Good news in tourism August 2 – 8, 2020

… because too much bad tourism news is bad for your mental health! Probably.

Published every Sunday, “Good news in tourism” is the perfect pick-me-up for the start of a new week in travel & tourism.

“GT” news

Dr Susanne Becken and yours truly corresponded to explore some of the similarities and differences between the new buzz phrase “regenerative tourism” and the old buzz term “sustainable tourism” in a fresh “GT” Insight published on Tuesday: “Regenerative tourism vs sustainable tourism: What’s the difference?”.

“Friends indeed” — travel & tourism industry fundraisers and charitable causes worthy of your consideration — now have a dedicated page.

New to “Friends indeed” is Hotels Joining Hands. Three hotels have partnered with NGOs to feed people who live in and around Siem Reap, Cambodia, the gateway to Angkor. “The need is sadly only increasing.”

Ecotourism, nature, & wildlife

When progressive causes get tied up in knots with each other; when a “Good news …” link isn’t necessarily “good” but neither is it necessarily “bad”; when introducing nuance, while potentially dangerous to one’s reputation these days, should really be encouraged; when local autonomy in decision making (as argued here and here) is perhaps the fairest and most sensible way forward; when it’s complicated …

What on Earth are you going on about, correspondent!?

This … Some African nations and conservation organisations are urging lawmakers in California, USA to “kill a bill” banning the possession of trophies taken from hunting in Africa. “They argue that wealthy trophy hunters provide a key source of money for anti-poaching efforts, wildlife habitat protection and funding for impoverished rural communities that might otherwise kill off entire populations of animals […] they’re saying it’s racist and insulting for wealthy white Westerners to imply that all Africans are too corrupt or incompetent to make hunting sustainable.”

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Comments 1

Excellent photography. My heart and prayers go out to all those who are working in the tourism industry, these are truly tough times for them.

09.08.2020 06:25