Monthly Archives: August 2013

Trust and responsibility go together like a horse and carriage ……

When we buy a holiday we are a buying a dream, when it goes wrong we lose something important to us. It is a big item purchase when it fails us we lose the experience and the memories, for most … Continue reading






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Market research reveals increasing demand for the products of socially responsible products

According to a recent Nielsen global survey, consumer sentiment toward socially responsible companies is growing. In the year-and-a-half since Nielsen published its “Global, Socially Conscious Consumer” report, the percentage of global consumers willing to reward companies that give back to … Continue reading






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Is Barcelona being spoilt by tourists? What can we do about it?

Two years ago BBC’s Fast Track programme asked “Is Barcelona being spoilt by tourists?” They asked whether mass tourism is spoiling Barcelona’s charm and authenticity. It’s an important question. Some would argue that the city and city life have been improved … Continue reading






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Responsible Tourism makes business sense

Responsible Tourism has become mainstream. Big operators like Thomas Cook and TUI, and hundreds of smaller business have taken responsibility for making tourism more sustainable. This has long ceased to be a niche market. ABTA, the UK’s largest travel trade … Continue reading






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Caveat Emptor: tourism, orphanages and the road to hell

responsibletravel.com has taken the principled position of not offering volunteering trips which feature orphanages until there are industry best practice guidelines and criteria for child-focussed volunteer trips. The Facebook pages on better volunteering and better child protection have contributed to … Continue reading






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More active managment of the climbers on Everest.

I have blogged previously about the increasing conflicts about the use of the space on Everest as it becomes more crowded. The BBC has reported that a Nepalese government team will be located at base camp to “monitor and help … Continue reading






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Harold Goodwin