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    EU seeks to stop the clock

    President Obama has signed the bill prohibiting US airlines from participating in the EU’s emissions trading scheme. More The European Commission has suggested to the EU Member States that the clock be stopped for one year. But failure by ICAO to deliver will result in automatic resumption of the process and the EU ETS legislation would be enforced. “As a gesture of good faith the EU will “stop the clock” on the implementation of the international aspects of its ETS aviation by deferring the obligation to surrender emissions allowances from air traffic to and from the EU by one year. This means that the EU would not require allowances to…

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    Child Protection and Volunteering; CHILDREN ARE NOT TOURIST ATTRACTIONS.

    The issues of child protection extend well beyond paedophilia, although as Marina Diotallevi of UNWTO made clear there is still much to be done to eradicate child sex tourism. Stephen Farrant of the International Tourism Partnership talked about the work they are doing to counter trafficking and through the Youth Career Initiative to train and find work for vulnerable young people in hospitality. Julie Naylor of Thomas Cook described how they are working with families away on holiday and stressed to address the child protection issues which arise among the tourist families. Claire Ellaway of WCE talked about how they tackle the issues which arise around youth expeditions. Watch the…

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    The travel and tourism industry is not making progress on reducing carbon pollution fast enough

    This year’s debate on World Responsible Tourism Day at WTM was on whether the industry is doing enough to reduce its carbon pollution. Most of those who were there felt that it wasn’t – before and after the debate. Watch the video of the debate on line The industry speakers made a good case for industry beginning to address the issue and having plans to further reduce the carbon pollution they cause primarily through transport and heating and cooling buildings.  But we are running out of time. PwC (Price Waterhouse Coopers) produces an annual Low Carbon Index; this year it makes grim reading. The watershed had been crossed. Avoiding a…

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    The London OLympics: economic impact #4

    Simon Jenkins writes in today’s Evening Standard “This summer £97 million was spent on a “cultural Olympiad and festival”, overwhelmingly in a city largely denuded of tourists. The audit of this huge sum remains obscure and, given the Olympic mystique, it will probably never be revealed. Yet The Art Newspaper bravely reported this month that the 2012 organisers claimed seven million attendances at the top 10 events, and “more than 19 million participants” in total. These figures, the paper indicated, were totally fabricated to justify the original budget. Thus the British Museum claimed 3.1 million visits to its show of Olympic medals and the Tate claimed 3.3 million for three…

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    On the Record – the 6th World Responsible Tourism Day at WTM

    Building on 20 years of work on sustainability this year was the 6th World Responsible Tourism Day at World Travel Market Fiona Jeffery, Chair of World Travel Market, explained why Responsible Tourism is so important during the formal opening of World Travel Market last Monday: “WTM World Responsible Tourism Day …. builds on almost 20 years of work and campaigning by World Travel Market and is about ensuring that we retain a healthy, thriving industry. Responsible tourism is not a straightforward subject, nor is it one that can be addressed with an instant cure-all formula.” The Speakers’ Corner sessions on the floor of show enabled many more people to speak…

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    Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards

    At 11:00 today, at World Travel Market in London, the winners and highly commendeds in this year’s Virgin Holiday Awards will be announced. At 12:00 as the ceremony concludes the results will be published on the Responsible Tourism Awards website: www.responsibletourismawards.com I have written a paper, published at noon today, on the reasons for the judge’s decisions. The paper is published in Progress in Responsible Tourism and is free to download thanks to the generous sponsorship of this edition of the journal by ResponsibleTravel.com link to journal site Please follow and like us:

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