Newsletter 6: An Update

For those who aren’t yet subscribed to my monthly tourism newsletter, you can access the last edition below.

It’s an update of where I’ve been the past couple of months — partly saying au revoir to the Dominican Republic — plus some updates on the work end, including the joy of receiving a Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation for my 2022 story on climate action in tourism.

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  • Got a minute? Your opinion matters to me. Hello friends and colleagues,In February of this year, I volunteered as a mentor to guide a budding travel writer who is passionate about sustainable tourism and storytelling. Despite the distance—Kate in London, me in Maryland—we convened over Zoom once a week for four weeks. Each session lasted an hour. By our third meeting, just three weeks in, Kate shared that she had landed her first successful pitch… with BBC Travel. I couldn't have been more delighted for her huge win. It served as a…
  • Issue 8: Spring is for Transitions and Innovation Issue 8: Transitions and Innovation Hey, everyone, Lily here, bringing you the first Tourism Lens update of 2024—which means this is now a quarterly newsletter! Perhaps you're celebrating Easter Sunday, or enjoying the tail end of Spring break with your families. Maybe you're even battling the airport crowds as we speak. This time last year, I was in sunny Dominican Republic for yet another Easter in the Caribbean. Now I'm in the Washington DC area, since relocating here back in September…
  • Issue 7: Tourism Inspiration for the Holidays Monthly Newsletter #7: Tourism Inspiration for the Holidays Hello friends and colleagues, As the end of the year draws near, I'm sure we’re all reflecting on the past 12 months — what we've accomplished or the moments we've enjoyed on the road, all while hoping the year will be filled with more peace and tolerance. For those of us in tourism, it can be easy to feel that we play a small role in one of the worst years of geopolitical conflict and climate disasters. Yet we are anything but…
  • Issue 3: Sustainability Lessons from Trinidad & Tobago Issue 3: Sustainability Lessons from Trinidad & Tobago Welcome everyone, including new subscribers, to Issue 3 of the Tourism Lens monthly newsletter. This time, I'm bringing you the first in a series of one-on-one conversations with sustainability-focused tourism leaders, entrepreneurs and industry members from around the world. As subscribers, you're the first to access my conversation with Tenisha Brown-Williams, a travel industry veteran from Trinidad and Tobago and current tourism…
  • Issue 1: Backyard Travel Rages on in the Dominican Republic Issue 1: Backyard Travel Rages on in the Dominican Republic Hi everyone. Welcome to Issue 1 of the Tourism Lens monthly newsletter. I'm so thrilled to have each of you here as a valued subscriber, and frankly overwhelmed by the amount of support my new platform has received since launching on January 25. Many thanks to those who’ve dished out early praises. My aim is to share a diverse and independent perspective on global tourism topics, as I've done for the past 10+ years. Topics that are…

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Happy Fall season.

About LEBAWIT LILY GIRMA

Lebawit is an award-winning, independent travel journalist, author and speaker specializing in global tourism. Her reported stories on sustainability, equity, destination management, hospitality, responsible marketing, and climate action have appeared in consumer and trade publications, including Bloomberg, Skift, and Conde Nast Traveler. Read more about Lily here.

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