It’s taken until my third visit to Jamaica to fulfil an ambition of getting up into the Blue Mountains – it’s the longest mountain range on the island, reaching 2,256 metres above sea level at its highest point.
A couple of months ago I finally managed it, taking a day trip from Ocho Rios with Blue Mountain Bicycle Tours. The scenery was spectacular, and though the steep downhill cycling was a little hairy at points, it was a wonderful way to experience the beauty of the thickly forested… Continue reading
My feature on Jarvis Smith’s family trip to Australia, including crocodiles, koalas and eco-conscious hotels. From Green magazine, Spring 2012… Continue reading
I’m chuffed to say I won Travel Trade Feature of the Year at the Caribbean Tourism Organisation’s annual media awards last week. I won the award for the Jamaica feature I wrote about Bluefields Bay!… Continue reading
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One of the most interesting events of WTM for me was the launch by Kuoni of the UK’s first Fair Trade-certified holiday.
Kuoni teamed up with Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA), which has been working to promote the importance of fair trade in tourism for a decade, in order to gain certification of all aspects of the supply chain on a 13-night South Africa package.
While the concept of fairly-traded cocoa… Continue reading
At a tourism conference in Panama last week, I got chance to catch up with the Rainforest Alliance and hear about its latest news.
Federico Solano described a new scheme called Tour Operators Promoting Sustainability, or TOPS, for both local Latin American tourism companies and those sending customers from the UK and other countries.
After bringing together travel companies that have made a commitment to sustainable practices, the Alliance hopes to launch a group-wide marketing campaign, creating one of the world’s first networks of green-certified operators… Continue reading
My blog on a new series of car-free walks in Shropshire is now live on Greentraveller.co.uk
My interview with Anthony Climpson OBE (tourism destination manager for New Forest District Council) is now live on Greentraveller.co.uk – which has this week launched a sustainable tourism guide to the New Forest. Read it here
I’ve just got back from an incredible trip to South Africa, where I spent a week at a safari guide-training facility in the northern-most tip of the Kruger National Park. Eco Training is South Africa’s leading training provider for safari guides, and has trained more than 3,000 guides in southern Africa and beyond.
It has three camps in South Africa, but what makes the camp I visited at Makuleke special is that it’s within a unique part… Continue reading
I was in Jamaica last week for a tourism conference and spent a fascinating day down on the south west coast, learning about a marine sanctuary project at Bluefields Bay.
More destructive fishing methods and growing unemployment have led to greater and greater pressure upon Jamaica’s fish stocks, and it is now the most over-fished country in the entire Caribbean. In 2009, the Jamaican government agreed to create nine marine sanctuaries around… Continue reading | 5 Comments
My review of Primrose Valley Hotel in St Ives, Cornwall, is now live on greentraveller…click to read the full review
Primrose Valley is just one of the hotel’s featured on the St Ives tourist board’s new iPhone app. It features nine places to stay, lots of bars and restaurants, things to do and sites of interest, and lots of useful contact details for trains, taxis, boat hire and more – all pinpointed on the an interactive map… Continue reading