Top 10 List: England

To celebrate the new year, I’m looking to the future in a positive way with my Top 10 list of countries which we expect to hear a good deal in the coming year.

England ranks high on our Top 10 list thanks to our editors updating the guides to London and the UK-focused Who’s who in responsible tourism (also available as a popular, 1,000+ views presentation) on slideshare. Highlights elsewhere on the Web include the work of our friends at ICRT (and the beautifully titled and irreverent Irresponsible Tourism Forum), Forum for the Future and the always inspiring Green Traveller. Twitterfans, join the Carrotmob!

What we’d like to see: On top of our wishlist for England is improved contact with government officials. Currently, we have none, zero, naught. Over the past 20 years we have heard a lot from the journalists, academics and ngos, but nothing from anyone protecting parks or leading tourism campaigns. We’d also like to see discussions that aren’t parrot shagging or holier-than-thou soapbox guilt trip diatribes … something more along the lines of Fighting Talk, please! Finally, we would like to follow-up on a comment made by Valere Tjolle – could we see more travel events with free wi-fi?!

Call for photos: Ecotourism Europe

YOUR TURN – What are you favorite things about England?

campaign for free wi-fi

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2 Responses to Top 10 List: England

  1. Natamagat says:

    England is a great country with so much to offer. Sadly their tourism policies are often inexistent possibly due to their attitude that holidaying should take place abroad. I live in west Dorset which is an amazing place. It’s an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ with a Unesco listed coast (Jurassic coast), food is exquisite whether fish from Lyme bay, game from an estate or the hottest chillies in the world (Dorset naga). Friendly b&b’s, comfortable hotels, campsites… Any budget can find happiness!
    Maybe one day politicians will share the secret pockets of ‘deep England’ by investing in sustainable tourism and help filling the pockets of their voters?

  2. ronmader says:

    Thanks! I’m a big fan of your photos — just one more example of how Web 2.0 does a great job of promoting local tourism. My fingers are crossed that in the coming year we’ll get some positive feedback from politicians who are waking up to the economic and cultural value of responsible travel and ecotourism.

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