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Eco friendly tourism | Could Machu Picchu be carbon neutral?

José Koechlin, founder and chief executive of Inkaterra, explains how his pioneering business model benefits everything from Machu Picchu to fans of Paddington Bear

José Koechlin

Founder and chief executive of Inkaterra

Tourism is not only a source of inspiration; it’s a human right. We need to travel, to move, to experience the diversity of culture and nature abroad. Travel makes us wiser, and more sensitive. It allows us to feel free. And after months of lockdown due to Covid-19, everyone is anxious to set sail again. Bucket lists will survive the pandemic.

What will travel be like in the immediate future? Experts predict that travellers will look for meaningful experiences, keen to reconnect with nature and local cultures. There will be a need for solitude, and a commitment to positive social and environmental impacts. 

A responsibility to conserve

Peru is an icon for nature travel, privileged with extraordinary

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  • November 27, 2020
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COVID-19 tourism is the ultimate threat to Native Hawaiians.

After months of being confined indoors, Californians are eager for a vacation, and a month ago, Hawaii, which 2.6 million Californians visited last year, began allowing out-of-state visitors to bypass a mandatory 14-day quarantine if they tested negative for the coronavirus within 72 hours of arrival.

This change in regulations, which has drawn criticism from Hawaii’s mayors, has caused the state to have an influx of visitors. But mainlander travel to Hawaii puts Native Hawaiians at risk and is another example of how the Hawaiian people are routinely exploited in the name of economic and colonial interests.

Colonialism, defined as the subjugation and economic exploitation of one group of people by another, began in Hawaii in 1778 when Capt. James Cook “discovered” the islands. He was commissioned to find new territories to build wealth for the British Empire, and this came at the expense of the Hawaiian people: Disease decimated

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  • November 25, 2020
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Can holiday tourism save an otherwise dismal year?

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A couple walks through a quiet Grove Arcade, usually bustling with shoppers, November 17, 2020. (Photo: Angela Wilhelm/[email protected])

At the Engadine Inn and Cabins in Candler, they’re banking on the Santas — 1,200 of them, to be exact. 

“The tree we put up is really big — it has about 3,000 lights and 1,200 ornaments, all Santa Claus ornaments,” said Rick Bell, who owns and operates the inn with his partner, Tom Watson. “Some of them are wood, some plastic, some made out of natural things. It takes four or five nights just to get the lights right…and a half-gallon of scotch.”

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  • November 21, 2020
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Space Coast ranked as one of world’s top tourism destinations for families

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Guests at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex view the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit. (Photo: FLORIDA TODAY FILE PHOTO)

National Geographic Travel this week named Florida’s Space Coast as one of the world’s top five destinations for travelers to consider when planning a family-oriented vacation in 2021 and beyond. It is the only U.S. destination among the five.

The listing is part of the magazine’s “Best of the World 2021” list of 25 top destinations around the globe in five categories —  adventure, culture, family, nature and sustainability — with four to six destinations highlighted in each category. The Space Coast was one of six U.S. destinations to make the list of 25.

It was compiled and written by National Geographic Travel editors-in-chief from around the world, in collaboration with more than 100 National Geographic travel experts.

More: Brevard’s hotel tax revenue, while down 18.4%, wound up

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  • November 19, 2020
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Indiana tourism remains hopeful amid COVID-19 pandemic

Although the state’s tourism industry has taken a hit during the pandemic, experts found that many Hoosiers are exploring their home state and getting outdoors.

NEW ALBANY, Ind. — Throughout the pandemic, tourism has been hit especially hard.
A policy brief from the United Nations this summer, estimated a trillion dollars in losses for the tourism industry, and more than 100 million jobs at risk.

Ahead of National Indiana Day, two Hoosier State tourism experts gave their analysis on what has happened and what’s to come. 

Indiana, like many others states, has been hit hard by the effects of COVID-19. However, they are hopeful, and have noticed a few silver linings.

“COVID-19 definitely hit Indiana tourism assets pretty hard, just like it did across the nation,” Indiana Destination Development Corp. director, Misty Weisensteiner said.

Weisensteiner says that Indiana businesses have been hit by the pandemic slump, but her group has

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  • November 15, 2020
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Will overseas developments cause COVID-19 vaccine tourism?

Tyler Cowen
Published 10:50 p.m. ET Nov. 4, 2020

COVID-19 has brought so many new and difficult choices into people’s lives, and now there is another one, particularly for well-to-do Americans: If a vaccine were not yet available in the U.S., would you fly to another country to get it?

It is now possible to have a decent sense of which nation is winning the vaccine race, and it is not the U.S. A Chinese vaccine is being distributed now, and so far it seems to be safe and modestly effective. The data are not sufficiently clear that you ought to get one now, but it is easy to imagine that in another month or two the Chinese vaccine will be a plausible option.

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  • November 5, 2020
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One last trip: when tourism embraces the terminally ill

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IMAGE: Travel helps terminally ill cancer patients create unforgettable memories with their families.
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Since the latter half of the 20th century, vacationing has grown increasingly synonymous with tourism. This has been attributed to disposable incomes rising for many people, budget commercial airlines taking to the sky, and multitudes of tour facilitators entering the market, among other things. Now, economies of entire countries depend on tourism. To quote the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO): “Today, the business volume of tourism equals or even surpasses that of oil exports, food products, or automobiles.”

Yet, there have been entire communities of people who do not have the luxury to partake in tourism–for monetary, psychological, cultural, or bureaucratic constraints. Social tourism provides these communities the opportunity to fulfill their vacation desires. But according to Professor Jin Young Chung from Incheon National University, Korea, not all such

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  • November 3, 2020
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A postcard from Stratford-upon-Avon, where tourism has collapsed without the RSC

‘And to thee and thy company I bid a hearty welcome’ reads the inscription on the bronze gates to New Place, William Shakespeare’s final residence in Stratford-upon-Avon. The Bard’s words from Act 5 Scene 1 of The Tempest seem almost wistful now in a town longing to welcome people from far and wide. 

Only 25 miles south from where I live in Birmingham, Shakespeare’s hometown has welcomed me countless times over the years and it’s never been anything other than a lively, jovial place. And while the crowds of tourists can swell at times (2.7 million visitors in 2019), it’s an understandable side effect of being the town most associated with arguably the most famous export these isles have ever produced. 

In 2020 however, Stratford-upon-Avon more closely resembles a sleepy market town. The glacial pace of life along the usually humming Henley Street was as stark as the meagre, socially-distanced

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  • October 22, 2020
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Lack of tier-three support could destroy Liverpool’s tourism businesses

Tourism businesses in Liverpool face uncertainty after the city entered a tier three lockdown on 14 October.

Attractions remain open and tours to the city continue to be offered online despite Liverpool being in the country’s highest possible local Covid-19 alert category.

The advice is not to travel into or out of anywhere categorised as a tier three “a very high alert level area,” however, it is not illegal to do so.

National Museums Liverpool, which runs the International Slavery Museum, Museum of Liverpool and World Museum, attracted more than three million visitors in 2019. Footfall during September 2020 reached just 17 per cent of the previous year’s level. The museums remain open from Wednesday to Sunday with visitors required to book their entry time online.

“We believe that the accessibility of arts venues as a source of mental stimulation and wellbeing is more important than ever,” said Lucy

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  • October 17, 2020
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Lack of guidance in Liverpool leaves tourism businesses at risk of losing everything

Tourism businesses in Liverpool face uncertainty after the city entered a tier three lockdown on 14 October.

Attractions remain open and tours to the city continue to be offered online despite Liverpool being in the country’s highest possible local Covid-19 alert category.

The advice is not to travel into or out of anywhere categorised as a tier three “a very high alert level area,” however, it is not illegal to do so.

National Museums Liverpool, which runs the International Slavery Museum, Museum of Liverpool and World Museum, attracted more than three million visitors in 2019. Footfall during September 2020 reached just 17 per cent of the previous year’s level. The museums remain open from Wednesday to Sunday with visitors required to book their entry time online.

“We believe that the accessibility of arts venues as a source of mental stimulation and wellbeing is more important than ever,” said Lucy

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  • October 17, 2020