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Blue & Green Daily: Tuesday 15 April headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. Should I stay or should I go? The environmental tourist’s travel dilemma A sustainable investment revolution must emerge from the IPCC’s stark...


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Should I stay or should I go? The environmental tourist’s travel dilemma

True environmental travel is about education, and not about taking selfies with a bottlenose dolphin. We rocked and rolled across the sand dunes of Fraser Island – the largest sand island in the world, off the coast of Queensland, Australia. Our guide told us how unique the location is, how...


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Book review: Taking Responsibility for Tourism – Harold Goodwin (2011)

Taking Responsibility for Tourism, Harold Goodwin’s 2011 book, is an engaging and interesting read. In the context of a rapidly growing and increasingly wealthy global population, its messages are important for us all. Goodwin’s unrivalled grasp of the subject means the book serves as a compelling call to arms...


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Solar powered plane plans around the world flight

A new solar powered aircraft, the Solar Impulse 2, will attempt to fly around the world next year without any fuel. The plans will see the plane fly for five consecutive days in March 2015. The plane gathers all the energy it needs to power the engines and recharge...


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Pura Vida! Costa Rica, where life is so sweet

No-one leaves Costa Rica without the above phrase echoing in their head like tropical birdsong. It perfectly encapsulates the spirit of a country which sees its natural resources as an integral part of its economy and simultaneously manages them with sustainability as a core principle. My destination for this...


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New tourism report: hotel workers plagued by low wages and long hours

How does the all inclusive hotel model in the tourism sector affect the rights of employees? This is the underlying question that a report launched last month by campaign group Tourism Concern sought to assess and ultimately shed light on. The new research, supported by the International Federation of...


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Responsible Tourism in Destinations (RTD8) conference: day one – morning

Leading figures from the travel and tourism industry gathered in Manchester on Thursday for the eighth international Responsible Tourism in Destinations (RTD8) conference. Here’s what was said in the morning session on day one.  For a review of the afternoon session on day one, see here.  Few events in...


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International Tourism Partnership: the hotels that are shaping the future of tourism

There are thousands of them in every corner of the world and they are visited by hundreds of millions of people each year. Alex Blackburne speaks with Stephen Farrant, director of Business in the Community’s International Tourism Partnership, about making hotels agents of sustainable change. After the 1992 United...


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Ecotourism flourishes when local people are engaged with sustainability

‘Green’ is a term that has been getting on my goat during my travels. Everyone is green; everyone is eco-friendly. Simply by virtue of operating outside – which let’s face it, we all do at some point, even if only when walking from the front door to the car...


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Sustainable transport: Exeter to showcase world’s leading green cars

Some of the world’s leading and most advanced electric and hybrid cars will descend on Exeter next month, where the public will be given the opportunity to test drive top models from the likes of BMW, Lexus and Renault. The Green Car Showcase is part of the Renewable Energy...


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Ofgem orders inquiry into energy market competition

The energy regulator Ofgem has confirmed it will conduct an inquiry into competition within the energy market. The announcement comes just days after consumers and businesses called for “radical changes” to the sector. Ofgem said it had taken action to “remove uncertainty” for the energy market by proposing an...


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Travel Foundation: sustainable tourism will soon be ‘the only way to do business’

Ahead of the eighth Responsible Tourism in Destinations (RTD8) conference in Manchester next week, the Travel Foundation’s acting chief executive Salli Felton speaks to Blue & Green Tomorrow about how travel organisations can create lasting change. At the event, which takes place April 3-5, Felton is taking part in...


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Sustainable tourism is an instrument to ‘protect nature and alleviate poverty’

The eighth international Responsible Tourism in Destinations (RTD8) conference takes place in Manchester on April 3-5. Elise Allart, sustainable tourism manager at the Dutch tour operator TUI Nederland, is among the speakers at the event. She will be delivering a keynote speech on April 4 on the responsibilities of...


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Manchester to host Responsible Tourism in Destinations conference

The eighth international Responsible Tourism in Destinations (RTD8) conference is being held at Manchester Metropolitan University on April 3-5. Coinciding with both English Tourism Week and Responsible Business Week, the event is set to attract delegates from all over the world, in an effort to address the challenges of...


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Resonance: matching social enterprise with investment

As interest in social enterprises continues to grow, social impact investment firm Resonance represents an innovative way to connect social organisations with responsible investors. It aims to match social enterprises with investors who share their values and want to invest in sustainable, well-planned projects. The organisation is currently working...


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