Responsible Tourism Week 2011 – Join the fun!

FALL IN LOVE WITH RESPONSIBLE TOURISM

The dates are set for the 2011 Responsible Tourism Week. This unconventional, online unconference begins Valentine’s Day (February 14) and continues through February 18. RT Week is a fun mash-up exploring down-to-earth applications of noble concepts including responsible tourism, the local travel movement and ecotourism with practical and inexpensive Web 2.0 technologies.

Anyone can participate by joining the conversation, either online or with local friends, neighbours and colleagues. All it takes is to reach out and engage in conversations about responsible tourism — even better if you reach out to someone new. Ideas for getting started are to use the #rtweek2011 hashtag in Twitter, check out the Responsible Tourism Networking group on Facebook, visit the Arty Forum, comment on the photos in the Ecotourism Africa Flickr group (and post your own to the group), or write your own tweet or post and share it.

Of course, you should stay tuned to ResponsibleCapeTown.co.za for the latest information, highlights, and activities from local participants and around the world. And be sure to let us know what you’re up to by e-mail (contactus@responsiblecapetown.co.za) or via Twitter (follow us on respCPT).

2011 marks the third year for RT Week, which has been initiated and activated by Planeta.com, the global journal of practical ecotourism. More about RT Week 2011 from the Planeta wiki:

The event is free and there’s no jet lag! It’s a great opportunity to learn about new initiatives and it’s an even better venue for networking — collaborating with old friends and colleagues and making new contacts. How to participate? See the suggestions here. We have options for everyone who can invest a bit of time (1 hour) to a lot of time (20 hours).

Simply put, this online unconference is an excellent way to broaden and deepen our dialogue about sustainable practice and tourism. Responsible Tourism Week encourages participants to articulate their core values and the way they put noble ideas into practice. We spotlight living, breathing examples of responsible tourism. RT Week provides an opportunity to introduce new events, tours and research projects as well as an opportunity to summarize recent events.

One of the key objectives of Responsible Tourism Week is to create incentives for continuity – we’d really like to hear updates on recent tourism conferences and events and previews of upcoming events that touch upon the core values of responsible tourism. Another key objective is to strengthen relationships with existing contacts and make new friends!

You can start the preparations now by documenting the stories you’d like to share and by registering on the Web 2.0 channels you’d like to master in 2011. During the week you’ll have the attention of the world. We will highlight the most interesting tweets on Twitter, photos on Flickr, videos on YouTube and recommended blogs and wikis.