The LG Travel News Roundup: Cambodia Fights to End Orphanage Tourism

Weekly Travel News — By on January 6, 2012 at 9:04 pm

By Susmita Baral
LG News Intern

Missed the big travel stories of the week? And the weird, wacky and insignificant ones? We’ve got your roundup right here…

orphanage tourism in cambodia

Orphanage Tourism
In an attempt to see the “real” Cambodia, many tourists opt to tour orphanages during their visit–a practice that NGO Friends-International and UNICEF are trying to end with a new campaign. According to specialists, orphanage tourism harms the children since it puts the children in direct unsupervised access with strangers. Instead, the campaign wants the orphanages to start a family reunification programs since 72% of the “orphans” have at least one living parent. For more information, Lost Girl editor Alex Baackes recently wrote a blog post on children in Cambodia. Source: Gadling

Gulf Coast Tourism Slowly Bouncing Back
After the 2010 BP oil spill, the Gulf coast took a hit in tourism with travelers concerned over food safety, amongst other problems. According to the numbers, the tourism is slowly bouncing back: 2011 showed a significant growth in tourists. The affected areas in Florida reportedly saw a 61 percent increase in 2011 over 2010, Alabama gained 51 percent and Mississippi rose 7 percent. Source: Fox News

Chinese Mass Pillow Fight
Hundreds of people participated in a mass pillow fight in China that was coordinated to help fight off stress. The fight–held for the fifth consecutive year–was held the day before Christmas and on December 30th. Participants shared that many people wrote names of bosses, friends and peers that were bothering them on the pillows before the fight. Source: Huffington Post

Guests Locked In
Guests at a Denver Marriott were locked out of their rooms on New Year’s Eve due to a room key malfunction that affected the entire hotel. While authorities reported no serious injuries, many guests got sick in the hallways and fights broke out between frustrated guests. Source: MSNBC

Thumbnail courtesy of Gadling.

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  • Chris says:

    Orphanage is became a business in Cambodia with this sort of tourism, they just get the children from poor family from the countryside and keep them in bad living condition to get more donations from their visitors. They sometimes offer a traditional dancing show to even get more money!!!
    That’s why this UNICEF campaign is really important…