Event - Responsible Tourism Week 2012 - Volunteering: Good, Bad or Ugly?

Press Release

Highlighting Responsible Tourism week, Travel Matters in association with West Africa Discovery are hosting an event with guest speakers Ben Keene from Tribewanted and Chris Hill from Hands Up Holidays.

Voluntourism – good, bad or ugly?

Wednesday 15 February 2012 at 7pm – 9pm

Make Travel Matter Talk @

Harrisons 15 – 19 Bedford Road, London SW12 9EX

For interest to attend, contact Travel Matters by email info@travelmatters.co.uk or tel 0208 675 7878

Responsible Tourism Week is a free, five-day unconference exploring down-to-earth applications of noble concepts including responsible tourism, conscious travel, the local travel movement and ecotourism with effective and inexpensive social media and local events.


Travel Matters make it their business to not only organise bespoke holidays which minimise on negative impact whilst maximising on quality, but to educate clients as to how they can continue to make a difference in their future adventures. Karen Simmonds, owner of Travel Matters set up the awareness campaign Make Travel Matter www.maketravelmatter.co.uk

West Africa Discovery is a web portal raising awareness towards West Africa as a destination for responsible travel by actively promoting accommodation, tours and volunteer projects that implement responsible tourism principles within their activities. www.westafricadiscovery.co.uk


Tribewanted Their mission is to build sustainable communities in amazing places that benefit locals and visiting members; inspiring positive change within and far beyond the village. http://www.tribewanted.com/

Hands Up Holidays is a luxury travel company with one big difference. They want people to have more than an amazing vacation; they want them to have a remarkable experience that you will treasure forever by combining expertly-led sightseeing with meaningful community development through volunteering or philanthropy. http://www.handsupholidays.com/

Organisations of interest

Fair Trade Volunteering has been set-up to kick-start a movement towards a more transparent volunteering practice. http://fairtradevolunteering.com/

Our thanks to Meet the People Tours for supporting this event. http://meetthepeople.skedaddle.co.uk/


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