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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 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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May 7, 2020
Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 05/2020

Reputation Matters: Taking Responsibility in the face of Covid-19 The World Responsible Tourism Awards in the Year of Covid-19 Climate Change is as big a threat as Covid-19 What future for Aviation? The Economic Impact of Covid-19 Recovery - time to press the reset button? Immunity Passports? Resilience relies on others, it cannot be achieved […]

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April 12, 2020
Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 04/2020

Travel & Tourism in Global Crisis  2020 Africa Responsible Tourism Awards winners announced  The WTM World Awards in Responsible Tourism The Climate Crisis is no less urgent Tourism in the Recovery from Covid-19 The other existential crisis - Biodiversity Responsible Kerala is Resilient  Resilient Destinations Meaningful Connections  Childhood is a Lovely Country   1. Travel & […]

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March 11, 2020
Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 03/2020

"Today a wind of madness is sweeping the globe," says UN Secretary-General Offsetting and the aviation industry are being challenged Strong RT programme at WTM Africa in Cape Town 6 to 8 April The new runway at Heathrow blocked  There is some evidence that the young are not as green as they are often assumed […]

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February 7, 2020
Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 02/2020

Climate change creates victims    Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency: Carbon offsetting is NOT the answer Vote for the most inspirational examples in the 2020 Africa Responsible Tourism Awards Responsible Tourism sets the pace in India Booking.com opens applications for its Booking Booster accelerator Overtourism affects more and more places  Belize bans plastic and a […]

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January 7, 2020
Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 01/2020

Significant Warming has Occured - Time to Adapt      Responsible Tourism is About Solutions The 2020 Africa Responsible Tourism Awards Destinations & Overtourism  Responsible Tourism Programme at WTM Africa Removing Plastic from Our Environment Orphanage Tourism and Child Trafficking  Shipping is making progress, will cruise follow? Zoos - Aspinal Calls for their Abolition Palau […]

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