Mauricio Ruiz

22 October 2020

How has the drop in tourism affected indigenous communities?

Before the spread of Covid-19, tourism provided a promising approach to sustainable development, a path for indigenous communities to alleviate poverty, increase access to healthcare and […]
14 October 2020

6 European Female Poets on how
literature can make us travel in 2020

Sound travels from vowel to vowel, it jumps from one syllable to the next. A sequence of words enters our ear, touches our retina, then the […]
13 October 2020

“Help will be of no use in six months’ time because the businesses will be bankrupt by then” — EESC’s Rapporteur Panagiotis Gkofas

It is mid October and the Covid-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the economic, social, and health spheres of our lives. It has brought the […]
6 October 2020

Ghent: A trip to
the beautiful Flemish city

With the rain pattering on the windows in early October, I think back to a trip I made to Ghent back in 2017. What do I […]
29 September 2020

Traveling through literature:
Ten years of Transpoesie

Language is an apple with magical juices. It has the power to make us dream and reshape our minds. One crafted sentence and the world looks […]
25 September 2020

A paradigm shift from quantity to quality tourism: Interview with Visit Flanders’ Marketing Director Elke Dens

The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the world’s social and economic engines. With travel restrictions in place, tourism has been one of the sectors that’s suffered the […]
8 September 2020

Evora Forum: Shaping the tourism of tomorrow

Over the last few decades, tourism has grown faster than the world economy and represented, until March of this year, one tenth of the employment and […]
4 August 2020

Has Covid-19 destroyed the business model for travel influencers?

Since the boom of Instagrammers and vloggers reached peaks never before seen in 2019, many people with an established online brand –some of them with several […]
27 July 2020

The colors of Uzbekistan:
Exploring the secrets of Khiva

For a period of my life, back when my voice was high-pitched and I cared about nothing except hard-rock music and whether girls were glancing at […]
26 July 2020

5 beautiful islands
ruined by bucket lists

The story of Diagoras the boxer moves me, makes me think of him running on the beaches of Rhodes, climbing up the hills to strengthen his […]
21 July 2020

Belgium celebrates its 189th anniversary

On July 21st, 1831, a forty-year old German prince from the Saxe-Cobourg-Saalfeld duchy stood on the grounds of the Royal Palace in Brussels and was sworn […]
19 July 2020
Pao de lo

Pão de Ló de Margaride:
An enduring tradition in Portugal

In a small house at the foot of the hill an old woman crumbles a piece of bread with her fingers, brings it to the lips […]
27 June 2020

An Uzbek adventure:
The Fergana Valley

On the eastern end of Uzbekistan, guarded by the majestic rock face of the Tian Shan Mountains, lies the Namangan region. Spread along the northern part […]
25 June 2020
Horses KZ

Discovering the natural beauty and nomadic traditions of Kazakhstan

The cars slowed down to watch the stallion roll around in the dirt. As if sole owner of the entire Kazakh steppe, the horse kicked the […]
23 June 2020

Exploring Brussels by boat

A souvenir from the spring of 2017. The water in the canal lies peaceful, a mix of warm tones and colors at dusk, the mirrored image […]
19 June 2020
Dale i Sunnfjord

Discovering the beauty of
the West Coast of Norway

Seated on my couch in late May, 2020, reading about the EU’s effort to give citizens the opportunity to travel in safety, I think back to […]
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