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Jeremy Smith
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South Africa has just announced that last year 1,004 white rhinos were poached in the country, up from 668 the year before and just 13 in 2007. An ever-worsening tragedy in itself, and the threat to South Africa’s responsible tourism industry, which plays a huge role in protecting habitat and providing jobs, is vast.

In my latest blog I ask: Is managed hunting part of the solution to the poaching of Southern Africa’s wildlife? And how can this fit with responsible tourism?

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"Worldwide, the accessible tourism market is 1.3bn people, which when their friends and family are considered, increases to a market of 2.2bn people. Together they control over US$8 trillion in annual disposable income. This is not a niche." My latest blog for WTM Responsible Tourism, on the growth of the accessible tourism market and the change of mindset needed to respond to it.

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Do online travel agents and booking sites meet their legal requirements when it comes to providing passengers and airlines with necessary information about accessibility and aviation?

The latest WTM Responsible Tourism blog from Jeremy Smith. 

Does anyone know how to add an image map to a header in genesis Prose? I have generated the html code, I just need to know where it should go. 

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Talking at this tomorrow. Tune in and let us know what you think. 
Broadcast live from LONDON. Join our G+ broadcast of the Travel Salon, an intimate gathering of writers and travelers. After sellout evenings in NYC, San Francisco, Los Angeles and London the Salon returns to London for a discussion of the Adventures of Eco-Tourism with an amazing line up of industry thought leaders. 

Join a panel of experts in responsible tourism to discuss how your next adventure can nurture the people and places you visit....without losing an iota of its adventure and inspiration. This discussion will cover the following questions:
-The “Eco” Niche: great way to get attention or marginalizing the topic? 
-Beyond offsets: other tips for greening your trip? 
-How much of a difference does turning your trip eco really make? 

Panelists:

Jeremy Smith is a writer specializing in environment, tourism and sustainable business. He is the founder of Fair Game, the only website dedicated to supporting safari’s efforts to address the poaching crisis threatening much of our most endangered wildlife. 

Formerly editor of The Ecologist, he co-wrote (with Richard Hammond of Greentraveller) Clean Breaks - 500 New Ways to See the World, Rough Guides' only guidebook dedicated to responsible tourism and winner of Planeta's best guidebook for 2009. He's also a communication strategist who provides branding and communication services for clients in the responsible tourism and environmental sphere

Catherine Mack is a freelance travel writer specialising in responsible travel.  She was the winner of the Virgin Holidays Best Travel Writer in Responsible Tourism Award 2011, has written for  The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Guardian, The Observer, Metro and is a travel columnist for National Geographical Traveller UK and  The Green Parent magazine. She was a regular ‘Ethical Traveller’ columnist for The Irish Times for four years, and still writes regular destination features for them. She's the author of the Ireland Green Travel app by SutroMedia.

Catherine published her first guidebook in June 2008, Ecoescape:Ireland. Trips include weaving with the Berbers in Morocco, working with the Maasai in Kenya, walking across The Alps with a donkey,  deep sea fishing off Ireland’s Mayo coast, swimming from island to island in Croatia, learning how to press olives in Crete, and sleeping in a tipi on Cape Clear Island off Ireland’s South West coast. 

Justin Francis co-founded Responsible Travel, the world’s first and largest travel agent dedicated to green/responsible tourism in 2001. Prior to that he spent 10 years at J. Walter Thompson Advertising and was Head of Worldwide Marketing at The Body Shop. 

Since 2004 Justin has organised and run the worlds’ most prestigious Award scheme for responsible holidays - the World Responsible Tourism Awards.  In 2010 responsibletravel.com partnered with National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK to launch www.our-land.co.uk.

Gill Williams is journalist and television producer specialising in conservation and sustainable tourism.She co-founded greentravelguides.tv, a web show about sustainable tourism.  The show covers issues such as logging and reforestation in Sumatra, invasive species in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean and sustainable farming in Britain.  

She is author of 100 Alien Invaders, a popular science book highlighting the serious dangers of invasive species to life on Earth. Gill is an environmental lobbyist and consultant. She was formerly the travel editor of the Sunday Mirror, travel columnist for The Guardian, as well as TV, radio producer and broadcaster.
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