Volunteer travel: experts raise concerns over unregulated industry

Sending untrained young people to volunteer with vulnerable people is unlikely to help communities, warn responsible tourism and child protection experts It seems like such a wonderful idea, to head off across the world to help orphans and children, to build schools and conserve wildlife. But scepticism about the genuine value voluntourists provide for local … More Volunteer travel: experts raise concerns over unregulated industry

Crime and disorder warning after influx of male migrants

Tens of thousands of young male migrants pursuing a new life in Europe could threaten the peace and stability of western nations, an American professor has warned. Huge numbers of unaccompanied teenage boys who have fled poverty and war in Africa, the Middle East and Afghanistan are creating imbalances in the numbers of men and … More Crime and disorder warning after influx of male migrants

Sri Lanka Tourism reveals 2016 Strategic Marketing Plan

The tourism industry of Sri Lanka is poised for growth to achieve sustainable development phase within the next few years, based on the strategic direction determined by the new government. Sri Lanka Tourism has formulated a broad Strategic Marketing Plan for year 2016, with the participation of private and public sector stakeholders addressing long standing … More Sri Lanka Tourism reveals 2016 Strategic Marketing Plan

Ethiopia tourism industry infrastructure development

Can Ethiopia boost economic growth and eradicate poverty without ruining the very treasure it wants to promote? Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – A small plaque on this tiny deserted hillock deep in the forests of Kaffa, a province in western Ethiopia, bears an inscription in Amharic and English indicating that this is the birthplace of Ethiopia’s … More Ethiopia tourism industry infrastructure development

Talking Point: Tourism is the new forestry sucking on the public purse

In fragile economies like Tasmania, there is a tendency to see one industry as the nirvana. It used to be forestry, now it is tourism. It is no exaggeration to say tourism stories occupy more media space than any other sector of the state economy, with the exception, perhaps, of the dairy industry. The tourism … More Talking Point: Tourism is the new forestry sucking on the public purse

Australia Doesn’t Want Chris Brown In Their Country, Denies Visa

Chris Brown won’t be visiting Australia. It’s a win, that’s for sure, but in the end this campaign has very little to do with Chris Brown, and everything to do with how seriously we, as a culture, take domestic violence. It’s sickening just how many men with convictions of violence against women still enjoy a … More Australia Doesn’t Want Chris Brown In Their Country, Denies Visa

Pope Francis’ address to the United States Congress

The full text of Pope Francis’ address to the Joint Session of the United States Congress: Mr. Vice-President, Mr. Speaker, Honorable Members of Congress, Dear Friends, I am most grateful for your invitation to address this Joint Session of Congress in “the land of the free and the home of the brave”.  I would like … More Pope Francis’ address to the United States Congress

Due to a possible terrorism threat today, Australians are advised to avoid Kuala Lumpur

Due to a possible terrorism threat today, Australians are advised to avoid Kuala Lumpur’s Jalan Alor (Alor Street) and the immediate surrounding areas on Thursday 24 September. The level of advice has not changed. This is based on a US Government terrorism threat warning issued on 24 September. See our advice for the full warning. For … More Due to a possible terrorism threat today, Australians are advised to avoid Kuala Lumpur