One of the most important considerations for your tourism business is how do guests get to your site? How will they travel to get there? What are the logistics involved in getting from where they are to where you want them to be? Here’s a great (but extreme) example from the BBC: http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20160219-a-frozen-highway-to-an-ancient-kingdom
Ethical tourism is a burgeoning field of sustainable tourism. Here is a recent listing of ethical destinations. Does your nation make the list? Why or why not? Interestingly. This article also discusses nations who were dropped off the list. Check it out. Hang in there with your challenging, demanding and rewarding business efforts!
Is your ecotourism site certified? Would you consider certification if you are not? Here is a certification provider for the Australian market; there are other certification services. Certification can be expensive and time-consuming, especially for many of our friends who run small sites in villages. Nonetheless, it might be worthwhile and increase the numbers of visitors to your site.
South Sudan has so much potential for tourism. However, the South Sudanese government and citizens must resolve huge issues of stability and violence if tourists are to feel safe and leave behind their ‘dollars’ for the benefit of local economies. Here is a great article on recent documentation of wildlife in this beautiful country.
Mongabay always posts great information on the tourism business. Click here for another good one.
Here’s an interesting article that seems to go beyond basic “voluntourism” and promotes “experteers”!
The UN General Assembly continues to recognize tourism as a way to fight poverty and to protect biodiversity. Their first statement was in 2012 and now this one from early 2015. The continued support of this global organization of nations is encouraging. So, be encouraged those of you who continue to work in the field! Click here for the complete article. (This resolution will make sure that sustainable tourism remains on the agenda for the important years following the 2015 target date of the Millennium Development Goals).