What if Destination Management Organisations (DMOs) changed the narrative of how they promote a destination?
What, if instead of focusing on the products available at the destination, they focused on the social and economic impact the visitor could have on the destination — creating quality visitor experiences which have a purpose?
Would it create a more sustainable tourism industry? Would it support the improvement of quality of life for locals? Would it create a flourishing regenerative destination?
These were the questions we at The Tourism CoLab asked ourselves while undertaking an experimental project to develop a visitor experience map of…
“So how long have you been in Oz?” I was asked by the kind lady behind the counter in the coffee shop.
“Oh not very long. Only about a month.”
“Have you seen a Koala yet?”
“No, no. Not yet.”
After being here a month, this was a common remark that had been passed as soon as they spotted my English accent. And I always felt a little ashamed to reply in the negative…I just hadn’t got round to it yet.
How could I come to Australia and not immediately seek out one of its most famous animals? …
Why destinations, policymakers and the tourism and visitor economy needs to take action in the fight to be sustainable.
**WARNING: This article contains a video of an animal in distress, graphic content & strong language!**
Four years ago a sea turtle and Christine Figgener, a marine biologist at Texas A&M University, went viral.
Now cute videos of animals going viral is nothing new, it has been a traditional part of the viral video plot since the invention of the internet. …
As a visitor to a new city or place, I like to be able to continue to think about how I can make responsible buying decisions, even when I’m not at home. Especially when it comes to wanting to reduce waste, live a greener lifestyle or support the businesses who are supporting others.
So here are 6 apps to offer a little assistance, in helping you to try to be a more responsible human being whether you are at home or travelling.
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
I have been lucky enough to spend the last year living in Denmark — something I never expected to have the opportunity to do or to be able to do.
One of the biggest regrets about my time at University (Undergraduate) was that I never want on an exchange like many of my friends. To be fair, the reason for this was simple — I just couldn’t afford to go!
A year and a half after finishing my Theatre Studies MLitt and three years of struggling to…
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