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Responsible Travel and Responsible Tourism

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Responsible travel is that which adheres to the notion that a better place to live is simply a better place to visit.

We want to share some awesome new Responsible Travel resources with the world, but we need your help. Let us know what we should add to this page and please help spread the word about Responsible Travel Week, February 13-19, 2017

Responsible tourism and how we get there is a story that must be told by locals, visitors and everyone in between.

2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
February 13-19 Responsible Travel Week #rtweek17
March 22-26 Te Matatini Kapa Haka (New Zealand)
March 27-31 Open Education Week - @openeducationwk #openeducationwk
April 15-23 National Park Week (USA)
April 17-19 4th European Ecotourism Conference #EuroEco17 (Turkey)
April 18 World Heritage Day
May 18 International Museums Day
May 22 International Day of Biological Diversity
June 5 World Environment Day
July 2-12 41st Session of UNESCO's World Heritage Committee #41whc (Poland)
July 18 World Listening Day
August 7-13 Indigenous Peoples Week #ipw7

Favorite Resources

Responsible Tourism for Travellers - M Hatchuel @ThisTourismWeek
Responsible Travel - Outbounding
Responsible Travel Networking - Facebook events
Responsible Tourism in Cities Posters @RespTourismSA @CapeTownTourism
RT How-To Guide - Cape Town (PDF)
@RespTourismSA @CapeTownTourism
The Role of Indigenous Tourism in Developing Conscious Hosts - @PembridgeAnna
Leo Hickman talks to Stephen Sackur at WTM @LeoHickman
Greenwash. Guy Pearse on Big Brands and Carbon Scams - @slowtv
Ireland Green Travel - @Greenirelandapp
Responsible Tourism - Huffington Post
Responsible Tourism - Transitions Abroad
Local Travel on Google+

Ron's RT Stuff


Wiki: Who's Who in Responsible Travel

Who's Who Working on Responsible Travel and Ecotourism in German-Speaking Europe
Who's Who Working on Responsible Travel and Conscious Tourism in the United Kingdom

Buzzword Bingo

access - aviation - awards - begging - cities - collaboration - conscious travel - consultation - corruption - declaration - ethics - evaluation - fun - happy - humility - irresponsible - live - local - local travel movement - luxury - must-have - orphanage - outrospection - pov - reporting - responsible - responsible gaming - responsible travel - slow travel - sustainability - tipping - tourism - travel - volunteer - work

Turismo Responsable: A good place to live is a good place to visit (Un buen lugar vivir es un buen lugar a visitar)

A good place to live is a good place to visit. #responsibletravel #conscioustravel

Is responsible tourism different than sustainable tourism?

Cape Town Tourism: Responsible tourism and sustainable tourism have the same goal, namely sustainability and they share the same pillars – environmental integrity, social justice and maximum local economic benefit. Responsible tourism asks individuals, organizations, governments and businesses to take responsibility for their actions and the effects of their actions. Everyone involved must be responsible for sustainability.

Is responsible tourism mainstream?

Responsible travel IS mainstream. Travelers rarely shout 'I am seeking responsible travel' nor locals 'look at my RT'


Responsible travel is a work-in-progress.

Responsible getaways offer less artificiality and more down-to-earth hospitality!

The problem with RT is that the DEFINITION excludes wildlife

We are connecting with friends who aspire to responsible travel and tourism everyday. The best way to keep the movement growing is to see what everyone else around the world is actually doing.

Meanwhile, we try to promote responsible travel every day. Join us!

Prove to yourself that responsible travel is a possibility. If you're not convinced, be skeptical and ask questions. If you are convinced, help others get the 'big picture' by practicing RT yourself. Our view is that responsible travel is more about action than philosophizing. Rather than preaching to the converted, we preach what we practice and amplify the stories of those who inspire. Not everyone will do 100% of RT 'things to do' list, so let's be realistic. Let's do a few things and do what we can to make RT more trendy.

Says noted author and activist Deborah McLaren: "Responsible tourism is based on ethics and human rights. It also means support for community-based travelers' programs -- homestays, guest cottages, ethno-museums, and educational programs that bring tourist dollars directly into communities."

Dos and Donts

Don't just do what's safe. Challenge yourself to collaborate.

Translating: Responsible tourism / responsible travel

German: Verantwortungsvollen Tourismus
Spanish: Turismo responsable / Viajes responsables

Translating: Responsible tourism is tourism that creates better places to live and better places to visit.

Spanish: El turismo responsable es el turismo que crea mejores lugares para que las personas viven y mejores lugares para visitar.
Estonian: Vastutustundlik turism on turism, mis loob paremad kohad inimesed elada ja paremaid kohti, mida külastada.
German: Verantwortlicher Tourismus ist der Tourismus, die besseren Plätze für Menschen zu leben und zu besseren Plätze zu besuchen schafft.
Swedish: Ansvarsfull turism är turism som skapar bättre platser för människor att leva och bättre platser att besöka.
Source: Cape Town Declaration on Responsible Tourism 2002 (PDF)

Translating: Responsible Traveler

Greek: εβδομάδα 'συνετού ταξειδιώτη' (Ebdomada synetou taxidioti)



Responsible Travel Week



Many cities hold a First Friday the first Friday every month and one of our favorites is held in Las Vegas: First Friday

Recent Events

RT Chat on Google+ Hangout


What are the best ways to support responsible tourism initiatives during an economic recession?
How do we design responsible tourism in a digital age?
What are the boundaries of responsible tourism?
Are there ways of hearing players whose voices have not been heard?
Are there ways to encourage a more inclusive, integrated approach?
Where do we find common ground?
How can tourism educate and seduce us toward sustainable practices?
What can developing economies teach developed economies about responsible tourism?
How do we minimize corruption in tourism?
What are the dos and donts of responsible tourism?
What's left unsaid during 'responsible tourism' conferences?

Other Forums

Responsible Tourism - Thorn Tree
Greentraveller Forum
Irresponsible Tourism
European Ecotourism Conference


Responsible Tourism Networking
Responsible Tourism Awards
Responsible Tourism South Africa
Responsible Tourism News



Twitter Lists






Flickr Groups

Turismo Responsable
Responsible tourism in action



RT Company Statements


Responsible Travel Flipboard

Elsewhere on the Web

Have you been greenwashed?
Responsible tourism
Responsible Tourism Around the World
RTD4 International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations
Progress continues to be made in implementing Cape Town's Responsible Tourism policy and Cape Town has just launched their Taking Responsibility for Tourism website www.responsiblecapetown.co.za

Resources in Spanish (Recursos en español)



Irresponsible Tourism
Responsible Travel - Afrikatourism
Responsible Travel - Lonely Planet


The origins of responsible tourism

Transitions Abroad

Transitions Abroad has long advocated the type of travel that keeps in mind a place’s culture, people, and environment. The majority of articles in each issue have always incorporated some or all of these aspects of what is considered “responsible travel.” Even so, in the 1980s Clay Hubbs felt this subject warranted its own section. Responsible Travel Resources provides information to help you plan trips that not only do not exploit locals and their homes but even contribute to their wellbeing.

Responsible Tourism Day

Responsible Tourism Day

Responsible Tourism in SANParks


Let’s get the Responsible Tourism conversation going


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Could we agree on a code of conduct?
Could we create a scorecard to evaluate individual academics or academic centers?
Should academics be permitted to cite unpublished reports?
How do universities maintain public directories of alumni?
irresponsible tourism
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what is the status of ecotourism and RT awards around the world?
has anyone prepared a review of tourism awards?

community-based tourism
What is the current status of community-based tourism initiatives?
How should community-based tourism operations be evaluated?
Are there suggestions for making improvements?
Community-based tourism - Planeta Wiki
Community-based Tourism - Good Tourism Wiki
CBT - Delicious Ron Mader

climate change
How will tourism respond to climate change developments?
What does tourism in a low carbon economy look like?

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certification and criteria for evaluation
Should there be a global criteria for sustainable tourism?
Sustainable Tourism Criteria & Accreditation - Holy Grail or folly?
Time to debate sustainable tourism criteria
The Weaknesses of the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria Approach
sustainable tourism criteria

How is your conference green?
Spotlight on current and recent events, including RT Conference in Belize, Ecotourism Australia and WTM
Does anyone want to participate in the rural tourism conference in 2010?
Is anyone attending the Reisepavillion in Germany in April 2010?
Is there support for the Maori Indigenous Ecotourism Conference in late 2010?

How transparent are development agencies and banks?
Facebook - Is responsible travel philanthropy possible?

Should all flights include a carbon tax?
Is it possible to fly responsibly?

what does it mean to live local?
how does one best immerse oneself in the local environment while traveling?

What makes a destination responsible?
Does the place (city, region, country) have an enabling framework rewarding RT?
Facebook - What makes a destination Responsible?

poverty alleviation

slow food/slow travel
how are the slow food and slow travel movements maturing?
what can slow food and slow travel teach one another?



What should we know about biodiversity?
How can tourism lessen damage to biodiversity?

What are good examples of local, regional, national and international goverment policies that encourage ecotourism and repsonsible travel?
ecotourism spotlight award
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How do indigenous peoples recommend others understand their culture?
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How are parks cared for around the world?
What tips do locals have for visitors to their parks?

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world environment day

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Options of suggesting 'drink responsibly' and 'don't drink and drive'

Depending on your perspective, there is something for everyone to cringe about.

Wishlist: Better Events

I wish conferences move beyond mutual back-patting and host more discussions in which there is genuine conversation.
Can responsible tourism move from preaching to the coverted to embracing a wider public
More partnerships using freemium model
More DJs


Responsible Tourism in Action Pool
Content from responsible travel

RT Notes from the Field
Responsible tourism in Cape Town


The quest of the responsible traveller is to learn, to be understanding, to share, to contribute – rather than to act as a consumer who seeks maximum gratification at a minimum expense.
- Rolf Wesche and Andy Drum, Defending our Rainforest

For those who talk up responsible ethical sustainable tourism without actually doing anything, i say 'practice what you preach.' To those who are doing the good work of responsible ethical sustainable tourism, i say 'preach what you practice.'
- Ron Mader, comment on Being Responsible

You can't label chocolate as something else -- or, worse, sell it as different-tasting vanilla -- for long. Eventually chocolate just has to be chocolate. And so, more and more, if/when an editor balks at anything with responsible leanings simply because it uses weightier words or admonishes travelers for bad behavior, I'm less and less hesitant to hold my tongue.
- Ethan Gelber, LinkedIn

Being a responsible traveller means having an amazing experience, while at the same time giving back to the people and the environment you visited. It is a commitment to honouring the people and places that made your holiday happen.
- Fair Trade Tourism

Says Deborah McLaren: “Responsible tourism is based on ethics and human rights. It also means support for community-based travelers’ programs, including homestays, guest cottages, ethno-museums, and educational programs that bring tourist dollars directly into communities.”


I. UNTWO’s World Responsible Tourism Programme
*You might want to get involved and promote your work around World Responsible Tourism Day. It’s BIG.

WTM hosts the world's most comprehensive, searching and thought-provoking agenda on responsible tourism. The WTM Responsible Tourism Programme runs for the duration of the exhibition, centring on the pioneering WTM World Responsible Tourism Day (in 2015 it will be on Nov 4), in association with the UNWTO.WTM Responsible Tourism aims to bring together travel companies, organisations and individuals interested in spreading sustainable practices and ethical methods within the travel industry. This website provides year-round content highlighting the work communities take part in around the world, to help build a solid, sustainable future for travel and tourism. Wednesday 4 November is WTM World Responsible Tourism Day 2015, marked not only at World Travel Market, but around the world with special events, communications and consumer promotions, demonstrating the industry’s determination to make a real difference.We encourage and permit businesses which are actively engaged in promoting RT to use our WRTD logo, by applying using the 'logo application form'. The WRTD logo is not a certificate of responsible business and we are not a certification agency.

The World Responsible Tourism Awards (co-sponsored by the BBC) are a global search for and celebration of the most inspiring and enduring responsible tourism experiences in the world. Now in their 12th year, the Awards will this year celebrate achievements in 12 categories reflecting some of the most important issues in responsible tourism today - including cultural heritage, accessibility, animal welfare and conservation. Join us for the celebration as part of WTM World Responsible Tourism Day. Link to a list of winners: http://www.responsibletravel.com/awards/winners/2014.htm

RT Awards around the world:

World Responsible Tourism Awards
Irish Responsible Tourism Awards
Catalan Responsible Tourism Awards

II. The International Centre for Responsible Tourism, Leeds Metropolitan, MSc in Responsible Tourism (much of this information is from their website - thank you!)
“Making Better Places to Live In, And Better Places to Visit”

ICRT’s Definition of RT: The Contribution of Responsible Tourism
• minimises negative economic, environmental, and social impacts;
• generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhances the well-being of host communities, improves
working conditions and access to the industry;
• involves local people in decisions that affect their lives and life chances;
• makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage, to the maintenance of the world’s diversity;
provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and a
greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues;
• provides access for physically challenged people; and
• is culturally sensitive, engenders respect between tourists and hosts, and builds local pride and confidence

III. Responsible Tourism Partnership is Harold Goodwin's consulting group. This page explains how responsible tourism at the international government levels has happened, starting with the Cape Town Declaration on Responsible Tourism: http://responsibletourismpartnership.org/cape-town-declaration-on-responsible-tourism/

IV. Organisations around the world, which share a commitment to the principles of the Cape Town Declaration and which work to use tourism “to make better places for people to live in and better places for people to visit.” As sisters the ICRTs each work in different ways appropriate to their local circumstances and local partnerships to pursue the objectives of the Cape Town Declaration.

• ICRT Australia
• ICRT Barcelona
• ICRT Canada
• ICRT Ireland
• ICRT Southern Africa
• ICRT Wales
• ICRT West Africa

5. RT Destinations:**
• Australia: www.responsibletourismaustralia.com.au
• Cambodia: www.concertcambodia.org
• Gambia: www.asset-gambia.com and Visit the Gambia
• India: Responsible Tourism in Kerala and Better Together – Kerala’s Responsible Tourism Initiative and Kerala
Tourism Policy 2012
• Ireland: ICRT Ireland
• Mekong: www.mekongresponsibletourism.org
• Morocco: The Moroccan Charter of Responsible Tourism
• Nepal: www.theresponsibletravellers.com
• Peru: www.respons.org
• South Africa: Cape Town – Taking Responsibility for Tourism and 2010 RT Video.
• Spain, Barcelona & Catalonia: ICRT Barcelona; Xarxa Turisme Responsable; Sense Our Way and Tourism Responsable Spain
• Sri Lanka: www.responsibletourismsrilanka.org
• Wales: Welsh Responsible Tourism Group
• West Africa www.icrtwestafrica.org
  • EARTH (European Alliance for Responsible Tourism and Hospitality - Alliance Européenne pour le Tourisme Responsable et Solidaire).

• VI. Originating Markets
• Belgium: www.tourisme-autrement.be (Belgium Responsible Tourism organization - TOURISM OTHERWISE, The association is committed to a tourism development, respectful of people, its environment and its symbolic representations. It is committed to promoting knowledge of the positive and negative impacts of tourism and education for sustainable and responsible tourism behavior in the North and the South. www.tourisme-autrement.be )
• Canada: www.theresponsibletraveller.ca and www.rttf.ca (Responsible Tourism Conference: Toronto 2008)
• France: www.coalition-tourisme-responsable.org
• France: www.voyageons-autrement.com
• Holland: www.idut.nl
• Italy:www.aitr.org
• New Zealand:www.responsibletourism.co.nz
• Norway:www.ansvarligturisme.org and www.ethicaltravelportal.com
• Spain: www.viajesresponsables.com and responsiblehotels.travel
• Sweden:http://fair-travel.se
• UK www.responsibletravel.com

• VII. RT Policies
• Florida: Florida Responsible Tourism Guidelines
• Kerala, India: Better Together – Kerala’s Responsible Tourism Initiative and Kerala Tourism Policy 2012
• South Africa: National Policy; National RT Guidelines; Explanatory Note and Development of RT in Cape Town
• South African National Standard on Responsible Tourism
• UK, Brighton and Hove: Sustainable & Responsible Tourism
• The Gambia: The Gambia’s Responsible Tourism Policy; Responsible Tourism Policy being implemented by the
Responsible Tourism Partnership of the private sector in The Gambia and in the originating markets, ASSET and
the Gambian Tourism Authority

VIII. RT Holidays

Responsible Travel holidays

HF Holidays


Crooked Trails


Reading the World's Best Responsible Tourism Organizations
@traveler0603 @discovercorps

Questions: Based on the principles of Open Access, to what degree does (insert name here) generate content? Are works licensed by Creative Commons? Are public Google Docs or wikis used to develop, brainstrom and publish?

Embedded Tweets

Artwork / Cue Yourself

#ResponsibleTravel: A good place to live is a good place to visit.
Resposible Travel Wordcloud for #rtweek14


Mehr Verantwortung im Tourismus - Zeit zu handeln

Fair Trade in Travel Writing and Photography (wordle)

more slideshares


10th Anniversary

Responsible Travel Handbook (2006) (PDF) @TransAbroad

2006 Responsible Travel Handbook @Transabroad

Responsible Travel Handbook CD (2006)