The concept of Responsible Tourism is gaining currency. On the second day of the conference there were presentations from India, South Africa, The Gambia, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Thailand. Harsh Varma from UNWTO described UNWTO's engagement with Responsible Tourism, community-based tourism and the STEP initiative. Fabrice Leclerq from the International Trade Centre described some of their work using tourism to tackle poverty through ITC's export led poverty reduction programme.
There were presentations from more than a dozen speakers and opportunity to discuss progress, to identify successful implementation strategies and consider how to overcome some of the barriers.
Many of the presentations will be published on www.artyforum.info