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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.

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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.

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Earth Hour 2012 – 8:30pm on Saturday 31 March 2012

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 30 March 2012

On Saturday, 31 March at 8:30pm, The Travel Word team will proudly observe Earth Hour by shutting off lights for an hour. From its already impressive one-city debut in Sydney, Australia, in 2007, Earth Hour this year expects that “hundreds of millions of people, businesses and governments around the world” will unite in support of the largest environmental event in history.

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Photo of the Week: Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

  • Cindy Fan (Photo and Text)
  • 11 December 2011

With the UN-backed trial of three senior surviving Khmer Rouge leaders finally underway in Phnom Penh, the world is reminded of Cambodia’s sad history. One memorial of its darkest times is S-21, a school-turned-detention centre (and now a genocide museum), where, after the Khmer Rouge fled, a startling photonegative archive were discovered. Today, hundreds of stark black-and-white portraits line the museum walls. It is a moving, eye-opening display.

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World Food Day and Local Food: A Search for Solutions

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 17 October 2011

Today we belatedly mark World Food Day, which was celebrated yesterday, October 16, in honour of the date in 1945 when the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization was established. The theme was ‘Food Prices – From Crisis to Stability,’ an attempt to spotlight the need for global practices that can prevent the devastating price upswings we have seen all over the world. We therefore look back at some of the fantastic local-food contributions that have been made on The Travel Word.

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Forests: Visit Them, Conserve Them

  • Tensie Whelan
  • 5 September 2011

No fewer than 1.6 billion people — nearly a quarter of the world’s population — depend on forests for their livelihoods. Forests are also critical to maintaining biodiversity, mitigating climate change and enabling key ecosystem functions that regulate the biosphere. And yet about 45 per cent of the world’s forests have already been cleared. Here are some hard numbers to ponder that tell us how and why we should stop.

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When Is International Day of the World’s Indigenous People? Today!

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 9 August 2011

Today is International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. Proclaimed by the United Nations, it’s a day on which, as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said, to “celebrate and recognise the stories, cultures and unique identities of indigenous peoples around the world.” The Travel Word is very proud to salute the cultural roots from which we have all sprung, roots that remain robust but require our admiration, care and protection.

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Top Five Indigenous Cultures Tours

  • whl.travel
  • 2 August 2011

The theme “linking cultures” has been chosen for the 2011 World Tourism Day (to be celebrated on September 27). Often, in an area with indigenous populations, or people who are original to the land, one of the greatest assets is traditional culture. Through mindfully operated cultural tours, indigenous groups have something a great deal to offer – and to gain! – from exchanges with tourists. Here we share a roundup of some of our favourite indigenous culture tours.

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A Responsible Safari Company in Malawi Lives Up to its Name

  • Kate Ward and Natasha Robinson
  • 25 May 2010

Malawi-based The Responsible Safari Company (TRSC) just got even more responsible. A partnership with the United Nations Millennium Villages Project (MVP) in the country’s southern Zomba District has created a unique ecotourism program that lets visitors experience firsthand how the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDG) are being implemented.

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