Totally awesome: Destinations’ urgent need to rediscover the ‘totality of awe’
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by David Gillbanks
2d ago
A collective sense of smallness, connectedness, and awe elicited by the April 8 solar eclipse reminded K Michael Haywood of the potential that destinations have to inspire awe; from the authentic everyday that host communities may take for granted, to the local effects of larger forces that none of us can afford to ignore. It’s ..read more
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Prof Valeria Minghetti on peer review, overtourism, regenerative tourism, and how to succeed
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by David Gillbanks
1w ago
“Never stop asking yourself questions. Curiosity and the desire to find solutions is what makes a difference,” according to Valeria Minghetti. Such an attitude will take youngsters a long way in travel & tourism, she reckons. And it must be redoubled at the very highest levels of academia and industry. Saverio F Bertolucci interviewed Prof Minghetti ..read more
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Venice ‘bookable’: Italians lose freedom of movement
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by David Gillbanks
2w ago
Are Venice’s new day-tripper rules having the desired effect? Or are they unreasonably restricting Italians’ freedom of movement? This is Dominic Standish’s second “Good Tourism” Insight at the invitation of Tourism’s Horizon, a “GT” Insight Partner. [You too can write a “GT” Insight. Your organisation can also become a “GT” Partner.] Since April 25, 2024, Venice ..read more
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“GT” Insight Bites: What constitutes ‘progress’ for travel & tourism in 2024?
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by David Gillbanks
1M ago
In 2024, what constitutes ‘progress’ for the travel & tourism industry where you work, or that you have identified through your observations, study, or research? It’s a “Good Tourism” Insight Bites question. Your correspondent put the question to the travel & tourism stakeholders in the “GT” network, inviting responses of no more than 300 words.  Thanks to the 18 ..read more
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Good news in travel & tourism February-March 2024
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by David Gillbanks
2M ago
This ‘Good news in travel & tourism’ wraps up two months of “Good Tourism” & “GT” Travel news, insights, and experiences: February and March 2024. Share ‘Good news’ as you would a picnic; as you would a public space … It’s “GT”. And go! (Click/touch an item on the sharing menu to go straight to it. And don’t ..read more
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Emil Kukalj on balanced tourism, overtourism, ideology, pragmatism, and possibility
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by David Gillbanks
2M ago
Emil Kukalj reckons ideology is only useful if it is actionable and leads to net positive results. Saverio F Bertolucci interviewed Mr Kukalj for a Tourism’s Horizon Interview. For this “Good Tourism” Insight, Mr Bertolucci reflects. [The full transcript is on Substack.] Who is Emil Kukalj? I was delighted to discuss research and development with an established figure ..read more
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Supporting ‘Bhutan Believe’: The SUSTOUR Bhutan story so far
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by David Gillbanks
2M ago
Bhutan believes it is (or could be) the world’s greenest and most responsible travel destination. The SUSTOUR Bhutan project, funded by the European Union under its SWITCH-Asia programme, is supporting Bhutan’s effort to realise this goal with a focus on sustainable, inclusive, and resilient tourism development.  “The SUSTOUR project stands as a beacon of relevance ..read more
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Hi! Have you registered for the Strong Earth Youth Summit 2024 yet?
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by David Gillbanks
2M ago
Young people in travel & tourism, and their mentors and supporters, are invited right now to register for the 2024 edition of the Strong Earth Youth Summit (SEYS). The Strong Earth Youth Summit (SEYS) is an annual tribute to Maurice Strong, climate activist for more than 50 years and Secretary General of the first “Earth Summit” in ..read more
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Why aren’t Kenya tourism authorities taking a responsible approach to growth?
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by David Gillbanks
2M ago
Tourism officer Doreen Nyamweya worries about the strategic direction of Kenya tourism. Ms Nyamweya wonders whether national tourism authorities are ‘imprisoned’ by outdated thinking, confused about Kenya’s position in the world, and disconnected from host communities. With Kenya’s tourism sector booming again, calls for responsible approaches to tourism marketing and management are gaining momentum. Different ..read more
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For a sustainable Singapore, Green Destinations’ regional lead picks CRTS
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by David Gillbanks
2M ago
Singapore’s private-sector tourism stakeholders, from small- and medium-sized businesses to global brands, will increasingly pursue sustainability certification over the coming years, according to Kevin Phun, founder of the Centre for Responsible Tourism Singapore (CRTS). Mr Phun is more bullish about the opportunities for a sustainable Singapore since Susan Santos de Cárdenas, Green Destinations’ Southeast Asia ..read more
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