Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 03/2020

  1. "Today a wind of madness is sweeping the globe," says UN Secretary-General
  2. Offsetting and the aviation industry are being challenged
  3. Strong RT programme at WTM Africa in Cape Town 6 to 8 April
  4. The new runway at Heathrow blocked 
  5. There is some evidence that the young are not as green as they are often assumed to be
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  6. 1st April is Responsible Tourism Day WTM Latin America 
  7. Climate Action in the Adventure Travel Industry 
  8. Travalyst: a catalyst for change
  9. Amsterdam tackles overtourism
  10. Global Tourism Plastics Initiative 
  1. "Today a wind of madness is sweeping the globe.." says UN Secretary-General
    Antonio GuterresUN Secretary-General António Guterres in his opening remarks to journalists on the UN priorities for 2020 on February 4th said that "today a wind of madness is sweeping the globe." He spoke in the UN's 75th anniversary year about the "the vicious circles that define our day." In the realm of peace and security, there are mounting conflicts. Problems feed each other,  as economies falter, poverty remains entrenched. "As future prospects look bleak, populist and ethnic nationalist narratives gain appeal." "Another clear vicious circle is exacerbating the climate crisis."
    "As oceans warm, ice melts, and we lose the vital service the ice sheets perform - reflecting sunlight, thus further increasing ocean warming. And as ice melts and the oceans warm, sea levels rise and more water evaporates, fueling ever-greater rainfall, threatening coastal cities and deltas. Last year, ocean heat and mean sea level reached their highest on record. Scientists tell us that ocean temperatures are now rising at the equivalent of five Hiroshima bombs a second. ....And as forests burn, the world loses vital carbon sinks and emissions skyrocket. The smoke from Australia’s fires is now itself a literal vicious circle – circling the globe, releasing the equivalent of as much as six months of the country’s total carbon emissions in 2018.
    "The challenge for this year’s climate conference in Glasgow, COP 26, is clear: all countries must show more ambition on adaptation, mitigation and finance. We need a price on carbon, and an end to subsidies for fossil fuels." more

2. Offsetting and the aviation industry are being challenged
The UN Secretary-General has called for a price on carbon and an end to subsidies for fossil fuels. In April last year, I described aviation as the Achilles Heel of our sector and pointed out that consumers are increasingly demanding that producers and suppliers address the sustainability of the goods and services offered to us to purchase – the same pressure needs to come on the manufacturers of aeroplanes and providers of flights and fuel. I learnt last week, at the Climate Friendly Travel summit at SUNX Malta, that the need is more urgent than I thought – 7 to 10 years – and that the best hope is Sustainable Aviation Fuels. Unless a carbon offset is priced at a level which reduces demand and places pressure on the airline industry top reduce and eventually eliminate carbon emissions, offsetting just permits, even legitimates, business as usual. In an interview with the Financial Times, Chris Stark, chief executive of the UK’s Committee on Climate Change, expressed concerns about corporate offsetting schemes: “If every corporate is relying on tree planting as a means of offsetting their emissions then we are not going to make as much progress as we think..” Read more in FT  In the Netherlands the government announced that from 2023 airlines will only be able to refuel at Dutch airports with kerosene to which biological or synthetic fuel has been added. The blending obligation “will encourage investments in the production and purchase of green fuels such as biokerosene and synthetic kerosene”. more

As Chris Lyle argues in GreenAirOnlne we really need the airline industry to demonstrate greater ambition in aviation emissions mitigation. We have to put pressure on the aviation industry to substantially reduce the use of carbon fuels and be weaned off fossil fuels.    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. In the UK the Advertising Standards Authority is looking a carbon offsetting claims and there have been critical exposes in the mainstream press. More There is more here about the questions to ask of any carbon offset.

3. Strong RT programme at WTM Africa in Cape Town 6 to 8 April
WTM Africa has a Responsible Tourism Day on April 6th with sessions on rewilding, working with national parks to benefit communities, decarbonising travel and tourism (there is more to it than just aviation), RT in Cape Town, animal welfare, and the importance of transparency and reporting. The WTM Africa RT Awards this year celebrate the Best of the Last Five Years are presented at the end of the day and on Tuesday morning there is an opportunity to hear from and question the winners. On Wednesday there is a session on Creating Shared Value and Thriving Communinituies - how to make business that benefits you and the community by growing the pie. more  WTM Africa has confirmed that WTM Africa is definitely going ahead.

4. New runway at Heathrow blocked
London Heathrow AirportHeathrow launched it's Target Net Zero,  plan for all activities at the airport including flights to get to net-zero by 2050 at the latest. The plan, which can be found here, sets out how they will achieve net-zero carbon across the airport infrastructure as soon as possible and zero carbon by the mid-2030s; how they will help the aviation industry achieve a net-zero future; and how they will use their scale to help the wider economy decarbonise too. They argue that it is  possible to grow the UK aviation industry in line with climate change objectives and we will continue to make the case that it is carbon that needs to be removed, not the benefits of aviation.  they argue that
It’s naïve to pretend that, in an interconnected international network, not building a third runway at Heathrow will stop journeys happening and cut emissions – passengers will simply route via other hubs, exporting emissions to other countries, while sacrificing our own connectivity and trading opportunities. In 2018, 18 million passengers from the UK connected via another European or Middle Eastern hub to their final destination. Constraining one country’s airports doesn’t save emissions, it exports them.

A few days later the Court of Appeal in London ruled the UK government acted unlawfully in failing to take into account the Paris climate change agreement when supporting the expansion of Heathrow Airport. In its judgement, the court said it was not making a decision that expansion was incompatible with the UK's commitment to reducing emissions under Paris but the ruling raises doubts about whether a third runway will now be built. more

5.There is some evidence that the young are not as green as they are often assumed to be 
A survey by Censuswide for Aviva comparing the "green" behaviour of Baby Boomer and Millennials and Generation Z'ers has found that Baby Boomers are more likely than Millennials and Generation Z'ers to report that they are reducing their air travel. more Hubbub reported research stating that half of the flights taken by men aged 20-45 last year were for stag dos and over a third taken by women were for hen dos. When asked, all that people really wanted from their dream hen or stag was spending quality time together, plus good nightlife and trying something new. In fact, most people agreed that there were great places in the UK for hen and stag dos. They launched a #WhyWingIt campaign, to inspire groups to choose an amazing staycation and offers tips for how to travel over ground rather than flying by default.

6. 1st April is Responsible Tourism Day WTM Latin America
The first WTM Responsible Tourism Awards will be presented on the Responsible Tourism Day, the finalists come from ten Latin American countries: Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Republica Dominicana,  Urugai and Venezuela.  A major achievement in the first year of the Awards in Latin America. The RT programme is addressing plastic waste, overtourism and the challenge of decarbonisation which is not just about aviation.

7. Climate Action in the Adventure Travel Industry
Mitigate Climate ChangeIntrepid has funded research undertaken by the Adventure TravelTrade Association, they received replies from 177 organisations, 52% of respondents reported having a climate action strategy.  74 respondents reported that they had a climate action strategy, more (49%) plan to restructure itineraries to rely less on fossil fuels while 42% plan to offset carbon emissions, and 35% to adapt tour menus to emphasize foods with a low carbon footprint.  Although only 29% of respondents partially or completely measure their overall carbon footprint.

8.Travalyst: a catalyst for change
Booking.com, Skyscanner, Trip.com, TripAdvisor and Visa provide services to many millions of travellers - they have reach. They have ambition:"We want to be the driving force that paves a new way to travel, helping everyone explore our world in a way that protects both people and places, and secures a positive future for destinations and local communities for generations to come.." There is evidence that travellers want to purchase sustainable travel and to benefit local communities. Launched in September 2019 it was relaunched in Edinburgh in February with the announcement of plans to create "a universal scoring system to help travellers have a clear idea of how sustainable a trip, experience, or activity is." more

9. Amsterdam tackles overtourism
The Untourist Guide to AmsterdamBack in January 2019 NBTC Holland Marketing published A new vision for the destination the Netherlands to benefit all Dutch people. They acknowledged that: "The interests of locals were previously marginalised in the development of tourism and, therefore, deserve prioritising now…" They have moved from destination promotion to destination management. The Untourist Guide to Amsterdam "a growing community of 200+ social entrepreneurs, non-profits, alternative city guides, hotels, hostels and other pioneers bound to change tourism in Amsterdam for the better. They "offer a variety of exceptional activities that enable you as a visitor to truly engage and co-create with us, to explore the city in a completely different way that is much more fun, authentic and meaningful."

Check out their visionary guide to Amsterdam filled with inspiring funtribute activities and a new perspective on tourism.

Explore the city in ways that will transform you from a regular tourist into a travel pioneer and changemaker. Become part of this brand new movement, contribute to the community and co-create with local innovators. Make your own zero-waste souvenir, go weed dating at an urban farm or plastic fishing on the canals. Contribute your skills and and ideas in exchange for a fun, authentic and truly rewarding experience.

10.   Global Tourism Plastics Initiative 
A new Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, led by the UN Environment Programme and the World Tourism Organisation, in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, has been launched. Developed by the Sustainable Tourism Programme of the One Planet Network, a multi-stakeholder partnership to implement the sustainable development goal on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SDG 12), the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative acts as the tourism sector interface of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, which unites more than 450 businesses, governments, and other organisations behind a common vision and targets to address plastic waste and pollution at its source.

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Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 02/2020

  1. Climate change creates victims   
  2. Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency: Carbon offsetting is NOT the answer
  3. Vote for the most inspirational examples in the 2020 Africa Responsible Tourism Awards
  4. Responsible Tourism sets the pace in India
  5. Booking.com opens applications for its Booking Booster accelerator
  6. Overtourism affects more and more places 
  7. Belize bans plastic and a new Global Tourism Plastics Initiative to take effect in 2025
  8. Sex abusers set up orphanages overseas to target children
  9. Visiting Cocoa Farmers 
  10. Night Trains are coming back 

 

  1. Climate change creates victims
    We are accustomed to seeing images of floods in Kerala and Indonesia, raging fires in Australia and the heatwave in Europe but we rarely see the damage inflicted on the mental health of the victims. Hear it for yourself here:

This is what it means for the volunteers who fight the fires. Hear it for yourself here.

2. Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency: Carbon offsetting is NOT the answer
According to Nasa, Noaa and the UK Met Office, last year was the second warmest in a record dating back to 1850, and the 10 years to the end of 2019 have been confirmed as the warmest decade on record. We are beginning, only beginning to experience the impacts of climate change. As Sir David Attenborough has warned, "The moment of crisis has come". We have been putting off tackling this threat for years. Now climate change is directly impacting our lives. This BBC film explains how.

56 businesses and individuals working in tourism have joined Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency accepting that this “requires immediate and radical action by our governments, our industry and our business.” It does require radical action, offsetting is not the answer. Businesses should be very sceptical of voluntary offset schemes, cap and trade permits have their own problems. If you are retailing a carbon offset, it is presumably your liability. A disaffected consumer may come back to you for financial compensation for mis-selling and inflict collateral reputational damage.

Is carbon offsetting better than doing nothing? It is clearly possible to convince yourself and clients that it is, but for how long? Swimming with dolphins and visiting or volunteering in orphanages were thought to be good – until perceptions changed. As offsetting is more widely promoted it is likely to come under increasing scrutiny. For Shell Go+ customers, Shell will buy a carbon credit to offset or compensate, for these emissions. It costs the consumer nothing: “All you have to do is scan your Shell Go+ card when you purchase your fuel and we will offset all of the emissions from the production and use of the fuel.”

Climate change and the need to combat it is no longer a marginal issue. Even the UK’s Daily Express published Greta Thunberg’s Davos speech in full. This issue is becoming mainstream and there will be more attention focused on it. You will need to be able to defend your offsets!  The detailed reasons for being sceptical about voluntary offsets are here.

3. Vote for the most inspirational examples in the 2020 Africa Responsible Tourism Awards
Africa: the Best of the Last Five Years: see the winners in the World and Africa Responsible Tourism Awards since 2015. They have been grouped into four categories for the 2020 WTM Africa Responsible Tourism Awards: Responsible Business, Responsible Destinations, Benefitting Local People and Wildlife.  We started the Africa Awards to identify solutions and encourage change, five years on it is time to look for those which are most inspiring and which can, and should, be replicated. They are listed here with the judges' reasons. 
Take a look and vote for your choice of Africa's best in each of the four categories. 

4. Responsible Tourism sets the pace in India
Responsible Tourism is gaining momentum in India, there are some excellent winners in this year's India Responsible Tourism Awards. Village Ways has won three Responsible Tourism Awards for its walking and talking tours,  although not in the India Awards this year. The winners in the 2020 India Responsible Tourism Awards and the judges’ reasons can be found online here. In this year’s India Awards there are two more “walking and talking” winners.  No Footprints based in Mumbai won Gold in the Tour Operator category for enabling visitors to connect with the communities which have made the city what it is over generations, to meet with them, and to hear their stories. The Aga Khan Trust Culture with its partners in Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti urban settlement home to 18,000 people adjacent to the Qutub Minar offers opportunities to walk and talk and engage with Quwwali music, poetry, food and rituals that have defined both the Hindustani culture and Sufism.
Only four Judges' Awards have been awarded and two of them have gone to work which began in Kumarokorum in Kerala to Jose Dominic for Clean Green Healthy Earth Hotels and Rupesh Kumar for the Kerala RT Mission. Madhya Pradesh has also adopted Responsible Tourism. India is rapidly becoming the leading destination for Responsible Tourism. 

5. Booking.com opens applications for its Booking Booster accelerator
Booking.com has opened applications for the Booking Booster accelerator and we’re on the search for organizations with innovative products and services to help accommodations become more sustainable. The 2020 Booking Booster will consist of two complementary one-week programs exclusively focussed on sustainable accommodation:
6-15 May for organizations with innovative products and services to help accommodations become more sustainable
2-11 September for accommodations themselves, including those that are just starting their sustainability journey.
You can find more information about the Booster Program, including FAQs here.

6. Overtourism affects more and more places
The Balearic Islands have passed a law banning pub crawls and happy hours in three popular tourist destinations in a bid to crackdown on alcohol-fuelled holidays in Playa de Palma and Magaluf in Majorca and Sant Antoni in Ibiza. Organised pub crawls can no longer be advertised or held in Playa de Palma, Magaluf or Ibiza's West End. Party boats can no longer advertise in the three areas or pick up or drop off tourists there. Alcohol vending machines, free bars and adverts for alcoholic drinks are also forbidden, while authorities say shops selling alcohol must close from 21:30 to 08:00  and the new regulations have also outlawed "balconing", where people jump from hotel balconies, often into swimming pools. Businesses caught violating the new law face fines of up to €600,000 (£510,000) or be shut down for up to three years.

7. Belize bans plastic and a new Global Tourism Plastics Initiative to take effect in 2025
Following lobbying by the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, the government of Belize has banned single-use plastics, including shopping bags and styrofoam and plastic food utensils. Importation, manufacture, sale and possession have all been banned. Belize Department of the Environment

Meanwhile the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Tourism Organisation, in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative unites the tourism sector behind a common vision to address the root causes of plastic pollution.

The Global Tourism Plastics Initiative requires tourism organisations to make actionable commitments by 2025, to:

  • Eliminate problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging and items
  • Take action to move from single-use to reuse models or reusable alternatives
  • Engage the value chain to move towards 100% of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable, or compostable
  • Take action to increase the amount of recycled content across all plastic packaging and items used
  • Commit to collaborate and invest to increase the recycling and composting rates for plastics
  • Report publicly and annually on progress made towards these targets.      Oneplanet Network8. Sex abusers set up orphanages overseas to target children

The independent inquiry into child sexual abuse reported on January 9th that it has heard evidence of an “offending pattern where an individual sets up a shelter, orphanage or school, specifically to create an opportunity for sexual abuse”. The inquiry cited the case of Richard Huckle who abused scores of children in impoverished Malaysian communities while presenting himself as an English teacher and philanthropist. British men have been linked to sex offending in Kenya, Uganda, Malaysia, Indonesia. Thailand and Burma. Between 2013 and 2017 consular assistance was requested by 361 British citizens arrested for child sex offences. As of March 2018, only 0.2% of 58,637 registered sex offenders in England and Wales had foreign travel restrictions imposed on them. 

9. Visiting Cocoa Farmers
Ghana is ranked as the second most important producer of high-grade cocoa and adhere to the strict regime of voluntary sustainability. The global agrifood chain provides a connection for customers who would want to experience as tourists natural products fro example by interacting with cocoa farmers. Check out the opportunity

10. Night Trains are coming back
Night trains have returned to the tracks between Brussels and Vienna amid growing interest in alternatives to flying. The ÖBB now runs 27-night trains, alone or with partners, serving cities in Germany, Italy and Switzerland. Sweden is considering the launch of night trains between Malmö and other European cities. More

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Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 01/2020

  1. Significant Warming has Occured - Time to Adapt     
  2. Responsible Tourism is About Solutions
  3. The 2020 Africa Responsible Tourism Awards
  4. Destinations & Overtourism 
  5. Responsible Tourism Programme at WTM Africa
  6. Removing Plastic from Our Environment
  7. Orphanage Tourism and Child Trafficking 
  8. Shipping is making progress, will cruise follow?
  9. Zoos - Aspinal Calls for their Abolition
  10. Palau has banned 'toxic' sun cream

 

1, Significant Warming has Occured - Time to Adapt
Flooding in Kerala, Jakarta and Yorkshire, drought and mega-fires in Australia, the ice melting in the Arctic and Antarctica leading to sea-level rise and drought causing famine in Zambia and elsewhere. In Moscow, artificial snow was created for the New Year celebrations. 2019 was Russia’s warmest year on record.

Who said "We should always remember that free markets are a means to an end. They would defeat their object if by their output they did more damage to the quality of life through pollution than the well-being they achieve by the production of goods and services." It was Margaret Thatcher at the UN, 30 years ago, in 1989. Then we had a world leader who understood the science and who contributed much to tackling CFCs which were depleting the ozone layer. There is a woeful lack of that quality of leadership now.

Stern pointed out way back in 2006 that the longer we left tackling climate change the more expensive it would be and the more damage we would do to our climate. We are leaving the problem to our children. Much is made of achieving net-zero by 2050, but most of the greenhouse gasses emitted between now and then will be there in our atmosphere, cooking us.  Increasingly those children and grandchildren are asking us about what we are doing about climate change. There is more on the cost of greenhouse gas emissions and the problems of offsets here

We need to reduce emissions and to adapt to the consequences. Resilience requires that the travel and tourism industry prepare for the worst. We have not even begun to slow the rate of growth in greenhouse gas emissions. We need to reduce and adapt.


2. Responsible Tourism is About Solutions
For businesses, Responsible Tourism is about creating better places for people to live in and for people to visit. For destinations, it is about using tourism to enhance the place and managing tourism so that the place and the people who live there are not used by tourism, but rather benefit from it.  Through the WTM Responsible Tourism Awards, the panels at the four shows in London, Cape Town, Dubai and Sao Paulo, and the blogs we focus on solutions. If you know of replicable examples of good practice please let us know about them. Email harold@haroldgoodwin.info

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced a global prize to tackle climate issues, pledging "a decade of action to repair the Earth".Five winners will receive the Earthshot Prize every year between 2021 and 2030. Prince William said the world faces a "stark choice" to continue "irreparably" damaging the planet or "lead, innovate and problem-solve". A series of challenges will be announced, aimed at finding at least 50 solutions to the "world's greatest problems" including climate change and air pollution. video


3. The 2020 Africa Responsible Tourism Awards
In the sixth year of the Africa Responsible Tourism Awards, we thought that we should look back over the five years of the Awards, the Africa and World Awards 2015-2019, and invite the Gold winners in all categories to update their original application and to enter the 2020 Africa Responsible Tourism Awards. The 2020 Inspirational Africa Responsible Tourism Awards will be presented to those businesses and organisations which can demonstrate the core Responsible Tourism values of transparency and respect, which are able to demonstrate their impact and which have, or could, inspire others to achieve more. Application forms for the 2020 Inspirational Africa Responsible Tourism Awards will be emailed out to all Gold winners on February 1st, with a deadline of March 9th. The Awards will be presented at WTM Africa on Africa Responsible Tourism Day, Monday 6th April.


4. Destinations & Overtourism
Ten years ago Newquay was known as a “Wild West” party town where anything went. Newquay was reinvented: ‘You stopped finding knickers in your garden’
It is possible to change the tourism culture of a town. Newquay is now a town of upmarket cafes, wine bars and yoga studios. The Hindu has reported that in Kerala it is likely that following discussion with stakeholders to put a cap on the number of visitors to ecologically fragile locales such as Munnar and the backwaters of Alappuzha. This extends the carrying capacity management regime operated at Thekkady and locales such as Kuruva island in Wayanad. For its part, the Idukki District Tourism Promotion Council has been augmenting infrastructure in locales such as Wagamon and Panchalimedu to decongest Munnar.
Meanwhile, in Antarctica 80,000 tourists a year are getting closer and closer to wildlife. Visitors flock to the island of Half Moon to swim with penguins, majestic whales, sea lions and seals.


5. Responsible Tourism Programme at WTM Africa
This year Monday 6th April will be Africa Responsible Tourism Day. There will be a full day of Responsible Tourism panels in the Inspire Theatre. Our focus across the four WTM trade shows this year is on climate change and solutions. But there are a host of other issues for local communities, nature and wildlife which tourism can address. Responsible Tourism is about making better places for people to live in and better places for people to visit. The outline draft programme is here, if you would like to speak on one of the panels please email harold@haroldgoodwin.info Our focus is on tried and tested solutions- the RT programmes provide a means of disseminating solutions and inspiring change.


6. Removing Plastic from Our Environment
Kumarakom, the place where RT first blossomed in Kerala, has gone single-use plastic-free all 50 accommodation units here have cut back on as many as 19 single-use plastic materials from their day-to-day operations. Alongside the resorts and homestays, 20 houseboats and Shikara boats here have joined the initiative and signed a Memorandum of Understanding to this effect with the Responsible Tourism (RT) Mission.
In Thailand, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) organised a two-day ‘Shade of Blue Ocean’ activity attended by over 500 participants from TAT and partners, the local administration, communities, tourism businesses, volunteers, divers and the locals. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said: “The project is part of the TAT’s CSR strategy. It reaffirms our commitment to promoting responsible tourism and our leadership role in driving green initiatives. By instilling environmental consciousness among the tourists, tourism operators and local communities, we believe that it will help reduce tourism-related waste despite growing tourist numbers in the country.” more


7. Orphanage Tourism and Child TraffickingOn the 18th December, all 193 member states in the UN General Assembly in New York adopted a Resolution on the Rights of The Child that signifies a major milestone in ending the institutional care of children globally. Recognising for the first time, that orphanages harm children and that the vast majority of children in orphanages have living family, all children should be reunited with or supported to remain with their families. Where that’s not possible, the Resolution says that governments should commit to providing high-quality, family and community-based alternative care for children.
For the first time ever, the UN General Assembly has recognised that volunteering in orphanages, including short visits by tourists, can encourage the existence of institutional care and lead to children being actively recruited to orphanages. The Resolution calls on states to combat the trafficking and exploitation of children in care facilities and to take appropriate measures to prevent and address the harms related to orphanage volunteering and tourism. Read more about the newly-formed Orphanage Tourism Taskforce, in partnership with ABTA. Read more Hope & Homes for Children


8. Shipping is making progress, will cruise follow?
CLIA is forecasting that the cruise industry will carry 32 million passengers in 2020, the market is changing with more than 66% of Generation X and 71% of Millennials having a more positive attitude to cruising than two years ago.CLIA is reporting that their members have committed over $22 billion in new, energy-efficient ships and technologies to minimize our environmental impact and make progress towards our goal of reducing the rate of carbon emissions by 40% by 2030 as compared to 2008. 75% of non-LNG newbuilds will have exhaust gas cleaning systems 44% of new-build capacity will rely on Liquified Natural Gas for primary propulsion with virtually zero sulfur emissions, a 95% to 100% reduction in particulate emissions, and 85% reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions and up to a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. 100% of new builds will have Advanced Wastewater Treatment Systems and 88% of will be configured for shore-side power. more
Meanwhile, a group of ship owners have announced plans for a $5bn (£3.8bn) fund to design zero-emission vessels. They say $2 (£1.50) should be levied on every tonne of ships' fuel - to support research into clean engines. Environmentalists argue that this is too little and that big reduction in emissions, pollution and marine noise and marine life disturbance could be achieved by speed restrictions. The industry has reduced its emissions slightly over recent years, thanks mainly to ships slowing down after the 2008 financial crisis in order to absorb the oversupply in shipping capacity.  more and more


9. Zoos - Aspinal Calls for their AbolitionMillions of animals are kept in poor cages because a tiny number of people might become activists and take an interest in conservation. ... I think that makes us barbaric as a species."
Damian Aspinall, chair of the Aspinall Foundation is reported in The Times as saying that all zoos should be phased out with small ones like London Zoo shutting within ten years. He says that zoos exaggerate their conservation benefits and conceal the scale of disease and hybridisation which makes their collections worthless for conservation purposes. Some he says operate a "breed and cull" policy to ensure a ready supply of baby animals to please visitors.
Accepting that he could be accused of hypocrisy for continuing to welcome people to Howletts "he said that he needed the money from tickets to fund plans to send his animals back to the wild." Zoos claim to be educating the public "but they're educating them that it is acceptable to have animals held as prisoners for your entertainment." Aspinall argues that European zoos spend £15m per year keeping elephants and rhinos and that this money would do more good if spent tackling poaching in Africa."  more


10. Palau has banned 'toxic' sun cream
In December 2018 Palau announced that it would ban ten sun cream ingredients that damage coral. From January 1st sun cream that includes common ingredients, including oxybenzone, is not allowed to be worn or sold in the country. The Pacific island nation markets itself as a "pristine paradise" for divers. Mr Remengesau, Palau's President, told the AFP news agency: "When science tells us that a practice is damaging to coral reefs, to fish populations, or to the ocean itself, our people take note and our visitors do too.

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Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 12/19

  1. Approaching the "point of no return" on climate change      
  2. World Responsible Tourism Awards 2019 and the Africa Awards 2020
  3. Offsetting and Flight Shaming
  4. Time to adapt to extreme weather
  5. Overtourism 
  6. Consumer trends favour Responsible Tourism 
  7. Animal Welfare and Saving the Elephant
  8. Teaching children to cope with tourism, Egypt 
  9. Orphanage Tourism and Child Trafficking 
  10. Suman Billa appointed Director UNWTO

 

  1. Approaching the "point of no return" on climate change
    As this RTNews goes to print COP25 is beginning in Madrid. According to UN Secretary-General António Guterres, "the point of no return is no longer over the horizon"."In the crucial 12 months ahead, it is essential that we secure more ambitious national commitments - particularly from the main emitters - to immediately start reducing greenhouse gas emissions at a pace consistent to reaching carbon neutrality by 2050." Save the Children says 33 million people are at emergency levels of food insecurity due to cyclones and droughts.
    At WTM, London we addressed the challenge of future-proofing travel and tourism as the squeeze comes on the carbon polluters - our sector remains dangerously dependent on fossil fuels. Even Britain's biggest 'petrolhead' Jeremy Clarkson log a scourge of the 'eco-fundamentalists", he was converted by the dried up Tonle Sap River system in Cambodia.  “The irony is not lost on me,” he told the Sunday Times. “A man who hosted a car programme for 30 years, limited to 7mph by global warming.” more

  2. World Responsible Tourism Awards 2019 and the Africa Awards 2020
    Feynan Ecolodge
    , Jordan was the overall winner of this year's World Awards. There were two Judges’ Awards given by the judges to business recognised as outstanding. These awards are rare and are used to recognise businesses which achieve in multiple categories and have been previously recognised a number of times. The Judges' Awards went to Grootbos, South Africa and 
    Ol Pejeta Conservancy Kenya. The full list of winners and the judges' reasons can be found here. 

The WTM Africa Awards are in transition with the organisation passing to WTM Africa. The 2020 Awards will be presented on the Africa Responsible Tourism Day on April 6th. An international jury will review the African Gold Winners in the Africa and World Awards over the last five years 2015 - 2019 and choose Gold and Silver, winners in six categories. There will also be a people's vote. Full details the 2020 Africa Responsible Tourism Awards launch in January.

3. Offsetting No Panacea
In the UK Shell has begun to offset its customers' greenhouse gas emissions. Easyjet is the first major airline to offset the carbon emissions from the fuel sued for every single flight. They will do this by " by investing in projects that include the planting of trees or protection against deforestation, production of renewable energies including solar power and wind, and working with local communities on how to reduce emissions in their way of life. We know that carbon offsetting is only an interim measure while new technologies are developed. However, at the moment we believe it’s the best way to remove carbon from the atmosphere." more

BA is reviewing its practice of fuel tankering, planes are filled with extra fuel, usually to avoid paying higher prices for refuelling at destination airports. The industry-wide practice could mean extra annual emissions equivalent to those of a large European town. BA now says that using tankering to cut costs "may be the wrong thing to do". more

The value of off-setting is contested. 

"If you don't reduce your emissions and don't stop deforestation, you're not going to solve anything by merely planting trees," says Stephane Hallaire, president and founder of Reforest'Action, which has planted 3.8 million trees in nine years.
"It's a cop-out that risks dissuading society collectively from making greater effort and investing in costlier technologies," says Alain Karsenty, a researcher at the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD). "It at least lets you buy time. Temporary storage can be a way to make the transition while waiting for breakthrough technologies," says Karsenty. more

4. Time to adapt to extreme weather
We have not even begun to slow the rate of growth in greenhouse gas emissions.The UN is warning in its latest annual emissions gap report that even if all current promises are met, the world will warm by more than double that amount by 2100. Countries will have to increase their carbon-cutting ambitions fivefold if the world is to avoid warming by more than 1.5C. Our home, Earth, is on course to experience a temperature rise of 3.2C by the end of this century. To keep within 1.5C the world needs to cut emissions by 7.6% every year for the next 10 years. The longer we delay the bigger the challenge. 

It is time to stop talking about the science of climate change. We need to talk about the consequences – climate change is a real and present problem. The impacts are here now. Effects that scientists had predicted in the past would result from global climate change are now occurring: loss of sea ice, accelerated sea-level rise and longer, more intense heat waves, fires, drought and forced migration. more  Carbon offsetting a get out of jail card?

5. Overtourism
The authorities are cracking down on the "begpackers" and hotels are more and more reluctant to accept hen and stag parties. more  Edinburgh needs to balance its rising visitor popularity with “quality of life” for residents, says the SNP's Ben Macpherson the minister for Europe, Migration & International Development said tourism is an "extremely important part of the Scottish economy".  However, he confirmed that the Scottish Government is committed to a "transient visitor levy" to allow local authorities to raise revenue from tourism.  In the Philippines, the closure and rehabilitation of Boracay has resulted in a significant management change. The government has set a maximum number of tourists that can stay on the island at any given day. That number has been set at 19,215. Tourists without confirmed room reservations are not allowed to enter the island. more

6. Consumer trends favour Responsible Tourism
“We see trends here in China, which is a bit comparable to what we see anywhere else in the world, but we see for instance that customers think about responsible tourism and Chinese customers think about overtourism,” says Booking.com. 79% of customers said they would be happy to switch their chosen holiday destination if they were presented with an alternative that was better for the environment.
The most recent Havas Prosumer Report based on a survey of 12,168 consumers in 32 markets. 21% of the sample were prosumers trendsetters who embrace innovation, tend to be early adopters and are a source of information and recommendations among their friends and family. The survey found that "Consumers have mixed feelings about buying things, with 44% of prosumers and 38% of “mainstream” consumers saying they sometimes feel guilty about what they buy. Broken down by age, 48% of millennials, 37% of Gen X and 27% of Baby Boomers feel the same. What’s more, 63% of prosumers and 57% of mainstream consumers say “consumer-based economies” are putting society and the planet at risk. The most pressing global issues, according to the survey, are ones related to consumerism: climate change, air pollution, water pollution and mindless consumption. The best way to save the planet, according to 71% of prosumers and 62% of mainstream consumers, is to simply consume less"

7. Animal Welfare and Saving the Elephant

In South Africa, SATSA has launched a guide and tool for Evaluating Captive Wildlife Attractions and Activities    World Animal Protection has just launched its campaign against keeping dolphins in captivity, "Confined to shallow and small tanks, exposed to deafening music and blistering sunshine - dolphins in captivity have nothing to smile about. Our new ‘Behind the smile' report exposes the horrific suffering caused to thousands of dolphins by entertainments sold to tourists as innocent fun. After two years of research, we present a damning global picture of a cruel and multi-billion dollar industry, bolstered by irresponsible travel companies and false conservation and education claims." Holly Budge had an excellent and thought-provoking exhibition in the Responsible Tourism Cafe at WTM London and we hope she will be at WTM Africa in April, Her TED talk is well worth watching.

8. Teaching children to cope with tourism, Egypt

The Ministries of Tourism and Education have signed a protocol aiming to spread awareness about interacting respectfully with foreigners and promote tolerance and an appreciation for the tourism sector from an early age through school curricula. The agreement also hopes to raise awareness regarding poor treatment of tourists and foreigners and instil the values ​​of acceptance and respect for others beginning at an early age, Mashat, Minister of Tourism, said, adding that the protocol would enhance the competitiveness of the tourism market and link educational curricula with the needs of the labour market.

9. Orphanage Tourism and Child Trafficking
Following the panel at WTM, London on alternatives to orphanage tourism there was coverage on Voice of Islam's Drive Time radio programme on Orphanage Tourism: Fuelling child abuse and trafficking?   Launching a campaign against "voluntourism" J.K. Rowling has young travellers to avoid 'Voluntourism' that fuels human trafficking. "Propped up by donations and foreign aid, orphanages are a lucrative business and provide a home to millions of children". In Vietnam, SAVE Tourism has emerged with voluntary and charitable tours to remote areas to help people living in difficult circumstances, to support homestays and to develop community tourism. Dr. Nguyen Duc Thang from Vietnam Fine Arts Museum affirmed that as Vietnam considers tourism as a major and spearhead industry for economic development, the promotion of SAVE Tourism to attract visitors who want to voluntarily apply science, education and academy into the development of destinations is necessary.

10. Suman Billa appointed Director UNWTO
Suman Billa was Secretary - Tourism in Kerala when the state won the UNWTO Ulysses Award for Innovation in Public Policy and Governance for the progress made on Responsible Tourism. He then moved to Delhi as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. He moves to Madrid to oversee Technical Cooperation and Silk Road Development at D1 level at UNWTO

 

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Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 11/19 WTM, London Special

  1. The RT Programme at WTM, London 4-6 November
  2. Future-Proofing Travel & Tourism
  3. Decent Work 
  4. Travel Responsibly - Advice for Travellers 
  5. Overtourism 
  6. The Responsible Tourism Awards
  7. The World's Biggest Responsible Tourism Meeting
  8. Biodiversity & Animal Welfare
  9. Dissing Uluru
  10. The Collapse of Thomas Cook Damaged Destinations

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Harold Goodwin ATM & WTM's Responsible Tourism Advisor is speaking in Dubai at The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation's sixth annual Knowledge Summit, on November 19-20, 2019 Bearing the theme “ Knowledge: The Path to Sustainable Development”.

1.The RT Programme at WTM, London 4-6 November

We focus on the solutions with a programme designed to help businesses and destinations thrive in increasingly difficult circumstances as the world bumps up against the limits to growth. Our agenda is broader than the traditional sustainable tourism agenda including, for example, child protection, decent work, safety & security and asking what more we should do to ensure that travel broadens the mind. The full WTM Responsible Tourism programme can be accessed here. There are two introductions to this year's programme - it is too big for just one!  Here and Here There is continuing market research evidence of consumer demand - we cover it regularly in RTNews. Intrepid commissioned YouGov to look at Gen Z, those born in the late 1990s.

58% of respondents report that sustainability is an important factor when making travel choices; 38% wanted the opportunity to give back to local communities, 35% would like to see a ban on single-use plastics and 28% would welcome the chance to offset carbon emissions.

Research by booking.com found that 87% of global travellers say they want to travel sustainably, and nearly four in 10 (39%) say they often or always manage to do so. However, 48% said that they never, rarely or only sometimes manage to travel sustainably. As booking.com points out, this suggests “that while promising strides are being made for a greener future, there is still plenty of room to turn intentions into action.” Sustainability is the aspiration; this consumer aspiration is a commercial opportunity.

Don’t miss the opening of the World Responsible Tourism Day and the World Responsible Tourism Awards at 11:00 on Wednesday 6th in the Europe Inspiration Zone.WTM has launched a new Responsible Tourism portal offering easy access to valuable content year-round on solutions to the challenges we face. You will be able to access the 2019 Awards and the judges’ reasons there, from 15:00 on November 6th.
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2. Future-Proofing Travel & Tourism
Five years ago Professor Kevin Anderson opened World Responsible Tourism Day speaking about the implications of climate change for our industry. This year he will be providing an update in the opening of World Responsible Tourism Day.   It is time to cease talking about climate change, in the abstract as science, and to start addressing the threat which increasingly manifests itself, with floods, droughts, wildfires and extreme weather events. more

As Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England has pointed out companies and industries that are not moving towards zero-carbon emissions will be punished by investors and go bankrupt.  Extreme heatwaves are forecast to increase by as much as 80% and the Global Commission on Adaptation urges action now. "Adaptation is not an alternative to a redoubled effort to stop climate change, but an essential complement to it. Failing to lead and act on adaptation will result in a huge economic and human toll, causing widespread increases in poverty and severely undermining long-term global economic prospects."

Resilience is a recurring theme in the panels on decarbonisations, cities sites, sustainable hotels, aviation and water. And resilience is at the heart of Monday's session at 13:45 on Taking Responsibility for Safety & Security. Martin Brackenbury will be interviewing German Porras, former Secretary of Tourism For Spain, John Amaratunga, Minister of Tourism Development, Wildlife & Christian Religious Affairs,  Sri Lanka, Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism, Jamaica, Amos Fish Mahlalela Deputy Minister of the Department of Tourism of the Republic of South Africa and Nikki White Director of Destinations and Sustainability at ABTA WTM

The World Responsible Tourism Day panel on Wednesday before the Awards is Decarbonising Travel and Tourism: is the industry doing enough? The BBC's Tanya Beckett will be interviewing Albert Dalmau, Barcelona City Council; Justin Francis CEO Responsible Travel; Madhu Rajesh Director - International Tourism Partnership, Jane Ashton Director of Sustainability, TUI & Saskia Griep Founder and CEO of Better Places

We know that we need to decarbonise our industry, the capital investments that industry makes now in accommodation and aircraft is planned to still be in use in 2050. We have two panels looking at these issues directly.

>Monday 12:30-13:30 The Challenge of Building Sustainable Hotels. Four experts discuss how with the separation of ownership from operations we can ensure that more sustainable hotels are built. The panellists are Allan Agerholm, Chief Hospitality Officer, CEO of BC Hospitality Group, Dimitris Manikis, President and Managing Director EMEA, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Madhu Rajesh Director - International Tourism Partnership at Business in the Community and Eric Ricaurte Founder  Greenview.

>Wednesday 14:30 - 15:30 The Future of Aviation As other industries reduce their carbon emissions aviation will account for ever-larger shares of global emissions.  We have brought together a panel of experts to share their views about the prospects for the decarbonisation of air travel.  Peter Castellas CEO Tasman Environmental Markets, Neil Cloughley  founder of Faradair, Angela Foster-Rice, Principal Aerial Consulting, LLC, Chicago, Justin Francis, CEO Responsible Travel, Chris Lyle Chief Executive, Air Transport Economics

 

3. Decent Work
Tourism and hospitality are labour intensive, with 8% of the global workforce employed in the sector. As the ILO has pointed out there are many highly skilled well-trained professionals employed in the sector. However, there are also many women, young people and migrant workers employed on casual and part-time contracts, receiving the minimum wage – or less. For some who only want to work part-time, or who because of family responsibilities can only work part-time, the tourism and hospitality sectors provide flexible employment. Tourism and hospitality provide opportunities for people who would otherwise be excluded from work contributing to their social inclusion and personal development. more

On Monday 4th at 17:00 in the UKI & International Inspiration Zone, North Hall, EU 2080 we shall be celebrating ITP’s youth employment programme, the Youth Career Initiative (YCI), which to date  has supported over 6,000 young people, with 86% of graduates either going on to find a job or going into education.  Come and join us in this celebration of RT in action.

On Wednesday 6th there are two sessions on Decent Work. At 13:30 Kevin Curran Vice-Chair of Unite London Hotel Workers Branch and Kate Nicholls, CEO, UK Hospitality will be discussing how employment in hospitality be made more rewarding either by increasing pay or offering better progression opportunities within the sector or into other sectors? details
At 14:15 we look at some great examples from Hilton. Intrepid and ITP's YCI, of our industry reaching out to give the vulnerable and excluded a helping hand into employment and promotion. details

4. Travel Responsibly - Advice for Travellers
WTM has decided to provide a web portal for Responsible Travel advice. The choices we make about where, how, and when we travel affect the quality of our experience and the impacts we have in our destination, on the people we encounter and their natural and cultural environment. There is generic advice and advice on child protection, flying, places & tips, volunteering and wildlife and habitats. It is a work in progress, take a look and if you have material you would like linked there contact us. There is also advice for the industry on how to move on from discredited orphanage visits. 

5. Overtourism
In the Times of Malta, a correspondent asks "Isn’t it time to begin a soul-searching exercise about how we can make our tourism industry more sustainable, not just on an economic level but also on a social level? and points out that" It is an illusion to believe that niche quality tourism can coexist with mass tourism. In a small, overpopulated destination, they are mutually exclusive. We are still a mass tourist destination. Our sales are mainly generated through the online booking systems provided by low-cost airlines and rented residential accommodation like Airbnb. At WTM, London last year we recognised Barcelona's success in addressing the challenge of overtourism and this year they are explaining how they have successfully used technology to manage illegal hosting and how they are managing overtourism at Park Güell alongside presentations on managing overtourism at the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland. The Responsible Tourism Partnership has just published an updated report on Managing Tourism in Barcelona detailing the latest developments as the city leads the way in tackling overtourism. Meanwhile in the UK Airbnb has reported in its accounts that it has been contacted by HMRC over "tax laws or regulations impacting the company's business", and that "the company is also subject to tax inquiries and proceedings concerning its operations and intra-company transactions," it added "Some of these matters may result in litigation." more

 

6. The Responsible Tourism Awards
On World Responsible Tourism Day the 2019 World Responsible Tourism Awards will be presented by Tanya Beckett of the BBC. This year the judges decided to make two Judges' Awards as well as the category winners and the coveted overall winner award. The judges' reasons are published and the Gold Winners are interviewed on stage, the judges' reason will be published here at 15:00 on 6th November.  The judges recognised some emerging leaders and they have been announced along with the reasons. The India Awards are closed and will be announced in Delhi in January. The WTM Latin America Awards are open until 15th December and will be presented in Sao Paulo in April. There is a new Responsible Tourism Day at WTM Africa in Cape Town on 6th April when the 2020 Africa RT Award winners will be announced. In April, at ATM in Dubai, the ATM Responsible Tourism Awards will be announced to be awarded for the first time in 2021.

7. The World's Biggest Responsible Tourism Meeting
WTM London is the largest Responsible Tourism event in the world with 21 RT events over three days, RT provides 20% of the content. This year for the first time there is a Responsible Tourism Café [EU580], a place to meet liked minded professionals. Budge’s hard-hitting How Many Elephants Exhibition is there, along with a constant screening of RT videos and  Water-to-Go with their brandable, reusable water filter bottle that provides safe drinking water anywhere in the world by eliminating harmful contaminants from any non-saltwater source. If you are interested in getting branded filter bottles for your company and clients, Water-to-Go will be running a competition at the show to win 50 branded bottles.
On Monday 4th at 17:00 in the UKI & International Inspiration Zone, North Hall, EU 2080 we shall be celebrating ITP’s youth employment programme, the Youth Career Initiative (YCI), which to date  has supported over 6,000 young people, with 86% of graduates either going on to find a job or going into education  Come and join us in this celebration of RT in action.

8. Biodiversity & Animal Welfare
Biodiversity loss is one of the two existential threats to our species. As Greta Thunberg told the UN  "We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth..... How dare you?"  Dr Matthew Walpole of Fauna and Flora International is moderating a panel on Tuesday 5th November suggesting ways in which  the travel industry contribute to the conservation of wildlife and habitats and Tom Moorhouse from Zoology at Oxford will be looking at welfare issues along with Richard Vigne from Ol Pejeta, Pippa Hankinson from Blood Lions, Nick Stewart from World Animal Protection and Andy Donnelly from the Galapagos Conservation Trust. TripAdvisor has stopped selling tickets to attractions that breed or import captive whales and dolphins and the South African  Tourism Services Association has just issued guidance for the industry on Evaluating Captive Wildlife Attractions and Activities.

9. Dissing Uluru
One of the core Responsible Tourism values is respect. Anangu man Rameth Thomas grew up in Mutijulu, a community very near Uluru. From his home, he can see the 348m (1,140ft) rock - taller than the Eiffel Tower - rising from the desert. "That place is a very sacred place, that's like our church," he told the BBC.Mr Thomas adds tourists should respect it as a place of lore. "I've been telling them since I was a little boy: 'We don't want you to climb the rock,'" he says. "All of our stories are on the rock. People right around the world... they just come and climb it. They've got no respect." 

To make the ascent, visitors walk past signs at the base of Uluru saying "please don't climb" in several languages. People cite various reasons for continuing on; some say they simply don't give thought to cultural sensitivities, or that the climb is on their bucket list." more
The name for tourists here is minga,’ says Peter Wilson, his eyes fixated on the faint line of posts running along the rock in front of us, faint specks visible moving alongside them. ‘Minga means “ants”.’ Finally on 26th October the climb was closed to tourists, only after there had been a "last chance to see" rush. more

10. The Collapse of Thomas Cook Damaged Destinations
Destinations are vulnerable to economic collapse in their source markets, particularly when they are dependent on one operator or source market.  In The Gambia, Thomas Cook accounted for 30% of arrivals over a calendar year and 40% over the winter months. In the second half of 2019. The Gambia expects to lose $26.8m (arrival fees and discretionary spend). The Spanish Confederation of Hotels and Tourist Accommodation reported that some 1.3 million autumn and winter visitors will be unable to fly Spain. As those trying to rebook their holidays have discovered it is the cost of flights that is the problem, there is plenty of reasonably priced accommodation available. In the Canaries, the government predicted that 400,000 Thomas Cook holidaymakers won’t make it to the archipelago this winter. Turkey’s Hoteliers Federation (TUROFED) has warned that the country could miss out on up to 700,000 tourists a year. more

 

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Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 10/19

  1. Finalists World Responsible Tourism Awards
  2. The WTM London Responsible Tourism Programme
  3. Don't look away - protect children 
  4. What advice would you give to Consumers?
  5. Water Security - what can you do? 
  6. The Carbon Challenge 
  7. Consumers want the industry to offer sustainable tourism. 
  8. Do you have videos you'd like to show at WTM?
  9. Tourism Taxes 
  10. Carbon-free travel, hope or hype?
1. Finalists World Responsible Tourism Awards
The 14 finalists for this year's World Responsible Tourism Awards have been published. The Awards will be presented at WTM, London at 11:00 on Wednesday 6th November. Since last year, we have introduced a Judges’ Award, used to recognise businesses which achieve in multiple categories and have been previously recognised several times and are judged outstanding.  CGH Earth Hotels was recognised with a Judges' Award earlier this year in India.  We created the “ones to watch” category, for businesses which we hope will apply again when they have been pursuing their initiative for longer, have more evidence to share of their impact or when there is a more appropriate category for them to enter. There are some emerging leaders here. 

2. The WTM London Responsible Tourism Programme
The full RT programme for WTM, London
has now been published there is a broad programme across the triple bottom line from child protection to managing crowded sites. Barcelona is sharing their cutting edge approach to managing accommodation letting and overtourism. We have a session on the challenge of building sustainable hotels when ownership, build and operation are separated. There are panels and roundtables on Saftey & Security, water security, guiding, inclusive tourism, the conservation of wildlife and habitats, decarbonisation and aviation. We are also celebrating the work of the Youth Career Initiative and there is a panel of Decent Work and an interview with Kate Nicholls, CEO,  of UK Hospitality  Kevin Curran of Unite London Hotel Workers Branch.

3. Don't look away - protect children

If you witness something suspicious report it. More countries need to join the platform: dontlookaway.report

4. What advice would you give to consumers?
At WTM, London this year we are launching some pages fo advice for travellers, tourists and holidaymakers about how to travel responsibly and to avoid post-trip guilt. If you have advice for travellers and holidaymakers about how to travel more responsibly please send in the url(s) and we link them to our resources page. Send them harold@haroldgoodwin.info
Seth Kugel writing in the New York Times is worth a read. Water Security - what can you do?

 

5. Water Security
We are already experiencing more extreme weather events with heatwaves, droughts and floods. There are shortages of potable water in many places around the world but not everywhere. We have a panel at WTM, London in November on Water Security, looking at flood and drought. But what can a tourism business do if they are not in a drought area? You could fundraise for Reed's water charity Just a Drop  Belu supplies, installs and regularly services a high-quality filtration system, the business provides filtered water and makes a voluntary charge for each bottle served, Belu gives 100% of its profits to Wateraid. Their impact reports are here.  2.3bn people don't have a toilet - by toilet twinning, you can make a a contributuion and raise awareness so that others contribute.

6. The Carbon Challenge
Intrepid encouraged its partners and agents to take part in the global mass day of action and closed their global headquarters so that staff could join the protests. Geographical has pictures of action around the world. Meanwhile in the UK Easyjet's decision to operate flights between Birmingham and Edinburgh, 285 miles. The flight will take 70 mins, the train takes 5 hours, and the flight will be cheaper than the train. Flight Free have got pledges not to fly in  2020 from 3,500+ people. We are a long way from achieving the changes in behaviour and technology we need to reduce carbon emissions from planes.

The Global Commission on Adaptation is focusing on concrete solutions, arguing that there is a business case for investing in adaptation, with trillions of dollars to be made in early warning systems, climate-resilient infrastructure, improved dryland agriculture crop production, global mangrove protection, and investments in making water resources more resilient. Download the report 

16 year of Greta Thunberg has sparked an international youth movement, Fridays for Future. Her speech at the UN can be watched here.    In Sweden fewer people are flying, passenger numbers were down 4% at Sweden's airports in August, there was a similar fall of 4%, year on year, in July.  Research by UBS suggests that flygskam or flight shame is spreading. UBS surveyed 6,000 people in the U.S., Germany, France, and the U.K.,  21% said that they had reduced the number of flights they took over the past year out of concern for the environment. UBS is forecasting significantly lower rates of growth in flying in Europe and the USA. more

In the UK the Committee on Climate Change is urging that aviation growth be limited to  25% and that a “frequent flyer levy” be introduced.   Currently, the government is planning for a 49% increase by 2050 when on current trends it will be the biggest source of UK carbon emissions. The  “frequent flyer levy”. Analysis shows that 70% of UK flights are made by 15% of the population, with 57% not flying abroad at all. more

There is no evidence to date that the growth in the concentration of CO2 is slowing.  The graph can be found here 

7. Travalyst & Consumers
"We have the opportunity to address this tourism paradox and turn one of the world’s biggest problems into one of its greatest solutions." The Duke of Sussex 
"Travalyst is a bold new global initiative founded by Booking.com, Ctrip, Skyscanner, TripAdvisor and Visa, with the ambition to change the impact of travel, for good." Travalyst    Travalyst, is ‘aimed at improving conservation, environmental protection and expanding local community economic development by encouraging sustainable tourism practices across the travel industry,’ ‘The partnership will initially explore and promote solutions that help drive sustainable practices and consumer choices in areas including; supporting local people, protecting wildlife, tackling climate change and environmental damage, and alleviating over-tourism.' The initiative has been broadly welcomed but there is a long way to go and there is concern about untrammelled growth and support for carbon offsetting. Justin Francis  in TTG

Hannah Sampson in the Washington Post
Booking.com's chair, Gillian Tans speaking at the Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference in London last month said that “71 per cent of our customers want companies to offer more sustainable options,”  The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, has also  argued that humanity needs to beat "greed, apathy and selfishness" to guarantee its survival. more

8. Do you have videos you'd like to show at WTM?
This year at WTM, London there is an 80" screen in the Responsible Tourism cafe which will be showing short videos about RT technology and solutions, as well as videos raising awareness of the issues. If you have video that you would like included on the RT Screen please send the url to harold@haroldgoodwin.info

9. Tourism Taxes
The Scottish government has launched a nationwide Transient Visitor Levy Consultation, the idea is to introduce aa Local Discretionary Transient Visitor Levy or Tourist Tax. more   The European Tourism Association (ETOA).has published on tourism tax rates, they identified 125 destinations in 26 European countries. Only 9 countries of the 28 EU member states are not charging tourism taxes: Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Luxembourg, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Tom Jenkins, executive director of ETOA, is reported as havign said that tourist taxes are a “xenophobic gag reflex” to the growing popularity of a holiday hotspot and that additional levies aimed at visitors are “a very localised form of economic self-mutilation” and hurt the people towns and cities hope to attract. Daily Telegraph

10. Carbon-free travel, hope or hype?
Coradia iLint trains have now been in commercial passenger service for a year, powered by hydrogen fuel cells they emit only water vapour, 140km/hr, 1000km range, virtually silent, and no expensive & ugly overhead wires. The SNCF Chairman Guillaume Pepy believes that hydrogen-powered trains represent “a real solution” even if there are still “plenty of problems that need to be addressed,”more       There is a pilot project planned at Rotterdam airport for the commercial production of jet fuel. Electrolysis splits water into hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen is mixed with the captured CO2 to form syngas, which will then b transformed into jet fuel. The CO2 is reused, it is emitted as pollution, captured as a raw material and reused. more  Neil Cloughley of Faradair will be speaking on the Future of Aviation panel at WTM, London on November 6th. Faradair is pioneering hybrid electric flight. CLIA, the cruise lines, released a report earlier this month showing that 44% of new cruise ships will be liquefied natural gas (LNG)  fired and that 75% of new ships not relying on LNG will have exhaust gas cleaning systems installed. 88% of news ships will be fitted with shore-side electricity systems or configured to add shore-side power in the future. The first battery-powered cruise ship has set sail to the Arctic. more

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Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 09/19

1.  Why the Responsible Tourism Awards matter.
2.  Is the Cruise Industry trying to be more sustainable?
3.  Fire and exploitation in the Amazon 
4.  Climate Change 
5.  The challenge of overtourism  
6.   Tourists should pay their share of local taxes. 
7.   Dealing with Plastics
8.   Maasai Evicted for Tourism 
9.   Interview with Chris Warren the Green Butler 
10. Action on Orphanages? 

1.  Why the Responsible Tourism Awards matter.
Those winning RT Awards are the leaders, taking responsibility for using tourism to make better places to live in and to conserve the earth's natural and cultural heritage. 2019 has brought many excellent applications in the World Responsible Tourism Awards, the judges have a tougher task than usual. These awards will be presented on November 6th at WTM London and they are now closed. The 4th India Responsible Tourism Awards are open for applications until September 30th, the categories are Homestay, Hotel, Tour Operator, Communication, Wildlife, Social Impact and RT Pathfinder. The 1st WTM Latin America Responsible Tourism Awards will be presented in April, the awards close on 30th November, the categories are Poverty Reduction & Inclusion, Wildlife Conservation, Cultural Heritage Attraction and Destination for Responsible Tourism. 

2.  Is the Cruise Industry trying to be more sustainable?
Carnival CEO Arnold Donald has said that his company is redoubling its commitments to environmental compliance and getting cruisers where they want to go — safely, cleanly, and carbon efficiently accepting that sustainability needs to be at the core of Carnival’s operations and mission.
There are reports of popular cruise destinations joining forces to oblige cruise lines to “launch ships compatible with our structures and the environment”. Venice’s port authority has called on other cruise ship destinations such as the ports of Barcelona, Amsterdam, Marseille, Dubrovnik, Zeebrugge, Hamburg, Palma and Málaga to close ranks in tackling the dangers posed by massive vessels. Ship Technology reports on measures taken by local authorities in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bruges, Dublin, Dubrovnik and Santorini to reduce and manage pressure from cruise ship arrivals including imposing taxes on tourist arrivals and reducing arrivals or relocating them further away. Gala Pin, a councillor in Colau’s last administration, compared cruise passengers to “a plague of locusts”. Dubrovnik has capped the number of cruise arrivals and CLIA is now working with the city to protect cultural heritage. They have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to preserve and protect the cultural heritage of Dubrovnik through responsible tourism management. The Port of Cannes is planning to impose a 0.1% sulphur cap for cruise ships. As Ada Colau has pointed out Barcelona does not have infinite capacity, nowhere does. more  But it is not all good news Arctic cruises have been accused of leaving indigenous people in the cold, with communities '"overwhelmed" by ships that drop up to 1,000 passengers in small villages but offer no employment opportunities." Thomson Reuters Foundation 

3.  Fire and exploitation in the Amazon
The burning of forest occurs naturally and when fires are started deliberately to clear land for farming. This image is from NASA's Fire Information got Resource Management System (FIRMS) showing fires for last 24 hrs at 09:30 UK time on 1st September - it looks far worse if you combine data over a week or a month.

Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE) announced that a record number of fires were burning in the world's largest rainforest, Al Jazeera reported. The agency said that it had spotted nearly 73,000 fires in the Brazilian Amazon since January, up 83 per cent from the year before. There has been a drop of 30% in the number of fines for environmental violations in Brazil.   More  Meanwhile, it is business as usual in the Amazon. The Yanomami's Amazon reserve has been invaded by 20,000 miners. "Bolsonaro claims indigenous people want mining and industrial agribusiness on their lands, but the Yanomami vehemently deny such desires. They say they want self-determination over the types of businesses on their lands. One such new, sustainable business is a chocolate concession that would preserve the rainforest and offer income."
There is a battle for land behind the fires in the Amazon.

4.  Climate Change
The BBC has launched an interactive web page where you can see the projections for temperature change in 1,000 major cities around the world. Climate Central has a Surging Seas Risk Zone Map. Indonesia is to relocate its capital from Jakarta to Borneo, Jakarta sits on swampy land and is expected to be inundated by 2050. This could pose a threat to rainforests and wildlife in Borneo. San Francisco-based travel site Stride’s Places Disappearing Due to Climate Change campaign is encouraging visitors to book tours to 10 destinations it is marketing as under siege from climate change. Is this last chance to see marketing or a genuine effort to raise awareness of the climate crisis?  In Australia, the outlook for the Great Barrier Reef has been officially downgraded from poor to very poor due to climate change. Mountaineer Bryan Mestre took this photograph at 3,400m in the French Alps, ten days before there was snow.

5.  The challenge of overtourism
Overtourism is not just a European cities issue. Efforts are being made in Peru to address overtourism at Machu Picchu which in 2018 received more than 1.5 million visitors, 17% more than in 2017. Frank Haas, Director for Strategic Development and Assistant Dean at the University of Hawaii School of Travel Industry Management told the Hawaii Tourism Wholesalers Association (HTWA) that "... Hawai‘i tourism shows signs of trouble. Inflation-adjusted spending per visitor has trended downward. Diminishing economic contribution, eroding resident sentiment, and increasing congestion and stress on sites and attractions provide evidence that the current governance model is inadequate for effectively managing the increasingly complex issues facing Hawai‘i tourism,” more
Google
is developing a website which enables tourists and locals to avoid the most crowded days. Nusfjord on the southern coastline of Flakstadøya island, one of the most picturesque spots on Norway’s Lofoten islands, has a population of 22 permanent residents. It receives 50 tourist buses a day. Hans Fredrik Sørdal, the mayor of Flakstad municipality, argues that quality, not quantity is best for Lofoten. He says he understands the frustration but cannot promise money for any additional parking. “The municipality must prioritize a proper school rather than parking for tourists”. more

6.  Tourists should pay their share of local taxes.
Destinations belong to the people who live there and who maintain the places we love to visit. Unconstrained the industry, and their customers, are quite capable of loving them to death. The honeymoon is over as an increasing number of destinations are facing up to the challenge of managing tourism to meet local needs and to avoid the damage caused by tourist, day visitors and the tourism industry. Rationing and extending the season can spread tourism but it does not provide a means of funding additional infrastructure and cleaning up after it. Tourism taxes make sense and will become increasingly attractive to destinations. More destinations are recognising that you can have too much of a good thing and that tourism needs to pay its way. more  Meanwhile Helsinki has launched a sustainability app to be used by residents and visitors alike.

7.  Dealing with Plastics
10 European countries have implemented deposit return schemes: Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. In Rome Commuters in Rome who recycle plastic bottles at metro stations can accumulate credits for the purchase of bus and metro tickets through apps on their phones. For each plastic bottle recycled, commuters will receive a credit of five cents, meaning if they recycle 30 bottles they receive a free €1.50 ticket. More on BrightVibes

Miniature toiletries are to be removed from all hotels run by InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) for environmental reasons - making it the first global hotel brand to undertake such a move. The UK-based owner of Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza hotels has pledged to take the small plastic bottles out of its 843,000 rooms by 2021.

8.  Maasai Evicted for Tourism
  Lifegate
is an Italian company committed to promoting a just and sustainable world, a hub of sustainable innovation.  They are reporting that indigenous Maasai people have been ordered to leave their homeland in Tanzania's Serengeti Park for it to be turned into a hunting ground for tourists. more   Lifegate has a manifesto for responsible travel. LifeGate synthesised how to organise a truly sustainable holiday in the 10 rules contained in their Manifesto.

9.  Interview with Chris Warren the Green Butler
Christopher Warren on Sustainability in Tourism, understanding your Carbon Footprint & breaking through the Green Ceiling. Through education via programs like Christopher’s My Green Butler Program, there is hope for a sustainable future. Audio     

10 Action on Orphanages?
Lumos
has launched a Global Call for Evidence on the links between children’s institutions and human trafficking. Individuals and organisations from around the world are invited to submit relevant examples, information, knowledge and resources. Submissions may for example focus on cases of trafficking into, out of or after leaving children’s institutions as well as experiences of promising practice in tackling this serious problem.
The Better Care Network is convening an Orphanage Divestment Action Group to develop divestment resources. There is an online survey to collect views on the question of ethical volunteering and tourism to support children overseas. What’s needed, what already exists, and what can international volunteers do to support children in low-income countries?

 

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Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 08/19

Memorial to a lost glacier in Iceland

  1. Responsible Tourism Awards
  2. Aviation
  3. Overtourism
  4. Plastic Waste: Solutions
  5. Climate Change
  6. Airbnb
  7. Waste
  8. Child Protection
  9. Accessible Tourism
  10. UK Government Policy

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  1. Responsible Tourism Awards
    The World Responsible Tourism Awards to be presented at WTM London on November 6th are now closed. The WTM Latin America Responsible Tourism Awards are open The India Responsible Tourism Awards have just opened
  2. Aviation
    KLM is encouraging people to "fly responsibly", there is video and an open letter from CEO Pieter Elbers asking: “Do you always have to meet face-to-face?” and “Could you take the train instead?” Flight shaming is becoming stronger and KLM's campaign as it turns 100 is encouraging people to pack light and think about carbon offsetting in KLM's Gold Standard for the Global Goals certified projects.  The European Commission's Director-General for Mobility and Transport said this month that sustainability has become the new number one challenge for aviation, requiring the airline industry to "step up". He said that proposals on the taxation of kerosene and passengers were being discussed at the European level.  he told the US audience.  France has moved to impose an 'eco-tax' on tickets for all outgoing flights and  Germany is considering raising its aviation tax to make flying more expensive in order to cut emissions. More  Meanwhile ICAO has admitted its fuel efficiency goal has been missed and that carbon emissions for international aviation are on track to treble by 2045. 
  3. Overtourism
    Google's avoid-crowds.com now offers information about more destinations. Dubrovnik has capped the number of cruise arrivals  Listen to novelist Sarah Dunant on the tourist overload that's led her to abandon her beloved city of Florence. In Cinque Terror,  "How do you turn an Italian idyll into a trash-choked nightmare? Add tourists."  Nick Curtis writes in the Evening Standard: "It’s time for a gracious act on behalf of all Londoners: around this time of year we should formally hand over the South Bank to the tourists. In a small ceremony conducted at the midpoint of Waterloo Bridge, representatives of each London borough could present a small, symbolic key to a delegation of overseas visitors and people from the North of England, ceding all rights to the riverside walkway on the nether bank of the Thames until the autumn. It’s theirs now, not ours." More  Hallstatt in the Austrian Alps has a population of 800 and gets a million tourists every year, not everyone is happy but as the mayor points out the tourists bring money to the village. More
  4. Plastic Waste - solutions
    There are solutions. The 5p charge on plastic bags in UK supermarkets has reduced use by 90% since 2015. An Irish teenager has won a global science award for removing microplastics from water. IHG owners of Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza hotels has pledged to take the small plastic bottles out of its 843,000 rooms by 2021. Boyan Slat has spent years developing Ocean Cleanup a new prototype boom which is in the water again being tested, making change needs resilience and persistence. Saltwater Brewery, a craft microbrewery in Delray Beach, in Florida, has developed bio gradable six-pack rings that can serve as a snack to wildlife, as they are made of wheat and barley.
  5. Climate Change

Scientists have declared that heatwaves are 'at least' five times more likely due to warming and that current heatwaves are hotter than the climate change models are forecasting. More  The scientists report that the speed and extent of current global warming exceeds any similar event in the past 2,000 years. "This paper should finally stop climate change deniers claiming that the recent observed coherent global warming is part of a natural climate cycle," said Prof Mark Maslin, from University College London, UK, who wasn't part of the studies. More
In the UK the 10 warmest years have all occurred since 2002. Faversham, my home town, has held the record for the highest temperature (38.5C 2003) until this year when Cambridge recorded 38.7C. More  The former Okjökull glacier, which a century ago covered 15 sq km (5.8 sq miles) of a mountainside in western Iceland and measured 50 metres thick, has shrunk to barely 1 sq km of ice less than 15 metres deep and lost its status as a glacier. Our species has given it a commemorative plaque. More  Global warming is happening faster than the models predict. One, or part, of the reasons, will be that the feared feedback loops are playing a role earlier and larger than expected. Wildfires are ravaging the Arctic, with areas of northern Siberia, northern Scandinavia, Alaska and Greenland engulfed in flames. The fires are releasing copious volumes of previously stored carbon dioxide and methane - greenhouse gas stocks that have in some cases been held in the ground for thousands of years. More

 

6. Airbnb
The ambition of Fairbnb is "to give the sovereignty of tourism back to local communities," they are building an alternative. Fairbnb is planning to launch in September in the pilot cities of Venice, Bologna, Genoa, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Valencia; Genova, Helsinki and London will come next.  In London, a council tenant who sublet his flat through Airbnb has been evicted and fined a record £100,000. The is a useful summary of action being taken to regulate disintermediated sales of accommodation in Amsterdam, Balearic Islands, Barcelona, Berlin, Japan, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Santa Monica and Sydney in the Daily Telegraph  The tide may be turning as the regulators catch up.  New privately-owned homes in Brunswick in Manchester will be covered by strict covenants preventing them from being used primarily for short-term lettings for tourists or for students as Houses of Multiple Occupation. The homes are being sold only to local people and ""If a home is sold in the future, the covenant carries over to the next owner continuing to protect the community from the investor market."

7. Waste
Margate beach covered in 'heartbreaking' amount of litter. Local residents left to fund the clean up after visitors trashed the beach. More on BBC site.  A Californian business Restoration Packaging has developed a coffee cup which is biodegradable and contains seeds in its wall, it can be planted and grown. Their website has the punchy url planttrash.com

In Kerala, the new classification system for houseboats developed by the Responsible Tourism Mission includes "Waste management measures, paper bags, cloth and eco-friendly materials, and code of conduct for guests, staff, and disabled-friendly features such as ramps, toilets, and Braille materials for the visually challenged are must on boats."  The RT Mission in Kerala has also agreed with industry stakeholders a Green Code of Conduct action plan in nine major tourist destinations and accommodation units in the state.

8. Child Protection
This year at WTM London, Martin Punaks, previously of Next Generation Nepal and latterly of Lumos, is moderating a panel presenting solutions to post orphanage tourism. It is now widely accepted that organising volunteering in orphanages or visits to them is undesirable and could involve the exploitation of trafficked children, risking modern slavery offences. At WTM we shall be exploring the alternatives. There is increasing awareness of the damage done to the victims of paedophiles with more treatment of these in popular media. More

9. Accessible Tourism
Accessible tourism matters for everyone, not just the wealthy. "ResponsibleTravel have just published the second chapter of their manifesto for the future of travel, pointing out that equal access to travel and tourism is a myth. “On average, adults with a disability,  travel just over half the distance per person per year travelled by adults without a disability. Families with children with access requirements feel unable to take a holiday together.” It does not have to be like this." More

10. UK Government Policy
The UK government's  (DCMS) has published a Tourism Sector strategy, there is nothing on sustainability. The Commons environmental audit committee has launched an inquiry into the environmental cost of tourism and transport will consider whether the UK government should play a greater role in offsetting the waste and damage caused by the tens of millions of Britons who go on holiday overseas each year.

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Responsible Tourism Developments July 2019

  1. World Responsible Tourism & Latin American Awards
  2. Aviation and Climate Change
  3. WTM, London November 4-6 - programme
  4. Overtourism - Italian cities take action
  5. Inclusive and Pro-Poor Tourism
  6. Consumer Education, Responsible Tourism resources required
  7. Airbnb - regulation
  8. One Planet Network
  9. Plastic: Going Beyond Straws
  10. Cuba - Americans can still travel there
https://metro.co.uk/2019/06/18/much-warmer-greenland-ice-fields-vanished-9993980/
  1. World Responsible Tourism Awards and Latin American Awards
    Entries for the prestigious World Responsible Tourism Awards close on 31st July - the judges can only award from amongst those that apply if you want to be amongst the winners at WTM London on November 6th, or if you know businesses, destination or organisation which should be recognised apply or nominate here.
    Best for Wildlife & Nature Conservation
    Best for Reducing Carbon & Other Greenhouse Gases
    Best for Transparent Reporting
    Best for Reducing Plastic Waste
    Best for Coping with Success at Crowded Sites
    Best for Benefiting Local People
    All categories apply or nominate here.

    The WTM Latin America Responsible Tourism Awards have just been announced
    Best for Poverty Reduction and Inclusion
    Best Contribution to Wildlife Conservation
    Best Cultural Heritage Attraction
    Best Destination for Responsible Tourism
    Enter here

2. Aviation and Climate Change
Images of Huskies running on water, melted water on top of the ice went viral this month. There is mounting awareness of global warming. BP calculates that global demand for energy grew by 2.9% last year – the biggest rise since 2010 – and that a significant factor in this was the number of much colder and hotter days than normal, which led to a greater use of air conditioners, fans and heaters,  carbon emissions rose by 2% – faster than in any year since 2011, and roughly the carbon equivalent of having 400 million more cars on the roads. Spencer Dale, the company’s chief economist, warned of a “worrying vicious cycle: increasing levels of carbon emissions leading to more extreme weather patterns, which in turn trigger stronger growth in energy and carbon emissions”.  More

Professor Kevin Anderson has pointed out that " The scale of anticipated aviation emissions is such that this single sector will consume around one-third of the UK’s Paris-compliant carbon budget, putting still further mitigation pressures on schools, hospitals and businesses to compensate for this privileged sector.” And it is not just aviation
Sustainable transport group Transport & Environment reveals that Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest luxury cruise operator, emitted nearly 10 times more sulphur oxide (SOX) around European coasts than did all 260 million European cars in 2017. More

There was some good news in June, New York City has declared a climate emergency. EU finance ministers are pushing for a new environmental tax on flying.

3. WTM, London November 4-6 - programme
At WTM the Responsible Tourism agenda is shifting its focus, we shall continue to raise the issues, but we shall focus more on the solutions. So in November at WTM London, we shall have a panel looking at the best practices in reporting on the issues businesses are taking responsibility for and the impact of their efforts. We shall have three case studies showcasing best practice in managing crowded sites to protect the heritage and ensure a good visitor experience. We are looking too at solutions to the challenges of visitor and water security. More on November's programme.

The child protection agenda has moved on. Although there is still a great deal of work to be done to drive out child abuse and trafficking, our focus this year is on the practical alternatives, for the tourism sector, to working with orphanages. While there are laggards still risking, encouraging and supporting child trafficking and the abuse of children through their support of orphanages through visits, all responsible businesses are looking for responsible alternatives. Holidaymakers and volunteers are drawn to support children – how can we best enable them to realise their moral imperative? We’ll have some answers at WTM London in November. Alternative Care Thailand is offering alternatives to orphanages.

4. Over Tourism - Italian cities take action
In Venice, the MSC Opera cruise ship rammed the dock and a tourist riverboat on June 2nd More

Italy's transport minister responded by saying that cruise ships should no longer be allowed to pass down the Giudecca. More and More

https://youtu.be/JlhGya442IU

In Rome, new regulations have been introduced restricting pub crawls, alcohol consumption and bathing in certain public areas. Sanctions include fines, as well as the individual being banned from areas for up to 48 hours, known as the application of the “Daspo Urbano”. Rome’s Mayor, Virginia Raggi, released a Facebook post saying the changes would “ensure greater safety for citizens and tourists who live in the city at night.” more

5. Inclusive and Pro-Poor Tourism
The Kerala Responsible Tourism Network has launched a website offering a wide variety of indigenous handicrafts, souvenirs, traditional attires, home décor, jewellery etc. that reflects the identity of Kerala enabling people to buy online. The offer includes perishable food products which can be delivered in parts of Kerala. More 800 coconut thatch-making units registered under the State’s Responsible Tourism (RT) Mission are on track to sell 2,00,000 lakhs at Rp 14 each, significant income for largely rural women in the backwaters.
Supported by the World Bank, Uttar Pradesh has launched a creative economies programme to provides opportunities for young local entrepreneurs working in traditional and contemporary industries around tourism-rich areas to use their talents for commercial pursuits.More

6. Consumer Education, Responsible Tourism resources required
It can be surprisingly difficult for consumers to get reliable information about how to travel responsibly. At WTM London in November we shall launch an online directory of resources - if you have reources you would like us to connect to or if you have resources you would like to contribute then pleases get in touch. harold@haroldgoodwin.info

7. Airbnb
Ten European cities - Amsterdam, Barcelona, ​​Berlin, Bordeaux, Brussels, Krakow, Munich, Paris, Valencia and Vienna - have written to the European Commission demanding more help in countering the negative impacts of holiday rental platforms like Airbnb. The European Court of Justice recently ruled in a non-binding opinion that Airbnb is a digital platform rather than a real estate agent. If the opinion stands then the platforms would be relieved of any responsibility to ensure that landlords comply with local rules aimed at regulating holiday lets. More

Airbnb has launched “Airbnb Luxe”, with a portfolio of 2,000 upmarket rentals worldwide. Research by Inside Airbnb, suggests that in Ireland around 4,978 ‘entire homes’ on the platform appear to have been rented out for more than 90 days – a good indicator that the host is not living in the property and one that will be used in the new legislation to label such a let as a commercial venture. More From July 1st only properties with planning permission will be legally available for short term lets, penalties up to a €5,000 fine or six months jail. More

8. One Planet Network
The One Planet Network has published its annual magazine with examples of initiatives making real progress towards sustainable consumption and production. They showcase an initiative to reduce food waste in Seychelles and My Green Butler which "provides an integrated digital sustainable hospitality management system which persuades guests to reduce waste through an enjoyable, interactive process that simultaneously increases customer satisfaction. The initiative provides training for hospitality staff to improve guest engagement by empowering them to save resources with the help of customized data and innovative technology." More

9. Plastic: Going Beyond Straws

The problem is not plastic, the problem is waste plastic.  At this year’s WTM London in November, we are keen to showcase a range of practical solutions for reducing plastic waste. We are keen to have low, intermediate and high-tech examples to show, we want to encourage the use of the emerging technologies and share good practice. If you have suggestions, please email harold@haroldgoodwin.info

10. Cuba - Americans can still travel there

Conde Nast Traveller has published advice for Americans about how to plan a "Support for the Cuban People" trip in the wake of the US government banning cruise ships and "people to people" tour groups. US citizens can still travel if they stay in privately owned homes (casa particulares) rather than government-owned hotels, visiting Cuban-owned businesses, and having a “full schedule” of activities that put travellers in contact with locals.  More

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Responsible Tourism Developments May 2019

  1. Responsible Tourism Awards Feature in the Barcelona Election
  2. Biodiversity Loss, Tourism can make a difference
  3. RTD15: Overtourism and Post-Conflict Tourism
  4. New Airport at Machu Picchu
  5. Fairer and More Inclusive Tourism
  6. Plastics: Galapagos, Capri, Tanzania
  7. Sustainable Destination Partnership: Sydney
  8. Overtourism leads to deaths on Everest and a strike in Paris
  9. Airbnb proposes a new tourism tax model for Amsterdam
  10. Extinction Rebellion Plans to Close Heathrow

1. Responsible Tourism Awards Feature in the Barcelona

In the Barcelona city elections in May Ada Colau's En Comú party used their World Responsible Tourism Award in the election campaign. It is a mark of the success of the city's initiatives to tackle the challenges of overtourism that tourism was not a significant election issue this year. more Apply before 31 July

2. Biodiversity Loss, Tourism can make a difference
Earlier this month the UN’s Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). They reported that,
“…around 1 million species already face extinction, many within decades, unless action is taken to reduce the intensity of drivers of biodiversity loss. Without such action there will be a further acceleration in the global rate of species extinction, which is already at least tens to hundreds of times higher than it has averaged over the past 10 million years.”

There is truth in the adage “seeing is believing”, and we saw its strength in the impact of the Blue Planet II exposé of plastic pollution. Wildlife and nature-based tourism are a significant part of our industry. Through the wildlife and nature experiences we offer tourists, our clients and guests, we have a unique opportunity to show them the changes which are occurring.

We don’t need to preach but we do need to show and explain. I well remember the impact that seeing the decline in the mangroves in Belize had on my understanding of climate change and biodiversity loss and the examples of successful interventions to restore them. There are now many examples of businesses which have reversed unsustainable agricultural land and deforested areas turning them back to wildlife and creating sustainable livelihoods through tourism.

In this year’s World Responsible Tourism Awards the judges are looking, in the Best for Wildlife and Nature Conservation category, for examples of tourism enterprises which have made a tangible difference to the conservation of nature which is locally significant. The judges will take into account the size of the business and the scale of the demonstrable impact – we shall level, as best we can, the playing field between large initiatives and smaller ones.

3. RTD15: Overtourism and Post-Conflict Tourism
The 15th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations is being organised in Northern Ireland by the National Trust.
Giants Causeway, Derry and Belfast 23-25 September with an optional extension in Belfast 26-27 September.

The Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim has more than 1.5 million visitors a year, Northern Ireland’s flagship destination. They have begun a major programme of research designed to enable them to manage success – some of that research will be ready to share at the conference. Parc Guell in Barcelona and the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s top visitor attraction, are similarly addressing the challenge of coping with success.

The Good Friday Peace Agreement signed in 1998 resulted in the creation of Tourism Ireland, an all-island organisation set up to market the island of Ireland abroad as a tourist destination, along with Tourism Northern Ireland they have successfully generated a remarkable increase in visitors. Tourism has been a significant part of the peace dividend.

Working with Mejdi Tours based in Boston (USA) we have planned a day of visits and talks in Derry to discuss post-conflict tourism and to enable you to experience it. Mejdi are leaders in socially conscious tourism and the originators of the Dual Narrative Tour ™. They are the world’s leading experts on post-conflict tourism now operating tours in 20 countries.

4. New Airport at Machu Picchu
In 2018 Machu Picchu received 1.5 million visitors, nearly double the limit recommended by UNESCO. Work has already begun on a new airport in Chinchero, the Inca city that is the gateway to the Sacred Valley in Peru. The new airport will increase visitor numbers at Machu Picchu damaging both the site and the visitor experience. The new airport makes both arriving and leaving easier - reducing length of stay Peru's revenue per visitor.

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5. Fairer and More Inclusive Tourism
The idea of Fairbnb is now three years old, it plans to take 15% on bookings, half the commission goes to non-commercial meeting spaces, community centres or social housing. more

In East Africa, the International Labour Organisation has committed to supporting efforts to create decent work and improve labour productivity with targetted training focussing on the role of tourism as a catalyst for jobs, inclusive socio-economic development and poverty reduction in rural areas and will pay particular attention to gender equality issues. more

6. Plastics: Galapagos, Capri, Tanzania
Plastic in paradise: the battle for the Galápagos Islands' future, can the Galapagos be made plastic free.

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In Capri tourists now face steep fines of up to €500 (£430) should they be caught using non-biodegradable plastic bags, single-use plastic plates, cups, straws and cutlery. more
Tanzania has banned the use of plastic bags joining 13 other countries in Africa although illegal use continues. more

7. Overtourism leads to a strike in Paris
We live in a finite world nowhere can absorb ever-increasing numbers of visitors, this applies to tourism too.

On Everest queues on the mountain have contributed to deaths. Robin Haynes who died on Mount Everest said ‘delays could be fatal’ just hours before he collapsed near the summit.

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In Paris, security staff at the Louvre walked out on 27th May. The striking employees argue that the 20% growth in visitor numbers since 2009 has resulted in an “unprecedented deterioration in visiting conditions, and obviously working conditions”. The staff “refuse the transformation [of the museum] into a cultural Disneyland.” They are demanding an increase in visitor services staff and the rapid adoption of a new cap on the number of visitors permitted to enter the museum.

8. Sustainable Destination Partnership: Sydney
Founded in June 2018 with 40 founding members, now representing almost half of Sydney’s hotel rooms, the majority of well-known cultural and entertainment venues and key industry associations and supporters. Informed by the City of Sydney’s Sustainable Sydney 2030 vision, the partnership is working on projects that will reduce environmental impacts while saving money and attracting new customers. It has developed programs on single-use items, food waster, sustainable procurement and shared targets and indicators to measure and report progress. more

9. Airbnb proposes a new tourism tax model for Amsterdam
Airbnb cannoned this month that it has collected over €25m in tourism tax since 2015. It reports that it has collected and remitted more than €910 million ($1 billion) in tourist taxes in more than 400 jurisdictions around the world.

Airbnb wants to increase tourism tax in crowded areas for all overnight guests – whether they stay in a hotel, bed&breakfast or home – to encourage visitors to stay outside the city centre. They argue that this would reduce the pressure on the city centre and support the ambition of the City Government to better spread tourism. Airbnb also wants to involve more citizens in the spending process and let Amsterdammers decide how to spend this important tax revenue – approximately €80 million per year. more

10. Extinction Rebellion Plans to Close Heathrow
Extinction Rebellion activists are threatening to shut down Heathrow Airport with drones. They plan a one-day demonstration in June and then 10 further days in July - unless the government cancels plans for expanding the airport. more

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