Vol 6 No 4 - Sustainable Tourism

Issued: 1997 (36 pages)

Tourism, one of the world’s biggest industries when this issue appeared, was forecast to double to one billion by 2010. In fact that landmark was not reached until 2012. This issue of the magazine explores the impact of the tourism juggernaut, and the continuing growth of mass travel on the environment and on the people and cultures it can exploit and disrupt. Sue Wheat explores in an opening article the way tourism companies were becoming more sensitive to these concerns, ending on a mildly optimistic note. Others were not so sure. They include Paul Ntiati, a Maasai leader who said it was ‘most of all our culture we must protect’ though his people were beginning to see some benefits from their involvement with wildlife tourism. A similar dilemma was felt in the remote regions of Nepal such as Manaslu, then opening up to trekkers, and by those who knew and loved the chrystal wonderland of Antarctica. In Egypt Heba Aziz concluded that his country ‘should be strong enough to choose the type if tourist we want’, while in Jordan there was a big welcome to a sensitive tourist takeover of a once deserted rural village, near to Petra. This and other ecotourist efforts seemed to show that there is a growing sensitivity about tourism – which allows some hope that remote and beautiful places can survive careful visitors.


  • Page 3 - Editorial: Touring into trouble
  • Page 4 - Newsfile: News from around the globe
  • Page 6 - The tourism juggernaut
  • Page 9 - Ecotourism or ecocide
  • Page 12 - Maasai hopes and fears
  • Page 14 - Can trekkers help Manaslu?
  • Page 16 - Antarctica a crystal wonderland
  • Page 18 - South Africa's new goldmine
  • Page 20 - Gorillas in the mist
  • Page 22 - Lessons from Basata
  • Page 24 - Recycling a Jordan village
  • Page 28 - Exploring Ghana's tree tops
  • Page 30 - Ecuador's village tours
  • Page 31 - Opinion: Stemming the tourist tide
  • Page 32 - Last word: Tomorrow's travellers
  • Page 33 - Associates' News
  • Page 34 - Book & film reviews


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