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Responsible Tourism is what we do to make tourism more sustainable, it is about how we use tourism to create sustainable development to benefit communities and destinations

Sustainability is the ambition; Responsible Tourism is about what we do as producers and consumers to realise the aspiration. Too often sustainable is used only in the abstract sense. Responsible Tourism is not the same as sustainable tourism. Responsibility requires that we say what we are doing to make tourism better and that we are transparent about what we achieve.   The agenda is broad across the three pillars of economic, social and environmental responsibility a wide range of resources are available. Responsible Tourism is about using tourism to make better places to live in and better places to visit. Overtourism is the opposite, a consequence of a failure to manage tourism sustainably. Overtourism describes destinations where hosts or guests, locals or visitors, feel that there are too many visitors and that the quality of life in the area or the quality of the experience has deteriorated unacceptably.  Often both visitors and guests experience the deterioration concurrently. There are a variety of causes and solutions. Aviation is the Achilles heel of the travel and tourism sector. If you are buying offsets, take care, you may be jeopardising your reputation, particularly if you are selling them to your customers. If something looks too good to be true, it usually is. Carbon offsetting is too good to be true. There is more here about the questions to ask of any carbon offset. It is important to begin now to develop alternative fuels to maintain aviation. Harold Goodwin drafted the Cape Town Declaration in 2002, the founding manifesto of the Responsible Tourism Movement. Since 2004 Responsible Tourism Awards have recognised good practice and spread awareness of what can, and should, be done. There are International Centres around the world and annual conferences to share and promote Responsible Tourism. Harold is the WTM’s Responsible Tourism Advisor with programmes at the trade shows in London, Cape Town, Dubai & Sao Paulo

Responsible Tourism News Monthly

June 5, 2022
RT News: Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 06/2022

1. The Global Responsible Tourism Awards - time to apply 2. The Travel Corporation has launched its first progress report on its Sustainability Strategy to 2025 3. Responsible Technology for Travel & Tourism  4. RT Alumni Event in London 24th June  5. The Business of Conservation: Tourism and Wildlife Conservation working with the African Leadership […]

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May 4, 2022
RT News: Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 05/2022

Twenty Years of Responsible Tourism Responsible Technology for Travel & Tourism Consumer demand requires the industry to take responsibility and deliver sustainability   Responsibility Requires Transparency: Awards and Emissions Data  Travel & Tourism needs to increase its resilience - it would be foolish not to take responsibility for this  The Danger of Net Zero by […]

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April 13, 2022
RT News: Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 04/2022

Climate Change  WTM Responsible Tourism Awards Victoria Falls - a new kind of DMO? Responsible Tourism Track at ITB Berlin Resilience in The Gambia  P&O Ferry Service Suspension  Sustainable Hospitality Alliance launches its "Pathway to Net Positive Hospitality for the Planet."   Mallorca: zero-tolerance of student anti-social behaviour  Chasing Lions  Miscellany The 2022 WTM Global  Responsible […]

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March 8, 2022
RT News: Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 03/2022

War in Ukraine The Global Responsible Tourism Awards  Climate Change Net-Zero by 2050 is too late Adaptation & Decarbonisation  Responsible Aviation  Covid a new normal? WTM Africa, ATM  and Latin America  OTAs and Growing Direct Bookings Airbnb  Miscellany +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The 2022 WTM Global  Responsible Tourism Awards are open for entries,  destinations and businesses can enter, […]

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February 13, 2022
RT News: Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 02/ 2022

The World RT Awards 2022 - Africa Regional Awards close 28th February RT at WTM Africa April 11-13 April - Building Resilience  Impacts of Covid  Adaptation Aviation  Wheel the World - extending access for the differently-abled  Plastic Pollution - a planetary emergency  RT becoming mainstream?  Responsible Tour Operating   Miscellany +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The 2022 WTM Global  Responsible […]

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January 13, 2022
RT News: Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 01/ 2022

Climate Change and Covid in 2022 - who bears the cost? Aviation - carbon emissions curve undented but increasing interest in hydrogen Zero Carbon Hotels  Responsible Tourism Conference and Summer School Finland June 2022 Maya Beach in Thailand is open again for tourism  RT Developments in the Scottish Islands Increasing demand for mountain rescue in […]

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