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Larisa McBean is a Tourism Professional and Researcher specialising in community tourism development, and a Blogger who writes commentary on a variety of topics. An International Development graduate (MSc.) from the University of Birmingham, U.K., she majored in poverty and inequality reduction strategies and conducted research on sports tourism as a vehicle to socio-economic development. She also has a background in education and training, and public speaking, having taught in Jamaica, the United States, France and Japan.

  • Let Go

    Holding on to all the things that this person or that person did to you only hurts YOU – not them! It makes YOUR life miserable – not theirs! So while you complain to everyone who will listen, feeding your… Read More ›

  • Home

    It’s that feeling of leaving, Then coming home. There’s nothing else like it; The air smells fresher;   The breeze blows sweetly; You notice the birds chirping. Each sound you hear, Each sight, carries meaning.   It’s waking up in… Read More ›

  • A Bigger Piece of the Tourism Pie

    Travel and tourism are big businesses; this can’t be said enough. People love to travel and explore their environments, whether near or far. They are pulled by stories; history, photographs, culture, nature and other people. Most of us are naturally… Read More ›

  • Resilience and Inclusion through Community Tourism

    Tourism is a powerful tool for economic growth and development the world over. The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) reports extraordinary tourist numbers year after year; monumental earnings; and never-before-seen levels of growth. The economic impact is evidenced both… Read More ›

  • Life’s Frailties

    Life is so fragile. Success doesn’t fill you. Wealth doesn’t save you. A job doesn’t protect you. Admirers can’t assure you.   Happiness can be elusive. Contentment fades quickly. Mental anguish isn’t partial; Whether rich or poor, Popular or unknown…. Read More ›

  • Beat Plastic Pollution

    Today is World Environment Day, and the theme for this year is: “Beat Plastic Pollution.” But, why this theme? The reason is due to the levels of pollution as a result of plastic pollution, and the high cost of single-use… Read More ›

  • Africa: Challenges and Prospects

    May 25 is Africa Day, a commemoration of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (known today as the African Union – AU). This is a day recognised by Africans on the continent, as well as in the African… Read More ›