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Responsible Travel Week 2014. It’s On Right Now, So You’re Not Too Late

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 13 February 2014

This week, from February 10 to 16, 2014, is Responsible Travel Week, the sixth annual online unconference focusing on responsible travel. It’s free to take part, and there’s no jet lag, as all events occur online and around the world through local events organized by participants. Look for (and use!) the #rtweek14 hashtag.

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A Wakeup Call for a Healthier Year: Responsible Travel Week 2013

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 10 February 2013

Responsible Travel Week 2013 is the fifth annual unconference hosted by Planeta.com. Its goal is to help people fall in love with responsible travel, as well as demonstrate how social networking is an easy and inexpensive means of documenting the challenges and successes of developing it.

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Soria Moria Boutique Hotel Raises the Bar in Locally Driven Hospitality in Siem Reap, Cambodia

  • Thomas Holdo Hansen
  • 8 November 2012

By virtue of its Employee Ownership Scheme, the Soria Moria Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia, has raised the bar on local travel and hospitality by becoming the country’s first employee-owned hotel. In fact, each member of the staff, from housekeeping to front desk, and from kitchen and restaurant workers to the local management, is an owner.

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How Do You Meet Locals While Travelling?

  • WHL Group
  • 4 November 2012

A major highlight of travel is always the people we meet along the way, especially local inhabitants. Local people burst the tourist bubble and offer valuable insight and access to incredible experiences. They are a traveller’s best inroad to a place. Just what are some of the best ways to meet locals while travelling? We sat down with the staff of the WHL Group to tease out their thoughts about how to infiltrate local life.

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What Is the Opposite of Local Travel?

  • The Travel Word
  • 31 October 2012

The concept of “local travel” is still sometimes misunderstood. It’s about shifting your travel values so that your are mindful and supportive of local people, the local environment, local culture and local economy. Local travel can also be defined by what it is not. So we’ve asked the staff at The Travel Word to think about the opposite of local travel. What is the very antithesis of local travel? Here are our thoughts.

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How Good Is the Tourism Marketing Where You Live?

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 30 July 2012

Against all expectations in a space as heterogeneous as the tourism industry, a sort of consensus seems to be emerging about how ably the majority of tourism marketing organisations are representing their clients in today’s swiftly changing travel climate: not really all that well, especially when it comes to representing the interests of local communities and travellers interested in interacting with them.

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The Geotourism Development Foundation Launches to Increase the Benefits of Tourism

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 14 July 2011

Yesterday saw the official launch of the Geotourism Development Foundation, a global not-for-profit organisation committed to elevating travel as a force for good through community development projects. Responding to a growing interest in independent, experiential and local travel, the GDF aims to cultivate community, cultural or environmental projects that link to tourism and derive revenue from visitors.

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Responsible Tourism Week 2011: February 14-18, 2011

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 9 February 2011

If the third time’s a charm, then the annual Responsible Tourism Week, taking place online from February 14 to 18, will be even more inspiring than the last two. Billed as an unconventional, online unconference, it is a fun mash-up exploring down-to-earth applications of noble concepts including responsible tourism, the Local Travel Movement and ecotourism with practical and inexpensive Web 2.0 technologies.

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Why Local Travel? Because We Can Make a Real Difference

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 29 October 2010

There is no shortage of niche travel labels out there. I suspect, though, that more than just a few of them are either meaningless or confusing to travel consumers. But I want take a stand with regard to one – Local Travel. It is the strongest foot forward if we are to work together to improve ethical standards in tourism from the bottom up and for everyone involved.

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Six Storybook Guesthouses in the Northern Albanian Alps: A Photo Essay

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 22 October 2010

Local-minded travelers in Albania love to get deep into the heart of Albanian nature and culture. That is why they choose traditional, family-run guesthouses for visits to Theth and the northern Albanian Alps. These wood-shingled stone structures have long endured the harsh winter-weather conditions of the region and now exhibit a visual charm captured by local partner Outdoor Albania’s co-founder and photographer Genti Mati.

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