Monthly Archives: November 2009

Responsible Tourism in Kerala

It was a great pleasure to be in Kerala again for the AITO conference and to have the opportunity to catch-up with Dr Venu. Responsble Tourism is making progress in Kerala. In and around Kovalam there have been initiatives which … Continue reading

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AITO Conference

I was invited to speak at the AITO Conference in Kerala about the commercial case for Responsible Tourism. I first became involved with AITO in 1999 when following the VSO campaign I did a survey for AITO looking at the … Continue reading

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Death of Venice?

Back in 2006 the BBC reported concerns about the depopulation of Venice.Private houses have been converted to tourism accommodation – the BBC reported then that accommodation prices were high, that empty apartments and buildings were being  snapped up by “wealthy … Continue reading

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Cape Town takes the lead on Responsible Tourism in Destinations

Cape Town takes the lead on Responsible Tourism in DestinationsIt was in Cape Town in 2002 that the concept of Responsible Tourism in Destinations was launched at the 1st International Conference held in Cape Town as a side event to … Continue reading

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2009 Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards

Working our way through this year's long lists, we were impressed by the willingness of so many organisations to take responsibility and to do what they can to help make better places for people to live in and better places … Continue reading

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Travel Philanthropy

Today's seminar to launch the new report on Advances in Travel Philanthropy at World Travel Market was standing room only and participants shared examples and raised concerns about what travel philanthropy contributes. The report commissioned by WTM discusses the main … Continue reading

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Responsible Tourism features at opening of WTM

Today saw the opening of the 30th World Travel Market in London. Attendance is significantly up on last year and on the opening day the market felt much busier. Fiona Jeffery, Chairman of World Travel Market, said that Responsible Tourism … Continue reading

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ResponsibleTravel.com abandons carbon off setting

In 2002 ResponsibleTravel.com was one of the first companies to adopt carbon offsetting and it is now one of the first to abandon the approach. Recognizing that flying is currently one of the fastest growing sources of CO2 emissions ResponsibleTravel.com … Continue reading

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Whale Watch Kaikoura

In the 1980�s Kaikoura was suffering from high unemployment, reduced self esteem, high levels of drug and alcohol offending. It became a ghost town when first the whaling ceased and then the railways were privatised. The railways had been the major employer.. Kaikoura … Continue reading

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Harold Goodwin