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Urban Light by Christ Burden at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Rabbit Town displays a similar installation that allegedly copies Burden’s work. Terry Robinscon/Flickr

Redefining travel at Indonesia’s selfie destination, Rabbit Town

Travelling will never be the same with the advances of communication technology. The recently opened theme park Rabbit Town shows this.
Volunteer tourism should be subject to checks and balances, with host communities firmly in the driver’s seat. Shutterstock

Power to the hosts: how to fix volunteer tourism

Volunteer tourism is often criticised for focusing on profit and volunteer experience. But improving monitoring and evaluation and putting host communities in charge can make it more sustainable.
Within a little more than a decade following the 1978 riot, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival and Parade nourished the emergence of a budding gay and lesbian tourism industry. CrowdSpark.com/AAP

How the histories of Mardi Gras and gay tourism in Australia are intertwined

If intelligently managed, festivals attract substantial numbers of LGBT tourists to regional and rural destinations, injecting additional income into the local economies.
Selfie tourism is changing the experience of traveling for many people – and not necessarily in a positive way. Shutterstock

#MeTourism: the hidden costs of selfie tourism

Technology has changed the way we travel. While social media can be a useful tourism tool, we need more education to ensure 'selfie tourism' doesn't become the norm.
Yes, it’s a beautiful part of the world, but what sets Ballyhoura apart is the deliberate focus on a warm, local welcome. stephendotcarter/flickr

Tourists are happy when taken off the beaten track, and smaller cities and towns can tap into that

The big cities are still magnets for tourists, but often they find the smaller towns offer a more satisfying taste of local life. It's why rural tourism can be 'the perfect small town business idea'.
The view of Cartagena, Colombia from Tierra Bomba. Despite being one of the most visited cities in South America, Tierra Bomba remains highly impoverished. Why doesn’t large-scale tourism benefit such a community? Carter Hunt

The travel industry has sparked a backlash against tourists by stressing quantity over quality

At many popular destinations, residents are protesting against crowding, rowdy visitors and low wages. With some research, travelers can use their visits to enrich host areas instead of harming them.
Australia was one of the first offshore markets targeted by WeChat Pay. from www.shutterstock.com

Thinking of taking up WeChat? Here’s what you need to know

China's most popular social media app WeChat is on the rise in Australia thanks to demand from Chinese students and tourists. Here's what you need to know if you plan to use it.
Tourism businesses should start by communicating precisely what they are going to do about the situation to the customer - quickly and clearly, to reduce uncertainty and avoid confusion. Gede Surya/AAP

Bali’s Mt Agung eruption shows how businesses should and shouldn’t react to uncontrollable events

Businesses worth their weight in salt should at least in principle have the capacity to remedy situations that go wrong, as part of their modus operandi.
International passengers at Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali, Indonesia on November 29 th, 2017. Thousands of tourists were stranded and could not go home after Mt Agung volcano erupted. Reuters/Johannes P. Christo

Bali tourism and the Mt Agung volcano: quick dollars or long term reputation

Until late November, Bali's high economic dependence on tourism led its Tourism Board to dismiss the dangers of the Mount Agung volcano. This severely undermined the reputation of destination Bali..

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