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Tourists urged to stop littering on Mount Everest

It may be one of the most remote, inhospitable tourist destinations on Earth, but not even Mount Everest is safe from litter. Earlier this week, Nepalese authorities urged mountaineers to recycling their waste, and stop leaving in on the mountain’s pristine peak. The world’s highest mountain stands at 29,029 feet...


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Blue & Green holiday cottages: Dragonfly Cottage, Somerset

Hidden deep in the Somerset countryside this cottage offers beautiful views and is available to book now through cottages4you. Despite its location, Dragonfly Cottage is only a short drive from sandy beaches. These two smart and well-appointed, semi-detached holiday cottages are set around the owners’ 12-acre lake. There is plenty...


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‘Unethical’ dolphin tours removed from TBEX tourism conference following boycott

The organisers of a tourism bloggers conference have yielded to campaigner pressure to ditch controversial captive dolphin experiences from their programme. Campaigners had urged tourists to boycott the TBEX 2014 conference in Cancun because it offered attendees the tours at the Delphinus Dolphinarium. Critics say such exhibits are immoral...


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Crowdfund us to broadcast Sustainable September around the world

On Monday, we launched our £10,000 crowdfunder for Sustainable September. We need your support to broadcast our month-long celebration of sustainability live around the world, and reach out to as many people as possible. Sustainable September will feature four Oxford-style evening debates and one TED-style all-day conference, hosted across London. The...


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Sustainable September: 20 questions with… Mark Watson

Mark Watson answers 20 questions on life, sustainability and everything. Mark Watson is executive director of Tourism Concern, a charity that fights exploitation in the global tourism industry. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Chartered Manager with an MSc in sustainability and a first degree...


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Crowdfunding a global broadcast of Sustainable September

Today we launched our £10,000 crowd funder for Sustainable September. Why? We’ve only got a limited number of tickets and can only get so many people together in the various venues. So we want to broadcast the event live, cut it to DVD and reach out to as many...


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World Responsible Tourism Awards 2014 longlist announced

The official longlist for the World Responsible Tourism Awards 2014 has been released, recognising inspiring organisations that work to ensure tourism preserves and benefits destinations and local people. The longlist names over 200 tourism organisations, initiatives, businesses and projects across 11 categories. These categories include animal welfare, conservation, poverty...


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Top ecotourism destinations: Blue Mountains, Australia

Located less than 2 hours drive from Sydney, the Blue Mountains offer an exciting holiday destination for responsible travellers who wish to enjoy the Australian wilderness. A UNESCO World Heritage site since 2000, this mountain region, formed by seven national park areas and a conservation reserve, is among the...


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Eco-friendly standards ‘will be as common as wi-fi’ in hotels of the future

Last week saw the launch of a new green initiative for sustainable tourism from leading travel website, TripAdvisor. Programme leader, Jenny Rushmore spoke to Blue & Green Tomorrow about how TripAdvisor GreenLeaders, now the largest green hotel programme in the world, is hoping to change the way travellers and...


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Does fragmentation hinder sustainability in the hotel industry?

There was a time when a hotel group designed, built, owned and maintained its own hotels. With a few exceptions, this is no longer the case. With a complex build and operating structure which includes amongst others, architects, engineers and developers, asset owners and hotel group managers, it is...


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Campaigners call for tourism conference boycott over captive dolphin experiences

Campaigners are calling on tourists to boycott the travel conference TBEX 2014, because it offers attendees the chance to sign up for controversial captive dolphin tours. TBEX is a conference that brings together travel bloggers, journalists and travel industry professionals from across the world. Said to be the world’s...


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Second annual Global Retail Banking Innovation Awards open for applications

The Global Retail Banking Innovation Awards, established by Efma and Accenture, is looking for cutting-edge marketing and distribution innovations from retail banks for their global award ceremony. Efma, whose membership includes nearly one-third of all global retail banks, in partnership with Accenture, a global distribution and marketing firm, will...


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HSBC chairman criticises banking reform amid profits fall

The chairman of HSBC has criticised banking reforms, which aim to deter irresponsible behaviour within the sector, stating that there is a “growing danger of disproportionate risk aversion”. His comments come as the bank reports a 12% fall in first-half profits. HSBC’s first-half results report a pre-tax profit of...


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Sustainable September: 20 questions with… Manda Brookman

Manda Brookman answers 20 questions on life, sustainability and everything. Manda Brookman is the director of CoaST: One Planet Tourism network, an independent social enterprise leading sustainable tourism in the Cornwall area, which she also co-founded. She will be speaking at Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Sustainable September Tourism Debate,...


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Co-operative Group voted most ethical company of past 25 years by Ethical Consumer readers

The Co-operative Group has been named as Ethical Consumer magazine’s most ethical UK company, with readers voting for the firm despite its recent troubles. The Co-op came out on top of a readers’ survey marking the 25th birthday of Ethical Consumer magazine. Also among the top 10 are cosmetics...


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