RTP Logo
Responsible Tourism Partnership
Responsible Tourism by Harold Goodwin
RT Main Menu
RT Resources

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

August 23, 2023
RT News: Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 07/2023

The 2022 Responsible Tourism Charter points out that responsibility drives sustainability, lists the major issues which need to be addressed, and asserts the importance of transparent reporting as essential to demonstrating what is being achieved and avoiding greenwashing. International Conference on Responsible Tourism and Hospitality (ICRTH) is an academic cum professional (industry) event that aims to […]

Read More
July 11, 2023
RT News: Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 06/2023

The 2022 Responsible Tourism Charter points out that responsibility drives sustainability, lists the major issues which need to be addressed, and asserts the importance of transparent reporting is essential to demonstrating what is being achieved and avoiding greenwashing. Overtourism, a Tragedy of the Commons  Greenwashing Airbnb   Greener Hotels? Cruise Lines  Nature Positive Tourism   Tourism Taxes  Aviation  Climate […]

Read More
May 29, 2023
RT News: Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 05/2023

The 2022 Responsible Tourism Charter points out that responsibility drives sustainability, lists the major issues which need to be addressed, and asserts the importance of transparent reporting is essential to demonstrating what is being achieved and avoiding greenwashing. 2023 Responsible Tourism Awards are open for India & sub-continent until 30 June.  Enter here The ICRT India Awards […]

Read More
April 29, 2023
RT News: Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 04/2023

2023 Responsible Tourism Awards are open for India. Responsible Tourism programmes  and ATM The 2022 Responsible Tourism Charter points out that responsibility drives sustainability, lists the major issues which need to be addressed, and asserts the importance of transparent reporting is essential to demonstrating what is being achieved and avoiding greenwashing. India: open until 30th June Enter here The […]

Read More
March 22, 2023
RT News: Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 03/2023

2023 Responsible Tourism Awards are open for India. Responsible Tourism programmes at WTM Africa and ATM Kerala has a new Responsible Tourism Declaration   Addressing Overtourism  Reporting on Accommodation Sustainability  Progress on greenhouse gas emissions is too slow Progress with Hydrogen Gender Equality: Why Engaging More Women in Tourism Benefits Everyone, Animal Welfare Investors’ Tourism […]

Read More
February 19, 2023
RT News: Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 02/2023

 2023WTM Global Responsible Tourism Awards are open for India, WTM Latin America and WTM Africa. Why Sustainable Tourism Failed   Kerala: RT Comes of Age  Overtourism: Amsterdam, the Balearics and Venice Animal Protection  Cannabis Tourism - encouraged and discouraged  Rooted on Proximity & Defeating Destination Homogeneity The humanitarian potential of the $9T tourism industry Behavioural Change […]

Read More
© 2024 The Responsible Tourism Partnership
menu-circlecross-circle
linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram