Jonathan Tourtellot

New Book Will Open Your Eyes About Travel

Author Elizabeth Becker has found a giant gap in journalistic coverage and stepped squarely into the middle of it. Even though it’s under our noses, beneath our feet, even in our happier dreams, rarely has the investigative story she ...

The One Billionth Tourist

Today, for the one billionth time this year, yet another tourist crossed an international border. That’s a historic milestone. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, 2012 will mark the first year in history to register more than a ...

4 Costly Myths About World Heritage

How can the issue of Palestine end up costing American jobs in New Mexico?  Or hobble protection of great places worldwide? That tortuous path winds through four common American misconceptions about UNESCO World Heritage sites, plus Congress’s own version ...

Archaeologists Blast Hasty World Heritage Listings

One of the most significant global committees that you never heard of summoned a couple of hundred experts to the island of Menorca, Spain last week. The meeting involved politics, the remnants of great civilizations, human catastrophes, architectural triumphs, religious ...

UNESCO’s Geoparks “Clarify” Geotourism

In a major step forward, an International Congress in Arouca, northern Portugal, has just decided what “geotourism” means. It’s been an issue. What, you never heard of geotourism? Read on. It’s about the way we travel. Sometimes it’...

The Places We Love I: Charleston at Odds

This is the first in a series of occasional blogs about the ever-changing quality of travel destinations around the world—about what’s going on behind the scenes and how it affects the character of the places we care about. ...