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Responsible Travel’s ambitions to popularise responsible tourism fueled by rapid growth

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Responsible Travel, the website which brings together the world’s largest collection of responsible holidays, launches a complete overhaul of its site today with the announcement of 30% year on year growth and its ambition to popularise responsible tourism which it believes is intrinsic in tackling a growing climate of mistrust between people of different cultures, both in wider society and in tourism.

In a statement today Justin Francis, CEO of Responsible Travel lays out the company’s ambitions, and in the wake of the EU referendum calls for tourism to help spread a positive message of unity and friendship at a time when global mistrust of other cultures appears to be growing.

“In the wake of last week’s EU referendum it seems that when faced with strangers –  whether this be immigrants or EU politicians – much of the UK is getting very fearful. I think we have to ask ourselves whether our attitude to strangers is changing in a healthy way.

“Much like the country the tourism industry is also divided, between those who prefer to separate local people from tourists in all inclusive resorts and cruise ships,  and those who see meeting strangers from other parts of the world as part of the intrinsic appeal of travel.  

“For those of us active in responsible tourism our role is to help counter this growing mistrust through positive, open, friendly and fair opportunities to enjoy the company of strangers.  

“This makes it a good day to launch our newly updated website and to start our campaign to popularise responsible tourism.

“The demand for responsible tourism is there. Since 2008 there has been a steady move towards brands with a clearer ‘social purpose’ and we believe we are benefitting from customers’ increasing interest in this.

 “Responsible Travel has been growing very quickly since the start of 2015, with year on year booking revenues up over 30%. We are now growing faster than any previous point in our 15 year history. We hope to influence the rest of the industry and persuade them that a more caring form of tourism can be very commercially successful. 

“With our new site launch we are about to up our game, so too must everyone who believes in tolerant world when every stranger is a potential friend and ally.” 

Evidence of mistrust between tourists and local people can be seen across the mass tourism industry. Reacting to complaints from local residents about overcrowding and pressure on local services, Barcelona is looking to curtail the numbers of visitors it receives, the unsustainable impact of large cruise ships and associated crowds on Venice is well documented and recently all inclusive resorts in Cyprus have been accused by local residents of destroying smaller, local business reliant on tourism. Iceland has also recently stated its intention to focus its strategy on responsible tourism,  to ‘be careful’ of the cruise industry and to restrict the number of short-term holiday rentals to protect its towns’ cultural integrity as it responds to record numbers of international visitors.

Responsible Travel will now be focussing on exciting customers about responsible tourism and reclaiming from the mainstream industry the concept of travel which meets the dreams of tourists and local people through its new strapline “Helping dreamers do”.

 

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A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon

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Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.

There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.

1. The Rise Of Smart Windows

When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.

If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.

2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs

If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.

Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.

3. Low-E Windows Taking Over

It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.

They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.

4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges

Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.

The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.

5. Improving Our Current LEDs

Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.

That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.

Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too

Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.

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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”

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IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.

Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.

Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.

Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:

“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.

We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.

There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.

We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”

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