Foxtons makes its first loss as shrinking London sales market decimates revenues

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Foxtons makes its first loss as shrinking London sales market decimates revenues previous nextAgencies & PeopleFoxtons makes its first loss as shrinking London sales market decimates revenuesGrim half year interim report reveals solid lettings and mortgages divisions but haemorrhaging sales operation.Nigel Lewis30th July 201801,979 Views Foxtons says it made a loss over the past six months as London’s difficult sales market drove down its turnover by 9% to £53 million during the first six months of the year.The unprecedented £2.5 million loss before tax compares to a £3.8 million profit during the same period last year.Its half yearly interim results make for grim reading, although at least its lettings business is holding its own.23% sales declineRevenue created within lettings only dropped by 1% to a revenue of £31.7 million, compared to a 23% decline in sales revenue to £17.2 million.The rest of its revenue came from the firm’s Alexander Hall mortgages business, which turned over 4.1 million and is surviving on remortgaging activity rather than property purchases.Comments within the report suggest that, while Foxtons is facing harsh trading conditions, it is likely to be in the same boat as other London estate agents.Foxtons says it remains the market leader in both sales and lettings despite the poor figures, suggesting there is little that CEO Nic Budden and his leadership team can do.“The property sales market in London is undergoing a sustained period of very low activity levels with longer and less visible transaction outcomes, which clearly impacts our business,” says Nic (pictured, left).“We continue, however, to achieve market leading share of listings giving us confidence that our service- led, results-based model remains highly relevant to consumers.”“Going forward we will continue to invest in our proposition to enable us to maintain our differentiation in the minds of buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants.Read more about Foxtons.half yearly results nic Budden Foxtons July 30, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

‘Get real’ about Rightmove’s power, agent tells portal’s critics

first_imgEstate agency founder Lee Pendleton has bucked the trend for agents to criticise Rightmove and has urged fellow agents to remember how the portal has transformed the industry over the past 20 years for the better, and that it’s far too powerful to be challenged now.He says Rightmove should be supported for its fees suspension policy during lockdown and that someone “needs to be on their side”.“They are a massive powerhouse for leads for most agents and we’ve worked very successfully with them for many years.”Pendleton (left) had a well-publicised run-in with OnTheMarket last year which resulted in his agency, James Pendleton, being kicked off the portal. As well as Rightmove, he agency also lists with Zoopla.“Rightmove have so much power that they will do whatever it takes to keep agents on side, so all the criticism coming from these anti-Rightmove haters is misplaced, I believe.”Yesterday the portal revealed that it will end its fees discount at the end of July but then extend the scheme for a further two months, albeit at a lower discounted rate of between 75% and 40% depending on which part of the UK agents trade within.“I’ve seen all the excitement around the challenger portals and been approached by several of them but I don’t really understand what they’re up to because, unless they’ve got £40 million to spend on marketing, they haven’t got a hope in hell of seriously challenging Rightmove or Zoopla,” he adds.“You might think it’s cheaper to use these kinds of portals, but is it cost effective to do it?”.james pendleton Rightmove OTM Zoopla June 24, 2020Nigel Lewis4 commentsDavid Coates, William H brown William H brown 24th June 2020 at 10:42 amI have to agree with Mr Pendleton…Yes portals have held all agents to ransom (especially RM) and the pricing structure needs to be revised as we move into the new marketplace, but by the same token RM have effectively set and regularly moved the landscape forward.OTM have made no impression really in the market with Zoopla and RM still sitting head and shoulders above their competition.For me using any other portal at the moment is “Penny wise & Pound stupid” as all your really doing is building their Portal brand for them with no real added value.Log in to ReplyAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 24th June 2020 at 9:55 amI think it is very healthy to have a debate about property portals and James Pendleton has some valid views and runs a very good business. But, just as I disagree with James’ spin on the market as reported in the national press, I still think we are about to enter a nuclear winter with completions likely to be 600,000 in 2020 not the 1.1m we usually, I also think that what many miss is that Rightmove has not in any way evolved since Shrek and the donkey came to the big screen in 2001.Is this significant well, yes, the new portals actually do things, one will be a portal/platform which allows for transactions to take place, rather than go on Rightmove, see a property, go off Rightmove and transact, that is a very old model.It is the consumer – the Gen-Z, I buy everything through my mobile that is calling for change and speed, Rightmove unfortunately is likely to be thought of more as a donkey than the first place a twenty five year old goes to do transact property business.When the consumer uses other portals as they offer more advantages, then the way mum and dad did things – gets forgotten, take a look around – commerce has been kicked into a new age by the pandemic, digital is here, and old ‘tech’ may well have had its day. Many superbrands – which everyone uses – are now gone – as the agile new businesses who ‘listen’ to their clients overtook them.Log in to ReplyPhilip Norgan, Martin Kemps Martin Kemps 24th June 2020 at 9:00 amI don’t think so. If you really analyse what happens to RM enquiries, I suspect you will find what we did – the vast majority don’t go anywhere.Since leaving RM we have saved an hour a day NOT trawling through spurious enquiries from people with no interest in responding to our calls, emails or texts.As i have said on numerous occasions, we see RM as more of a property referencing service, where people check to see what house prices are doing.Log in to ReplyFriendly local agent, Friendly local agency Friendly local agency 24th June 2020 at 9:00 amThis man obviously has pots of spare cash that he doesn’t mind throwing down the drain. We left Rightmove in April and haven’t looked back. We are enjoying the extra near £2000 we are saving each month and receiving plenty of quality leads from OTM and Zoopla. We don’t need Rightmove, but I suppose he does being as he doesn’t have the benefit of being an OTM member now.If we all get behind OTM they will soon have a £40m annual marketing budget. This is our best/only real chance to rid ourselves of this greedy organisation once and for all. Why are so many hesitating? I can say without a shadow of a doubt, the worst part is making the decision to leave, it’s plain sailing afterwards and you find yourself wondering why it took you so long and what you could have done with that cash you wasted.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Marketing » ‘Get real’ about Rightmove’s power, agent tells portal’s critics previous nextMarketing‘Get real’ about Rightmove’s power, agent tells portal’s criticsLee Pendleton says Rightmove has been a leads and marketing powerhouse for his and many other agency businesses over the years – and will continue to be so.Nigel Lewis24th June 20204 Comments5,483 Viewslast_img read more

Lecturer, Department of Nursing

first_imgThe Department of Nursing at Rowan University invites applicationsfor two Lecturer/Senior Lecturer positions (rank commensurate withqualifications and experience) to begin Fall 2021 to add experienceand expertise to our nursing faculty. The Department of Nursing isone of two departments in the School of Health Professions. Ourundergraduate RN to BSN program and MSN programs are accredited bythe Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). We arelooking for candidates who have the passion and drive to enhancethese programs, foster inter-professional education throughcollaboration with both the allopathic and osteopathic medicalschools at Rowan University, and develop new programs that preparethe workforce in healthcare in southern New Jersey.The successful candidates will have a strong clinical background innursing practice, with an interest in advanced practice nursing,nursing education, clinical nurse leader and nursing management,and will be expected to teach graduate and undergraduate courses innursing.Other responsibilities include advancing the mission of thedepartment by contributing to the development of new and innovativeprograms in nursing, workforce development and inter-professionaleducation, as well as service to the department, college,university, and community. Online teaching and/or off-campusteaching is required. One position will include coordination of theRN-BSN program, and candidates with experience or interest incoordinating RN-BSN Programs are encouraged to apply.Candidates for this position are required to have at least amaster’s degree in nursing, experience in nursing education,experience in advanced nursing practice, and an established recordof teaching, service, and clinical supervision of students. Adoctorate in nursing (PhD, DNP, or EdD) or related discipline ispreferred.Upon offer of employment, candidates will need to obtain a NJ RNlicense, if not already licensed in NJ.Starting Date: September 1, 2021Salary: CompetitiveGeneral Information: Lecturers are 10-month positions, andsuccessful candidates will teach a total of 24 credits over twosemesters, with the option to teach overload and the possibility ofteaching summer classes for additional compensation. While theseare non-tenure track positions, the initial 2-year contract isrenewable, with expectations for continuing renewal of two, three,four, and then five years per contract. In addition, the positionhas a promotion path to Senior Lecturer and Master Lecturer andincludes benefits.The application must be submitted through our online applicationsystem (PDF format) containing a cover letter, a statement ofteaching experience, vision for nursing education, a curriculumvitae, graduate transcripts (copies acceptable) and names andcontact information of three references.Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the US, and theuniversity will not sponsor an applicant for a work visa for thisposition.Rowan University values diversity and is committed to equalopportunity in employment.All positions are contingent upon budget appropriations.If you have questions regarding the position, please contact Dr.Mary Ellen Santucci, Chair of the Nursing Search committee [email protected] Deadline: Review of applications will begin onFebruary 15, 2021 and continue until the position isfilled.General Rowan Information: Rowan University is a R2Carnegie-classified Doctoral University (High Research Activity)with approximately 20,000 students. Its main campus is located inGlassboro, N.J., 20 miles southeast of Philadelphia, withadditional campuses in Camden and Stratford. The Universitycomprises seven academic colleges and five schools—the William G.Rohrer College of Business; the Henry M. Rowan College ofEngineering; the Ric Edelman College of Communication and CreativeArts, the Colleges of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences,Performing Arts, and Science & Mathematics; the Cooper MedicalSchool of Rowan University; the Rowan University School ofOsteopathic Medicine; the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences;the School of Health Professions; and the School of Earth andEnvironment—with an Honors College that spans across disciplines.Rowan is one of three public universities in the country to offerM.D. and D.O. medical degree programs. The institution is also hometo the South Jersey Technology Park, which fosters the translationof applied research into commercial products and processes, the Ric& Jean Edelman Planetarium, Jean & Ric Edelman Fossil Park& Museum, and the Virtual Reality Center. Rowan has beenrecognized as one of the top 100 public universities in the nationby the U.S. News & World Report. Rowan University is an EqualOpportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicantswill receive consideration for employment without regard to race,creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, maritalor domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, pregnancy,gender identity or expression, disability status, liability formilitary service, protected veteran status, affectional or sexualorientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information(including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), or any othercategory protected by law. For the complete Rowan Universitynon-discrimination and affirmative action policy see: https://sites.rowan.edu/equity/_docs/policies/eeo-statement.pdf. Advertised: Dec 28 2020 Eastern Standard TimeApplications close:last_img read more

Flip Side: Drugs

first_imgRaf Nicholson warns against the dangers of experimental drug useI know it’s not the fashionable side of the argument, and its proponents often sound like teachers. Drugs are dangerous, drugs do you nothing but harm, drugs are evil, malicious substances, responsible for all the ills in modern society. But outside of school, where everything you are told is gospel truth, that’s no longer the message. Now, everyone’s telling you a spliff every now and again can’t do you any more damage than that pint in your hand or that cigarette. But I’ve been there. I know what it feels like, and I know why I turned it down.Cannabis isn’t just a plant – there are medical consequences to its use. Regular smoking can lead to lung cancer, especially as spliffs are often mixed with tobacco. According to a recent study, the vast majority of medical experts in the UK are convinced that cannabis increases susceptibility to mental illness. It is proven, too, that regular use can make you fatigued and unmotivated – do you really need that during an essay crisis? And even if some people want cannabis legalised, the fact is it’s still illegal. Well, we all know the police never bother about cannabis offences, don’t we? Actually, plenty of people I know have spent the night in a cell as a result of cannabis use. Neither are you safe as a non-user, if you host parties where people are smoking joints in your room in college. Plenty of people get threatened with prosecution for that, too,Why risk it? In my own experience, either you get a kick out of cannabis that leads to regular use and psychological dependence which increases each time you smoke it, or nothing happens. If the latter, then what’s the point? And I’ve seen what the result can be in the case of the former. I saw what was happening to my friends who were doing weed regularly, and realised there was nothing I could do. I saw them losing respect for all drug laws, just because they’d broken one. Cannabis became magic mushrooms – bad “trips” and terrifying stories of hallucinations. “Shrooms” became cocaine, and ecstasy – class A substances, highly addictive, resulting in massive cravings. It’s sad, but I don’t feel like I know some of those people any more. Isn’t it better to be safe than sorry? There are real risks associated with cannabis. Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. Victor Petrov questions the validity of anti-drug attitudesRcreational drugs legalised? A novel concept for Britain, where magic mushrooms were banned in 2005 and cannabis is still hovering about in Category B of our beloved Drug Law. Yet this idea been floated by none other than North Wales Police chief constable Richard Brunstrom who stated that he will be campaigning for drugs such as heroin to be legalised. So if the forces of law and order themselves are beginning to change their views, is there something more to be said for legalising all drugs?Hard drugs, by some categorisations, include alcohol and tobacco. So yes, put the absinthe down and stub out the cigarette, because you’re all shuddering junkies to me. These beloved substances are physically addictive and much more likely to lead to severe health problems and ultimately death. Just compare the 8386 fatalities from alcohol related disease in 2005 in the UK alone to the lack of a single one directly traceable to LSD – in the whole world! However, cultural norms attach a stigma to certain drugs, while others become an accepted part of our social interactions. The Netherlands, that bastion of liberal drug culture, has recently announced that it will ban all magic mushroom sales on its territories. But Dutch teenagers running amok in Amsterdam are not the cause of this; it is tourists who, taking advantage of the local drug laws, do not know how to handle the drugs they take. Here we see uneducated, rampant foreigners failing where the tolerant, relaxed locals succeed: in dealing with drugs. The Dutch are not biologically immune to chemical alterations – they have learned to deal with it through years of experience. Impurities in cocaine and ecstasy could be seeded out through government guidelines. Demonstrably, toleration of substances and regulation of a legalised drugs industry will stop deaths and accidents. Whether we like it or not, even if drugs remain illegal, they will still be around. Drugs, in the right circumstances, can be fun (after all, half the world’s rock stars can’t be wrong). Drugs should be a question of public health, rather than a criminal issue. Puff and blow those critics away!last_img read more

Trend predictor: bread with sprouts

first_imgBy bread with sprouts I don’t mean the vegetable variety, but whole sprouted grains of wheat. Sprouted grain breads have become a permanent category in the American bakery sector and some strong brands have been built around the concept. The products have a particular appeal to health-conscious consumers and there are bakeries that specifically target this market, offering products solely produced from sprouted grain. Although not recommended for conventional bakery processes, they are increasingly being used to add functional and sensory benefits to mainstream products, particularly where health attributes are part of the product feature.Sprouted wheat can be used as a novel ingredient for the baking industry. The sprouting process is not one for the impatient and takes a week from start to finish. Once the growth viability of the wheat has been confirmed, the sprouting process begins by washing and soaking the grains for two days and then allowing nature to do the rest; hydration kickstarts the germination process and the grain begins to sprout, much as if planted in the ground. If left alone, the shoot or acrospire will eventually form the new plant, but the process is halted by gently drying down the sprouted grain and then stabilising it to control enzyme activity.While much of the appeal is based on the long-held assumption that sprouting the grain enhances its nutritional content, there is now some science to back this up. Among the changes that occur within the grain during germination are increases in levels of certain vitamins, including folates, increased anti-oxidant activity and a reduction in some anti-nutritional factors. But, just as important in bakery applications is the texture and visual appeal that the grains add to recipes.EDME, for example, utilises a patented process to stabilise the grains and provide them with a soft chewy texture, the products are supplied ready-to-use and are added with the flour and other recipe ingredients to the mixing bowl. The end result is visually striking as the grains swell further during baking and present themselves as plump wheat berries when the bread is sliced.Confusing wheat sprouts with the vegetable variety is not as daft as it seems. On determining the whole grain status of sprouted grains in the USA, the AACC returned a ruling that “…sprouted grains containing all of the original bran, germ and endosperm shall be considered whole grains as long as sprout growth does not exceed kernel length…”. If the sprout does exceed the length of the kernel then it is, apparently, a vegetable after all.last_img read more

Study: Coronavirus touches 10%+ of Hoosier population

first_img This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML) A research team from the Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI says it estimates the number of Hoosiers who have been infected with coronavirus at some point has reached 10.6% of the state’s population. That’s up from 7.8% in October.“We are very, very far away from the approximately 70% needed to achieve herd immunity,” said Nir Menachemi, lead scientist on the study. “Without a vaccine, if infections continue to rise in Indiana, so will the death toll.”He says the number of infections among younger Hoosiers is increasing, which quickly translates into more infections — and deaths — among older Hoosiers.The study also shows more than 40% of individuals infected with COVID-19 are asymptomatic or show no signs of the disease. Pinterest Google+ Twitter Previous articleThanksgiving cooking safety tips from the South Bend Fire DepartmentNext articlePacers, NBA to announce a revised All-Star plan Network Indiana Pinterest Facebook Study: Coronavirus touches 10%+ of Hoosier population Twitter Facebook Google+ CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews WhatsApp WhatsApp By Network Indiana – November 26, 2020 1 206 last_img read more

The Grammys Will Honor Prince & George Michael With “Unforgettable Tribute Segments”

first_imgIt is tradition to honor the previous year’s musicians lost at the annual Grammy Awards ceremony. Last year gave honor to David Bowie and Glenn Frey, and this Sunday’s will memorialize Prince and George Michael with a pair of “unforgettable tribute segments.” While producers cannot reveal which of the performing artists will pay tribute to these musical icons, we do know that John Legend will perform during the In Memoriam portion of the ceremony.President/CEO of The Recording Academy Neil Portnow explains about this year’s choices, “George Michael and Prince were pop icons who showcased rare musical genius and otherworldly charisma.” He continues, “While each possessed a distinct style and sound, they were both adored by audiences worldwide. The passings of two such creative innovators were a huge loss for the creative community; The Recording Academy is humbled to pay homage to their tremendous legacies on the Grammy stage.”Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich furthered the conversation in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, explaining the difficulty in packing such a robust list of fallen stars into such a short amount of time that the show is allotted for this segment: “You’ve got a lot of people incredibly excited about being nominated,” Ehrlich said. “I don’t want to deny them by devoting a third of the show to people who’ve passed away.”We can’t wait to see what the Grammy’s have in store!Also performing will be a special collaboration between A Tribe Called Quest and Anderson .Paak, as well as the return of Daft Punk and The Weeknd. We can hardly wait!last_img read more

PBHA raises funds for Boston camps, Cambridge youth

first_imgThe Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) is hosting its annual auction at the Cambridge Queen’s Head Pub in Memorial Hall on Tuesday, April 23. Auction proceeds go directly toward supporting PBHA’s Summer Urban Program (SUP), a network of 12 student-run summer camps that benefit more than 800 children in Boston and Cambridge.This year’s event honors Mel King, Boston educator, social activist, and community organizer, and his wife Joyce.The silent auction will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with more than 70 items along with hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and musical entertainment leading up a live auction featuring MIX 104.1’s Kennedy Elsey from Karson and Kennedy.  Tickets are $40 in advance $45 at the door.PBHA is an independent, student-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit at Harvard University that each year engages 1,500 students in more than 80 service programs benefiting 10,000 people in Greater Boston.SUP meets several critical needs and is one of the largest and most affordable summer program for youth from low-income families in Boston and Cambridge. In addition to serving approximately 800 local children, SUP camps offer summer employment to another 100 at-risk high-school students from the same communities as the camps. The camps provide academic enrichment and afternoons devoted to field trips, teen jobs and leadership development. Camps in neighborhoods with a history of violence between them come together for weekly relationship building, and all 12 camps unite for a midsummer celebration planned by the high-school-age counselors.For more information.last_img read more

St Johnsbury Academy wins grant from Westinghouse

first_imgWestinghouse Electric Company today announced the 2010-11 winners of its N-Visioning a Brighter Future grant program, which awards funding to middle and high schools for creative, hands-on projects.Administered by the company’s speakers bureau, N-Vision, the grant program is designed to encourage both teachers and students to develop projects based on energy, math, science or technology.The competition is open to all middle and high schools where Westinghouse has a presence. Five schools are awarded $2,000 each to carry out their proposed projects. Winners of the 2010-11 grants are:-Pinecrest Center School, Aiken, South CarolinaThe school’s “Newton’s Toy Box” project will allow students to rediscover Newton’s three laws of motion.-St. Johnsbury Academy, St. Johnsbury, VermontThe students of this school will carry out a project called “How much energy do we use?” that will measure, record and analyze the electricity usage and cost at the St. Johnsbury Academy Campus.-Lakewood Christian School, Long Beach, CaliforniaThe project called “Adventures in Flight” will allow the students to perform many simple experiments that demonstrate the fundamental principles involved in flight.-Westwood Middle School, Morgantown, West VirginiaThe school’s project called “Alternative Energy” will allow students to explore the alternative fuels currently available and research those of the future.-Central Buck High School West, Doylestown, PennsylvaniaA project called “4-D” will be carried out as an activity that applies STEM concepts in an interactive and hands-on way, ultimately preparing students for technology literacy.Westinghouse, a group company of Toshiba Corporation, is the world’s pioneering nuclear power company and is a leading supplier of nuclear plant products and technologies to utilities throughout the world. Westinghouse technology today is the basis for approximately one-half of the world’s operating nuclear plants.SOURCE Westinghouse Electric Company PITTSBURGH, Nov. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

Geo-Tourism

first_imgEarthTalk®E – The Environmental MagazineDear EarthTalk: I’ve heard of Eco-Tourism, but what on Earth is “Geo-Tourism? — Sally Kardaman, Sumter, SC“Geotourism” describes tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a given place, including its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage and the well-being of local residents. The idea is that tourism can be a positive force that benefits both travelers and local environments and economies.National Geographic Senior Editor Jonathan Tourtellot coined the term in 1997 to distinguish it from “ecotourism” or “sustainable tourism,” both which more narrowly focus on travel’s ecological impacts. In addition to a “do-no-harm” ethic, geotourism seeks to enhance prospects for sustainable development based on the specific character of a given place rather than on standardized international branding, generic architecture and food, etc. In other words, a geotourism tour won’t involve sending you to an exotic locale only to put you up at a Hilton or Marriot and give you discount coupons to Taco Bell and McDonald’s.“Today the world’s great destinations are under assault as visitor numbers rise exponentially every year,” reports the non-profit National Geographic Society, publisher of National Geographic. “The result is damage to the sites, overcrowding and erosion of the local culture and environment.” The Society hopes to reverse these trends with geotourism. Its Center for Sustainable Destinations (CSD) helps local communities, governments, tourism bureaus and private businesses enhance and sustain their distinct character while harnessing the power of tourism for positive impact: “Residents discover their own heritage by learning that things they take for granted may be interesting to outsiders,” reports CSD. “As local people develop pride and skill in showing off their locale, tourists get more out of their visit.”The Society’s “Geotourism Charter” lists 13 principles that qualifying sites must adhere to in order to earn a geotourism distinction. The main current running through the Charter is appreciation for the distinctive aspects of a given place and culture, and an eagerness to showcase them to curious and supportive visitors.The term geotourism is fairly new, but several places have offered “geotourism”-worthy travel for years. Costa Rica’s Rio Tropicales Lodge takes visitors white water rafting, horseback riding, hiking and on other rainforest excursions. It hires and trains locals to manage operations and teach guests about local cultures first-hand—and has launched several reforestation efforts and an education program that teaches elementary students across Costa Rica about the importance of protecting the rainforest in their backyards.Another organization is 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking in Nepal, which trains local women to be tourism professionals and trekking guides. In just a few short years the group, which promotes low-impact treks in the Himalaya region, has trained 600 women as ambassadors to the outdoors across Nepal and beyond.Apiring geotourism professionals can learn about their future profession by focusing on it as part of a new concentration within the geography department of Missouri State University.CONTACTS: CSD, http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/sustainable; Rio Tropicales, www.riostropicales.com; 3 Sisters, www.3sistersadventure.com; Missouri State University Geotourism Concentration, www.missouristate.edu/academics/details.aspx?id=81642.EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: [email protected] Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.last_img read more