The Good Alternative Travel Guide

Posted: 6 June 2002

Author: Mark Mann
Earthscan/Tourism Concern, London, 2002, £9.99

Compiled by Mark Mann for Tourism Concern, Europe's leading ethical tourism organization, this updated version of The Community Tourism Guide describes hundreds of exciting holidays that benefit poor communities throughout Asia, Africa, Latin Americaa and the Pacific - with practical details for booking a holiday.

coverIntroductory chapters explain the concept of 'community-based tourism', while the main section provides a guide to ecotourist holidays. Trips that can offer local people in conservation hotspots a sustainable alternative to logging, overfishing, overfarming and working for oil companies.

Other sections spotlight indigenous tourism in Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada.

Mann aruges that ecotourism benefits not just the tour operator, but local people too. It leaves them with more money and supports local development projects. The environment also benefits since ethical tourism offers sustainable alternative incomes for communities living in threatened environments. Indeed, many projects are supported by leading conservation organisations.

The Guide argues that being 'ethical' need not mean a dull holiday. Featured trips include luxury safaris, adventurous backpacking expeditions, snorkelling, kayaking, beach holidays, jungle lodges, spectacular hiking, dog-sledding, whale-watching, fascinating cultural adventures, salsa and drumming holidays and much more.

Also available from Tourism Concern Tel: +44 (0)20-7753 3330