Less than 20 days left to the World Travel Market. The annual world travel market exhibitions will open its door in London, from the 3rd to the 6th November 2014 at ExCeL London.
Responsible Tourism will be the topic of 15 events that will take place on November 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th.
Key moment is the delivery of the World Responsible Tourism Awards on November 5th from 11.00-12.00.
Events on Responsible Tourism divided by dates:
- Monday 3 November 2014
15.30 – 16.30 Partnership for Better Tourism in Destinations
A discussion amongst industry leaders about how partnerships between outbound tour operators from originating markets can co-operate with destination management organisations and the inbound industry to make tourism better. Responsible Tourism is about using tourism to make better places for people to live in and better places to visit? What can these partnerships achieve? What are the major challenges? How can they best be addressed?
- Tuesday 4 November 2014
10.00 – 11.15 Increasing the Local Economic Impact of Tourism
Tourism has established itself as one of the world’s leading economic sectors, a powerhouse for economic development. However, local communities often feel excluded when the employment opportunities do not materialise and little is sourced locally. We’ll look at four cases where specific interventions ensured that there were jobs for locals or opportunities were created for local producers of goods and services to sell to tourists and tourism businesses.
11.30 – 12.30 Reducing Energy and Water Consumption – Good for the Environment and the Bottom Line
Resource efficiency makes sense for the bottom line and for the environment, costs are rising and climate change is impacting on the distribution of water. Flooding and drought both result from changes in weather patterns and climate.
13.00 – 14.00 How can you use Responsabile Tourism to drive sales?
Responsible Tourism is good business, but how you market and present the product matters. It’s not about hair shirts and cold showers; it is about the quality of the experience, about engagement and authenticity. It is about using Responsible Tourism to create value for the consumer, to give them an experience they won’t forget – but be warned, beware greenwashing.
14.30 – 15.30 Everyone Deserves a Holiday: Social Inclusion
The UN Declaration on Human Rights asserts that everyone has the right to rest and leisure and to travel. The UNWTO Global Code of Ethics promotes a universal right to tourism for families, young people, seniors and people with disabilities.
15.45 – 16.45 Better Wildlife Tourism – Whose Responsibility
Wildlife viewing has always been a big attraction for tourists, game viewing in Africa and Asia, bird watching and diving. In recent years people have sought closer encounters and, with increasing interest in marine life, we have seen the growth of swimming with dolphins and shark cage diving.
16.00 – 17.30 Preparing your Destination for the Accessible Tourism Market: Lessons from Research and Practice
Building on the experiences of three leading European accessible tourism destinations, four NTO managers will explain the business strategies and practical tools they are using to serve this growing market. In addition, results of three major new studies of Accessible Tourism in Europe: Demand, Supply and Skills Requirements, conducted for the European Commission, will be outlined and discussed by researchers, pointing to recommended policies and actions for NTOs and DMOs. More info: http://www.accessibletourism.org/?i=enat.en.events.1644.
17.00 – 18.00 How Much Responsibility Should Tourism Take for Animal Welfare?
It is often said that UK outbound operators get more letters about animal welfare than about any other ethical issue. This panel provides an opportunity to hear from the industry about how they see their responsibility for animal welfare and from some of the campaigners
- Wednesday 5 November 2014
10.00 – 11.00 Official WTM Responsible Tourism Opening & Stephen Sackur Interview
Stephen Sackur will interview Colin Bell, Africa’s Finest & Charlie Mayhew, Chief Executive, Tusk Trust
11.00 – 12.00 World Responsible Tourism Awards
The World Responsible Tourism Awards are a global search for and celebration of the most inspiring and enduring responsible tourism experiences in the world.
14.00 – 15.00 River & Lake Cruising
Cruising, on rivers, lakes, canals, lagoons and backwaters raises some particular issues of social, economic and environmental sustainability. Floating hotels and hotel boats enable tourists to enjoy some remarkable scenery and to get close to communities with potentially positive and negative impacts. What does responsible inland cruising look like? What are the best practices?
15.45 – 17.00 The Responsible Tourism Debate: Child Protection
17.00 – 18.00 WTM Responsible Tourism Reception
- Thursday 6 November 2014
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