Wednesday 7 November is WTM World Responsible Tourism Day 2012, 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. Wild Navigator is proud to be a supporter on this day. We are supporting WTM WRTD for the first time this year and to highlight this day our Founder & CCO Abhishek Behl will be participating and presenting at the Wildlife Tourism session at this years World Travel Market (ExCeL, London).
What is Responsible Tourism?
It is defined as ‘tourism that creates better places for people to live in, and better places to visit”.
The 2002 Cape Town Declaration on Responsible Tourism in destinations described tourism as:
- minimises negative economic, environmental and social impacts
- generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhance the well being of the host community
- improve working conditions and access to the industry
- improve local people in decisions that affect their lives and life changes
- makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage embracing 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
- is culturally sensitive, encourages respect between tourists and hosts, and builds local pride and confidence
- is integrate in the local ecosystem
What are the WTM World Responsible Tourism Day Objectives?
WTM has four realistic objectives for this day of action. WTM WRTD, with support from the UNWTO wants the industry to work together to:
- help drive change by educating more responsible behaviour with the travel and tourism industry and travelling public
- explore the issues of how countries and destinations are made more sustainable including case studies of best practices
- educate the marketplace and debate key environmental related issues to push the agenda and be a catalyst for change
- harness the influence of World Travel Market as an international business forum to encourage the industry to drive the responsible tourism agenda forward
Responsible Tourism has become a global trend. We recognise the global significance of responsible tourism and will carry on our work to support the links between conservation of biodiversity and livelihoods of local communities and see Responsible Tourism as a successful tool for wildlife conservation.