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    Eco-labelling Flights

    For sometime Fly sometime Flybe has been labelling its flights, more recently Thomas Cook has begun to label their aircraft too, the first charter airline to do so.  The labels are being placed at the passenger entrances. There will doubtless be argument about the calculation methodology and the assumptions that lie behind it. We live in an imperfect world and one in which government refuses to act, preferring to exploit the opportunity to impose a flat, so called green, tax on air passengers. The tax is not green because it provides no incentive for people to fly in a less polluting way.  Flybe and Thomas Cook have applied the same…

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    Travel Matters: The new ABTA Manifesto

    The merging of the Association of British Travel Agents with the Federation of Tour Operators in July 2008, with a  new Chief Executive and the impending 60th birthday or ABTA has created propitious circumstances for introducing a stronger responsible tourism ethic into the new ABTA. ABTA now has a team of people working in a Department focused on Destinations and Sustainability   The ABTA Manifesto demonstrates the change in emphasis at the new ABTA. It remains committed to pursuing the collective interest of its members: recognition, fair taxation, successful businesses, quality and providing confidence for customers.   The new ABTA is seeking to develop jobs that are more rewarding through…

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    4th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations in Muscat 10-12 October 2010

    The Ministry of Tourism will be hosting the 4th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations in Muscat 10-12 October 2010.   The 4th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations has four themes Tourism, Livelihoods, Local Economic Development and Human Resources Responsible Tourism in a World of Finite Resources The Responsible Tourist, Tangible and Intangible Heritage – Responsible Destinations and Marketing   We shall be exploring these themes internationally and regionally and considering Oman Please follow and like us:

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    Tourism and Local Economic Development

    I am often asked whether or not the local economic development principles which lie behind the Pro-Poor Tourism approach developed by the Pro-Poor Tourism Partnership (Caroline Ashley, Dilys Roe and myself) are applicable in the developed world. They are.  The problem is that we have very few examples of initiatives intended to benefit sole traders and small enterprises in the local economy through tourism. Two examples have recently crossed my desk. Take a look In Wales there is a Rural Crafts & Skills Event. Penpont. Brecon 17th Please follow and like us:

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    Marks and Spencer has announced the next stage of its Plan A in initiative.

    When Marks and Spencer launched Plan A in 2007 there was some scepticism but it has contributed to the rebirth of the company now performing much more strongly on the High Street. Of the original commitments targeted to be implemented by 2012, 45 have already been achieved. The stores are now 10% more energy efficient, logistics 20% more fuel efficient, food carrier bag usage is down 83%, food packaging down 16%, 50% of wooden products sold in the stores is either recycled or  FSC, all eggs are free range, there are no trans-fats or artificial flavours or colours in food sold at Marks and Spencer, and they have successfully encouraged…

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