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Accessible Tourism – a hidden corner in the sustainability debate

Accessible Tourism – a hidden corner in the sustainability debate

With much of the gaze today being cast upon the environmental and economic aspects of sustainability in tourism, concerns around cultural and social issues can often take the back burner when a small business is assessing the direction and tough decisions it has to take in this competitive sector. Amongst those, thoughts about access for […]

Sustainable Businesses, Sustainable Destinations – Building Local Value Chains

Sustainable Businesses, Sustainable Destinations – Building Local Value Chains

It is an exciting time for tourism in Kent. The transformation of the traditional seaside holiday and the growth of cultural tourism create opportunities for a wider range of businesses than ever to be part of the visitor economy. ‘Sense of place’ is now a key ingredient of contemporary experience based tourism, but delivering that […]

SMARTOUR springing into action at showcase events

SMARTOUR springing into action at showcase events

Last year Touch TD, along with project partners in the UK, Italy and Finland, conducted a widespread survey amongst tourism managers and staff, visitors and residents in destination communities, to discover the priority training needs identified by the sector. Based on those findings, we have produced a series of learning materials, workshops and an interactive […]

Touch TD seeks participants for sustainable tourism survey

Touch TD seeks participants for sustainable tourism survey

Touch TD is a partner in SMARTOUR, a project funded by the European Union which aims to equip managers in the tourism field with the skills to run their businesses sustainably and generate long term benefits for the wider community. As a first step, the project is surveying tourism businesses, visitors, and local residents, in […]

When the community is part of the heritage

When the community is part of the heritage

Cumalıkızık is the best preserved of one of seven historic ‘Kızık’ villages, of which five are still extant, situated in the northern foothills of Uludağ to the east of Bursa and about 10km from the city centre. A Waqf village established by Orhan Gazi with its origins in the 14th century C.E., Cumalıkızık serves as […]

Sharing and caring for heritage around Lake Ohrid

Sharing and caring for heritage around Lake Ohrid

A report on a unique EU funded, UNESCO World Heritage Centre coordinated, project supporting mixed heritage in the Central Balkans 2014-2017. The dramatic landscapes around Lake Ohrid, which form the borderlands between Albania and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, have long been recognized as holding unique values, both in terms of cultural and natural […]

Intangible Cultural Heritage in the UK – promoting and safeguarding our diverse living cultures

Intangible Cultural Heritage in the UK – promoting and safeguarding our diverse living cultures

An ICOMOS-UK Conference, London 20th September 2014 Contemporary re-telling and performance of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, traditional craft skills, such as knife making and woodturning, diaspora community festivals, archives of everyday life, ancient woodlands as places of commercial activity and spiritual power – all these and more featured in the first ever conference on intangible cultural […]

Onboard with Seabourn!

Onboard with Seabourn!

This year luxury cruise company, Seabourn entered a new partnership with UNESCO to support and promote sustainable tourism principles at the world heritage sites visited by its 5 ships. As part of the connection, Seabourn invites ‘distinguished speakers and expert guest lecturers’ to provide its passengers with in-depth insights into the sites visited and around […]