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, responsibletravel.com
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 www.responsibletravel.com/awards or follow #WRTA2016 or @RTAwards on Twitter for news and updates.
Presented by Aaron Heslehurst, News Anchor and Presenter for BBC World News