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Responsible Tourism by Harold Goodwin
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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

November 9, 2020
Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism: WTM Virtual Special 10 & 11 November

The next edition will be out at the beginning of December The Responsible Tourism Hub provides quick links to curated material on Responsible Tourism  This year's WTM, London is virtual, there is no need to travel to London nor to find board and lodging away from home. You can participate from anywhere in the world over […]

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November 1, 2020
Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism: London Travel Week Special

The next edition will be out on 9th November, for Virtual  WTM The Responsible Tourism Hub provides quick links to curated material on Responsible Tourism  This year's London Travel Week and WTM, London are virtual, there is no need to travel to London nor to find board and lodging away from home. You can participate from […]

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October 16, 2020
Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism October 2020 (2)

Attend WTM, London - Be Carbon Zero Responsible Tourism at Virtual WTM,  10 & 11  November 2020  Looking ahead: Hope and Pledges  ABTA  roadmap for rebuilding travel and tourism Cape Town - where Responsible  Tourism was defined  Tourism Students Festival - India 16-17 October Narratives Matter - we must get beyond fatalism  Can testing get […]

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October 4, 2020
Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism October 2020 (1)

Launch of the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance  Responsible Tourism at Virtual WTM,  10 & 11  November 2020  Biodiversity and tourism, conflict or symbiosis, friend or foe?   Responsible Tourism Grows in India  Cruise Lines Face Particular Challenges: Covid-19 & Friends of the Earth Diversity Matters Action on Holiday Rentals  Action on Plastic  Animal cruelty rankings revealed: which […]

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September 18, 2020
Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism September 2020 (2)

Responsible Tourism at WTM, London November 2020 Covid-19 will be with us for a while Cruiselines Cleaner Fuels  Tackling Climate Change Gathers Pace  Human Rights  Biodiversity  Covid-19 and Transforming Tourism The Economic Impact of the Pandemic Miscellany  The next edition will be out at the beginning of October The Responsible Tourism Hub provides quick links to […]

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September 9, 2020
Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism September 2020 (1)

Learning to Live with Covid-19 Tourism and Racism Climate Change is still THE Existential Issue Biodiversity, Habitat & Wildlife  Sustainable Aviation The New Air Safety Agenda Rebuild Tourism - better? How ethical is a staycation? The Housing Crisis  Miscellany  The next edition will be out in mid-September The Responsible Tourism Hub provides quick links to curated […]

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