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Local pride, authenticity and connection – social benefits of trails

What I find most fascinating about trails and cultural routes is their power to connect and foster social interactions and shared responsibility, creating social benefits for both tourists and the local people. ‘Scenic Roads and Trails’ were the theme of … Continue reading

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Svaneti responsible tourism businesses – recommendations please!

I am looking for recommendations for local sustainable/responsible tourism business owners in Svaneti! You may have heard that we are in the middle of the Responsible Travel Week (12-18 Feb) –  #RTweek18. During this week I am travelling around Svaneti in the … Continue reading

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Caucasus Tourism and me in 2017 – reasons to celebrate!

The rapid growth in tourism in Georgia is NOT a reason to celebrate – but my 2017 definitely was!  In 2015 I made a risky but also much-needed and exciting decision to change career and work in sustainable tourism in … Continue reading

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Tourism boom in Georgia – reasons to celebrate?

One of the main objectives of the Georgian National Tourism Development Strategy 2015-2025 is to increase the number of international arrivals to 11 million. At the current rate, achieving that is clearly doable. But is it really that desirable? I … Continue reading

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The first ever community consultation in Georgia – we did it!

At the beginning of June, I spent two weeks in the mountainous region of Svaneti in northern Georgia, consulting local communities about our proposal to build the #Transcaucasian Trail. To our knowledge, the TCT project is the first tourism-related project … Continue reading

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“OMG you can freeze eggs” – and other things we didn’t know

I have recently attended a fun and informative “Love Food Hate Waste” training, organised for Westminster Council’s Recycling Champions (a group of enthusiastic volunteers who help the Council promote recycling). We give talks and presentations to local residents, we run … Continue reading

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H&M disconnected – Fashion Revolution Day’s thoughts

How can leading the fast fashion industry and supporting the buy & discard mentality ever be sustainable? During a recent CSR lecture I attended, one of the University of Reading professors added H&M to his list of the most progressive … Continue reading

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