I’m passionate about travel – not just as something for myself, positive effects of tourism on economies and travelers (especially women) alike. The positive effects of tourism, or tourism for development, is something that has been of interest to me for several years, and something I continually research on my own, when I can find the time to do so.
Personally, I’m most fond of adventure travel: going to a location that offers basic accommodations (camping, hostels, in-home stays), food and cultural events unique to that area, and some activity or location that can best be enjoyed by hiking, kayaking, white-water rafting, bicycling, touring by motorcycle or horseback, etc.
The 2012 Adventure Travel World Summit was held in Switzerland in October (2013’s will be in Namibia). I would so love to go to one of these! (alas, no funds). When leaders of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), WWF International and Google addressed more than 600 tourism industry professionals during this year’s summit, a common refrain emerged: adventure travel as an economic driver, as a force of sustainable development and one that delivers to travelers transformative experiences in nature, culture and active travel. More about the summit here.
UNWTO and the Adventure Travel Trade Association, a global organization dedicated to responsibly growing the adventure travel market, have even announced a new partnership concerning global sustainable tourism development.
As both an adventure traveler and someone with experience in UN and other development initiatives, I would so love to be involved in this partnership somehow. Perhaps this blog might get someone’s attention?
Also see these resources I’ve developed that relate to tourism development:
- A Broad Abroad Resources & Inspiration For Women Who Travel (or Want to!). A series of tip sheets, essays and links to web sites to encourage women to travel, and to support those who do.
- Packing tips and health & safety considerations especially for novice women travelers. Sites wishing to cater to women travelers should view the safety tips in particular to evaluate how well they accommodate women travelers in terms of safety.
- Things for women to consider regarding accommodations choices while traveling, including advice on on safety. Hotels and guest houses wishing to cater to women travelers should view the safety tips to evaluate how well they accommodate women travelers in terms of safety.
- For women who travel by motorcycle (or want to). Includes information on packing and accommodations.
- transire benefaciendo: “to travel along while doing good.” Advice for those wanting to make their travel more than sight-seeing and shopping, whether in your own country or abroad.
- Using the Internet to Share Your Adventure During Your Adventure, advice on blogging, photo-sharing, tweeting, etc.
- Advice for Hotels, Hostels & Campgrounds in Transitional & Developing Countries: The Qualities of Great, Cheap Accommodations. This resource is for those budget accommodation sites that want to better cater to international travelers, especially women.
- Louisville, Kentucky Needs a Travelers’ Hostel: a proposal and business plan outline for a traveler’s hostel in Louisville, Kentucky, USA (it’s a dream of mine). Feel free to use this as a template for your own proposal in your own community.
- The Canby,Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Facebook page – part of my work with my own community as a citizen volunteer.