The world’s first statewide responsible tourism (RT) mission has been opened in Kerala, India. Aimed at promoting people-friendly, local community-friendly and environment-friendly initiatives it is tasked with boosting rural development, local employment opportunities and the empowerment of women.
. Veligandu Island Resort and Spa, in the Maldives, has been selected for a Champions Award as a result of its work and commitment to local communities.
Putting sustainability into practice and achieving awards are only part of resort operator Club Med's goals. One of its Asian resorts is pioneering efforts to educate guests and promote real-world knowledge of environmental issues.
The mayors of London, Paris, Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Quito, Vancouver, Mexico City, Milan, Seattle, Auckland and Cape Town have committed to a series of ambitious targets to make their cities greener, healthier and more prosperous.
Owned by Mandai Park Holdings (MPH) and operated by Banyan Tree, the resort in Mandai will be jointly created and named by both parties. Following the formation of the partnership, the next steps would entail developing the design and operations plans for the resort, which is scheduled for completion in 2023.
The United Nations declared 2017 to be the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Its objective was to help promote a fairer, more environmentally sensitive global tourism industry. While the UN has done lots of groundwork and research, there is still plenty the average tourist can do. Here’s how.
On the list of finalists of Responsible Tourism Award 2017 is a game lodge in Botswana, a fynbos protected area in South Africa, a social enterprise in Vietnam, a tour operator working to benefit local communities in Limpopo, a European city, a group of guest cottages in Kangaroo Valley in Australia and a company enabling travellers to walk from village to village in rural India.
Eco resorts often claim to blend subtly into the local environment. Bamurru Plains goes one better and is actually part of its environment. By James Teo.
Back in the early 2000’s, Tioman Island was a prime destination for keen divers and budget travellers holidaying in Malaysia. But not much else: it was definitely right off the map for quality resort relaxation. Then, just over a decade ago, the Japamala eco-resort opened and showed Tioman was not just for backpackers. By Jeremy Torr
One of the least known islands of the Seychelles group, tiny Cousine Island is introducing limited tours for keen nature watchers. Now up to six visitors a day can visit its unspoilt wildlife, which includes giant Aldabra tortoises and Hawksbill turtles. By Jeremy Torr.
Nestled on the shoreline of the Arabian Gulf lies Mövenpick Beach Resort Al Khobar, a true getaway that awaits families, couples and corporate travellers alike. The resort features contemporary and spacious deluxe villas and facilities include a private lagoon beach, a wellness centre and restaurants offering a variety of excellent dining options.
The Seychelles Tourism Board, local and Indian trade partners meet to explore the tourism potential of Seychelles for Indian travellers. Beaches, weddings, snorkelling are popular in Seychelles.
In the second part of his article, Simon Pridmore takes a closer look at Bali’s mountains and mountain lakes.