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Irresponsible Tourism is a forum designed to give YOU an opportunity to blow the whistle on practices in the travel and tourism industry which you think are irresponsible, and to discuss them with others.



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IRRESPONSIBLE Links

Cheat Neutral
Spoof website mocking the concept of carbon offset

Holidays Uncovered
The real truth about package holidays and hotels

RESPONSIBLE Links

ICR Tourism
Leeds Metropolitan University's International Centre for Responsible Tourism

ArtyForum
Responsible Travel Forum

Responsible Tourism Partnership
A not-for-profit organisation that works in partnerships to improve destinations for local people and their visitors

World Responsible Tourism Day
World Travel Market World Responsible Tourism Day

Responsible Tourism Awards
Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards

Responsible Tourism is about “making better places for people to live in and better places for people to visit.” Responsible Tourism requires that operators, hoteliers, governments, local people and tourists take responsibility, take action to make tourism more sustainable.

The Cape Town Declaration recognises that Responsible Tourism takes a variety of forms, it is characterised by travel and tourism which:

  1. "minimises negative environmental, social and cultural impacts;
  2. generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhances the wellbeing of host communities, by improving working conditions and access to the industry;
  3. involves local people in decisions that affect their lives and life chances;
  4. makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage and to the maintenance of the world’s diversity;
  5. provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural and environmental issues;
  6. provides access for physically challenged people; and
  7. is culturally sensitive and engenders  respect between tourists and hosts.”

Behaviour can be more or less responsible and what is responsible in a particular place depends upon environment and culture.
 

The converse is irresponsible tourism. This is a whistle blowing, campaigning and discussion forum for anyone who is concerned about irresponsible tourism and who wants to draw it to the attention of others and the media; or to discuss what can be done about it.

Many are now beginning to use the language of responsible tourism whilst doing nothing or worse being irresponsible. Use this site to criticise, debate and campaign. Exercise your responsibility, don’t just mutter - call people to account.

If you have photographs, documents or weblinks which you want to share paste them into your post on the forum or send them to info@irresponsibletourism.info