Check it out – I’m an educator. After almost a year of developing an online course for the Certificate in Community-Based Development through Village Earth and Colorado State University, the 5-week course begins next week. It’s called Community-Based Tourism Development, and I’m pretty excited about it.
Is climate change the biggest challenge to tourism sustainability in the 21st century? The academic Journal of Sustainable Tourism started this year off with a debate about climate change and sustainable tourism.
Empirical research in rural India indicates a ¨high education trap¨ that fails to reward higher education with higher wages after a certain point, and that this trap penalizes women especially. Meanwhile, research of tourism labor in developing countries implies greater benefits for women than for men in tourism employment. This proposed study would gather qualitative, empirical data about community-based tourism employment in rural India and its capacity to address this trap. The ‘sustainable livelihoods framework’ would be used as a theoretical framework for the research.
Abstract: This study demonstrates that volunteers can contribute valuable labor, among other benefits, to their host farm destinations. The study uses data from volunteer and host farm applications to the WWOOF Canada organization, as well as a survey delivered to the host farms. The contribution of volunteer tourists to organic farms as human resources is an example of a symbiotic relationship or synergy between tourism and environmental projects.
Abstract: This article examines the relationship between tourism and begging street children in
destinations. It looks at one empirical study that has been made on the topic in Madagascar,
and reviews travel guides and online travel information for advice to travelers about how to
address begging and street children. There is a lack of consensus on the
relationship between tourism and begging street children. More research and discussion is due.
Abstract: Caribbean cruise ship tourism presents threats to the natural environment that are failing to be addressed by existing policy and enforcement mechanisms. An environmental tax in the form of a ‘user fee’ is proposed as an incentive-based policy instrument. The two-fold effects would be 1) the capture of more economic rent for Caribbean destinations’ natural resources, and 2) a reduction of the environmentally harmful activity of mass cruise ship tourism in the area.