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Video Spotlight: Vincent Urban in South America

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 14 March 2013

Over time, travel memories become the kind of seconds-long fragments mastered by Vincent Urban, the videographer behind this South America clip. Each one is a slightly extended snapshot, detached from chronology and name. Urban and his crew use the same technique in their short films on Asia and New York, rendering their travels as cinematic versions of fading recollection.

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Going Local in Rajasthan, India, on a Bishnoi Village Safari

  • Divij Pasrija
  • 21 October 2012

Choosing to take a break in rural Rajasthan, four friends and I left Delhi in search of a travel experience that would be different than the usual touristy stuff. We decided on a Bishnoi Village Safari, which included an adventurous trip through the deserts surrounding Jodhpur and an intimate experience of the rural life of the Bishnois – an ancient clan from Rajasthan.

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Discover Rural Tourism in Morocco

  • Andrea Papitto, Essakane Film
  • 26 September 2012

Kasbahs, ancient medinas, stunning arts and crafts, rich culinary traditions, sea, sun, mountains, the desert, and a sweet cup of mint tea. Morocco has long been a favorite destination for world travelers, attracting over 9 million visitors in 2010 alone. While many tourists come to soak up the sun and sea in the coastal towns or visit the historic imperial cities, more and more are discovering the rich natural and cultural treasures of the rural countryside.

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Photo of the Week: The View From Mount Sinai, Dahab, Egypt

  • Eric Monkaba (Photo) Gunyah (Text)
  • 6 May 2012

Standing on top of Mt. Sinai, a trekking guide looks over the St. Katherine’s Protectorate, situated about a two hours’ drive from Dahab, Egypt. He is a member of the Jabaelya tribe, one of the seven tribes of the South Sinai region. This unique tribe is a mixture of Arab and Eastern European blood, descending from the soldiers of Emperor Justinian, who he brought to guard the Monastery of St. Katherine.

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Indigenous Communities and Tourism: The Benefits of Co-Management in Chile

  • Marcela Torres
  • 20 December 2011

Co-management of protected areas by both the state and local communities is one of the best ways to guarantee that tourism will provide economic and social benefits to many people who would otherwise be marginalized, at the same time that it ensures protection for the environment on which these communities rely for their income. An excellent example is the Soncor Sector of Los Flamencos National Reserve, in the Atacama Desert of the Antofagasta Region, in northern Chile.

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Explore Oman with a Responsible Local Travel Leader

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 30 November 2011

Through Green Path Transfers, Elite Travel & Tourism looks forward to expanding the reach of its taxi and transport business to responsible travellers from all over the globe. “In a developing country like Oman, we have worked hard to bring professionalism and safety to this market,” explains Will Plummer, Business Director at Elite Travel & Tourism. “We believe that with our friendly staff we are ideally place to be the first introduction to those visiting Oman and reassure people of what a fantastic country it is to visit.”

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Wandering Across the Wahiba Sands of Oman

  • Samantha Libby
  • 11 August 2011

The Wahiba Sands of Oman, also called the Sharqiyah Sands, are a geological and ecological wonder. This 12,500-square-kilometre carpet of rolling and shifting dunes is home to an astonishing 16,000 species of invertebrates, flora and fauna, and a rich mix of nomadic Bedouin people, all of which had adapted to living in the desert, a seemingly inhospitable place. Experience these wonders through desert camps, which offer travellers a daytime of adventure and a nighttime of comfort.

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Sustainable Local Travel in Cappadocia, Turkey

  • Samantha Libby
  • 15 March 2011

The UNESCO World Heritage-listed region of Cappadocia, Turkey, is well known for its magical lunar landscape and creative approaches to tourism like its cave hotels. Built straight into the rock or the facades of old manmade caves, cave hotels are everything from five-star caverns to brightly lit grottos for tourists on a budget. They’re positively primeval. And they’re just one part of an overall approach to travel that emphasises what’s local and sustainable.

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Exploring the Desert Panoramas of Sossusvlei and South Namibia

  • Maureen Valentine
  • 19 November 2010

As international travellers increasingly become aware of Namibia’s blend of relative government stability, natural beauty and cultural distinctiveness, the tourism industry is growing stronger and offering locals an attractive way to support their families. One meaningful way actually allows conscientious travellers to contribute actively and directly to the local economy by signing on with local travel companies like the Gondwana Collection, which is forging the way for mindful and sustainable tourism and encompasses four private nature reserves in Southern Namibia.

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Egypt’s Ancient and Sacred Sharm El-Sheikh Is Now a whl.travel Destination

  • whl.travel
  • 16 June 2010

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND ARABIC. Jagged mountains, expansive desert, white-sand beaches and the crystal-clear waters of the Red Sea comprise the dramatic scenery of Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, located in the far south of the Sinai Peninsula, in close proximity to vibrant coral reefs and with services developed around first-rate water sports, particularly scuba diving.

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