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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

September 18, 2020
Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism September 2020 (2)

Responsible Tourism at WTM, London November 2020 Covid-19 will be with us for a while Cruiselines Cleaner Fuels  Tackling Climate Change Gathers Pace  Human Rights  Biodiversity  Covid-19 and Transforming Tourism The Economic Impact of the Pandemic Miscellany  The next edition will be out at the beginning of October The Responsible Tourism Hub provides quick links to […]

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September 9, 2020
Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism September 2020 (1)

Learning to Live with Covid-19 Tourism and Racism Climate Change is still THE Existential Issue Biodiversity, Habitat & Wildlife  Sustainable Aviation The New Air Safety Agenda Rebuild Tourism - better? How ethical is a staycation? The Housing Crisis  Miscellany  The next edition will be out in mid-September The Responsible Tourism Hub provides quick links to curated […]

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August 16, 2020
Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 08/17 2020

Covid-19 the New Normal Destinations Rethinking Tourism  More conscious travellers  Trust and Confidence  Travel Roulette Easing of Restrictions in South Africa  Anti-lockdown Protests The Pope speaks out for Responsible Tourism   The future of cruise tourism Miscellany  The next edition will be out at the beginning of September The Responsible Tourism Hub provides quick links to curated […]

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August 6, 2020
Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 08/01 2020

Responsible Tourism at WTM London  The Pandemic Remains Rampant Irresponsible Tourism a Growing Problem? Responsible Tourism During the Pandemic  Tourism and Racism  Covid-19, Ethical Issues for Tourism  Developments in India  Responsible Tourism Arrives in the USA  Responsible Tourism Resources  Miscellany  This edition is a little later than planned. We aim to publish at the beginning […]

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July 18, 2020
Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 07'1/2020

Covid-19 the Good, the Bad and the Ugly  The Good: the WTM RT Awards in the Year of Covid-19 Covid the New Normal?  Covid-19: The Bad Covid-19: The Ugly  Racism in Travel and Tourism  Is aviation going to deal with its dirty fuel? Overtourism Resilience requires preparedness Miscellany There is now so much news that […]

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June 25, 2020
Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 06/2020

Covid-19 remains a crisis in many parts of the world The World Responsible Tourism Awards in the Year of Covid-19 Tourism in a Covid World  Decarbonising Aviation  Racism in Tourism Responsible Tourism in India Build Back Better? Wildlife & Biodiversity  Travel Tomorrow Involving your clients in sustainability There is now so much news that from […]

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