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April 3-5, Manchester, England

The 8th International conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations is coming to England for the first time in 2014! This is a rare opportunity to participate in this influential series of conferences – we are now in discussion for conferences in two destinations in Africa, one in Asia and two in southern Europe.

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4th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations

Muscat, Oman 10-12 October 2010

RTD4 International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations
This is the 4th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations, it is being held in Oman to explore the application of the principles of Responsible Tourism, which originated in the UNWTO’s Global Code of Ethics and the 2002 Cape Town Declaration on Responsible Tourism in Destinations, This will be the fist time that there has been a conference in Arabia about Responsible Tourism. There are new issues on the agenda; tourism in a finite world, Human Resources, The 4th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations has four themes
  1. Tourism, Livelihoods, Local Economic Development and Human Resources
  2. Responsible Tourism in a World of Finite Resources
  3. The Responsible Tourist, Tangible and Intangible Heritage -
  4. Responsible Destinations and Marketing
The human resources, finite world, tangible and intangible heritage and Responsible Tourism marketing are themes which have not been considered at previous International Conferences on Responsible Tourism in Destinations. This will also be an opportunity to hear about Oman’s new Responsible Tourism Policy being developed to inform the Ministry of Tourism’s strategy for the next five year plan 2011- 2015

The programme has been designed to ensure that there is protected time for discussion and to enable delegates to participate in discussion and to get their questions answered.

The Conference is being co-chaired by Oman’s Tourism Minister, Her Excellency Dr Rajiha Abdul Ameer Ali and Professor Harold Goodwin from Leeds Metropolitan University’s International Centre for Responsible Tourism. Harold Goodwin and the UNWTO are also assisting the Ministry of Tourism in a review of Responsible Tourism policy, the outcomes of which will be discussed at the conference.

The Ministry of Tourism is determined to take responsibility for ensuring that tourism development in Oman is sustainable and that it benefits all Omanis. They are determined to get it right. The Ministry of Tourism has decided to base its Strategic Plan for the next five years on a national Responsible Tourism Policy. The Responsible Tourism Policy will engage all stakeholders and form the basis for the Ministry of Tourism’s 8th Five Year Plan which will be implemented 2011- 2015.

Full details of the conference are on the conference website

The programme has been planned to include time for presentations and discussion. Speakers include Adama Bah, Susanne Becken begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting, Amina Al Balushi, Xavier Font begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting, Harold Goodwin, Heidi Keyser, Wael Al Lawati, Nombulelo Mfeka, Dr Venu, Dr Dawid de Villiers.

The 10th of October is dedicated academic papers and the presentation and discussion of reports from the international delegates on progress in implementing Responsible Tourism since RTD3 in Belize.

For details of the reports and papers being presented see the programme.
Original theoretical and applied research by academics and researchers on the four themes of the Conference will be presented and discussed.

If you would like to present a paper or speak on one of these themes please send an email to and copy with personal information and an abstract of your paper or report
Registration is now open – to register and for more details of the conference go to

The pre- and post-conference tours provide an opportunity to see and experience the best of what Oman has to offer in Responsible Tourism in a destination with diverse natural and cultural landscapes.

For advice and assistance with planning you visit to Oman see the Ministry of Tourism website of take a look at
The pre- and post- conference tours are being organised by Zahara Tours – for queries or more information contact Mr Naseem Shah
Tel: + 968 24400864 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting + 968 24400864 end_of_the_skype_highlighting Mob: + 968 99885867 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting + 968 99885867


The tourism industry can play an important role in the local economic development of a destination. For many destinations, poverty is a key issue which feeds into many other aspects of the communities which are visited. The conference, organised by the International Centre for Responsible Tourism (ICRT) explored how can tourism can contribute to poverty reduction and local economic development. The presentations from the conference (pdf format unless specificed otherwise) are available below.
Conference Presentations

Introduction: Harold Goodwin, Professor of Responsible Tourism at ICRT, Leeds Metropolitan University (Audio (5Mb))
Engaging with Bumsters in The Gambia: Lucy McCombes, Research Fellow, ICRT (Audio (7Mb))
Impact of EU Package Travel Directive on Engagement with Local Economic Development & the Community: Keith Richards, Barrister & former Head of Business Development & Consumer Affairs, ABTA (Audio (19Mb))
Juffureh - Enhancing the Contribution of an Existing Excursion to Support and Local Economic Development & Reduction of Poverty in the Community: Adama Bah, Travel Foundation & ICRT West Africa (Audio (10Mb))
Developing a Destination Excursion Programme to Contribute to Local Economic Development & Poverty Reduction: Jo Baddeley, Sustainable Tourism Manager, Thomas Cook Group Plc (Audio (13Mb))
Measuring the Local Economic Development Impact of an All-Inclusive Resort in Turkey: Jonathan Mitchell, Programme Leader, Protected Livelihoods & Tourism Programme, Overseas Development Insititute (Audio (14Mb))
Community Development through Walking Tourism in the Foothills of the Himalaya, Northern India: Richard Hearn, Village Ways (Audio (18Mb))

Organising Excursions in Fair Trade Co-operation - The 3 Stakeholders ApproachAudio (9Mb)
Inclusive Tourism - How Does it Work? How can the Contribution of Tourism to Poverty Reduction be Increased?: Fabrice Leclercq, Senior Trade Promotion Adviser, Export-Led Poverty Reduction Programme, International Trade Centre (Audio (10Mb))
Distribution Channels & the Role of Marketing: Justin Francis, CEO, (Audio (15Mb))
Closing Remarks: John De Vial, ABTA Trustee (Audio (8Mb))

ICRT Belize

Wordle: Belize Declaration: Tourism Impacts on Climate Change

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