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A Tale of Two Quakes: Nepal

Visit Nepal. Please. We need you. Nepal is open and welcomes you. That is what the people of Nepal want the world to know. The Himalayan nation still struggles to recover, more than a year after it was struck by the destructive 7.8 earthquake. That does not dampen the spirit of the Nepalese. They are […]

A Tale of Two Quakes, Part 1: Ecuador

A surf town looks to tourists for revival This is the first in a two part series on tourism-based communities recovering from disaster, and the role of tourists in that recovery. The second segment, focusing on Nepal, will be published in September 2016.  A glimpse of Canoa’s 12½ mile long beach. (Photo Credit: Rob Rand) […]

2016 World Elephant Day to Focus on Asian Elephants

Elephants have been an integral part of history and cultures worldwide for centuries. They have been everything from circus entertainers to zoo occupants, from formidable instruments of war and labor to to prized sources of ivory. Only in recent decades, however, has the suffering and plight of elephants been brought to the forefront, along with […]

Regulating Tourism in the Galapagos Islands

Tourism can be a boost to any country’s economy. It can bring in millions of dollars and create thousands of jobs. But, it can also damage the environment and destroy what made a place so special and attractive to tourists in the first place. Consequently, countries across the globe have begun limiting the number of […]

Brazil Sweeps Away Street Children to Prepare for Olympics

Brazil is working hard to prepare for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Hiring security, building new sports venues and infrastructure, and beautifying the city’s tourist areas are all on the country’s to-do list. As part of the beautification process, known as “cleaning the streets,” Brazil is also removing homeless citizens from the […]

Would a Trump Presidency Affect International Tourism to the USA?

Tourism is a huge industry in the United States of America (USA), and international arrivals are at an all-time high. In April 2016 alone, international visitors to the USA spent US$21 billion on travel and tourism-related activities. Despite the current boom in international tourism, many professionals in the travel industry think that the trend could […]

Meet Malawi’s Female Chief Who Is Ending Child Marriage

In a country that has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, Malawi has established a new law preventing child marriage, and Chief Theresa Kachindamoto of the Dedza district in the Central Region of Malawi is enforcing it with a serious passion. In the last three years, she has dismantled 850 […]

The Rohingya: The World’s Most Persecuted People

Since coming out of a lengthy military rule, the country of Myanmar has transitioned into a democratic government with a Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, as its prime minister. However, despite the political changes, latent ethnic tensions and anti-Muslim sentiments have remained the same, and a recent book suggests that they reach […]