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    Ethical traveller: Getting a degree in sustainable travel

    Lori Robertson has published a piece which leads with a piece about the MSc in Responsible Tourism at Leeds Met – it is accessible from outside the UK at www.bbc.com/travel/blog/20120822-ethical-traveller-getting-a-degree-in-sustainable-travel For some, travelling is a calling — not just to see the world, but to build a career. And as the ideas of responsible and sustainable tourism have taken hold, so too have university degree programs designed to give students the skills to influence how tourism is managed, with the goal of benefiting local communities, preserving their cultures and protecting their environment. Here’s a look at a few academic programs that can turn a passion into a full-time job: Leeds…

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    The Olympics and Inclusion

    It is the morning after the night before, the morning after the big party at the end of the Olympics. Most of us in Britain are amazed at how well British athletes did in the Games and by our evident ability to deliver a stunning  games. London transport did not embarrass us although G4S certainly did. They had to be rescued by the armed forces who responded to the biggest call on the army in peace time, many servicemen and women had leave cancelled to make the Games a success. G4S’s debacle will be one of the legacies of London 2012.  The 70,000 Olympic Volunteers are the other face of…

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    Are tourists and tourism businesses freeloaders?

    The WTTC and UNWTO led the way in establishing the idea that tourism is the world’s biggest industry, or at least one of the largest. It was Sir Colin Marshall, then chairman of British Airways, who let the cat out of the bag when he launched the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards in 1994. He described tourism and the travel industry as “…essentially the renting out for short-term lets of other people’s environments, whether this is a coastline, a city, a mountain range, or a rainforest.” This is factually correct, when we are tourists, staying away from home for at least one night; we are using someone else’s place for business…

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    Mosquitoes, Machine Guns and Marmalade

    Responsible Tourism is about taking responsibility, doing what you can to use tourism to make our world a better place. Responsible Tourism is a movement of people, holidaymakers, travellers, guides and businesses committed to do what they can to make our world a better place and to pass on its rich cultural and natural diversity to our children. We can all do our bit to increase the positive impacts of our travelling and to reduce the negative; that is the challenge WTM makes to the industry through World Responsible Tourism Day. If we can -and we can all do something – we should. With power and opportunity comes responsibility. We…

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