11th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations – 14 & 15 April 2015

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Cape Town will proudly host the 11th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations (RTD 11) on 14 and 15 April 2015 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

RTD 11 presents an opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved in Cape Town, South Africa and worldwide, to document good practices applied by different producer groups and to set the agenda for change for the next 10 years. Conference discussions will focus on practical solutions that create prosperous and sustainable urban destinations, the responsibility of tourism producer groups and the partnerships that are needed to make it work. In addition, the conference will result in a Responsible Tourism Practitioner’s Guide to Realising Responsible Tourism in Destinations.

 The RTD 11 conference will be co-chaired by the City, Professor Harold Goodwin (Manchester Metropolitan University and the International Centre for Responsible Tourism) and Heidi van der Watt (Responsible Tourism South Africa).  The line-up further includes speakers from India, the United Kingdom, the Gambia, South Africa and Namibia.

The first International Conference on RTD took place in Cape Town in 2002. The conference brought together tourism businesses, governments and inter-governmental organisations to discuss how the development of responsible tourism in Europe could build on the South African policy adopted in 1996. The 2002 Cape Town Declaration on Responsible Tourism which resulted from the conference has since placed Cape Town at the forefront of responsible tourism in South Africa and globally.

This year’s conference, like the one in 2002, aspires to review practice and set the agenda for the next decade. It also seeks to identify the best answers to the question: ‘How can tourism be used to make better places for people to live in, and better places for people to visit?’

The conference fee is R2 000 excluding VAT.

More information on the conference and the latest updates can be viewed via the following platforms:
Website: www.wtmafrica/rtd11
Twitter: Follow @respCPT or #rtdcapetown
Facebook: Responsible Cape Town