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Posts Tagged ‘social entrepreneurship’

Cambodia Calling! The PEPY Ride Is a Trip of a Lifetime

  • Amy McLoughlin
  • 4 November 2013

The PEPY Ride is an annual 1000-kilometre cycling extravaganza across Cambodia, run by PEPY Tours, an award-winning social enterprise. It is a unique opportunity to explore far beyond the tourist traps, by experiencing authentic cultural exchanges and expand one’s minds through learning about global development from experts. Best of all, every journey funds a dynamic program of education and youth empowerment projects for rural Cambodian students.

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Walkability and Journeying on Foot: An Interview with Jonathon Stalls

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 21 October 2013

Expert wayfarer Jonathon Stalls is on a mission that is anything but pedestrian. He advocates for civic and personal wellness through walking. From his home base in Denver, Colorado, he organizes community walks through his social enterprise, called Walk2Connect, and lobbies for more pedestrian-friendly urban planning. He calls for a return to the mode of travel for which we are built, challenging those around him to slow down and experience life at a pace of three miles an hour.

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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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Can Agritourism Save Small-scale Farming?

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 4 September 2012

For those who are not convinced that a farm tour or farm stay is for them, there’s one side of the story they may not have considered – the supply side. Agritourism brings great benefits to small-scale farmers all over the world. Researchers and policymakers hail this eco-friendly form of tourism as a useful tool for rural development. Here are three ways that agritourism helps small-scale farmers sustain themselves.

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Photo of the Week: Boat Building the Traditional Way in Malawi

  • Kate Webb (photo and text)
  • 17 August 2012

Local fishermen on the Lake Malawi use traditional methods to build wonderful wooden fishing boats that can last for over 25 years. One boat builder, Joseph, has also engaged in community development and environmental protection.

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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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Panama’s Earth Train & OARS: Kayaking and Leadership Training

  • Off the Radar
  • 20 January 2011

The field operations of Earth Train, an international youth leadership organization, are located in Panama in the Mamoní Valley Preserve. The preserve is a remarkable area in the center of the Americas on a land bridge teeming with biodiversity and where the separation between the two great oceans is at its narrowest. It is a crucial battle ground for the protection and smart use of rainforests for future generations.

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New and Sustainable Tourism to Mpumalanga, South Africa

  • Brenna Bales-Smith
  • 11 December 2010

Mpumalanga, South Africa, has a lot to offer the world of travel and tourism. It is filled with sites and scenery one won’t encounter anywhere else in the world. The attention tourists give to the province – and the consequent need for local accommodation and tour providers – has put locals involved in the industry in a position to design and implement sustainable business strategies that help protect the area they serve.

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And the Winners of Wild Asia’s 2010 Responsible Tourism Awards Are…

  • WHL Group
  • 26 October 2010

Last week, Wild Asia at last announced the winners of the 2010 Responsible Tourism Awards, a competition that showcases exemplary resorts, hotels and tour operators that are committed to responsible tourism practices. After months of site visits and very careful review of the final six candidates, the judging panel selected winners from Thailand, Indonesia and Sri Lanka

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Ger to Ger Goes for Gold in Mongolia

  • Natasha Robinson
  • 7 May 2010

Ger to Ger – the self-styled ‘market-driven social enterprise’ based in Mongolia – is definitely doing something right. Founded in 2005 by Mr Zanjan Fromer, a native Alaskan with extensive experience in tourism and development, Ger to Ger aims to give travellers the ultimate, authentic Mongolian experience.

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