Monthly Archives: June 2012

Ten Years of Progress in Responsible Tourism

Reports of the outcomes from Rio have expressed disappointment at the absence of commitments; certainly the results are less dramatic than Rio in 1992 or Johannesburg in 2002. On the other hand only a few issues are genuinely global – … Continue reading

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Rio +20: Time to refocus on sustainable development through tourism

As delegates  gathered in Rio for Rio+20, twenty years on from the Earth Summit, I am in Brazil’s second city co-chairing the 6th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations. There are delegates and speakers from 21 countries discussing what … Continue reading

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Myanmar: why cautious optimism?

A number of people have asked why I concluded my last blog saying that as I left Myanmar I was “cautiously optimistic.” As I left the first reports of the ethnic disturbances in Rakhine, in the west of the country, … Continue reading

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Will Myanmar use tourism or will it be used by it? Only time will tell. It depends on what individuals do …

I am just back from Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon in Myanmar where I facilitated the workshops, and the joint public/private sector conference, which agreed a draft Myanmar Responsible Tourism Policy. The policy will now be further developed by the … Continue reading

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Kumbalanghi in Kerala to be officially recognised as a Responsible Tourism Destination

Kumbalangi in Kerala is to be declared a Responsible Tourism destination bring the total declared in Kerala to five, over the last few years there have been a series of initiatives in Kumarakom, Wayanad, Thekkady, and Kovalam. Kumbalangi is recognised … Continue reading

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Roads are changing the trekking experience in Nepal

Nepal is opening up to China with new roads being constructed, in a country where everyone used to walk new highways are being built across the Himalaya. This will ease access and speed egress.And what will be the impact on … Continue reading

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Harold Goodwin