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    A working week on responsible tourism planning in Myanmar

    Taking Responsibility for Tourism ? A working week on responsible tourism planning in Myanmar It was back in May that the democratic opposition in Myanmar announced that it welcomed Responsible Tourism and other forms of tourism based on respect. When I was asked in November whether I would be willing to travel to Myanmar to lead a week of workshops and a conference on Responsible Tourism I enthusiastically accepted. I spent last week in Myanmar arriving and departing from Yangon via Bangkok and travelling to the new capital Nay Pyi Taw, only recently opened to foreigners ,this entirely new city boasts 12 lane highways and monumental buildings, the largest Parliament…

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    Hope for Oldies

    Schumpeter in The Economsit reviews success amongst entrepreneurs and suggests that “Experience continues to count for a great deal, in business as in other walks of life?or, to borrow a phrase from P.J. O?Rourke, age and guile can still beat ?youth, innocence and a bad haircut?. “The evidence that older people are if anything becoming more enterprising should help to calm two of the biggest worries that hang over the West (and indeed over an ageing China). One is that the greying of the population will inevitably produce economic sluggishness. The second is that older people will face hard times as companies shed older workers in the name of efficiency…

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    The British government is paying for unqualified teenagers to travel the world?

    There is a report in today's Daily Telegraph, by Andrew Gilligan, that the Department for International Development  has committed almost ?9 million to send 1,250 British teenagers and young people overseas for ?projects of development value?. But from internal DFID evaluations seen by The Sunday Telegraph, the main beneficiaries of Cameron's flagship International Citizen Service appear to be the British youngsters themselves, rather than the people of the developing world. This is the kind of thing that gets gap years and volunteering abroad a bad name: “The day was spent swimming, sunbathing and eating? As the sun set over the sea, we headed back to San Salvador for a pizza,?…

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    Take 15 minutes and listen to this – why large scale aid fails.

    Gordon Bridger has 40 years of experience working for the UN and for the British Government – his critique of the aid industry should be heard. His book How I Failed to Save the World is a must read for anyone interested in why aid fails and may cause harm. In contrast to large scale aid small scale initiatives and people to people aid can work he argues. Listen to what he had to say on Radio 4 today http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b01bm0py Please follow and like us:

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    Inter-generational conflict and the the GREEN THING….

    The green thing …………. Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman that she should bring her own shopping bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment. The woman apologized and explained, “We didn't have this green thing back in my earlier days.” The cashier responded, “That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.” She was right — our generation didn't have the green thing in its day. Back then, we returned milk bottles, pop bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized…

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    Responsible Tourism becoming mainstream?

    Flight Centre is looking to capitalise on the trend to responsible tourism with the acquisition of Canadian company GoVoluntouring, which specialises in volunteer tourism. GoVoluntouring Founder & CEO Aaron Smith says “The sheer breadth of distribution will make Flight Centre's GoVoluntouring a massive change agent.”  Smith will remain as Business Leader, based out of Flight Centre's Vancouver office. Source Monaco adds Responsible Tourism read more This is the next step of responsible tourism project called ?Protection of the forest and wildlife? implemented by GIZ Vietnam. This project encourages tourists come to Pu Hu. read more The local tourism industry raked in about P1 billion during the festive season last year. Botswana…

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    Launch of Phase 2 of Responsible Tourism in Kerala

    I have written before about the importance of the Responsible Tourism initiatives taking place in Kerala and the way that because RT has secured support from both the panchayat and businesses it is firmly established and secure when the state government changes. read more Kerala is self-critical of its Responsible Tourism efforts. The government has included eight more tourist centres under responsible tourism programme. The potential of Responsible Tourism was yet to be fully tapped in the state. Anil Kumar, the Kerala Minister of Tourism, said that although the programme of Responsible Tourism had been launched in Kovalam, Kumarakom, Wayanad and Thekkady it was successful to a considerable extent only…

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    Tourist abuse of the Jarawa continues

    I wrote back in December about Tourism Abusing Human Rights and in partiular about the tourists treat the indigenous Jarawa of India’s Andaman Islands. On Saturday The Guardian reported that “Jarawa girls told to dance semi-naked for the camera as two videos offer fresh proof of official involvement in 'human safaris'” “A three minutes and 19 seconds clip, shot on a mobile phone, shows half-naked girls from the tribe dancing for a seated Indian police officer. A second, shorter clip again focuses on a girl's nudity, while men in military uniform mill around. The new evidence comes as authorities in Orissa state set an example to their counterparts in the…

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    Beyond a joke! It is time the media took responsibility

    Catherine Mack has been writing about “punters”. ?Responsible tourism? Ha! Does that mean not dropping your litter as you walk through the rainforest?? was the scathing reaction of a friend when I told her that I was taking on an Msc in Responsible Tourism Management six years ago. I tried somewhat pathetically to defend my tiny corner. Then, ?I am so tired all of this f***king eco shit? one award winning travel writer said loudly in my direction a few years later at the ABTA convention, to a round of back patting and communal cackling from his peers. By then, I had learned to smile politely and walk on. But oh, how they laughed. So,…

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