Racism in tourism, decarbonising aviation and the pandemic

Racism in tourism, decarbonising aviation and the pandemic

I publish Responsible Tourism News each month covering the major developments in Responsible Tourism.

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Learning to live with the threat of COVID-19 will take time. As this month’s Responsible Tourism News goes to press some states in the USA are halting re-openings. The WHO is reporting that the number of new cases is rising in Europe, driven by 11 countries that have had a ‘very significant resurgence’. This is according to Hans Kluge, head of the WHO Regional Office for Europe. If left unchecked, such outbreaks will ‘push health systems to the brink once again’. COVID-19 is still a problem in many source markets and a growing problem in the developing world.

WRT awards

The World Responsible Tourism Awards are open for nominations until 3rd August, you can nominate yourself and others simply by sending us a few details, and you can nominate as many times as you like.  Remember if you are not nominated, by yourself or someone else, you can’t be recognised or be commended. Details and nominations here.

In RTNews this month, there is news about the pandemic, and about how the travel and tourism industry is coping with COVID-19.  There are examples of places, mostly cities, planning to BuildBackBetter and an interview with António Buscardini. He explains how Travel Tomorrow is balancing sustainability and economic recovery post-coronavirus.

The Responsible Tourism agenda is broadening, and this month we cover racism in tourism and decarbonising aviation. For too long aviation has claimed that there is no alternative to fossil fuel kerosene. There is an alternative and governments are beginning to support alternatives.

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Harold is WTM’s Responsible Tourism Advisor, he puts together the flagship Responsible Tourism programme at WTM London which attracted 4000 participants in 2020 and the programmes run at WTM Africa, WTM Latin America and Arabian Travel Market. Harold has worked on 4 continents with local communities, their governments and the inbound and outbound tourism industry. He is Managing Director of the Responsible Tourism Partnership and chairs the panels of judges for the World Responsible Tourism Awards and the other Awards in the family, Africa, India and Latin America. Harold works with industry, local communities, governments, and conservationists and undertakes consultancy and evaluations for companies, NGOs, governments, and international organisations. He is also a Director of the Institute of Place Management at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he is an Emeritus Professor, and Founder Director of the International Centre for Responsible Tourism promotes the principles of the Cape Town Declaration which he drafted.

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