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Monday 1 December 2008
This week: Dubai, Montenegro and Hangzhou
Programme guests: Tom Jackson, Philip Dodd, Sue Bryant and Tricia Barnett
The following topics were covered in the programme:
Dubai, Montenegro and Hangzhou
Tom Jackson reports on skiing at Dubai’s indoor ski resort and dune riding in the desert. He attended the grand opening of The Atlantis Hotel and also visited The Address and The Palace hotels. Sue Bryant mentions other places to stay and Wild Wadi, Dhow rides, the major golf tournament at the Dubai Creek Golf Club and the annual shopping festival. Dubai Department of Tourism
Sue also talks about Montenegro as a place where tourist development is, in her opinion, correctly balanced. It is a Balkan country about the size of Wales, situated in the south of the Adriatic with a carefully controlled programme of tourism development based on sustainable models. There are several beach resorts and plenty of opportunities for hiking and other ecotourism activities in the lakes and mountains. Kotor, a walled, medieval town at the end of southern Europe's deepest fjord, is a highlight and is particularly popular with sailors. National Tourism Offiice of Montenegro
Philip Dodd is chairman of Made in China, an agency which develops cultural, educational, and commercial projects between the UK and China. He discusses the future of tourism for emerging economies, especially China. He singled out Macao as a place where gambling is driving tourism. Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang province and its political, economic and cultural centre and one of China's most important tourist venues. The city, the southern terminus of the Grand Canal, is located on the lower reaches of the Qiantang River in southeast China,180 kilometers from Shanghai. China National Tourist Office information about Hangzhou
Tricia Barnett, director of Tourism Concern, a campaigning organisation challenging tourism's exploitative practice, spoke about working conditions for construction workers in Dubai and the tendency for new tourist developments to displace local people and fisherman from their beaches. Tourism Concern
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