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    It is not just about the environment… employees matter too

    Responsible Tourism is about the triple bottom line, economic, social and environment. At WTM in November we had panels on child protection, social inclusion looking at how we extend the opportunity to take a holiday to people with disabilities and low incomes; and maximising local economic development. This week the issue of low pay in the tourism and hospitality industry has been raised in London, in three different ways. There was a Channel 4 programme on What Happens in Kavos which revealed what the holiday reps earn, and quite a lot about their working conditions. Some will dismiss it as sensationalist, but the issue is being raised for tour operators as…

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    Victory for ‘human safari’ campaign as court bans tourists

    Survival International reported yesterday that the Indian Supreme Court has banned tourists from travelling along the road which cuts through the  Jarawa’s tribal reserve in the Andaman Islands. The Indian Supreme Court has recently acted to conserve the tiger – it is becoming an important way of tackling some of the negative social and conservation impacts of tourism Read more Please follow and like us:

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    Child Protection is still a major challenge for the industry

    As part of the Responsible Tourism Programme at World Travel Market last November we organised a panel on Child Protection with panellists talking about the issues which affect the children of holidaymakers and children in destinations – child abuse is an issue in all societies. When children are away with their parents or guardians they are more isolated with the accompanying adults than they may be at home and more alcohol may be consumed, the holiday experience can amplify problems between parents and between parents and children. Ask any resort manager or rep and they’ll have examples. TUI and Thomas Cook train their staff to deal with the issues of…

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    Zambia bans hunting of lions and leopards

    Sylvia Masebo, Zambia’s Tourism Minster, has announced that Zambia has banned the hunting of lions and leopards because of the rapid decline in its numbers of big cats. “Tourists come to Zambia to see the lion and if we lose the lion we will be killing our tourism industry,” she told Reuters. Zambia’s tourism minister said there was more value in game-viewing tourism than blood sport, which brought in just $3m (£1.9m) last year and that the country did not have enough cats for hunting purposes. Chuma Simukonda from the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) said the ban would be bad for tourism. “The population of cats in Zambia is around…

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