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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

April 2, 2024
RT News: Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 03/2024

Sabre is now sponsoring the Global Responsible Tourism Awards. There are six categories in 2024:    (1) Making Travel Inclusive (2) Championing Cultural Diversity (3) Nature Positive (4) What are you doing about Climate Change? (5)  Increasing local sourcing- Creating shared value (6) Employing and Upskilling Local Communities. Gold winners in each regional awards programme automatically enter the Global Awards. The ICRT India Foundation Awards  are open until June 30th enter […]

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March 8, 2024
RT News: Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 02/2024

Sabre is now sponsoring the Global Responsible Tourism Awards. There are six categories in 2024:    (1) Making Travel Inclusive (2) Championing Cultural Diversity (3) Nature Positive (4) What are you doing about Climate Change? (5)  Increasing local sourcing- Creating shared value (6) Employing and Upskilling Local Communities. Gold winners in each regional awards programme automatically enter the Global Awards. The Africa Regional Responsible Tourism Awards are open; they close […]

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February 12, 2024
RT News: Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 01/2024

The 2022 Responsible Tourism Charter points out that responsibility drives sustainability, lists the most significant issues that need to be addressed, and asserts the importance of transparent reporting to demonstrate what is being achieved and avoid greenwashing. Responsible Tourism is about using tourism to make better places for people to live and better places for […]

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January 7, 2024
RT News: Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 12/2023

The 2022 Responsible Tourism Charter points out that responsibility drives sustainability, lists the most significant issues which need to be addressed, and asserts the importance of transparent reporting as essential to demonstrating what is being achieved and avoiding greenwashing. Responsible Tourism is about using tourism to make better places for people to live and better places […]

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December 23, 2023
RT News: Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 11/2023

The 2022 Responsible Tourism Charter points out that responsibility drives sustainability, lists the most significant issues which need to be addressed, and asserts the importance of transparent reporting as essential to demonstrating what is being achieved and avoiding greenwashing. Responsible Tourism is about using tourism to make better places for people to live and better […]

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November 2, 2023
RT News: Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 10/2023

Can tourism contribute to peace? Mejdi has pioneered dual narrative tours to, amongst other places, Israel, Palestine and Northern Ireland. Their two-guide model equips groups with two local guides, each representing unique cultural, religious, political, and ethnic narratives. I recorded this with Aziz on Sunday, 15 October, when the Middle East was in crisis, as […]

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