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    Twenty Years on Since the Earth Summit

    In Rio in mid-June governments, business and civil society will gather together to consider how we balance the objectives of development and the maintenance of a healthy environment. The challenge of sustainable development is as acute as it ever was, more so as the world’s population continues to grow and as we bump up against the limits of our finite world, oil, water, food are all increasingly problematic. WWF with Tourism Concern published Beyond the Green Horizon in 1992, WTO and WTTC published Agenda 21 for the Travel and Tourism Industry a few years later. We have been talking about what needs to be done to achieve sustainable development through…

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    There is a Difference between Sustainable and Responsible Tourism

    The decision by World Travel Market to launched World Responsible Tourism Day in 2007, with the support of the UN World Tourism Organization, marked a major change of gear.  The focus on Responsible Tourism broadened the agenda to include all three pillars of sustainability economic, social and environmental and the emphasis on responsibility challenged businesses to take action to achieve sustainability. Harold Goodwin explains the difference between Responsible Tourism and Sustainable Tourism video This is reflected in the 2012 programme of panels and debates which includes sessions on tourism and child protection, wildlife and activity tourism, volunteering and carbon emissions from flying. Out ambition is to educate, inspire and to…

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