1. International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations, Manchester
RTD8 will take place in Manchester 3rd to 5th April 2014. Thursday 3rd is being co-chaired by VisitEngland and will focus on the challenges of responsible destinations. On the Friday the conference will explore though carbon pollution and the social and economic impacts of tourism by addressing three questions: (i) how do we reach agreement about the issue, what is the issue? (ii) how do we get agreement on solution(s)? (iii) how do we get people to take action and report progress? The Saturday will be much less structured and provide opportunities for networking and the forming of new alliances for change. Full details of the conference and how to register will be be announced here in late December – but our the dates in your diary now. RTD8
The Centre for Responsible Tourism at MMU is launching a Research Centre on Tourism and Local Economic Development. The inaugural seminar is in Manchester on the afternoon of 22nd January, more news here at the end of December. If you would like to participate or register email
This year saw the awards live streamed for the first time and the video can be viewed online There is a look back at the first ten years of the Awards Heroes of Responsible Tourism The Awards and the judges’ reasons for their decisions are available on line.
Harold Goodwin plans to launch the new MSc in Responsible Tourism in February 2014. Details of the new structure of the MSc are available at www.icrtourism.org/crt-at-mmu/ The new Masters is designed a continuing professional development for those wanting to make change in the sector and includes a new unit on leadership and change management. People with credits from other MSc programmesare able to transfer to complete their MSc in the Centre for Responsible Tourism at MMU. If you want any further information about this new MSc programme, available as CPD or a full Masters, please email
5. The sector in being challenged on Child Protection
When TUI Netherlands was recognised in the World Responsible Tourism Awards as overall winner for their proactive work on child protection expectations were raised for the whole sector. The argument is not that the travel and tourism industry encourages child abuse. But as has become more obvious over the last couple of years the sector will find itself fascilitating child trafficking, pedophilia ad other forms of child abuse unless it acts proactively to reveal and deal with it. To paraphrase Edmund Burke for the triumph of evil it only necessary for good men and women to stand by and do nothing. Read more ¦ Keep up to date
6. Educational Resources: videos on key RT issues
The panels on employment, certification, decarbonising travel and tourism, communicating responsible tourism, taking responsibility for people with disabilities, volunteering and heritage are all available on line. They provide a record of what was said, an educational resource and an opportunity for those who could not be there to hear and see what was said. Take a look.
7. The Water Issue
Water scarcity is an increasing problem in more destinations each year. The debate about water on World Responsible Tourism Day this year was vided. The debate introduced concepts like fossil and embedded water and the video provides an an engaging way into the issue for industry professionals and students . Video
8. Responsible Tourism to be a regular part of the programme at WTM Africa and Latin America
World Travel Market is extending its commitment to Responsible Tourism by providing a Responsible Tourism programme each year at WTM Latin America 23-25 April 2014 and WTM Africa 02-03 May 2014. Harold Goodwin is the advisor for all three programmes and WTM is extending its RT activity to make it year round.
9. Respondeco has new videos available
Dr Xavier Font has a new video out about how to communicate sustainability in a way which is attractive to consumers – how to communicate sustainability in ways which bring market advantage.
10. New Zealand values spend over arrivals data.
New Zealand has long been a leader in taking responsibility for tourism – the country is determined to use tourism rather to be used by it. New Zealand is a country which takes its tourism seriously – the Ministry of Business, Innovations and Employment publishes monthly data on spend by domestic and international tourists. It does this because it needs to monitor the success, or otherwise, of Tourism New Zealand’s efforts to grow the tourism yield and improve its distribution throughout the country. Contrast this with the primitive focus on arrivals in much international discussion of tourism. Read more and access a great graphic which shows yield spatially and temporally.
11. The iconic “I Love New York” heart logo had a green makeover.
New York State Division of Tourism’s iconic “I Love New York” heart logo had a green makeover to celebrate the launch of responsibletravel.com’s new guide to responsible tourism in New York State..
The guide encourages travellers to escape the confines of the Big Apple and to discover an even bigger secret – the rest of New York State’s eleven regions, the guide highlights the best, most inspirational travel experiences which also support local New York State communities. The guide, written by Catherine Mack, is available on line.
The next edition of Responsible Tourism News will come out in late December – send items for inclusion to Harold Goodwin