Responsible Tourism for Oman

I enjoyed a stimulating overview of responsible tourism by Harold Goodwin

Dr Harold Goodwin of Leeds University gave a talk to the Environment Society of Oman about Responsible Tourism.

Harold Goodwin
Harold Goodwin

This was his first visit into Oman but he was able to give very interesting examples from other countries about how tourism can impact, positively and negatively on people’s lives. He implied that New Zealand was probably the country most successful in branding itself in the field of responsible tourism. Interestingly he also felt Gambia and South Africa were two other countries with a very good approach in the field.

Bag for our guest - Sally
Bag for our guests – Jean & Sally

I try and act in a positive way within the Oman community – in a way that also adds value for our guests. Each person on a holiday with us is given a bag, hand created by the Sidab Ladies Sewing Group – and where possible we have the name of our guest sewn in Arabic.

Oman Environment Society Talk

Dr Rory Wilson gave a very good talk to the Environment Society of Oman

The Environment Society of Oman was given a very good talk by Dr Rory Wilson about animal tracking.

Dr Rory Wilson's Tracking Device
Dr Rory Wilson’s Tracking Device

With the support of the ‘Rolex Awards for Enterprise’ he has developed a device to track the movement of animals. Rory calls the results a ‘daily diary because, by extrapolating the information which includes 3-dimensional movement sensors and time a scientist can surmise the events of a selected animal’s day – its daily diary. 

Dr Rory Wilson
Dr Rory Wilson

Why was he in Oman? Last January in Oman he did a small test on an individual Arabian Leopard . It is hoped that, by using this tracking device on Leopard in the wild, more information about the Leopard in Oman will be obtained and – its future made more secure using extensive information rather than limited information and speculation. I wrote about the Arabian Leopard for ‘Oman Today’