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Responsible Tourism News September 2016

September 25, 2016
Harold Goodwin
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1.  Better Tourism for local people and tourists in India and Africa

Responsible Tourism is about using tourism to make better places for people to live in and better places for people to visit. 2017 is the UN’s International Year of Sustainable Development through Tourism. WTM is launching a new feature of WTM London, showcasing some of the ways in which tourists can engage positively with local communities purchasing local goods and services, contributing to the conservation of natural and cultural resources and valuing their community. Come along to meet leading local tour operators, their source market partners, members of local communities and national government and tourist board leaders. If you want to take part in one or both of them email harold@haroldgoodwin.info All the conversations take place on the Responsible Tourism Stand
Monday 7th November  13:00-14:30 India: Enhancing the Tourist Experience
Wednesday 9th November 13:30-15:00 Enhancing the Tourist Experience in Africa

2.  Conversations at WTM London in November 

Every year at WTM London we have about 2000 participants across the various Responsible Tourism events, it is a big success but we want to reach still more people and excite them about what they can achieve by using a Responsible Tourism approach. We are building on our success last year in engaging a wide range of people in conversations on the Responsible Tourism stand – on the show floor and far more participative. The idea is to get the host(s) to get a conversation going, no set piece presentations – no death by PowerPoint: some video, some storytelling, images, conversation, controversy; a real chance to forge new business relationships, to inspire, educate and challenge. If you want to take part in one or two of them email harold@haroldgoodwin.info  All the conversations take place on the Responsible Tourism Stand.

  • 14:45-15:45 Responsible Tourism Potential of the Republics of Central Asia
  • 17:15-18:00 How can businesses report on their Responsible Tourism  Impact?


  • 13:00 – 13:45  Climate Change, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, and Travel & Tourism
  • 14:00-14:45  ‘How tourism can help the refugee crisis’.
  • 15:30 – 16:30 How can we ensure the travel and tourism are accessible to all? 


  • 10:15-11:00  Meet the 2016 Gold and Silver Winners
  • 12:30-13:30 The Gorillas, Tourism and Poverty Reduction at Bwindi in Uganda
  • 15:30 – 17:00 Guides – educators and cultural brokers

3.  3rd Irish Responsible Tourism Conference & the 2016 Irish RT Awards

The 3rd Irish Responsible Tourism Conference is  on 6th October 2016 in Dublin. This year the theme is Success. Speakers include  Jen Bobbin (Just Report) Marta Cabral  (Rota Vicentina, Portugal), Laura Dixon (Westport), Harold Goodwin, Mark Henry (Tourism Ireland), Chris Logan (Thomson), Fiona Monaghan (Fáilte Ireland), Kate Taylor (Taylor Training), Cathy Wolfe (Connemara Wild Escapes) and James Chilton, (Irish Centre for Responsible Tourism). The Awards will be presented during the conference.

4. Speed Networking 

Following the success of last year’s event, we are again running a Responsible Tourism Speed Networking again at WTM. Speed Networking reverses the tables for an hour the buyers take the tables and the sellers get the chance to approach the buyers. Tuesday 8th November 09:00 – 10:00 Responsible Tourism Speed Networking. The Buyers need to register to get a table. Register here.  More details

5. Seoul Fair Tourism Declaration

Bukchon is a village of hundreds of traditional hanok houses that date back to the Joseon Dynasty. While some of the hanoks are publicly owned and can be visited and entered during the day the tourists are most interested in the streets and views for which there is no charge and which can be visited at any time. Tour operators tend to take them to Bukchon in groups in the early morning destroying the peace and tranquillity of the neighbourhood. The residents resent the disturbance and they are beginning to protest the intrusions.

Seoul recognises that it stands at a turning point  "it is now essential to ensure the Seoul Metropolitan Government more pro-actively manages tourism in the city. This will require a whole of government approach including the tourism department, planning, building control, transport, environment and waste management. Only through a whole of government approach can Seoul Metropolitan Government effectively manage tourism t o benefit, rather than harm, local communities and their environment. The rights of citizens to enjoy their residence and neighborhood needs to be protected by the city government." More

6. A green and happy holiday? You can have it all!

Chris Warren's research shows that people are happy to curb their material consumption on holiday, as long their holiday is rich in other experiences. This is the challenge that the services sector faces in the drive to decouple happiness, consumption and resource depletion or pollution. More here

7. 'Overtourism' in  Iceland 
A group has recently formed as a public-private task force comprised of the Icelandic government and travel industry stakeholders to decide on the wave of reforms necessary to ensure that tourism becomes sustainable in Iceland.

8. World Tourism Day - Tourism for All - Promoting Universal Accessibility

Accessible Tourism for all is about the creation of environments that can cater for the needs of all of us, whether we are traveling or staying at home. May that be due to a disability, even temporary, families with small children, or the ageing population, at some point in our lives, sooner or later, we all benefit from universal accessibility in tourism. More

9. Protesters attempt to block cruise ship in the heart of Venice

A flotilla of small boats and thousands of protesters have tried to block the arrival fo a cruise ship in Venice, at the height of the season the ships can bring an additional 30,000 visitors into the World Heritage city every day, Venice is already over-visited and these visitors contribute next to nothing to the local economy. Video report

"Hundreds of Venetians have clogged up the streets, brandishing shopping trolleys and prams, to protest against the hordes of tourists that pour into the city every day.
They’re fed-up with battling crowds while going about their everyday business, claiming they can’t afford the skyrocketing price of rent as tacky souvenir shops push out necessities." More

10. Fewer homes for rent, as landlords move flats onto Airbnb

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) claims landlords are taking their flats off the open market, and advertising them instead on holiday websites like Airbnb. They argue that the trend will mean fewer homes for rent, exacerbating the housing shortage. Airbnb responded arguing that "Rather than removing housing stock, hosting on Airbnb puts money in the pockets of regular Londoners and helps them afford living costs in one of the world's most expensive cities." More

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