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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

June 5, 2018
Responsible Tourism Developments May 2018

   1. World Responsible Tourism Awards 2018  2. Loving them to death? Overtourism & protected areas  3. Real Progress on Child Protection   4. Tourism going plastic free?  5. The "sharing economy" & homelessness  6.  Overtourism: cities and beaches  7.  Wildlife: welfare and communities losing out  8.  Water - becoming a major issue 9.  Aviation and emissions, some progress […]

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March 27, 2018
Responsible Tourism Developments March 2018

1. World Responsible Tourism Awards launch 2.Responsible Tourism at three WTM Travel Markets in April 3. Water Scarcity the "new normal"? 4. Thomas Cook launches “Make a Difference with Every Holiday”. 5. TUI: ‘responsible tourism’ becomes part of mainstream holidaymaking rather than a ‘nice to have’ or niche travel concept. 6. Three-day workshop in The Gambia on Tourism […]

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March 1, 2018
Responsible Tourism Developments February 2018

 1. India Responsible Tourism Awards announced in Delhi   2. 11 Cities in the world most likely to run out of drinking water   3. Arabian Travel Market   4. Orphanages: Slavery and Birthday Parties  5. 2018 World Responsible Tourism Awards   6. Thailand Loves Its Chinese Visitors, Up to a Point   7. Plastics and Earth Day  8. Exodus, Pete Burrell and […]

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February 1, 2018
Responsible Tourism Developments January 2018

 1. Justin Francis interviews Harold Goodwin on the Responsible Tourism issues.  2. RTD14 Responsible Tourism in Protected Areas (marine & terrestrial)  3. Global warming continues and winter sports melting away   4. CORSIA - international airlines avoid emissions reductions  5. The Poles: the Arctic and the Antartic   6.  First Sao Paulo and now Cape Town   7.  Plastics as big […]

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January 8, 2018
Responsible Tourism Developments in 2017

1.  International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development; much progress?  2.  Africa Responsible Tourism Awards  3.  Climate Change  4.  WTM Responsible Tourism Legacy Page with Videos  5.  Plastic Pollution is becoming a hot issue  6.  Cape Town Water Shortages 7.  New RTNews YouTube Channel Launched  8.  Tony Giles - the blind backpacker 9.  Disrespectful Tourism  10.Travel […]

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November 28, 2017
Responsible Tourism Developments November 2017

1. Carbon emissions and climate change are a major threat to the tourism sector. 2. Leaders in Responsible Tourism Awards at WTM, London  3. What are the priorities for Responsible Tourism in the next five years? 4. The African Responsible Tourism Awards open for nominations on December 1st 5.  Overtourism: time to listen to local people 6.  Uluru climb […]

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