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

6 -min. read 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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FIVE TOP TRENDS AT MATTER 2017

3 -min. read With 17 rooms and over 50 speakers, MATTER, brought to you by Tourism Australia, was fit to bust with content – here are the top five trends that emerged from PURE’s bigger, better un-conference.

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THE PROBLEM WITH PLASTIC

5 -min. read Plastics are one of the biggest environmental threats – predictions are that if nothing changes by 2025 there will be one ton of plastic for every three tons of fish in the ocean. So how can the travel industry help?

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DO THE TIME: MEET THE EX-CON CHANGING WORLDS

8 -min. read 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

7 -min. read '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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SHOULD HOTELS BE DOING MORE WHEN IT COMES TO FURNITURE DESIGN?

4 -min. read Identikit hotel room pieces are no longer enough. Hotels everywhere are ditching the safe option for everything from bespoke designs and unconventional pieces to a charmingly hodge-podge mix of contemporary furniture and lighting mixed with vintage pieces.

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FROM THE FARAWAY: HOW D.H. LAWRENCE AND GEORGIA O’KEEFFE FOUND INSPIRATION IN NEW MEXICO

6 -min. read D. H. Lawrence, Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams are just three of the writers and artists who've cited New Mexico as their inspiration – Stanley Stewart hikes the Santa Fe Trail in search of the 'Faraway'.

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PEOPLE WHO EAT TOGETHER, CHANGE WORLDS TOGETHER

6 -min. read Social enterprises are emerging as a potent force for change. #CookForSyria founder Serena Guen reflects on her realisation that no business or individual is too small to make an impact – and what this means for the travel industry.

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THE ART OF THE EXPERIENCE

3 -min. read Gone are the days of stock art on hotel walls: Emma Love investigates the retreats where art is part of the experience.

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THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURER

5 -min. read 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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WHAT TO DO DURING AN EXTINCTION

4 -min. read Ditch Beyonce and make like David Attenborough: that's Anton Crone's advice for helping to avoid the sixth mass extinction in the history of our planet.

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UNDER THE INFLUENCE: HOW TO USE INFLUENCERS

5 -min. read 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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WHO IS GENERATION K – AND WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?

7 -min. read There’s a new buzzword in town. Forget millennials: Katie Palmer investigates why trendsetting brands should get to know Generation K – and discovers that age isn’t everything.

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8 BEST MARKETS IN LATIN AMERICA

3 -min. read Local markets are a hive of culture, and Latin America is no exception. From Ecuador to Argentina, we've plucked out the most happening spots to get a taste of the destination and do some souvenir shopping to boot...

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DOWN AT THE BOTTOM OF THE GARDEN

3 -min. read Simply being in a garden can make you feel good, which is why, for many hotels, having a well-designed outside space can be as important as the food served in the restaurant and the linens on the bed.

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DERECK JOUBERT ON ECO-TOURISM AND ZIMBABWE’S FUTURE

6 -min. read 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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FLOATING AMONG THE PHOSPHORESCENCE IN PARATY

6 -min. read Paraty is unscathed by progress. The modern world has passed it by. The old centre is intact, its streets too narrow, and their cobbles too uneven to admit cars.

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SLEEP TIGHT: BEYOND THE PILLOW MENU

3 -min. read With a wave of new companies, including Casper, Tuft & Needle and Yogabed, all dedicated to improving how we sleep, it's time for hotels to catch up.

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UNCOVERING THE SECRET CYCLADES

7 -min. read On the unknown Cycladic islands of Ios, Sikinos, Folegandros and Sifnos, you can lounge on a beach; share leisurely lunches; and stroll through whitewashed villages.

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ON THE SCENE IN SRI LANKA

3 -min. read When it's hot and hectic outside, more than ever hotels need to be a welcoming place of respite. These hotels in Sri Lanka achieve that by combining locally inspired craft with a contemporary design sensibility.

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