Hotel & Tourism SMARTreport #38

2018 Spring Edition


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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS
EVENTS
ELITE TRAVEL TRENDS

Gastronomy

Luxury in Middle East

ILTM Rising Stars

Cultural Tourism

Religious Tourism

AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST

Transport

News Briefs

Facts & Figures

Trending Destinations

Trending Hotels

INNOVATIONS & TECHNOLOGIES

 

 

 

EDITORIAL: THE KENT EFFECT – FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF AN ECO-TOURISM PIONEER

In undertaking research and conducting interviews for this edition of the Hotel & Tourism SMARTreport, the fact that tourism can really be beneficial for the planet has been highlighted in a very concrete way.

Indeed, Geoffrey Kent, the pioneer in African eco-tourism, hammered his desk with his fist to underline not just the importance, but the absolute essential nature of tourism, but even more so eco-tourism, in saving what’s left of the world’s fauna and flora. Local communities are able to be brought to understand that as tourists come to “shoot the animals with their cameras”, these same animals, and the forest they live in, must be protected at all cost, or the people will lose their livelihoods. Over time, this philosophy has resulted in not only a halting of the decline in mountain gorilla numbers in West Africa, but a slow but constant growth in their population over the past 20 years. If the same philosophy is applied on a global scale, perhaps we can turn around some of the damage that has been done in other regions. While Mr Kent is setting an example, we hope this example might be followed countless times in order to create a worldwide ripple effect, echoing the cries of the UNWTO last year with its Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development… a movement which is now, thankfully, ongoing.
This edition’s regional spotlight is the Middle East and Africa, where tourism growth is essential to aiding the growth and wellbeing of nations. Our Elite Travel Trends section highlights gastronomy in tourism – with local flavours adding to the memory of the experience. And in our innovations and technology section, we take a close-up look at streaming content… for those who want to choose their own content, when and where they want.

We hope you enjoy the read!