• Climate change

    Is it time to stop talking about climate change?

    This is perhaps a shocking question: Is it time to stop talking about climate change?  We need to talk about the consequences – climate change is a real and present problem. The impacts are here now. Anyone who saw Attenborough’s first programme in the Seven Worlds, One Planet series on BBC last night must surely be thinking that. We are still focusing on science and arguing in abstract terms about 1.5% and 2%. Meanwhile, there are “real world” consequences. In Antarctica more frequent and more powerful storms are blowing Albatros chicks off their nests, threatening the survival of the species. David Saddington has something important to hear. NASA reports:  Global…

  • Carbon,  Climate change,  Offsetting

    Carbon offsetting a get out of jail card?

    The issues of carbon pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and climate change are moving up the political agenda. The children’s strikes, protests by Extinction Rebellion and increasing government action will make the burning of fossil fuels more expensive. There are challenges in all sectors of travel and tourism but the elephant in the room is aviation. Airlines emit 80% of our industry’s greenhouse gasses and air travel is growing at 5% per year. As other industries reduce their carbon emissions aviation will account for ever-larger shares of global emissions. More   Aviation is the Achilles’ heel of the sector. Brian Summers writing is Skift has commented on the KLM initiative: “Take KLM, the…

  • Africa,  aviation,  Gambia

    Thomas Cook Failure: the Destination Impact

    The collapse of Thomas Cook and its impact on UK outbound customers has had a great deal of coverage. Less attention had been paid to the impact in destinations. There were 600,000 stranded holidaymakers and hundreds of thousands had their holidays cancelled. Upsetting but those abroad were repatriated and all those covered by ATOL or their credit cards got their money back. For many destinations, the collapse of Thomas Cook created an existential threat. The Gambia In 2018 the UK accounted for close 30,436, in the first 6 months of 2019, there were 28,772. It is fair to say that The Gambia was growing in popularity in the UK market.…

  • 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…

  • Uncategorized

    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…

  • Uncategorized

    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…

  • Uncategorized

    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…

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