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    Outlook South Asia Responsible Tourism Summit 2018

    Outlook Responsible Tourism Summit 2018 The 2017 Summit Report can be downloaded here  The South Asia Edition  ‘Staying Ahead—Vision 2020’     January 19-20, 2018 New Delhi Come help us build a sense of community, and draw strength from it, across India—and South Asia. In the third edition of our Responsible Tourism Summit 2018 & the Indian Responsible Tourism Awards, a regional partner of the WTM Responsible Tourism Awards, London, our focus will be wider. Not only will we include best practices from India, but we’ll also highlight the best and the brightest examples from some of our neighbouring countries in South Asia—Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Maldives. The idea,…

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    Responsible Tourism Summit – South Asia January 2018

    Staying Ahead  Maintaining competitive advantage through Responsible Tourism sharing experience from across South Asia: Delhi 19-20 January 2018. 2018 will see the third Responsible Tourism Summit in Delhi and the prestigious Responsible Tourism Awards which are presented at the Summit. This year the Awards and the Summit are being extended to include: Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and the Maldives. The countries of South Asia share many of the same challenges: Overtourism Impact of climate change and tourism in the Himalayas and the Indian Ocean Reaching out to the right travellers and spreading awareness Cost of conversion to sustainability Dealing with weekday slumps, pricing and policy issues Preservation of built-heritage Encouraging neighbourhood…

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    Paul Miedema remembered at WTM Africa

    Paul Miedema founder of Calabash Tours and a leading activist for Responsible Tourism was recognised as in the Responsible Tourism Awards in 2004. In 1990 Paul participated in The March for Hope, a protest March of white people to the townships. “I knew then, and still maintain, there is an energy and spirit in the townships that is life changing. I just want to share that with as many people as possible.” Paul died earlier this year and his untimely passing and his major contribution to the development of the Responsible Tourism movement globally was remembered and recognised again at the African Responsible Tourism Awards at WTM Africa today. The category sponsor for Best for Engaging People and…

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    Africa Responsible Tourism Awards presented at WTM Africa

    . In a special ceremony at World Travel Market Africa 2017, a hard-hitting documentary on the plight of lions in tourism and a small backpacker lodge with ample impact were announced Joint Overall Winners at the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2017 in Cape Town. Blood Lions and Coffee Shack took the coveted position of Overall Winner from a selection of finalists gathered from around Africa. Says Harold Goodwin, Chair of the Judging Panel. “All of those longlisted should be recognised as having made a significant contribution and be proud of what they have achieved.  As in the World Responsible Tourism Awards, the judges looked for winners who might educate and…

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    South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Tourism speaks at the African Responsible Tourism Awards

      Welcoming Remarks By Deputy Minister, Elizabeth Thabethe African Responsible Tourism Awards Cape Town Convention Centre 20 April 2017   Program Director MEC Alan Winde Mr James Vos, Member of the Portfolio Committee on Tourism Mr Tim Harris, Wesgro CEO Prof Harold Goodwin, Char of the Judges Mr Bongani Dlamini, Swazini Tourism Distinguished Guests Ladies and Gentlemen   Still fresh in my third week of assuming the portfolio of Deputy Minister of Tourism it is my distinct pleasure to welcome you all, from near and far, to the Third African Responsible Tourism Awards here in the southern most City of Cape Town.   Join us for an exciting evening of…

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    1st Indian Responsible Tourism Awards     Announced 19th January 2017

      The India Responsible Tourism Awards are part of the World Responsible Tourism Awards family which in addition to the global awards and India includes awards programmes in Ireland and Africa. The family of awards share the same processes and criteria. Each nominated business or tourism organisation makes a short submission which answers the fundamental question, what is it that you have done that warrants consideration for the particular award? From these nominations a longlist is drawn up, and a detailed questionnaire specific to each category is sent to each entrant. The questionnaires require that detailed evidence is provided along with two independent references. At this stage some applicants withdraw…

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    Wild Atlantic Way and Overtourism

    Fáilte Ireland is  doing a substantial amount of work monitoring the environmental impacts on the Wild Atlantic Way and they are beginning to look at the economic impacts. Fáilte Ireland  recognises that there are significant congestion problems – both existing and emerging – at certain points and destinations along the Wild Atlantic Way and they are planning to tackle these in a systematic way with the relevant Local Authorities over the coming years. In some cases the solutions will be simple and in others they will be more complex. Fáilte Ireland is recognising is that they are not tackling these issues to satisfy some external sustainability agenda, but rather to…

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    Does Volunteering in an Orphanage Create a Demand for Child Trafficking?

    Australian legal scholar Kathryn E van Doore shares a summary of her recent article, “Paper orphans: Exploring child trafficking for the purpose of orphanages,” which appeared in the International Journal of Children’s Rights. Kathryn writes: “My research argues that the recruitment of children with biological families into orphanages for the purpose of orphanage tourism should be regarded as a form of child trafficking under international law. The reason that this has not been regarded as a form of child trafficking previously is because to meet the legal requirements of trafficking, the purpose of the act of recruitment must be exploitation. Exploitation is defined as, at a minimum, prostitution, sexual exploitation, forced labour or…

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    How should we understand Airbnb? Good or Bad?

    The Airbnb consumer proposition is appealing to significant market segment, but by no means all. Garry Wilson Managing Director – Product & Purchasing, TUI Group pointed out at WTM this month that operators like TUI are in a different market place offering a different fully integrated product to consumers. Nathan Blecharczyk, one the founders of Airbnb, argues that the willingness of people to stay in the home of a stranger demonstrates the demand for personal connections while travelling and that Airbnb enables travellers to “experience a place like you live there”  What we’ve demonstrated is there’s an immense appetite to travel more authentically and immerse yourself in culture… as opposed…

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    Whose destination is it?

    At WTM London this year we ran 25 events over the three days. It was the 10th anniversary of World Responsible Tourism Day and there were two brief films for the opening. The first looked back over the 10 years and the second looking forward at the major challenges.  The challenge of overtourism came up in many of the sessions, there is increasing concern that in a significant number  of destinations we are running up against the environmental and socio-economic limits to growth – there will be several panels on this at WTM London in 2017. One of the outcomes of the conversations on the Responsible Tourism Stand this year was an agreement amongst…

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