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Sustainable tourism for sustainable development

Sustainable tourism for sustainable development

Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, and Asia is one of the hottest destinations. Though it generates sizable economic effects, there is a growing recognition that tourism is a double-edged sword. For example, large numbers of tourists can seriously damage the natural and cultural heritage of destinations. However, there are plenty of options available to policymakers to promote sustainable tourism which benefit both visitors and hosts.

Zambia Launches New Tourism Policy Soon: A Destination on the Rise

Zambia Launches New Tourism Policy Soon: A Destination on the Rise

October 14th, 2015 Last week, Zambia’s Ministry of Tourism and Arts unveiled its new national Tourism Policy. The Policy provides a strategic framework for the sustainable development of tourism in Zambia. It also specifies roles for a cross-section of public and private sector stakeholders. And most importantly, the Policy positions the tourism sector as one […]

Seeking Sustainability – African Park PPPs

Seeking Sustainability – African Park PPPs

[By Scott Wayne, from Handshake – the International Finance Corporation’s Quarterly Journal on Public-Private Partnerships, Issue #10] Public-private partnerships (PPPs) can be the key to ensuring the sustainability of national parks and protected areas in emerging markets like Rwanda and Mozambique, especially when businesses and investors can have concessions to operate within the parks. Without private sector involvement, visitor services run by government agencies are often […]

Obama Administration Tourism Strategy is Working

Obama Administration Tourism Strategy is Working

The US Department of Commerce announced today that the President’s January Executive Order and May release of the country’s National Travel and Tourism Strategy, international tourism and spending have increased substantially. In a White House press release issued today, the Administration said the following: “The Obama Administration’s number one priority is to strengthen our economy, […]

What motivates a Government to triple VAT on tourism?

What motivates a Government to triple VAT on tourism?

This morning the following story from eTurbo News caught my attention: “Iceland tourism braces for huge VAT increase.”  VAT is going from 7% to a whopping 25.5%, although a decrease in tourism taxation in 2007 resulted in a 2008 increase of 6% in tourism receipts. The story does not explain the Government’s rationale for proposing […]

Policy and Positioning Issue Highlights from World Travel Market

Policy and Positioning Issue Highlights from World Travel Market

The World Travel Market (WTM) finished last week with almost 48,000 senior travel industry professionals, government ministers and international press in attendance. The WTM was a veritable candy store of seminars, press conferences and exhibitor activities — far more than was humanly possible to absorb. However, a few issues seemed to dominate some of the […]

Rwanda’s Proactive Tourism Policy: New National Park

Rwanda’s Proactive Tourism Policy: New National Park

Rwanda is actively working to grow its tourism sector in as sustainable a way as possible and the efforts are succeeding. Gishwati Forest is known as the Forest of Hope, a forest that epitomizes Rwanda’s commitment to conservation, reforestation and community development through ecotourism. HIGHLIGHTS Over several decades, Gishwati Forest became nearly completely depleted due […]

Travelers’ Philanthropy – A Strategy for Sustainable Tourism Development

Travelers’ Philanthropy – A Strategy for Sustainable Tourism Development

Travelers’ Philanthropy — literally travelers giving back to a destination — can be a strategy for sustainable tourism development if established and managed carefully. The Washington, DC-based NGO, Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), has made this strategy a cornerstone of their mission. Each year CREST conducts a diverse and fascinating Traveler’s Philanthropy Conference that brings […]

Tanzania’s Untapped Tourism Potential

Tanzania’s Untapped Tourism Potential

Today, AllAfrica.com published an excellent mini-report on Tanzanian tourism, which rightfully questions why, given the richness of the country’s tourism resources and attractions, has the country’s economy has not benefited more.Policy may change with World Bank support, which will make the tourism sector even more competitive. According to AllAfrica.com, “Tanzania is said to have defied […]

Whistler, Canada: Treat taxpayers like shareholders, businesses tell municipality

Whistler, Canada: Treat taxpayers like shareholders, businesses tell municipality

Taxpayers = Shareholders — a simple concept with a lot of validity that came out of a breakfast meeting at the Wild Wood Cafe in Whistler, Canada of a few local business owners. Frankly, this is the first time that I’ve seen this idea mentioned in the press. Enlighten me if you know of other […]