Jonathan Tourtellot

Conservation Accomplishment, Travel Adventure

Mexico’s Hidden Garden, the Sierra Gorda You can sum up the key to this Mexican conservation success in one word: “Inclusion.” So says the cofounder of Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda, the Sierra Gorda Ecological Group. That’s Pati, ...

“Overtourism” Plagues Great Destinations; Here’s Why

Tourism has a numbers problem. The world’s population explosion has finally arrived. It has manifested itself not in global waves of famine as was feared half a century ago, but in waves of Airbuses, tour buses, and minibuses. Tourists ...

Tourism Economics Meets Travel Reality

“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” —attributed to Albert Einstein Whenever World Tourism Day rolls around, as it did on Sept 27 (what, you missed it?), government officials like to boast about ...

Can Tourism Save the Countryside?

Backyard Tourism Wow, this place is jumping! At 5:30 pm, my wife and I thought we’d walk down our gravel road and have a quiet glass of wine and some nibbles at the local winery last Saturday. We forgot about ...

Slovenia: A “Green Destination” of Many Hues

It was a green, green time in Slovenia last month. Especially so for those of us participating in a tourism-themed “Global Green Destinations” conference. We learned about “Green Solutions” and the “Slovenia Green” program and “Green Experiences,” and we did ...

Green Warriors Honored—Continued

Part Two—Tanzania Good tourism should help protect a place, not destroy it. This week two men in two places won the same international conservation award for successfully combating two types of flawed tourism. A Puerto Rican, Luis Jorge Rivera ...

Green Warriors Honored for Fighting Bad Tourism

Part One of Two Good tourism should help protect a place, not destroy it. This week two men in two countries won the same international conservation award for successfully combating two types of flawed tourism. A Puerto Rican, Luis Jorge ...

Death by Tourism

2017: U.N. Year of Sustainable Tourism—Meaning? Last week the United Nations declared that 2017 will be the “Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.” This will no doubt launch a thousand new debates on just what “sustainable” means. So I’ll ...

Medici Prince Appeals for Help: “Save Florence!”

THE PLACES WE LOVE VIII Prince Ottaviano de’Medici di Toscana, President of the International Medici Association and present-day representative of the Historic House of the Medici—the family who powered the Italian Renaissance and thus much of Western civilization—...

Galápagos Tourism Backfires

Famed Charles Darwin Research Station at Risk It’s often said that tourism is a two-edged sword. If so, then nowhere do both edges gleam more brightly and sharply than in the Galápagos. Now, with a weird, backhand snicker-snack, ...

The Places We Love VII: Cleaning Up India

As I’m getting my bags out of the taxi at the Mumbai airport, the driver offers me the plastic bottle of water supplied with the ride, now half empty. “No thanks,” I say, struggling with my luggage. He shrugs ...

The Places We Love VI: Grenada on the Cusp

“Natural.” “Eden.” “Genuine.” “Safe.” “Paradise.”  “Pristine.” “Unspoiled.” Russ Jarman Price was telling the audience at our international symposium that these and many other words had been offered to describe the island nation of Grenada. Collecting such descriptors was one step ...

Louisiana’s Best-Kept Secret Now a World Heritage Site

 World Heritage Recognition Granted June 22, 2014 You’ve probably never heard of it, but that’s about to change. This archaeological site is so exceptional that the international World Heritage Committee today granted the United States request for inscription on the ...

OAS Nod Leads Off a 2013 Geotourism Roundup

On September 6 this year, in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, the ministers of tourism of the Organization of American States voted that their countries should adopt the geotourism approach—defined in 2002 by the National Geographic Society as “Tourism that sustains or ...

OAS Nod Leads Off a 2013 Geotourism Roundup

On September 6 this year, in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, the ministers of tourism of the Organization of American States voted that their countries should adopt the geotourism approach—defined in 2002 by the National Geographic Society as “Tourism that sustains or ...