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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 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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April 4, 2021
RT News: Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 03/ 2021

One year on living with Covid- the new normal? Multilateral action is required to rebuild trust and travel The world's most sustainable destinations  WTM Africa Virtual 7, 8, 9 April Building Back Better? Regenerative Tourism? Biodiversity the world's most dangerous animal can make a difference.  Decarbonising travel & tourism: Hydrogen  Scotland adopts Responsible Tourism  Changing […]

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March 8, 2021
RT News: Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 02/ 2021

The Critical Decade: we are in clear and present danger Climate Change is a Cumulative Problem  Biodiversity Loss is Bad For Us Too Covid-19 will be part of the new normal Resilience and Responsibility  Perfect Storm: Climate Change and Tourism International Women's Day OECD Manual: Sustainable & Inclusive Tourism 2021 India Responsible Tourism Awards & […]

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January 31, 2021
RT News: Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 01/ 2021

We enter 2021 confronted by four inter-connected crises, all of them global in their reach and consequences. Covid-19, climate change, biodiversity loss and mounting inequality. All of them accelerating. Tourism is a contributor to all of these crises and a victim of them. The development of vaccines and new treatments for Covid-19 and the various […]

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December 21, 2020
Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism December 2020

The next edition will be out mid-January The Responsible Tourism Hub provides quick links to curated material on Responsible Tourism  RT Interviews and Panels from WTM, London are all now available States are adopting Responsible Tourism in India  Tourism devastated in the developing world Aviation and Climate Change Building Back Better?  Experiential & Domestic Tourism  Conserving […]

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