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    Responsible Tourism in Kerala

    It was a great pleasure to be in Kerala again for the AITO conference and to have the opportunity to catch-up with Dr Venu. Responsble Tourism is making progress in Kerala. In and around Kovalam there have been initiatives which have generated additional earnings of Please follow and like us:

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    AITO Conference

    I was invited to speak at the AITO Conference in Kerala about the commercial case for Responsible Tourism. I first became involved with AITO in 1999 when following the VSO campaign I did a survey for AITO looking at the activities and attitudes of their members.  The membership was then, as it is now, taking responsibility ? AITO was in the forefront when it made its commitment in 2000.   ?? we recognize that in carrying out our work as Tour Operators we have a responsibility to respect other people’s places and ways of life.   We acknowledge that wherever a Tour Operator does business or sends clients it has…

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    Death of Venice?

    Back in 2006 the BBC reported concerns about the depopulation of Venice.Private houses have been converted to tourism accommodation – the BBC reported then that accommodation prices were high, that empty apartments and buildings were being  snapped up by “wealthy hoteliers” and that young people could no longer afford the cost of living in Venice. Mattia Baseggio who ran a guesthouse in Venice was reported as saying“Almost half my friends have disappeared… This is now one of the only ways to earn a living in Venice. The easiest thing to do here is to run a guesthouse. If you want a profession or a career you have to move away.”…

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    Cape Town takes the lead on Responsible Tourism in Destinations

    Cape Town takes the lead on Responsible Tourism in DestinationsIt was in Cape Town in 2002 that the concept of Responsible Tourism in Destinations was launched at the 1st International Conference held in Cape Town as a side event to the World Summit on Sustainable Development. The Cape Town Declaration definition of Responsible Tourism  is used by the World Travel Market and UNWTO for their World Responsible Tourism Day. In 2009 Cape Town won the award for most responsible destination in the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards. The City of Cape Town has taken responsibility for identifying and prioritising local issues from a responsible tourism perspective. The City’s Tourism Department…

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    2009 Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards

    Working our way through this year's long lists, we were impressed by the willingness of so many organisations to take responsibility and to do what they can to help make better places for people to live in and better places for people to visit. Despite the economic difficulties being faced by the travel and tourism industry, responsible tourism continues to move ahead and I'm continually impressed as more is achieved by more people. As judges we are all very aware of the great work that is being done by so many and our decisions are often very difficult and sometimes long debated. For details of the process and of the…

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    Travel Philanthropy

    Today's seminar to launch the new report on Advances in Travel Philanthropy at World Travel Market was standing room only and participants shared examples and raised concerns about what travel philanthropy contributes. The report commissioned by WTM discusses the main issues and provides lots of examples of different forms of travel philanthropy – we identified ´┐Ż160,000,000 of donations over the last two or three years, but that is only a fragment of the total. Travel Philanthropy is is about paying back, it is about making a contribution to the conservation of natural andcultural heritage, putting something back in the place we love to visit, as tourists. For tour operators it…

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    Responsible Tourism features at opening of WTM

    Today saw the opening of the 30th World Travel Market in London. Attendance is significantly up on last year and on the opening day the market felt much busier. Fiona Jeffery, Chairman of World Travel Market, said that Responsible Tourism is a hot topic ?which targets the core of our industry?. In 1994 WTM began with Environment Day ? World Responsible Tourism Day was launched in 2007 born, in Fiona’s words, ?from a simple belief that we have a responsibility to protect the very product we seek to promote.? World Responsible Tourism Day bring together destinations and operators ?in what we hope is an inspiring way, educating and spurring the…

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    ResponsibleTravel.com abandons carbon off setting

    In 2002 ResponsibleTravel.com was one of the first companies to adopt carbon offsetting and it is now one of the first to abandon the approach. Recognizing that flying is currently one of the fastest growing sources of CO2 emissions ResponsibleTravel.com has mounted a campaign to say no to carbon offsetting and to say yes to carbon reduction. Justin Francis of ResponsibleTravel.com is reported in The Independent today. He said that he had decided to abandon offsets because he believes they have become ?a medieval pardon that allows people to continue polluting?. He went on “Carbon offsetting is an ingenious way to avoid genuinely reducing your carbon emissions,” he said yesterday.…

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    Whale Watch Kaikoura

    In the 1980’s Kaikoura was suffering from high unemployment, reduced self esteem, high levels of drug and alcohol offending. It became a ghost town when first the whaling ceased and then the railways were privatised. The railways had been the major employer.. Kaikoura was isolated and impoverished. The Maori were particularly hard hit and they tried river rafting and bush walking businesses. These failed. The whale was of huge significance locally but as was explained to me last August ?when you live under the mountains you don?t see them.? From Kaikoura it is possible to see New Zealand Fur Seals and 18 species of whales and dolphins.  In 1987 four Maori families mortgaged…

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