Conference-Report: Conservation and Adventure Travel

Is there a hint of a new maturity among the travel trade these days? Whereas before tourism was either seen as the destroyer of culture and environment or the sole panacea of poor countries with nothing to sell but their exoticism, a middle-path attitude was recently being sounded about the industry's merits and its faults.

For one, at the PATA conference in Kathmandu in February on adventure travel, the buzzwords were conservation, the environment's carrying capacity, and cultural sensitivity, even though what followed were three days of business among South Asian sellers and overseas buyers.

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