WTM panel preps responsible tourism day

Eight leading international experts in the responsible tourism sector
are joining forces on an advisory panel set up by World Travel Market
to support the inaugural WTM World Responsible Tourism Day on Wednesday
14 November.The panel - headed by Harold Goodwin, Professor Responsible Tourism
Management, International Centre of Responsible Tourism, Leeds Metropolitan
University - will advise on the development of a comprehensive programme
of events at this year’s World Travel Market. These will tackle
issues including water, poverty reduction and carbon offsetting as well
as featuring destination case studies.
The panel will also look at how WTM World Responsible Tourism Day, which
is officially supported by The UNWTO, can develop into a major, recognised
international day of action in future years - one that will act
as a catalyst for the travel and tourism industry to undertake their
own responsible tourism initiatives.
The panel consists of:
Adama Bah - Founder member of Gambia Tourism Concern and a major
player in the formation of ASSET (Association of Small Scale Enterprises
in Tourism).
Nicole Haeusler - Managing Director, mas I con tour and Associate of
the ICRT at Leeds Metropolitan University and the University of Applied
Sciences in Eberswalde near Berlin has extensive experience in Asia and
South America.
Andrew Jones - Guardian Sanctuary Resorts and Foundation of International
Responsible and Sustainable Tourism
Jamie Sweeting - Senior Director, Travel and Leisure, Conservation International
Patrick Matlou - Deputy Director General, Tourism South Africa
Gabor Vereczi - Deputy Chief, UNWTO Sustainable Development of
Tourism Department
Mandip Singh - Founder and Managing Director, Ibex Expeditions
Fiona Jeffery, Managing Director, World Travel Market comments: “World
Travel Market is absolutely delighted to have gathered such a distinguished
and experienced panel to help support WTM World Responsible Tourism Day
- the world’s most ambitious international day of industry action
to help save the planet and change lives. The day is a unique opportunity
for governments, the travel industry, local communities and travellers
to show that it is practical contributions that count, not just talk.”