Ethical Tourism Conference / Annual Meeting – 7th Feb 2015


One day Ethical Tourism Conference will take place on Saturday 7th February 2015. 

houseboat-2The Tourism Concern Annual Meeting and Ethical Tourism Conference will take place from 10 am on Saturday 7th February 2015 in Croydon Town Hall, East Croydon, which is a 11 min train journey from London Bridge. Direct trains from Kings Cross, Gatwick, Luton, Brighton, Victoria and London Bridge.

We are planning a full day (formally starting at 10:30am), which will include lunch, plus a chance to network with friends and colleagues. There will be updates on campaigns, our online ethical travel guide, the interactive map and discussions on future campaign activity. We will also present our latest research on consumer perspectives on all-inclusive resorts. The conference will include a debate, advice and information on travelling more ethically and an opportunity to discuss ethical travel with our partners.


10:00 – coffee / tea

10:30 – Introduction and opening: Mark Watson, Executive Director

10:40 – Issues in ethical tourism – Tourism Concern overview, followed by Q&A

11:15 – Launch of the All Inclusive: Consumer Perceptions Report

11:45 – Break

12:00 – Save Alleppey campaign – Peter Bishop

12:30  – Ethical travel guide and interactive map: Peter Bishop / Mark Watson

12:50 – Future campaigns, country guides and research needed.

13:00 – Lunch

14:00 – Ethical Tourism –  case studies

  • tamasEthiopia – Dr. Tamás Régi will talk on current issues in the lower Omo area in Ethiopia, including forced resettlement, government development plans and how the Mursi use tourism to make themselves visible in this sensitive political context. Dr. Tamás Régi is an anthropologist who conducts his research with the Mursi a semi-nomad society in South-Ethiopia. His main research interest is how tourist encounters impact upon small scale, traditional societies in Africa. He received his Ph.D. from Leeds Metropolitan University, formerly taught at the University of Sheffield and at the Sociology Department at Keimyung University, South Korea.  Currently he is an associate professor at the Tourism Department at Kodolányi János University of Applied Sciences in Budapest and a Visiting Scholar at the Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford University. Tourism, leisure and work in an east African pastoral society
  • Film – Framing the Other – The Mursi tribe lives in the basin of the Omo River in the south of the east African state of Ethiopia. The women are known for placing large plates in their lower lips and wearing enormous, richly decorated earrings. Every year hundreds of Western tourists come to see the unusually adorned natives; posing for camera-toting visitors has become the main source of income for the Mursi. To make more money, they embellish their “costumes” and finery in such a manner that less of their original authentic culture remains. FRAMING THE OTHER is a documentary film that contrasts the views of Mursi women and those of Dutch tourists preparing for a meeting. This humorous and at the same time chilling film shows the destructive impact tourism has on traditional communities.feleipe
  • Argentina – Felipe will talk on community based tourism in Argentina including best practice, limits and potential, stakeholders etc..Felipe Zalamea studied economics at La Sorbonne University in Paris, where he specialised in sustainability. He spent one year researching community-based eco-tourism initiatives and innovative social and environmental projects across South America. He saw how mass tourism threatens biodiversity, damages ecosystems and causes violations of the rights of local people, in particular workers and minorities.
  • Burma – travelling ethically and sensitively. Sam Clark – Sam is one of the Co-Founders of Experience Travel Group.  He spent two samyears in Sri Lanka researching and developing the distinct Experience Travel Group feel – a process which was interrupted by the Asia Tsunami of 2004 and following which the Experience Travel team (i.e Sam and Tom!) became ‘Aid Sri Lanka’ for 6 months. The Sri Lanka experience was ready to launch again by 2006, by which time Sam and Tom had been joined by Melissa and South East Asia  had also been scoured for our distinctive experience based approach to holidays. 

15:30 – Q&A

16:00 – Discussion

16:30 – Reception

The conference is free to attend for all Members (£35 non members) and we will have presentations from our partners, including our Ethical Tour Operators Group.  Members should register using this form and use their Member code.

Register to attend


itownhallBraithwaite Hall, Croydon Town Hall, Fell Road, Croydon CR0 1NX

5 minutes walk from East Croydon Station – direct trains from London Bridge (12mins), Victoria (14mins), St Pancras (28mins), Gatwick Airport (15 mins) and Brighton (40mins)map

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