opinion & features
Our digest of the finest features & opinion pieces on tourism and sustainability issues from across the web.
Growing popularity of activity masks unavoidable cruelty that can’t be justified by supposed benefits to conservation of the species
How do people deal with the thought of flying less, or not at all? Rob Hopkins applies the five stages of grief to understand our addiction
Does promoting responsible tourism experiences overstate the idea that the solution to industry’s difficulties is simply travel more responsibly?
Destination Think! asked the world’s most innovative DMOs for their thoughts on working with stakeholders in this changing tourism ecosystem.
After Trump’s victory, travel experts and economists were asked to try to predict what impact his presidency will have on the tourism industry.
Ensuring your website meets the latest guidelines for accessibility isn’t just the right thing to do – it taps into an ever-growing market and boosts SEO
Business-class and first class-passengers can have carbon footprints three to nine times higher than people in economy
Overcrowding and Climate change are two of many challenges we face as tourism speeds up to 2 billion annual tourists spending $2 trillion yearly by 2030
Rishi Sachdev, Co-Founder of Shiva Foundation and Director of Shiva Hotels, outlines his plan to help create an industry-wide model to tackle modern slavery
What happens when the ‘wildness’ is gone? Will canned hunters or petting visitors part with their money without these attributes?
As climate change reshapes the planet and opens up once unreachable locales, it is only natural that tourism would follow.
Efforts to preserve the world’s natural and cultural treasures are facing a major obstacle: travelers’ fears of missing out.
Two decades ago Batwa pygmies were thrown out of their native forests in Uganda to make way for the country’s mountain gorilla tourism. What happened next?
Lessons learned from the #StopOrphanTrips campaign, which engaged 35 different bloggers and writers and resulted in a wide social media reach.
DMOs have a unique opportunity to help lead the shift from an old and obsolete way of doing tourism to one that is regenerative rather than extractive.
In a very thoughtful article, Deepti Kapoor, reveals reasons why she and her husband decided to leave Goa and talks about negative impacts of tourism in this part of India.
Glasgow Caledonian University found that 75% of people felt that wind farms had a positive or neutral effect on the landscape.
Increased tourism has brought more people, more buildings, more demand on scarce resources, and more reliance on supplies from the mainland
A tiny island in the Galapagos brings a sliver of hope to what a small, susceptible community can do to manage the double-edged sword that is tourism
Following criticism for flying to work on sustainable tourism projects, Guillaume Cromer explores the options and wonders which is the best to take
New study argues slum tourism needn’t be exploitative – it can draw attention to key global justice issues and encourage new networks of solidarity and care
Brazil is reported to be removing homeless citizens from the city’s streets ready for the Olympics. This poses ethical travellers a significant dilemma about whether to attend.
Although generally regarded as a positive part of the Travel & Tourism industry, national parks are not without controversy.
Scientists are developing plans to release captive orcas to huge coastal sea pens where the marine mammals could lead more natural lives.
A number of leading development organisations are supporting a growing movement to discourage volunteering in orphanages abroad.
For the first time in decades, orcas are being hunted to supply the rapidly expanding industry’s marine mammal shows.
Wildlife tourism threatens manatees and dolphins as people get too close to marine mammals.
Consumer pressure is not likely to go away but neither is it likely to be sufficient to achieve change on the scale needed
A new narrative is urgently needed if the industry is to avoid turning in on itself and destroying the very resources on which it relies.
Given that the tiger’s habitat includes some of the most remote terrain on earth, the truth is we simply do not know exactly how many there are in the wild.