World Responsible Tourism Day 7th November

World Responsible Tourism Day is the internationally recognised date, supported by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, that highlights how tourism can make the world a better place. This is the cutting edge of tourism in many European countries and the expectations of international visitors.

World Responsible Tourism Day is showcased at the World Travel Market in London receiving extensive media attention through BBC World sponsorship, international travel, mainstream press and travel trade media.

WRTD is used to stimulate action and focus attention on programmes which deliver economic, social and environmental benefits to communities.

It has relevance in Australia where a recurrent research theme is the need to improve domestic visitor experiences. Many of the supporters of WRTD demonstrate improved visitor experiences by the results of their responsible actions.

Learn about the supporters

and how to get involved

See which Australian businesses are participating

The date also coincides with the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards, held at the World Travel Market in London. Past winners in Australia include:

Booderee National Park & Wreck Bay Aboriginal CommunityWINNER Best Responsible Cultural Heritage Conservation

Orion Expedition CruisesWINNER Best Responsible Cruise or Ferry Operator

Kangaroo Valley Tourist Association and community groups Highly Commended Best Responsible Destination