Posts Tagged ‘ethical tourism’

Community and Giving Back Can Go Hand in Hand Through Voluntourism

  • Arno Delport
  • 2 September 2014

Not all voluntourism projects are created equal and sometimes hard data can demonstrate it. Find out what’s really at stake and where a little generosity of time and energy offered by travellers is meeting the needs of the Ugandan people.


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.


Today (November 7) Is Responsible Tourism Day: Resistance Is Futile

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 7 November 2012

Responsible and sustainable practices are now increasingly mainstream across many industries. And well they should be given modern preoccupations. Unsustainable tourism is coming around too, but with the speed of a beast aware of its own imminent extinction. When will we all just accept that resistance is futile?


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.


‘Experiential Travel’ – How Long Until We Can Start Just Calling It ‘Travel’?

  • Alex Narracott
  • 20 July 2012

Experiential travel, local travel, responsible travel, ethical travel, ecotourism. Can you spot the difference? When you boil down such expressions to their essence, they all really mean one thing: travel done properly. Perhaps one day we will reach a golden moment when we can quit naming it ‘experiential travel’ or anything else, and simply go back to calling it ‘travel.’


Short-Term Voluntours – Can You Really Make A Difference?

  • Leanne Haigh, Acacia Africa
  • 6 July 2012

Voluntourism has generated a growing feel-good factor to travel by creating opportunities for the everyday traveller and not just the career-minded charity worker. But the question remains: Can you make a difference when you’re a short-term tourist? Although the debate appears to be ongoing, it’s not essential to be on a three-month sabbatical if you want to give something back.


Kabani Bamboo Village: Ethical Homestays, Empowered Communities

  • Amy McLoughlin
  • 25 April 2012

In the beautiful region of Wayanad in Kerala, India, where dense jungle carpets the rolling mountains in the Western Ghats, lies a magical hidden gem. The quiet village of Thrikkaipetta in the heart of this breathtaking region is a beacon for community spirit and an inspiration for ethical tourism.


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?


The Local Voices Rally and Tally for Local Travel Experts

  • The Travel Word
  • 13 June 2011

We know you’ve got your favourite travel destinations. Everyone does. Now, through the Local Voices Rally and Tally for Local Travel Experts, you can vote for your favourites AND help some ethical local travel experts win support for their businesses. It’s very, very easy! During the month of June, it’s as simple as pasting some text and adding your name.


Appealing to Travellers’ Better Nature Doesn’t Work? Try Changing the Meaning of the Words. We Did!

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 1 April 2011

There’s a lot of niche labels in the ‘alternative’ tourism space. It’s a glossarial minefield, a curatorial briar that some people see as just a whole lot of split hairs. More importantly, this kind of nature- and people-conscious travel still represents only a fraction of the overall tourism industry receipts. Today, however, in a travel-and-tourism first expected literally to turn the industry on its head and mainline the marginal, the WHL Group announced a sweeping shift in paradigm.

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