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Seeking Sustainability – African Park PPPs

Seeking Sustainability – African Park PPPs

[By Scott Wayne, from Handshake – the International Finance Corporation’s Quarterly Journal on Public-Private Partnerships, Issue #10] Public-private partnerships (PPPs) can be the key to ensuring the sustainability of national parks and protected areas in emerging markets like Rwanda and Mozambique, especially when businesses and investors can have concessions to operate within the parks. Without private sector involvement, visitor services run by government agencies are often […]

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Getting the most of e-tourism in Emerging Destinations by Scott Wayne and David Sterling

Getting the most of e-tourism in Emerging Destinations by Scott Wayne and David Sterling

For destinations around the world, tourism can be a key to unlocking and stimulating growth, development and employment. It is one of the world’s most competitive and productive industries — the World Travel & Tourism Council estimates that in 2012, tourism directly contributed more than US$2 trillion to world GDP and generated at least 100 […]

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White House blogs benefits of tourism on public lands

White House blogs benefits of tourism on public lands

Last week, the White House blog highlighted the benefits of tourism on public lands. The blog cited the annual visitor survey of the US Department of Agriculture which showed that “Forest Service lands attracted 166 million visitors in 2011, and, as a result, visitor spending in nearby communities sustained more than 200,000 full- and part-time […]

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Rwanda Tourism to Launch Congo Nile Trail

Rwanda Tourism to Launch Congo Nile Trail

UPDATE: According to Wolfgang Thome, one of the most active travel industry bloggers in East Africa, the Trail will now be launched on November 25th. He said in a recent blog posting that tour operators have begun to market the trail. With the launch of the Congo Nile Trail on November 4th, Rwandan tourism is […]

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Travelers’ Philanthropy – A Strategy for Sustainable Tourism Development

Travelers’ Philanthropy – A Strategy for Sustainable Tourism Development

Travelers’ Philanthropy — literally travelers giving back to a destination — can be a strategy for sustainable tourism development if established and managed carefully. The Washington, DC-based NGO, Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), has made this strategy a cornerstone of their mission. Each year CREST conducts a diverse and fascinating Traveler’s Philanthropy Conference that brings […]

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Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism establishes Green Tourism Department

Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism establishes Green Tourism Department

Egypt’s Ahram News just reported that the Ministry of Tourism is planning to emphasize and promote green tourism, particularly around Sharm el Sheikh. “Music” to this author’s ears – 23 years ago I was finishing the second edition of Lonely Planet’s Egypt and Sudan guide and had just gone scuba diving at Sharm and other […]

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New Tourism Destination on the Horizon – Libya?

New Tourism Destination on the Horizon – Libya?

Libya with 2000 kms of beautiful undeveloped coastline and some of the greatest archaeological ruins on the Mediterranean, it is not surprising that the UNWTO, Euromonitor,  Millennium & Copthorne Hotels, Hilton and Jones Lang LaSalle  are all optimistic about tourism in the country. The National (of the United Arab Emirates) reported today that Libya “has long […]

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Sharjah UAE Tourism Market Positioning Pays Off

Sharjah UAE Tourism Market Positioning Pays Off

The Emirate of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates has been increasingly and successfully positioning itself as a diverse family destination. According to Director General Mohamed A. Al Noman, Sharjah is a complete holiday destination for all sorts and categories of international tourists.   “Sharjah attracts both the East and the West and European travellers as well as […]

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Destination Planning Course Launched for George Washington University

Destination Planning Course Launched for George Washington University

Since 2003, I have been teaching Destination Planning with Lauren Bohatka for the Accelerated Master of Tourism Administration Program at George Washington University. This week we welcome 28 graduate students to the launch of the seventh cohort of the course. Many of the students are already professionals in tourism and/or related areas. It looks like we […]

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