Rebecca Hawkins live at World Responsible Tourism Day – WTM 2014

Reducing Energy and Water Consumption – Good for the Environment and the Bottom Line.

RHP’s Managing Director, Rebecca Hawkins, had the opportunity to discuss how energy saving devices alone are not the way for tourism to address climate change problems.

Heading up a group of panellists presenting how tourism can address climate change, Rebecca presented alongside Rachel McCaffrey from INTASAVE, Chris Wareen from Hamlet Research and Fran Hughes from the International Tourism Partnership who, all passionate about their work, demonstrated how to understand the business case for reducing energy and water consumption and learn why it matters for our sustainability.

The session was moderated by Mark Tanzer, Chief Exec of ABTA.

See Rebecca’s round up of the presentation:

Rebecca, once again, was part of the esteemed judging panel for the World Responsible Tourism Awards, a job that gets harder and harder each year as the competition and criteria gets tougher and tougher. It’s a job Rebecca loves and confesses that “the final judging day is one of my favourite days of the year!”.

Click here to read about the Best City Hotel award, winners and runners up. This category highlights the great work of city-based properties with a creative and credible approach to responsible tourism.

The overall winners of winners ‘Campo & Parque Dos Sonhos’ and ‘South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA)’ demonstrate true leadership in the way they implement responsible tourism practices and inspire others to walk in their footsteps – the key values of winning the top award.

During the ceremony, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house hearing the passion and motivation behind these companies that embrace responsible tourism practices, tackle change and lead others in their example.