IN IT FOR THE LONG RUN: DR DELPHINE KING ON THE SUSTAINABILITY JOURNEY

We spoke to Dr Delphine King, director of The Long Run, an international community of nature-based tourism businesses. She tells us how sustainability is integral to the future of tourism, and what steps travel businesses need to take to start making a noticeable difference.

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FROM THE GROUND-UP: HOW BAWAH ISLAND IS SETTING THE BAR FOR ECO-TOURISM

From the hand-breaking of individual stones to the recycling of waste water, Emma Love investigates how Bawah Island is going the extra eco-mile to breathe life into its surroundings.

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MEET THE MAVERICKS FROM 2017: HOW SINGITA ARE HELPING TO CONSERVE OUR PLANET

Next on our list of awe-inspiring mavericks is Singita, who won the Conservation & Sustainability Award in 2017. Find out how they've put their devotion to our planet at the core of everything they do, and how they're harnessing it to inspire their guests and the world to follow suit..

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BACK TO BASICS: WHY TRAVELLERS ARE GOING ELEMENTAL

From learning skills like starting a fire to drinking in the fresh air, elemental travel is on the rise. Travellers want to stretched emotionally and physically to regain a connection with nature in their lost and frazzled states of 24-hour hyper-connectivity.

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PERFECTING YOUR SERVE: HOW KIWI TOUR OPERATORS ARE WOWING TRAVELLERS’ SOCKS OFF

Emma Love investigates how tour operators in New Zealand are thinking outside the box to avoid offering 'cookie-cutter' packages, and how they're making their travellers' unspoken desires a reality.

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BE GOOD: THE YOUNG CAMEROONIAN ENVIRONMENTALIST ON A VOYAGE OF CHANGE

Be Good is a series that uncovers travel projects that are not simply paying lip service to the growing importance of doing the right thing. First up is a man who's fighting against marine pollution by making ‘bottle boats’.

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THE NEW ESCAPISM

For the longest time the travel industry has been obsessed with authenticity, but what happens when the real world just isn’t that appealing? James Davidson charts the emergence of New Escapism, where travellers are immersed in highly choreographed, complete and utter fantasy.

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DESTINATION WELLNESS: RETREATS THAT GO BEYOND THE SPA

The wellness experience in resorts has burst beyond the bounds of the physical realm as more and more realise the vital importance of mental self-care.

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FOUR BRIGHT SPARKS FROM MATTER 2017

Missed out on the amazing insights from MATTER 2017? Or maybe you just need a recap? Go back in time and soak up the wise words of this year’s inspirational SPARK speakers.

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FAT IS BACK: A RE-EDUCATION IN FOOD AND LIFESTYLE FROM MELISSA HEMSLEY

We all love our food…but we don’t all live and breathe it like Melissa Hemsley. Katie Palmer caught up her with just before her Wellness Workshop at the Kitchen Table at MATTER 2017. See what she has to say here. You're in for a treat, although not the super-sugary kind...

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FROM FARMLAND TO WONDERLAND: INTRODUCING BISATE LODGE, WILDERNESS SAFARIS’ NEWEST PROPERTY

Bisate Lodgings, the newest property from Wilderness Safaris, finally opened its doors in the summer of 2017 in North Rwanda. Although still a recent addition to the company, the property already has more than just its fabulous interiors on its mind.

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HOW TO DO WELL BY DOING GOOD: WORDS OF WISDOM FROM A REAL ESTATE AGENT TURNED SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR

Meet Taylor Conroy: he is a Canadian firefighter turned real-estate agent turned social entrepreneur with the most eclectic of stories, and with dreams that prove he has no intention of throwing in the do-gooder towel any time soon.

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DO THE TIME: MEET THE EX-CON CHANGING WORLDS

Fitness can change your body, but for today's MATTER speaker and founder of ConBody, Coss Marte, fitness has changed his entire life for the better – as well as the life of many other ex-convicts like him.

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MIND OVER MATTER: HOW ‘THE ICEMAN’ USES TRAVEL AS MEDICINE

'The Iceman' himself took to the stage at MATTER today to enlighten PUREists as to how we can harness the power of the cold for the good of our health. Katie Palmer chatted with Hof to get the low-down on his 'Wim Hof Method' – and find out why he believes anyone is capable of performing such impressive feats.

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THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURER

The Extraordinary Adventure Club isn’t a ‘travel brand’ per se; rather, founder Calum Morrison's vision is to use travel as one facet of a comprehensive personal development programme. Ahead of his talk at MATTER this September, Katie Palmer caught up with him to find out more.

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UNDER THE INFLUENCE: HOW TO USE INFLUENCERS

We catch up with Amanda Ho ahead of her MATTER talk about using influencers to drive content and ROI, delving a little deeper into what delegates can expect to hear.

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DERECK JOUBERT ON ECO-TOURISM AND ZIMBABWE’S FUTURE

Dereck and Beverly Joubert are undoubtedly 'children of Africa'. The husband and wife duo use films to change attitudes on a scale they cannot do through tourism alone.

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LIVE LIKE A GLOCAL WITH AMAN

COO of Aman, Roland Fasel, reveals how selecting architects who understand the Aman philosophy enables them to create properties that are in line with their vision, while incorporating local materials and techniques.

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“I’M STILL ALIVE.”

Much to the irritation of his opponents, outspoken palaeontologist-cum-conservationist-cum-politician Richard Leakey is not done yet. Ahead of his talk at sister show We Are Africa's un-conference, FUSE, and the Conservation Lab last week, he spoke to Katie Palmer about climate change, ivory burning and the perspective-shifting power of TV.

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LUKE BAILES’ LEGACY: WHY SINGITA IS REBRANDING AS A CONSERVATION COMPANY

Singita's Founder and CEO shares insight on the brand's positioning and ethos, and talks about the legacy he wants to leave behind.

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