World Responsible Tourism Day
ecoGozo Becomes WTM WRTD Supporter
EcoGozo has been granted approval to use the WTM WRTD logo. This shows that the approving board recognises the work being done by the ecoGozo directorate on the island of Gozo. Furthermore, the use of the WTM WRTD logo will further enhance ecoGozo credibility in our promotions and events.
Part of ecoGozos mission is to attract more tourists towards Gozo. We feel that having responsible tourism is an integral part towards achieving a much global goal, that of attracting tourists without jeopardizing Gozo's natural charms.
So, what is WTM WRTD?
First things first; WRTD stands for World Responsible Tourism Day. It is an event held by WTM Responsible Tourism. This year, WRTD will be held on the 5th of November and it will be marked at the World Travel Market, in London, as well as in several places around the world through the organisation of special events, promotions and communications.
The main objectives of World Responsible Tourism Day are the following:
- 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
What is Responsible Tourism?
Responsible tourism is like sustainable tourism, however as often the word sustainability is often overused and not understood, responsible tourism has been adopted as a term used by industry
Responsible tourism is any form of tourism that can be consumed in a more responsible way.
"Responsible tourism is tourism which:
- minimizes negative social, economic and environmental 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 embracing diversity
- provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaninful 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. "