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Travelers’ Philanthropy Handbook

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The Travelers’ Philanthropy Handbook

"The Travelers’ Philanthropy Handbook is the most user-friendly and comprehensive assemblage of information I’ve seen on how the travel industry and travelers themselves can give back to the communities they touch. The advice is practical and far-reaching and the extensive use of case studies provides insights directly applicable to travel companies of any size or specialty.”
-- Kevin Doyle, Condé Nast Traveler News Editor

"This Handbook provides a thoughtful and practical grounding to the emerging nexus of travel and philanthropy. It makes an important step forward in our understanding of how best to guide travelers' well-meaning interests and the needs of host communities. This is a valuable tool for all stakeholders---across the public and private sectors---involved with tourism and development. The combination of definitions, concepts, models, and case studies provides a strong array of key information and insights."
--Hannah Messerli, Ph.D., Africa Region Private Sector Development, Tourism, World Bank

"Travelers’ philanthropy is an exceptional (yet often overlooked) addition to the peacebuilder’s toolkit, firstly because it offers wide ranging environmental and socio-economic benefits and, secondly, because it fosters positive global citizenship. By illustrating key concepts and strategies with effective case studies, this volume provides an easily-digestible roadmap for practitioners and an invaluable resource for scholars and policymakers. The diverse perspectives of the expert contributors to this timely publication have one unifying theme: well-planned and judiciously executed travelers’ philanthropy projects can build communities from the ground up, sustainably.”
-- Raymond Gilpin, Ph.D., Associate Vice President, Sustainable Economies, United States Institute of Peace (USIP)

"The Travelers’ Philanthropy Handbook captures the essence of complex concepts of engaging the power of tourism to ‘do good’ in the world. Importantly, it communicates the enormous potential for travel and tourism to create positive change for the environment and communities. The guidance and specific examples highlight the diversity in approaches, and critical considerations to provide maximum benefits to those places and people in need. For those engaged as tour operators, education and research, and participate in travel, this timely and progressive document is an invaluable resource.”
-- Kelly Bricker, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Utah; Chair, The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)

"Tourism Cares’ mission is to preserve the travel experience for future generations. If you share that mission, read this Handbook today. It informs, advises, cautions, warns and often challenges tourism business, NGOs, and travelers about give back programs designed to assist local communities in so many ways. Travelers’ philanthropy is growing in popularity as well as purpose. This publication marks the first time that so many of the “how to’s“of giving time, talent and treasure are assembled in one place. It is a must have and use Handbook for all those involved in or concerned about responsible travel.”
--Bruce Beckham, Executive Director, Tourism Cares

"The case studies contained in this Handbook exemplify tourism’s potential as a driving force for environmental conservation and poverty alleviation and inspire us to give something back to the people and places that we visit. When properly managed, philanthropy can be a powerful tool for magnifying the positive effects of travel and minimizing the negative. I would recommend this comprehensive publication for anyone who is interested in learning more about Traveler’s Philanthropy.”
--Ronald Sanabria, Sustainable Tourism Vice-president, Rainforest Alliance

"Travelers’ philanthropy is increasingly recognized as a core component of responsible travel. As we work to set global environmental and social criteria for the tourism industry, it is essential that we understand how to create robust and effective travelers’ philanthropy programs. This Handbook is an excellent compendium of sound practical advice and should be considered essential reading for all of us concerned about maximizing the benefits of tourism for local communities and conservation. Congratulations to all the contributors!”
--Erika Harms, Executive Director of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and Senior Advisor on Tourism at the United Nations Foundation

To purchase the publication, please contact David Krantz at 202-347-9203 ext. 417