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Aug 23rd 2010 12:56AM What do you all think of adventure travel becoming "mainstream"? Any concerns? Do you think that as it continues to expand it will continue developing more niche markets? Thoughts?
Xola Consulting continues to work with different destinations in order to develop their adventure travel industry, such as recently with http://northernmontenegro.com/, always keeping sustainable development at the forefront of every conversation - helping generate ideas to preserve the beauty and integrity of the destination and its people while also providing business opportunities.
Any opinions on the #1 thing (or top 5:) small travel & tourism businesses need in order to survive and thrive (besides customers!) ?
Apr 22nd 2010 1:00AM VERY true, whether you are giving money to an organization or wanting to visit, I think doing some preliminary research is essential. However, probably in most cases, corruption must be exposed before it is fixed, and to do that, first-hand accounts are always best. As in the video above, if Stephen had not visited this orphanage, it's unlikely that they would've found out what was really going on. I agree with the comment above, visiting, interacting, donating time creates a degree of accountability...
I actually work with Off the Radar, travelofftheradar(dot)com (it's an online magazine for adventure travelers), and we only feature tour operators or voluntourism programs that either we can vouch for or personally know someone who can verify their program is legit, speeds along the research process a bit