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    Turismo para el desarrollo – Barcelona

    In Barcelona for two days to participate in a la Caixa funded conference about Responsible Tourism and local economic development and pro-poor tourism. Responsible Tourism is being taken up in Spain. There are now specialist operators focussed on Responsible Tourism, and some or the larger operators (Sol Meli? & Exceltur) are beginning to address the CSR agenda. Salvador Palomo estimates that the market is now some 250,000 tourists and growing.  Xavier Font pointed out that the problems are political rather than technical lack – we know what needs to be done, we know a great deal about how to do it – the problem is to motivate people to do…

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    BA lacks ambition on carbon efficient flying

    The May edition of the British Airways magazine High Life has an interview with Willie Walsh their CEO proudly reporting that in the 1990's the airline decided to increase fuel efficiency per km flown by 30%. BA is reporting that it has improved efficiency, and therefore reduced carbon emissions per km flown, by 28% between 1990 and 2006. It has set a new target of a further 5% reduction between 2005 and 2025 a net increase in fuel efficiency of a measly 2 or 3% – the overlapping dates mean that part of the achievement of 30% by 2010 will count toward its much more modest target  for 2025. Willie…

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    PLB has appointed another of our alumni

    Lucy McCombes, n?e Hamilton, has just been appointed as a researcher by PLB consulting. Simon Woodward a Director of PLB is one of our associates teaching on Cultural Heritage for us each year. Lucy will join another alumnus Helen Wilkinson who graduated in 2001. For details of the company see www.plbltd.com Please follow and like us:

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    National Parks & Wildlife

    Over the last two weeks I have taken some leave and been to visit two of our ICRT alumni working in the UK. It has been good to catch up with them and with the latest developments in wildlife tourism and sustainable tourism in national parks; and to talk with them about the issues and potential solutions. Caroline Warburton is working for Wild Scotland a specialist tour operators' trade association which is raising standards and helping to make the businesses sustainable. Caroline took me to see dancing dolphins in the Moray Firth not more than 10 metres off-shore. Richard Drysdale has recently been appointed  Sustainable Tourism Officer for Dartmoor National…

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    A priceless lesson in Maasai Life

    Today’s Observer carries a story written by Catherine Mack who recently graduated from the MSc in Responsible Tourism Management about the work which Cheryl Mvula, one of the students on the ICRT precursor Tourism and Conservation courses at UKC, has done in the Maasai Mara. It is good to see two of our alumni working together ?to make better places for people to live in, and better places for people to visit.? ?In January 2006, Dr Cheryl Mvula, a consultant in responsible tourism, came to the Maasai Mara on holiday from the UK, and decided to take a cultural tour of Enkereri, a Maasai village. She paid $20 and watched…

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