News, opinion and interviews about sustainable tourism in tours and activities.
Colombia-based Impulse Travel offers community-led tours in different parts of Medellín that are helping to change the city’s narrative. The aim is to let community leaders paint a more realistic picture of the city for visitors whose image of Medellín is still associated with the drug lord Pablo Escobar.
Bike-share programs became more popular during the lockdown, as more people looked for alternatives to public transport. Even though the programs targeted residents, tourists accounted for more than a third of all users. By bike, tourists reach new neighbourhoods, distributing economic and social benefits of tourism activity more widely.
The crises of 2020, particularly the pandemic and violence against Black Americans, have caused many travellers to rethink how and where to travel. The recent rollout of vaccines gives some hope that they may be able to enact their plans sometime in the next year or two – and shift towards more values-driven travel.
Cumbria aims to become the UK’s first carbon neutral county by 2037 by creating ways for people to visit in a more sustainable way. New initiatives include more sustainable transport options, low carbon holiday cottages and plans to reduce pollutants in the lakes.
The Bioasis project is the exciting new UK programme from the team behind STC Expeditions: an ‘immersive’ outdoor adventure, set in the year 2074 in a post climate-change apocalyptic world. School groups can choose either a 6 or 10 day mission to learn about conservation, rewilding and reconnecting with nature. Here Rebecca Waller chats to Adrian Ferraro to find out more.
Operators of tours, activities, and attractions are taking a crash course in online classes, virtual tours, and digital souvenir sales. While this probably won't make up for lost sales, these innovative online expereinces are great for maintaining human connections.