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    Kerala Declaration

    The Kerala Declaration on Responsible Tourism in Destinations was passed today, the declaration focuses on practical actions which can be used to achieve Responsible Tourism in Destinations, the Kerala Declaration can be found on line at www.responsibletourism2008.org/keraladeclaration.php The Kerala Conference was attended by 503 delegates from 29 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America to engage in four days of discussions about the movement's progress in achieving the aspirations of Responsible Tourism – delegates shared their experience, renewed friendships and made new ones – leaving the conference reinvigorated and determined to increase the pace of change. The Minister sent a closing message to the conference: “we have to share…

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    Belize to Host 3rd International Conference in May 2009

    The Minister of Tourism and Aviation from Belize has invited delegates at the Kerala Conference to attend the next conference in Belize 21 to 24 May 2009 The announcement shown at the closing of the conference in Kerala can be found at www.idealabstudios.com/TMHerediaD1.html The invitation was warmly received and delegates are looking forward to meeting again next year in Belize Please follow and like us:

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    Second Day of Kerala Conference

    The concept of Responsible Tourism is gaining currency. On the second day of the conference there were presentations from India, South Africa, The Gambia, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Thailand. Harsh Varma from UNWTO described  UNWTO's engagement with Responsible Tourism, community-based tourism and the STEP initiative. Fabrice Leclerq from the International Trade Centre described some of their work using tourism to tackle poverty through ITC's export led poverty reduction programme. There were presentations from more than a dozen speakers and opportunity to discuss progress, to identify successful implementation strategies and consider  how to overcome some of the barriers. Many of the presentations will be published on www.artyforum.info Please follow and like…

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    Kerala Conference Opens

    The Incredible India Second International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations opened in Kerala today.  There are more than 400 delegates from 25 countries who have come together to review progress in achieving Responsible Tourism since the Cape Town Declaration of 2002.   The Conference was opened by Shri. Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, Hon?ble Minister from Home, Vigilance and Tourism from the Government of Kerala and Shri. Shilabhadra Banerjee, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, from the government of India. The Indian Association of Tour Operators, the Association of Domestic Tour Operators, the Ecotourism Society of India and the Kerala Travel Mart Society – the industry representatives endorsed the principle of responsible tourism. The…

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    On line web forum launched for Kerala Conference

    The on-line element of the Kerala Second International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations can be found at http://planeta.wikispaces.com/KeralaConference  There is a conference forum for on-line debates and discussions  at: http://forum.planeta.com/viewtopic.php?t=1153 I would also like to take this opportunity to ask you to complete the online survey 'Views on Responsible Tourism' available at: http://tinyurl.com/34v98o Information, ideas and suggestions from this survey will be fed back into the Kerala conference for discussion so if you have a point to make or would like a topic to be discussed then please let me Kathryn Paley know via the on-line forum available at: http://forum.planeta.com/viewtopic.php?t=1153 and the on-line survey available at: http://tinyurl.com/34v98o  Kathryn Paley can be…

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