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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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    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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  • 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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