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The Brutal Truth About Voluntourism – And What to Do About It

  • Andrew Motiwalla
  • 13 July 2015

Not all volunteer travel experiences are bad, so it’s up to the industry to tell the truth about voluntourism and start weeding out the bad apples. Only by creating a set of standards that can guide travelers toward organizations doing voluntourism right can the industry transform its reputation.

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The 2014 New York Travel Festival – A Transformative Experience

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 22 April 2014

The Travel Word applauds the New York Travel Festival, which, like more and more other major travel shows, is embracing the value of travel that is as much about the visitor as it is the host. Here is an overview of the 2014 NY Trav Fest, as well as a list of its panels focusing on travel with a conscience.

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Hiking in Guatemala’s Mountains of the Ixil Region

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 23 March 2014

Central America’s steep and often volcanic terrain abounds with hiking opportunities, but the higher-elevation scenery of the Ixil region in Guatemala offers an exciting chance to escape from the usual lowland tourist trails. The best point of departure is Nebaj, the main city in the Guatemalan department of El Quiché.

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Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards 2013 Honor Responsible Travel Providers

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 21 November 2013

A few months ago, The Travel Word put its support behind the seventh annual 2013 Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards, a contest that honors exceptional tourism providers in Asia with business strategies that meet responsible tourism criteria. Now, after reviewing more than 45 quality applications from a geographically diverse pool of contestants, the award judges last month announced the winners.

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Exploring Hidden Britain: Bringing Local Communities to Life

  • Nicole New
  • 7 October 2013

Deep within the depths of rural Britain, communities are stirring. Shabby but iconic telephone boxes are being reclaimed, shuttered shops are being repurposed and visitors welcomed in with open arms. And it all has to do with community tourism, a proven way to rehabilitate local infrastructure and bolster local economies.

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SA Luxury Expeditions Reviews Responsible Travel in Peru

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 3 September 2013

The Travel Word caught up with Nicholas Stanziano to talk about Peru, travel in Peru and SA Luxury Expeditions reviews of how tourism can support the burgeoning middle classes in urban Peru.

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The Finalists of the 2013 Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards Are Revealed

  • The Travel Word
  • 2 July 2013

After much debate, a panel of expert judges has selected the finalists for the 2013 Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards. Selected from the widest geographical spread to date of responsible tourism practitioners, the finalists will now undergo the last round of review.

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Positive Action in Rio de Janeiro, Not Favela Safari Tours

  • Felipe Zalamea
  • 24 June 2013

We suggest that you DO NOT take one of the so-called favela safari tours in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. What you’ll get is something like a soldier’s view of Baghdad or Belfast during the most troubled times in those two cities, which is not at all the reality of the favelas. We have a much better idea: keep things to a small scale and travel on foot with a tour guide from the favela itself, not an outsider. You can be a warmly welcomed visitor.

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The Old Travel Show Is Dead, Long Live the New York Travel Festival

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 11 April 2013

On April 20 and 21, 2013, the New York Travel Festival casts its inaugural spell on the New York metropolitan area. Conceived of and given shape as something more inspiring and more anchored in place than the typical travel event, it aims “to reinvent the consumer travel show.”

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An Interview with Kesang Wangdi, Director General of the Tourism Council of Bhutan

  • Adventure Travel Trade Association
  • 21 November 2012

In advance of this year’s Pacific Asia Travel Association’s Responsible Tourism Conference & Mart, Shannon Stowell explored Bhutan along with industry leaders and conference hosts.The following is an interview between Stowell, President of the Adventure Travel Trade Association, and Kesang Wangdi, the Director General of the Tourism Council of Bhutan at the Zhiwa Ling Hotel in Paro, Bhutan.

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