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Posts Tagged ‘pro-poor tourism’

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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Community-Based Ecotourism, the Good-Living Tourist Model: An Interview with Felipe Zalamea of Sumak Travel

  • The Travel Word
  • 26 August 2013

Felipe Zalamea is the London-based brain and brawn behind Sumak Sustainable Travel, a tour operator specialising in community-based ecotourism and focusing on building bridges between local communities active in tourism and travellers interested in seeing a different side of the world. The Travel Word had a chat with him about the work he is doing to connect travellers to amazing off-the-beaten-track travel in Latin America.

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Microfinance Tourism: How to Turn Travel Cash into Microcredits

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 21 January 2013

What is poverty? To Mohammad Yunus, the Bangladeshi father of microfinance and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, poverty is the lack of control over capital. His answer to poverty is to harness the entrepreneurial spirit of the poor through low-interest microloans, mostly to women. Today, anyone can join the microfinance movement and offer capital to the poor through crowdfunding sites like the Geotourism Development Foundation or Kiva. Travellers can now also connect with borrowers in person through innovative microfinance tours.

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What the Locals Talk About in Oaxaca, Mexico

  • Kim Groves
  • 6 November 2012

Imagine being invited warmly into the homes of local people and their families. Imagine sitting down in a living room, patio or workshop and having a conversation with a local woman about what it is really like to live and work in her town. Imagine getting off the beaten tourist path and, at the same time, making a positive difference to a community. Imagine the conversations the women will have about you after you leave!

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Investours Delivers Authentic Travel Experiences That Support Local Artists

  • Corrina Jacobs
  • 24 September 2012

Investours brings together socially responsible travellers visiting Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, with local artisans who have applied for loans to grow their small business projects. Each Investours tour visits a local artisan’s workshop, helping visitors to gain an intimate perspective on local culture, daily life and the challenges of operating a small business.

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Oxlajuj B’atz’ Maya Women’s Center: Hands-on Cultural Tours in the Heart of Guatemala

  • Oxlajuj B'atz'
  • 6 August 2012

Oxlajuj B’atz’ (OB) – meaning “Thirteen Threads” in the Maya Kaqchikel language – is a non-profit organization in Guatemala supporting indigenous women’s empowerment and education. OB offers travelers the opportunity to tour rural Guatemala and to learn about Mayan women achieving economic independence through innovative and sustainable development projects.

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Join a Paper Flower Tradition in Thanh Thien, Vietnam

  • Rachel Greene, Rose Charities
  • 18 June 2012

For 400 years, the villagers in Thanh Thien, Vietnam, have been making beautiful handmade paper flowers using unique designs passed down through the generations. Today, Thanh Thien is regaining fame for its paper flowers. To develop a program to attract tourists to the village, Thanh Thien has recently partnered with Rose Charities Vietnam.

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What Is Experiential Travel? Here’s What We Think

  • WHL Group
  • 11 June 2012

Today’s traveller seeks experiences. More than the amenities and creature comforts, more than the attractions and canned entertainment, more than the must-sees and photos, the real-life experiences are what compel people to travel. Here are reflections from the WHL Group about what the buzzword ‘experiential travel’ means, and our own favourite memories of it.

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Why Aren’t More Bloggers Writing About Responsible Travel?

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 21 March 2012

Most mainstream newspapers and magazines today acknowledge that more and more travellers consider themselves ‘ecotourists,’ but don’t really give their readers enough to feed their ethical penchants. Hamstrung by shrinking budgets and market-deaf advertisers, they look like they’re being outpaced by the industry they’re supposed to support. So why aren’t you, the new generation of penmen and -women, stepping into an expanding vacuum?

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The Inside Word… on Malawi

  • Kate Webb
  • 31 October 2011

With so many destinations in the WHL Group’s ever-expanding network, we have an incredible wealth of local travel information at our fingertips. Through the Inside Word, our local partners – all travel experts – share their top tips on what to do, what to eat, where to party and where to shop in their necks of the woods. This month, we hear from Kate Webb about local travel in Malawi from the inside.

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