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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

April 24, 2016
Responsible Tourism News April 2016

Sponsored by @WTM_WRTD World Responsible Tourism Awards – applications close May 8th With only five categories this year and an overall winner, the Gold and Silver winners will receive a good deal more profile. Nominations close Best accommodation for responsible employment Best contribution to wildlife conservation Best innovation by a tour operator Best for poverty […]

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March 30, 2016
Responsible Tourism News March 2016

Sponsored by @WTM_WRTD   1. Nominations for the World Responsible Tourism Awards now open The process begins now – the judges can only select from amongst those who are nominated, so play your part – encourage those you know to be taking responsibility for making tourism better to participate this year, they may be there […]

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February 18, 2016
Responsible Tourism News February 2016

Sponsored by @WTM_WRTD       African Responsible Tourism Awards The longlist for the African Responsible Tourism Awards to be presented at WTM Africa has just been published. There are over 60 long-listed tourism businesses, organisations and initiatives come from 13 countries – including nominees from Morocco, the Gambia, Mozambique, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Ethiopia, South […]

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December 5, 2015
Responsible Tourism News December 2015

Responsible Tourism News is a newsletter of record carrying the 10 most important Responsible Tourism stories of the month. Please forward to those you think may be interested – you can subscribe here. If you wish to contribute a story email harold@haroldgoodwin.info or post it on our RTNews Facebook page. Responsible Tourism News December 2015 […]

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October 21, 2015
Responsible Tourism News - WTM Special 10/2015

  Responsible Tourism News is a newsletter of record carrying the 10 most important Responsible Tourism stories of the month. Please forward to those you think may be interested – you can subscribe here. If you wish to contribute a story email harold@haroldgoodwin.info or post it on our RTNews Facebook page. 1. Responsible Tourism Programme […]

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July 28, 2015
Responsible Tourism News – July 2015

Responsible Tourism News is a newsletter of record carrying the 10 most important Responsible Tourism stories of the month. Please forward to those you think may be interested – you can subscribe here. If you wish to contribute a story email harold@haroldgoodwin.info or post it on our RTNews Facebook page. 1. New research on destination […]

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