Month: September 2014

Gone Fishin’

Back to the Sea projectIf fishing is your business, what can you do when the local waters become a No Take Zone?

The answer is… set up a fishing excursion. A new Turkish government law will allow tourists to take excursions on operational fishing boats. We are pleased to announce that the first excursion, as a result of the Back to the Sea project, took place on the 31st August 2014.

Back to the Sea - fishing boatsThe first excursion, which was filmed by a German TV crew from Deutsche Welle, welcomed 9 German and 2 Turkish holidaymakers on board the boat. Visitors saw local fishers at work, dropping and hauling long lines; they learned about the local area, the underwater landscape and the importance of the No Take Zone. Later they snorkeled in the beautiful turquoise waters and enjoyed a fresh-fish lunch at the fishing cooperative cafe.

The excursion received excellent feedback, especially from the children who were really excited about meeting local fishers and asked lots of questions about the marine life they encountered while snorkeling.

We look forward to bringing your further updates as the excursions gain momentum…

How can our Micro Excursions Manual help you?

Kirk Elliot – Photo Safari

Our Micro Excursions Manual helps local people strengthen their business and provide the kinds of excursions that will be bought by UK tour operators.

Kirk Elliott runs a popular Photo Safari in St Lucia. After working with the manual, he found there were many areas of health and safety that needed to be addressed. He has now checked out all of the restaurants he is working with to make sure they comply with hygiene standards.

He has also planned for an emergency situation and has doctors he can contact in case of illness or accidents. His team now have a drill on what to do in case of emergency.

The manual has made him think ahead for what he wants from his business – training new staff and planning his own exit from the business in 5 years time.

In Kirk’s words: “This manual helped me develop a laser-sharp focus”.

Have a look at our Micro Excursions Manual for yourself.

Start your day the Cyprus way

Cyprus breakfast plateAnari, halloumi, pastelli or soutzoukos… if you start your day at one of the sixteen hotels in the ‘Cyprus Breakfast’ programme, you will find wonderful local foods on offer.

The hotels have trained staff to use local, authentic products in breakfasts, and they are also better able to inform guests about the gastronomic heritage of Cyprus.

The programme website is now online at 

Next we will be creating more information materials for hotels, working on the Cypriot character of the breakfast buffet and surveying customers to see whether their awareness of the local food heritage has increased.

Work experience at the Travel Foundation

Rebecca's work experienceThis week I’ve been on my work experience at the Travel Foundation. On my first morning I was asked to complete an induction quiz which had me talking to all the staff members here to find out about them and their job role. The activity involved lots of laughing, and made me feel really welcome.

I’ve enjoyed the variety of tasks that I’ve been set, including data analysis of a training questionnaire, research on a water project, and creating some new content on a Greener Accommodation tool for the website.

All of the tasks have helped me to recognise where my degree fits into the real world of work, and have shown me the importance of charity work within the tourism sector.

In September I go back to the University of Southampton to start my third year in Environmental Science, and I feel my time at the Travel Foundation has helped me understand the areas that I’d like to focus my independent research on.

Rebecca Keens, Student Volunteer at the Travel Foundation