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Covid-19 impacts on nature conservation in Georgia

None of the many available analyses of #Covid19 impact on conservation focuses on the Caucasus region. This artices summarises the positive and negative impacts on nature in Georgia, based on my interviews with people who work for Protected Areas and … Continue reading

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Tourism in Georgia: opportunities from Covid-19 pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has already significantly affected the tourism industry in Georgia and the country’s economy that heavily relies on tourism. This is a good time to reflect on the most desirable tourism going forward, and all the opportunities this … Continue reading

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Covid19 and tourism in Georgia – early impacts and government response

This article was first publised here on 20 April 2020. After the number of international arrivals to Georgia reached a record high of 9.3 million in 2019, most analysts predicted 2020 to be even better. Nobody has predicted a global … Continue reading

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Covid-19 and tourism in Georgia – calls to contribute

I have been travelling to Georgia since 2001 and working there, on and off, since 2007. I have also focused all my academic research on Georgian tourism while stydying for the MSc in Responsible Tourism Management. I am now keen … Continue reading

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T.UN.NA Manifesto – the power of ‘Co-‘

T.UN.NA Winter Academy At the end of 2019, I was one of 25 international tourism and conservation professionals selected to take part in the first edition of the Winter Academy for Tourism Management for UNESCO sites in Natural Areas (T.UN.NA), … Continue reading

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Challenges and opportunities in responsible tourism in Poland

Lack of mutual trust and cooperation between stakeholders, lack of long-term sustainable tourism strategy, low awareness of benefits from responsible tourism or lack of coordinated destination marketing are the key barriers in developing responsible tourism in Poland. I recently run … Continue reading

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my interview for the Sustainability Leaders Project

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Tony’s take on Tourism Forum 2017 – input from Svaneti

Last week I wrote about a brilliant Tourism Cooperation Forum 2017 “Sustainable Mountain Resort Development” in Gudauri in northern Georgia, where practitioners from all regions discussed the challenges and opportunities for sustainable mountain tourism. Tony Hanmer who lives in the … Continue reading

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Transcaucasian Trail: “Innovation of the Year” winner!

The Transcaucasian Trail (TCT) project I have been closely involved with since its launch in Nov 2015, has won the “Innovation of the Year” Award at the Adventure Travel Awards 2017. The Awards are the UK’s only awards dedicated to recognizing … Continue reading

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How to build a sustainable tourism brand – insights from PATA conference in Bangladesh

  The Pacific Asia Tourism Association (PATA) New Tourism Frontiers Forum 2016 was held at the end of November in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, under the theme “Designing a sustainable tourism brand”. The conference gathered practitioners in destination and sustainable tourism … Continue reading

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