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    UK Review of Air Passenger Duty

    The UK Government's consultation on Air Passenger Duty closed last Friday. The Government wanted to refocus APD ?on its core objectives of raising revenues for the Exchequer in a simple, fair and efficient manner, whilst recognising that the Government’s goals for limiting global emissions from aviation are primarily to be delivered through international mechanisms such as the EU emissions trading scheme?. The Government is also considering extending the tax to private jets and helicopters, currently exempt. The Government had already abandoned plans to charge APD on a per-plane basis, rather than per passenger. Read more  The consultation document can be downloaded at cdn.hm-treasury.gov.uk/2011budget_airpassenger.pdf There is full briefing on the ABTA…

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    Austerity hits UK Domestic Tourism

    A poll funded by ING Direct of 1,300 people in the UK has found that 39% of those surveyed will not be taking a holiday this year, 18 million will stay at home this year, 2.7 million more than in 2008 in the summer immediately following the banking crisis. And 88% of those not taking a holiday over the last three years are those who would have holidayed in the UK. This year 36% of Britons are planning to pay for their holiday from savings, up from 30% in 2010. Consumer spending shrank 0.6% in Q1 accorjing to the ONS and over the same period, public confidence in spending power,…

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    Kites but no hot air balloons

    This morning found me sat around a campfire nestling in the Sussex Downs on an unseasonably damp and grey day as the solstice approaches. I was a guest of ResponsibleTravel.com who are celebrating their 10th anniversary. The 20 staff who work at ResponsibleTravel.com comprise the largest single group of people, anywhere in the world, who are working together to realise Responsible Tourism. When Justin and I founded ResponsibleTravel.com in 2001 there were very few companies which could put their holidays on the site. The idea was to create a C21st  Fish Street. A Responsible Travel Street, a place where people wanting to buy a Responsible Travel holiday or travel experience…

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    Student Loans from 2012 – the implications

    There is a lot of  confusion about what student loans will mean to students from 2012. www.moneysavingexpert.com has produced a detailed briefing – there are some surprises in it. Read more at www.moneysavingexpert.com/family/student-loans-tuition-fees-changes Please follow and like us:

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    Responsible Tourism in Croatia

    The three year Italian Government funded initiative in Croatia ?Adriatic Small Entrepreneurship and local development? has held its final international workshop with presentations from Harold Goodwin (download)on Responsible Tourism and  Maurizio Davolio, Presidente of the Associazione Italiana Tourismo Responsabile AITR Desa is a Croatian NGO based in Dubrovnik born in the war to maintain Croatia’s independence they are now seeking to shape tourism in ways which ensure that it benefits the people of Dubrovnik and not only a few.  The conference was used to explore the concept of Responsible Tourism and to see whether there is potential to use the concept to focus efforts to use tourism to make better…

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    Responsible Tourism and Livelhoods in Kerala

    I arrived in Kerala on the 31st and the monsoon arrived. A day early, the monsoon is expected with the opening of the school year on the 1st June. If you live in Britain you are not accustomed to such regularity in the weather, such reliability. Kerala is reliable and it is not just the weather. I am at the Mascot Hotel in the centre of Thiruvananthapuram and to be honest I have no recollection of staying here before ? but one of the hotel managers recognises me and is able, almost instantly, to tell me which room I stayed In back in 2007 when I was working with Dr…

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    'Responsible Tourism claims should be validated'

    As readers of this blog will know I am very critical of proposals for global certification schemes, the most recent presentation I have made about this, a PowerPoint with sound, can be downloaded here). In Kerala I argued that we need to see tourism businesses reporting on their performance against their policy commitments – the claims made by the businesses as much a part of the contract with the consumer as claims about the view  or the food. Mere claims of being responsible is just not enough. Hotels should make specific measurable claims about what they are doing. Only then will it be possible for consumers to blow the whistle,…

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