No Person or Business is an Island

By Brian Megaw | February 1, 2022

No Person or Business is an Island A highlight for me, having worked at River Valley for almost 36 years, has always been the people you meet. Most guests only stay for a night or two, and pre-covid, they were primarily from overseas. This meant we seldom, but not necessarily never, got to see them [...]

Is Tourism an Extractive or Stewardship Industry?

By Brian Megaw | April 19, 2021

Milford Sound, New Zealand When I, and I imagine most people, think of mining, we think of enormous holes in the ground with colossal machinery lumbering like ants upon the devastation. Whether it be mountain top removal for coal, mineral extraction for precious metals or the grotesqueness of tar sand operations, we all have a [...]

Is Regenerative Tourism a Thing?

By Brian Megaw | February 6, 2021

I recently watched a webinar where Anna Pollock, the founder of travel firm, Conscious Travel, outlined her thoughts on how tourism can be regenerative. I was so taken by what she had to say, as it resonated strongly with my thoughts, that I searched for and found a copy of her PowerPoint slides. While her [...]

Restore, Rejuvenate, Re-Create, Regenerate

By Brian Megaw | January 29, 2021

Is the glass half full or is the glass half empty? This is a very real question when you operate a tourism business in the world of Covid. It would be so effortless to spend all day lamenting the change in fortune that the pandemic has wrought. I know this having spent the occasional day [...]

Will Honesty and Integrity Always Prevail?

By Brian | February 16, 2020

Will Honesty and Integrity Always Prevail? I have been in business for what sometimes feels a very long time. Under our own account at River Valley for 29 years, plus a few years earlier than that managing the company, and before that operating as a contractor shearing sheep, planting forestry trees, a sideline into an [...]

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