Susanne Becken chairs environmental theme at RTD7

Dr Susanne Becken, professor of sustainable tourism at Griffith University Australia, will be chairing ‘Taking responsibility for the environmental impacts of tourism’ one of five themes at the 7th RTD. Responsible Tourism in Destinations: Barcelona – Catalunya 1-4th October 2013.
The conference includes an academic day and two day conference for tourism professionals. This is the first responsible tourism in destination conference to be held in Spain and includes an international list of expert speakers, case studies and working sessions.
With tourism recognised as a major economic contributor to the world economy and the primary economic driver to many destinations, this conference demonstrates a broad awareness that tourism must take responsibility for its negative impacts and use its positive benefits to make destinations better places for people to live in and better places for people to visit.
Responsible tourism makes business sense because “The produce we sell is the people and environment – so we have an obvious interest in protecting them” Jane Ashton now Head of Sustainable Development at TUI Travel PLC. The RTD7 programme demonstrates the momentum that the responsible tourism agenda has achieved in Europe since the Cape Town Declaration in 2002.

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