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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

October 11, 2021
RT News: Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 09/ 2021

RT at WTM London 1-3 November & 8-9 November Labelling Matters Biodiversity: nature matters to tourism Destination Initiatives  Child Exploitation Resumes  Decarbonising Travel & Tourism Climate Change  easyJet Covid  Miscellany  +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 2022 RT Events June 5-12  Responsible Tourism  Summer School, Finland  Jyväskylä, Central Finland & Helsinki The 15th International Conference on Responsible Tourism takes place June […]

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September 5, 2021
RT News: Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 08/ 2021

Aviation Needs to Adapt to Climate Change and Abandon Fossil Fuels Climate Change is Going to Disrupt Travel & Tourism Covid Continues to Disrupt Travel & Tourism  Human Rights  Measuring Food Waste Tackling Overtourism  Responsible Tourism in China Tourism Disturbs Wildlife  València is tackling the Water Issue Miscellany +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 2021 RT Events October 8 WTM […]

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August 11, 2021
RT News: Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 07/ 2021

Climate Change: now we need to mitigate and adapt Biodiversity  Travelling  in a Covid World  Ethical Employment  Developments in Aviation  Diversity Matters Why RT Awards Matter Better Tourism - Better Holidays  Local Economic Development through tourism Miscellany Apply & Nominate here. 2021 RT Events October 8 WTM Decarbonising Travel & Tourism October 14 Cornwall  Sustainable […]

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July 7, 2021
RT News: Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 06/ 2021

WTM Launches a "Platform for Change" Climate Change: time to adapt? Building back better  Decarbonising Aviation  New Responsible Tourism School Launched  The Regional Awards in the Global Responsible Tourism Awards Covid-19 is not going away Sustainable Hospitality Alliance  World Heritage in Danger  Miscellany Apply & Nominate here. The next edition of RT News will be […]

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June 1, 2021
RT News: Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 05/ 2021

If not now, when? Addressing Overtourism  Madhya Pradesh Webinar on Regenerative Tourism  Living with Covid-19 Biodiversity and Telling the Wrong Stories About Africa, WTM Africa  Inclusive Tourism: Growing the Local Economic Impact Progress in Aviation? Sustainable Hospitality Handbook Booking.com 100% Pure Future—New Zealand Tourism Renewed Miscellany Apply & Nominate here. The next edition of RT […]

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May 5, 2021
RT News: Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 04/ 2021

Global Responsible Tourism Awards Launched Aviation, Time for a Step Change to Decarbonise Covid part of the new normal  Climate Change Responsble Tourism at WTM Africa Consumer Trends 20 years of Responsible Travel Overtourism post-Covid, the challenge of staycations 100% Pure New Zealand Miscellany  The next edition of RT News will be out at the […]

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