• Fish,  Oceans,  Plastic

    Five problems facing fish in our oceans

    Guest Blog:5 of the Biggest Problems Facing Fish in Our Oceans When many people think of getting away on a summer holiday, they picture themselves relaxing on a beautiful white sandy beach, with a great blue sea within a stone’s throw. The harsh reality is though, that tourism is damaging the ocean in numerous different ways, and the vast ecosystem which relies on the waters to survive. From species extinction to reef destruction, scientists are currently predicting that 90% of the oceans coral reefs will have died by 2050, mostly due to human activity. Robert Woods is here to tell us about some of the biggest problems that our oceans…

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    Responsible Tourism at Arabian Travel Market

    Attracting the Sustainable Visitor 29 Apr 2019, 13:30 – 14:30 ATM Global Stage Language: English This panel discusses the impact of attracting the sustainability-focused visitor, both locally and globally, through various sustainability, eco-tourism and biodiversity initiatives in the UAE. It will also highlight the importance of studying the visitor/tourist demographics that the country aims to attract and how the tourism industry is seeing this movement as an opportunity for growth. In addition, the panel provides an insight into Expo 2020’s aim to be a catalyst for sustainable practices and the partnerships taking place to influence and attract mindful visitors. Moderator Jasmina Popov-Locke Director of Programme and Research Development, Modul University…

  • Africa,  Awards,  Responsible Tourism

    WTM Africa Responsible Tourism Awards 2019

    ARTA19 Judges Reasons Overall: Grootbos Private Nature Reserve www.grootbos.com It is rare for a business based on a floral attraction to feature in tourism awards. Grootbos emerged as the overall winner because the judges recognised that it could have won in several categories. Grootbos has won Gold this year in recognition of the substantial growth in its conservation impacts. But there is much more to Grootbos. They deliver across the economic, social and environmental agendas. The Football Foundation provides positive role models and a safe space for local youth. It reaches 9000 youth each year and provides daily sports coaching in hockey, athletics, soccer and netball and  canoeing as well…

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    Responsible Tourism Programme at WTM Africa

    Wednesday 10th April 14:30 – 15:15 How can Travel and Tourism best reduce the carbon emissions of our industry? Conference Theatre With high rates of growth, the sector will become a more and more significant as polluters come under increasing pressure from regulators applying the polluter pays principle. The business case for reducing greenhouse gas emissions across all parts of the sector has never been stronger and public awareness of the issue and its consequences is rising. Climate change is happening now with wildfires, heat waves, flooding sea level rise and extreme weather events. The most recent IPCC report reminds us that human activities have caused a 1°C increase on…

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    Cutting Edge Technology: Combined Heat and Light

    The Radisson Park Inn in Cape Town is immensely proud to be Cape Town CBD’s first large-scale commercial property to have a unique solar technology which combines generation of thermal energy with the photovoltaic generation of electricity which produces one of the highest energy yields ever measured. When compared to traditional solar panels, it produces both electricity and hot water output up to 70°C and delivers three times more energy on the same surface area. As part of the Responsible Tourism programme at WTM Africa there is an opportunity to see this technology in action – meet at the Park Inn reception at 18:30 on Thursday, April 11th. Park Inn…

  • Africa,  Awards,  WTM

    Responsible Tourism in Africa

    On Friday in Johannesburg I shall be chairing the judging of the WTM Africa Responsible Tourism Awards, there is a strong field and we have a highly qualified panel of judges. The Africa Awards are part of the highly prestigious World Responsible Tourism Awards presented at WTM, London on World Responsible Tourism Day each November. This growing family of Awards includes the India Awards and there will WTM Latin America Awards in 2020. There is a long list of 36 from 8 countries: Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Competition is always stiff and this year is no exception. The judging process is rigorous with a…

  • Conferences

    At Scottish Tourism Week with the Scottish Tourism Alliance

    March 13 & 14 in Glasgow Workshop: Place, Volume & Quality Experiences: Are Our Destinations Full? Wednesday March 13th, 14:00 -16:00 Crowne Plaza – Castle Suite Glasgow This pre-STA Signature Sessions workshop with author and Responsible Tourism advisor, Dr Harold Goodwin will explore the business advantage in working with local businesses and local people to create additional experiences, goods and services for tourists. Nobody likes the word ‘overtourism’ and nobody wants it to be attached to their destination or attraction. In the last year, an increasing number of high profile destinations, such as Barcelona and Venice as well as parts of Scotland, have been associated with the term and it…

  • Awards

    2019 India Responsible Tourism Awards

    The India Responsible Tourism Awards are part of the World Responsible Tourism Awards family of awards programmes licensed by World Travel Market, London, the rights holder. The judges are mindful of the international benchmarks within the family which includes the African Responsible Tourism Awards. Generally, there are Gold and Silver winners in each category, but where there are no applications which meet the benchmark for Gold and Silver, there is no Award. The judges have identified some exciting newcomers and new initiatives which they have recognised as ones to watch, and we hope to see them apply again and win, in the next two to five years. BEST ADVENTURE Gold…

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    World Responsible Tourism Awards: the Judges’ Reasons

    World Responsible Tourism Awards 2018 Organised by WTM, London To become a Finalist in the World Responsible Tourism Awards is a significant achievement, it marks you out as a leader in Responsible Tourism; it carries a responsibility to exercise leadership. The purpose of the WRTA is to inspire, educate and challenge. Our purpose in organising the Awards has not changed since they were launched back in 2004 – we want to encourage change in the industry, to single out for recognition those who are taking responsibility and can evidence that they are having a positive impact, that they are making tourism better.  The bar for winning a World Responsible Tourism…

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    Loving them to Death? Terrestrial & Marine Protected Areas

    Responsible Tourism in Destinations 14 – Plymouth 16th-18th September 2018 – Tourism and Protected Areas Limited places available, if you have not already registered please email plymouthglobal@plymouth.ac.uk Can we stop Loving them to Death?From 16-18 September 2018 The University of Plymouth is hosting a small research-oriented conference bringing together those involved in managing tourism in national parks and protected areas, conservationists, tourism businesses, guides and researchers to discuss the management and conservation challenges and the research needs Loving them to death? Published in 1993. The report was a siren call for the dangers posed to wildlife and habitat in Europe’s national parks and protected areas. The challenges were great then, they are larger now:…

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