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Responsible Tourism is about using tourism to make better places for people to live in and better places for people to visit. 2017 is the UN’s International Year of Sustainable Development through Tourism. WTM is launching a new feature of WTM London, showcasing some of the ways in which tourists can engage positively with local communities purchasing local goods and services, contributing to the conservation of natural and cultural resources and valuing their community.

Migrantour has trained about 400 intercultural companions, women and men from dozens of different countries around the world, capable of speaking multiple languages and translating diversity into mutual understanding.  Intercultural companions are not tour guides. Some of them are cultural mediators, others have had experience in the educational sector. All of them, together, through Migrantour have shaped a new profession in the field of responsible tourism. If you choose to take part in an intercultural walk, they will be the ones to lead you through streets and neighbourhoods, to tell you about their history and the history of the city, and to organize meetings and moments of insight with those who live and work in the neighbourhoods. Choose your Migrantour city.

Responsible Tourism in Kerala

One of the core values of Responsible Tourism is respect between travellers or tourists, the guests, and the host communities. The language of hosts and guests is aspirational, but tourism is a social activity. It is what we make it. As Krippendorf pointed out in his seminal work, The Holiday Makers, ‘every individual tourist builds up or destroys human values while travelling’. We all make choices about how we travel. Responsible Tourism is about taking responsibility and recognising that tourism is what we make of it. We can use Responsible Tourism to enhance the experience, to make it more real and authentic. The Responsible Tourism approach works best when it engages the consumer, enabling the traveller, the holidaymaker, to have a better experience, and the community to have tourism on better terms.

Three of the characteristics of Responsible Tourism articulated in the Cape Town Declaration on Responsible Tourism in Destinations are that it:

  • generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhances the well-being of host communities
  • provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues;
  • and is culturally sensitive, engenders respect between tourists and hosts, and builds local pride and confidence.

How do we best enable tourists to have positive encounters with local communities, their culture and environment? How do they see their responsibility? What do they think makes a good guide? How do they ensure that encounters are respectful, that hosts and guests create great memories and that the tourists have a great experience? Some short talks, some video and a conversation. 

Be a Better Guide offer a great many resources to improve guiding and tour leading including training materials and videos #

TourScanner is the first metasearch engine for tours & travel activities.

Discover the Unseen: Walking tours and experiences curated and led by people affected by homelessness. London

Invisible Cities is a social enterprise that trains people who have experienced homelessness to become walking tour guides of their own city.
We offer alternative tours to locals and tourists. Edinburgh, York, Manchester, Glasgow, Cardiff

Homeless Tour Guides in Europe 
Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Berlin, Edinburgh, Ljubljana,  London, Prague, Vienna  and more Spotted by Locals

Alternative Tours

ResiRest is an exciting global travel platform, that connects locals and travellers all over the world through local home dining experiences. When you are travelling, often travellers wanna discover true local culture in a local way. Supported by our qualified, local agents, we bring you as a traveller to local families. Our local families prepare a traditional meal for you, or together with you, whatever you like! ResiRest

Eat With savor joy wherever you go unique culinary experiences to celebrate with passionate hosts and new friends

Showaround is a marketplace for tours with locals who are ready to show you the best their cities have to offer and tailor activities to your interests.

with locals Enchanting experiences, with incredible locals Book unique and memorable travel experiences guided by locals

ToursByLocals connects travelers with local tour guides, worldwide. We're a marketplace for customizable private tours and shore excursions!

EatWith lets you attend dinner parties hosted by local chefs, and Sofar Sounds connects users with musicians hosting intimate gigs in informal venues.

GetYourGuide is a Berlin-based online travel agency and online marketplace for tour guides and excursions.

Tours, things to do, sightseeing tours, day trips and more from Viator.

Klook Find discounted attraction tickets, tours with unique experiences, and more! Join local day tours to visit spectacular sights and go on delicious food trips ...

Refugee Guides

Refugee Voices Berlin

The Syrian refugees becoming tour guides in Berlin
BBC Travel Show

Kerala, India 

Kumarakom: Inspiring Village Experiences

Beyond the Beach: The Captivating Village life of Kovalam

Thekkady: Inspiring Village Experiences

Beautiful Wayanad: An Exceptional Travel Experience!

Kerala Travel Mart 2016 9 points for site development



Street Art
Manchester  https://www.theskyliner.org/

Transfrontier Parks Destinations Limpopo South Africa 

Tefo Emandulo (near Witsieshoek) explaining to Harold Goodwin about pottery

A visiting German Choir joined by Witsieshoek staff sing in front of the Drakensberg’s amphitheatre

Kholofelo at Modjadi teaches about Cycads

Mama Maria Mukhari at Baleni Camp introduces guests to the ancestors

Jeremia the Bearded Vulture guide, explains why Witsieshoek is important for the community|

Prudance from Baleni Camp explaining about the forbidden words at Mkulu spring

Nelson Maphaha introduces traditional Venda food to guests at Fundudzi camp

Ballpen Molokwane discusses belief at the Modjadji Royal Compound

WTM Blog on Enhancing the Tourism Experience for Guests and Hosts 

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