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1 1 Harold Goodwin Progress in Responsible Tourism

2 2 1.minimises negative economic, environmental and social impacts 2.generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhances the well being of host communities; improves working conditions and access to the industry 3.involves local people in decisions that affect their lives and life chances 4.makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage embracing diversity 5.provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues 6.provides access for physically challenged people culturally sensitive, encourages respect between tourists and hosts, and builds local pride and confidence

3 3 Responsible Tourism Using tourism, rather than being used by it making better places to live in and better places to visit. It is about identifying locally important issues and addressing them. It is about what you do with others

4 4 A movement Broad range of individual groups, a spectrum of groups Moving at different speeds but in one general direction using a variety of approaches Global Code of Ethics & Cape Town Declaration CHANGE: Moving from A => B All forms of tourism can be more responsible diverse: particular to cultures, places and organisations – these differences need to be respected. Means different things in different destinations and originating markets; informed - active – consumers & producers

5 5 Some principles All forms of tourism can be more responsible Tourism is what we make it – producers and consumers Tourism is not a commodity – there is no global market We are responsible for what tourism is. All tourism is local – it takes place in other peoples places

6 6 Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO) 2000 … we recognize that in carrying out our work as Tour Operators we have a responsibility to respect other peoples places and ways of life. We acknowledge that wherever a Tour Operator does business or sends clients it has a potential to do both good and harm, & we are aware that all too often in the past the harm has outweighed the good. Originating Markets ABTA AITO Travel Foundation & many operators and hoteliers

7 7 Destinations Policies in South Africa, The Gambia, Myanmar …… Many examples of businesses taking responsibility More focus on responding to the challenges of sustainability Addressing the issues which matter locally – Cape Town

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9 9 Greenwashing There is an excellent cheating site ………

10 10 Certification vs Reporting Certification – Opaque – Local significance – Consuming culture Reporting – Transparent – What has been achieved is clear – Informed consumers Jost Krippendorf: rebellious tourists and rebellious locals The glass is definitely more than half empty

11 11 Current Priorities Extending Responsible Tourism to more originating markets Working with consumers to deter greenwashing Working with destinations to actively manage tourism Carbon emissions Regulation Benefitting communities and their place Responsibility is free – take as much of it as you can handle

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