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    2018 African Responsible Tourism Awards longlist revealed

    The competition for the 2018 African Responsible Tourism Awards has moved into the second round, with over 15 tourism organisations competing for top spots at the awards ceremony at WTM Africa in April. Sponsored by WESGRO and organised by Better Tourism Africa, the awards recognise African organisations that offer a shining example of how tourism can benefit the local people, the environment,  and destinations. The awards are part of a family of regional Responsible Tourism Awards which culminate each year with World Responsible Tourism Day at WTM in London. This year, the longlist names tourism organisations from Kenya, Zimbabwe, Egypt, South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, Seychelles and Namibia. Longlisted organisations compete in five categories, among them aquatic…

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    The India Responsible Tourism Awards 2018

    The India Responsible Tourism Awards 2018 were presented at the Outlook Responsible Tourism Summit in Delhi on February 10th.   The Indian Responsible Tourism Awards is a regional partner of the WTM Responsible Tourism Awards in London. Founded in 2004 by Responsible Travel, it has established itself as a global touchstone of responsible tourism with chapters in Ireland, Africa, and of course, India. In keeping with the international standards, the judging process for IRTA was intensive and rigorous, and spread over months… And the winners were chosen by a formidable jury of 17 experts! The jury spent a significant amount of time and effort on judging the Awards this year,…

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    In 2016, there were 227 Vietnamese children identified as potential victims of modern slavery in the UK

    Leading children’s charity ECPAT UK will mark today’s Anti-Slavery Day (18th October 2017) with the release of an animated film aimed at tackling the growing issue of Vietnamese children being trafficked to the UK for cannabis cultivation. The Secret Gardeners, created by Ruth Beni of Animage Films and Oscar-nominated animator Erica Russell, aims to inform professionals about the plight of children who are forced by organised crime gangs to grow drugs in houses across the UK but who often face criminalisation and prison. It is hoped that the film, which is based on real-life experiences of children ECPAT UK has supported, will also educate members of the public who use cannabis…

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    Future Proofing Tourism in Pembrokeshire

    I had the privilege of speaking at a Pembrokeshire Tourism event on Future Proofing Tourism, they recognise that the future of the sector is in the hands of the industry. It is a rare thing now to see the sector coming together to consider competitiveness and sustainability. It was a remarkably young and dynamic and mixed group of people, all committed to making tourism better. They were enthusiastic about using tourism to make Pembrokeshire a better place to live in. It was clear in the open space session that there was energy and commitment in the room with people ready to take responsibility and collaborate to address a range of issues including market segmentation, extending the season cluster by…

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    Celebrating the decline in the value of the £ – incredible.

    The pro-Brexit Mail on Sunday ran this story last weekend. This is close to celebrating the decline in the value of the £ and the earnings, savings and pensions of anyone holding sterling. Since the UK referendum vote, the British pound has seen a dramatic and sustained fall in value. 1 USD = 1 Euro = June 22nd, 2016 68 pence 76 pence August 24th, 2017 85 pence 92 pence You can check more historical rates here. This is good for inbound tourism as the June 2017 figures from Visit Britain show Note the year on year  decline in inbound business trips of 7% More data here  The writing is on…

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    RT Developments in July

    Latest RT News just published http://responsibletourismpartnership.org/2017/07/30/responsible-tourism-developments-july-2017/

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    RTD-13: TACKLING OVERTOURSIM – LOCAL RESPONSES

    13th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations Working sSymposium 29-30 September 2017 – University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland http://www.rmf.is/en/conferences/rdt-13-tackling-overtourism-local-responses Tourism is rapidly growing worldwide and popular destinations are increasingly becoming dominated by tourism. This puts a strain on the infrastructure in wild, rural and built environments. Congested roads, lack of public toilets, overwhelmed rescue teams, sky rocketing housing prices, trampling pressure, soil erosion, fed-up local population, and crowding out effect such as currency fluctuations and human resources, demonstrate some of the issues communities are faced with when attempting to accommodate so many tourists. How should mass tourism be managed? Can it be managed? The main purpose of this working…

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    Outlook South Asia Responsible Tourism Summit 2018

    Outlook Responsible Tourism Summit 2018 The 2017 Summit Report can be downloaded here  The South Asia Edition  ‘Staying Ahead—Vision 2020’     January 19-20, 2018 New Delhi Come help us build a sense of community, and draw strength from it, across India—and South Asia. In the third edition of our Responsible Tourism Summit 2018 & the Indian Responsible Tourism Awards, a regional partner of the WTM Responsible Tourism Awards, London, our focus will be wider. Not only will we include best practices from India, but we’ll also highlight the best and the brightest examples from some of our neighbouring countries in South Asia—Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Maldives. The idea,…

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    Responsible Tourism Summit – South Asia January 2018

    Staying Ahead  Maintaining competitive advantage through Responsible Tourism sharing experience from across South Asia: Delhi 19-20 January 2018. 2018 will see the third Responsible Tourism Summit in Delhi and the prestigious Responsible Tourism Awards which are presented at the Summit. This year the Awards and the Summit are being extended to include: Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and the Maldives. The countries of South Asia share many of the same challenges: Overtourism Impact of climate change and tourism in the Himalayas and the Indian Ocean Reaching out to the right travellers and spreading awareness Cost of conversion to sustainability Dealing with weekday slumps, pricing and policy issues Preservation of built-heritage Encouraging neighbourhood…

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    Paul Miedema remembered at WTM Africa

    Paul Miedema founder of Calabash Tours and a leading activist for Responsible Tourism was recognised as in the Responsible Tourism Awards in 2004. In 1990 Paul participated in The March for Hope, a protest March of white people to the townships. “I knew then, and still maintain, there is an energy and spirit in the townships that is life changing. I just want to share that with as many people as possible.” Paul died earlier this year and his untimely passing and his major contribution to the development of the Responsible Tourism movement globally was remembered and recognised again at the African Responsible Tourism Awards at WTM Africa today. The category sponsor for Best for Engaging People and…

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