Vector 5 · Excellence and Sustainability Speaks at the RTD7 in Barcelona

  • Josep Maria Canyelles & Albert Huerta, partners and consultants at Vector 5 · Excellence and Sustainability participate in Responsible Tourism in Destinations 7 in Barcelona - Catalonia.
  • These two experts will discuss the Responsible Tourist Destination model, drawn from the development of Socially Responsible Territories within the tourism sector. 

Social responsibility is a business approach that seeks to develop a more competitive enterprises from sustainability in all five vectors: economic, environmental, social, labor and good government, and creating confidence in stakeholders by means of it. Therefore, the methodology give great emphasis on the commitments, integration, dialogue with stakeholders, and accountability.

The need to differentiate themselves from other destinations requires leading a tourism model committed to the region and to the social, environmental, labor challenges... This differentiation strategy is appropriate to most tourist areas, either with family, industrial, cultural, sport and events, or wine tourism.

Vector 5 is leading an initiative of Responsible Tourism Destination in Penedès territories (a Catalan region), with the involvement of 4 councils and 20 companies of various tourism sub-sectors under the leadership of the Foundation Pro Penedès.

5 · Vector Excellence and Sustainability is a consulting that helps businesses and organizations develop their social excellence by managing their social responsibility in a sustainable way to provide value to both the company and the stakeholders and society as a whole. It has a specialty in CSR in the tourism sector.

7th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations

From 1st to 4th October the 7th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations will bring together over 300 professionals from international and intergovernmental organizations and national governments, as well as representatives of tourism and travel companies, to debate the challenges facing destinations seeking to achieve sustainable tourism. 

This is the first time this unique annual conference will be held in Europe, and its focus on the Mediterranean holds particular meaning owing to the magnitude, history and characteristics of tourism in this region.  The objective of these international conferences is to discuss how stakeholders in tourism can best deal with the issues that emerge around tourism activities taking place in particular destinations, with a focus on minimising the negative impacts on and maximising the benefits for local communities and their environment.

Parallel to the Conference the first Catalan Responsible Tourism Awards will be launched. These seek to recognize the best examples of organisations and individuals   and share good practices within the Catalan tourism industry. The Awards ceremony is in the evening of Friday 4th October.

Key note speakers include
o Jane Ashton, Head of Sustainable Development at Tui Travel PLC
o Gerard Brown, Director of Tourism at Routes
o Mr. Pere Duran, General Director of Barcelona Turisme
o Dr. Susanne Becken, Professor of Sustainable Tourism at Griffith University,
o M. Carla Salvadó, Strategy & Communication, Port de Barcelona
o Garry Wilson, Managing Director – Purchasing at TUI Travel PLC.

Dates: 1st to 4th October 2013
o 1st October Academic Day
o 2nd Octobter Conference Field Visit to L’Estartit and Torroella de Montgrí
o 3rd and 4th October Industry Conference http://rtd7.org/conference-program

The conference themes are:
o Widening social participation in tourism: access for all
o Managing Cruise Tourism in the Mediterranean
o Taking responsibility for the environmental impacts of tourism
o The role of government in destination planning and management
o Sense of place, responsibility and the visitor experience

·       The 7th International Conference on Responsible Tourism  in Destinations is co-chaired by Professor Harold Goodwin, an internationally renowned authority on Responsible Tourism, Professor of Responsible Tourism  Management at  Leeds Metropolitan University, and Director of the International Centre for Responsible Tourism ) and Jordi Ficapal, director of the Observatory for Responsible Tourism TSI-Tourism Sant Ignasi (Universitat Ramon Llull). The conference consists of an Academic Day, a Conference Field Trip, and a two-day Industry Conference.

·       RTD7 is hosted by TSI-Tourism Sant Ignasi (Ramon Llull University), and jointly organized by the Observatory for Responsible Tourism at TSI-Tourism Sant Ignasi and the ICRT Barcelona-Catalunya.

·       For details of the 1st Catalunya Responsible Tourism  Awards http://rtd7.org/awards

·       Venue: TSI-Tourism Sant Ignasi (Avda. Marquis de Mulhacen 40-42. ESADE Pedralbes Campus, Building 2. Barcelona)

·       For the background to the conferences go to http://www.artyforum.info/rtd.html

·       To subscribe to Responsible Tourism  News http://www.responsibletourismpartnership.org/RTMedia.html

·       a complete conference program is available at http://rtd7.org/conference-program
·       For more information and interviews contact
o   Web: www.rtd7.org
o   Tel: 93 252 28 90 (ext 2062-2061)
o   Facebook: www.facebook.com/RTD07
o   Twitter: @RTD_7


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