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Short-term rentals, Covid-19 and platform capitalism

Agustín Cocola-Gant. In the context of the pandemic, it seems that an opportunity for change is opening in the house market. Despite this, in the current situation the vast majority of tourist apartments will not go back to the residential market. This article deepens in the reasons that could explain this phenomenon.

Responsible Tourism | 25-05-2020 | Read More »

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COVID-19 and the prospects for the radical transformation of tourism

Raoul Valerio Bianchi. Despite advances in the argument for a transformation of tourism brought about by the pandemic crisis, there is a need for a more robust, multi-scale policy of intervention to challenge the power of tourism capital.

Responsible Tourism | 22-05-2020 | Read More »

#TourismPostCOVID19 | Costa Rica

Impacts and reactions to the fall in tourism due to COVID-19 in Costa Rica

Arturo Silva Lucas | Alba Sud. Public authorities have been very active in health control and the adoption of protection measures for its population. In addition to preparing the revival of tourism, one of its economic engines. It remains to be seen what changes will occur in the short and medium term and with what intensity.

Responsible Tourism | 02-05-2020 | Read More »

#TourismPostCOVID19 | Panama

Panama, between uncertainty and hope of a future influenced by the coronavirus

Marta Salvador | Alba Sud. Panama, like the rest of the world, lives in a state of alert due to the pandemic of the COVID-19, which has led the country to take measures to prevent all the possible infections. These measures have also affected tourism, one of the main drivers of the Panamanian economy. 

Responsible Tourism | 27-04-2020 | Read More »

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The future of touristic cities after the pandemic

José Mansilla | OACU. More homogeneous cities in the hands of fewer companies, but more powerful and with a strong technological component. This appears to be the dystopic future that awaits us. What needs to be done to reverse this horizon? 

Responsible Tourism | 26-03-2020 | Read More »

Report | Guatemala

The Mayan weavers of Guatemala: the fight against cultural appropriation of their art

Marta Salvador | Alba Sud. The Guatemalan weavers are protagonists of a movement for the revindication of their culture, heritage and art. Women fight against cultural appropriation of their ancestral textiles, representatives of their past, present and future history. 

Responsible Tourism | 15-03-2020 | Read More »

Report

Feminism and tourism: discovering the stories of 7 great women

On the 8th of March 2020 we pay tribute to seven women who represent the feminist fight in the tourism field. From their area, social context and geographic place, our protagonists fight and claim feminism every day. An article by Núria Abellan, Carla Izcara, Alejandra López, Angélica Picado, Marta Salvador, Érica Schenkel and Angela Teberga.

Responsible Tourism | 04-03-2020 | Read More »

Opinion | Spain

Business strategies that make tourism employment precarious

Ernest Cañada | Alba Sud. How do companies behave to reduce their labour costs? We know the dynamics of precariousness well, therefore in this article, some of the main mechanisms used in the tourist industry are identified. 

Responsible Tourism | 23-02-2020 | Read More »

Report | Costa Rica

Costa Rica: Nosara, a particular destination

Arturo Silva Lucas | Alba Sud. Residential tourism in Guanacaste has been overwhelming and has led to a long history of conflicts. However, there are some nuanced and not for that less contradictory local processes, more open to the discuss their development strategy. Nosara is one of these cases.

Responsible Tourism | 14-02-2020 | Read More »

Report

Necrotourism or cemetery tourism, visiting death and tragedy

Marta Salvador | Alba Sud. The concept of dark tourism encompasses a contemporary phenomenon, which has lately generated a great interest in the media and the academy due to the fact that it is a new typology of tourism that has also propitiated ethical debates.

Responsible Tourism | 10-02-2020 | Read More »

| Europe

The new guides of European cities: the touristic narrative of homeless people

Marta Salvador | Alba Sud. Tourism is present in very different contexts around the world and, being towed by the post fordism dynamics and the turning of poverty into a tourist attraction, it even reaches the homeless people. At the same time, the ethic questioning of these tourist offers is intensifying.

Responsible Tourism | 22-12-2019 | Read More »

Report | Panama

Capital interests threaten the National Park of Coiba

Marta Salvador | Alba Sud. Even being one of the richest natural parks in terms of biodiversity at a global level, the preservation of the National Park of Coiba, Panama, has been threatened in recent years. This is due to the determination of the Panamanian government to promote tourism on the island.

Responsible Tourism | 06-12-2019 | Read More »

Report | Panama

Red Frog Beach, between territorial dispossession and local empowerment

Marta Salvador | Alba Sud. The tourist complex Red Frog Beach projected in the Island of Bastimentos, in Panama, is an example of the local communities' mobilization to face the property speculation threat and the use of natural resources linked to tourism.

Responsible Tourism | 03-11-2019 | Read More »

Analysis

Tourism and climate change in the Mediterranean region

Marta Salvador | Alba Sud. Climate change can lead to profound changes in the tourism industry in the Mediterranean and in the very societies in which it develops. In turn, air transport is one of the main responsible for global warming.

Responsible Tourism | 20-10-2019 | Read More »

Report | Costa Rica

Pavones: the most widespread secret in Costa Rica

Arturo Silva Lucas | Alba Sud. Jeremy Evans' book, "The Battle for Paradise" (2015), reconstructs the fascinating story of a coastal community in which surfing ended up playing a leading role in how this destination is defined. But what balance can be made of what this activity has brought to the community?

Responsible Tourism | 12-10-2019 | Read More »

Which are the impacts of volunteer tourism?

Marta Salvador | Alba Sud. Apart from being an increasingly popular and interest phenomenon, volunteer tourism or voluntourism generates debates around it, such as which are the impacts that it has on volunteers and local communities.

Responsible Tourism | 05-10-2019 | Read More »

The Transforming Tourism Initiative and SDG 8

Frans de Man | Retour Fountation - Alba Sud. Document with a strategy proposal for the international incidence of the 8th Sustainable Development Goal, developed by the NGO platform Transforming Tourism, from the agreements reached in the Berlin Meeting the past March 5th, 2019.

Responsible Tourism | 20-09-2019 | Read More »

Opinion

Volunteer tourists, which are their motivations?

Marta Salvador | Alba Sud. Volunteer tourism or voluntourism phenomenon is living a moment of high popularity, not only due to the increased number of tourists and organizations, but also because of the media impact during the last years.

Responsible Tourism | 21-08-2019 | Read More »

Audiovisual series

Audiovisual Series: Community management of forest areas

Ernest Cañada | Alba Sud. We present four new audiovisual reports produced by Alba Sud for PRISMA Foundation and  the Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forests (AMPB) in Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama on communities’ and indigenous peoples’ experiences in the use and conservation of forest resources.

Natural Resources | 20-02-2015 | Read More »

Campaign Information

UITA will launch a global campaign on the working conditions of hotel housekeepers

Norberto Latorre | Rel-UITA.

Unions launch an international campaign aimed at different multinational enterprises and companies to improve the regulation of labor in this sector.

Responsible Tourism | 09-04-2014 | Read More »

Opinion | Cataluña

Rural Community-Based Tourism in Latin America Seeks Alliances in Catalonia

Ernest Cañada & Mariona Ortiz | Alba Sud. During October 20-29, 2013, a meeting sponsored by Alba Sud took place in Catalonia, bringing together representatives from eight community-based tour-operators from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador and Bolivia.

Responsible Tourism | 11-11-2013 | Read More »

Alba Sud News

Catalonia: Rural Community-Based Tourism Encounter

Representatives from 8 community-based tourism operators in Latin America will visit Catalonia during the month of October 2013 for an encounter organized by Alba Sud, in collaboration with CETT-UB, Èxode Viatges, Tosca, the City Council of Sant Cugat and the support of the Barcelona Diputació.

Responsible Tourism | 08-10-2013 | Read More »

Opinion | Cataluña

Catalonia: truths and lies about the ‘Ripoll’ licence for hydrocarbon extraction

Llorenç Planagumà | Alba Sud / CST. The company Teredo Oil wants to salvage its hydrocarbon research and exploitation licences. But, scientists say that there are no geological ‘reservoirs in the subsoil that could act as oil deposits.

Natural Resources | 13-06-2013 | Read More »

Opinion

Riudaura: capital of the fight against fracking

Llorenç Planagumà | CST / Alba Sud. In October 2012 the Catalan government granted a licence for oil and gas prospection to a multinational company who planned to carry out tests near the village of Riudaura (Catalonia). The outcry and popular pressure obliged the government to withdraw the licence on 15 March.

Natural Resources | 25-03-2013 | Read More »

Alba Sud News

Seattle + 10? One climate, one people

Joan Buades | Alba Sud. Fourth in the series COUNTDOWN TO COPENHAGEN analyzing the latest maneuvers leading up to the Copenhagen Summit on Climate Change that reveal just how much is at stake. A call to civil disobedience in defense of global climate justice.

Natural Resources | 29-11-2009 | Read More »

Alba Sud News

Climate Auction: a mirage of charity checks

Joan Buades | Alba Sud. In his third article in the series COUNTDOWN TO COPENHAGEN, brings to light how attention is being diverting from the need for a regulatory agreement on climate change at the upcoming Copenhagen Summit with talk about the cost of funding it.

Responsible Tourism | 05-11-2009 | Read More »

Alba Sud News

Protecting the (Business) Climate: ditch the poor global South, forget Montrea

Joan Buades | Alba Sud. This is the second article in the series COUNTDOWN TO COPENHAGEN on the debate leading up to the United Nations climate summit in Copenhagen, 7-18 December 2009.

Natural Resources | 26-09-2009 | Read More »

Alba Sud News

The OurMedia Network Conference 2009

Yerina Rock. The OurMedia Network’s 8th conference was held this year in Medellin, Colombia, between the 27th and 31st of July. The event explored the role of communications in the construction of individual and collective narratives of conflict and coexistence.

Communication for Development | 24-08-2009 | Read More »

Alba Sud News

Gordon Brown: A Nordic makeover, then back to frying the planet

Joan Buades | Alba Sud. Copenhaguen will be the venue of the next United Nations Summit for Climate Change, where it is expected to reach a new agreement to substitute the Kyoto Protocol. With this section, Alba Sud begins a series of articles named COUNTDOWN TO COPENHAGUEN, through which this process will be followed. 

Natural Resources | 23-08-2009 | Read More »

Opinion | Central America

The economic viability of community-based tourism

Ernest Cañada | Alba Sud. In the debate framework on the economic viability of community based-tourism some critical issues are identified, such as diversification versus specialisation, the limits of the markets, the will or its lack of affirming autonomy, or the ongoing dispossession processes. 

Responsible Tourism | 17-08-2009 | Read More »

Opinion | Central America

Contributions of community-based tourism to rural development

Ernest Cañada | Alba Sud. Characterisation of the main contributions of community-based tourism in Central America in those initiatives where it has been successfully developed.   

Responsible Tourism | 07-08-2009 | Read More »

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