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A to host international conference on responsible tourism

2015-03-23 13:48- Traveller 24
Cape Town – How can tourism be used to make better places for people to live in, and better places for people to visit?
This is to be the key focus of the 11th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations, to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 14 – 15 April 2015.
Those who attend can expect the conference to unpack what has been achieved in Cape Town, South Africa as well as elsewhere around the world.
“It will allow for the documentation of good practices applied by different producer groups into a ‘Responsible Tourism Practitioner’s guide, which will set the agenda for change over the next 10 years,” the organisers have said.
Following is the line-up of International Speakers with discussions expected to focus on “practical solutions that create prosperous and sustainable destinations, the responsibility of tourism producer groups and the partnerships needed to make it work”.
Matthias Leisinger, Vice-President of Corporate Responsibility, Kuoni Group, Switzerland
Matthias Leisinger has been with Kuoni since 2003. He initially served as a project manager in the Environmental Affairs unit of Kuoni Switzerland, which was later restructured to a Group-level function. He was appointed Vice-President of Corporate Responsibility for the Kuoni Group in 2008.
Matthias Leisinger is also a member of the advisory boards of the Swiss Import Promotion Programme (SIPPO) and of Swisscontact, and has been chairman of “The Code”, an organization which fights the sexual exploitation of children in the tourism sector, since 2010.
Manisha Pande, Director and General Manager, Village Ways, India
Together with her husband and friends they started the first Village Ways initiative in the Himalayan foothills mainly to stop the increasing depopulation of the local rural communities of Binsar, as villagers left to find work in towns and cities. This first project established a much-needed new income stream through community-owned tourism.
Over the years, she gained experience working with many aspects of village communities and has combined this knowledge with her creative skills to bring remote tourism to the international market, promoting community-based stays in the states of Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Kerala and Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, with a roll out of further community tourism enterprises in the years to come.
Adama Bah, ASSET Gambia, Gambia
Adama Bah worked as a hotelier for 25 years and in 1995 formed a small advocacy group in Gambia known as Gambia Tourism Concern (GTC). During a GTC Workshop on Community Based Tourism Enterprises the idea of creating a trade association of small scale enterprises in tourism (ASSET) emerged www.asset-gambia.com
Adama co-founded the Institute of Travel and Tourism of Gambia and has been the Chairman of the board of directors since it was founded in 2008. www.itogambia.org
Furthermore Adama Bah founded the International Centre for Responsible Tourism-West Africa. It was established as a network of tourism professionals and regional training centre in West Africa to help in the training of a significant number of Gambian and West African men and women on issues of Responsible Tourism.
The 11th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations is hosted by the City of Cape Town and supported by RT Cape Town, Hotel Verde, Turkish Airlines, V&A Waterfront, Avis, and ImpactChoice.

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