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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism

Tourism in the North Pennines is based on the area’s natural assets or special qualities, qualities which also lie at the heart of quality of life for local people.

The AONB Partnership works in a variety of ways with tourism organisations, businesses and communities to promote sustainable tourism – tourism which takes into account the needs of the environment, local residents, businesses and visitors – both now and in the future.

Annual Tourism Forum

This year’s Tourism Forum was scheduled for mid-March 2020 and unfortunately we had to postpone due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The theme was ‘slow tourism’ and we hoped to explore whether this approach (slowing down, seeing less, experiencing more) fitted with what we have to offer to visitors to the North Pennines AONB and UNESCO Global Geopark. We have identified Tuesday 20 October for a re-scheduled forum – hopefully we will be able to go ahead in some shape or form (be it virtual or face-to-face).

The fourth North Pennines Tourism Forum was held in May 2019. The theme was ‘Digital Landscapes’… developing, integrating and interacting. Over 50 people attended and went away buzzing with ideas to embrace digital in their own businesses.

Tourism Toolkit

To help businesses, community groups, individuals and charities to gain benefit from being located in/operating in the North Pennines AONB & UNESCO Global Geopark the AONB Partnership has produced a Tourism Toolkit. Signing up to the toolkit allows access to a series of resources, including: seven North Pennines Locator Logos; copyright free images; example marketing copy; and social media channel lists.

It is free to sign up to and will be regularly updated with new resources to help your communications, PR and marketing. More information and  sign up here.

Tourism Working Group

The responsible tourism work of the AONB Partnership is guided by its Tourism Working Group. The group meets three times a year and is chaired by Pauline Elliott/Ian Baker – owners and managers of Ninebanks Youth Hostel.

Keeping in touch

The AONB Partnership produces a Sustainable Tourism Enewsletter designed for tourism businesses in and around the North Pennines. Subscribe here.

If you are on Facebook you could join the North Pennines Tourism Networking Group – this group is for tourism businesses/professionals operating in the AONB. Its purpose is to encourage networking, working together and information sharing across the area – in relation to developing Responsible Tourism linked to the area’s special qualities.

  • More information is available from Shane Harris the Responsible Tourism Lead at the North Pennines AONB Partnership – 07500 972518 / shane@northpenninesaonb.org.uk

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