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Airbus is testing a flying wedge model, a blended wing design called Maveric. In a blended wing design, the whole aircraft provides lift, not just the wings.

At Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, researchers are working on the "Flying-V". Its shape is more like an arrowhead, with two wings stretching out behind the cockpit in a V. Passengers and cargo would be carried within the wings themselves. The model has been tested and work well but it suffers from a kind of aerodynamic wobbling, known as "Dutch roll".

Avionics expert Steve Wright of the University of the West of England describes two "showstoppers".

  1. Boarding will take longer and passengers will be a very long way from an emergency exit
  2. Comfort and air sickness is likely to be an issue particularly for those at the edge of the wing when the plane banks and take-off and landing would be on a steeper trajectory

Boeing has been studying the Transonic Truss-Braced Wing. It would look relatively conventional, with a central fuselage but with braced, longer and thinner wings. Boeing says it will be 9% more efficient.

Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 04/2020

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  1. Travel & Tourism in Global Crisis 
  2. 2020 Africa Responsible Tourism Awards winners announced 
  3. The WTM World Awards in Responsible Tourism
  4. The Climate Crisis is no less urgent
  5. Tourism in the Recovery from Covid-19
  6. The other existential crisis - Biodiversity
  7. Responsible Kerala is Resilient 
  8. Resilient Destinations
  9. Meaningful Connections 
  10. Childhood is a Lovely Country


 

1. Travel & Tourism in Global Crisis
Travellers, expatriates and tourists are struggling to get home as the airports close and flights are cancelled. These are dark days for international travel, cruising and for domestic tourism. The UK government has advised against all but essential travel for an indefinite period, TUI Has cancelled all holidays until mid-May and furloughed 11,000 employees.  Jet2 has cancelled holidays and flights to mid-June. ABTA has called on the government to do whatever it takes "to avoid mass insolvencies of UK travel companies, prevent the loss of hundreds of thousands of UK jobs, and to ensure customers can receive refunds or book alternative travel arrangements as quickly as possible." ABTA is lobbying MPs  calling for Government action to save industry jobs and protect customer money.On the first day of ABTA’s Save Future Travel campaign 13,500 people responded by emailing their MP.

Travel Counsellors founder David Speakman has likened the way airlines fund operations from customer money to a Ponzi scheme. He claimed that at any one time airlines will typically be holding hundreds of millions of pounds of customer money for un-flown flights and yet now they’re facing refunds they say they don’t have it.  “Executives must be taught that they put money aside for a rainy day. The airlines are holding on to customer money. Speakman accused airlines of acting as if they are too big to fail, like the banks in the financial crash of 2008.... " it’s agents and operators who are on the hook for all this money that the airlines refuse to give back." Speakman is reported to have said: "The travel industry is particularly vulnerable to a stop or slow down, as it has operated as a massive Ponzi scheme, borrowing and using up-front customer cash to operate. Cash taken from customers booking today for future journeys, pays for travel executed today that was paid for by customers two, three or even twelve months previously."

Across Europe airport traffic fell by nearly 60% in March.  John Hopkins University is graphically recording and reporting the global scale of the pandemic, look there for updated figures.   As Justin Francis has pointed out on LinkedIn : Being dependent on the tourism industry for putting food on the table or sending your kids to school is very different to relying on it for your holiday. #Coronavirus will hit the poorest in tourism destinations hardest. And the poorest will be hardest hit as the governments close the airports to defend against importing Covid-19 and the the originating markets close.

 

International borders have been closed to defend against new arrivals bringing the virus with them. With in national boundaries it has been more difficult to end domestic tourism and people have taken to the streets to protest as the residents of Moloka'i and Maui. The Jackson Hole Travel and Tourism Board has requested that visitors stay home, saying: "Our finite local resources and the limited capacity of our local health care system are not adequate to support tourism due to the COVID-19 pandemic."

The Peak District has urged people not to be tempted to break government measures during the Easter break and to stay away. Cornwall became the first major UK tourism destination to tell visitors to stay away until the coronavirus crisis is over. Visit Cornwall published a statement saying: “Visitors should not come to Cornwall at this time, in order to slow the spread of the virus, to protect themselves, as well as the communities of Cornwall.”

2. 2020 Africa Responsible Tourism Awards winners announced
To be presented with a coveted Judges' Award for Responsible Tourism is a rare honour, you need to have been recognised a number to times is different categories by different groups of judges. Only give awards have been presented, three of them to business in Africa, Grootbos, Ol Pejeta and most recently Transfrontier Parks Destinations (TFPD)
Benefiting Local People: Gold: Uthando, South Africa & Silver: Coffeebeans Routes, South Africa  Destination Award: Gold: !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre South Africa Silver: Ilha Blue Island Safaris, Ilha de Moçambique Responsible Business:  Gold: Spier, South Africa, Silver: Chobe Game Lodge, Botswana Wildlife: Gold: Great Plains Conservation, South Africa, Gold: Marine Dynamics & Dyer Island Conservation Trust, South Africa   The Judges' Reasons and citations are here.  The public vote results are here 

3. The WTM World Awards in Responsible Tourism
The categories for this year's World  Awards will be announced on April 30th, there will be five categories. Two will focus on the existential crises of decarbonisation and biodiversity loss. In the context of Covid-19 the third category will be for businesses and destinations which have helped their communities weather the crisis. Bulungula has converted its lodge into a protective quarantine for the elderly in their  community. In Singapore Marina Bay Sands is donating food to charity, Hilton and American Express are to donate up to 1 million  rooms to front line medical professionals, and in Binsar Village Ways, through its charitable trust, is helping communities protect themselves from Covid-19.  Fairbnb.coop is encouraging people  to book today, while staying  at home, that way you can immediately contribute to the fight against Coronavirus and at the same time plan a sustainable holiday, helping Italy to recover. Do you have ideas for the other two categories? If you do email harold@haroldgoodwin.info 

4. The Climate Crisis is no less urgent
The urgent has driven out the important. The Covid-19 crisis has eclipsed discussion about climate change and resulted in COP26 being delayed until June 2021. The World Health Organisation reports that there are currently an estimate of 150,000 deaths per year caused by climate change. Le Mont-Dore, in the Massif Central, one of France's oldest ski resorts has gone into receivership for lack of snow. Europe experienced its warmest winter on record fully 1.4°C above the previous high set in 2015-16 and 3.4°C warmer than the average for 1981 to 2010. Helsinki was 6°C above the long-run average. There has been a heatwave in Antarctica Casey Research Station, in the Windmill Islands oasis, experienced its first recorded heatwave. For three days, minimum temperatures exceeded zero and daily maximums were all above 7.5C. On 24 January, its highest maximum of 9.2C was recorded, almost 7C above Casey’s 30-year mean for the month. The ice caps at the poles are melting faster that in the 1990s. A new Antarctic maximum temperature of 18.4C was recorded on 6 February at Argentina’s Esperanza research station on the peninsula – almost 1C above the previous record. Three days later this was eclipsed when 20.75C was reported at Argentina’s Marambio station, on Seymour Island east of the peninsula. more

There is little progress to report on tackling climate change. Eight Democrat Senators tried unsuccessfully to attach carbon reduction conditions to Federal financial assistance to airlines and the cruise industry. The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) established a  Technical Advisory Body (TAB) to assess 14 organisations that had applied for their carbon credits to be recognised under CORSIA.  The UN's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) offsets came out of the review very badly. (1) they did not have to fill in the application form (2) they failed on six of ICAO's quality criteria, (3)  CDM projects were not required  to report on sustainable development benefits. Despite all the inadequacies in these carbon offsets ICAO approved the UN's CDM projects as having met the agreed CORSIA criteria.   Confirmation that there are problems with the UN's CDM carbon offsets, but they are approved anyway for CORSIA.

5. Tourism in the Recovery from Covid-19

So far only one country has emerged from lock down, given the diversity of destinations and source markets it is difficult to predict the speed and shape of the tourism recovery. As China came out of lock down domestic tourists flocked to popular tourist sites, international tourists remained effectively locked out.  The UNWTO has recognised the scale of the crisis: "The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the world to a standstill. Tourism has been the hardest hit of all economic sectors, and in many places the most vulnerable members of society will suffer the most." And it has been optimistic about the recovery  "tourism has shown an unparalleled ability to recover from crisis. Furthermore, the sector is uniquely positioned to lead wider societal recovery, driving economic growth, creating jobs and transforming lives."

UNWTO has issued "A global call to reach the most disruptive startups, entrepreneurs, innovators and existing technologies to mitigate Covid-19 impacts on tourism through health, economic and destination recovery solutions. A step forward for Sustainable Development in a crisis situation, providing support to travelers, businesses and authorities."

6. The other existential crisis - Biodiversity
Tourism is an important source of funding  to the conservation of wildlife and habitat. Ol Pejeta is a leading example of the positive impact of tourism on wildlife conservation, it is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa with 100 black rhinos, and it is home to two of the world’s last remaining northern white rhino. They will be hit hard as tourism revenue ceases. They are encouraging people to book now for a visit in the future, they have organised a children's art competition The Art of Survival  Ol Pejeta  is looking for emergency funding.  "We pride ourselves for being self-sustainable mostly from tourism but COVID-19 is having an impact on our sustainability model. With global travel restrictions tourism is now severely compromised. The impact is so significant that we won't be able to sustain all our efforts for too long." Donate here.


Join Ol Pejeta's daily live broadcast of Sofa Safari on Instagram or Facebook. Their MD, Richard Vigne and champion guide, Samuel Mbogo, will take you on the game drive you are dreaming of. From elephants, to rhinos, to dung beetles and birds, we will make sure that you get your Ol Pejeta fix. Catch us daily from 4:30pm EAT. 

On 7th April Zac Goldsmith, the UK's Minister for the Pacific, int’l env, climate & forests & UK animal welfare tweeted  "As we emerge from this crisis, we will need to reflect profoundly on our relationship with nature.  This is a consequence of a war we have been waging, and which we can never win.  Just as the world agreed the Geneva Convention after WW2 we will need a new Covenant with Nature."

More than 200 wildlife groups have signed an open letter calling on the WHO to do all it can to prevent new diseases emerging from the trade in wild animals. Previous diseases like Sars and Ebola have also been linked to viruses that spread from animals to people. The open letter asks governments worldwide to bring in permanent bans on live wildlife markets. more  Gorilla tourism in Africa has been suspended, while sanctuaries for other apes, such as orangutans have closed to the public. more  It is not all bad news, in Venice the tourists have left, the canals now run clear and the fish and birds have returned. more

A new scientific review has concluded that despite being used as rubbish dump our oceans are proving resilient. Humpback whale numbers have rebounded since the ban on commercial whaling. The proportion of marine species assessed as threatened with global extinction by the IUCN has dropped from 18% in 2000 to 11.4% in 2019. The new study estimates that it will costs $10-20bn a year to rebuild marine life by 2050. But the review also points out that for every dollar invested, the expected return would be $10. more Grounds for optimism but it will depend on what we do - we have been here before on climate change and failed to act.

7. Responsible Kerala is Resilient
The Responsible Tourism Mission in Kerala has recorded a four fold income in its revenue.  The Mission's work continues during the lock down. Following the advice: Work at Home.. Stay Safe ... Break the Chain, they are producing RT Mission Work at Home videos. 

RT has been successful in Kerala in large part due to the strength of state and local government. Kerala has been identified as a model state in reducing the impact of Covid-19 They has a state control room mobilised by 26 January. Two Keralan students returning from Wuhan tested positive and on 30th January were put into isolation. "In order to “break the chain”, the government has been conducting rigorous “contact tracing”, or studying whom the infected person has been in contact with and then whom that person has been in contact with so that the entire chain of possibly infected people can be informed and put into isolation. Route maps showing the places that the infected persons have been to are being published, and people who were present at that time at those places are asked to contact the health department so that they can be screened and tested. The route maps are widely disseminated through social media, and through GoK Direct, the government’s phone app. Local government officials and ASHA health workers (women who are the pillar of local public health) are doing the groundwork of finding people who are infected and making sure their contacts are also in isolation." More here  The Washington Post has also covered Kerala's performance.  Coronavirus: How India's Kerala state 'flattened the curve'

8 Resilient Destinations
The economic crisis arising from the global public health emergency has demonstrated once again how the resilience of the travel and tourism sector is dependent on the resilience of the source markets and destinations the industry connects. Those destinations which are over-reliant on tourism will be hardest hit by declines in arrivals. These are tough times for communities around the world, in the midst of a public health emergency. Our sector should recognise the primacy of the risk to life, think about what we can do to help, avoid making the situation worse and avoid special pleading. more
A new website was launched in mid-March curating resources on responses to Covid-19

9. Meaningful Connections

Creating meaningful connections between tourists and hosts is one of the characteristics of Responsible Tourism, tourism is a major part of the experience economy.  Visit Scotland has had a big success with its Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder campaign, described by the Scottish Tourism Alliance  as " a message of support and hope to our friends around the world and assure them that, whilst they can’t visit just now, we will still be here with a warm welcome for them when the time is right." VisitScotland described it as " virtual hug to fans of Scotland, near and far, with a heart-warming film asking them to dream about visiting now, but to travel later." In just five days the film reached 1.6 million people.  Will people turn to virtual tours - there are links to 12 tours of famous museums here.  French Waterways are stimulating wanderlust.

10. Childhood is a Lovely Country
Mark Jones has written a great piece about travelling with his father, thinking back to the days before we all started flying. I remember this, my family went along the Watling Street into mid-Wales every year.
"Picture a family saloon– in today’s terms, a very small car – with a family of five chugging down the Fosse Way – still, for me, the most magical road in England – heading south west to Wales. I will have been sick three times before Leamington Spa. There’s no point saying ‘are we there yet?’ because on the 200-mile journey ‘there’ is a pure abstraction. The only time when time is slower is the week before Christmas. You sink into the vinyl seats, too disconsolate even for i-spy or thinking of three rivers beginning with ‘A’. There was nothing before this small car packed with thermoses, sandwiches, clothes and brothers – and not much prospect of anything after." Read more here

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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
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  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

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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 March 2019

  1. World Responsible Tourism Awards Open
  2. WTM Africa
  3. Greenhouse Gas Emission cause Toxic Air
  4. EasyJet lowest carbon emissions airline
  5. WTM Latin America
  6. TUI have launched Plastic Reduction Guidelines for Hotels
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  8. Cultural Responses to Overtourism in Europe
  9. The Invisible Burden
  10. WTM Responsible Tourism Linked In Page

1.World Responsible Tourism Awards Open
The 2019 World Responsible Tourism Awards open on April 2nd, the categories were announced this month. The judges can only choose from amongst those that apply. So if you know travel and tourism businesses, destinations and organisations who you think could win please encourage them to apply and offer to provide a reference.

This year we are looking for

To apply or nominate go to link


2. WTM Africa
In Cape Town at WTM Africa, there are sessions on wildlife conservation and decarbonisation of travel and tourism and four sessions on the business cases for RT. Previous Award winners and those who have won this year will be talking about why they take responsibility, about why it makes business sense for them and about the impacts of the initiatives they take; impacts on their bottom line and on people and places. The WTM Africa Responsible Tourism Awards are presented on Wednesday 10th April, more
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The Radisson Park Inn in Cape Town has a unique solar technology which combines generation of thermal energy with the photovoltaic generation of electricity which produces one of the highest energy yields ever measured. When compared to traditional solar panels, it produces both electricity and hot water output up to 70°C and delivers three times more energy on the same surface area. As part of the Responsible Tourism programme at WTM Africa, there is an opportunity to see this technology in action. link

3. Greenhouse Gas Emission cause Toxic Air
Cities around the world are grappling with air pollution but Ulambatur the capital of Mongolia is suffering from some of the worst. Toxic air kills. more

As we reported last month climate strikes are spreading around the world as school children become increasingly aware of climate change and fearful of the consequences. more

4. EasyJet lowest carbon emissions airline
The London School of Economics has produced a report backed by a group of institutional investors, the Environment Agency Pension Fund, on aircraft emissions. EasyJet's aircraft are expected to be emitting 75g of CO2 per passenger km by 2020, compared with 172g for Korean Air. International Airlines Group (IAG), which includes British Airways, is expected to emit 112g. The report suggests that by 2020 its emissions per passenger kilometre will be less than half that of some rivals. more

5. WTM Latin America
At WTM Latin America they will be launching the Responsible Tourism Awards part of the family or World Responsible Tourism Awards and operating with the same rigour and standards. There is a panel addressing the next developments in certification, more transparency in Certification Plus? The third panel focuses on how the industry can reduce its reliance on carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

6. TUI have launched Plastic Reduction Guidelines for Hotels
The guidelines explain the different kinds of plastic, what needs to be done in different departments, identifies best practice, gives guidance on managing plastic using the 4Rs and a useful guide to references and further reading. more

7. Arabian Travel Mart
This year there are three Responsible Tourism panels on How can Travel and Tourism best reduce the carbon emissions of our industry?
Raising Awareness of Sustainability and we ask if Tourism Broadens the Mind: Can We Do More?

8. Cultural Responses to Overtourism in Europe
Dr Guillem Colom-Montero and Professor Ulrike Zitzlsperger at the University of Exeter are organising a workshop on 18th June focused on the creative literary, cinematic and artistic responses to overtourism. Details

9. The Invisible Burden
The Travel Foundation has commissioned a report with an infographic listing some of the kinds of pollution which can be caused by tourism: energy & greenhouse gases, water, sewage and solid waste, biodiversity and the local economy. more

10. WTM Responsible Tourism Linked in Page
World Travel Market has launched a LinkedIn Responsible Tourism page - use it if you find it useful. Link

 

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  1. School Children Strike Over Climate Change
  2. Further Evidence that Travellers have Ethics
  3. Human Rights in Tourism
  4. How to Spot a Real Animal Sanctuary
  5. Responsible Tourism at WTM Latin America
  6. Responsible Tourism Awards
  7. Peace Tourism
  8. Burning Man Festival - Gentrified
  9. Sex Works are NOT Tourist Attractions
  10. Solutions to Overtourism
  1. School Children Strike Over Climate Change

In August last a Swedish fifteen year old went on strike sitting quietly on the cobblestones outside parliament in central Stockholm, handing out leaflets that declare: “I am doing this because you adults are shitting on my future.” more in The Guardian

In February tens of thousands of school children left their classrooms to demand that governments take urgent action to tackle climate change.

15,000 British schoolchildren walked out of school to Parliament Square - the often derided "snowflake" generation marching to demand action on what they perceive as an existential threat. more Some have attacked them. As George Monbiot has pointed out " Greta Thunberg, whose school strike sparked this movement, has written a response far more dignified and mature than the articles attacking her in publications like the Spectator.

"If the government is serious about winning over the next generation of voters, then they need to heed their most pressing concerns," said Richard Baker, from Christian Aid. "But more importantly they are sparking a national debate, they are forcing teachers, parents and politicians to re-evaluate the issue of climate breakdown and, what is most important, while lifting our gaze beyond just immediate short-term national concerns." moreThere is more here on the WTM Blog.

2. Further Evidence that Travellers have Ethics.

Back in October 2018 Intrepid Travel launched tours focused on the 18 to 29 year-olds, having surveyed the demographic and their ethical/sustainable aspirations. New research on US travellers by One Poll funded by Exodus Travels found that a wide range of activities cause travellers to feel guilty when they reflcet on them, inculding riding on elephants (18 percent), swimming with dolphins (19 percent) and posing for photographs with captive wildlife (21 percent). 78 percent consider themselves to be more ethically-conscious travelers than they were a decade ago. Seventy percent report often researching a company’s ethical tourism policy before signing up for a tour. more

3. Human Rights in Tourism
The Roundtable on Human Rights in Tourism has launched a Get Started tool to help identify human rights risks and integrate measures to protect human rights into operations and along the value chain. more

4. How to Spot a Real Animal Sanctuary
PETA has published some clear advice on how to spot, before visiting, those businesses which are "now marketing their animal prisons as “sanctuaries” or “rescues” and claiming to support species conservation in order to attract customers."

5. Responsible Tourism at WTM Latin America
There are 4 Responsible Tourism sessions at WTM Lat 2-4 April in Sao Paulo.

6. Responsible Tourism Awards
The International Travel and Tourism Awards have just been launched for 2019. They include one Responsible Tourism Award,  for the best initiative to reduce carbon emissions by a hospitality, transport or tourism business or destination.
The World Responsible Tourism Awards launch on March 19th.

7. Peace Tourism
Jiyin Cao of Northwestern University has published research which shows:
“Across five studies, using different research methods including a longitudinal study, ... that breadth but not the depth of foreign experiences increases generalized trust,” ... In other words, the more countries one travels, the more trusting one is. Breadth is important here, because breadth provides a great level of diversity in people’s foreign travel experiences, allowing them to reach such a generalized assumption.” more

8. Burning Man Festival - Gentrified
There is mounting concern about the growing "commodification and exploitation of Black Rock City and Burning Man culture".
Burning Man CEO Marian Goodell has taken the unprecedented step of withdrawing invitations to one turnkey camp - "Humano the Tribe" - and warning dozens of others. more

9. Sex Works are NOT Tourist Attractions
The new mayor of Amsterdam has criticised visitors who flock to its red-light district for treating prostitutes like a tourist attraction, calling their treatment “unpalatable” and “humiliating” . more

10. Solutions to Overtourism
In southern Thailand, Mya Bay on the island of Phi Phi Leh starred in The Baech released in 2000. Mya Beach was quickly added to the bucket list and numbers soared, in 2016 Chinese tourists also arrived in large numbers.
In peak tourist season this 300 metres of shoreline was hit 3,500 visitors a day. More parade than paradise condemned as "filthy" and "disgusting". and there has been major damage to the coral reef. The authorities have now closed the beach, more

There is work in progress on the Responsible Tourism Partnership on solutions to overtourism, pages are being created to enable the easy sharing of experience in managing overtourism and avoiding it. There is a typology of approaches which provides an index and wherever possible a link to where further information can be found and where possible a contact.


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Responsible Tourism Developments January 2019

  1. Kerala: the World's Leading Responsible Tourism Destination
  2. India Responsible Tourism Awards
  3. Taking Responsibility in Scotland
  4. Taking Action on Plastic
  5. Overtourism
  6. Cruising Pollutes
  7. Reputational Risk: the Orphanage Business
  8. How to be less of an ass travelling in 2019
  9. Pro-poor Tourism in China
  10. Peak Flying?

1.Kerala: the World's Leading Responsible Tourism Destination
Kerala has successfully addressed the challenge of overtourism by managing waste better and enabling the local community to benefit by securing additional incomes and employment. Responsible Tourism is now being rolled out across the whole state. Responsible Tourism is receiving very favourable coverage in the Indian broadsheets, for example, this month in The Hindu. Kerala made it to CNN's list of 19 places to viosit in 2019. Kerala is now using tourism for local development rather than being used by it. Kadakampally Surendran, Kerala’s Minister for Tourism, said recently “RT is indeed an achievement the government can be proud of. We have pledged our full support to the mission. RT has over 60,000 beneficiaries now. From just 198, there are currently 11,523 units under RT. These numbers are proof that RT is a successful model to follow…” There has been spectacular growth in Responsible Tourism in Kerala in the last twelve months and it is delivering. The leading RT destination in the world.

2. India Responsible Tourism Awards
There were over 250 applications in the five categories and there were many with a good chance of winning in the World Awards. Himalayan Ecotourism was the overall winner. The judges recognised the co-operative structure linked with a more internationally oriented marketing and management company, but with guaranteed profits for the staff owned co-operative as a model for tourism development which ensures local benefits and control, empowers local communities and provides a viable route to market as a model which could, and should, be replicated.

The judges recognised CGH Earth’s Spice Village as having made an Outstanding Contribution to the development and practice of Responsible Tourism and the Judges’ Award went to them. “Early adopters of Responsible Tourism they have created experiences that pay “homage to nature and engage closely with local people and their cultures.” They have proved that “less can be more and that true luxury is an experience rooted in simplicity and soul, transcending mere form and ostentation.”
All the winners, leaders in Responsible Tourism

3. Taking Responsibility in Scotland
There is a session on Taking Responsibility in the Scottish Tourism Alliance Conference in Glasgow on March 14th March. On 13th March there is a workshop on Place, Volume & Quality Experiences: Are Our Destinations Full?    
Across the world, through discussions and seminars with destination managers and marketers, national parks and National Trust properties, the industry in its broadest sense has begun to develop a “toolbox” of management and marketing strategies and interventions which will enable us to address the challenge of coping with success.
This highly interactive workshop will address the issues which participants bring to the session and offer a range of management approaches which have been developed to address the many causes and symptoms of overtourism.

4. Taking Action on Plastic
The BBC's Rip Off Britain series on Holidays included a piece on Travel Without Plastic's campaign against single use plastics. In Kerala Wayanad is planning to go plastic free. Meawhile the BBC's Reality Check has been looking at the environmental impacts of cotton, plastic and paper bags. As you might expect it is complicated - very complicated. More on the WTM Responsible Tourism Blog here.

5. Overtourism
Sagada Municipality in the mountains of the Philippines has introduced regulations to address overcrowding and visitor behaviour. Venice to introduce a day visit fee for cruise passengers and day trippers. Edinburgh is planning a Transient Visitor Levy (TVL), a £2 tourist tax capped at seven nights to relieve seasonal and festival workers who stay in Edinburgh for extended periods of time. It would apply to Airbnb. In Rome new regulations prohibiting access by coaches to the historic centre resulted in protests and 200 vehicles parked in the  Piazza Venezia blocking traffic. The Isle of Skye, Dubrovnik, Skelling Michael, Machu Picchu and Mallorca are all takeign steps to mamange the Instagram effect.

Unsurprisingly overtourism cases are often reported here.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/irresponsibletourism/

6. Cruising Pollutes
The Independent newspaper reported this month that 'Each day a cruise ship emits as much particulate matter as a million cars'  and that air quality on cruise ship deck 'worse than world's most polluted cities', More
Cruise Adviser reports that the idea of "sustainable luxury is growing, and the number of travellers wanting to “give back” to communities and the environment is only going to grow in 2019. The demand for responsible tourism is rife and cruise lines need to take this on board by implementing changes such as using advanced wastewater treatment systems, utilising environmentally friendly cleaning supplies, recycling, and donating items for reuse to reduce their negative footprint on the environment."

The keel of Ponant’s hybrid electric polar expedition vessel propelled by LNG, Le Commandant Charcot, has been laid at Vard shipyard in Tulcea, Romania. Its two tanks have a total capacity of 4,500 m3, allowing the ship to reach exceptional destinations such as the geographic North Pole and remote sites of the Antarctic continent including the Ross Sea, Charcot Island and Peter I Island.”

7. Reputational Risk: the Orphanage Business
Hope and Homes for Children‘s report on File on 4 that 37% of children in homes experience violence or abuse many more suffer neglect and that they are 10 more times to be involved in prostitution. Do not discount the reputational damage which you may suffer if you are linked with paedophile activity. The case of a British Airways award-winning pilot way back in 2015 was covered again in the 2019 radio programme. More

The problem is widespread and pernicious. What can be done about it?

8. How to be less of an ass travelling in 2019
Travel blogger Adventurous Kate has written that the best thing the travel blogging community has done is raise awareness about elephant rides. "But the single worst thing the travel blogging community does is contribute to overtourism. And despite the emergency of overtourism, that doesn’t stop bloggers from continuously writing guides to Iceland, Bali, Barcelona, and other places that have already been covered to death and don’t need to encourage any additional tourism." There follows some good advice about how to travel better.

9. Pro-poor Tourism in China
The Agricultural Development Bank of China (ADBC) has launched 57 financing projects to promote pro-poor tourism, with an intention to issue loans of 41 billion yuan. more

10. Peak Flying?
The Economist reflecting on the likely "big stories" of 2019 has suggested that flights will be cheaper than ever. Low-cost long haul travel will take off this year because the new hubs in Beijing (Daxing) & Istanbul will drive down prices. The Economist is predicting that once the airlines have to start paying for offsets prices will rise. video


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