RT News: Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 01/ 2021

We enter 2021 confronted by four inter-connected crises, all of them global in their reach and consequences. Covid-19, climate change, biodiversity loss and mounting inequality. All of them accelerating. Tourism is a contributor to all of these crises and a victim of them. The development of vaccines and new treatments for Covid-19 and the various lockdowns and quarantine regimes have demonstrated that we can tackle crises. We have many solutions to these crises and there will be more. We now need to implement them.

"Without swift and immediate action, at an unprecedented pace and scale, we will miss the window of opportunity to 'reset' for... a more sustainable and inclusive future." Prince of Wales Terra Carta

  1. Climate Change Accelerates
  2. Coping with Covid-19
  3. The New Normal
  4. Tackling Biodiversity Loss
  5. Take Back Control - Manage Tourism, 
  6. The Kerala Approach extends to Madhya Pradesh
  7. Plastic Pollution Spreads 
  8. Responsible Tourism in Colorado, USA
  9. Brexit impacts on travel 
  10. Miscellany 

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  1. Climate Change Accelerates
    At the Climate Adaptation Summit in January, the UN Secretary-General reported that extreme weather and climate-related hazards have killed more than 410,000 people in the past decade, the vast majority in low and lower-middle-income countries. The S-G called for"a breakthrough on adaptation and resilience" and a transition to a "low-carbon, high-resilience future." He called for financial support for adaptation and resilience in the developing pointing out that: " Support for adaptation and resilience is a moral, economic and social imperative."  As he reminded us we "have the tools, skills and opportunity to deliver “more, faster and better” adaptation actions." We know what needs to be done. He concluded, "Let us live up to our responsibilities and jointly change course towards a sustainable, fair and resilient future." more
    January also saw the launch  of the Terra Carta charter r “provides a roadmap to 2030 for businesses to move towards an ambitious and sustainable future …. one that will harness the power of nature combined with the transformative power, innovation and resources of the private sector.” Based on work by a “coalition of the willing” among global business leaders, the Terra Carta, is supported by the Bank of America, Blackrock, EY, AstraZeneca, Schroders, BP, and Heathrow Airport. The charter is designed “to bring prosperity into harmony with Nature, People and Planet over the coming decade.”
    The European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service has reported that 2020 tied with 2016 as the world’s warmest year on record. In 2020, temperatures globally were an average of 1.25 degrees C  higher than in pre-industrial times, and the last six years were the world’s hottest on record. The Arctic and northern Siberia continued to warm more quickly than the planet as a whole in 2020, with temperatures in parts of these regions averaging more than 6C above a 30-year average used as a baseline. This resulted in an "“unusually active” wildfire season, with fires poleward of the Arctic Circle releasing a record 244 million tonnes of CO2 in 2020, over a third more than in 2019. more
    The US experienced a record number of named tropical storms formed in the Atlantic, with a record 12 making landfall and its most active wildfire year on record leaving 262 dead. There were a record-breaking 22 billion-dollar weather and climate disasters that struck the country in 2020. more
  2. Coping with Covid-19
    The Dominican Government, through the Ministry of Tourism and Public Health, has announced new country-wide measures that it will begin offering free antigen testing to all international visitors staying at a hotel to meet the new Centers for Disease Control’s travel protocols requiring travellers from January 26, returning to the U.S. to present proof of a negative COVID-19 or antigen test prior to departure. Africa has been hit hard by the second wave of Covid-19 and the new variant 501Y.V2 which makes up to 90 per cent of new cases in South Africa.  As at 31 January, Africa has 90,4389 confirmed deaths and 3,553,032 confirmed cases to date. Data
    We are all vulnerable to new variants of the virus which may require new vaccines. As the WHO has been reaffirming for several months, a global pandemic requires no less than a world effort to end it. None of us will be safe until everyone is safe. Global access to coronavirus vaccines, tests and treatments for everyone who needs them, anywhere, is the only way out. This is a historical stress test for global cooperation. But we are ready to meet this challenge. This is why we have launched the Access to Covid-19 Tools (ACT)-Accelerator.
    There is very unlikely to be a post-Covid world, just as there is no post-flu world. Globally the World Health Organization estimates that 290,000 to 650,000 people die of respiratory diseases linked to seasonal flu each year. We have vaccinations and treatments and we have learnt to live with it.
    As Thomas Crampton, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at The Commons Project has pointed out "You can be tested every time you cross a border. You cannot be vaccinated every time you cross a border." Covid-19 tests and vaccinations could become necessary for concerts, theatres stadiums and to cross national boundaries.  "Cathay Pacific, JetBlue, Lufthansa, Swiss Airlines, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic are among the airlines that have already established partnerships with the Common Trust Network, an initiative that has been under development by the Swiss NGO The Commons Project and the World Economic Forum. The CommonPass is an app created by the group allows users to upload medical data such as a Covid-19 test result or, eventually, a proof of vaccination by a hospital or medical professional, generating a health certificate or pass in the form of a QR code that can be shown to authorities without revealing sensitive information. For travel, the app lists health pass requirements at the points of departure and arrival based on your itinerary." more
    But as The Economist has pointed out vaccine passports "are divisive, politically tricky and probably inevitable". The "yellow card" international certificate was created almost 100 years ago to record inoculations against cholera, yellow fever, typhus and smallpox. Many countries require a yellow-fever certificate as a pre-condition of entry. We don't yet know how effective vaccinations are against transmission. Vaccination passports will at least initially be divisive - those with underlying health conditions, over 60 and from wealthier countries will be vaccinated first and global parity in vaccination is a long way off.
    The Lowy Institute, an Australian think tank has researched the comparative performance of countries to answer the question: What impact have geography, political systems, population size, and economic development had on COVID-19 outcomes around the world? The answers are interesting  
  3. The New Normal
    So the new normal will involve learning to live with Covid-19 as we do influenza. Barcelona has recognised that confidence and safety are key elements for cities and tourist destinations in the post-COVID-19 context and made a tool available to them in order to minimise the risk of infection and to increase safety and confidence to reactivate the city’s economic fabric. Asserting that Barcelona never stops the city authorities are focussed on reactivating the economy and they are using the campaign slogan LET'S GET OUR CITY BACK
    Petra Hedorfer, CEO of the German National Tourism Board (GNTB)  wrote in January about the way the COVID-19 pandemic has been a catalyst for global social and technological macrotrend accelerating the digitalisation of communication and information processes. As she points out "... sustainable consumption does not mean having to go without and does not require customers to put up with poorer quality or a poorer experience. Quite the opposite: Sustainability is a hallmark of quality and a competitive advantage because it directly improves the quality of life of locals and visitors alike." The GNTB commissioned research in October 2020 in their main source markets and 80% of all those surveyed said that they thought COVID-19 would lead to more sustainability in tourism. more

    A new platform has been launched to position and promote the Caribbean as a unique, special and desirable place to live, work and play; and to consummate exchanges among consumers, businesses and exceptional players in the Caribbean. Exceptional Caribbean is designed to help Caribbean people fall in love with ourselves. We need to lift up and promote talent; to elevate the spirits and minds of our people; to love ourselves, and make the world fall in love with us. Earth  Changers has acknowledged that: "Every origin and every destination has different rules, and every accommodation, tour or transport provider will work in different ways specific to their location, business and the appropriate risk-based approach."  they have produced so good general advice for travellers. We are going to have to be Covid-aware when we travel and safety and trust will be major issues for transport providers, destinations and tourism businesses to address. Covid security will remain a major concern for the foreseeable future. Vanuatu has launched a global campaign under the slogan, ‘We’ll keep it Beautiful for You,’ until travel restrictions are lifted, and tourists can return to the islands. Vanuatu’s Sustainable Tourism Policy's objective is “to protect and celebrate Vanuatu’s unique environment, culture, kastom and people through sustainable and responsible tourism.” Thailand is promoting ‘SEXY’ tourism. To be rolled out during 2021-2022, the ‘SEXY’ tourism concept is in response to the changes in travel behaviour and TAT’s goal to restore Thailand’s tourism: S – Safety and Hygiene, E – Environmental Sustainability, X – Extra Experiences, and Y – Yield. This reflects TAT’s existing strategy to move the Thai tourism industry out of mass tourism and towards responsible tourism with an emphasis on revenue-generating quality tourists.

  4. Tackling Biodiversity Loss
    There is some good news. African Parks has released three cheetahs into Bangweulu Wetlands in Zambia. Two new Whale Heritage Sites have been awarded in Tenerife and California. Whale Heritage Sites are a global accreditation scheme developed by the World Cetacean Alliance and supported by World Animal Protection, that recognises outstanding destinations that offer and celebrate responsible and sustainable wild whale and dolphin watching. Whale Heritage Site status provides tourists with an easy way to select responsible whale and dolphin watching destinations; places where people can experience cetaceans in their natural habitat and in an authentic and respectful way. There are only two other Whale Heritage Sites in the world: The Bluff, South Africa, and Hervey Bay, Australia.


    The African Wildlife Foundation has grave concerns for the future of wildlife in Africa "Unless African governments can maintain strong networks of community conservation areas, supporting thousands of jobs dedicated to wildlife conservation, protected wildlife areas face a difficult road to recovery. The fear is that Coronavirus in Africa could reverse 30 years of conservation gains, including communal conservancy programs in multiple countries. Early data show the fractures in the system, but the full effect of travel bans, border closures and vacation cancellations on protected areas and the local communities co-existing with wildlands is just starting to sink in across the African continent. The large revenue streams that supported livelihood and a stable economy were abruptly cut off in late March. No job in these areas was left unscathed. COVID-19 has revealed the fragility of wildlife conservation in Africa. With limited funding for most state-run nature agencies, there has been an over-reliance on tourism to support efforts. more
    These issues were discussed at WTM London in November

  5. Take Back Control - Manage Tourism
    In Amsterdam, there are plans to crack down on growing numbers of low-budget “drug tourists” and organized crime, by forbidding the sale of marijuana to foreigners in its  166 coffee shops. Research commissioned by the city revealed that 57 % of foreigners visiting the center of Amsterdam say that visiting a coffee shop is a “very important reason” for their visit. The Mayor insists that “Amsterdam remains an open and tolerant and hospitable city, but we want to end the undermining effects of criminal organizations.” more   In Venice the Mayor has controversially decided to keep the Doge's Palace closed until April. more
    Venice has postponed a planned entrance fee for daytrippers until January 2022. Venice has established a "control tower" a Smart Contol Room to monitor tourism flows in real-time using mobile phone data to identify which countries they are from. more
  6. The Kerala Approach extends to Madhya Pradesh.
    Madhya Pradesh has signed a memorandum of understanding with Kerala for replicating Kerala's pioneering Responsible Tourism initiative. Kerala's Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran said that RT was the “only tool for sustainable development of tourism” as it created better places for people to live in and visit. The Minister said the pact with Madhya Pradesh was “another milestone” for Kerala Tourism and its RT Mission. more  Madhya Pradesh's government has expressed its intent to adapt and implement the model, aimed at the development of village and local communities, eradicating poverty and emphasising women's empowerment. more
    In Kerala, performing artists were amongst the most affected by the pandemic, many have taken to performing and teaching virtually. " Nearly 18,000 artists under the government’s Responsible Tourism Mission, specialised in different art forms such as kathakali, koodiyattam, mohiniyattam, chavittunatakam and martial arts like kalaripayattu have been left with nothing after the tourism industry collapsed." more
  7. Plastic Pollution Spreads
    Further evidence that we have entered what future archaeologists will define as the plastic age. Digging at the Iron Age Castell Henllys site in Pembrokeshire; wrappers from well-known chocolate bars and snacks were among 2,000 items found trampled into the ground. In the Arctic Ocean scientists have found widespread pollution by microplastics. Roughly three-quarters of those fibres were polyester and resembled those used in clothing and textiles, highlighting how the laundry of synthetic clothes is polluting the oceans. A 2019 study estimated that 878 tonnes of plastic microfibers are released every year from household laundry in North America through wastewater treatment plants. The weight is the equivalent weight of ten blue whales. Other studies have found microplastics at the highest point on Earth, near the summit of Mount Everest, in penguins' bodies in Antarctica and in Alpine snow. more
    Scientists have now discovered the processes of clogging and dispersing through which plastics spread. Microplastic particles get stuck when travelling through porous materials such as soil and sediment but later break free and often continue to move substantially further. more
  8. Responsible Tourism in Colorado, USA
    Hawaii
    is setting the budget and "looking more for the higher dollar, higher spend kind of tourists". The House Consumer Protection and Commerce Chairman has said "We need tourism to be able to come back, but we also are exploring this so that we’re ensuring it’s the kind of tourists that are best for Hawaii, and it’s not necessarily mass, budget tourism where everybody’s looking for the cheapest prices and people are just coming here in droves,” and that "lawmakers are pursuing multiple goals at once with the bill, including funding climate change mitigation and “promoting responsible tourism.” Lawmakers are discussing taxing tourist through surcharges on "vehicles that are rented for six months or less, including mopeds, and would also apply to vans or buses that are used to haul tourists or luggage.
    Durango is a small city in southwestern Colorado, near the New Mexico border, they have a new tourism strategy combining management and marketing.  The strategy recognises that the "real measure of effective tourism is about the social and economic impact." "We know that tourism is doing its job when Main Avenue is bustling, the job market is healthy, affordable tourism is on the rise, and the cultural fabric ... is invigorated." "One of the ultimate goods of tourism is to increase quality of life for residents... In addition to implementing strategies  that avoid overcrowding, Visit Durango will also focus on environmental sustainability   and stewardship of the destination." Their marketing strategy focuses on high-value responsible travellers to "generate great economic returns  with less impact on the community."
    Breckenridge is a Colorado town at the base of the Rocky Mountains, known for its ski resort, year-round alpine activities and Gold Rush history which has left it with a Victorian core. The Town Council has committed to what the tourism office President Lucy Kay describes as  "responsible tourism". They are going post-pandemic to be "looking for ways we can target guests whose value sets align with ours,”  “… Figure out who are people who think about the environment, who think about other people, who think about the world in a similar way to us, and try to invite those people in first.” Event fatigue was an issue pre-pandemic, and Covid-19 has created an opportunity to reevaluate tourism. One summer resident has commented, "How would that happen, and who decides what the criteria are (political party, voting record, religion, race)? Sound pretty Orwellian to me." [The press report has been misunderstood. Ed.]
  9. Brexit impacts on travel
    The UK has taken back control of its borders, and so has the EU. Fast track lanes no longer available except by grace and favour and UK citizens no longer have any guarantee of entry, immigration procedures will be slower. " Now the official is required by European Union law to conduct deeper checks. They may ask for the purpose of the visit; where you plan to travel and stay; how long you intend to remain in the EU; how you propose to fund your stay; and whether you constitute a threat to public health." Travellers can take in no more than 200 cigarettes and a litre of spirits.  No “POAO”. This stands for Products Of Animal Origin, and the government specifically warns you cannot take food “containing meat or dairy (e.g. a ham and cheese sandwich) into the EU”. The same applies to Northern Ireland.
    As the UK chose to become a third country, the EU’s long-standing “90/180 rule” has taken effect for British travellers. UK citizens can stay only 90 days (about three months) in any 180 (six months) in the Schengen area. The 90-day limit is not per country. It applies to the entire Schengen Zone.  In Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, France, and Spain, it appears that third country tour guides are simply not permitted. And from some point in 2022 UK travellers to the EU will need to register online and pay in advance for an “Etias“  permit under the European Travel Information and Authorisation System. more
    None of this should surprise UK citizens; the remain campaign pointed out that these were consequences arising from third-country status.
  10. Miscellany

♦ Rooted's selection of the Best Readings, Ideas, and Solutions of 2020 "From decolonizing museums to urban biodiversity hotspots, 2020 moved the needle forward in a meaningful way."

♦ New Zealand has launched a campaign against "Travelling Under the Social Influence" to discover something new and think outside the box.

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Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism December 2020

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  1. RT Interviews and Panels from WTM, London are all now available
  2. States are adopting Responsible Tourism in India 
  3. Tourism devastated in the developing world
  4. Aviation and Climate Change
  5. Building Back Better? 
  6. Experiential & Domestic Tourism 
  7. Conserving Resources Requires Behavioural Change 
  8. Overtourism
  9. If covid is the new normal... 
  10. Miscellany 

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    1. RT Interviews and Panels from WTM, London are all now available
      Close to  4,000 people watched the Responsible Tourism interviews and panels at WTM, London in November. All of the recordings are now freely available on the Responsible Tourism YouTube channel in the WTM 2020 Playlist: How can we make tourism better?  Based on the discussions at WTM London and Responsible Tourism trends in the last year or so the January RT News will feature a draft RT Manifesto to be discussed and honed throughout 2021. It is time to take stock again of what we have learnt about how to make tourism better.
    2. States are adopting Responsible Tourism in India
      It remains to be seen whether the experience of Covid-19 will change our attitude to government regulation. Many have pointed out that you can isolate yourself from Covid-19 and that there will be a vaccine. But, you cannot self isolate from the impact of climate change and there will be no vaccine. Covid-19 and climate change are major challenges, threats, that require a collective response which only government can determine and implement. The freeloaders who leave it to others and refuse to make the sacrifices necessary to meet the challenges, need to be coerced through regulation and policing to do so.

      India is now leading in the development of Responsible Tourism, not least because of the way in which a new national tourism policy and strategy is nearing implementation. It will support and promote Responsible Tourism across the nation, building on the work of the individual states in empowering local government through the panchayats to work with communities and businesses at the local level to make tourism better for communities, businesses and tourists. The introduction of Responsible Tourism in Kerala in 2008, the learning from the initial experiments which has enabled the Responsible Tourism Mission to roll out the approach across the state and achieve impact at scale, has encouraged replication. India’s success with implementing Responsible Tourism and demonstrating the efficiency and efficacy of the approach has demonstrated the important role of national, state and local government in making tourism better for all stakeholders.

    3. Tourism devastated in the developing world
      The International Monetary Fund has pointed out the obvious "Tourism-dependent countries will likely feel the negative impacts of the crisis for much longer than other economies. Contact-intensive services key to the tourism and travel sectors are disproportionately affected by the pandemic and will continue to struggle until people feel safe to travel en masse again." It is obvious, but the focus in the wealthier countries, the source markets, has been on the impacts at home and in their outbound industry. The IMF points out that: "The global pandemic, the first of its scale in a new era of interconnectedness, has put 100 million jobs at risk, many in micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises that employ a high share of women, who represent 54% of the tourism workforce, according to the UNWTO."  The October World Economic Outlook projected the global economy would contract by 4.4% in 2020. The shock in tourism-dependent economies will be far worse. Real GDP among African countries dependent on tourism will shrink by 12%. Among tourism-dependent Caribbean nations, the decline will also reach 12%. Pacific island nations such as Fiji could see real GDP shrink by a staggering 21% in 2020. more
      As part of the Telegraph's Unlock Long Haul campaign, the paper has been drawing attention to the impacts in the developing world: 'African communities are on their knees because this government doesn't care about travel'; Without tourists, Myanmar has travelled back in time – and its people face devastation; Africa in crisis as the loss of tourism threatens widespread poverty and extinctions; 'I lost my tourism business in March – now I'm catching fish to survive' 'I'd say 90% of the Galapagos economy has disappeared. People are selling whatever they can in the street – food, bread, pastries' more
      The Latin America Travel Company are encouraging would-be holidaymakers to continue travelling now, where current rules and restrictions allow. Tourists to the Galapagos Islands have dropped 75% in 2020,  in November of this year the island saw less than 1,500 visitors. As John Stanley, Founder and Director of The Latin America Travel Company points out " now is likely the one and only time to be able to visit some of the world’s most popular destinations and feel like you have the place entirely to yourself" and it is also bringing much-needed revenue to countries who rely heavily on income from tourism.
    4. Aviation and Climate Change
      The aviation industry sees itself as a special case, satisfied with the steps it is taking to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. The Climate Action Tracker concludes that the CORSIA scheme ICAO has set up to achieve carbon reductions "will probably cover less than half of the international aviation emissions between now and 2035, and is likely to allow compensation without real emission reductions elsewhere. We rate the international aviation sector’s carbon-neutral growth goal as ‘critically insufficient’."
      Hydrogen-powered aviation is the most likely way forward as the climate crisis worsens. ZeroAvia, a leading innovator in decarbonising commercial aviation, has secured £12.3m ($16.3m) in UK Government funding to deliver a breakthrough 19-seat hydrogen-electric powered aircraft that is market-ready by 2023. To achieve this, it will collaborate with two partners, the European Marine Energy Centre and Aeristech. The HyFlyer II project will conclude with another world's first hydrogen-electric flight by ZeroAvia in a 19-seat aircraft, with a 350-mile flight.
      Meanwhile, The Guardian reports a US congressional report has concluded that Boeing officials “inappropriately coached” test pilots during recertification efforts after two fatal 737 MAX crashes killed 346 people. The Senate commerce committee chairman, Roger Wicker, said the report included “significant examples of lapses in aviation safety oversight and failed leadership in the FAA”. Boeing faces a continuing criminal probe into the MAX. The committee said its review was “constrained due to the continued criminal investigation”.
    5. Build Back Better?
      There was an enlightening discussion about to Build Back Better post-Covid-19 at WTM, London.
      There is a great deal of rethinking about both the marketing and management of destinations with greater emphasis on tourism in rural and open-air areas, rather than cities. In November Scotland became the first national tourism organisation to join Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency. The declaration is part of VistScotland's ambition to play a leading role in the development of Scotland as a globally recognised responsible destination and promote geographical and seasonal spread. Back in September VisitScotland's Insight Department published Navigating the New Normal-Post COVID-19 Tourism Consumer Trends.   VFR has become a more significant determinant of travel plans, summer travel was about finding fresh air and space and this travel motivation may continue into the winter. They expect to see "a shift towards tourism flowing to less crowded destinations ... The result will focus a shift from footfall and number of visitors towards prioritising spend per visitor, which provides an opportunity for the tourism sector to focus on improving the quality of experience versus the quantity of tourists."
      Cities are beginning to think about attracting digital nomads. Buenos Aires is positioning itself as a post-pandemic destination for digital nomads.  Fernando Straface, Secretary-General and Secretary for International Relations, City of Buenos Aires argues that "the future competition of cities is going to be around quality of life,” Buenos Aires is working to become a ’15-minute city’ where everything is accessible within the local neighbourhood.
      Palau, in Micronesia, now requires visitors to sign an environmental pledge upon arrival, committing to act in an ‘ecologically and culturally responsible way’. Like many Small Island Developing States Palau is heavily dependent on tourists who arrive by air and eat mostly imported food.
    6. Experiential & Domestic Tourism
      There is ongoing fear of travel amongst hosts and potential guests. As this edition goes to print, there are international and domestic travel bans across most of the UK.  Research by YouGov across 25 countries, and almost 17,000 people, shows that two thirds (67%) of British people say that the current regulations are preventing them from travelling. This compares to 58% who say that health concerns are doing the same. There are more detailed results from the survey here.
      Germany has launched Feel Good and Barrier Free travel experiences.  Cape Town is encouraging locals to explore the city after months indoors. The City of Cape Town, together with Cape Town Tourism (CTT), has launched the Pocket-Friendly Challenge aimed at making tourism more affordable and boosting the visitor economy. The Pocket-Friendly Challenge features a series of two-minute episodes where various travellers explore Cape Town’s neighbourhoods with a set budget of R150 (10USD)  per person; episodes will be released weekly.
      The UAE Vice-President, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, earlier this month launched the first federal domestic tourism campaign: "World’s Coolest Winter". The campaign will run for 45 day encouraging residents to explore the hidden gems of the seven emirates, landmarks and attractions that distinguish every emirate and contribute to the UAE as a single destination.
    7. Conserving Resources Requires Behavioural Change
      "My Green Butler" focuses on persuasive communication (technology and interpersonal) to encourage management, staff and guests to adapt their behaviour and conserve." Launched by ICRT-Australia and piloted amongst other places at Disneyland Paris, substantial savings in resource use have been achieved. Guest energy use has been reduced at different properties by 12-33%, housekeeping energy use by 18%, 4% on public space overnight heating and increased guest satisfaction. More
      Chris Warren, the driving force behind My Green Butler,  points out that: " The search appears to be for quantity, collecting ever-growing digital warehouses of data, rather than interpreting it, identifying connections, and understanding what action to take. Maybe we should push the pause button. .....  "Data is for decision making it should be used to enable responsible action promptly, it should be able to ‘speak’ to all involved in a persuasive, it can accelerate change in your firm if it is real-time advice.... Technological solutions should focus on our social practices rather than on the resources alone." more
    8. Overtourism
      Venice is planning to introduce a fee for anyone entering Venice without an overnight reservation from January 1, 2022. "In light of the current situation around the Covid-19 pandemic, we have decided to make an important gesture regarding the optics of wanting to encourage the tourists' return," announced Michele Zuin, the councillor responsible for the economy." "The "contributo di accesso," or access fee, will be priced according to how busy the city is in a bid to dissuade people from entering on peak days, thereby spreading them out throughout the season." more
      Venezi Autentica offers "everything you need to enjoy the best of Venice and support the local community."
      Jordi Rabassa, councillor for Ciutat Vella in Barcelona explains the new plan for La Rambla "‘Ciutat Vella can be a role model of how to move from a monoculture to something more diversified that employs and caters to the needs of residents through creating jobs in culture, technology, ecology and sustainable initiatives’. "The aim is to lure back locals, not just tourists, using culture. The highlight of this cultural revolution is the grand Teatre Principal, which opened in 1603 but has been closed since 2006. Led by local businessman José María Trenor, a consortium has raised €35m to refurbish the theatre into a multi-function performance space hosting hi-tech immersive experiences and concerts as well as other events. The regional government also plans to convert Foneria de Canons, an 18th-century gun foundry, into a cultural centre." more
      Courmayeur, in the Italian Alps, has a new sustainability strategy. Skyway intends to undertake concrete action in the form of green-certified supplies, reducing waste volume, eco-energy sources and emissions, water and eventually, a green consortium.
    9. If covid is the new normal....
      On December 15th the UK government launched a new Test to Release scheme so that passengers arriving in England have the option to shorten their self-isolation by up to half on receipt of a negative COVID-19 test. The scheme was "embroiled in chaos on its first day of operation after the last-minute publication of 11 private providers, most of whom appeared unable to offer the service on Tuesday morning." Airports which have had testing in place for weeks or months were left off the list of approved providers. The introduction of the scheme was described as chaotic.
      ABTA reports that UK travellers are 20 per cent more likely to use a travel professional now than before the pandemic, with two in five citing the security of a package holiday (41 per cent) and the travel professional’s up-to-date advice (40 per cent) as the main reasons. ABTA is launching a Travel with Confidence campaign.
    10. Miscellany
      Birgit Trauer's The Way of the Peaceful Traveller - Dare to Care and Connect Birgit describes the book as an invitation for the open-minded human beings who believe that this beautiful world should do better and that we all can contribute to this. "Venture into the world of emotions and feelings, of needs and values, and connect more intimately with their significance in your life. Illuminate and examine the ideas of culture and stereotypes, and discover the beauty of diversity, within you and around you." more
      Douglas Trent is President of the Focus Conservation Fund and Research Director, Instituto Sustentar de Responsabilidade Socioambiental  in Brazil. With 40 years of experience of developing community ecotourism, he has just published How to Develop Community Ecotourism published in Portuguese and English a copy can be downloaded hereThe One Planet Network 2019 Annual Magazine has just been published. It contains several tourism case studies
      ⊕ ICRT Austalia My Green Butler: encouraging 'conserving' behaviours - see (7) above
      Costa Cruises: circular economy principles applied to waste management, plastics, water and energy use  and efficiency
      Iberostar: moving from plastic elimination to apply circular economic principles and a Wave of Change approach
      UNEP's transforming tourism initiative through sustainable procurement
      Travel Green Europe App 
      One Plant Network: Sustainable Tourism Policy Talks, Smart Destinations Network, transforming tourism value chains in developing countries and SIDS
      Global Sustainable Tourism Council
      Global Tourism Plastics Initiative: 'concerted commitments'
      Grupo GEA Peru: training and technical assistance leading to a sustainable tourism label "Inca Alliance"
      Comment: There are other initiatives in Sustainable Consumption & Production. Across all sectors the focus is still on talks and studies, there is almost no evidence of impact. 

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Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism: WTM Virtual Special 10 & 11 November

The next edition will be out at the beginning of December
The Responsible Tourism Hub provides quick links to curated material on Responsible Tourism 

This year's WTM, London is virtual, there is no need to travel to London nor to find board and lodging away from home. You can participate from anywhere in the world over the extended hours, the only carbon emitted will be from the electricity you and the internet consumes, and some of that is renewable.
Register here.

The full programme of live, on-demand and catchup panels and interviews is available here.

  1. World Responsible Tourism Awards winners have been announced 
  2. Resilience & Covid 19
  3. Build Back Better
  4. Tourism and Biodiversity, Friend or Foe?
  5. Decarbonising Aviation 
  6. Responsible Tourism in India
  7. Tourism and Racism 
  8. Certification and Consumer Choice
  9. Can we make tourism better – a manifesto for change.
  10. Miscellany 

 

1. World Responsible Tourism Awards winners have been announced
The ambition of the Awards has always been to recognise businesses and destinations which are making tourism better and to spread good practice – to educate, inspire and challenge others to do likewise or do more.
In this year, when the world faces a global pandemic, it seemed inappropriate to continue with the World Responsible Tourism Awards as usual. It is not Business as Usual, and the crisis is likely to continue for some time.
This year the judges decided to commend businesses and destinations which are taking responsibility and addressing the challenge of Covid-19 and to Highly Commend and Commend businesses and destinations. The judges wanted to recognise those who have taken responsibility and addressed the many challenges of the pandemic.

2. Resilience & Covid 19

On Tuesday 10th at 10:30, we look at Resilience & Covid-19 looking for solutions to how we get travel moving again, how we learn to live with the coronavirus and reflecting on what we have learned over the last year about resilience. Safety, confidence and trust have become central to restarting travel and tourism. WTTC and destinations have developed protocols for the new normal. It is now widely recognised that the pandemic will be with us globally for a while; we must learn to live with it and manage risk.  The tourists, whether travelling for leisure or business, have to feel confident about their safety from home, through the airport, on the plane or train and on arrival through the airport to their accommodation – and of course back again. And they have to be confident that quarantine will not be imposed on them in the destination or on their return.  WTM Virtual Link

92 UNWTO Member States participated in the first meeting of the Committee for the Development of an International Code for the Protection of Tourists. This initiative seeks to achieve a more fair and balanced share of responsibilities among all tourism stakeholders in the post-COVID-19 world. more

Barcelona is represented on this panel. It has long recognised that it has an overtourism problem and has been addressing it for several years. "Barcelona has created an ambitious project which aims to reclaim public space for its residents, starting with La Rambla, which it intends to turn into a cultural hub. Speaking about this new plan, Rabassa said, ‘Ciutat Vella can be a role model of how to move from a monoculture to something more diversified that employs and caters to the needs of residents through creating jobs in culture, technology, ecology and sustainable initiatives’. more

3. Build Back Better

The S-G of the UN has spoken of the crisis as 'an unprecedented opportunity to transform the relationship of tourism with nature, climate and the economy.... to examine how it interacts with our societies and other economic sectors; to measure and manage it better; to ensure a fair distribution of its benefits and to advance the transition towards a carbon-neutral and resilient tourism economy.' In this panel, we'll look at the different ways in which five destinations are seeking to change the way tourism works to take the opportunity provided by Covid-19 to build back better for communities and their environment. Tuesday 10th at 12:00 WTM Virtual Link

ABTA's recent report on Tourism for Good can be downloaded here 
In April 2019 Booking.com reported that "Over half (55%) of global travelers report being more determined to make sustainable travel choices than they were a year ago, but barriers include a lack of knowledge and available or appealing options when trying to put this into practice... almost three quarters (72%) of travelers believe that people need to act now and make sustainable travel choices to save the planet for future generations. While results were relatively consistent across ages, almost three-quarters (74%) of 46-55 year olds believe most strongly that this is needed".

You can find more about Germany's Feel Good campaign here.
Scotland is one of the destinations participating in this panel, Malcolm Roughhead, CEO of VisitScotland, talks about managing Coivd-19 and building back better.

4. Tourism and Biodiversity, Friend or Foe?

At 14:00 the panellists are addressing the question Tourism and Biodiversity, Friend or Foe? WTM Virtual Link

There are a wealth of interviews here seeking to answer the question Biodiversity, ecosystem services and tourism – conflict or symbiosis? How can the relationship be improved – what are the solutions?  There are two panels on animal welfare available on demand

There are further interviews and background to the issues here 

5. Decarbonising Aviation 

The aviation industry is our sector's Achilles' heel. Flying is not the problem; the emissions from the fuel that aviation runs on is the issue. For too long aviation has resisted change, insisting that there is no alternative. Now there is. On this panel we have Airbus, they've just announced hydrogen-powered flight by 2035; the founder of Universal Hydrogen; the Carbon Strategy Director, Heathrow Airport; and easyJet's, Director of Flight Operations. From Jamaica, we'll hear about why aviation matters and why it needs to decarbonise and Noel Jopsephides of tour operator Sunvil, will explain why aviation needs to change.

Read this blog on the WTM Hub for the background on decarbonising aviation

How quickly will the airlines take up zero-emissions flight?  How should the travel and tourism sector respond if aviation, a major supplier, fails to adopt clean technology fast enough, presenting a significant risk to our industry in general and the many destinations dependent upon it?  How can we best encourage the aviation industry, manufacturers, airports and airlines to make rapid change? Is the tourism industry willing to accept some additional cost and able to force its supplier to adopt the best technologies? Will polluting aircraft still be flying in 2050? How do we speed the introduction of zero-carbon flight? the panel is at 15:30 on Tuesday 10th November  WTM Virtual Link

Ian Care is an award-winning innovator who has provided technical, project and innovation leadership, acclaimed by and delivering £multi-million benefits for Rolls-Royce plc. Harold Goodwin conducted a series of interviews with him recently - Ian is a man who thinks outside the box to find practical solutions. Watch the interviews here. 

6. Responsible Tourism in India

India is rapidly emerging as a leader in Responsible Tourism. The strapline Incredible India accurately conveys the geographic and historical variety of natural and built heritage which India offers the tourist and the rich diversity of living cultural heritage which surrounds any visitor to the sub-continent. In 2008 Kerala adopted Responsible Tourism and developed an approach which ensured that the local communities benefited through Village Life Experiences and producer cooperatives. Madhya Pradesh has followed with a state policy, and other states are looking to follow. The new national tourism policy of the Ministry of Tourism endorses Responsible Tourism. India is now arguably leading the world in adopting a Responsible Tourism approach. In this round table panel, we shall hear from policymakers about their experience with Responsible Tourism and about what it has to offer. Wednesday 11th November 10:30  WTM Virtual Link

7. Tourism and Racism

Alex Temblador chairs the panel on Tourism and Racism on Wednesday 11th at 14:00.  WTM Virtual Link

There is a host of interviews on tourism and racism available playlist here  There are further resources here.

8. Certification and Consumer Choice

On Wednesday 11th at 15:30 the panel included GSTC representatives discussion the future development of certification  A key ambition of sustainability labels has been to ensure that those tourism businesses which adopt a range of sustainable practices are rewarded as consumers choose them in preference to others. The Global Sustainable Tourism Council was created to establish a consistent baseline across schemes. Understanding that issues vary from place to place and that the credibility of the label(s) can be undermined each time a guest spots bad practice in a certified "sustainable business" – we discuss where certification is today and what it holds for the future. Are there too many schemes? What strategies could deliver more transparent consumer information? What can be done to improve certification and drive the sustainability agenda forward? How will health and safety shape sustainable tourism? This panel discussion tackles some of these issues and identifies successes, challenges, and how certification can help make tourism more responsible. WTM Virtual Link

9. Can we make tourism better – a manifesto for change.

This year's Responsible Tourism programme ends with a panel on Wednesday at 17:00 reflecting on this year's WTM Responsible Tourism sessions and to consider how we move forward to make better tourism for travellers and holidaymakers; for destinations and for the communities who live there; and for businesses in the source markets and destinations.  What principles should inform the way we recover our industry and work to use tourism to make better places for people to live in? What role should governments play?  How do we practically make tourism better?  WTM Virtual Link

10. Miscellany 

  • There is a panel on Responsible Tourism in China available in the on demand programme at WTM Virtual.
  • IATA reports that international passenger demand was down 88.8% in September, capacity was down 78.9% and the average load was 43.5%.
  • Flight Radar graphs commercial passenger flights + cargo flights + charter flights + some business jet flights.
  • The New Zealand Tourism Futures Taskforce is an independent public private partnership to lead the thinking on the future of tourism in New Zealand. The main purpose of the Taskforce is to advise on what changes New Zealand can make to the tourism system, so that tourism enriches both New Zealand and the wellbeing of New Zealanders. The Taskforce will provide an initial report on the future of tourism in New Zealand in December 2020, with final recommendations and steps for implementation in April 2021.

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Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism: London Travel Week Special

The next edition will be out on 9th November, for Virtual  WTM
The Responsible Tourism Hub provides quick links to curated material on Responsible Tourism 

This year's London Travel Week and WTM, London are virtual, there is no need to travel to London nor to find board and lodging away from home. You can participate from anywhere in the world over the extended hours, the only carbon emitted will be from the electricity you and the internet consumes, and some of that is renewable.


Register for WTM Virtual 9-11 November includes London Travel Week with World Responsible Tourism Day on November 4th

You can find the full 2020 WTM Responsible Tourism (4, 10, 11 November) programme here https://responsibletourismpartnership.org/wtm-london-2020/

  1. World Responsible Tourism Day on November 4th register
  2. World Responsible Tourism Awards register
  3. Responsible Tourism at Virtual WTM November 10th & 11th register
  4. Tourism and Racism 
  5. Covid-19 still rampant in the northern hemisphere 
  6. Developments in Kerala 
  7. Employing the differently-abled and the disadvantaged in India 
  8. Developments in Aviation 
  9. Tourism and Wildlife 
  10. Miscellany 

1. World Responsible Tourism Day on November 4th register
11:45 Sir Tim Smit, the Co-Founder of the Eden Project
gives a keynote address explaining why responsible business and Responsible Tourism make good business sense.
This is followed by a series of short conversations with leaders in Responsible Tourism.
12:00 Wolfgang Neumann, on the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance,
12:15 Martin Brackenbury, on Resilience and Covid-19
12:30 Justin Francis on Making Tourism Better
12:45 JoAnna Haugen on storytelling and why narrative matters
13:00  Charlotte Weibe about the TUI's work in Responsible Tourism
13:15 Gustavo Segura Sancho on Costa Rica
16:00 Garry Wilson CEO of EasyJet Holidays about how the company has been coping with Covid, the future of leisure travel by air and of course why taking your business in a responsible direction makes perfect sense.
16:30 Clare Jenkinson on ABTA's Tourism for Good report
16:50 Harold Goodwin looking forward to the RT programme on 10 & 11 November.

The full programme in detail can be found here 

2. World Responsible Tourism Awards register
In this year, when the world faces a global pandemic, it seemed inappropriate to continue with the World Responsible Tourism Awards as usual. It is not Business as Usual, and the crisis is likely to continue for some time. This year the judges decided to commend businesses and destinations which are taking responsibility and addressing the challenge of Covid-19 and to Highly Commend and Commend businesses and destinations. The judges wanted to recognise those who have taken responsibility and addressed the many challenges of the pandemic. The Awards will be announced at 15:30 GMT on November 4th here:  responsibletourism.wtm.com/Awards2020

3. Responsible Tourism at Virtual WTM November 10th & 11th register
10th November: 4 live panels Resilience & Covid 19; Build Back BetterTourism and Biodiversity, Friend or Foe? & Decarbonising Aviation.
11th November: 4 live panels Responsible Tourism in India; Racism in Tourism; Certification and Consumer Choice;  & Can we make tourism better – a manifesto for change.
10th & 11th November, four on-demand, pre-recorded sessions: Inclusive Employment for differently-abled people and the disadvantaged; Responsible Tourism in China;  and two on animal welfare

The full programme in detail can be found here  More in the next edition of RT News 9th November 

4. Tourism and Racism
Alex Temblador is moderating a panel on Tourism and Racism at WTM, London (11th November 14:00-15:00). Martinique LewisnPresident of the Black Travel Alliance is on Alex's panel. Findings from the Black Travel Alliance's (BTA) #PullUpForTravel campaign released on October 13th. They collected KPIs for employment, conferences & tradeshows, marketing campaigns, press and philanthropy. Key findings

5. Covid-19 still rampant in the northern hemisphere
As this edition of RT News goes to 'print' with London Travel Week just opening in the UK, the government has announced a more intense lockdown and banned all leisure travel as the pandemic runs rampant across the UK, Europe and most of the northern hemisphere.  As with influenza, it appears that Covid-19 is more virulent in autumn and winter. In June and July a coronavirus variant - 20A.EU1 - originated in Spanish farmworkers and spread rapidly and is now one of the most prevalent in Europe.
"It is important to note that there is currently no evidence the new variant's spread is due to a mutation that increases transmission or impacts clinical outcome," stresses Dr Emma Hodcroft of the University of Basel, lead author of the study. The researchers believe that the variant's expansion was facilitated by loosening travel restrictions and social distancing measures in summer....From July, 20A.EU1 moved with travelers as borders opened across Europe, and has now been identified in twelve European countries. It has also been transmitted from Europe to Hong Kong and New Zealand." more
Prof Devi Sridhar, the chair of global public health at Edinburgh University, said there were flaws in the UK government’s approach to travel over the summer. “Numbers were really low and that was our chance to keep them low,” she said. “The virus moves when people move.” more

6. Developments in Kerala
Launched by sustainable and socially-driven platform NotOnMap and tour operator and destination management consultant Help Tourism, in association with The International Centre for Responsible Tourism, India, the initiative aims to educate rural communities and property owners to get back on their feet so they can maintain their properties and work towards reviving the tourism industry while maintaining hygiene guidelines and safety precautions. The initiative is being backed by Bookings.com and aims to cover all stakeholders of the rural tourism sector in India. Read more in Outlook Traveller

"The prime objective of the initiative was to assist the rural communities, Kumar Anubhav, Founder and Director, NotOnMap, said. This will be done by capitalizing on untapped culture and value heritage in rural areas. Many industry experts are conceptualizing design and execute Project Travival. This project consisted of more than 150 training videos, Anubhav said.
The videos have been framed in over 18 regional languages divided into 12 modules for Homestay owners, village Panchayats, teachers, youth, and women of villages and travellers across India thus covering all stakeholders of “Rural Tourism” in India. The videos not only cover topics around homestay and personal safety and hygiene but also educate people on sustainable practices and homestay business during Covid-19. It is inclusive of all points by international bodies and the government guidelines, includes policies to be followed by the hosts to maintain a guaranteed safe stay." Read more in the Financial Express

7. Employing the differently-abled and the disadvantaged in India
Back in 2016 Lemon Tree Hotels won Gold in the World Responsible Tourism Awards at WTM London for their commitment to barrier-free employment – they were also overall winners that year.  Patu Keswani, Chairman & Managing Director of Lemon Tree Hotels challenged his managers to find ways to employ the differently-abled and disadvantaged Indians because  “the brand should stand for more than ‘just profit’.” Lemon Tree is a large, successful and growing company encompassing several brands, 8,000 rooms in  91 hotels across 49 destinations; and it is committed to barrier-free employment. Their initiative started in 2007. By May 2018, approximately 21% of their employees were Indians who are opportunity deprived in some way. The interview with Aradhana Lal is available on demand during the Virtual WTM 10 & 11 November – it tells about the programme, explains how it was developed and discusses replication within and beyond the sector. more

 

 

8. Developments in Aviation
Bain & Company is predicting that demand for transatlantic flights will not recover until at least 2026, leaving the likes of British Airways and Virgin Atlantic particularly exposed. more Back at the beginning of October British Airway's last 'Queen of the Skies' Boeing 747 was flown into retirement. in 1998 there were 986 Boeing 747s in service around the world. Only 33 remain in passenger service, with 122 in storage, and nearly 300 in service flying cargo. The 747 helped make air travel more available to ordinary people.  more
At Virtual WTM (10th November 15:30) there is a panel on Decarbonising Aviation.

Airbus has announced that it is planning to evaluate three concept planes each of which would be primarily powered by hydrogen. The goal is to figure out an aircraft design and manufacturing process so the hydrogen plane could potentially enter commercial service by 2035. Hydrogen is energy-dense, plentiful and it burns cleanly, although it will create contrails which research suggests have a warming effect, trapping heat.  Hydrogen is highly flammable and will need stronger fuel tanks, requiring redesign of aircraft,  and new logistical infrastructure will be necessary to supply it.
The final decision on whether a hydrogen plane is ready for commercial service will “come down to the economics and the supportability and, quite frankly, our customer interest,” Amanda Simpson, Vice president for research and technology at Airbus Americas. said. “Showing the technology is feasible and that it’s economical is key.” more

9. Tourism and Wildlife
TRAFFIC has engaged in smart tourism technology through its Wildlife Witness App, created in partnership with the Taronga Zoo. The app allows tourists and locals to report wildlife trade by taking a photo, pinning the location of an incident, and sending the details to TRAFFIC. TRAFFIC has also partnered with Instagram on a programme that will warn people who hashtag selfies with certain animals about animal exploitation. more

Jane Goodall in conversation with G Adventures’ founder, Bruce Poon Tip, pointed out that "As the world got wealthier and more people started to travel, they were destroying the world by sheer numbers. Culturally and environmentally, travel was going wrong. ... “One of the things to avoid is more people - the secret is tourism that is controlled. The number of people that are allowed in, and how long they can stay, and that is tough, but it has to be,” said Dr Goodall. During the pandemic, poaching has increased and she argued that “This pandemic has shed light on the way we have mistreated and disrespected animals and the environment. We have brought this pandemic on ourselves by forcing animals into contact with humans as we destroy their habitat, hunting them, eating them, killing them, trafficking them, selling them for food for medicine, exotic pet trade, selling them as skins. And factory farms for domestic animals. All of these things create the perfect conditions for a pathogen, like a virus, to jump from an animal to a person.” more

Marius Swart, a safari guide since 1992, has written a powerful piece about the ethics of guiding around wildlife " Guest experience and ethical guiding are not mutually exclusive, but finding the balance is everyone’s responsibility, and this cannot be done under a cloud of ignorant complicit". Read the article in Africa Geographic here.

10. Miscellany

〉  Visit Durango (in Colorado)  has launched an Extended Stay marketing campaign inviting  visitors to “Extend their Stay to Play an Extra Day.” “Get More of Durango.”  The campaign doesn’t encourage new visitation but rather increases the economic impact of the visitors who are already there. As Rachel Brown of VisIt Durango explains "Because it does not actually increase the quantity of visitors who come to the area, there is minimal threat of new germs being introduced into our population. By encouraging these visitors to stay longer, we increase the economic impact without risking the safety of our residents. With visitors extending their stay the hotels win, the restaurant wins, and the local economy wins. Visit Durango’s mission is to increase overnight stays in the county, but this goal of economic impact should never be at the detriment of our locals’ quality of life." more

South Korea has launched "untact travel" which emphasises wide outdoor spaces, from botanic gardens (such as Hwadam, pictured above) to bamboo forests and golden sandy beaches. The term ‘untact’ was coined earlier this year from the longer phrase ‘undoing contact’ to describe any travel destination or experience designed to facilitate social distancing and reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.  more

Nonprofit media platform Voices of Rural India has found a way to turn the COVID-19 crisis into an opportunity by upgrading digital skills among rural storytellers to create alternative livelihoods. more

〉 With the support of Global Legal Action Network (GLAN)  a group of Portuguese children and young adults have brought an unprecedented climate change case against 33* countries to the European Court of Human Rights. They are appealing for financial support. 


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Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism October 2020 (2)

  1. Attend WTM, London - Be Carbon Zero
  2. Responsible Tourism at Virtual WTM,  10 & 11  November 2020 
  3. Looking ahead: Hope and Pledges 
  4. ABTA  roadmap for rebuilding travel and tourism
  5. Cape Town - where Responsible  Tourism was defined 
  6. Tourism Students Festival - India 16-17 October
  7. Narratives Matter - we must get beyond fatalism 
  8. Can testing get us back flying? 
  9. CommonPass
  10. Miscellany 

The next edition will be out at the beginning of November just before WTM
The Responsible Tourism Hub provides quick links to curated material on Responsible Tourism 

Register to attend WTM Virtual 9-11 November 2020

1. Attend WTM, London - Be Carbon Zero
Well, at least very low carbon. This year's London Travel Week is virtual, there is no need to travel to London nor to find board and lodging away from home. You can participate from anywhere in the world over the extended hours, the only carbon emitted will be from the electricity you and the internet consumes, and some of that is renewable. The speakers have not flown to London either.

2. Recover. Rebuild. Innovate: Responsible Tourism at WTM,  on 4th 10th  & 11th November 2020
Combined, WTM Virtual and London Travel Week, will offer an extensive conference programme of nearly 50 sessions streamed live online and on-demand with the majority of the sessions open to all. Register here.
The Responsible Tourism Programme is over 3 days of London Travel Week. The theme is: How can we make tourism better for communities, travellers and our sector? 
4th November 11:30-13:30: the World Responsible Tourism Awards, a keynote from Sir Tim Smit of the Eden Project, and interviews with Wolfgang Neumann, Martin Brackenbury, Justin Francis and JoAnna Haugen on the importance of narrative.
10th November: 4 live panels Resilience & Covid 19; Build Back Better;  Tourism and Biodiversity & Build Back Better
11th November: 4 live panels Responsible Tourism in India; Racism in Tourism; Certification and Consumer Choice & Can we make tourism better - a manifesto for change
10th & 11th, on-demand, employing the differently-abled an inspiring example from India,  and two panels on animal welfare.

3. Looking ahead: Hope and Pledges
Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO has acknowledged that “Consumer uncertainty about the risk of exposure or concerns about being quarantined is a core problem,”  and expressed some optimism that “With rapid testing to replace quarantine requirements, enhanced contact tracing and industry-wide standards by sector that can be clearly communicated to the public, we can help alleviate many of those concerns.” So many of us are hoping that rapid testing on departure and arrival might enable aviation to recover and that an effective vaccine may be available soon.
Meanwhile, the pledges continue to come thick and fast. Carbon-neutral or carbon zero by 2050 when the people making these pledges will have passed on, they will not be alive to be held to account. Political leaders participating in the United Nations Summit on Biodiversity in September 2020, representing 77 countries from all regions and the European Union, have committed to reversing biodiversity loss by 2030. The pledge they signed accepts that we "are in a state of planetary emergency: the interdependent crises of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation and climate change - driven in large part by unsustainable production and consumption - require urgent and immediate global action." They have declared that in "endorsing this Pledge for Nature, we commit ourselves not simply to words, but to meaningful action and mutual accountability to address the planetary emergency. It marks a turning point and comes with an explicit recognition that we will be judged now and by future generations on our willingness and ability to meet its aims." The LEADERS’ PLEDGE FOR NATURE.
Undoubtedly they - and we - will be judged by our children. There have been so many pledges and turning points - will action on sufficient scale to make a difference follow this time?

4. ABTA roadmap for rebuilding travel and tourism
ABTA has just published Tourism for Good" creating economic and social value, sustaining jobs, supporting businesses and boosting inward investment not only for destinations where many livelihoods depend on tourism, but also ...  in the UK." They identify 9 core principles for action  amongst which are (1) tourism needs to be sustainable and resilient, able to withstand future shocks and
challenges; (3) alignments with the SDGs; (4) recognising the importance of collaboration; (5) urgently accelerating decarbonisation: (6) delivering value and net benefits for destinations and local communities; (7) protecting and enhancing the natural and cultural heritage assets; (7) respect for human rights throughout the value chain; (9) measurement and reporting of progress.

5. Cape Town - where Responsible  Tourism was defined
The Tourism Development Framework  (TDF) outlines a Responsible Tourism approach to benefit communities and future generations by creating jobs and promoting social upliftment through tourism. Alderman James Vos is planning to use the TDF post-Covid-19  "as a driving force to push tourism development to all corners of the city by ensuring visitor comfort; improving and diversifying products and experiences; stimulating demand; supporting and involving communities so that they benefit; as well as planning and organising for growth." more

 

6. Tourism Students Festival - India 16-17 October

Their vision is to connect the students of tourism, faculty and industry leaders under one umbrella, to create a bridge between the curriculum and the industry practices at large, to mutually learn, unlearn and relearn and to address the challenges of our changing world. Find out more and enrol here
Responsible Tourism is growing in India. Businesses and states have done well in the WTM, World Responsible Tourism Awards since RT arrived in Kerala in 2008 with the 2nd International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations.
The Kerala RT Mission has become internationally famous for its programmes, ensuring that rural communities secure significant additional incomes from tourism. CGH Earth Hotels originated in Kerala, and they along with the RT Mission have uniquely in India been awarded the coveted World Responsible Tourism Awards. Judges' Award - only five have been awarded, three in Africa and two in India. Madhya Pradesh has adopted RT as a major part of its state policy the new national tourism strategy also endorses a Responsible Tourism approach.

7. Narratives Matter - we must get beyond fatalism
We understand the world thought the stories we tell about how we got to where we are, that is how we explain who and where we are to ourselves and others. Our experiences and our understanding of it inform our preferences and prejudices and shape our vision for the future. We are a storytelling species, some of us tell stories better than others but we all hold stories in our minds, they determine our understanding of cause and effect how we came to be where we are and how we can get to where we want to go. JoAnna Haugen is a storyteller and a passionate advocate for better tourism. JoAnna writes "I feel optimistic because it is the only way we can afford to feel about tourism’s future."  She goes on "People have every reason to feel angry, frustrated, sad, lost, and utterly overwhelmed. If you feel this way, your feelings are valid, legitimate, respected, and completely okay." 

JoAnna is right "the world we find ourselves at this moment is the perfect recipe for fatalism" As she argues we cannot afford to give in to this fatalism:

"Our world is in desperate need of leaders who put people and the planet before profits. We need to live and work with an intentional focus on sustainability so that it becomes the default condition in our world. It must become a priority to dismantle the oppressive and racist foundations that countries and companies are built upon and the tourism industry operates in."

Read more about JoAnna and her work here  You can hear her interviewed about storytelling for change on November 4th at WTM London

8  Can testing get us back flying?
IATA is calling for all departing air passengers to be tested for coronavirus so that existing quarantine systems can be scrapped. IATA Director General Alexandre de Juniac has acknowledged that presently coronavirus test results take several hours and are expensive, but de Juniac claimed fast-acting antigen tests costing from $7 each are to be available ‘within weeks’. By “signalling now that this is the industry’s preferred option, we are sending a strong message to the market that should accelerate development and earmark aviation as a big customer.” John Holland-Kaye, CEO, Heathrow Airport, argues that: “Testing is the lifeline that the UK’s aviation sector needs to get back on its feet. We’ve put some of the most cutting-edge rapid testing technologies into action at Heathrow to see which offers the best solution.”    A coordinated introduction of testing is required with the support of governments. more

9 CommonPass

The World Economic Forum is working with The Commons Project to develop a global, interoperable framework to safely restore cross-border travel to pre-pandemic levels. CommonPass aims to develop and launch a standard global model to enable people to securely document and present their COVID-19 status (either as test results or an eventual vaccination status) to facilitate international travel and border crossing while keeping their health information private. Recognizing that countries will make sovereign decisions on border entry and health screening requirements, including whether or not to require tests or what type of test to require, CommonPass serves as a neutral platform which creates the interoperability needed for the various 'travel bubbles' to connect and for countries to trust one another's data by leveraging global standards. For governments, airlines, airports, and other key stakeholders throughout the end-to-end travel journey, CommonPass aims to address these key questions:

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Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism October 2020 (1)

  1. Launch of the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance 
  2. Responsible Tourism at Virtual WTM,  10 & 11  November 2020 
  3. Biodiversity and tourism, conflict or symbiosis, friend or foe?  
  4. Responsible Tourism Grows in India 
  5. Cruise Lines Face Particular Challenges: Covid-19 & Friends of the Earth
  6. Diversity Matters
  7. Action on Holiday Rentals 
  8. Action on Plastic 
  9. Animal cruelty rankings revealed: which travel companies are fuelling or fighting it?
  10. Miscellany 

The next edition will be out in mid-October
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1. Launch of the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance
On October 1st the International Tourism Partnership (ITP) was relaunched as the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance (SHA), now once again fully independent. It was back in 2004 that the original International Hotels Environment Initiative founded at the time of the first Rio Summitt on Environment and Development in 1992 became the ITP which worked across a broad agenda: environment, siting and design guidelines for hotels,  the Youth Career Initiative (YCI), pioneering work on human rights.   The SHA is registered in the UK as a charity and will build on the work of the ITP with a strong commitment to working across the sector and to sharing their tools and resources work. In the video senior figures from Hilton, Marriott and IHG discussed key issues, including the future of sustainable development in the industry and hospitality’s role within the community during and following the pandemic. The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance brings together 14 of the world’s leading hotel companies and has launched with a renewed vision of responsible hospitality for a better world. Alliance members have  25% of the global hotel industry by rooms, including Marriott International, Hilton, IHG, Hyatt and Radisson. Aligned with the UN SDGs they commit to driving continued action on human rightsyouth employmentclimate change and water stewardship. more

2. Responsible Tourism at Virtual WTM,  10 & 11  November 2020 

This year we have eight live panels in Virtual WTM, four on each day. The details of all eight panels are online.  There will also be some on-demand panels and interviews details of these later in the month. There are two existential crises confronting our species: climate change and biodiversity loss. The UK's Prince Charles speaking at the opening of Climate Week has pointed out that the coronavirus is a 'wake-up call we cannot ignore' and that the looming environmental crisis will “dwarf” the damage wrought by coronavirus if the world misses the opportunity to “reset”. Does the  Covid-19 pandemic provide a “window of opportunity” to change the world for the better? That is the question we are asking this year. The of WTM this year is Recover, Rebuild, Innovate.  We begin by considering how our sector has responded to the pandemic in a panel moderated by Martin Brackenbury on Resilience & Covid-19 (1) The second panel consider how we might Build Back Better (2) looking at five leading examples of destinations already on the road to building back better. Our third panel looks at the biodiversity challenge: Tourism and Biodiversity, Friend or Foe (3), see the item below.

On 21st September Airbus revealed three concepts for new ZEROe zero-emission aircraft. There is little detail beyond a commitment to have the first in the sky by 2035.  As Guillaume Faury, Airbus CEO has reminded us “The transition to hydrogen, as the primary power source for these concept planes, will require decisive action from the entire aviation ecosystem. Together with the support from government and industrial partners, we can rise up to this challenge to scale-up renewable energy and hydrogen for the sustainable future of the aviation industry.” At WTM we are focussing this year on Decarbonising Aviation (4) and asking what the travel and tourism sector can do to contribute to pollution-free flight and to maintain the pressure for change. The aviation industry is our sector’s Achilles’ heel. Planes commissioned this year are expected still to be flying in 2050 – the time to change is now, and in a panel on aviation, tourism will be challenging aviation to clean up.

We have a panel on Tourism and Racism (6), chaired by the author Alex Tremblador. Some will be shocked by this arguing that discrimination in the sector is rare; others will disagree. Tour operators, travel agents, OTAs and guides offer what the consumer wants to buy – if they do not, then they fail. But client expectations change and perhaps we have a responsibility to reveal the whole truth, warts and all. The National Trust in England has for several years been revealing the origins of the wealth which enabled the building of grand houses and monuments; including “the global slave trades, goods and products of enslaved labour, abolition and protest, and the East India Company.” more  Alex Temblador has written an article reflecting on the range of perspectives on the issue which emerge from the series of video interviews recorded on tourism and racism and to be found on this playlist. 

Real progress is being made in India as more states and the National Ministry of Tourism take up the core ideas of Responsible Tourism, we discuss this with Indian leaders in a panel on Responsible Tourism in India (5), there are more details of developments on the subcontinent below.  We have a panel on Certification and Consumer Choice (7) we discuss where certification is today and what it holds for the future. Are there too many schemes? What strategies could deliver more transparent consumer information? What can be done to improve certification and drive the sustainability agenda forward? How will health and safety shape sustainable tourism? In our final panel, we tackle the key question and ask Can we make tourism better? (8) The question is in part rhetorical. Of course, we can, we know what needs to be done, but will we do what needs to be done? 

3. Biodiversity and tourism, conflict or symbiosis, friend or foe?
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Living Planet Report 2020, published in September, sounds the alarm for global biodiversity, showing an average 68% decline in animal population sizes tracked over 46 years (1970-2016). It reports that this catastrophic decline is largely due to the environmental destruction,  such as deforestation, unsustainable agriculture and the illegal wildlife trade that contributes to virus outbreaks such as COVID-19. Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF International, makes the point starkly: "We can’t ignore the evidence – these serious declines in wildlife species populations are an indicator that nature is unravelling and that our planet is flashing red warning signs of systems failure. .... it is now more important than ever to take unprecedented and coordinated global action to halt and reverse the loss of biodiversity and wildlife populations across the globe by the end of the decade, and protect our future health and livelihoods. Our own survival increasingly depends on it.” We cannot shield from climate change and biodiversity loss, we have to accept and come to terms with the fact that we are part of nature, we destroy it at our peril.   As WWF-US President and CEO Carter Roberts, points out: "We cannot shield humanity from the impacts of environmental destruction. It’s time to restore our broken relationship with nature for the benefit of species and people alike"

McKinsey has published a report mapping areas where nature appears to have particularly high value and analysing some of the co-benefits and costs that could result from conservation of these areas. These additional prioritized areas would effectively double the current conservation of land and national waters to 30% of the planet—a proposed UN target used as a reference point for this analysis. Recognising that biodiversity loss and climate change are the twin existential challenges that we face as humanity WTM, London has worked with the World Tourism Forum Lucerne to record a series of interviews with leaders addressing what tourism can do to reduce biodiversity loss. At WTM London at 14:00 on November 10thShaun Vorster will be moderating a panel on these issues. The Responsible Tourism programme this year at WTM is online, so you will not need to travel to London to join us. This will be a lively panel exploring what the industry can do to halt the loss and ensure positive social and environmental footprints.

4. Responsible Tourism Grows in India
Kerala committed to Responsible Tourism in 2008 and has become a world leader in ensuring that the local communities benefit economically from domestic and international visitors, particularly, but not only, in rural areas. Madhya Pradesh has adopted a similar tourism policy and implementation strategy. At the national level, the Ministry of Tourism has a draft policy out for consultation. As the Ministry writes (4.2): "Sustainable Tourism is all about minimizing the negative impact of tourism on social, environmental and economic aspects and maximizing the positive impact. Responsible Tourism is about taking responsibility by all Stakeholders for achieving sustainable tourism, and to create better places for people to live in and for people to visit. The Ministry is funding initiatives to bring tourism to rural areas to contribute to rural livelihoods through the development of rural circuits under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme.  The Ministry of Rural Development seeks through their Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission (SPMRM) to develop "clusters of villages that preserve and nurture the essence of rural community life with a focus on equity and inclusiveness without compromising with the facilities perceived to be essentially urban in nature, thus creating a cluster of “Rurban Villages”. more

NotOnMap and Help Tourism in association the with ICRT India are developing 150+ training videos in 18 Indian languages divided into 12 training modules for Homestays, Village Panchayats, Teachers, Youth and Wome. It is all free and open-source and there are plans to reach 100,000 villages over the next year. The training material has been developed in three months and is based on 30 webinars which engaged with 2000 community members and fifty organisations over 17 states in India. In Kerala, the DTPC   is promoting self-sufficiency by providing fish gardens. The World Responsible Tourism Awards have recognised many examples of RT in India and CGH Earth Hotels and Kerala RTT Mission have won the coveted Judges' Award these awards are rare and are used to recognise businesses which achieve in multiple categories and have been previously recognised a number of times.  There is a panel on RT in India at the Virtual WTM on 11th November at 10:30 UK time. 

5. Cruise Lines Face Particular Challenges: Covid-19 & Friends of the Earth
It will be at least another month before cruise liens are allowed to operate in US waters. According to CDC reports, between March 1 and September 29 data showed at least 3,689 Covid-19 or Covid-like illnesses on cruise ships in US waters, with at least 41 reported deaths. The agency warned that “these numbers are likely incomplete and an underestimate.”
British nationals are advised by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development against any sea-going cruise travel. “On cruise ships, passengers and crew share spaces that are more crowded than most urban settings,” said the CDC. “Data show that when only essential crew are on board, ongoing spread of SARS-CoV-2 still occurs. If unrestricted cruise ship passenger operations were permitted to resume, passengers and crew on board would be at increased risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection and those that work or travel on cruise ships would place substantial unnecessary risk on healthcare workers, port personnel and federal partners [...] and the communities they return to.” more
The UK government has begun talking with the industry about how it might operate in a Covid world, the industry has developed a cruise framework is similar to the 'Interim Guidance for Restarting Cruise Operations’ released by the European Union in July, CLIA admitted, with some of the best practices taken and adapted in line with British rules and regulations. The Framework brings together three documents, focused on operators,  the management of seafarers, and advice for passengers prior to their cruise. The industry is endeavouring to replicate at sea the government's onshore regulations and advice.

Friends of the Earth has published a report card comparing the environmental footprint of 18 major cruise lines and 193 cruise ships, examining sewage treatment, air pollution reduction, water quality compliance, transparency and criminal violations. The industry's response is covered in USA Today Travel.

 

6. Diversity Matters
 Mejdi Tours are leaders in socially conscious tourism and the originators of the Dual Narrative Tour ™, with two guides, one from each side of the conflict. They are the world’s leading experts on post-conflict tourism now operating tours in 20 countries.  At WTM London in November 2019 Aziz Abu Sarah, co-founder of Mejdi Tours, made a simple but profound point “The mistake is to think travel is about distance,” he said. “Travel is about change. It is about discovering difference.” At the heart of travel and tourism is difference. As the pandemic struck America and the Black Lives Matter movement raised issues of racism, Mejdi started a live stream weekly travel show hosted by Aziz to continue to educate travellers about responsible tourism. They have produced a host of programmes about Crossing Boundaries and offering others in responsible travel and peacebuilding a platform.  There are now 31 episodes freely available online. "Through shared stories and conversations" the programme  aim "to continue connecting our world during these challenging times⁠—allowing us to travel from the comfort of our homes." Their pitch is powerful " Join us as we engage our guest speakers in conversation, discuss difficult questions, model friendship through respectful dialogue and disagreement, and provide an opportunity to encounter new voices and perspectives." more

7. Action on Holiday Rentals
The development of new platforms which facilitate the short term letting of accommodation to tourists had had a major impact on the availability of rental accommodation to residents in many European cities. In the Uk estate agents, RightMove has moved in the short letting market. "The rise and high profitability of STHR has led to a widespread pattern of long term housing rentals being converted into STHR. The impact on prices and the supply of affordable housing is alarming, particularly in inner cities. European citizens are increasingly voicing their concerns about nuisances caused by STHR. In addition to the adverse effects on the liveability of certain neighbourhoods and soaring prices, they report noise disturbance, health hazards, and even the slow disappearance of convenience stores." European cities are p[ressign for appropriate safeguards to be included in the new EU Digital Services Act more
Glasgow City Council is seeking a first-of-its-kind court interdict to shut a short-term rental property which will not comply with enforcement. A property on Victoria Road in Glasgow’s southside was ordered to shut last year after complaints of noise and anti-social behaviour but is still being advertised. In Poland, Airbnb and the City of Krakow have announced that they have signed a “landmark” partnership to support and promote responsible tourism and exchange aggregated data about travel and tourism.

8. Action on Plastic
Keeping guests safe from Covid-19 has significantly increased the quantity of single-use plastic going to waste. Travel Without Plastic has created GreenerGuest which offers a free course introducing a host of ways to reduce or eliminate unnecessary single-use plastic from business and providing access to more sustainable alternatives products.  All of their suppliers have been selected for their commitments to social and environmental responsibility.
The Global Tourism Plastics Initiative has published recommendations on how the industry can continue fighting plastic pollution during the COVID-19 recovery. Download the recommendations here.  The document builds on the key concepts underlying the common vision for a circular economy for plastic. 

9.  Animal cruelty rankings revealed: which travel companies are fuelling or fighting it?
World Animal Protection's report, Tracking the travel industry, exposes the companies that promote animal cruelty through the tours and excursions they sell, and those that are winning for wildlife, such as Airbnb, which scored the highest. Global tourist polls have shown there’s great customer appetite for this. 85% of respondents interviewed believe travel companies should avoid activities that involve wild animals suffering. The research, undertaken by the University of Surrey in the UK and commissioned by WAP independently analysed the public commitments travel companies have and haven’t made, and ranked them in order. The companies assessed: Airbnb, AttractionTickets.com, Booking.com, DER Touristik, Expedia, Flight Centre, GetYourGuide, Klook, Musement, The Travel Corporation, Tripadvisor, TUI.co.uk, Trip.com and Viator.

Companies were scored across four key areas:  1) Commitment: Availability and quality of published animal welfare policies and how applicable they are to all their brands. 2) Targets and performance: Availability and scope of published time-bound targets and reports on progress towards meeting animal welfare commitments.   3) Changing industry supply:  Availability and quality of engagement with suppliers and the overall industry, to implement wildlife-friendly changes.  4) Changing consumer demand:  Availability and quality of educational animal welfare content and tools to empower consumers to make wildlife-friendly travel choices.  more

10. Miscellany


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