Tag Archives: tourism concern

Urgent appeal to keep Goa ‘going with the flow’

If you love Goa, then you have a chance to take action to preserve its most vital resource – water. There are so many injustices going on with relation to water that the majority of tourists don’t have any idea … Continue reading

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The people I meet

I remember pitching a column idea to some editors a few years ago, on one of those ‘if you don’t ask you don’t get’ sort of days. It had the working title of ‘The People I Meet’.  My aim was … Continue reading

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All inclusive holidays – the way to a ‘better world’?

Since leading holiday company, First Choice decided to make 100 per cent of its holidays ‘all inclusive’ packages this year, it has grabbed the headlines. An all inclusive holiday is one where flights, accommodation, food, drink and entertainment are paid … Continue reading

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World Water Day – tips for tourists

This International World Water Day (22 March 2012), tourists are being urged to remain water aware while on holiday.  The call comes from campaigning groups Tourism Concern and Water Wise, who have produced a set of water-saving tips for tourists … Continue reading

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Who is responsible?

[This article was published in The Irish Times following the dramatic enquiry into  phone hacking and News International in July 2011] Many of us have spent the last two weeks watching the dramas of international organisations unfold. As we learn … Continue reading

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When disaster strikes

When the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami hit, many tourists raced back to beloved beaches to help. Because everyone was desperate to help, even in some small way. People have donated generously to Haiti, but few have raced back to its … Continue reading

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People of the year 2009

I once had an editor who told me that I shouldn’t write about people in travel. “Holidaymakers only want to know about the place, not the people. They’re irrelevant to travel articles”, he told me. However, writing about beaches and … Continue reading

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Voicing Irish concern

The Irish are famous worldwide for their sense of justice and human rights. During my travels, this is something that many people comment on and admire. One active conservationist company providing hiking holidays asked me to write about them recently, … Continue reading

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Green is the new black

‘The only true ethical traveller is one who stays at home,” an old friend of my father’s announced over Christmas. “Bah, humbug,” I said, and we entered into a hearty debate. I am glad to say I managed to win him … Continue reading

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