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Overtourism must be scaled back A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR


As Kuoni’s Derek Jones commented on social media, the photograph of climbers queueing to reach the summit of Everest felt iconic as soon as it was circulated. It isn’t the first to be published of queues at the world’s highest point, but it struck a chord as destinations and travel companies face growing calls to find the balance between people’s desire to travel and the potential impact on the people and places visited. The topic of overtourism was also the subject of an image of a very


different kind this week, as street artist Banksy weighed in with his own take on the subject in relation to the city of Venice (page 4). But as with all such crucial debates, there are layers of complexity beneath the headline images. Nirmal Purja’s photo from the peak of


Everest came to the fore as delegates from across the region headed to Nepal for the Asian Resilience Summit, which focuses on the many benefits that tourism can bring to destinations. For Nepal itself, an example of this came in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquake, when


travel firms helped the country and its many tourism-dependent people get back on their feet. It is not only in the aftermath of disasters that travel can be a force for good, of course. But as


Responsible Travel’s Justin Francis said this week, it is incumbent on the industry to work closely with tourist boards to ensure those benefits can continue to be enjoyed in a sustainable way.


WHAT LUCY DID THIS WEEK


●Swung in a hammock, shot some hoops, limbo-danced and jumped on a bouncy castle at a somewhat surreal Scarlet Night party for Virgin Voyages in London!


●Attended a fantastic dinner with the bosses of all four of the dnata Travel UK brands – and heard all about their plans.


Lucy Huxley, editor-in-chief, Travel Weekly Group ISSUE 2,477 TRAVELWEEKLY.CO.UK 30 MAY 2019 CONTENTS


Travel teams raise £20k for Reuben’s Retreat in first MSC Cup at Chelsea FC


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The Interview Airbnb


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Spotlight shines on this jewel on Croatian coast


from Brand USA MWIN usic ‘toolkits’ 28/05/2019 19:53


FRONT COVER Former Chelsea stars Carlo Cudicini (left) and Gianfranco Zola flank Dave Mills, Iglu.com; Wayne


Dennett, Lincolnshire Co-operative; Nicola Graham, Reuben’s Retreat; and Antonio


Paradiso, MSC Cruises, at the first MSC Cup


page 14 Photo: Sarah Lucy Brown


NEWS Cook ‘radical plan’; Banksy artwork 4 Price drops prompt fears for lates


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Hodgson delayed; Botswana hunting 6 Agent rides for charity; Co-op’s MyBiz 8 Barclays Travel Forum report


The Interview Nathan Blecharczyk, Airbnb


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MSC CUP Report and pictures from charity event 14 EXperience latin america Preview of event in London in June


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Comment Gemma Antrobus: partnerships key 22


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DESTINATIONS weddings & honeymoons Weddings at sea: cruise ceremonies 48 Ask the Operator: dream honeymoons 54 Q&A: Sandals head of romance


croatia & the Balkans 48 hours: Sibenik: Croatian coast


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BUSINESS NEWS Travel Weekly Business Breakfast: Customer service and innovation


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●Took my kids on the UK’s longest, highest and steepest tree walk in the forest canopy at Groombridge Place in Kent.


FRONTLINE Get Social


Cook, airlines, gorillas and Unijet


Agent Diary Sarah Reeves, Swords Travel


This Week in… A look back through the archives


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Your stories Stormchaser Kevin Burton of Traveltalk 42 competitions Brand USA, Orlando, Caymans


Mystery Shopper Colchester, Essex


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