraction on the must-see/do list of Luang Prabang. It is indeed a beautiful sight. But over the years, as more and more travellers discover Laos, the Buddhist tradition has turned into a spectacle of disruptive, disrespectful tourists who act like they’re on the It’s a Small World Disneyland ride full of animatronic dolls in bright ethnic costumes.

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Exploring a True Wilderness in Peru’s Manu National Park

  • The International Ecotourism Society
  • 14 February 2013

An interview with Luis Felipe Raffo, founder of the family-owned Tambo Blanquillo Lodge, located in Peru’s Manu National Park. Manu National Park – a Biosphere Reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage site – is in Peru’s southern Amazon rainforest, one of the most remote parts of the Peruvian Amazon that is still accessible to travelers.

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Photo of the Week: A Sunset in Hoi An, Vietnam

  • Huong Tran (Photo and Text)
  • 31 January 2013

Visitors to Hoi An, Vietnam, almost always already know about its narrow streets flanked by traditional buildings full of colourful lanterns, fusion restaurants, and shoe or tailor shops. But not many people know about the other Hoi An – a fascinating typical Vietnamese countryside of rice paddies, thatched cottages, water coconut and huge fishing nets right where the peaceful Thu Bon River runs into the ocean.

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Photo of the Week: Locals in Old Beijing, China

  • Anton Jurgens (photo and text)
  • 26 October 2012

While the allure of old Beijing is increasingly overshadowed by progress, there are pockets of life that turn the clock back to the days of rickety bicycles, quiet hutongs with centuries of history to tell, and old men huddled intently and laughing over a game of mahjong, all the while turning endless strands of prayer beads.

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Video Spotlight: Marrakech Street Food

  • Jakub Riziky
  • 7 September 2012

Discover the magic of street food in Marrakech – couscous, bisteeya, mechoui, freshly baked bread and countless spices. This week’s video spotlight brings you mouth-watering culinary delights from the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains that will surely make your mouth water!

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Video Spotlight: Rock Art with Aboriginal Elder Willie Gordon

  • Jakub Riziky
  • 10 August 2012

Head out in the open to tropical North Queensland in Australia, where Willie Gordon, an Aboriginal elder of the Guugu Yimithirr people, offers fascinating insight into the ancient culture of his ancestors. See how indigenous tourism can help local communities to preserve their culture and get a glimpse of what you might experience if you set out discover Aboriginal Australia.

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Aboriginal Tourism in Australia: 2012

  • Karolyn Wrightson
  • 8 August 2012

Environmentalists say Australia’s Great Barrier Reef was saved from destruction because tourists saw its value and lobbied for protection. No such worldwide lobby exists for the worlds oldest surviving culture. Like the reef, though, one of the best opportunities for the survival of ancient Australian Aboriginal lore is for tourists to call for its preservation. For that to happen, Aboriginal groups must teach tourists about their culture, an act that not only helps the outside world learn, but helps them pass the traditions down to their own children.

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Indigenous Tourism and Indigenous Peoples Week (August 6-12, 2012)

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 3 August 2012

The Travel Word joins forces with others around the globe to look at and salute the role of indigenous people in tourism. All week we will focus our articles on different qualities of indigenous tourism and hope they inspire you to join us in honouring the ancient cultural roots from which we have all sprung, roots that remain robust but require our admiration, care and protection.

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