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    Hospitality Investment Conference Africa � Johannesburg

    Since Sunday I have been the at HICA Conference at the Hilton in Johannesburg ? Adama Bah and Paul Miedema both winners of Responsible Tourism Awards; Heidi Keyser one of our ICRT Associates and Marc Myers and Bongani Dlamini both members of the alumni were all there. Marc Myers now has a development role with Intrepid and Bongani is marketing manager with the Swaziland Tourism Board. Murray Simpson who did the MSc at Greenwich and went on to do a PhD in the Geography Department at Oxford presented on climate change. It was good to have time to spend with old friends and a host of others who I have…

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    Local Distinctiveness is all very well

    Faversham is a remarkable place to live, a small town with a strong sense of community and rich in history. For years I have hovered in station bookshops, whiling away time waiting for trains, checking that Faversham has not been written up too enthusiastically in the latest guidebooks; so far so good.   Faversham is situated between the old Roman road, the A2, between London and Canterbury and on to Dover. Many people who think they?ve been to Faversham have not seen the fine market square and guildhall or arguably one of the finest streets of diverse vernacular architecture in the UK. Only during the Hop Festival do you find…

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    Reflections on Kerala

    The Evening with networking event at the Vintry provided an opportunity to discuss the Kerala Declaration. Krippendorf’s major contribution was to recognise that it was by appealing to people’s sense of responsibility that positive change would be achieved rather than by emancipation. Rebellious tourists and rebellious locals do make a difference and in an age when government is reluctant to regulate encouraging tourists, originating market tour operators and local communities and the inbound industry to act (to rebel)  becomes the main strategy for achieving change.   Kerala brought together 503 delegates from 29 countries to share experience of implementing the principle of the Cape Town Declaration and to review progress.…

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    Which is the big story?

    IATA reports today that it expects airlines to make losses of $9.3bn over the next three years, at ?5.2bn significantly less than the Olympics (?9.3bn) ? but then the Olympics are arguably an investment. IATA points to the ?toxic combination? of high fuel costs and reduced demand caused by the recession. 25 airlines have gone out of business since January. However, the ?toxic combination? has so far only caused a decline in growth, in July the rise in global passenger numbers was the lowest for five years. It may be that rising fuel prices and the recession caused in part by other shortages will stem the growth of air travel…

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    Staycation � the shape of things to come?

    I took a staycation this year, I spent August in Faversham ? I had planned to daytrip and enjoy Kent. I did, but I didn?t go far. With visitors coming to stay I found myself as guide rediscovering the place where I am rooted, relishing its past and thinking about its future. In St Mary’s, the parish church which I watch, as the seasons change, from my study window, we have one remnant of the medieval frescoes which before the Puritans would have covered the whole interior. We have that remnant fresco because some individuals were brave enough not to scrape off the frescoes before whitewashing the pillars.   Staycation,…

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