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    Free museums are economic idiocy

    Ten years on since the Labour government abolished museum charges Oliver Kamm, writing in today’s Times, describes the policy as economic idiocy. The case for the importance of museums as part of our ?common culture? is well made he argues, we subsidise the English National Opera and the Royal Shakespeare Company but we do expect them to give away free tickets. If we did expect that ?their revenues would collapse and their theatres would be unable to cope with demand?. Kamm argues that that is what is happening in our museums. The museums have not benefitted from the rise in the numbers of visitors who have to be managed and…

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    Responsible Volunteering: The road to hell is paved with good intentions??

    Working overseas as a volunteer, voluntourism, continues to grow as more people seek the experience of helping others abroad. People volunteer for lots of different reasons, most of them altruistic. Well organised and with the right safeguards in place volunteering is a good thing. But volunteering is complex ? it can have unintended consequences and can be abused. There is good reason to be concerned about some of the potential negative impacts of volunteering ? these two papers from the first edition of Progress in Responsible Tourism address some of those challenges from the perspective of an originating market organiser of volunteering opportunities abroad and from a destination perspective. We…

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