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Water Scarcity

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According to a new global analysis published in the journal Science Advances this month, water shortage is one of the biggest challenges facing humanity today.

The results are fascinating and the causes are clear. Continuing population growth coupled with increasing food demand is stretching water limits around the world.

It was also interesting how rising incomes have been leading to a change in diets where people are tending to eat meat more regularly.

To read more on this article published in The Guardian Environment Section click here.

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October 05 2015 – The words on the screen a few minutes ago, “We are killing ourselves,” it’s a dramatic and not insignificant statement.  But it has the virtue of being true.

  I am passionate about the oceans because I’m passionate about life and the oceans are life.  We would not survive. John Kerry Read more.

ABTA Global Welfare Guidance for Animals in Tourism (GWG)

Categories: Fauna, Management, Operations, Planet, Report
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ABTA’s Global Welfare Guidance for Animals in Tourism (GWG) is the first report of its kind that seeks to establish concrete guidance for welfare best practice across the broadest range of animal interaction experiences. Practices that are blankly considered unacceptable today are detailed, such as elephant polo, ostrich riding and crocodile wrestling. Elsewhere, detailed specific guidance is given on the treatment of animals in captive environments, dolphins in captive environments, elephants in captive environments, wildlife viewing and working animals. Developed in partnership with the Born Free Foundation, and with input from 200 individuals and organisations around the world, ABTA’s guidelines are both pioneering and practical.

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Basic Disaster and Earthquake Preparedness Advise for Hotels and other Tourism Businesses

Categories: Management, Monitoring & Evaluation, Report, Risk Management
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The terrible earthquake in Nepal once again highlighted the need for disaster preparedness. The tourism and especially the hotel industry have a special duty of care as they deal with large numbers of people who are often not familiar with their environment and the risks of their surroundings.

There is no excuse for tourism businesses not to be as well prepared as possible. As earthquakes are listed as ‘medium probability high impact events’, preparedness, especially in developing and third world countries is often neglected. In many cases building codes are not implemented and local staff may have a risk perception that differs from international standards and common practice and so hinders optimal preparedness and response.

At the end of the day disaster preparedness needs to be enforced by management and become part of the daily agenda. Preparedness is a circular and continuous process that never ends. It includes physical and procedural preparedness.

By Alexander Kesper

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Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels Ltd Make Sustainable Progress

Categories: Accommodations, Asia, Case Study, East, Management, Operations, Planning, Private Sector, Report
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Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels ltd make sustainable progress

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ITP member Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels (HSH) has published its 2013 annual report including their progress on environmental and sustainability targets.

The report has been prepared according to the new G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative, and details the company’s environmental, social and financial performance for 2013.

HSH is one of the first companies in the world to publish its report in accordance with GRI’s G4 Guidelines and be accredited by GRI in the Materiality Matters check.

The report’s sustainability section highlights HSH’s newly launched Sustainable Luxury Vision 2020, which puts sustainability at the heart of the company’s business model and brand. With seven areas of focus covering all divisions of the business, Vision 2020 sets out more than 50 economic, social and environmental goals that HSH is committed to achieve by 2020. Vision 2020 provides a blueprint on how HSH plans to achieve its ambition of taking luxury to the next level, which is sustainable luxury. Mr Clement K.M. Kwok, Chief Executive Officer of HSH, said “To deliver on both luxury and sustainability is not without challenge, but we see a genuine opportunity to achieve this in a way that complements our heritage of quality, thoughtfulness and meticulous attention to detail. 2013 already saw some of our operations making great strides in crafting the path towards sustainable luxury.”

Read more at Green Hotelier!

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Tourism Risk Management – An Authoritative Guide to Managing Crises in Tourism

Categories: Asia, Management, Manual, Monitoring & Evaluation, Pacific, Report, Risk Management
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The purpose of this guide is to provide tourism industry members in Asia, the Pacific and beyond with an authoritative guide to risk management. Importantly, the generic risk management process has been adapted to the specific needs of tourism. The guide provides a practical framework within which tourism destinations can identify, analyse, evaluate, treat, monitor and review risks in the tourism context. Although the tourism risk management process has been developed for destinations, the same principles also apply to a tourism business or organization and can easily be adapted for their purposes.

Throughout this guide there are two fundamental roles for tourism in risk management: the first of these is as a partner with government and community agencies in the development of multi-agency, coordinated disaster management plans, systems, procedures and processes which include the needs of tourism; the second is to develop plans and procedures appropriate to a destination and to the specific roles and responsibilities of an organization, to train personnel to those plans, and to conduct regular tests of plans, procedures and personnel with subsequent amendment and update.

A Report Prepared by APEC International Centre for Sustainable Tourism (AICST)
Doone Robertson, Ian Kean, Stewart Moore

In Partnership with UNWTO and PATA

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The Peru Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2013

Categories: Americas, Report, South
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The Peru Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2013 is published by the World Economic Forum within the framework of The Global Competitiveness and Benchmarking Network and the Industry Partnership Programme for Aviation, Travel & Tourism, with support from GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

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The Contribution of Tourism to Sustainable Development and Achieving the Millennium Development Goals

Categories: Europe, Management, Monitoring & Evaluation, Operations, People and Places, Planning, Public Sector, Report, Return, West
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The purpose of this position paper is to define the framework for the field of ‘tourism’ in German development cooperation. It also serves as a reference framework with which to position the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in international organisations such as the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and for political dialogue with partner countries, within the EU, at ministerial level and across all sectors of society.

by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

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The Tourism Satellite Accounts 2007-08 Summary Spreadsheets provide each of Australia’s states and territories with comprehensive data on the economic impacts of visitor expenditure on their economies. The research has been undertaken by STCRC to help inform policy and planning initiatives for the three tiers of government and provide data for tourism industry representative bodies and tourism operators to support decisions in the areas of industry investment, advocacy, marketing, education and training. The Economic Contribution of Tourism to Australian States and Territories 2007–08 presents an overview of the economic impacts of visitor expenditure on state and territory economies as estimated in STCRC’s Tourism Satellite Accounts 2007–08. This document is intended to provide a ‘plain language’ simplified explanation of tourism’s economic contribution to Australia’s states and territories for the period 2007–08.

by Theip van Ho, Ray Spurr, Daniel Pumbudi, Peter Forsyth, Larry Dwyer and Serajul Hoque

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Tourism Satellite Account Victoria 2006/07

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