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Brussels Greeters, a nice summer success

Brussels Greeters Network, launched last May, is already a strong success with more than 50 active Greeters.
Created by Tourisme autrement, Brussels Greeters Network intends to foster respect of local population, of their culture, their environment and their traditions.

The network will soon develop to other Belgian cities and will give you the opportunity to visit Belgium differently.

Discover a town with the locals

The Greeters, inhabitants of Belgian cities, welcome you to share their city, off the beaten track, for a genuine and free visit.
More than plain guided tours, the point is to foster encounters between locals and visitors, which enables multicultural exchanges.
In a nutshell, a Greeter offers the visitors a genuine discovery of their town, according to his/her soft spots: favorite neighbourhood, a little scenic street, the atmosphere of a cafe or a bar, enjoy a hidden green spot…
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Tempted by the adventure and willing to try the Greeters out?
Find more information here
Do not hesitate to share this news with your contacts!
We will be more than happy to welcome you in Brussels.

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10 septembre 2010 at 9 h 41 min 1 commentaire

10 Travel Twitterers to follow

Johnny Jet lists for the Huffington Post the 10 Twitter accounts to follow to keep up to date on tourism and travel industry.

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We might not be on the list but follow us anyway !

Retrouvez ici la liste des 10 comptes Twitter (anglophones) à suivre dans le domaine du tourisme et du voyage.

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27 août 2010 at 12 h 01 min Laisser un commentaire

15 destinations ruined by tourism

Mother Nature Network’s list of 15 destinations ruined (or about to be ) by touristic activities.

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« Travel and the freedom of movement are some of the great equalizers in the world. It allows people to discover different cultures, to learn about exotic places and grasp the grand scheme of Earth’s entwined ecology. But as we explore the Earth, we must remember to tread lightly. Tourism is good for people, but it isn’t always good for the landscape. Some of the most beautiful places in the world are being marred by too many visitors. Here’s our list of the top 15 travel destinations being ruined by tourism. 

1. Machu Picchu

Perched high in the Andes Mountains of Peru, this « lost city of the Incas » remained hidden to the outside world until 1911, when historian and explorer Hiram Bingham was led there by local Quechuas. Since then, hundreds of thousands of visitors have flocked to Machu Picchu every year, threatening the fortitude of the ancient ruins. For this reason, UNESCO has recently considered putting Machu Picchu on its List of World Heritage Sites in Danger.

2. Great Barrier Reef

The world’s largest reef system can be seen from space and is home to billions of organisms. The Great Barrier Reef is also one of Australia’s most spectacular attractions. Despite its massive size, it’s also exceptionally fragile. Vast tracts of the reef have become bleached by pollution and the abuses of too many tourists, and a recent oil spill has decimated the ecosystem. Without proper care, the Great Barrier Reef could disappear within a generation.

3. The Galapagos Islands

The unique biodiversity of the Galapagos Islands inspired Charles Darwin to conceive the theory of natural selection. Today, thousands of tourists flock there annually to retrace his footsteps, but this island habitat is extremely sensitive to outside pressure. In 2007, UNESCO added the Galapagos Islands to its World Heritage Sites in Danger List.

4. Teotihuacan

Teotihuacan is the most visited archaeological site in Mexico and one of the most important representations of ancient civilization. As a result, the ruins have been trampled on for millennia. Today the site is under increased threat from development. In 2004, Wal-Mart Stores opened a branch there, building a large store within the archaeological zone of the park.
5. Antartica

This massive continent to the South is largely uninhabited, and that’s part of its allure. It is a top item on many an adventure traveler’s wish list, and the continent is beginning to feel the outside pressure. (Cruise ships regularly visit its shores.) Antarctica has a fragile ecology, including many native animal species that are sensitive to change. Perhaps it’s best to leave at least one of the world’s seven continents alone.

6. Masai Mara

The Masai Mara in Kenya, the northern continuation of Serengeti national park, is one of the most storied large game reserves in Africa. Unfortunately, it is also losing animal species at an unprecedented rate according to a 2009 study. An average day for a big cat in this reserve means being almost constantly surrounded by tourists on safari.

7. Angkor Wat

With its classical style Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat is one of Cambodia’s largest tourist attractions. The ancient structure even appears on the Cambodian flag. Although tourism helps pay for restoration work, it is a double-edged sword — wear and tear from the annual flood of visitors threatens the integrity of the ancient structure, and graffiti is evident on some of the walls.

8. Stonehenge

Known for its mystical design, Stonehenge is one of the most visited ancient structures in Europe. Over the years, the stones have been disrupted by restoration attempts and disrespectful tourists. The site is also threatened by several major roadways that are dangerously close.

9. Mount Everest

Once a forbidding place scaled only by the most daring explorers, Mount Everest today is littered with trash from invading visitors. Straddling the border between Nepal and Tibet, the area is a place of great spiritual and cultural value. Today, garbage on the mountain includes climbing equipment, food, plastics, tins, aluminum cans, glass, clothes, papers, tents and even the remains of failed adventurers.

10. Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is widely considered one of the great architectural achievements in human history. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, and it is visited by millions of tourists every year. But local development and the onslaught of visitors are taking a toll. Pollution, mostly from the nearby Yamuna River, has even been turning the Taj Mahal yellow.

11. Phi Phi Islands

The islands came to worldwide prominence when they were featured in the 2000 British-American film « The Beach » (to this day, filmmakers are being blamed for damaging the local environment), and today they are one of the major destinations for visitors to Thailand. This picturesque place still has pristine beaches and clear water, but it may not have them for long if resort development and travelers continue to flock here en masse.

12. Ngorongoro Crater

Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s geological and biological treasures. This large, unbroken, unflooded volcanic caldera has provided a natural enclosure for a wide variety of wildlife, making it an ideal location for conservation efforts. Unfortunately the enclosure also leaves wildlife with no escape from the barrage of tourists who flock here to enjoy the crater’s mystique and beauty.

13. Cozumel

Mexico is a popular tourist destination for many American tourists, which has been a burden and a boon — at least for local ecosystems. Known for its beautiful beaches and tropical reefs, Cozumel was once a peaceful place until docks were built for cruise ships. Today the fragile reefs are threatened from pollution from development, and Cozumel is beginning to lose its pristine mystique.

14. Great Wall of China

Many sections of China’s Great Wall have fallen into disrepair because of the scores of tourists who walk along its walls annually. Many parts of the wall have been marred by vandalism and graffiti. In certain regions, the Great Wall has been destroyed to make way for development.

15. Bali

Bali’s delicate island ecosystem is under threat from continued encroachment. Situated at a point where Asian mainland ecology transitions to the ecology of the Pacific Islands, Bali is under threat of increased deforestation, as the area makes way for the tourism industry and Indonesia’s growing population. Non-native animals and plants also threaten this biological jewel.

16 août 2010 at 14 h 18 min 2 commentaires

Become a Greeter for Brussels

Living in Brussels and loving it? You have a passion for meeting new people from different backgrounds?

To be a Greeter, it’s spending a few hours with Brussels visitors and share your vision and experience of the town, away from the beaten tracks and help visitors discovers your favorite parks, bars, shops or photography scenes…

The objective is NOT to visit usual touristic spots but is really about meeting new people and giving them your view and your experience of Brussels as a city.

So if you live in Brussels and you are passionate about this city and new encounters, contact us to get more info.

emilie.herssens@tourisme-autrement.be

19 mai 2010 at 12 h 16 min Laisser un commentaire

Semaine du tourisme responsable

Du 17 au 21 mai prochain aura lieu la semaine du tourisme responsable.

L’objectif est d’utiliser le web 2.0 (Twitter, Facebook, Youtube…) afin de partager les expériences et points de vue sur le tourisme responsable.

Plus d’infos sur le site de cette nouvelle plateforme d’échange sur le tourisme responsable

10 mai 2010 at 14 h 58 min 1 commentaire


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