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Responsible Tourism is what we do to make tourism more sustainable, it is about how we use tourism to create sustainable development to benefit communities and destinations

Sustainability is the ambition; Responsible Tourism is about what we do as producers and consumers to realise the aspiration. Too often sustainable is used only in the abstract sense. Responsible Tourism is not the same as sustainable tourism. Responsibility requires that we say what we are doing to make tourism better and that we are transparent about what we achieve.   The agenda is broad across the three pillars of economic, social and environmental responsibility a wide range of resources are available. Responsible Tourism is about using tourism to make better places to live in and better places to visit. Overtourism is the opposite, a consequence of a failure to manage tourism sustainably. Overtourism describes destinations where hosts or guests, locals or visitors, feel that there are too many visitors and that the quality of life in the area or the quality of the experience has deteriorated unacceptably.  Often both visitors and guests experience the deterioration concurrently. There are a variety of causes and solutions. Aviation is the Achilles heel of the travel and tourism sector. 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. Carbon offsetting is too good to be true. There is more here about the questions to ask of any carbon offset. It is important to begin now to develop alternative fuels to maintain aviation. Harold Goodwin drafted the Cape Town Declaration in 2002, the founding manifesto of the Responsible Tourism Movement. Since 2004 Responsible Tourism Awards have recognised good practice and spread awareness of what can, and should, be done. There are International Centres around the world and annual conferences to share and promote Responsible Tourism. Harold is the WTM’s Responsible Tourism Advisor with programmes at the trade shows in London, Cape Town, Dubai & Sao Paulo

Responsible Tourism News Monthly

February 28, 2017
Responsible Tourism Developments February 2017

1.  RT at WTM Latin America 4th-6th April Sao Paulo 2. Africa Responsible Tourism Awards 2017 3. Was this the world's strangest tourist attraction?  4. Experiencing temporary localhood in Copenhagen 5. PEUAT: Barcelona is regulating all forms of tourism accommodation in the city  6. Sustainability matters to consumers in developed and emerging markets 7. Urgent need for […]

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November 30, 2016
Responsible Tourism Developments November 2016

1. The WTM Responsible Tourism Events on video 2. Nominate for the Africa Responsible Tourism Awards 3. Managing Tourism in Barcelona 4. Airbnb good or bad? 5. new edition Progress in Responsible Tourism published 6. Ten Years of Responsible Tourism at WTM   7. Overtourism: "Whose destination is it?"  8. World Responsible Tourism Awards  9. Africa and Arabian Travel Market […]

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October 28, 2016
Responsible Tourism News 10/2016 - WTM Special

RT News is now being published directly from the Responsible Tourism Partnership website. With 25 RT events during WTM London, we will be publishing on each of the three days - this is an exceptional frequency, please do not unsubscribe. We shall then revert to monthly publication.   1. 10th Year of Responsible Tourism at WTM […]

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September 25, 2016
Responsible Tourism News September 2016

Sponsored by @WTM_WRTD 1.  Better Tourism for local people and tourists in India and Africa 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 […]

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June 28, 2016
Responsible Tourism News June 2016

Sponsored by @WTM_WRTD India Responsible Tourism Awards launched  “India is India. Bold, bright and unapologetic. But see it through the looking glass of responsible tourism, and it appears brighter still — a heady mix of tradition and natural beauty, of culture and community.” This week Outlook Traveller, India's premier travel magazine, is launching a new […]

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May 28, 2016
Responsible Tourism News May 2016

Sponsored by @WTM_WRTD Longlist for the World Responsible Tourism Awards announced 75 organisations are longlisted for the 2016 World Responsible Tourism at WTM London sponsored by the Belize Tourism Board. Organisations in the running for the most rigorously judged awards for responsible tourism in the world cover a diverse range of issues from campaigning and […]

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