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    The Real Deal – Leeds and Faversham

    Leeds: “A thriving cultural city where locals play pavement chess, people thank the bus driver (and the bus driver calls them ?luv?) and where the tourist can experience a different way of living in a city.” I nominated Leeds as one of the 50 most authentic places on earth in British Airways Highlife Along of course with Faversham, Mark Jones writes in this month's BA Highlife “Let’s call on an expert. Harold Goodwin is Britain’s first Professor of Responsible Tourism and is trying to get the idea of authentic tourism off the ground. We meet in Faversham, Kent, the spiritual home of authentic tourism and have dinner at the Tapster,…

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    The Danger of Carbon Credits

    This week the UK government has led the world and held the first auction of carbon credits. The British government has auctioned the right to produce 4,000,000 tonnes of carbon for ?54,400,000. Using the British government’s DEFRA standard, that amounts to ?1,000,000 return flights London to Sydney.   DEFRA currently uses a Shadow Price of Carbon which they value at ?26 per tonne. In this week’s auction each tonne realised about ?13.61 ? so these permits to pollute went for a bargain price, although the auction price is very close to the current market price. ?16.15 or ?13.62. These permits to pollute have been sold to the intermediaries (Barclays Capital,…

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    The Responsible Tourism Movement Comes of Age

    This year for the first time Responsible Tourism was addressed across all four days of the World Travel Market and there was a Responsible Tourism Fringe event on the Tuesday evening. On Monday the WTM published the WTM Global Trends Report by Caroline Bremner of Euromonitor who reported that in all regions ?the desire for environmental responsibility, social interaction, authentic travel experiences and fair trade practices? are key to successful business in the next few years. On Thursday Xavier and I ran the first WTM Responsible Tourism Conference on the Business Case for Responsible Tourism attended by many who have not previously engaged with Responsible Tourism. Today the front page…

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    WTM World Responsible Tourism Day

    Today saw the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards, Ed Fuller of Marriottt in the Hot Seat and two panels chaired by Stephen Sackur of BBC World and the ICRT WTMWRTD Reception….. and the presentation of thought provoking Hard Rain ? Our Headlong Collision with Nature. The World Travel Market's World Responsible Tourism Day goes from strength to strength, each year with Fiona Jeffery's leadership the issues of Responsible Tourism are raised with the destinations, hoteliers, transport providers and operators; WTM offers a unique opportunity to raise the issues with the mainstream industry. We'll go on doing it. There were 80 ICRT alumni and friends at the ICRT Reception tonight, an…

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