Visiting Durban for Africa’s Travel Indaba earlier this year, Sapphire Goss here weighs up the environmental impact of tourism and questions whether it can even be beneficial to local communities
Hidden within the myth-filled 4,439-hectare Son Tra Nature Reserve in Vietnam, also known to locals as Monkey Mountain, the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort is a one-of-a-kind hideaway surrounded by unspoilt nature, exotic wildlife and rich biodiversity.
Montagne Alternative welcomes visitors to the beauty of centuries-old Alpine farm buildings that have been lovingly converted into modern living spaces. Sitting in the heart of the well-preserved mediaeval village of Commeire, this is a place for authentic tourism, a place that enables frequent contact with nature. Here Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole visits to find out more.
Socially responsible tourism is a major topic at ITB Berlin. In addition to the ITB CSR Day at the ITB Berlin Convention and the National Geographic World Legacy Awards, numerous events on sustainable tourism will be taking place in Hall 4.1. From March 9th-11th experts and exhibitors will be meeting in the Responsible Tourism and Adventure Hall for a unique symposium.
Visitors to ITB Berlin can this year obtain inspiration for planning their next holidays in socially responsible ways. In Hall 4.1 more than 130 exhibitors from 40 countries will be presenting their latest adventure travel products as well as those supporting ecologically, economically and socially responsible tourism.
Addison Lee has unveiled plans for Addison Lee Eco – an entirely new division which will comprise London’s biggest eco-friendly passenger car service. With a fleet of 350 state-of-the-art hybrid vehicles, Addison Lee Eco represents a major step forward for the company, which prides itself on industry-leading environmental credentials.
Three’s a crowd at the smallest and most sustainable bar in Laos, which opens in October 2014 at Kamu Lodge Experience on the verdant banks of the Mekong River. A 20-tent eco-lodge situated 30 kilometres upstream from Luang Prabang, Kamu Lodge is enhancing its guest experience with the addition of a new thatched-roof bar featuring unrivalled views of the caramel-coloured river and surrounding greenery with lounging space for two or three patrons.
Dominican Republic is the Caribbean’s most bio-diverse country, with 25 percent of its lush land and pristine coastline protected as national parks, reserves and sanctuaries. With the creation of the Dominican Republic’s Marine Mammal Sanctuary for Humpback Whales in 1962, Dominican Republic has been a forerunner in environment and marine-oriented protections ensuring magnificent nature abounds.
In line with Sandals Resort’s dedication to remain a pioneer in environmentally-responsible hospitality, the company has partnered with Panasonic Corporation to unveil Jamaica’s first-ever eco-village resort. The brand – recognised as the Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand by the World Travel Awards - hopes the decision will transform the way hotels accommodate guests in the future.