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    Responsible Giving

    This excellent article¬† by Jessica Lockhart -about the dangers and challenges of gift giving was first published in Verge Magazine important advice for anyone planning to give or send gifts to their host family, projects or friends made whilst volunteering? Read more   Please follow and like us:

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    Tourists: curse or saviours?

    Megahn Barr writes in today's Huffington Post “The clash between tourists and congregants plays out every Sunday at Mother African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, the oldest black church in New York state. It's one of many Harlem churches that have become tourist attractions for visitors from all over the world who want to listen to soulful gospel music at a black church service. With a record number of tourists descending upon New York City last year, the crowds of foreigners are becoming a source of irritation among faithful churchgoers.” Read more Please follow and like us:

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    The number of Chinese tourists who go to Paris is five times the number who go to London.

    Today's China Daily explains why fewer Chinese torusts come to Britian than go to Paris. As Birtain “is not a signatory to the 26-country Schengen Agreement, those wanting to enter Britain as tourists need to apply for a separate visa. That means many Chinese tourists who visit the continent give Britain a miss, and the number of Chinese tourists who go to Paris is five times the number who go to London.” “The cost of a British tourist visa for those on the mainland is 800 yuan, compared with the cost of a tourist visa for France of 60 euros (500 yuan) that allows the holder to cross into other…

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    Choosing between flying to Los Angeles for the Oscars, or driving to Blackpool

    Back in November I wrote about finding the exotic in York. A theme may be developing – I spotted this in the New Statesman and thought that it was worth sharing. Seaside treatsLast weekend I had to choose between flying to Los Angeles for the Oscars, or driving to Blackpool. Naturally I chose the latter. We saw an exhilarating cabaret production at Funny Girls, one of the town's star attractions. A sparsely populated 1970s concert hall, where the average age was about 80, cheered as butch transvestites danced to Abba classics and twirled pompoms and peacock feathers. It felt somewhere between a lost world of vaudeville and Peter Kay's magnificent…

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    An inspiring week with CoaSTies

    I have just has the privilege of spending a week in Cornwall staying with CoaST  members and running a series of workshops on the ways in which tourism contributes to local economic development. It was a stimulating week of engaged discussion, it demonstrates what a productive and sustaining organisation the Cornwall Sustainable Tourism network is. Times are hard in Cornwall but the network in resilient, I came away on the sleeper on Friday night heartened by what I had seen and heard. Visitor numbers to Cornwall were down last year, I heard by one million, but CoaSTies were demonstrating their resilience: adapting their business strategies and exercising environmental responsibility because it…

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