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Tourism conference set for Cape Town

The 11th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations (RTD11) will be held on 14 and 15 April at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

RTD11 presents an opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved in Cape Town, South Africa and elsewhere around the world, to document good practices applied by different producer groups, and set the agenda for change for the next 10 years.
The conference will result in a “Responsible Tourism Practitioner’s guide to realising Responsible Tourism in destinations”, reflecting the input from keynote speakers, panellists and delegates.
Conference discussions will focus on practical solutions that create prosperous and sustainable destinations, the responsibility of tourism producer groups and the partnerships needed to make it work.
The conference will: explore responsible tourism and how to secure competitive market advantage from it; discuss the issues of inclusion of marginalised citizens as producers and consumers of tourism and identify ways of making tourism more inclusive; and identify how the design of tourism products using Responsible Tourism principles can contribute to making better places for people to live in to live in and for people to visit.
The conference will be co-chaired by the City of Cape Town, Professor Harold Goodwin, Manchester Metropolitan University and International Centre for Responsible Tourism and Heidi van der Watt, Responsible Tourism South Africa. Confirmed speakers to date include: Matthias Leisenger (KUONI), Tim Williamson (responsbletravel.com), Adama Bah (ASSET Gambia & ICRT West Africa), Lee-Hendor Ruiters (National Cleaner Production Centre – South Africa) and Manisha Pande (Villageways, India ).

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