On June 1, the “Coalition Internationale pour un Tourisme Responsable” (www.coalition-tourisme-responsable.org) gathered for the sixth time this year in order to discuss matters of great importance: How can tourism be, and can it be, after all, become a more sustainable form of development? Is creative tourism as a more active and engaging form of cultural tourism in the mix? And what do the French say or do about sustainable development, enfin?
Laurie Buchet, of Ardennes Luxembourgeoises Regional Tourism Board, first told me about the conference event two months ago. We immediately decided we had to come, to listen and to join the debate, as well as using the opportunity to enjoy an interesting weekend in Paris from a “local point of view” (interactive cooking course offered through the Creative Paris network, tour with a Greeter - “Meetingthefrench.com” - Couchsurfing, etc.).