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    I am so looking forward to this

    In the UK we have a fine tradition of gallows humour, defined in the Cambridge Dictionary as “jokes or humorous remarks that are made about unpleasant or worrying subjects such as death and illness.”   Spitting Image was a satirical puppet show which ran on UK television from February 1984 to February 1996.  It was adapted and adopted around the world. more  Dark humour suits the national mood as we go from one fiasco to another. The show ran through the later Thatcher years and the much of the John Major period engine a year before Tony Blair became the prime minister. # Now it is to return to BritBox, Britbox…

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    “Baobab” Plane Trees in Faversham

    There are four Plane Trees In Plane Tree Court against the churchyard of St Mary of Charity.  They have  bulbous distortions in the bark of their trunks. William Masters, the Victorian  nurseryman based in Canterbury,  included Platanus orientalis in his catalogues. The Natural History Museum  Identification Service advises that they are a clone of the London Plane (Platanus x hispanica), suffering from a viral infection. The common name is Baobab Plane. Details of the Canterbury trees are here The tree in the grounds of Canterbury Cathedral has a plaque and is labelled as an “Oriental plane”. The plaque reads: “This tree was supplied in the 1820s by William Masters, a…

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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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    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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    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…

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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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