To implement the model, aimed at development of village and local communities, eradicating poverty and giving emphasis to women empowerment, Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board in association with ADTOI- MP Chapter (Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India) is hosting an International Symposium on Responsible Tourism for ‘International Centre for Responsible Tourism’, UK (ICRT) along with conducting the 2022 WTM (World Travel Market ) World Tourism Award (India Awards) in Bhopal.
Announcing the event Sheo Shekhar Shukla, Principal Secretary, Tourism & Managing Director, Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board told media persons that the event which will commence on August 30 will last till September 10.
An ICRT team having representatives from different countries including, UK, Australia, South Africa, France will visit different destinations of Madhya Pradesh. The team will be led by Harold Goodwin, founder director of ICRT and Managing Director of the Responsible Tourism Partnership.
The team will be visiting Madhya Pradesh’s rich heritage sites and villages that are developed under Rural Tourism. They will be exploring Gramstays, local excursions, traditional cuisine and cultural programmes as well. They will also be reviewing Project Clean Destination (Solid Waste Management) at Madla, Project Humsafar at Orchha, and Project Responsible Souvenir at Madla.
An art and craft exhibition will also be conducted from 5th September to 10th September at Kushabhau Thakre Convention Centre.
The International Centre for Responsible Tourism (ICRT) is a network of people who support the Cape Town Declaration through their work and it has a number of sister organisations, affiliate centre. The ICRT was established in 2002 by Harold Goodwin as part of the legacy of the 1 st International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations and the Cape Town Declaration of 2002.
Harold Goodwin is a Professor Emeritus and Responsible Tourism Director at the Institute of Place Management at Manchester Metropolitan University, Managing Director of the Responsible Tourism Partnership and adviser to the World Travel Market on its Responsible Tourism programme at WTM London, which attracts 2000 participants each year, and WTM Africa and Latin America and Arabian Travel Market.