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Responsible Tourism Day 2019

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The celebration of November’s Responsible Tourism Day kicks off with a week-long conversation of what constitutes responsible tourism. Hashtags: #WTMRT #ResponsibleTourismWeek

Key Links

November 5
Responsible Tourism Fringe Networking 2019


  • How is Responsible Tourism Week organized?
  • What responsible travel events are planned?
  • How can remote participants participate?
  • What does ‘supported by UNWTO’ mean?
  • What are the topics we should discuss during Responsible Travel Week 2020?

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Clear takeaway from interesting #WTMLDN meetings is the imperative to collaborate among those of working in sustainable tourism. But we always say that, don’t we? It’s time to move beyond lip service, co-create solutions, and stop trying to solve similar problems in isolation.

WTM Responsible Tourism Programme – Day 1 round up

WTM Program

Monday 12:30-13:30 The Challenge of Building Sustainable Hotels

The hotels we are building now will presumably still be in business in 2050. We know that retrofitting sustainability is much more expensive than designing it in now. Our panel includes industry leaders from the International Tourism Partnership, BC Hospitality Group and Wyndham Hotels and Resorts addressing the challenge. How, when the major hotel brands no longer own the hotels they operate, can we ensure that more of them are built to the highest operating standards for sustainability? Whose responsibility is it?

Monday 16:15 – 17:00 Managing Crowded Sites

With increasing visitor numbers in ever more parts of the world, we need to find solutions to challenge of managing visitors so that the resource, natural or cultural, is not degraded, and to maintain high levels of visitor satisfaction. We have presentations from Park Güell in Barcelona, one of this year’s finalists in the World Responsible Tourism Awards, and community and management perspectives on the Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland, recognised as one to watch last year. Both cases present replicable solutions to difficult sustainability challenges

Tuesday 14:45 – 15:45 What can the travel industry contribute to the conservation of wildlife and habitats?

This year’s wildlife and habitats panel reflects the wide range of ways in which tourism can contribute to conservation. Ol Pejeta has a new Technology lab focused on wildlife conservation, and they are working to make a Northern White RhinoBlood Lions campaigns with the industry against the lion trade. Tom Moorhouse will talk about the role of sanctuaries and their role in conservation, does tourism have anything to contribute? The Galapagos Conservation Trust is working to tackle plastic pollution, and World Animal Protection is campaigning against cetacean captivity. What more can the industry do to throw its considerable weight behind the conservation of habitat and species?

Tuesday 10:15-11:00 Water Security, an issue for business and the community

We have destination managers from Kerala in India and South Africa talking about how to manage the challenges of floods and potable water shortages and two experts reviewing what accommodation providers can do to reduce their water consumption

Tuesday 12:45 – 13:45 Cities: Tourism, Sustainability and Resilience

Urban tourism is growing rapidly, fuelled by budget airlines and the increasing popularity of city breaks. The role of the DMO is shifting from marketing to management. Our panel will share the solutions they are developing drawing on their experience in Barcelona, South Africa and Finland.

Tuesday 15:45 – 17:00 Plastic Waste – what should the industry do?
Seven experts and practitioners will share with you practical solutions to drive down and eliminate single-use plastics throughout the sector. What might your business do to help your neighbours and the local communities tackle this persistent and poisonous waste product with a half-life of 450-800 years that when it degrades in sunlight the remains pass into our food chain.

Wednesday 6th 11:15 Decarbonising Travel and Tourism: is the industry doing enough?

Our panel will share with you their views about how we address the challenge of reducing our carbon emissions – we cannot continue to leave it to others. We have brought together a panel which includes a city, a tour operator, a travel agent, an airline, and the hotel sector.

Wednesday 6th 14:30 – 15:30 The Future of Aviation

The aviation industry has been described as the Achilles heel of the industry. There are challenges in all sectors of travel and tourism, but the elephant in the room is aviation. Airlines emit 80% of our industry’s greenhouse gasses and air travel is growing at 5% per year. As other industries reduce their carbon emissions aviation will account for ever-larger shares of global emissions. We have brought together a panel of experts to share their views about the prospects for the decarbonisation of air travel.



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