The Cape Town Declaration on Responsible Tourism in Destinations (2002) this is the founding document of the international Responsible Tourism Movement – it defines Responsible Tourism and spells out the aspiration to use tourism “to make better places for people to live in and better places for people to visit”
The www.responsibletourismawards.com website has details of all the winners and highly commendeds since the awards were founded in 2004. This gives a real sense of the variety – all forms of tourism can be more responsible.
To take a look at the policies of individual companies take a look at www.responsibletravel.com – take a look at “our partners” on the left of the home page, at the bottom, and follow the links to the policies of the companies promoted on the site.
Jost Krippendorf called for rebellious tourists and rebellious locals to develop a more responsible form of tourism – worth tracking down the book (it is still in print) and reading it. Krippendorf J (1987) The Holiday Makers Butterworth-Heinemann
Harold Goodwin (2002) The Case for Responsible Tourism in Jenkins T et al. Ethical Tourism; who benefits? Hodder & Stoughton
Harold Goodwin (2011) Taking Responsibility for Tourism Goodfellow Publishers http://www.takingresponsibilityfortourism.info/
Destination:RT is published in English and Arabic. The magazine has articles on Responsible Tourism around the world and in Oman. Destination:RT Arabic Edition English Edition
If you want to learn about Responsible Tourism in more depth consider taking at least the first module in the MSc in Responsible Tourism in the Centre for Responsible Tourism at Manchester Metropolitan University
6: Company reporting
The problem with certificates and labels is that they tell you next to nothing about the priorities of the business nor about how much progress it has made. To see what some major companies are doing follow these links:
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