Mapping the Frenzy of Europe’s Migrant Crisis

Last week Greece reported roughly 10,000 asylum-seekers a day arriving from Turkey. These migrant flows, the country’s highest to date, are just the latest wave of refugees from Syria, Iraq, and other conflict-ridden countries crashing onto European shores. The sheer scale of this migrant crisis has rocked the world and left European Union leaders grappling … More Mapping the Frenzy of Europe’s Migrant Crisis

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

Spiritual Tourism Seminar

In this seminar we examine the growing ‘spiritual tourism’ phenomenon. What are the transformative effects on participants and hosts? To what extent does spiritual tourism impact the socioeconomic contexts of hosts? And to what extent does spiritual tourism lead to long-term reciprocal exchanges between participants and hosts? . Venue Monash University Caulfield Campus Lecture theatre … More Spiritual Tourism Seminar

17 New UN Sustainable Development Goals – Implications for Tourism

The United Nations are about to update their sustainability Millennium Goals. In this guest post, Asia-Pacific sustainable tourism development expert Steve Noakes explains which of the new sustainable development goals are particularly important in the tourism context. United Nations: 17 New Global Sustainable Development Goals This month (September, 2015) 93 countries will meet at the … More 17 New UN Sustainable Development Goals – Implications for Tourism

Queensland’s sinkhole peninsula may disappear entirely

A massive sinkhole that opened up beneath a Queensland camp ground on the weekend and swallowed several vehicles is still growing and could consume the entire peninsula. The hole continues to grow with every hour locals have said with geotechnical engineer Allison Golsby telling the media the whole of Inskip Point could fall away into … More Queensland’s sinkhole peninsula may disappear entirely

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

Things every traveller should have: 12 signs that say you’re a real traveller

If you’re a footy player, a badge of honour might be a broken bone, or a medical certificate for concussion. If you’re a tradie it’s dirt under the fingernails. If you’re a guitarist it’s calloused fingers. If you’re an accountant it’s … Actually I have no idea about accountants. If you’re a traveller, however, a … More Things every traveller should have: 12 signs that say you’re a real traveller

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