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    How Responsible is Cruising?

    Relatively little attention has been paid to how responsible cruising is, the industry has kept a low profile on the issues of sustainability and there has been little attention paid to its performance. There have been a few radio and TV documentaries over the years dealing with some aspects of the industry’s performance; most recently Channel 4 broadcast a film, Cruises Undercover: The Truth Below Deck, about working conditions on cruise ships. There have been claims and counter claims about how accurate the reporting was – take a look at the comments available on line Paul Myles the journalist who worked for five weeks as an undercover waiter wrote in…

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    Avoiding greenwashing

    Responsible Tourism recognises, encourages and celebrates diversity. The Cape Town Declaration on Responsible Tourism in Destinations recognised that ‘the transparent and auditable reporting of progress towards achieving responsible tourism targets and benchmarking is essential to the integrity and credibility of our work, to the ability of all stakeholders to assess progress and to enable consumers to exercise effective choice.’ Ten years on Responsible Tourism is increasingly being used as green wash, as Fiona Jeffery, Chair of World Travel Market, pointed out in November 2012 increasing numbers of people are using the language, but they are not all being responsible.| ‘Every year, more people jump aboard the responsible tourism ‘wagon’, but…

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    Securing The future we want – more transparent reporting is what we need

    Too often we hear and read bland assurances about this or that investment or management initiative contributing to sustainable tourism. The expression ‘sustainable tourism’ has been hollowed out, stripped of meaning. We do not have a workable definition of sustainable tourism; we don’t have one for sustainability or sustainable development either. The management mantra, if we can’t measure it we can’t manage it, is too rarely applied to the challenge of achieving sustainability. That is why Responsible Tourism puts the emphasis on defining the issue, the problem that needs to be addressed, identifying what needs to be done, the desirable end point and a means of monitoring progress towards achieving…

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    UK household spending on recreation and culture and hotels and restaurants continues to decline

    The average household spent £68.30 per week on recreation and culture in 2006 and in 2011 £63.90, that is a decline of 6.9% Spending on hotels and restaurants declined by 11% The average British household spent £483.60 per week in 2011 down £49.40 since 2006, average household disposable income fell by £25 – we are, on average, getting poorer There is no disaggregated data for tourism, all figures based on 2011 prices. Original date available Please follow and like us:

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    Botswana Bans Hunting

    Botswana has announced that hunting will be banned from January 2014, the interests of non-consumptive tourism (photo-safaris and game viewing) have won out over sport hunting. The view that the decline in wildlife poses e a genuine threat to both the conservation of Botswana’s natural heritage and the long-term health of the local tourist industry has prevailed, Permanent Secretary Edmont Moabi has been reported as saying “This comes as a realisation that the shooting of wild game purely for sport and trophies is no longer seen to be compatible with either our national commitment to conserve and preserve local fauna or the long-term growth of the local tourism industry,” There…

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