Civil society groups from across the world gathered in Berlin to launch the Berlin Declaration on Transforming Tourism, calling for a radical reorientation of the industry to do more for vulnerable communities around the world
The InterContinental Hotel Group has released its 2016 corporate social responsibility report and is aligning its actions with the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Over the last fifty years, tourism has become one of the largest and fastest-growing sectors of the global economy. There is no doubt that the sector’s exponential growth has brought with it immense benefits.
The World Tourism Organization is working to convert the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism into an international Convention, in order to increase the commitment of all stakeholders to its principles.
The 2017 African Responsible Tourism Awards, sponsored by WESGRO and organised by Better Tourism Africa, has moved into the 2nd round with over 30 tourism organisations, all demonstrating the power of responsible tourism in Africa, vying for top spots at the awards ceremony at WTM Africa in April.
The travel industry is coming together to help travelers more positively impact the places they visit and the people who live there. Sustainable Travel International launched the “Travel Better Club” – an online club for travelers wanting to make more sustainable choices in how and where they travel and share experiences with other like-minded travelers.
Coinciding with the United Nations International Year of Sustainable Tourism Development, the five winners of the 2017 National Geographic World Legacy Awards were announced at ITB in Berlin during an awards ceremony held at the Palais am Funkturm.
Visit Flanders is taking resident opinions about tourism seriously. The Belgian destination management organisation has released a report written by Vincent Nijs that describes resident perspectives about carrying capacity and the perceived value of tourism in the city of Bruges.
Celebrating Her and the Empowered Women in Tourism Awards 2017 was held for the 2nd time on International Women’s Day at ITB Berlin 2017.
Veteran outfitter, O.A.R.S., is inviting families across the country to turn off their devices and tune into nature together for at least four days this summer as part of the company’s new #100HoursUnplugged challenge. Multiple studies show that America’s youth now log more than 7.5 hours of screen time per day.
Addressing 350 Business School Deans at the EFMD Conference – Professor Geoffrey Lipman said that the 2015 SDGs – provide a massive opportunity for the academic world, but they need to be approached with a big reality check on the tensions between aspiration, implementation, and finance.
The Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism Initiative announced two new accelerators designed to make it easier and faster for innovative tourism businesses to get established in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam. The MIST Startup Accelerator will take entries from early stage companies with either travel technology or traditional tourism business plans.
With the City of Cape Town’s level 3B water restrictions coming into force, FEDHASA, the Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa has called on its members to optimise water resource management across the industry.
The Key to Rural Geotourism: The Right Person. It only takes one spark to light a fire, and in this case the spark was Elaine Parny. She and her French husband own a small restaurant, La Galette Berrichonne, in Missouri. And it offers savory French cuisine!
As host of the APEC 2017, Viet Nam has initiated a round-table conference on sustainable tourism development policy in the face of climate change challenges. Hà Văn Siêu, Deputy General Director of the Việt Nam National Administration of Tourism, said the conference would be held in June.
Thee Centre for Responsible Tourism (CRT) unveiled a study on women workforce in Goa’s tourism sector which questioned the myth that tourism provides employment opportunities to women.
The declaration by a sustainable tourism organisation to turn Pattaya from “sin city” into a family entertainment destination has been greeted with disbelief.
In the framework of the technical assistance that the UNWTO provides to Member States, especially in their development of sound statistical systems, the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria has hosted the 1st Workshop on Regional Statistics of Tourism.