History of the show

  • Making change happen

    In 2002, 280 representatives from all sectors of tourism from 20 countries attended the Cape Town Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations, preceding the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. A declaration on responsible tourism was agreed.

  • The 2002 Cape Town declaration agreed that responsible tourism:

    • minimises negative economic, environmental and social 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 meaningful 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
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    More details on WTM Responsible Tourism and WTM World Responsible Tourism Day (WRTD).

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