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National Geographic Fellow Emeritus; Founding Director, Nat Geo Center for Sustainable Destinations; former Geotourism Editor, National Geographic Traveler; Portal Editor, www.DestinationCenter.org; President, Focus on Places LLC

Green Warriors Honored—Continued

Good tourism should help protect a place, not destroy it. Part Two of this two-part series reports on how Edward Loure of Tanzania won the Goldman Environmental Prize for protecting indigenous Maasai land-use rights against incursions by agribusiness, hunting concessions, and, of all things, ecolodges. (Part One, a previous post, reports on the Goldman winner in Puerto Rico.)

Green Warriors Honored for Fighting Bad Tourism

Good tourism should help protect a place, not destroy it. This week two men in two countries won the same international conservation award for successfully combating two types of flawed tourism.
This post, part 1 of 2, reports on how Luis Jorge Rivera Herrera led the charge to save one of Puerto Rico’s last bits of pristine, ecologically valuable coastline from resort development. Next post: Tanzania.

Death by Tourism

The U.N.’s announcement last week that 2017 will be the Year of Sustainable Tourism raises a question: How much tourism is, in fact, already unsustainable?

Medici Prince Appeals for Help: “Save Florence!”

The aristocratic Medici family helped create the Florence of the Renaissance. Now an angry Medici prince wants international help to save it from neglect and mass tourism overload. And, yes, he still wants you to visit, provided you stay a while.

Galápagos Tourism Backfires

A squabble over tourism dollars has escalated into a dire threat to the islands’ renowned Charles Darwin Research Station. Rampant tourism growth without adequate management now endangers scientific conservation work—the very work that helps protect the creatures tourists want to see.

The Places We Love VII: Cleaning Up India

Thinking of visiting India? Then cheer for the Prime Minister’s new “Clean India” campaign. If successful, it will remove an ugly stain on the rich cultural tapestry of India.

The Places We Love VI: Grenada on the Cusp

One of the last authentically Caribbean islands seeks to become a leader in sustainability. But can Grenada sustain its own unique character?

Louisiana’s Best-Kept Secret Now a World Heritage Site

On Sunday the U.S. succesfully asked for World Heritage recognition of a remarkable archaeological site that you’ve probably never heard of:
Poverty Point, Louisiana.
So, what is it?

OAS Nod Leads Off a 2013 Geotourism Roundup

Well into its second decade, the geotourism proposition—that it’s good to develop tourism business based on the character of the place being visited—gains an endorsement from the Organization of American States. Read more for a roundup of 2013 geotourism goings on.

New Book Will Open Your Eyes About Travel

From France to Disneyland to Cambodia, from tour buses to cruise ships to sex tours, Elizabeth Becker’s new book spotlights the true inner workings of what some call the world largest industry: Travel and tourism.

The Places We Love IV: Heritage Advocates Want Cruise Ships Tamed

At a first-of-a-kind international symposium in Charleston, SC, heritage experts look at how cruise ships can transform historic port cities. They find that big is not better. Not at all.

The One Billionth Tourist

Today, for the one billionth time this year, yet another tourist crossed an international border. That’s a historic milestone. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, 2012 will mark the first year in history to register more than a billion international arrivals. UNWTO picked Dec. 13 as the most likely day for the moment…

4 Costly Myths About World Heritage

As the 40th anniversary year of the World Heritage Convention draws to a close, many Americans remain oddly estranged from the program that could be proudly labelled “Made in the U.S.A.” That costs jobs.

Archaeologists Blast Hasty World Heritage Listings

One of the most significant global committees that you never heard of summoned a couple of hundred experts to the island of Menorca, Spain last week. The meeting involved politics, the remnants of great civilizations, human catastrophes, architectural triumphs, religious works of art and architecture, use of tourism, the rise and fall of empires, and…

The Places We Love III: Yikes, Can This Be How the Big Money at Davos Views Travel?

The 10 best destinations in the eyes of business leaders are not necessarily the ones a traveler would pick. Are decision-makers relying on data that can show bad as good? Take a look at how the World Economic Forum rates countries for tourism.