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    There is a major difference between our approach and that of the GSTC, it is a difference of principle.

    There is a major difference between our approach and that of the GSTC, it is a difference of principle. Our focus is on urging and supporting businesses and others in the sector to take responsibility and to act, to make tourism more sustainable and to transparently communicate to their clients, and other stakeholders, what they are doing, how they are doing it and what they have achieved. How much have they reduced energy and water consumption, increased local procurement and improved working conditions? This approach is based on transparent reporting[1] rather than on opaque certification. Sustainable Tourism issues vary from place to place, a function of geography and socio-cultural priorities;…

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    What would Responsible Skiing look like?

    Veronica Tonge, one of the ICRT's alumni, organised a one day conference at the Ski & Snowboard Show at Earls Court last week addressing the question What would Responsible Skiing look like? 90 people from ten countries participated and heard a diverse group of speakers from Responsible Skiing, ABTA The Travel Association, The Ski Club of Great Britain, Neilson Active, Eurostar, Snowcarbon, Alpe D'Huez, The Austrian National Tourist Board, Crystal Ski, Whistler Blackcomb, The Green Tourism Business Scheme and Exodus. Krippendorf came to responsible tourism as a result of his critique of the negative impacts of tourism in alpine resorts and it was no surprise that skiing raises lots of…

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    A film about slavery in our time. A story about the way the world is.

    Tomorrow sees the screening of Not My Life “Not My Life is the first documentary film to depict the horrifying and dangerous practices of human trafficking and modern slavery on a global scale. Filmed on five continents over a period of four years, Not My Life unflinchingly, but with enormous dignity and compassion, depicts the unspeakable practices of a multi-billion dollar global industry whose profits, as the film's narration says, “are built on the backs and in the beds of our planet's youth.” While acknowledging that trafficking and slavery are universal crimes, affecting millions of human beings all over the world, Not My Life zeroes in on the fact that…

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    Tick Boxes and Travel Philanthropy

    This week the EU’s Council of Ministers approved a new EU Consumer Rights Directive. It is expected to be published in the EU's Official Journal shortly and then transposed into national laws, probably before the end of 2013. The new legislation will outlaw ?opt outs?, consumers will have to opt in to purchases. It is likely that this will also apply to charitable donations. More inforamtion at www.ukecc.net/sub.asp?id=328 Please follow and like us:

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    Pro-Poor Tourism in Kumarakom, Kerala

    There has been considerable criticism of the negative impacts of tourism in Kerala.[1] Since 1997 there has been local government reorganization in Kerala with the introduction of a decentralized three tier system called ?Panchayathi Raj System?. The state government transferred the power and budget to local panchayats (villages) with the full participation of the local people by constituting Grama Sabhas (Peoples? Forums).[2]   Michot in a 2010 review of Pro-Poor Tourism in Kumarakom recognizes the scale of the challenge which the panchayat leaders working with the government of Kerala faced in increasing the economic benefits to local communities. Michot concludes that the project in Kumarakom already shows ?positive outcomes on…

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    Osborne admits 'green' Air Passenger Duty is just a revenue-raiser

    In a leaked letter, George Osborne wrote: ?APD is fundamentally a revenue raising duty and currently raises around ?2.5billion per year.? Treasury officials acknowledged that the Chancellor’s comments in his leaked letter ? describing APD as ?fundamentally a revenue raising duty? ? represented Government thinking. Read more: http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/news/article-2047332/Osborne-admits-green-Air-Passenger-Duty-just-revenue-raiser.html#ixzz1abP8OkEN Please follow and like us:

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    Responsible Tourism is required in South Africa

    Following the launch of the National Minimum Standard for Responsible Tourism (NMSRT) in September businesses claiming to practise responsible tourism will need to prove that their activities comply with the National Minimum Standard for Responsible Tourism (NMSRT) criteria, which include the certification and accreditation by the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS). Those who have been certified will be recognised by government and will also qualify for privileges. All tourism businesses that have been accredited will be issued with a certificate by an accredited tourism certification body. The NDT as the custodian of the NMSRT will work with SANAS to implement the accreditation of certification bodies. Official Media Release Please…

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    Businesses which don´┐Żt do the right thing get punished in the end

    The first weekend of the Masters in Responsible Tourism Management at Leeds Met coincided with our Indian summer. As usual there is an enthusiastic group with diverse backgrounds form banking, campaigning, PR and marketing and from several countries as well as from the UK tourism industry. Driving home one of our new students listening to Radio 4’s the Bottom Line on R4 heard Rita Clifton, Chairman of  Interbrand, say that: ?Businesses who don?t do the right thing get punished in the end.? Quite so. Please follow and like us:

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