The 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver have embraced the opportunity - and the responsibility - to take action on climate change by aspiring to be a carbon neutral Games. The Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC) has assessed the unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions from all their operations leading up to, and for holding the international event.
The Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 was the biggest natural disaster in modern history and it called for a pan-Asian relief effort on a scale that had never before been seen. The immediate impact on the coastal communities affected not only their lives, homes and villages, but also their livelihoods. Many survivors fished to earn their living, farmed close to the sea or relied on low scale tourism.
During the last decades there has been a growing tendency of looking for alternative ways of tourism development in order to slow or arrest the deterioration process of contemporary mass tourism. In a way this process can be described as a search of alternative and responsible tourism that would be an antithesis of mass tourism.
The Bulungula Lodge is situated in Nqileni village ("q" = a click sound) - in "the most beautiful location of any lodge in South Africa". Here the visitors can enjoy the forest, lagoon, rolling hills, dolphins, whales, you name it. The visitors have even a shooting star guarantee - if you look at the night's sky for half an hour without seeing one, you stay that night free at the Bulungula Lodge. The Bulungula Lodge runs on solar power and you can look out for the brand new bicycle powered blender producing the ultimate eco-smoothies.
The bad news is that children in poor countries are still sexually exploited by travellers, The good news is that you can do something about it: Child sex tourism is the commercial sexual exploitation of children by people who travel from one place to another to engage in sexual acts with minors. Often, child sex tourists travel from a richer country to one that is less developed, or they may be travellers within their own countries or region.
The 8th annual Hoscar awards ceremony took place in January 2009 to recognize the best hostels in the world. Over 23,000 properties from across the globe featured on Hostelworld.com were eligible for the awards and the prizes were based on approximately 1 million votes given by the Hostelworld customers.
The Akilah Institute for Women is located in the Bugesera district of Rwanda, 35 minutes from the capital of Kigali. During the 1994 genocide , this region was severely targeted by militias; more than 80 percent of the Tutsi population was killed. Today, Bugesera has the highest rate of child-headed households in the country.
When the eyes of the world are focused to Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the Aboriginal tourism industry has had a great opportunity, both to showcase the rich culture and heritage of Aboriginal peoples and to grow their businesses. Currently, the Aboriginal tourism industry employs more than 6,400 people across Canada.
In one week, February 13, Ruan Smit will start his cycle adventure from Johannesburg, South Africa. He is planning to return to the same place 10 weeks later on April 14, behind approximately 9000 kilometers on bike around the country. Through this ambitious venture Ruan is willing to contribute in creating national and international awareness of what South Africa has to offer.