Tag Archives: responsible tourism

No photos please: a bike-tour company in Jamaica gets it right with school kids

Blue Mountains JamaicaIt’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

Fair Trade in tourism – how does it work?

[My blog on TTG website, ttgdigital.com]

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

‘Top’ news from the Rainforest Alliance

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

Man vs beast: reconciling community and conservation in Kruger National Park, South Africa

Elders of the Makuleke communityI’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

‘The fish can done’: a marine sanctuary project in Jamaica’s Bluefields Bay

Marker buoys for new marine sanctuary at Bluefields Bay in JamaicaI 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

Primrose Valley Hotel in St Ives, Cornwall

Primrose Valley hotel in St IvesMy 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