Every year at WTM London we have about 2,000 participants across the various Responsible Tourism events, it is a big success but we want to reach still more people and excite them about what they can achieve by using a Responsible Tourism approach. This is the world’s biggest Responsible Tourism event, a unique opportunity to learn about what others are doing, to be inspired and yes challenged to do what you can to use tourism to make a better place.
This year we have reduced the number of World Responsible Tourism Awards so that there will time for the winners to be interviewed on stage and for the audience to hear directly from them about what they have done, why they did it and about what it has meant for their business. We want to inspire those in the audience to think about what you could do and to emulate them.
This year we are building on our success last year in engaging a wide range of people in conversations on the Responsible Tourism stand. On the show floor and with a TV monitor available for video and pictures that sessions can be more intimate and far more participative. The idea is to get the host(s) to get a conversation going, no set piece presentations – no death by PowerPoint – some video, some storytelling, images, conversation, controversy; a real chance to forge new business relationships, to inspire, educate and challenge.
On the show floor we aim to draw a crowd and attract some passing traffic to engage with us.
On the Responsible Tourism stand we have conversations on all three days:
Monday 13:00-15:00 India: Enhancing the Tourist Experience
Come along to meet leading local tour operators, their source market partners, members of local communities and national government and tourist board leaders.
Tuesday 13:00-13:45 Climate Change, Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Travel & Tourism
A conversation hosted by Travelife and Green Tourism, an opportunity to discuss what has been achieved since Paris, what has worked and what hasn’t an opportunity to share reflections on why more has not been achieved and to discuss possible solutions.
Tuesday 15:30 – 16:30 How can we ensure the travel and tourism are accessible to all?
A hosted conversation on the show floor to look at some examples of what is being done to make travel and tourism accessible to all and to discuss what more should and can be done.
Wednesday 11:00-12:00 Responsible “Better” Volunteering
John Swarbrooke, Adama Bah, Angela Benson, Sallie Grayson an Liz Wilson in conversation about how we make volunteering better – should we create a small trade association of the responsible providers?
Wednesday 14:00-15:15 Enhancing the Tourist Experience in Africa
Hosted by Harold Goodwin, showcasing some of the ways in which tourists can engage positively with local communities purchasing local goods and services, contributing to the conservation of natural and cultural resources and valuing their community. Come along to meet leading local tour operators, their source market partners, members of local communities and national government and tourist board leaders.
Wednesday 15:30 – 17:00 Guides – educators and cultural brokers
We have brought together a group outstanding guides to talk about how they approach their challenging role of enabling tourists to have positive encounters with local communities, their culture and environment. How do they see their responsibility? What do they think makes a good guide? How do they ensure that encounters are respectful, that hosts and guests create great memories and that the tourists have a great experience? Some short talks, some video and a conversation.
Email Harold Goodwin if you would like to take part in one of these conversations.