Responsible Tourism: Looking Back, Moving Ahead

Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala, India in association with RT School @ Kerala Institute of Tourism and Travel Studies (KITTS), Thiruvananathapuram, Kerala is organizing an international conference on Responsible Tourism on 27th and 28th of June 2013 at Kumarakom, Kerala, India. The theme for the conference is "Responsible Tourism: Looking Back, Moving Ahead".

The conference will look into the progress Kerala has made after the second edition of International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations (ICRTD) held at Cochin in March 2008 and will also discuss the latest advances in the field of RT across the world. The conference starts with a plenary session on 27th June 2013 and there will be parallel sessions on Economic Responsibility, Socio-cultural Responsibility and Environmental Responsibility on 28th June 2013. As part of the event, on 29th June 2013, Kumarakom will be declared as a global RT destination and a field trip is also being arranged on the day to visit the RT initiatives at Kumarakom.

Some of the dignitaries who have agreed to  grace the event with their presence and word includes Dr. Harold Goodwin(Professor in Responsible Tourism Management and Director at Leeds Metropolitan University and Director ICRT), Mr. Mason Florence Executive Director, Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office), Mr. Srilal Miththapala(Project Director, SWITCH Asia Greening Sri Lanka Hotels Project, Ceylon Chamber of Commerce), Dr. Karma Tshering (Chief, Nature, Recreation & Ecotourism Division (NRED), Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Bhutan), Mr. Christian Rogerson (Professor, School of Tourism and Hospitality, University of Johannesburg, South Africa), Mr. Adama Bah (Travel Foundation Programme Manager, Gambia) and Mr. B. Suman IAS (Secretary Tourism, Government of Kerala), Dr. V. Venu IAS Joint Secretary, MinistryofCulture, Government of India.

Important Dates

Call for abstracts open (up to 500 words)

25th February, 2013

Call for abstracts close

25th April, 2013

Authors notified of acceptance

5th May, 2013

Submission of full paper

25th May, 2013

Final acceptance for presentation

30th May, 2013


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