World Responsible Tourism Day Opening & World Responsible Tourism Awards

World Responsible Tourism Day Opening & World Responsible Tourism Awards

8 Nov 2016, 10:30 - 12:30

WTM Global Stage - AS950


10.35 - Introduction 


10.50 - The Aaron Heslehurst round table interview

Twenty years ago the post-Apartheid government in South Africa adopted the principles of Responsible Tourism in their national tourism policy and the campaign for Responsible Tourism began in the UK. This year the spotlight is being shone on Responsible Tourism and Aaron Heslehurst quizzes the panel about the successes and failures and presses them on why more has not been achieved in the last two decades.


Auliana Poon, Managing Director, Tourism Intelligence International
Harold Goodwin, WTM Responsible Tourism Advisor 
Justin Francis, CEO,
Jane Ashton, Director of Sustainable Development, TUI Group
Adama Bah, Director,  Institute of Travel and Tourism of Gambia
Dr Venu, Secretary Tourism Kerala


11.30 - Responsible Tourism Awards

Founded in 2004 by Responsible Travel, the World Responsible Tourism Awards are a celebration of the most inspiring and enduring responsible tourism experiences in the world. The Awards rest on a simple principle - that all types of tourism, from niche to mainstream, can and should be organised in a way that preserves, respects and benefits destinations and local people. Now in their 13th year the vision of the Awards, which are open to any organisation anywhere in the world, is to surprise and inspire tourists and the tourism industry by what is possible to achieve through responsible tourism.

The 2016 Award winners are innovators and pioneers – they are the future of tourism. That’s why the judging process is the most rigorous around and why the Awards work with the best partners in the industry.

This year the World Responsible Tourism Awards are sponsored by the Belize Tourism Board and winning organisations and holiday providers will be announced in 5 categories;  Best accommodation for responsible employment; Best contribution to wildlife conservation;  Best innovation by a tour operator;  Best for poverty reduction and inclusion and Best responsible tourism campaign.

Visit or follow #WRTA2016 or @RTAwards on Twitter for news and updates.


Presented by Aaron Heslehurst, News Anchor and Presenter for BBC World News


  • Aaron Heslehurst


    News Anchor and Presenter for BBC World News


    Aaron Heslehurst is one of the main faces on BBC World News. He’s been a high profile BBC business news presenter since February 2002. He currently...

  • Jane Ashton


    Director of Sustainability

    TUI Group

    Jane has been driving policies to steer TUI Group towards greater sustainability for well over 10 years.  Her focus has been to align sustainability...

  • Adama Bah



    Institute of Travel and Tourism of Gambia

    Adama Bah worked as hotelier for 25 years and finally took voluntary retirement as a Manager from The Bungalow Beach Hotel, The Gambia. It was in...

  • Justin Francis



    Responsible Travel

    Justin Francis co-founded Responsible Travel, the world’s first and largest online travel site dedicated to green/responsible tourism in 2001. Prior...

  • Harold Goodwin


    WTM Responsible Tourism Advisor

    Harold is Professor of Responsible Tourism Management at Manchester Metropolitan University Harold researches on tourism, local economic development...

  • Auliana Poon


    Managing Director

    Tourism Intelligence International

    Dr. Auliana Poon heads Tourism Intelligence International, a leading international consulting company that provides innovative solutions for the...

  • Dr Venu Vasudevan IAS


    Principal Secretary

    Kerala Tourism

    A doctor by training, Dr. Venu Vasudevan joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1990 and since then, he has held various important positions in...


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