More and more digital booking platforms and online tour operators claim to offer sustainable holiday trips. A second glance raises doubts: Does the green image serve marketing goals only or do they truly enshirne sustainability in their digital business models?
How are booking platforms changing the tourism value chain in India? National players such as Oyo and MakeMyTrip dominate the market. A new study by IT for Change and Tourism Watch shows the effects on small tourism entrepreneurs in Manali and Jaipur.
Unionist Cleve Jones explains in the interview, what kinds of discrimination LGBTQI* workers in the food and hospitality sector face every day and how they fight for equal rights.
Rika Jean-Francois is in charge of Corporate Social Responsibility at the ITB Berlin and on the Board of Directors of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association Foundation. We spoke to her about the importance of LGBTQI* tourism to countries of the Global South.
Caribbean islands have increasingly turned to tourism as a pathway for economic advancement, often to the detriment of other industries, particularly agriculture.
In the Philippines, the indigenous Ati of Boracay Island struggle to defend their land rights against unfettered tourism development.
For a long time, tourism in the Maldives was seen as a force for economic development. But today, only a c chosen few profit from the excessive tourism development on uninhabited islands.
Spending some time abroad and experiencing how people live in a different country is an impressive and very enriching experience. After all, travelling contributes to one’s education – and how much more so does a trip that offers insights behind the tourism scenes and makes authentic experiences possible. Commercial tour operators are also increasingly discovering the now lucrative business field travel and “help”. Development-related learning through intensive preparation and follow-up, effective child protection and cooperation at eye-level with local organisations are important criteria for effective and responsible volunteering. But as our research shows, these are far from standard in the sector.
New applications and new ways of online communication and platforms bring opportunities and challenges for small tourism providers. Above all, reviews and so-called "user-generated content" can decide of small enterprices' sucess.
The market entry of the 'Uber' in 2015 has fundamentally changed the Kenyan taxi market. Three years later, taxi drivers struggle for higher pay and better working conditions.