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Emerging Uzbekistan, Fractured Forests, and Social Media Activism

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Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) team members frequently share breaking news, helpful information, and trend highlights with each other. Below is a curated list of the industry news, global updates, and operational ideas we’ve been reading and discussing over the past several weeks that we think you’ll also find informative, inspiring, and intriguing.

Industry News

Climate Change Set to Devastate Regional Fisheries and Cause Reef Tourism Revenue Losses of Over 90% (World Resources Institute) – The expected impacts of the climate crisis could severely curtail marine-based tourism, an important industry for communities around the world.

The Blackfeet Nation is Opening Its Own National Park (High Country News) – Few visitors to Glacier National Park in Montana know the story of the Indigenous community that has lived on the land for generations; a new tribal park hopes to change that.

Argentina Returns to Kirchner’s So-Called Tourist Dollar Fee (Bloomberg) – The government is considering an estimated 20% tax on international purchases, including airline tickets and hotels.

A Philippine Conservation Park Juggles Funding Needs with Animal Welfare (Mongabay) – To make up for a funding shortfall, the Mari-it Wildlife and Conservation Park opened to tourists in June 2019, but tourists have been causing undue stress to the animals.

Tourists, High Prices, And KFC: A Look Inside A Changing Uzbekistan (RadioFreeEurope / RadioLiberty) – The country has undergone major changes, including increases in foreign investment and tourism, since September 2016.

Global Issues

Palau is First Country to Ban ‘Reef Toxic’ Sun Cream (BBC) – The environmentally aware country is the first to outlaw harmful sunscreen chemicals, and both the U.S. Virgin Islands and Bonaire plan to enact similar bans in 2020.

How to Prevent City Climate Action from Becoming ‘Green Gentrification’ (GreenBiz) – When enacting environmentally conscious initiatives, city planners need to understand how services and policies affect different segments of the population.

The World Will Finally Have to Confront Its Massive Plastic Problem Now That China Won’t Handle It (Pocket) – The vast majority of plastic is not recycled, and now it’s being turned away from the countries willing to accept the waste.

Fractured Forests are Endangering Wildlife, Scientists Find (New York Times) – Undisturbed tracts of land do a better job at supporting biodiversity in the Amazon, Borneo, and beyond.

Africa Needs to Make Conservation a Growth Industry (Skift) – When a conservation effort is tied to job creation and economic growth, it has an incentive to succeed.

Business Tips

A Simple-to-Do Content Audit With 6 Questions (Content Marketing Institute) – Reassessing existing content should be done with an eye on a company’s audience and goals.

We Aren’t Living Our Values. Help! What Steps Can We Take to Do So? (B The Change) – Like all habits, it takes time and effort for a company to fully align with its stated values.

Real Mentorship Starts with Company Culture, Not Formal Programs (Harvard Business Review) – Businesses that encourage a mentors-of-the-moment mindset promote an environment where everyone can offer and receive feedback on day-to-day efforts.

Social Media: The New Capital Markets Activism (GreenBiz) – Social media offers a powerful channel for companies interested in embracing social change.

The 5 Purpose Trends Set to Lead the Way in 2020 (Sustainable Brands) – Circular thinking and clearly stating a position on controversial topics are poised to become even more popular in the year ahead.

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