WTM Responsible Tourism Day - Opening and Awards

WTM Responsible Tourism Day - Opening and Awards

8 Nov 2017, 11:00 - 13:00

WTM Global Stage - AS1050


11.00-12.00: What contribution does tourism really make to sustainable development? 

In the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development through tourism Tanya Beckett of BBC World News will grill the panel about what contribution tourism really makes to local economic development. Tourism is reported to be 7% of global exports, 1.4 trillion dollars worth of exports, one in ten jobs and 10% of global GDP. The business volume of tourism equals or even surpasses that of oil exports, ‎food products or automobiles. But what contribution does tourism really make to sustainable local economic development? Does it produce quality jobs and sustainable livelihoods? How well is tourism doing when measured against the UN's Sustainable Development Goals?

12.00-13.00: The 2017 WTM Responsible Tourism Awards

Through the Awards this year at WTM London we want to recognise those who are making a difference. The change makers, those leading the way to make tourism more sustainable by taking responsibility for driving down the negative impacts of tourism and increasing the positive ones. Since 2004 we have seen some very innovative and transparent ways of reporting impacts, we have moved beyond Awarding for outputs, the funding of an initiative. This year we sought examples where people were able to report on the outcomes of their initiatives, the number of children completing a stage of education, and on the impacts, the difference that makes to their livelihoods.

Many submissions reported against a wide range of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)way beyond those which specifically mention tourism (SDGs 8, 12 &14). The Awards this year focus on the SDGs but they will be announced in the following categories, Best for Accommodation, Best for Carbon Reduction, Best for Communication, Best Community Initiative, Best for Poverty Reduction and Best Tour Operator.

Speakers include: 

  • Moderator: Tanya Beckett, Television and Radio Journalist
  • Carlos Vogeler, Executive Director for Operational Programmes and Institutional Relations, UNWTO
  • Martin Brackenbury, Director, Classic Collection Holidays
  • Harold Goodwin Responsible Tourism Partnership and WTM RT Advisor 
  • Jane Ashton Director of Sustainable Development, TUI Group
  • Dr Venu V., IAS Principal Secretary, SC, ST Development Department, Government Secretariat, Kerala, India
  • Adama Bah, ICRT, West Africa




  • Tanya Beckett


    English television and radio journalist

    Tanya has worked in broadcasting and the media for over twenty years. She started out at the FT, then went to work for CNBC, Sky News, CNN and since...

  • Martin Brackenbury


    Managing Partner of Brackenbury & Partners and Director of Classic Collection Holidays

    Formerly a Director of Thomson Travel Group, he was also a Professor at Nottingham University in the UK. (in an instititute focussing on economics...

  • Jane Ashton


    Director of Sustainability

    TUI Group

    Jane Ashton is Director of Sustainability at the German-headquartered, UK-listed TUI Group.  Jane has led the team that has accelerated the tour...

  • Harold Goodwin


    WTM Responsible Tourism Advisor

    Harold is WTM’s Responsible Tourism Advisor, he puts together the flagship Responsible Tourism programme at WTM London which attracts 2000...

  • Carlos Vogeler


    Executive Director for Member Relations

    World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

    Mr. Carlos Vogeler is currently Executive Director for Member Relations at the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), based in headquarters Madrid,...

  • Dr. Venu Vasudevan


    Principal Secretary

    Kerala Tourism

    Dr. Venu V, IAS, Principal Secretary, Kerala Tourism   A doctor by training, Dr. Venu Vasudevan joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1990...

  • 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...


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