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RT News: Latest Developments in Responsible Tourism 04/2024

May 14, 2024
Harold Goodwin
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Sabre is now sponsoring the Global Responsible Tourism AwardsThere are six categories in 2024:    (1) Making Travel Inclusive (2) Championing Cultural Diversity (3) Nature Positive (4) What are you doing about Climate Change? (5)  Increasing local sourcing- Creating shared value (6) Employing and Upskilling Local Communities. Gold winners in each regional awards programme automatically enter the Global Awards.
The ICRT India Foundation Awards  are open until June 30th enter
The Latin America, LATA, Awards are open; until 10th May
The Rest of the World Awards are open until August 31st enter
The ICRT South East Asia Awards are open until 30th June 2024  enter
There is further information about the 2024 Awards here


The 2022 Responsible Tourism Charter points out that responsibility drives sustainability, lists the most significant issues that need to be addressed, and asserts the importance of transparent reporting to demonstrate what is being achieved and avoid greenwashing.
Responsible Tourism is about using tourism to make better places for people to live and visit. How can we “do tourism better”?



International Conference on Responsible Tourism and Hospitality (ICRTH) 6-11 August 2024 Kuching, Sarawak Details


  1. The WTM Africa Responsible Tourism Awards Winners
  2. Creating Shared Value 
  3. New Tech 
  4. Aviation 
  5. Nature
  6. Climate Change 
  7. Overtourism 
  8. Source Market Responses to Overtourism
  9. Certification
  10. Miscellaneous

1.The WTM Africa Responsible Tourism Winners Announced
There are now four regional World Responsible Tourism Awards for Africa, Latin America, the Indian sub-continent and the Rest of the World.  Details of the categories and entry details are available online. The Gold winners in each of the regional awards are automatically entered into the Sabre Global  Responsible Tourism Awards, announced in November. The judges are obviously only able to recognise those who enter. The Responsible Tourism Awards have always been free to enter, and we have awarded major airlines, tiny homestays, and cultural interaction initiatives. Our Awards programme will always be free to enter, the programme is not run as a business to make profit.  Our purpose is to showcase examples of good and innovative practices and to encourage replication; the Responsible Tourism Awards have encouraged the growth of the Responsible Tourism Movement by recognising those who are making tourism better and encouraging others to take responsibility, too.
The 2024 WTM Africa Responsible Tourism Awards winners were recognised at WTM Africa. The full list of those recognised this year is on the WTM Africa Website. The Responsible Tourism Partnership website has the full details of those recognised and the judges' reasons.  

At WTM Africa, the City of Cape Town’s Tourism and Place Marketing Branch convened industry businesses to sign the Responsible Tourism pledge, marking the beginning of a journey towards launching a new Responsible Tourism Charter later this year, aligning with the UN World Tourism Organisation’s 2024 theme of ‘Sustainable Journeys. Timeless Memories’. The initiative includes a commitment to universal access. 


 2. Creating Shared Value
The 17th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations took place in Piggs Peak in Eswatini on April 17th. The conference brought together tourism stakeholders from across Eswatini to consider how tourism could more effectively be used for local sustainable development. The conference ended with the beginning of an initiative to apply Porter's concept of shared value around Piggs Peak and see how tourism could be fostered in Piggs Peak to increase local economic and social benefits. The Piggs Peak Hotel and the Municipality are planning to work together to extend the length of stay and attract more overnight tourists by developing more things for visitors to do in the area and increasing economic benefits to the local community through SMMEs and employment. View the presentation here.

In Australia, Devdiscourse  has warned " Australians need to brace for a reality check. When it comes to international travel, we've had it too good for too long" and pointed to the advantage of slow travel "By embracing a mindset of responsible tourism, we can create a more enriching and mutually beneficial travel experience for all.There are policy interventions that can help push that cultural shift along. By targeting more slow travellers visitors who will spend more time in various locations, seeking deeper engagement with their travel destinations Australia can maximise the economic and social benefits derived from tourism." They argue that "In essence, our approach shifts from relentless growth to sustainability. By embracing a mindset of responsible tourism, we can create a more enriching and mutually beneficial travel experience for all."  more

In Sri Lanka the Asian Development Bank argues that the country must also embrace pro-poor tourism policies by providing the necessary regulatory support and capacity building to "ensure optimal transfers of benefits to local communities". more


 3. New Tech
Hydrgoen:
"the world’s largest hydrogen-powered ships are set to be built in Norway. Two 117-metre-long vessels will be constructed to transport vehicles along Norway’s 277-kilometre Vestfjordstrekninga ferry route, connecting Bodø and Lofoten, the islands of Røst and Værøy, and Moskenes. more
AVL, an Austrian automotive engineering company, has developed an innovative hydrogen combustion engine that could revolutionize motorsports and transportation. Their 400-horsepower prototype engine can run on hydrogen fuel with zero CO2 emissions, providing performance comparable to traditional internal combustion engines. Back in January, there was a report on Hydrogen Central that BMW Plans to Roll Out Hydrogen-Powered Cars by 2025, Energyworld reports, "Natural processes are probably producing 23 million metric tons a year, there mig

ht be 5 trillion tons below the eath's surface, that could be sufficient to displace about 40% of current natural gas consumption and spark a “clean energy gold rush".  Ferrari has patented a hydrogen-powered engine.
Boeing 747: The last one has been delivered to Atlas Air after a 54-year production run, during which 1,574 aircraft were built. Retired planes end in the "boneyards" " around 90 per cent of aircraft parts can be reused or recycled, and components which can be reused as spare parts are high in value. The secondhand market is so big that Bloomberg estimates US$2.5 billion worth of salvaged and recycled parts entered the market between 2009 and 2011. Some are upcycled to provide accommodation. more
Batteries "Scientists make game-changing discovery with new rechargeable battery in goal to replace lithium-ion — and it could drastically lower the cost of power". more
Shower-Timer a "new study of more than 17,500 showers from six hotels and youth hostels in Denmark, Spain and the UK compared ways to convince holidaymakers, who had zero incentive to shorten their showers, to do just that. Pereira-Doel & Xavier Font  " found that regular showers (monitored with hidden timers) lasted an average of 297 seconds, or nearly five minutes, and used 38 litres of water. But smart showers that displayed the shower duration lasted 220 seconds. That’s 25.79% shorter, saving the equivalent of about 10 litres per shower." more


4. Aviation
Boeing has backed a startup that simultaneously removes carbon dioxide from the ocean and the air while producing hydrogen as a fuel alternative.
Heathrow Aiport has denounced the introduction of an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) that requires a £10 payment as a “huge blow” to the country’s competitiveness. The "nclusion of passengers who are not stopping their journeys in the UK but merely passing through the country’s international hubs to connect to onward flight connections that Heathrow says is inappropriate and costing UK airports valuable custom."
Wizz Air has teamed up with Firefly Green Fuels, a British biofuel company, to develop a process for converting waste from sewers into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
Marshall Aerospace is to receive £40m from the UK government to develop a new fuel system for zero-emission aircraft. Marshall Aerospace said the money would be used to develop and test a smart, connected liquid hydrogen fuel system for the next generation of zero-emission aircraft.
Airbus UK government is to invest £96m in Airbus-led projects, to develop more efficient wing designs and increase carbon fibre production rates for wing components, which aimed at reducing CO2 emissions and fuel burn.


 5. Nature
The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), UN Tourism (formerly UNWTO) and the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance have formed a partnership to reverse biodiversity loss. This new Nature Positive Tourism Partnership was launched on Earth Day with the publication of a joint report. As UN Tourism explains on its website, “the report is the sector’s pledge to support the implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), the UN’s Biodiversity Plan.” The partners recognise that the sector has a “critical role to play in protecting and conserving biodiversity” and this nature-positive approach is a “a touchstone for actionable change.” The aspirations are laudable, but delivery is the test, transparent reporting of biodiversity gain is essential. The Nature Positive Tourism Partnership report presents inspiring case studies and concludes “Only a large, unified effort can turn tourism from a burden into a guardian of nature. That effort has already begun, and it is up to us to build on existing actions and quicken the pace.”  Effective reporting is essential to demonstrating progress against the urgent imperative to halt and reverse biodiversity loss. There is less emphasis on measurement and reporting in this report than there was in ANIMONDIAL's 2022 WTTC Report, which has advice about how to take action to “reduce and restore” by setting SMART objectives and KPIs to monitor and report on progress. more

Everest Earth.org   reports in detail on pollution on Everest, dead bodies, human excrement and solid waste. The Mountain Cleanup Campaign has brought 110 tons of trash down from the 8,849-meter Himalayan peak since the scheme’s launch in 2019. 12 climbers died in 2023, the remains of five climbers remain to be recovered. more
South Africa Bloomberg reports that as part of an ambitious biodiversity economy strategy, the country aims to sextuple the size of its game meat industry by 2036. "The idea may seem distasteful to many. But for the environment department tasked with making South Africa’s natural riches pay their way in the world’s most unequal country, it solves a number of problems: adding to the value of antelope that inhabit vast tracts of marginal or degraded land, increasing the incentive to preserve their habitats, and potentially bringing a revenue stream to many of the country’s poorest communities in remote rural areas."

Conservation Slowing Biodiversity Loss. In a paper published in  Science, scientists from dozens of research institutes reviewed 665 trials of conservation measures, some from as far back as 1890, in different countries and oceans and across species types, and found they had had a positive effect in two out of every three cases. Co-author, Dr Penny Langhammer, executive vice-president of environment charity Re:wild, told BBC News ""This study provides the strongest evidence to date that not only does conservation improve the state of biodiversity and slow its decline, but when it works, it really works."


6. Climate Change
T
he EU's Copernicus Climate Change Service reports that March 2024 was 1.68C warmer than "pre-industrial" times .
Just 57 companies have been responsible for 80% of worldwide emissions since 2016. Worse still, those companies have increased, not decreased, their CO2 output since the 2016 Paris Climate Accord. The Carbon Majors Database 
Harold Goodwin in conversation with Geoffrey Lipman about the paper  ‘Tourism in a Finite, Climate Challenged, World.’  video of the conversation
Airbnb
is updating its cancellation policy when it comes to unforeseen events and, from 6 June, it will also cover severe weather events, such as hurricanes.
Drought in Africa Al Massira Dam, Morocco's second-largest reservoir, contains just 3% of the average amount of water that was there nine years ago and see graphic above for southern Africa.

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Switzerland has "failed to comply with its duties under the Convention concerning climate change" and violated the right to respect for private and family life. The ruling is binding and could influence the law in 46 European countries, including the UK.
Greece is to offer ‘free’ holidays for tourists affected by 2023 Rhodes wildfires, close to 25,000 tourists may be able to benefit from vouchers entitling them to up to a week’s free vacation.
The International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) reports that the wine harvest in 2023 were lower than at any point since 1961. In France, the harvest was +4%, but in Italy, it was down 23%, and in the EU, it was down 10%. In Australia, it was down 26%. OIV’s director John Barker said in a statement.  “The most important challenge that the sector faces is climate change, with drought, extreme heat and fires, as well as heavy rain causing flooding and fungal diseases across major northern and southern hemisphere wine producing regions.”
Google in Maps, users who select a driving route will now automatically see public transport and or walking suggestions next to driving routes, if travel times are comparable and practical, thus prompting people to consider the alternatives. The feature is first being rolled out in April and May in 15 cities around the world: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Cologne, Dublin, Hamburg, London, Madrid, Melbourne, Milan, Montreal, Munich, Paris, Rome, Sydney and Zurich.
Radisson Hotel Group's 2023 Responsible Business Report received validation of its Net Zero science-based targets supporting  Radisson Hotel Group’s vision to decouple carbon emissions from business growth, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 46% by 2030, and progress towards Net Zero by 2050. They have achieved a 35% reduction in carbon footprint per square meter since 2019. Radisson is proceeding with the roll-out of the Hotel Sustainability Basics (HSB). Currently 50% of the Group’s hotels are in the process of verification and 179 hotels are fully HSB verified, whereas another 165 hotels are certified with an eco-label.
Banyan Group's 18th Annual Sustainability Report reports that by implementing various measures to reduce climate change emissions, including installing batch washers and solar panel projects, the Group reduced its emissions intensity per occupied room by 22% and diverted 23% of total waste produced in full-year 2023 to landfill with recycling or repurposing initiatives,


 7. Overtourism
Data Appeal has published a review of the primary methods being used to manage the problem of overtourism: demarketing, limiting access, regulating behaviour, site hardening, and   regulating short-term letting
Canary Islands
Over the last decade, tourist arrivals have increased by 40% from 11.5m to 16 m. The pressure has become intense: water shortages (golf courses, swimming pools and accommodation), food price inflation and housing shortages, with residents sleeping in their cars and, some say, caves. Canarias Se Agota called for a hunger strike and a human chain to make the strength of feeling clear to the government. more  The Canary Islands are exhausted. The eleven people who went on hunger strike lasted 20 days from April 11. more and here
The protests have involved tens of thousands of people. “Canarias tiene un límite” – The Canaries have a limit – are backed by environmental groups, including Greenpeace, WWF, Ecologists in Action, Friends of the Earth and SEO/Birdlife. There were smaller demonstrations in Madrid and Barcelona in support. In 2023 13.9 million people visited the islands, which have a population of 2.2 million. Figures from Spain’s National Statistics Institute show that 33.8% of people in the Canaries are at risk of poverty or social exclusion, the highest proportion for any region except Andalucía. The housing situation and water shortages in many parts of the archipelago are also dire because of high prices, low wages, a lack of public housing and the continuing cost of living crisis, Víctor Martín, a spokesperson for the collective Canarias se Agota – The Canaries Have Had Enough said. “I realised we’d reached the limit when I saw people who were working as hotel maids or waiters were living in shacks." –“The problem isn’t the tourists,” he said. “It’s a model that was built around, and with the connivance of, a business class that doesn’t want to listen to what needs to be done, and with a political class that serves that business class instead of serving all the citizens.” More

Public space entry charges: In Italy, a daytripper tax is being considered at Lake Como. The Villa del Balbianello has capped visitor numbers to 1,200 per day; numbers had peaked at 2,000. Seville is planning to charge tourists to visit Plaza de España. The Mayor José Luis Sanz wrote on X “We are planning to close the Plaza de España and charge tourists to finance its conservation and guarantee its safety. In addition, we will create a craft workshop school. Of course, the monument will continue to be freely accessible and free for all Sevillians”.

Venice introduced a fee of 5€ for day-trippers (under 14s are free) arriving between 8:30 am and 4 pm; access is free outside these hours. Those who don't pay risk fines of between 50€ and 300€. Mayor Luigi Brugnaro described this measure as an "experiment" to safeguard the city. “With courage and great humility, we are introducing this system because we want to give a future to Venice and leave this heritage of humanity to future generations,” The fees apply on 29 days from April 25 to 30, May 1 to 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, June 8 to 30, and July 6 to 14, 2024). There have been protests by locals "“Venice should be defended, not put up for sale”/ "“It’s a big lie and propaganda,” Federica Toninello, the spokeswoman of the National Assembly for Homes, said of the new fee. “The problems of tourism in Venice run much deeper, affecting, most of all housing … with Airbnbs eating the city.” more Venice is not a museum  "Venice’s Social Assembly for Housing and the Solidarity Network for Housing formed a protest on 9 April, brandishing banners that called for “Homes, rights, dignity” and declaring that “Venice is not a museum”. Susanna Polloni from the Solidarity Network for Housing noted that Venice has “homeless people who work, but they don’t have a home”. Venice council has ringfenced €27.7 million for the rehabilitation of around 500 apartments across its historic centre, islands and mainland neighbourhoods, but it has approximately 2,000 unoccupied properties that could also be put to use. “It’s something shocking, paradoxical,”

Tourist Taxes Barcelona has raised the tourist tax to between €1.70 and €3.25 depending on the accommodation type. In the Balearics the overnight tax ranges from €1 to €4 per person aged 16 or over.
Retail bans: Milan is considering bans on pizza and icecream sales after midnight,
Antisocial behaviour: the mayor of Palma announced at ITB that the city is requesting national police reinforcement and planning to impose fines of up to €3,000 for antisocial behaviour  ""The town hall is going to be inflexible." There will be "no turning back" with new policies of zero tolerance of behaviour of the kind that is too common - vandalism, street drinking, fights. "The same things we demand of our citizens, we demand of our visitors."
Hawaii plans to remove the Haiku Stairs, also known as the Stairway to Heaven, an iconic but unofficial attraction on Oahu. The U.S. military installed the stairs during World War II and closed in 1987 because of legal and safety concerns. "The removal process involves dismantling 664 stair modules, which will be transported via helicopter and disassembled on the ground. Additionally, landscaping efforts will replace damaged plants, allowing the natural vegetation to reclaim the area. The removal of the Haiku Stairs addresses long-standing local grievances and opens up opportunities for sustainable tourism initiatives that respect the cultural and environmental heritage of the area."
Short-term Rentals Hawaii is also considering a short-term rental ban to address the islands’ housing and overtourism crisis, through two bills making their way through the legislative. "Above the historic Lahaina town, nearly 90% of the housing stock is short-term rentals. An analysis by the University of Hawai’i’s Economic Research Organization (UHERO) found 33,000 housing units across the state were listed as short-term vacation rentals out of a total of 565,000. Out-of-state residents own 52% of them and 27% possess 20 plus units. Illegal rentals were not taken into account but are thought to be an important part of the problem." more  Authorities in Ibiza blame illegal tourist flats for a housing crisis which has left some local professionals sleeping in their cars.
View Blocking: A huge mesh net barrier 2.5 metres (8ft) high and the length of a cricket pitch at 20 metres is being installed to block a popular view of Mount Fuji, reducing littering, parking and road traffic issues. This summer, hikers using the most popular route to climb Mount Fuji will be charged ¥2,000 each (£10.50, $13.35, A$20.50), with numbers capped to ease congestion. more
Hiding a Bus Route  a campaign to erase the 116 bus route between Barcelona's city centre and La Salut has finally succeeded. "Elderly residents complained that they were unable to get home using public transport since the 20-seater minibus was always packed with tourists. The city council has now arranged with Google and Apple to have the bus route deleted from the online platforms." Has Barcelona gone loco in its battle against tourists?   This simple solution is reported to have worked well for the local elderly population.

Amsterdam, has halted any new hotel developments in their fight against overtourism. "“Amsterdam will no longer be issuing permits for new hotels, except for a ‘new-for-old arrangement’ in which a new hotel may only be built if a hotel elsewhere closes and the number of sleeping places does not increase,” a municipal spokesperson told press. "A cap will also be placed on overnight stays, at “no more than 20 million hotel nights by tourists per year,” the government said, in line with its 2021 ordnance that obliges it to intervene to keep “Amsterdam Tourism in Balance,” when tourist numbers hit 18 million."

Tourism Pollution in Japan  visitors have been banned from narrow private streets of the Gion district,  where tourists harassing and chasing after geisha for photos is now termed “geisha paparazzi.” Tourist behaviours are an issue Kyoto  has tried  stopping the sale of one-day bus passes so that travellers would opt for the train, and "putting ninja statues at the end of a train platform to lure tourists to less crowded carriages." “It’s important for a wide range of citizens to understand the meaning and benefits of having tourists come to Kyoto,” said Matsui, an independent who was once deputy chief cabinet secretary in the national government. “We can’t let hatred toward tourists spread among the citizens.” more


 8. Source Market Responses to Overtourism
Skyscanner
has taken the marketing opportunity to suggest Underrated Destinations, top picks Tunis, San Sebastian, Boston, Massachusetts and Perth, Australia. The search engine appears to suggest places accessible on cheaper flights.
Anna Somers Cocks, the founding editor of The Art Newspaper, has encouraged people to enjoy the Venice Biennale, "but be aware it's taking place in a dying city". She writes " If Venice, like Amsterdam, were in the Netherlands, it would be protected well beyond 2100 by the highly sophisticated Delta Programme". "It may only be a matter of a few handspans but the mean water level has risen by about 32cm since scientific measuring began in 1897 and it is already doing damage. For centuries, the water was below the level of the stone bases of the buildings, which are almost impermeable. Now, look at the slime line and you will see how high it reaches twice a day, at every high tide. That means it is often in contact with the highly permeable brickwork above those bases, and that repeated soaking is causing the city to crumble." On 25 April ~15,700 tickets were sold while ~13,000 people registered their right to enter for free, either because they had business, family, residence or studied in town. Anna Somers Cocks writes in the Art Newspaper that the mayor "has dodged charging a sensible fee because he fears an electoral backlash, from the airport and the lower-grades of the tourist sector—the pizza restaurants, the water taxi cooperative, the shops selling tat—which are the ones that benefit from the flood of tourists—as many as 100,000 on some days. // Without becoming elitist and limiting Venice to the rich, the municipality needs instead to listen to the experts of Venice’s Ca’ Foscari University and restrict the number of “presences” (over-nighters plus day-visitors) to a maximum of 50,000 a day while raising the cultural expectations of the tourists rather than offering them a theme-park-cum-souq..." She concludes "Each visitor to Venice should be seen as a potential supporter and treated as such, not as a crass intruder or sheep to be fleeced." Only through a much higher charge can the money be raised to secure the future of Venice.

Elements of the UK press have written about attempts to manage overtourism as attacks on UK tourists.
Tenerife goes to war on UK tourists because 'the situation has got crazy' "Residents in the popular Canary Islands holiday hotspot have moved to demand a tourist tax and clampdown on families flying over to "drink cheap beer, lay in the sun and eat burgers and chips" Birmingham Mail
UK tourists travelling to Lanzarote and Tenerife issued warning if visiting after April 20 "The protests have left UK tourists being warned to expect a "frosty atmosphere" if they're visiting this year. Daily Record
UK tourists' Spain holidays at risk due to crisis which is 'worst in 200 years' "The drought in the European Union holiday destination is the worst for 200 years"  Birmingham Mail 


 9. Certification
Booking.com.
On March 25, the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets said the program “was a possibly misleading sustainability claim.”  Booking.com has removed its sustainability badges and green leaves  Booking.com will continue to display government-approved third-party certificates and properties will be able to highlight their sustainability practices on their property pages, telling their partners that “You’ll remain in control of editing and managing the practices you share with us.”
This is problematic. "Only properties which have invested in a third-party certification scheme will be showcased. Booking.com are explicit about this: “on our platform, we showcase properties that have achieved independent third-party certification by adding a clear label and the ability to filter by certified properties, so they can be easily spotted by guests looking to reduce their negative impact when travelling.” The consumer who finds a hotel operating unsustainably has no redress against the certification agency with which they have no contract, and the certified business is safe as it is not making an unsubstantiated claim.“Certification may be the safest form of greenwashing. It certainly denies consumers information about what sustainability measures the business delivers and any means of holding the business to account for misselling.”
The session at the GSTC meeting in Sweden on "EU Green Claims Directive and related Sustainability Regulations" was recorded and can be viewed here. 
There are too many ecolabels and certifications and they all have different assessment criteria. The Eco-Label Index tracks 456 of them across 199 countries and 25 industries. The benefits: differentiation, awareness raising, transparency and trust? The downside:  Greenwashing: too many labels, time and cost and inconsistencies. The ecollective endorses Science-based Targets and B Corp, although they recognise that " Critics may also argue that there’s too much emphasis on policies, procedures and commitments rather than tangible impact but this isn’t our experience." Others argue that there is still a real lack of transparency about delivery.


 10. Miscellaneous
‘Hidden in plain sight’: the European city tours of slavery and colonialism review article in The Guardian
Nepal: Sara Minkara, the U.S. State Department’s Special Advisor on International Disability Rights, was in Nepal to celebrate National Accessible Tourism Day at Bhaktapur
Washington State, renowned for outdoor recreation,  adopts Responsible Tourism. "One of the guiding principles of responsible tourism is to recognize that most tourism by its nature involves the destination as a whole, not only industry businesses, but also its ecosystems, natural resources, cultural assets and traditions, communities, aesthetics, and built infrastructure. And that it’s essential to manage and protect all of these assets. "
Jet2holidays has signed the Majorca Pledge for Responsible Tourism, which they affirm  "is a great way to create further awareness about this critical issue and, as the UK’s leading tour operator to the island, we are proud to be the first UK tour operator to sign the pledge. This is a clear demonstration of our continued commitment and leadership when it comes to working in partnership with our friends and partners in Majorca so that holidaymakers can continue to enjoy this special island, both today as well as in the future.”
The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association is to hold its first Responsible Tourism Day in Jamaica on May 23rd, "dedicated to advancing sustainable tourism with a particular emphasis on benefiting local Jamaican communities."
Sri Lanka:  Intrepid Travel Chairman and Co-Founder Darrell Wade reported that it plans to take over 15,000 travellers to Sri Lanka by 2030, a boost to responsible tourism, up from 4500 travellers ensilaged in 2024. Wade is  reported to have said "You need collective attention to work towards guidelines that could steer the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority or whoever is in charge to say that we need to oblige with the rules being laid on sustainability,”
Vietnam is promoting responsible tourism, turning Vietnam’s tourism into a green economic industry with green destinations and products. It also prompts tourism businesses to equip their staff with knowledge about green tourism. Promoting “Net zero tours” in which all activities from transport, lodging and catering services and other activities are set to minimise the amount of carbon emissions.
Radisson Meetings Future Food Trends; circular economy, food technologies, food and health, individual eating, social impact and food, food experience.


01 May   The problem with third-party certification
24 April  Nature positive tourism launched, delivery gap?
17 April  WTM Africa Responsible Tourism Awards
04 April  Tourism and biodiversity business in South Africa – the debate rages


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