• Personal

    Covid-19, Resilience and keeping in touch

    Covid-19 is making it more difficult to keep in touch. Please forgive this “round robin” approach. I hope that you and your family and friends are staying safe as we watch this pandemic sweep across the world. When the postmortems begin to be done on the different ways the pandemic was handled in different countries we shall learn a great deal about what works and what doesn’t and about which government systems delivered the right decisions and  implemented the right practises in a sufficiently timely manner. Covid-19 will provide a score card. The first part of my year was very hectic with a long trip to India with visits to Village Ways in the foothills of the Himalayas and to Kerala…

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    Responsible Tourism at WTM Africa 2020

     We very much regret that Covid-19 has led to the cancellation of WTM Africa for 2020 The Awards will go ahead and the winners will be announced on April 6th. The presentations will be made on WTM Africa Responsible Tourism Day in 2021  Thank you for agreeing to speak in the RT programme at WTM Africa, we plan to have a very similar programme ay WTM Africa in 2021 – probably with additional panels on resilience.  On a  personal not I would add that I am extremely disappointed not to be visiting Africa in 2020 WTM Africa’s official announcement is below  Best regards Harold  Reed Exhibitions Africa has confirmed that Africa Travel Week, which comprises of World Travel Market Africa and…

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    Responsible Tourism at ATM

    It was way back in 1972 that the UN held the first conference drawing attention to man’s reliance on the natural environment and promoting the concept of Sustainable Development. Every 10 years, the world’s nations have come together and passed more resolutions, fine words followed by too little action. In 2006 the Stern Report costed the action that needed to be taken and clearly demonstrated that the longer we delayed action the more expensive it would be, and the more disruptive it would be of our economies and way of life. We delayed action and now face two crises widely seen as existential: climate change and the loss of biodiversity.…

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    Responsible Tourism is About the Experience

    Across the state of Kerala in India tourists can engage responsibly with their hosts. The RT Mission has created many great responsible host-guest encounters. One of the core values of Responsible Tourism is respect between travellers or tourists, the guests, and the host communities. The language of hosts and guests is aspirational, but tourism is a social activity. It is what we make it.  Responsible Tourism is about taking responsibility and recognising that tourism is what we, producers and consumers, make it. The Responsible Tourism approach works best when it engages the consumer, enabling the traveller, the holidaymaker, to have a better experience, and the community to have tourism on…

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    Guest Blog: How to Travel Responsibly and Sustainably with a Dog

    Travel is becoming a lot more popular among both younger and older generations, and there are some people who live their lives travelling all year round now. It’s important that people move towards more sustainable and responsible traveling and the same goes for people who are travelling with their dogs. Those people who are in a privileged enough to be able to travel, have choices about how to spend their money and make an impact on the area which they are passing though. Whether you are travelling with a large dog such as a Belgian Malinois, or a smaller dog such as a Chihuahua, there are plenty of ways that…

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  • 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…

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  • 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.…

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  • 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…

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