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Tourism woes in Laos in The Nikkei Asian Review

VIENTIANE — It is Saturday afternoon in tourist high season, and Vientiane is very quiet. Most shops are closed for the weekend. A couple of Asian tour groups ascend the Patuxai, the Laotian capital’s answer to the Arc de Triomphe. On every floor, stalls are packed with five-year-old photocopies of the Lonely Planet guide to […]

Is tourism in Thailand becoming unsustainable? – Interview in The Daily Telegraph

Gavin Haines at The Daily Telegraph on whether mass tourism on Thailand‘s holiday islands is sustainable as visitor numbers continue to go up. I get to put in my five cents worth. Read the full story here.

Tea Total In Darjeeling – The World’s Most Expenisve Tea

Tom Vater reports on the world’s most expensive cuppa. Makaibari Tea Estates in Darjeeling have developed sustainable and biodynamic agriculture at high returns and plantation owner Rajah Banerjee is a true eccentric – businessman, visionary, environmentalist – who has elevated growing tea to an artform.