The 11th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations will take place from April 14-15 at the Cape Town International Convention Center in Cape Town, South Africa.
The conference will focus on how tourism can be used to make destinations better for those who live there (locals) and for those who visit (tourists). Achievements in sustainable and responsible tourism in South Africa, particularly in Cape Town, and in other parts of the world will be showcased at the event.
“It will allow for the documentation of good practices applied by different producer groups into a ‘Responsible Tourism Practitioner’s guide, which will set the agenda for change over the next 10 years.” – Conference Organizers
This year’s International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations will include an academic day that will precede the conference by taking place on April 13. The conference will feature a variety of quality speakers including Harold Goodwin from the International Centre for Responsible Tourism United Kingdom, Matthias Leisinger, VP of Corporate Responsibility at KUONI Switzerland, Adama Bah from ASSET Gambia, and many more.
The first ever International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations was held in 2002 in Cape Town.
The official website of the International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations outlines the conference:
Responsible Tourism formed a cornerstone of the first Tourism Development Framework adopted by the City of Cape Town in 2004. 10 years and 10 conferences on, RTD11 presents an opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved in Cape Town, South Africa and elsewhere around the world, to document good practices applied by different producer groups, and set the agenda for change for the next 10 years.
The conference will result in Responsible Tourism Practitioner’s guide to realizing Responsible Tourism in destinations – reflecting the input on what works from keynote speakers, panellists and delegates. This conference, like the one in 2002, aspires to review practice and set the agenda for the next decade and to identify the best answers to the question: How can tourism be used to make better places for people to live in, and better places for people to visit?
Conference discussions will focus on practical solutions that create prosperous and sustainable urban destinations, the responsibility of tourism producer groups and the partnerships needed to make it work.
The conference will:
– explore responsible tourism and how to secure competitive market advantage from it;
– discuss the issues of inclusion of marginalized citizens as producers and consumers of tourism and identify ways of making tourism more inclusive; and
– identify how the design of tourism products using Responsible Tourism principles can contribute to making better places for people to live in to live in and for people to visit.
For more information on the 2015 International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations in Cape Town, South Africa, visit their official website.
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