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The Responsible Tourism Mission (RT Mission) of the Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala, was launched in October 2017 with the vision of creating a Sustainable Tourism State. The Mission encourages the adoption of Responsible Tourism principles and practices by the tourism industry and other stakeholders. It was inspired by 2002 Cape Town Declaration on Responsible Tourism in Destinations.
Having organised the two major conferences on Responsible Tourism in Kerala in 2008 and 2013, the Responsible Tourism Mission is proud to announce the first Global Responsible Tourism Summit to be held in February 2023. The focus of this summit is to bring together Responsible and Sustainable Tourism specialists and practitioners from different parts of the world to learn and exchange their experiences and to revise the 2008 Kerala Responsible Tourism Declaration.
The 2023 Kerala Declaration on Responsible Tourism will be based on the 2022 Responsible Tourism Charter signed and launched on Magna Carta Island on 6th November 2022
The summit will be held at the world-renowned Responsible Tourism Destination in the backwaters of Kumarakom. The two days of the Summit will showcase both Indian and International speakers and will also include one-day field visits at Kumarakom and Maravanthuruthu - the new STREET destination of RT Mission recognised in the 2022 WTM Global Responsible Tourism Awards.