Tourism operators face overtourism dilemma: send customers to busy destinations or recommend alternatives?

Tourism operators face overtourism dilemma: send customers to busy destinations or recommend alternatives?

While everyone has heard horror stories of overcrowded destinations, hostile locals, and lining up for hours for a glimpse of a tourist attraction, travel advisors are still faced with requests to visit the world’s most popular places. They have a dilemma: Do they make the booking or risk losing the business by recommending alternatives?

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Tourism, Trade and the WTO: Affirming the importance of enhanced global cooperation on trade & tourism, and encouraging greater participation of the tourism sector in trade policy

Tourism, Trade and the WTO: Affirming the importance of enhanced global cooperation on trade & tourism, and encouraging greater participation of the tourism sector in trade policy

As the third-largest sector in international trade, accounting for 10.4% of global gross domestic product (GDP) and supporting 313 million jobs worldwide, the tourism sector is making strong contributions towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

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International spotlight on New Zealand tourism issues

International spotlight on New Zealand tourism issues

With the number of tourists to New Zealand expected to reach five million by 2024, how are New Zealand communities - and the Government - preparing to receive them? Growing pains and communication need to be addressed, says Simon Milne, professor of tourism at Auckland University of Technology and the director of the New Zealand Tourism Research Institute, in a recent New York Times article.

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Love of bees leads to wetlands restoration

Love of bees leads to wetlands restoration

Gavin Smith and Sophie Sterry unwittingly embarked on an adventure of habitat rehabilitation, when what they were looking for was just a place to home their bee-keeping business. Cutting back weeds and removing invasive species has become more than the work of land stewardship - it’s their passion. Their seven-hectare property in Onetangi is well on its way to transitioning back to its native state, exposing the raupo from under its previous thick layer of honeysuckle.

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Cruise ship stops at Matiatia, offering passengers Waiheke experience

Cruise ship stops at Matiatia, offering passengers Waiheke experience

Photo Courtesy Gulf News

It’s not often that a large cruise liner includes Waiheke Island in its list of port visits, but that’s just what happened during the first week of January, this year. Hundreds of visitors were shuttled between ship and shore by small boats, offering their passengers to experience Waiheke cuisine and adventure.

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Rubbish Barge for Boaties

Rubbish Barge for Boaties

For boaties who spend long periods of time on the water, it might be difficult to dispose of the inevitable collection of rubbish without multiple trips ashore. Auckland Council has established two barges to help facilitate rubbish removal while staying at sea - one barge at Port Fitzroy on Great Barrier Island, and the other in Waiheke’s Man O’ War Bay. Each barge has both recycling and rubbish bins, and are accessible round the clock, until mid-February.

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