The Olympic Games
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ETHICAL HERO OR
Crytical Mass action against incursions into the Strandja Natural Park. ETHICAL ‘PUT OFF’?
A recent article in New Consumer named
Venelina Velichkova, BlueLink Information Network
Tricia Barnett, Director of Tourism
Concern, as one of the top 100 Ethical
Heroes supporting and highlighting the
impact Tourism Concern has.
But the explanation from New Consumer
as to why Tricia Barnett is such an ‘ethical
hero’ was far from satisfactory:
“Remember the good old days when you
could fly to Thailand, party for two weeks,
buy lots of goodies, come home without
so much as a flicker of conscience?
Nowadays we are all too aware that flying
Bulgaria – the new Spain? is bad. You can blame Tourism Concern,
but Tricia Barnett – herself a great lover
Since the 1990s, tour operators and consumers Golden Pearl is a new luxury resort being of travelling – is also working to find less
have taken a keen interest in Bulgaria as their developed at the edge of the park in harmful ways of travelling.”
choice of unspoilt destinations in Western contravention of environmental legislation. The This demonstrates how the media’s
Europe has diminished. construction work was challenged in court but focus on the impact of flying is obscuring
the High Court has recently set aside the Park’s Tourism Concern’s message and
However, Bulgaria’s beach resorts are already designation and granted permission for the increasing the perception that TC only
threatened by tourism development. Much of development to continue. Witnesses are reported covers climate change and environmental
the northern Black Sea Coast has already been to have been threatened and assaulted. There issues. Tourism Concern is also trying to
damaged by developers who’ve adopted a were protests and national demonstrations overcome the fact that many people
Mediterranean-style ‘slash and burn’ approach. following the ruling and an online petition don’t want to hear a negative message
Worryingly, local authorities have failed to learn launched (www.ipetitions.com/petition/strandja- about travelling and their holidays.
lessons from the destruction of so many Spanish bg/ or www.bgpetition.com/strandja/sign.html),
It’s important that we concentrate on
and Greek coastal areas. Some commentators but it’s not yet clear whether anyone outside
sending positive messages about
have suggested that the real problem in the EU’s Bulgaria is aware of this threat to Europe’s
behaviour at destinations to ensure that
newest member state is that corruption and heritage. Further information is available at
travellers have a good holiday, as well
short-termism are endemic with developers and www.forthenature.org.
as bringing benefits to local people and
municipal authorities simply interested in quick
minimising damage to the environment.
financial returns. Can you please alert responsible travellers, the
Given the number of articles and
media and tourism industry, and help support
programmes on flying, Tourism Concern
This assessment has recently been tested by the efforts in Bulgaria to avoid repeating mistakes
(and we members) must put its
case of Strandja Nature Park. Covering 1116 sq elsewhere in Europe?
perspective forcefully and clearly at
km and established in 1995, the park is the
country’s largest protected area and is an Benjamin Carey
exceptional part of Europe’s natural heritage. The Managing Director, Dunira Strategy Margery Hancock
Front cover pictures, clockwise: Thousands of sponsored walks and charity events take place every year to raise money for charities all over the world. However, many put little
back into the communities they pass through whilst completing the challenges. Charity Challenge expeditions unusually donate to local community projects. (photo: Charity
Challenge); A factory site that has been closed down and demolished for the Olympic Games due to take place in 2012. The Olympics can mean evictions for local people. Find
out more on page 6. (photo: Nigel Fairburn); Help raise funds for Tourism Concern by going on a Charity Challenge trip. Choose from many different places and themed trips such
as a Community Challenge to Sri Lanka. Go to page 11 for details. (photo: Charity Challenge); A tourist between boats donated as tsunami aid in Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu.
Despite millions being given in aid, the victims of the tsunami are still losing their land and livelihoods to tourism. Find out how on page 4. (photo: Kabani)
THIS EDITION OF IN FOCUS
brings campaign actions on behalf of others, but we are also
asking you to take urgent action to save Tourism Concern itself!
Our members will have recently received a letter from Tricia Barnett, 4
director of Tourism Concern, explaining the desperate financial situation we
are in and calling for all members to help. We are extending this call to our
supporters and friends and family in this In Focus. We’ve included some
ways of raising these much needed funds on page 11. And it couldn’t be
easier. These include signing up to a Charity Challenge, one where the host
community and Tourism Concern benefits whilst you have the experience of
a lifetime. There are lots of other ways to help: sponsored runs, organising 8
events or donating money from an existing event happening soon. If you
would like to talk about how you might help or how we might support you
with your fundraising, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to
Tricia or Gillian on 020 7133 3330.
We’ve included a further update on the tsunami victims in India on pages 4
and 5. The strategic evictions of coastal communities affected by the
tsunami across South East Asia is an issue we have been tirelessly
campaigning on since 2004. We have further crucial work planned
specifically with the tsunami landless in India in 2008. Sumesh
Mangalessery from Kabani, our partner organisation in India, brings you an
update of how, as predicted by Tourism Concern back in 2005, tourism is
taking over the coast of Southern India and the lands of the fishermen and
other coastal peoples.
We introduce you to a new campaign about the global impact of the Olympics.
From physical abuse in Beijing to evictions in London, the organisers of the
Olympic Games are going against their founding principles of peace, solidarity
and respect. We want you to join us in demanding that the organisers take
notice of the people who are suffering because of the Games and urgently find 4 lead campaign
ways to stick to their own principles. Find out how on page 6. The Tsunami of Tourism
Without Tourism Concern, the communities and peoples exploited by 6 focus on…
tourism in this edition of In Focus and all our campaigns wouldn’t have a Olympics – development or
voice. Please, please do find ways to support Tourism Concern and the vital devastation; & teaching or
work that we do with these communities and others all over the world. campaigning
Best wishes, 8 local voices
Kelly Haynes Flights from poverty
10 travel dilemmas
The ethics of holiday homes
Tourism In Focus Tourism Concern staff
Editor: Kelly Haynes Director: Tricia Barnett
Managing editor: Tricia Barnett Finance: Alan Nguyen 11 supporters’ area
Sub-editors: Ann Noon, Paul Smith Information: Siobhan Adeusi
Design: Andrew Carton-Kelly Projects: Guyonne James
Print management: Lithosphere Fundraiser: Gillian Cooper
The Tsunami of Tourism:
disaster in India The tsunami in December 2004 triggered many conflicts and contradictions regarding the
Floods across the UK have
use of resources and setting of priorities in coastal areas. Due to the rapid development of
brought home how tourism, communities’ interests have been dramatically sidelined in the reconstruction and
damaging the seas and rehabilitation process causing major clashes.
The Tamil Nadu Tourism Department strategy for 2005-06 showed the government’s
rivers can be. South East
intention to bring private investment and facilities such as amusement parks to the coastal
Asia is still feeling the effects area. International agencies like the Asian Development Bank and World Bank and industry
bodies like the Confederation of Indian Industry are backing tourism as an alternative
from the tsunami and, with
livelihood option for coastal communities. This remains the same in 2007. New national
tourism identified as the new policies still do not acknowledge the necessity of protecting traditional and customary rights
of fishing communities. Fishermen argue that the government is undermining the existing
money-making industry and
Coastal Regulation Zone notification which indicates that all reconstruction should take
the subsequent coastal place more than 200 metres from the sea. They suspect the land within the 200-metre zone
is being kept for big hotels and private investors.
evictions, it’s meant that
In areas such as the East Coast Road from Chennai to Mahabalipuram, land value has shot
many are unable to fully up and many hotels and amusement parks have been established on both sides of the
recover. In 2005 Tourism highway within the Coastal Regulation Zone. The government seems to be strategically
preventing fishing families from rebuilding their homes, citing potential future natural
Concern produced a report disasters and safety. But at the same time it’s encouraging the opening of new and rebuilt
highlighting the plight of the beachfront hotels and tourist facilities. The people of Srinivasapuram, a village near the
luxury Marina Beach in Chennai where the tsunami claimed the highest number of victims,
tsunami victims. Have our are facing displacement due to the Coastal Regulation Zone. After the tsunami, they
fearful predictions now received an eviction order despite a stay from Madras High Court against any such move.
The still-traumatised residents were encouraged to leave the coastline for “safer” places with
become the nightmare the promise that they will be given new homes. The government collected signatures to
reality? We bring you an prove that fishermen and other communities were willing to shift. District Collectors were
then asked to compulsorily evict residents.
update from India where the
The villagers allege that 50 metres from Srinivasapuram village, a luxury hotel is being
tsunami took 15,000 lives built. If the Coastal Regulation Zone is not applicable to this hotel, one wonders why
and made 500,000 those with traditional rights to the land and who depend on the coast for their livelihoods
are being evicted.
It appears that in the name of the tsunami and human tragedy, tourism is being pushed
through with little dialogue and debate. After the tragedy of the tsunami, coastal
Sumesh Mangalassery communities were definitely not prepared to face a man-made disaster like mass tourism!
reports… Sumesh Mangalassery is a tourism researcher and an active member of Kabani, an initiative working
towards a sustainable tourism model: email email@example.com or visit www.kabani.org.
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“Hotels and resorts seem to
have no restriction to rebuild
their structures and tourist
facilities even in the
suggested buffer zone where
building is illegal. In tourist
places like Kovalam near
Chennai, the Government is
not allowing people to
reconstruct their houses on
the coast where land is
available. We suspect this
land is being kept for big
hotels and private investors”.
M.A.Sekhar of Tamil Nadu
Coastal Panchayat Resource
The coast in south India is becoming a no-go zone for local communities. They are being evicted from their homes and lands and Peter Das, President of Tamil
also from their beaches which are privatised for the tourists. This has disastrous results for the fisher peoples and others who
depend on the coast, destroying their livelihoods. Nadu Fish Workers Union
(Tamil Nadu Matsya Thozhilali
What local communities have to say… Sangam), highlights the plight
of the people who need to be
Along the coast of Alappuzha District, Kerala, real estate brokers and big resort owners are by the sea for their
persuading fishermen communities to sell their land. They are offering prices that seem high to the livelihoods.
communities and many fishermen jump at the opportunity to sell their land. Fisherpeople are unaware “Fisherfolk depend on the sea
of the real value of the land because of tourism. The real estate brokers are using fears of another and its resources, they cannot
tsunami as a strategy and are trying to convince the communities of the benefits of selling their land. go far away from the coast.
Jayce Das, a fisherman from Mararikulam Alappuzha, who sold his land said that real estate brokers On the one hand it’s right to
had approached him several times to convince him of the economic advantage of selling. He eventually displace them 200m from the
sea if looking at their safety.
sold his land and house for £7,035 (RS 5.8 lakhs).
On the other the government
Only after did he realise that the interior land 2-3 km away from the coast where he was planning to is paving the way for the
move to and build a house had become just as expensive. He bought a plot inland at a cost of £6,065 tourism industry on the
but he still has to buy the materials and build his house which will cost more than he received from coast”.
selling his coastal home. He realises now that he was conned and that his original homeland on the
coast was worth much more than he was paid.
The Olympics – development or devastation?
BEING CHOSEN AS AN OLYMPIC HOST NATION Between 2006 and 2008, an average of
is considered a great privilege, increasing 60,000 homes are expected to be
country and city revenue as a tourist demolished, not including the migrant
destination to be visited by millions. In reality community who have no rights and aren’t
the devastating impacts of the Olympics range eligible for compensation or re-housing in
from forced evictions and displacements to the the event of their homes being pulled down.
targeting of the homeless and discrimination
against minorities in order to make way for The number of people facing the threat of
stadiums, new hotels and car parks. displacement for the London Olympics in
2012 is small compared to Beijing. However,
The Olympic legacy is said to promote the threat is real and on our doorsteps. The
peace, solidarity and respect for the universal construction of Olympic facilities will affect
fundamental principles of human rights. But approximately one thousand people, including
taking into account global research findings, the residents of East London university The view for local residents of the barbed wire fence
the Olympics are in danger of breaching campus and Gypsies and Travellers from Clays around the Olympic site in Chapman Rd, East
their own principles and Tourism Concern is Lane in Newham and Waterden Crescent in London. The sign warns of asbestos removal which
is also a concern for local residents.
urging the International Olympics Hackney. Each of the residents relocated from
Committee to take urgent action. the Clay’s Lane Housing Cooperative will Concern demands that the Olympic Games
receive just £8500 as compensation and Committee takes into consideration the
In a report by COHRE (Centre of Housing relocation expenses while the 35 Gypsy and hundreds of thousands of people feeling the
Rights and Evictions), human rights Traveller families affected will receive a similar effects of the Olympic Games and to ensure
violations were noted in every past host city amount as a ‘disturbance fee.’ that the main benefactors are not just the
including Beijing. China, which is holding wealthy. We need you to do the same.
the games in 2008, claims that it will bring It’s planned that after the Games, 9100 new Junie Wadhawan
prestige, improve national morale and housing units will be constructed on former
political structures as well as boost the Olympic sites. During the bidding process, Take Action Now
economy. But who’s paying the price? 50% of the total Olympic village housing was Please write to President Rogge of the
Statements by the Chinese government and planned as affordable for key workers and International Olympic Committee (IOC) urging
estimates documented in the field by those in acute need. These targets are not him to include a non-negotiable, binding
COHRE show that 1.25 million people have being met with now only just over 25% criterion that candidate cities commit to hosting
already been displaced as a result of Olympic- ending up reserved for social housing. the Olympic Games without causing adverse
related urban development and will total a housing impacts for vulnerable groups in both
staggering 1.5 million people by the time the Those at odds with the London Olympics feel the short and long term. Please also ask the
games are underway. that the masses of visitors arriving will disrupt
IOC to take into consideration the human rights
and put pressure on resources for those living
record of the country before they grant a city
Large-scale forced evictions have taken place here. No London 2012, an opposing group,
the right to hold the Games. Go to Tourism
and there are claims that housing rights feels that the Games are a waste of money,
defenders have been intimidated, harassed will cause the loss of free sports facilities, push Concern’s website www.tourismconcern.org.uk
and even suffered physical abuse. The up rents, and lead to environmental damage for a sample letter and for more information on
evicted do not always receive the from increased air traffic. the evictions.
compensation agreed upon and, in the cases Address: Mr Jacques Rogge, President,
of those who refuse to leave their present As research shows, the negative impact of the
International Olympic Committee, Chateau de
accommodation, have had their utilities cut Olympic Games will be felt most by
Vidy, 1007 Lausanne, Switzerland
off and been subjected to physical threats. marginalised and low income groups. Tourism
6 tourism in focus Summer 2007
why we campaign
Tourism Concern fights exploitation. This is
Teacher or campaigner – where because we recognise that our holidays are other
people’s homes. Our holidays should be as good
would you draw the line? for the people in the destinations we are visiting
as they are for ourselves.
TOURISM CONCERN HAS ALWAYS HAD TEACHERS AND We frequently get harassed by locals without
academics among its members. Not realising that it’s often because they’re not getting
surprisingly, since they’re the people whose job any real benefits from our holidays. On the
it is to think about and help others understand contrary, those living in popular tourist destinations
the issues surrounding tourism. Many join often suffer when precious resources, such as
Tourism Concern to keep up to date with water, are diverted from agriculture into hotel
problems faced by communities around the swimming pools. People even get thrown out of
world and initiatives set up to encourage their homes for new developments.
responsible tourism. But others become Tourism generates huge wealth and can be a
members out of a desire to inspire those they force for good for millions living at destinations,
teach, aiming to provoke and challenge young but they receive little, with most of our money
people to take a stand and make a difference in never reaching them.
this industry of dreams.
Please join us to fight exploitation.
There’s certainly a hunger for current
information about the impact of tourism. There’s Your actions make changes happen!
also a demand for material that will give young Teachers have many different standpoints on how and
whether to bring campaigning issues and how to use
people a chance to discuss issues from Tourism Concern resources in the classroom. We want to
different points of view. Over the years Tourism hear from you now on on how you do this and what else
you might need to make this easier.
Concern has been a source of information for Take Action Now
teachers and students. But should the person arranged for two trainee teachers to develop Those of you reading In Focus may be aware of
introducing the ideas let their own opinions suitable teaching materials for the 14-19 Leisure the issues TC covers and use it in your lessons but
intrude? How far can you go before teaching and Tourism curriculum. They spent two weeks how do we get information out to those teachers who
becomes campaigning? making TC materials more ‘user friendly’ to aren’t? Send your suggestions on the best way to get
teachers within a mainstream school teachers involved to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tourism Concern wants teachers to join us in the environment. This will provide a new teaching Trial our new teaching pack and get it at a
fight against exploitation in tourism by spreading pack which will work for different levels of discount. To be put on the mailing list for full details,
the word to students and parents alike. Is that learning, at schools and colleges. email: email@example.com
realistic? We would welcome your views on this.
If you’ve used examples of your own to get young
Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org Shirley Eber, a lecturer, says: “I see the role of people talking and thinking, send them to us and tell
teachers and academics as leaving their us what you did. Your contribution could go towards
Teachers and action campaigning hats aside and getting students to another much needed teaching resource. Email:
There are many examples of how teachers have THINK about issues – tourism or other. I don’t email@example.com
used our campaigns within their own work. attempt to hide my own views and stance, and Running events that highlight Tourism Concern’s
Deborah Pownall, a member from Liverpool John I’m sure students know these well. But it’s by campaigns to students and parents can be really
Moores University, believes that “by developing inspiring and challenging them that allows effective as both a learning and campaigning tool.
functional teaching materials, the issues raised students to make up their own minds. That said, We can help you organise an event based on
by Tourism Concern can easily be used within I always point to TC as a source of information, successful events held by members. Contact:
the curriculum, bringing their up-to-date and they know it’s a campaigning organisation – firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 020 7133 3330.
campaigning into the classroom”. She recently the rest is up to them!”
poverty 500 Maasai women at a rally locally known as a ‘harambee’ to raise awareness and funds for Maasai girls’ education. But this was
more than just fund-raising. Women are challenging their society and men to let their daughters and wives get an education.
North South Travel is an Communities benefiting from land rights and tourism, Tanzania
Ololosokwan village is a strong example how communities can generate income from community based
extraordinary travel agency. tourism by strengthening a village’s capacity to use political and communal processes to reclaim land.
It invests its profits into North South Travel has supported the Community Resource Trust (CRT) in Tanzania through UK-
based African Initiatives.
grassroots development Ololosokwan Village, sandwiched between the Serengeti National Park in northern Tanzania and the
projects all around the Kenyan border has a population of about 4000 primarily Maasai pastoralists who share this ecosystem
with a diverse wildlife population. Disagreements over community land rights primarily around wildlife,
world. For the past 18 conservation and tourism have persisted over the last 50 years. In 2006 the Ololosokwan community,
with the support of CRT, resisted the illegal expansion of Serengeti National Park by a further 200 sq
years this dynamic trust kms. Pasture land used for grazing and water were given to outside “investors” by the Government.
has worked to ensure that As a result of community mobilisation and strengthening the Village Council, tourism companies are
every flight is a fight against required to agree contracts with the Village. These contracts determine the rent and fees but also the
numbers of tourists and areas where they can access to balance livestock, wildlife and tourism needs
poverty. It’s clear from the (80% of land is now set aside for livestock).
following stories from In 1999 contracts signed increased the Village income to $57,000 per year – representing 90% of its
income. This income has been spent on a range of social services including a unique community health
Tanzania how important insurance scheme, a vehicle, dispensary, secondary school and university tuition fees. Community
attitudes towards wildlife have changed as they see how tourism wildlife can contribute to the local
such contributions to economy and social services and four village game scouts have been employed.
change can be. The
Pastoralist Women Claim their Rights to Education
development agency 500 Maasai have gathered together, some from 30km away or more for their ‘harambee’ – a
African Initiatives has community mobilisation to raise awareness and funds for girls’ education – organised by the Pastoral
Women’s Council (PWC), the only women’s led pastoralist organisation in Tanzania supported by
received support from North South Travel through African Initiatives. Most give money, though some have brought
chickens or goats and more than 9m Shillings (just under £5,000) is raised.
North South Travel to help
This is what Lilian Nandoiye Mburiito, one of the girls who has benefited from the girls’ education
progress this work. programme, had to say: “My father’s family were complaining about a girl going to school because it
is a wastage of cattle. She will not help the fathers, they complained, and the girls will not come back
to be given a husband. This is a great fear for them.”
Rough Guide author and PWC offered to pay Lilian’s school fees. “When I came back home for my holidays my friends asked
me a lot of questions about school. When will you get married? Why don’t you drop out? This
travel writer Richard Trillo question annoyed me because they didn’t understand the importance of education. They told me that
‘you’re going to forget Maasai culture and tradition and lose important things for your life.’ I also
explains… know my culture and tradition like any Maasai lady who didn’t go to school.
“Individual empowerment will come through education. This education is beneficial to my family,
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Village role play and
discussion in Tanzania
on the rights of women
to have access to land
Photos: Mike Sansom,
my community, my nation North South Travel makes your choice of holiday count
and myself by applying One way to salve our consciences when we fly is to this very nice position of being able to almost make a
my knowledge and skills. offset our carbon footprint: it’s better than doing virtue out of flying by passing on all our net profits to
I’m self-confident and self- nothing. But an alternative is to book with a travel small grassroots development organisations that don’t
controlled. I’m advising agency that commits its profits to development have big fundraising capabilities.”
my young sister and other
projects. North South Travel is a small agency set up in
girls that we need to
the 1980s to generate funds for development projects, The choice of suitable recipients is made at twice-
struggle and face all
problems so as to meet the mostly in Africa. The office, in an old watermill in yearly trustee meetings. Usually projects get to hear
goal. We have to teach the Chelmsford, handles more than 3000 bookings a year about North South through other initiatives or
mothers. We are equal to to destinations from Warsaw to Ouagadougou. Brenda travellers and get in touch asking for a grant. North
men and we need to be Skinner, reservations manager and sales director, South is looking for good, budgeted proposals that
treated equally. explains: “We have customers from across the will make a clear difference on the ground and for
“In Maasai, women are spectrum. The voluntary and academic sectors have work that is ongoing with a UK link to ensure
seen as children and called always been important to us, but word of mouth transparency and feedback. The kind of work
this. We cannot participate brings us lots of independent travellers too. People like undertaken varies. Ideally North South projects relate
in decision-making. This to have someone to talk to – they like the personal directly or indirectly to tourism, or to mitigating its
oppresses us and makes us touch. And our prices are extremely competitive.” impact. Recent examples include the Joliba Trust in
feel inferior. This is Mali, providing micro-credit to farmers in the Dogon
traditional and cultural. I All profits from ticket sales are held by the NST country; the Omari Project in Kenya, working with
have to show men I am Development Trust, a charity dealing with North heroin addicts in the tourist resort of Malindi; and
strong and can do things South Travel’s grants to development organisations. Afrikids in Ghana, combating child poverty and
on my own. We need
The chair of the trustees is Nigel Watt, former trafficking in Accra.
rights over property – then
director of the Africa Centre in London. Like his
we will be able to
participate. Maasai women fellow trustees and co-directors of North South Travel, North South Travel: tel: 01245 608291,
will be confident. I wish his time and services are given voluntarily. “I think www.northsouthtravel.co.uk
that. I hope.” what North South does is probably unique. We’re in African Initiatives: www.african-initiatives.org.uk
An exchange of cultures. Genevieve, the daughter of the family who manage the
TRAVEL DILEMMAS holiday home in South Africa with our son at his local school in the Outer Hebrides. We
brought the whole family over to Scotland, their first time leaving South Africa.
photo: Theona Morrison
Foreign Property Ownership – The Stats
Foreign Property Ownership is growing at a hugely accelerated rate and has doubled
in the last five years.
The value of foreign property ownership by British residents was estimated to be
just above £23 billion in 2003/04, more than double the estimate for 1999/00.
231,000 second homes are owned outside Britain and investment is the highest
in Europe, with Spain and France being the preferred locations to buy (79% of all
homes owned are in Europe).
In 2003/04, rental income from investment in foreign property already totalled
almost £190 million.
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) Survey of English Housing (SEH), 2006
The ethics of holiday homes
Life in the Outer Hebrides is bound by a strong community identity shaped by history, the land, sea and Gaelic
Theona Morrison is culture. Many people need more than one job so the letting of a ‘second home’ can be seen as an asset.
aware of the However, some rural communities have houses that are lived in for just a few weeks a year. This contributes
almost nothing to the schools, shops, church or the hotel. In a community suffering population decline,
detrimental impact economic development that enables people to live here year round is imperative.
that having a holiday In January 2005 we visited South Africa with Traidcraft. We eventually bought a second home in Cape Town
home can have in with the rationale that it’s a base for our child where he has family his age and opens a window to a different
life to the one he has in the UK. It was also, dare I say it, an investment. Am I now what I was so critical of in
Scotland with, more Scotland? An absentee landlord? I still struggle to promote renting it because when it lies empty I know it’s not
often than not, little beneficial for the community where it’s based.
being invested in the We became very close to a family who had been considerably disadvantaged by the country’s politics. We met
local economy and when the father was working as a relief driver on our trip bus. He had lost his job three times and withdrawn
his children from school because of their financial situation. He committed to looking after our apartment and
community. Knowing every time we let it, he receives half the letting fee.
this, she still decided We were able to bring his family to the Outer Hebrides last summer, the first time they had left South Africa.
to buy a second Their daughter attended school with our son, an island school with 30 pupils compared to more than 900 in
her primary school.
home in South Africa.
We have tried to find our own ways to make a difference and contribute.
Theona takes us
If you do decide to have a holiday home:
through the trials and It may be obvious but really understand the community that you will be ‘living in’. Will you just be
tribulations of buying slipping in and out of a community – how can you improve this?
a holiday home and Employ as many local people as possible for cleaning, gardening, security and to welcome guests. They’ll
suggests how to keep you on the right track culturally. Pay should be fair. For a proper partnership, this could include a share of
the rental revenue. Involving your contact/s with management decisions such as rental prices builds trust rather
make it as ethical as than being an absentee landlord giving long distance orders.
possible… Leave some written information on local places of interest, traditions, local guides and services which will be
useful for both your visitors and the community.
If you would like more information on the villa in Constantia, Cape Town, South Africa, contact Theona
Morrison, tel/fax: 01870 603180 or email: email@example.com
Please title the email: Constantiaberg Villas.
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supporters’ area book review
The Final Call:
The holiday of a lifetime
In search of
and raise money for TC too!
the true cost
Running all of Tourism Concern’s campaigns uses a lot of
valuable resources. We are lucky to have a dedicated team of our
working in the office but many of our campaigns require holidays
significant additional funding. And we need your help!
by Leo Hickman
We’ve set ourselves an ambitious goal to raise £40,000 by Eden Project Books, in association
offering you, our adventurous supporters, the chance to join with Guardian Books, 2007
any one of over 100 overseas Charity Challenges. 386 pp, Paperback £12.99
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experience new cultures in a responsible manner. Best of all, From the eroding Alps, via the artificial
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Raise money for Tourism Concern, sex trade, taking in destinations such as
to continue our pioneering work.
help the host community and see Costa Rica, Kerala and Benidorm, Leo
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communities with whom they interact by employing local guides, as well as using locally major holiday destinations. Along the way,
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