Launching Responsible Travel club of Vietnam

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Launching Responsible Travel club of Vietnam

13 May, 2010 

Hanoi, 14 May 2010 – The Responsible Travel Club of Vietnam (RTC) will have an official launching ceremony. The event aims to provide the participants private sector and tourism authorities with an understanding of RTC mission, planned actions, partners as well as why and to engage with RTC.
While tourism has brought significant economic benefits, there are growing environmental, social and cultural impacts of tourism. To address this, RTC was founded on late 2009 by Footprint Vietnam Travel; Indochina Travelland; Active Travel; Blue Swimmer Adventures; Freewheelin’ tours and La Vie Vu Linh; I travel and Sisters  Vietnam Tours with technical advice from SNV Netherlands Development Organisation. The Club aims to promote and facilitate responsible tourism in Vietnam through working closely with travel firms, NGOs, community and authorities. RTC’s ambition is to become a globally recognized practice in responsible tourism promotion and be regarded by its members and clients as the most innovative, influencing and value creating responsible travel club in Vietnam with due respect for the ecosystem, biodiversity and local cultural values.
Any tour related organisations and individuals can become a member of RTC provided that they accept the mission, vision, values, code of conducts, rules and regulations of the club and are given no-objection by the authorities to become the club member. To date RTC has 8 members. Each of the club members is committed to sustainable development and management of tourism; promote public awareness and activities on responsible tourism.
RTC works to exchange information among members, build the members’ capacity and work together for new responsible tourism products and their marketing.
In this event the RTC will also showcase an on-going responsible travel practice with Chieng Yen commune, Moc Chau district in Son La province. RTC has been working closely with SNV to provide ranges of support to the village and now finding more ways for their market.
“Working together is the key of success in responsible travel, it’s not just to give something back” said Mr. Dang Xuan Son.
Tourism businesses that are interested in learning more about and how to engage with the Responsible Travel Club can contact Mr. Dang Xuan Son, President of the of the Club at president@rtcvietnam.org

(Source: Responsible Travel club)

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