Today’s Solutions: May 21, 2024

The ruins of Taormina Theater at sunset in Sicily.

Sicily invests €10.8 million economic stimulus into film and TV

Recent events have taken their toll on the global economy, however, there are numerous creative solutions to solve this problem. In Sicily, their approach is investing in the arts, a neglected sector during the Pandemic. The island has recently unveiled its €10.8 million ($11.6 million) fund Read More...

Nord-Pas de Calais

Once a French coal-mining zone, now a green tourism hub

Once upon a time, Nord-Pas-de-Calais supplied half of France’s coal. This region in the north of the country is distinguished by the giant pyramid-like black cones of slag which are a result of three centuries of environmental and economic hardship.  Now, when you get close to the slag cones, Read More...

Tourists in Spain will soon be

Tourists in Spain will soon be able to rate how hotels treat their staff

Thanks to Las Kellys, Spain’s chambermaids’ organization, tourists booking accommodations in any city in the country will soon be able to rate their stay based on location, cleanliness, hospitality, and how the staff gets treated. The organization is setting up its own platform after failing Read More...

This training program in Europ

This training program in Europe is teaching tour guides about rewilding

Wildlife tourism across Europe is getting a sustainable boost thanks to a training program that’s teaching tour guides about rewilding while creating economic opportunities in the process. Run by not-for-profit organization Rewilding Europe, the training focuses on returning nature to a wilder Read More...

Community-based tourism: Going

Community-based tourism: Going native

For life-changing trips that boost local economies, try community-based tourism. Carol Greenhouse | April 2009 issue At the end of a business trip to Central Asia last summer, Leo Caprez decided to see Kyrgyzstan. So he signed on for a five-day tour through the Kyrgyz Community-Based Tourism Read More...

Eco-adventures put you in natu

Eco-adventures put you in nature with native tour guides

Forget the package tour. Eco-adventures get you up close and personal with stunning landscapes and amazing people. Andrew Tolve | April 2009 issue I’m standing up to my knees in water on the side of an overgrown mountain in the rural north of Ecuador. My guide, an indigenous woman named Maria Read More...

Slum tours: Traveling off the

Slum tours: Traveling off the beaten path

Slum tours offer travelers an authentic, offbeat look at foreign cultures—and locals a new way to make a living. Vicky Collins | April 2009 issue It’s a bright morning, and I’m picked up at the Copacabana Palace, one of the most splendid hotels along the beach in Rio de Janeiro, where I join Read More...

Video: Taking a tour through B

Video: Taking a tour through Brazilian slums

Slum tours offer travelers an authentic, offbeat look at foreign cultures - and give locals a new way to make a living. These tours, which began in one of the most famous slums of Rio de Janeiro, are beginning to spread to other cities with famous slums, such as Mumbai, Nairobi, and Read More...