Welcome to the sixtheenth issue of Spotlight on Sustainable Tourism, a journal for stakeholders in the travel and tourism industry.
According to the UNWTO, international tourism is estimated to have hit a new record in 2014 with over 1.1 billion international tourists travelling the world in one single year. This is remarkable, given that different parts of the world continue to face significant geopolitical and health challenges, while the global economic recovery remains rather fragile and uneven.
Going into the new year, SOST will endeavour to continue to showcase best practices in sustainable tourism globally. We have covered tourism businesses in over 20 countries in the past fifteen issues of SOST!
In the current issue, our main feature is on Ock Pop Tok in Laos – a social enterprise that produces beautiful, handmade textiles and artisan products, and the winner under the “Best in Cultural Preservation” category in the Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards, 2014.
In our Best Practices in Sustainable Tourism feature, we showcase Andaman Discoveries located in Thailand which has a number of awards and recognitions, including being a finalist in the category Best in Cultural Preservation in Wild Asia 2014 awards, and Chandra Ban Eco-Resort, Nepal – an eco lodge started by a European couple, who wanted to show the best aspects of Nepal and its culture to their guests.
In Green Showcase, we present Bardia Eco Lodge in Nepal that demonstrates the use of different eco-friendly technologies and techniques, and provides support to the local community and environment.
In the column Point of View, contributing author Muna Haddad shares with our readers the extent to which media and terrorism affect sustainable tourism. Her article focuses on tourism in Jordan and Kenya in particular.
We hope you enjoy this issue. As always, we look forward to your comments and feedback. Let us know what else you would like to read about.
Certified Assessor & Consultant for Sustainable Tourism
Founder-Director, Market Vision