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  • This Panda Bear Is Actually a Solar Farm and It’s Saving China

      The adorable creature is the new face of the solar energy initiative.   As the country’s national animal, pandas are everywhere in China. They appear on fuzzy slippers, crackers, and coins. And now, the beloved bear will make an appearance in a new field, quite literally: solar energy farms. The Chinese energy company Panda Green Energy Group is building more »
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  • So What Exactly Is In The Paris Climate Accord?

      Representatives from 196 nations made a historic pact on Dec. 12, 2015, in Paris to adopt green energy sources, cut down on climate change emissions and limit the rise of global temperatures — while also cooperating to cope with the impact of unavoidable climate change. The agreement acknowledges that the threat of climate change is “urgent and potentially irreversible,” more »
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  • Plastic pollution doesn’t just make for an ugly beach day. It’s contaminating our food chain

      There’s a big lie about plastic — that you can throw it away. But that’s not true; there is no “away.” Plastic bottles, plastic bags, snack wrappers, foam takeout containers, foam coffee cups, packing materials: these common, everyday items make up 85% of our waste stream. These items aren’t biodegradable and our ability to recycle them is limited.   more »
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  • How to plan a responsible wedding

      June is a popular month in western countries for getting married. Couples who are approaching the final preparations for their big day have many things on their minds and therefore sustainability may be the least of their worries.   However, here are some tips to help wedding planners and venue operators show leadership in sustainable practices, making sure that more »
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  • Supermarket giant to slash emissions 60% by 2025, 100% renewable by 2030

      UK supermarket giant Tesco is not exactly popular with the deeper green environmentalist crowd. In fact, when they planned on opening one of their Tesco Express convenience stores in my hometown of Bristol, it literally resulted in riots. But while there’s legitimate concern around the oversized power that Tesco wields to transform our high streets, it’s hard to deny more »
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  • 3 easy ways to tackle plastic

    Did you know? Our planet cannot digest plastic Plastic makes up about 90% of ocean pollution in the world In China, 3 billion single-use plastic bags are used every day The average plastic bag is only used for less than 15 minutes   The problem with plastic is that it’s inexpensive and therefore disposable. And when it’s so disposable, there more »
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  • With Government in Retreat, Companies Step Up on Emissions

      The Trump administration may be pondering a retreat from the United States’ climate commitments, but corporate America is moving ahead with its own emissions goals. Nearly half of the Fortune 500 biggest companies in the United States have now set targets to shrink their carbon footprints, according to a report published Tuesday by environmental organizations that monitor corporate emissions more »
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  • Tourism Industry In The Pacific To Benefit From Renewable Energy And Energy Efficient Options

    The South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH will enter into a partnership to collaborate on strengthening tourism in the Pacific region. The long-term objective is to advise the tourism industry, in particular the hotel sector, on renewable energy and energy efficiency options. Signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Suva today, GIZ more »
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  • PATA Celebrates Earth Day 2017 – Everyone can be a hero

    Since this year’s Earth Day falls on a weekend, PATA decided to celebrate a little early. For this year’s Earth Day, our Green Team invited Mr Poonyos Kumpolkunjana, founder of Paper Ranger a local Bangkok non-profit, to give our team a workshop, titled, “Everyone can be a hero.”   On Tuesday, 18 April, Mr. Kumpolkunjana came to the PATA Engagement Hub more »
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  • Think before you print – Your paperless office

      Earth Day, Saturday, 22 April, is all about environmental protection.   We’ve all heard about the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle), which help to reduce pollution caused by waste, conserve natural resources, save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.   Many industries, including the tourism sector, are big contributors to environmental pollution; however, with proper waste management, a business can more »
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  • Earth Hour 2017 – it’s more fun with the lights out

      Remembering to switch off lights in an unoccupied room makes a big difference to our planet’s energy bill. Switching off your lights during Earth Hour on March 25 shows your commitment to the planet. Our actions today can change our world for tomorrow. Here are some creative ways to spend your Earth Hour:   1. Candlelight dinner or indoor more »
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  • Surprising Ways Your Vacation Can Impact The Environment

      What happens on vacation stays on vacation, right? Well, if you’re talking about the impact of your vacation footprint, almost the exact opposite is true. We’ve partnered with Harrah’s Resort SoCal to share some surprising stats about how you’re expending energy on your trips ― and exactly how you can make a difference the next time you travel.   more »
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  • Reduce your holiday carbon emissions

      Did you know that one long haul return flight can produce more carbon dioxide per passenger than the average UK motorist in one year? You can follow these easy steps to lower your carbon footprint during the holidays. Make the best of your experience and help to save our planet:   Before you leave: Pack light. The more weight more »
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  • Denmark reduces food waste by 25% in five years with the help of one woman – Selina Juul

    Never underestimate the power of one dedicated individual. A woman has been credited by the Danish Government for single-handedly helping the country reduce its food waste by 25 per cent in just five years. Selina Juul, who moved from Russian to Denmark when she was 13 years old, was shocked by the amount of food available and wasted at supermarkets. more »
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  • Today all Dutch trains are powered 100% by wind energy

    In the Netherlands all NS’s 1.200.000 train trips per day are now without any CO2 emissions. A world’s first! As from 1 January 2017 100% of Dutch electric trains are powered by wind energy.  The Dutch railways company NS is the world’s first railway company that gets 100% of its energy from wind energy. Dutch railways now 100% powered by wind energy. Source: more »
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  • Go green this Christmas with eco-friendly decorations

    The festive season is here! You can already see red and green decorations and hear ‘Silent Night’ being played everywhere you go. Homes are lit up with fairy lights and Christmas trees are being put up and decorated. But do try not to get too carried away by the holiday spirit and forget all those sustainable habits that you’ve been working more »
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  • Turning Landfills and Cleantech Facilities into a Tourist Attraction

    As the tourist industry is looking for new attractions, and with tourists’ growing awareness of environmental issues of tourists, new kind of attractions are popping up: landfills and cleantech facilities. A few places around the world have transformed former landfills into nature parks. The Hiriya Center for Environmental Education in Israel, for example, attracts domestic and international tourists as well more »
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  • Jetwing Yala, Yala, Sri Lanka

    2015 PATA Grand Award– Environment The Success of Self-reliance Jetwing Yala, Yala, Sri Lanka Akin to a phoenix rising from the ashes – recovering after a decade from the devastating tsunami of 2004 – Jetwing brings a truly ‘at-one-with-nature’ concept to a more refined and elegant form with Jetwing Yala. Set within the immediate outskirts of the Yala National Park, Jetwing more »
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  • Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards – Finalists’ Case Studies

    In September 2015, Wild Asia revealed the winners of the ninth Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards at PATA Travel Mart in Bangalore, India. Winners of the awards represent leadership in commitment to benefiting their local communities and natural environment, whilst providing authentic and meaningful travel experiences for visitors from around the world. The Awards are based in the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria, and all more »
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  • How Washing Machines Could Use a Lot Less Water

    Earlier this year, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology hosted the inaugural MIT Water Innovation Prize, inviting attendees from around the world to pitch their water-conservation device or business to a panel of judges for a chance to win grants totaling $30,000. April Wolfe Read more.
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  • Solar Heaters: Let the Sun Work for You for Free

    “The numbers of guests have doubled because thanks to the solar panels, the guest houses have functioning showers and warm water is made available for kitchen use,”says Marie Marku from Theth National Park in Albania. Solar thermal systems use the sun’s light energy to heat water and can be especially efficient in heating water in areas where sunlight is abundant. more »
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  • Green Hotel Bookings Made Easy

    Looking to stay at a green hotel? Here we give you a presentation of the top sustainable and eco-friendly hotel booking engines. Now there is no excuse not to stay green! Peter Berg Schmidt. Read more.
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  • Responsible Tourism Toolkit – Part 1 Energy Saving Tips

    We all know that becoming more energy efficient as a tourism business doesn’t just make business sense by reducing your operational costs, but also helps to minimise and reduce the environmental impact of your business. by Dr. Louise de Waal
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  • How Solar Lanterns Are Giving Power to the People

    Prashant Mandal flips on a candy-bar-size LED light in the hut he shares with his wife and four children. Instantly hues of canary yellow and ocean blue—reflecting off the plastic tarps that serve as the family’s roof and walls—fill the cramped space where they sleep. Michael Edison Hayden Read more.
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  • Reducing traffic congestion, carbon emissions and accidents while increasing travel speed

    November 12, 2015 – Intelligent Mobility is an integrated approach towards achieving the global transportation industry’s three key goals of safer, cleaner and leaner mobility through creating vehicles that promote an eco-driving experience, are insulated from crash fatalities and are tuned to combat congestion. Read more.
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  • Patagonia: sustainable travel.

    Patagonia is an extremely appealing destination for tourists and obviously requires suitable accommodation structures, both from an architectural and environmentally sustainable point of view. Here are three hotels, each of which in a difference way, but with great care and responsibility, offers a truly unforgettable stay. The Hotel Awasi in Tercera Barranica delicately fits into its setting and stands out for more »
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  • The sustainable vegetables that thrive on a diet of fish poo

    November 10 2015 – Who needs soil when you have a fish tank? “Aquaponics” combines growing plants in water, or hydroponics, with fish cultivation, or aquaculture. It’s a symbiotic process that has its roots in Asian farming practices reaching back thousands of years. Brain Snyder Read more.
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  • St. Kitts resort launches first fully organic, edible golf course

    Imagine a golf course with acres of an unproductive turfgrass monoculture traded for fertile farmlands yielding fruits and vegetables, a course that is fully organic, where hundreds of grazing sheep help the lawnmowers and where water recycled though wetlands is reused for irrigation. In December 2015, Belle Mont Farm on Kittitian Hill, a new sustainable luxury destination on the island more »
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  • Scottish EU-funded project launched that will help remote and rural airports to reduce their carbon footprint

    November 05 2015 – A three-year, €2.4 million ($2.6m) project has been launched in Scotland to heighten awareness of the importance to rural and remote communities of local air services and to use innovative technologies to make them as cost effective and environmentally friendly as possible. Green Air Communications Read more.
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  • Icehotel to welcome guests year-round with a little help from the sun

    November 03 2015 – As always, the annual reopening of the Icehotel is a big deal. Each winter, visionary Swedish entrepreneur Yngve Bergqvist’s nippy and never-the-same hostelry reemerges from the frozen tundra more than 120 miles north of the Arctic Circle in a completely unique form. Matt Hickman Read more.
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  • REI to shut all 143 stores and pay employees to #OptOutside on Black Friday

    October 28 2015 – Every year on Black Friday, stores across the United States post deep discounts to encourage consumers to buy more. This year, however, the co-op REI is instead shutting every single one of its 143 stores across the country and paying their staff to go outside. Jeremy Smith Read more.  
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  • Suriname indigenous leaders protest airport expansion and land confiscation

      October 26 2015 – Indigenous communities are protesting the expansion of Suriname’s international airport. The airport has obtained title to the neighbouring, indigenous land, and wants to expell most of the population of the Arawak villages Hollandse Kamp and Witsanti. Indigenous people reject the airport’s claim that they are the trespassers. Jeremy Smith Read more.
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  • Portland, Oregon Uses Toilet Turbines to Power City – Genius!

    February 24 2015 – Portland, Oregon has started using something called toilet turbines as a source of renewable energy, and it’s one of those ideas that makes everyone slap their forehead and say, “of course!” The idea behind the concept of a toilet turbine is remarkably simple. Scott Falkner Read more.
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  • NamibRand Safaris (PTY LTD): Wolwedans Collections – Namibia

    NamibRand operates Wolwedans Collections – four low-impact, solar-powered safari camps in the private NamibRand Nature Reserve. The reserve, established two decades ago on degraded former livestock farms, today serves as a model of biodiversity conservation balanced with financial sustainability. Download
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  • Air New Zealand

    Air New Zealand has embarked on significant environmental management programmes that involve all areas of their operations, including airline engineering, marketing, staff, suppliers, customers, tourists and external partners. Over the past eight years, Air New Zealand has achieved a 15% reduction in carbon emissions during a period when their business was growing. Download
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  • Feynan Ecolodge

    The first ecolodge in Jordan, the Feynan Ecolodge supports the local communities and wildlife of the Dana Biosphere Reserve, while introducing guests to the lifestyles and legacy of the Bedouin. It is run on 100% sustainable power and 80% of products used at the lodge are purchased from within 60km radius. Likewise all the onsite employees are hired from local more »
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  • Costa Navarino

    In order to have a vision, it helps to have a captain at the helm, and Temes S.A had just that. Messinia, in the Peloponnese region of Greece, was the home of shipping magnate Captain Vassilis Constantakopoulos who sought to invest in protecting the land he loved. Although he passed away in 2011, his aim to create luxury, sustainable tourism more »
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  • Chepu Adventures Ecolodge

    Sustainability is a mantra that beats quietly throughout Chepu, an off grid eco-lodge on Chiloe Island, built with sustainable materials. The owners constantly reinvest in eco technology not only to improve their footprints but also to educate guests. Herein lies the innovation. They have installed sensors in water and electric sources, and disseminate usage data to tablets in each bedroom. more »
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  • Sri Lanka Green Hotel Initiative Makes National Impact

    With just over a year to go, the three-year, EU-funded Greening Sri Lanka Hotels (GSLH) programme has established itself as the ‘main platform for tourism sustainability in Sri Lanka’, according to project director Srilal Miththapala. In addition to its original aim of supporting hotels to reduce waste, water use and energy consumption (more than 280 businesses have signed up to more »
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  • LUX* Resorts Adopt HCMI

    LUX Resorts has adopted the International Tourism Partnership’s Hotel Carbon Management Initiative (HCMI) protocol as an integral part of their Carbon Measurement and Mitigation strategy. For LUX Resorts – a collection of premium resorts on islands across the Indian Ocean – sustainability is top of their agenda. A comprehensive environmental policy governs their green commitment.  In addition to setting attainable more »
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  • A New Eco Member for Peninsula Tokyo’s Fleet

    The Peninsula Tokyo has become the first hotel in Japan to add a customised all-electric vehicle with zero tailpipe emissions in Japan From November 1, 2014, The Peninsula Tokyo will welcome the ninth addition to its customized car fleet, a Tesla Model S. Available to registered guests for hired chauffeured service, the full-size, all-electric luxury lift back has been finished to more »
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  • Green Destinations: Singapore

    This skyscraper filled city is not the first place you would think of when it comes to sustainable destinations. But watching young, fast-moving cities turn to the sustainable agenda is both important and pleasing, even if there’s a long road ahead. Some of Singapore’s biggest hotels have very high standards when it comes to sustainability. Marina Bay Sands, for example, more »
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  • Solar Power

    Why should you consider solar technology? The hotel sector is energy-intensive. Using cleaner and cheaper energy sources will help to reduce operational costs and increase competitiveness and sustainability. In the UK, the hospitality sector spends over £1bn every year on energy. It is responsible for producing 3.5m tonnes of carbon emissions per year, but if the hotel industry reduced its more »
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  • Energy Efficiency in the Kitchen

    Commercial kitchens are high energy users, consuming roughly 2.5 times more energy per square foot than any other commercial space, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Of that, as little as 40% is used in the preparation and storage of food, says the UK’s Carbon Trust; much of the wasted energy is dispersed into the kitchen. The technology more »
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  • The Sustainable Bathroom

    Introduction to more sustainable bathrooms Bathrooms make up a significant proportion of a hotel’s total water and energy consumption. According to the American Water Works Association, for example, a US hotel’s average water consumption is between 382 to 787 litres (84 to 173 UK gallons) per room per day, significantly more than the average US household daily use of 315 more »
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  • The Sector Project Sustainable Development through Tourism

    of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) at a Glance by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Download  
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  • Every Company is an Energy Company… and if it isn’t, it will be soon

    A decade from now, a company without an “energy and sustainability” department could be as unusual as one without a human resources department. Either that, or it might be out of business.    The sooner companies begin to understand and actively manage their energy use—and their energy sources, including possible ways to produce their own energy—the faster they’ll enter a more more »
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  • Energy Efficient Lightning: An EarthCheck Fact Sheet

    Improving the efficiency of lighting can be one of the most simple and cost effective strategies for tourism operations seeking to reduce energy consumption. This fact sheet will help to provide useful information on different types of lighting and tips on how to balance functionality, cost and environmental considerations.    Includes case studies on Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, more »
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  • Efficient Air Conditioning: An EarthCheck Fact Sheet

    The use of air conditioners varies significantly within the tourism sector and depends greatly on climate and, for some sectors such as hotels, air conditioning can contribute up to 50% of their overall energy use. Here. EarthCheck outlines different air conditioning systems and ways to enhance their energy efficiency.      Also includes three case studies: The Alto Hotel, Melbourne, Australia; The more »
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  • Sustainable Regions Executive Summary: Airlie Beach, Mackay Region, North Stradbroke Island & Winton

    In responding to global concern over climate change, Queensland is moving to become a world-leading ‘guilt-free’ destination. Tourism Queensland is working towards building sustainable destinations and supporting global best practice in tourism through its Sustainable Regions program. Prepared by EarthCheck, this Final Report signifies the conclusion of the Sustainable Regions pilot program delivered in five regions: Airlie Beach, Magnetic Island, more »
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  • Lighting Up The Urban Agenda: Royal Philips Electronics

    Cities account for 75% of the world’s energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. To tackle this, governments increasingly apply legislative measures to reign in carbon emissions and meet internationally agreed targets, while at the same time they commit significant investment towards infrastructure projects that stimulate growth and drive a sustainable global economy. by www.rtcc.org Download
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  • Investing in Clean Energy: How Can Developed Countries best Help Developing Countries Finance Climate-friendly Energy Investments?

    This paper summarises four separate, national studies, examining and making estimates of the costs of installing renewable and low-carbon electricity generation capacity in China, India, Nigeria and South Africa. Specific sectors examined are: hydro, wind and solar in China; solar in India; gas and small-scale hydro in Nigeria, and solar and wind in South Africa. by Global Climate Network Download
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  • EarthCheck Research Institute Fact Sheet 4: Efficient Water Heating

    Both boilers and hot water systems can waste a lot of water and energy if they are not operated efficiently. This fact sheet provides a list of opportunities to help ensure your site’s system is operating as efficiently as possible. by EarthCheck Research Institute Download
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  • EarthCheck Research Institute Fact Sheet 3: Efficient Air Conditioning

    Efficient heating and cooling systems are an essential part of guest comfort in tourism facilities. The use of heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems (also known as HVAC) are used to both heat and cool the air as well as control humidity and remove dust. The use of these systems varies significantly within the tourism industry depending on climate; for more »
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  • EarthCheck Research Institute Fact Sheet 2: Efficient Lighting

    Increasing the efficiency of lighting is one the simplest and most cost effective ways  to reduce energy consumption. There are many different options today to suit a range of lighting needs and the slightly higher price for ‘greener’ bulbs is generally offset fairly quickly by the energy savings.     This fact sheet provides useful information on how to balance cost with more »
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  • Reducing the Eco-Footprint of Hotels: Destino Australia Sustainable Tourism Conference, Melbourne 2010

    Presented by the InterContinental Hotels Group, this paper outlines a number of responsible business practices such as reducing the carbon footprint, reducing emissions and energy, and waste management. by Frank Hubbard, Director, Corporate Responsibility (Australasia) Download
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  • Green Globe 21 Benchmarking Users Guide

    GREEN GLOBE benchmarking is a simple process. The measures are practical every day measures and include (for example) the volume of water used in a year as shown by your water bills; the amount of electricity used as shown by your electricity bills and others. GREEN GLOBE uses Earth CheckTM performance indicators with its benchmarking. by Green Globe 21 Download more »
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  • The McKinsey Report: China’s Green Opportunity

    To help policy makers and business leaders identify and prioritize additional opportunities to raise energy efficiency in China and make its growth more sustainable, McKinsey & Company undertook a study of technologies, measuring their impact on greenhouse gas emissions. Published in the McKinsley Quarterly, this report outlines their research and findings. by McKinsey & Company Download  
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  • Business Ready: Waterpark Eco Tours and Waterpark Farm

    Rockhampton Waterpark Farm is a fully operational organic tea tree farm that has implemented various initiatives to reduce its energy consumption. by ATEC, EC3 Global Download  
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  • Business Ready: Top 10 Tips – Business Operations

    Top tips to improve energy efficiency and save costs in a business operation – a useful resource for business owners, staff and stakeholders alike. by ATEC, EC3 Global Download  
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  • Business Ready: Reducing Carbon Emissions

    Concern over the potential negative impacts of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions has led to the Australian Federal Government to implement a Clean Energy Future Plan than encompasses a carbon pricing scheme. by ATEC, EC3 Global Download
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  • Business Ready: Impact of the Carbon Economy on SMEs

    Concern over the potential negative impacts of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions has led to the Australian Federal Government to implement a Clean Energy Future Plan than encompasses a carbon pricing scheme.  This fact sheet helps businesses recognise the impacts of this carbon pricing scheme on their business and how they can implement the relevant changes to save them in the more »
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  • Business Ready: Energy Efficient Services Guide

    This fact sheet aims to provide you with the resources to source energy efficient training, fittings and products for your business. by ATEC, EC3 Global Download  
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  • Business Ready Fact Sheet 06: Efficient Refrigeration

    In businesses with high cooling requirements, such as bars and restaurants, refrigeration systems are significant consumers of energy. This fact sheet outlines how energy consumption can be reduced through simple behavioural changes or by replacing equipment, or parts thereof, for more modern versions. by ATEC, EC3 Global Download
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  • Business Ready Fact Sheet 05: Energy Efficient Procurement

    Products purchased and consumed by businesses can have significant impacts that are important to consider during energy efficient procurement. This factsheet aims to provide some guidance on how to adequately assess and compare potential products. by ATEC, EC3 Global Download  
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  • Business Ready Fact Sheet 04: Efficient Water Heating

    This fact sheet explains how different water heating systems operate and provides information on how to select a suitable system, maintain it, and ensure it operates efficiently. It also highlights opportunities to save energy by reducing hot water consumption. by ATEC, EC3 Global Download
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  • Business Ready Fact Sheet 03: Efficient Air Conditioning

    For some tourism sectors such as hotels, air conditioning can contribute up to 50% of their overall energy use. This Fact Sheet looks at a number of factors including how to choose the correct unit or system for your operating conditions, how to detect faults, and how to increase energy efficiency. by ATEC, EC3 Global Download
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  • Business Ready Fact Sheet 02: Efficient Lighting

    Improving lighting efficiency can be one of the most simple and cost effective strategies for tourism operations to reduce energy consumption.  This Fact Sheet provides useful information on different types of lighting and tips on how to balance functionality, cost and environmental considerations. by ATEC, EC3 Global Download
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  • Business Ready Fact Sheet 01: Navigating An Energy Constrained Economy

    For many businesses, increased energy costs will represent an opportunity to improve how you operate. Recognising the potential impacts of an energy-constrained economy and implementing energy efficiency measures can help save your business money in the long-term. by ATEC, EC3 Global Download
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  • Business Ready Case Study 10: Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat

    This Case Study illustrates how the owners of Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat actively engage their guests in their passion for energy efficiency through education, and how they have implemented various initiatives resulting in significant energy cost savings. by ATEC, EC3 Global Download
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  • Business Ready Case Study 09: Hidden Valley Cabins

    This Case Study shows how the owners of Hidden Valley Cabins decided that it was best for the business and the environment to look at energy efficient initiatives. by ATEC, EC3 Global Download
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  • Business Ready Case Study 08: The Ship Inn

    The Ship Inn Gastro Pub is proud to have a strong commitment to efficiency and has successfully achieved many of its targets through the Queensland Government’s EcoBiz program. by ATEC, EC3 Global Download
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  • Business Ready Case Study 07: The Manly Hotel

    The Manly Hotel joined the Queensland Government’s EcoBiz program in 2005 with the aim of improving their environmental performance and reducing their demand for energy and has implemented an approach to improve energy efficiency. by ATEC, EC3 Global Download
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  • Business Ready Case Study 06: Logan & Albert Hotel

    Logan & Albert Hotel is situated in Brisbane Street, Beaudesert as a part of the Scenic Rim Area. This Case Study looks at initiatives implemented to reduce large power bills experienced after a major renovation in 2006-2007. by ATEC, EC3 Global Download  
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  • Business Ready Case Study 05: Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort

    Lady Elliot Island is located at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef. The Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort is one of 3 island resorts on the Great Barrier Reef and is located within the highest possible protection zone of the Marine Park.     Established in 1984 using prefabricated buildings, the eco resort has undergone a series of more »
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  • Business Ready Case Study 04: Glebe Point YHA

    Glebe Point YHA near Sydney Australia is a youth hostel popular among international visitors and the working holiday makers. This Case Study looks at the challenges faced and initiatives undertaken to minimise energy usage. by ATEC, EC3 Global Download
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  • Business Ready Case Study 03: Fishes At the Point

    Fishes at the Point is located on the doorstep of the famous North Gorge Walk on North Stradbroke Island. This Case Study looks at the energy efficiency initiatives that have been put into place to ensure the longevity of the business and North Stradbroke Island. by ATEC, EC3 Global Download  
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  • Tapping into sustainable tourism to safeguard biodiversity

    As the sun rises and the flooded forests of Cambodia’s Stung Seng wildlife sanctuary come alive with the chattering and whooping of endangered monkeys with their elegant silvery-grey fur, fishermen from the Phat Sanday commune make their way towards the lake to set their nets for the day. Located in the Tonle Sap biosphere reserve, the unique wetlands ecosystem of more »
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  • International Day for Biological Diversity 2017

      Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism   This theme has been chosen to coincide with the observance of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development as proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in its Resolution 70/193 and for which the United Nations World Tourism Organization is providing leadership. Biodiversity, at the level of species and ecosystems, provides more »
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  • Save the planet one query at a time with Ecosia: the search engine that plants trees

    Unhappy with the amount of money Google is making off of your searches? How about a search engine that promises to plant trees every time you search That’s the idea behind Ecosia, an eco-friendly search engine that has vowed to spend its extra revenue on planting trees in Africa and elsewhere. It’s no small amount either: about 80 percent of the search more »
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  • Overtourism and the Struggle for Sustainable Tourism Development

    Sustainability in tourism isn’t just about re-using that hotel towel a second day. It’s thinking deeply about how visitors get in and out of a destination while doing the least harm. — Jason Clampet With 2017 being the United Nations’ International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, now is as good a time as ever to take stock of the more »
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  • Why planting more trees is one of the best things a hot, polluted city can do

    Trees can make a city sidewalk prettier, sure. But that’s not even their best trick. A growing pile of research suggests that planting more urban trees, if done right, could save tens of thousands of lives around the world each year — by soaking up pollution and cooling down deadly heat waves. By Brad Plumer |@bradplumer | brad@vox.com | Read more.
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  • Building Reef Resilience

    Source: Scuba Diver Life “Resilience” has become a buzzword when it comes to the future health of coral reefs, but how exactly can you help in the face of climate change? As a diver, you’ve probably heard that reefs are under intense and unprecedented pressures — you’ve probably seen evidence of this on your own dives. And, you’re probably aware more »
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  • World Wetlands Day: Their Importance to Tourism

    World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on 2 February, marking the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands in 1971, known as the Ramsar Convention. Besides providing essential services such as water, food and energy, wetlands offer significant opportunities for tourism, which can in turn deliver economic benefits for local communities and the sustainable management of wetlands. more »
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  • Jetwing Yala, Yala, Sri Lanka

    2015 PATA Grand Award– Environment The Success of Self-reliance Jetwing Yala, Yala, Sri Lanka Akin to a phoenix rising from the ashes – recovering after a decade from the devastating tsunami of 2004 – Jetwing brings a truly ‘at-one-with-nature’ concept to a more refined and elegant form with Jetwing Yala. Set within the immediate outskirts of the Yala National Park, Jetwing more »
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  • Bojo Aloguinsan Ecotourism Association, Philippines

    Best Community Based Tourism Initiative Bojo Aloguinsan Ecotourism Association (BAETAS) was formally registered with the Department of Labor and Employment in October 2009, and with the Bureau of Internal Revenue the following year. The project was initiated by the local government of the municipality of Aloguinsan, a town located 73 kilometers midwest of Cebu City on the island of Cebu more »
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  • Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Malaysia

    Best Responsible Tourism Destination Borneo Rainforest Lodge (BRL) is nestled in a magnificent setting alongside the Danum River flowing through Sabah’s largest protected lowland rainforest – Danum Valley Conservation Area of 43,800 hectares of pristine and undisturbed tropical flora and fauna in the eastern part of Sabah. This pristine rainforest is also home to more than 340 species Birds, 124 more »
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  • Tourism Supporting Biodiversity: A Manual on applying the CBD Guidelines on Biodiversity and Tourism Development.

    A healthy natural environment is one of the world’s most important tourism attractions, and that visiting nature serves to heighten awareness of its intrinsic value for us all, a new manual launched by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) presents guidelines on sustainable tourism and management. Geared towards being both practical and accessible, Tourism Supporting Biodiversity: A Manual more »
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  • CRDTours, Cambodia

    FINALIST – 2015 Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards, Best in Community Engagement & Development Creating unforgettable learning experiences in the Cambodian provinces of Kratie and Stung Treng, CRDTours works closely with their partner NGO, CRDT (Cambodian Rural Development Team) to create sustainable changes through community-based tourism initiatives, such as rural development and environmental conservation. Not only does CRDTours give tourists hands-on more »
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  • Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards – Finalists’ Case Studies

    In September 2015, Wild Asia revealed the winners of the ninth Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards at PATA Travel Mart in Bangalore, India. Winners of the awards represent leadership in commitment to benefiting their local communities and natural environment, whilst providing authentic and meaningful travel experiences for visitors from around the world. The Awards are based in the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria, and all more »
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  • Practical Tips for Sustainable Travel

    You don’t need super powers to add a dose of sustainability to your holiday. Check out this sustainable tourism guide and infographic. These travel tips can easily be incorporated in your trip. Peter Berg Schmidt. Read more.
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  • World’s largest ocean cleanup operation one step closer to launch

      November 13 2015 – A crowdfunded 100km-long boom to clean up a vast expanse of plastic rubbish in the Pacific is one step closer to reality after successful tests of a scaled-down prototype in the Netherlands last week. Further trials off the Dutch and Japanese coasts are now slated to begin in the new year. Arthur Neslen Read more.
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  • Ghost deer haunt New York cold war bomb site under threat from developers

    Group proposes turning the old depot into a world-class tourist attraction to show off both its rich military history and its unusual wildlife. November 15 2015 – Hundreds of ghostly white deer roaming among overgrown munitions bunkers at a sprawling former US army weapons depot face an uncertain future, after living and breeding largely undisturbed since the middle of last more »
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  • Patagonia: sustainable travel.

    Patagonia is an extremely appealing destination for tourists and obviously requires suitable accommodation structures, both from an architectural and environmentally sustainable point of view. Here are three hotels, each of which in a difference way, but with great care and responsibility, offers a truly unforgettable stay. The Hotel Awasi in Tercera Barranica delicately fits into its setting and stands out for more »
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  • The sustainable vegetables that thrive on a diet of fish poo

    November 10 2015 – Who needs soil when you have a fish tank? “Aquaponics” combines growing plants in water, or hydroponics, with fish cultivation, or aquaculture. It’s a symbiotic process that has its roots in Asian farming practices reaching back thousands of years. Brain Snyder Read more.
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  • St. Kitts resort launches first fully organic, edible golf course

    Imagine a golf course with acres of an unproductive turfgrass monoculture traded for fertile farmlands yielding fruits and vegetables, a course that is fully organic, where hundreds of grazing sheep help the lawnmowers and where water recycled though wetlands is reused for irrigation. In December 2015, Belle Mont Farm on Kittitian Hill, a new sustainable luxury destination on the island more »
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  • Scottish EU-funded project launched that will help remote and rural airports to reduce their carbon footprint

    November 05 2015 – A three-year, €2.4 million ($2.6m) project has been launched in Scotland to heighten awareness of the importance to rural and remote communities of local air services and to use innovative technologies to make them as cost effective and environmentally friendly as possible. Green Air Communications Read more.
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  • Get Your Boots On: The Spectacular Transcaucasian Trail is Open!

      November 05 2015 – The incomparable Transcaucasian Trail, a hiking route across the Caucasus Mountains from the Black Sea to the Caspian, was launched on Responsible Travel Day of the World Travel Market. Katie Ruth Davies Read more.
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  • REI to shut all 143 stores and pay employees to #OptOutside on Black Friday

    October 28 2015 – Every year on Black Friday, stores across the United States post deep discounts to encourage consumers to buy more. This year, however, the co-op REI is instead shutting every single one of its 143 stores across the country and paying their staff to go outside. Jeremy Smith Read more.  
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  • Descending Into A Volcano — To Farm

      October 25 2015 – From the rim of Ecuador’s Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve, it’s at least a 45-minute drive (no, more like plunge) down a winding, bone-crushing dirt road to the floor of the crater. But it’s well worth it. After all, how often do you get to say you’ve traveled to what’s billed as the world’s only inhabited, cultivated more »
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  • Nohbo, Changing the World, One Ball at a Time

    Nohbo, a water soluble ball containing shampoo, conditioner, and body wash, is in the final stages of development and is anticipating a launch to major hotel chains. Founded by a Florida-based 16-year-old entrepreneur named Benjamin Stern, the Nohbo ball can help the hospitality industry significantly reduce the millions of plastic bottled amenities that fill landfills when not recycled. Steven William more »
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  • Organic Village Scheme Set for Expansion

      October 15 2015 – The government has pitched the idea of developing the organic village scheme in a move to strengthen local communities and farmers. The scheme, organised through a partnership with the Organic Agriculture Association of Thailand, will launch in five provinces: Chiang Mai, Surin, Lampang, Phetchabun and Nakhon Pathom. PHUSADEE ARUNMAS Read more.  
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  • JetBlue sprouts a potato farm at New York JFK

      October 8 2015 – Designed to promote New York agriculture and add a bit more green space to the airport, the 24,000-square-foot T5 farm is growing produce, herbs and the same blue potatoes used to make the Terra Blues potato chips JetBlue offers year-round as complimentary snacks to passengers during flights. Harriet Baskas Read more.  
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  • The rebirth of Mozambique’s natural treasure

      October 07 2015 – In 1962, six-year-old Vasco Galante was treated to his first cinema trip – to see Charlton Heston in the Hollywood epic, The Ten Commandments. But despite the blockbuster’s eye-popping sequences, the images that most impressed young Vasco came from a short advert shown before the film, which showcased the elephants, lions and buffalo in the verdant more »
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  • Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort & Nature Reserve

    You can’t get to Laguna Lodge by road. Once there, your towels will only be cleaned every three days. And despite 95% of its guests being omnivores, Laguna doesn’t serve any meat or fish. It’s all part of its efforts to reduce carbon emissions. It also protects the Laguna Nature Reserve, with proceeds from admissions funding trails, limiting invasive species more »
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  • Ljubljana Tourism

    Next year the Slovenian capital Ljubljana will be Green Capital of Europe 2016, recognition of a decade of transformation for a city that 10 years ago was dominated by cars. The city has always been blessed with green space, with around 46% covered with forest. This was complimented in 2007 by the creation of an ecological zone in the city more »
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  • SA College for Tourism – Tracker Academy

    The traditional skill of tracking is an indigenous art form which the Tracker Academy has revived. A need was recognised not just in South Africa, but across its borders too and so the Academy was born out of The Peace Parks Foundation , an organisation set up to enable cross border conservation. They recruit from rural communities, offer full bursaries more »
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  • Jetwing Vil Uyana

    The garden is usually the last piece of the jigsaw when building a new hotel. However, Jetwing Vil Uyana set out to regenerate its landscapes first. Depleted by slash and burn agriculture, they recreated three hectares of wetland, half a hectare for paddy and two hectares of native forest. And then came the ecolodges – on stilts over lake and more »
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  • Great Plains Conservation

    Great Plains Conservation is clear about its remit: The natural resources of Botswana and Kenya belong to their people. Consequently, it strives to secure landscapes large enough to protect both resident and wildlife populations. It selects areas under threat and acquires the rights to convert them to protected areas with economic benefits, and now operates on half a million acres. more »
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  • Hotels and Resorts in Mountain Areas

    The year 2002 has been designated International Year of Mountains. As the number of people wanting to visit remote locations grows, whether for sport or simply to appreciate nature, preservation of the environment and the ways of the people who live there should be our primary concern Because of their inaccessibility, mountain areas often support fragile ecosystems and flora and more »
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  • HICAP Sustainable Award Winners Announced

    Burba Hotel Network, Horwath HTL, and Stiles Capital Events, co-hosts and organizers of the annual Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP), yesterday announced the winners for the HICAP 2012 Sustainable Hotel Awards. The 23rd annual HICAP will be held 10-12 October 2012, at the InterContinental Hong Kong. Winners of the HICAP 2012 Sustainable Hotel Awards are: Sustainable Project Design – more »
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  • The Great Barrier Reef: Working Together to Keep it Great

    The Great Barrier Reef in Australia was the first reef to be recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and is one of the seven natural wonders of the world While coral reefs generally are very sensitive to climate change, the Great Barrier Reef is extremely resilient due to its size, diversity and charismatic fauna, which are vital to more »
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  • Talking Point: India and the Cotton Supply Chain

    Stephanie McIntosh had a career in supply chain development before founding Fou Furnishings, a certified Fairtrade and organic hotel linens supplier, and she published a thesis on developing organic cotton supply chains. Here she explains why it’s important for hoteliers to consider the people within their supply chains. Supply chain relationships offer a key way for hoteliers to make a more »
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  • Golf Courses

    The problems Concern about the environmental impact of golf courses is not new. Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, environmentalists and developers were at loggerheads, the former highlighting a raft of problems caused by traditional course development and operation. These included: Destruction or degradation of local wildlife habitat. Ground and surface water pollution caused by pesticides, fertilizers and other contaminants. more »
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  • Comparison of Condition Class, Point Sampling and Track Problem Assessment Methods in Assessing the Condition of Walking Tracks in New South Wales Protected Areas

    This report is one in a series examining terrestrial ecological impacts of visitor use. The purpose of the field testing was to assess the utility of each method in terms of:ability to characterise track conditions and develop comprehensive track profilesease of application and staff time needed to apply each method potential to be used for long term monitoring and/or large more »
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  • Evaluation of Impacts and Methods for the Assessment of Walking Tracks in Protected Areas

    Protected area managers need to monitor the ecological effects of visitor use and assess their performance in managing visitor use. To assist this process, STCRC has established a series of projects to develop indicators and protocols for monitoring visitor use and its impacts that can be used as part of an integrated monitoring system for protected areas. This is the more »
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  • Manual for Assessing Walking Tracks in Protected Areas

    This report is one of a series in the Sustainable Tourism Corporative Research Centre’s overall project to develop a framework, guidelines and tools to enhance assessment, evaluation and reporting of visitor use in protected areas.  In this manual three methods (including indicators, protocols and proformas) are presented for surveying and monitoring walking tracks based on a desktop evaluation of methods more »
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  • A Case Study Analysis of Horse Riding and its Management in a Peri-Urban Setting

    Few studies have investigated the effectiveness of management, and the applicability of assessment techniques in bridle trail systems. This is an important consideration in the success of a management scheme and central to deciding if horse riding in conservation areas is a sustainable activity. by Eloise Abbott, David Newsome and Sarah Palmer Download  
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  • Self-Assessment Checklist: Managing Environmental Impacts in the Marine Recreation Sector

    This self-assessment checklist has been developed to help you assess where your company stands in integrating responsible environmental practices. The initial 13 questions are relevant to all forms of marine recreation, while three additional sections offer supplemental questions for providers in specific sectors: interactive marine wildlife trips, recreational fishing, and snorkeling, diving and scuba.    Each question addresses a key issue more »
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  • Tourism and the Economic Valuation of Parks and Protected Areas: Watarrka National Park, Northern Territory

    This report provides an estimate of the economic value of Watarrka National Park (WNP) to the Northern Territory’s Centre region. Its importance lies in assessing what tourist expenditures would be lost to the Centre if WNP did not exist. While the objective of the research was to apply the Carlsen and Wood’s economic model for protected areas to WNP, to more »
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  • The Value of Parks

    Parks deliver many benefits to Australians and New Zealanders now; their importance will only increase with time as the stresses of urbanisation, population growth, climate change and resource depletion impact on our societies. It is our responsibility to ensure the ongoing protection and good management of parks for present and future generations to enjoy and cherish. by Parks Forum Download
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  • Understanding Track/Trail Experiences in National Parks: A Review

    This desktop project aimed to draw attention to the various factors associated with track usage and visitor experience in national parks. The results will help to inform park managers how best to develop a strategic position on tracks and trails based on visitor experiences. by Stephen Wearing, Stephen Schweinsberg, Simone Grabowski and Kirsty Tumes Download
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  • Study of Visitor Use and Satisfaction in Mungo National Park

    This report presents results from visitor surveys conducted in Mungo National Park (NP). The visitor survey was conducted during two periods: the first phase was from 30 June to 22 July 2001, and the second was from 22 September to 14 October 2001. The survey was administered according to two methods: distribution by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) more »
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  • Valuing Tourism Spend Arising from Visitation to Queensland National Parks

    This report provides an estimate of direct tourist spending and the contribution of that spending to Queensland’s gross state product that can be attributed to tourists’ access to national parks (NPs). The first phase of The Valuing Tourism Spend in Queensland National Parks Study was designed to provide an assessment of tourist spending associated with national parks at the regional more »
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  • Impacts of National Park Visitation on Rural Economies and Government Revenue in Queensland: Girraween, Eungella, Daintree and Carnarvon

    National parks and other protected areas traditionally have been created and funded to provide conservation benefits.  However, they also provide rural and regional economic benefits stemming from the jobs created both by management agency expenditure and by the spending of visitors who come to the parks.  Unfortunately, quantitative data on park tourism’s contribution to rural economies is limited.  The research more »
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  • Handbook on Measuring the Economic Value of Tourism to National Parks

    This handbook provides clear instructions and advice on how to undertake a study to estimate the economic value of tourism to national parks, using the ‘spending by tourists’ approach. by Sally Driml, Char-lee McLennan Download
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  • Good Environmental Practices: Turtle Watching

    Sea turtles have lived in the world’s oceans for over 150 million years. Sadly, these ancient reptiles are now globally threatened with extinction. Many populations are declining as a result of persistent hunting, increasing coastal development, incidental capture in fisheries, the degradation and destruction of nesting beaches, and marine pollution.     These simple guidelines by The Coral Reef Alliance are designed more »
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  • Good Environmental Practices: Snorkeling

    Originally founded in 1994 to galvanize the dive community for conservation, CORAL has grown from a small, grassroots alliance into the only international nonprofit organization that works exclusively to unite communities to protect our planet’s coral reefs.     In this easy-to-follow guide, CORAL provides valuable do’s and don’ts for marine operators and their guests when snorkelling. by CORAL Download
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  • Managing the Kosciuszko Alpine Area: Conservation Milestones and Future Challenges

    The Mt Kosciuszko alpine area is a major ecotourism destination, especially for summer day-walkers to the highest peak on the Australian continent. The popularity of this natural heritage not only vindicates the historical vision for its conservation but has also created a new conservation management imperative. by Graeme L. Worboys and Catherine M. Pickering Download
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  • Inventory of Tourism Assets on Department of Environment and Conservation Rangeland Properties

    The project assessed the tourism potential of inland pastoral properties recently acquired by the Department of Conservation and Land Management (now DEC, Department of Environment and Conservation) in the Murchison and Gascoyne regions of Western Australia. by Amanda J Smith, Michael Hughes, David Wood  and John Glasson Download
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  • Assessment of the Economic Value of Recreation and Tourism in Western Australia’s National Parks, Marine Parks and Forests

    This is the first assessment of the value of national parks, marine parks and forests for tourism and recreation in Western Australia. A case study approach was adopted and two study regions were nominated because of their significance for tourism and recreation and their endowment of natural attractions within parks, forests and marine areas. This study estimated the direct yearly more »
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  • Elephant Camp Animal Welfare and Sustainability Standard and Assessment Initiative

    PATA acknowledges that elephants in Asia are indeed working animals, and that owning an elephant is an investment. Recognising that there is a growing rift between stakeholders regarding animal welfare, The Elephant Camp Animal Welfare and Sustainability Standard and Assessment Initiative has been developed. The purpose of this initiative is to ensure that activities and experiences at elephant camps are more »
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  • Tapping into sustainable tourism to safeguard biodiversity

    As the sun rises and the flooded forests of Cambodia’s Stung Seng wildlife sanctuary come alive with the chattering and whooping of endangered monkeys with their elegant silvery-grey fur, fishermen from the Phat Sanday commune make their way towards the lake to set their nets for the day. Located in the Tonle Sap biosphere reserve, the unique wetlands ecosystem of more »
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  • International Day for Biological Diversity 2017

      Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism   This theme has been chosen to coincide with the observance of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development as proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in its Resolution 70/193 and for which the United Nations World Tourism Organization is providing leadership. Biodiversity, at the level of species and ecosystems, provides more »
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  • Breaking: Rhino Horn Trade to Return in South Africa

    White rhinos graze on a ranch belonging to John Hume, one of the rhino farmers who sued to overturn South Africa’s ban on the domestic sales of rhino horn. PHOTOGRAPH BY WALDO SWIEGERS, BLOOMBERG/GETTY   It will soon be legal to buy and sell rhino horn within South Africa. The country’s constitutional court dismissed an application to appeal from the government more »
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  • Overtourism and the Struggle for Sustainable Tourism Development

    Sustainability in tourism isn’t just about re-using that hotel towel a second day. It’s thinking deeply about how visitors get in and out of a destination while doing the least harm. — Jason Clampet With 2017 being the United Nations’ International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, now is as good a time as ever to take stock of the more »
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  • New bird species and giraffe under threat – IUCN Red List

    Cancun, Mexico, 8 December 2016 (IUCN) – Over 700 newly recognised bird species have been assessed for the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM, and 11% of them are threatened with extinction. The update also reveals a devastating decline for the giraffe, driven by habitat loss, civil unrest and illegal hunting. The global giraffe population has more »
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  • Silly Animals for Hump Day Wednesday

    Hump Day Wednesday is here, the dreaded middle of the work week. To help you get over that hill, we present you with our favourite finalists of this year’s Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards featuring cute and silly animals. Enjoy!                       Click here to check out the rest of the finalists!
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  • Building Reef Resilience

    Source: Scuba Diver Life “Resilience” has become a buzzword when it comes to the future health of coral reefs, but how exactly can you help in the face of climate change? As a diver, you’ve probably heard that reefs are under intense and unprecedented pressures — you’ve probably seen evidence of this on your own dives. And, you’re probably aware more »
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  • Rides we should not book

    BANGKOK, 9 May 2016: Elephant rides are heading for exit door fast.  That’s the prognosis presented by thousands of tourists who make their voice heard through animal rights’ blogs and social media. It is also the opinion of a few far-thinking elephant owners. By Don Ross. Read more.
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  • World Wetlands Day: Their Importance to Tourism

    World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on 2 February, marking the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands in 1971, known as the Ramsar Convention. Besides providing essential services such as water, food and energy, wetlands offer significant opportunities for tourism, which can in turn deliver economic benefits for local communities and the sustainable management of wetlands. more »
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  • Jetwing Yala, Yala, Sri Lanka

    2015 PATA Grand Award– Environment The Success of Self-reliance Jetwing Yala, Yala, Sri Lanka Akin to a phoenix rising from the ashes – recovering after a decade from the devastating tsunami of 2004 – Jetwing brings a truly ‘at-one-with-nature’ concept to a more refined and elegant form with Jetwing Yala. Set within the immediate outskirts of the Yala National Park, Jetwing more »
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  • Bojo Aloguinsan Ecotourism Association, Philippines

    Best Community Based Tourism Initiative Bojo Aloguinsan Ecotourism Association (BAETAS) was formally registered with the Department of Labor and Employment in October 2009, and with the Bureau of Internal Revenue the following year. The project was initiated by the local government of the municipality of Aloguinsan, a town located 73 kilometers midwest of Cebu City on the island of Cebu more »
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  • Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Malaysia

    Best Responsible Tourism Destination Borneo Rainforest Lodge (BRL) is nestled in a magnificent setting alongside the Danum River flowing through Sabah’s largest protected lowland rainforest – Danum Valley Conservation Area of 43,800 hectares of pristine and undisturbed tropical flora and fauna in the eastern part of Sabah. This pristine rainforest is also home to more than 340 species Birds, 124 more »
    Read more
  • Tourism Supporting Biodiversity: A Manual on applying the CBD Guidelines on Biodiversity and Tourism Development.

    A healthy natural environment is one of the world’s most important tourism attractions, and that visiting nature serves to heighten awareness of its intrinsic value for us all, a new manual launched by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) presents guidelines on sustainable tourism and management. Geared towards being both practical and accessible, Tourism Supporting Biodiversity: A Manual more »
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  • CRDTours, Cambodia

    FINALIST – 2015 Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards, Best in Community Engagement & Development Creating unforgettable learning experiences in the Cambodian provinces of Kratie and Stung Treng, CRDTours works closely with their partner NGO, CRDT (Cambodian Rural Development Team) to create sustainable changes through community-based tourism initiatives, such as rural development and environmental conservation. Not only does CRDTours give tourists hands-on more »
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  • Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards – Finalists’ Case Studies

    In September 2015, Wild Asia revealed the winners of the ninth Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards at PATA Travel Mart in Bangalore, India. Winners of the awards represent leadership in commitment to benefiting their local communities and natural environment, whilst providing authentic and meaningful travel experiences for visitors from around the world. The Awards are based in the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria, and all more »
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  • Practical Tips for Sustainable Travel

    You don’t need super powers to add a dose of sustainability to your holiday. Check out this sustainable tourism guide and infographic. These travel tips can easily be incorporated in your trip. Peter Berg Schmidt. Read more.
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  • World’s largest ocean cleanup operation one step closer to launch

      November 13 2015 – A crowdfunded 100km-long boom to clean up a vast expanse of plastic rubbish in the Pacific is one step closer to reality after successful tests of a scaled-down prototype in the Netherlands last week. Further trials off the Dutch and Japanese coasts are now slated to begin in the new year. Arthur Neslen Read more.
    Read more
  • Ghost deer haunt New York cold war bomb site under threat from developers

    Group proposes turning the old depot into a world-class tourist attraction to show off both its rich military history and its unusual wildlife. November 15 2015 – Hundreds of ghostly white deer roaming among overgrown munitions bunkers at a sprawling former US army weapons depot face an uncertain future, after living and breeding largely undisturbed since the middle of last more »
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  • The Downside of Ecotourism: What Happens When Humans Interact With Animals

    November 05, 2015 – Ecotourism is a fast growing sector of the tourism industry that involves visiting natural places to observe wildlife while conserving it. This form of tourism sees money raised directly invested into the protection of local ecosystems. Annisa Putois Read more.
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  • Patagonia: sustainable travel.

    Patagonia is an extremely appealing destination for tourists and obviously requires suitable accommodation structures, both from an architectural and environmentally sustainable point of view. Here are three hotels, each of which in a difference way, but with great care and responsibility, offers a truly unforgettable stay. The Hotel Awasi in Tercera Barranica delicately fits into its setting and stands out for more »
    Read more
  • Scottish EU-funded project launched that will help remote and rural airports to reduce their carbon footprint

    November 05 2015 – A three-year, €2.4 million ($2.6m) project has been launched in Scotland to heighten awareness of the importance to rural and remote communities of local air services and to use innovative technologies to make them as cost effective and environmentally friendly as possible. Green Air Communications Read more.
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  • Get Your Boots On: The Spectacular Transcaucasian Trail is Open!

      November 05 2015 – The incomparable Transcaucasian Trail, a hiking route across the Caucasus Mountains from the Black Sea to the Caspian, was launched on Responsible Travel Day of the World Travel Market. Katie Ruth Davies Read more.
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  • Learn to identify animal traces with this app

    October 29 2015 – iTrack Wildlife is a mobile application to identify animal traces (concretely mammals), printed in the soil through their silhouettes and numerous photographs. Greenapps Read more.
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  • REI to shut all 143 stores and pay employees to #OptOutside on Black Friday

    October 28 2015 – Every year on Black Friday, stores across the United States post deep discounts to encourage consumers to buy more. This year, however, the co-op REI is instead shutting every single one of its 143 stores across the country and paying their staff to go outside. Jeremy Smith Read more.  
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  • Nohbo, Changing the World, One Ball at a Time

    Nohbo, a water soluble ball containing shampoo, conditioner, and body wash, is in the final stages of development and is anticipating a launch to major hotel chains. Founded by a Florida-based 16-year-old entrepreneur named Benjamin Stern, the Nohbo ball can help the hospitality industry significantly reduce the millions of plastic bottled amenities that fill landfills when not recycled. Steven William more »
    Read more
  • Organic Village Scheme Set for Expansion

      October 15 2015 – The government has pitched the idea of developing the organic village scheme in a move to strengthen local communities and farmers. The scheme, organised through a partnership with the Organic Agriculture Association of Thailand, will launch in five provinces: Chiang Mai, Surin, Lampang, Phetchabun and Nakhon Pathom. PHUSADEE ARUNMAS Read more.  
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  • JetBlue sprouts a potato farm at New York JFK

      October 8 2015 – Designed to promote New York agriculture and add a bit more green space to the airport, the 24,000-square-foot T5 farm is growing produce, herbs and the same blue potatoes used to make the Terra Blues potato chips JetBlue offers year-round as complimentary snacks to passengers during flights. Harriet Baskas Read more.  
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  • The rebirth of Mozambique’s natural treasure

      October 07 2015 – In 1962, six-year-old Vasco Galante was treated to his first cinema trip – to see Charlton Heston in the Hollywood epic, The Ten Commandments. But despite the blockbuster’s eye-popping sequences, the images that most impressed young Vasco came from a short advert shown before the film, which showcased the elephants, lions and buffalo in the verdant more »
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  • Cheli & Peacock, Kenya

    Since 1985, Cheli & Peacock Ltd has been developing environmentally-friendly safaris and eco-camps in Kenya, with a focus on lesser-visited areas of significant biodiversity that have faced poaching and lack of resources. With 70% of Kenya’s wildlife roaming outside of protected areas, they work with local communities to support wildlife conservation by providing economic benefits through bed-night levies, leasing agreements, more »
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  • The Bushcamp Company, Zambia

    Established in 1999, The Bushcamp Company operates six tented camps and the Mfuwe Lodge in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. By implementing a per guest per night conservation fee, it works closely with local community and conservation organisations to develop projects that help conserve wildlife resources, support education, and generate a sustainable source of income for the local people who more »
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  • &Beyond, South Africa

    Adventure travel and wildlife safari specialist &Beyond operates 32 lodges in six countries (five one the African continent, and in India). Over the past 21 years, its holistic business model based on “caring for the land, its wildlife, and its people” has played an integral role in making long-term contributions to conservation where they operate. Focusing their core efforts on more »
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  • Ten Knots Development Corporation El Nido Resorts, Philippines

    The Ten Knots Development Corporation has been a driving force behind sustainable development in El Nido Municipality on Palawan Island, the Philippines, establishing five resorts across the El Nido Archipelago. The area became protected as a marine reserve in 1998, an initiative spearheaded by El Nido Resorts, including engaging the support of local stakeholders. Download  
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  • ABTA Global Welfare Guidance for Animals in Tourism (GWG)

    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 more »
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  • Grootbos Nature Reserve

    South Africa’s Cape Floristic Region is the smallest of the world’s six floral kingdoms. Yet despite covering just 0.5 % of Africa, the region is home to nearly 20 % of the continent’s flora. The luxury lodge Grootbos manages 2,500 hectares in this region, with 785 indigenous plant species recorded on the reserve, of which 117 are species of conservation more »
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  • Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort & Nature Reserve

    You can’t get to Laguna Lodge by road. Once there, your towels will only be cleaned every three days. And despite 95% of its guests being omnivores, Laguna doesn’t serve any meat or fish. It’s all part of its efforts to reduce carbon emissions. It also protects the Laguna Nature Reserve, with proceeds from admissions funding trails, limiting invasive species more »
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  • Red Sustainable Travel

    At Magdalena Bay in Mexico’s Baja California, an innovative tourism start up called Red Sustainable Travel is using responsible adventure tourism to persuade fishermen to change from practices that are killing sea turtles, and seek alternative livelihoods in ecotourism instead. Some 185 local people have been trained in the principles of sustainability and business management and US$120,000 has been generated more »
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  • SA College for Tourism – Tracker Academy

    The traditional skill of tracking is an indigenous art form which the Tracker Academy has revived. A need was recognised not just in South Africa, but across its borders too and so the Academy was born out of The Peace Parks Foundation , an organisation set up to enable cross border conservation. They recruit from rural communities, offer full bursaries more »
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  • Jetwing Vil Uyana

    The garden is usually the last piece of the jigsaw when building a new hotel. However, Jetwing Vil Uyana set out to regenerate its landscapes first. Depleted by slash and burn agriculture, they recreated three hectares of wetland, half a hectare for paddy and two hectares of native forest. And then came the ecolodges – on stilts over lake and more »
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  • Great Plains Conservation

    Great Plains Conservation is clear about its remit: The natural resources of Botswana and Kenya belong to their people. Consequently, it strives to secure landscapes large enough to protect both resident and wildlife populations. It selects areas under threat and acquires the rights to convert them to protected areas with economic benefits, and now operates on half a million acres. more »
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  • Asilia Africa

    As it enters its tenth year of business, Asilia Africa boasts a Big Five that is about so much more than wildlife. Community, conservation, capacity, certification and commitment are five core principles running through Asilia. With thirteen properties in Tanzania, Kenya and Mozambique, it employs 600 people and operates in critical conservation areas where both wildlife and local economies are more »
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  • Hotels and Resorts in Mountain Areas

    The year 2002 has been designated International Year of Mountains. As the number of people wanting to visit remote locations grows, whether for sport or simply to appreciate nature, preservation of the environment and the ways of the people who live there should be our primary concern Because of their inaccessibility, mountain areas often support fragile ecosystems and flora and more »
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  • HICAP Sustainable Award Winners Announced

    Burba Hotel Network, Horwath HTL, and Stiles Capital Events, co-hosts and organizers of the annual Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP), yesterday announced the winners for the HICAP 2012 Sustainable Hotel Awards. The 23rd annual HICAP will be held 10-12 October 2012, at the InterContinental Hong Kong. Winners of the HICAP 2012 Sustainable Hotel Awards are: Sustainable Project Design – more »
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  • The Great Barrier Reef: Working Together to Keep it Great

    The Great Barrier Reef in Australia was the first reef to be recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and is one of the seven natural wonders of the world While coral reefs generally are very sensitive to climate change, the Great Barrier Reef is extremely resilient due to its size, diversity and charismatic fauna, which are vital to more »
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  • SLOW LIFE Symposium 2014 Addresses Sustainable Fishing in the Maldives

    On 16th November, delegates at the fifth SLOW LIFE Symposium, hosted at Soneva Fushi pledged their immediate and continued support to secure the future of sustainable fishing in the Maldives Responding to a direct request from the Maldivian Minister for Fisheries, Mohamed Shainee, to make the country’s existing sustainable fishing practices viable long-term, delegates have agreed to ongoing actions to more »
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  • Flooring

    What are the environmental issues with regard to flooring? Today’s choice of floor covering is almost limitless – hard or soft, natural, synthetic or recycled, and in any colour or design imaginable. Selecting affordable and appropriate flooring for the location and amount of wear involved are obviously immediate priorities, but there are other issues to consider, such as the environmental more »
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  • Golf Courses

    The problems Concern about the environmental impact of golf courses is not new. Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, environmentalists and developers were at loggerheads, the former highlighting a raft of problems caused by traditional course development and operation. These included: Destruction or degradation of local wildlife habitat. Ground and surface water pollution caused by pesticides, fertilizers and other contaminants. more »
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  • Comparison of Condition Class, Point Sampling and Track Problem Assessment Methods in Assessing the Condition of Walking Tracks in New South Wales Protected Areas

    This report is one in a series examining terrestrial ecological impacts of visitor use. The purpose of the field testing was to assess the utility of each method in terms of:ability to characterise track conditions and develop comprehensive track profilesease of application and staff time needed to apply each method potential to be used for long term monitoring and/or large more »
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  • Evaluation of Impacts and Methods for the Assessment of Walking Tracks in Protected Areas

    Protected area managers need to monitor the ecological effects of visitor use and assess their performance in managing visitor use. To assist this process, STCRC has established a series of projects to develop indicators and protocols for monitoring visitor use and its impacts that can be used as part of an integrated monitoring system for protected areas. This is the more »
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  • Manual for Assessing Walking Tracks in Protected Areas

    This report is one of a series in the Sustainable Tourism Corporative Research Centre’s overall project to develop a framework, guidelines and tools to enhance assessment, evaluation and reporting of visitor use in protected areas.  In this manual three methods (including indicators, protocols and proformas) are presented for surveying and monitoring walking tracks based on a desktop evaluation of methods more »
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  • A Case Study Analysis of Horse Riding and its Management in a Peri-Urban Setting

    Few studies have investigated the effectiveness of management, and the applicability of assessment techniques in bridle trail systems. This is an important consideration in the success of a management scheme and central to deciding if horse riding in conservation areas is a sustainable activity. by Eloise Abbott, David Newsome and Sarah Palmer Download  
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  • Self-Assessment Checklist: Managing Environmental Impacts in the Marine Recreation Sector

    This self-assessment checklist has been developed to help you assess where your company stands in integrating responsible environmental practices. The initial 13 questions are relevant to all forms of marine recreation, while three additional sections offer supplemental questions for providers in specific sectors: interactive marine wildlife trips, recreational fishing, and snorkeling, diving and scuba.    Each question addresses a key issue more »
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  • Tourism and the Economic Valuation of Parks and Protected Areas: Watarrka National Park, Northern Territory

    This report provides an estimate of the economic value of Watarrka National Park (WNP) to the Northern Territory’s Centre region. Its importance lies in assessing what tourist expenditures would be lost to the Centre if WNP did not exist. While the objective of the research was to apply the Carlsen and Wood’s economic model for protected areas to WNP, to more »
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  • The Value of Parks

    Parks deliver many benefits to Australians and New Zealanders now; their importance will only increase with time as the stresses of urbanisation, population growth, climate change and resource depletion impact on our societies. It is our responsibility to ensure the ongoing protection and good management of parks for present and future generations to enjoy and cherish. by Parks Forum Download
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  • Understanding Track/Trail Experiences in National Parks: A Review

    This desktop project aimed to draw attention to the various factors associated with track usage and visitor experience in national parks. The results will help to inform park managers how best to develop a strategic position on tracks and trails based on visitor experiences. by Stephen Wearing, Stephen Schweinsberg, Simone Grabowski and Kirsty Tumes Download
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  • Study of Visitor Use and Satisfaction in Mungo National Park

    This report presents results from visitor surveys conducted in Mungo National Park (NP). The visitor survey was conducted during two periods: the first phase was from 30 June to 22 July 2001, and the second was from 22 September to 14 October 2001. The survey was administered according to two methods: distribution by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) more »
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  • Valuing Tourism Spend Arising from Visitation to Queensland National Parks

    This report provides an estimate of direct tourist spending and the contribution of that spending to Queensland’s gross state product that can be attributed to tourists’ access to national parks (NPs). The first phase of The Valuing Tourism Spend in Queensland National Parks Study was designed to provide an assessment of tourist spending associated with national parks at the regional more »
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  • Impacts of National Park Visitation on Rural Economies and Government Revenue in Queensland: Girraween, Eungella, Daintree and Carnarvon

    National parks and other protected areas traditionally have been created and funded to provide conservation benefits.  However, they also provide rural and regional economic benefits stemming from the jobs created both by management agency expenditure and by the spending of visitors who come to the parks.  Unfortunately, quantitative data on park tourism’s contribution to rural economies is limited.  The research more »
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  • Handbook on Measuring the Economic Value of Tourism to National Parks

    This handbook provides clear instructions and advice on how to undertake a study to estimate the economic value of tourism to national parks, using the ‘spending by tourists’ approach. by Sally Driml, Char-lee McLennan Download
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  • Good Environmental Practices: Turtle Watching

    Sea turtles have lived in the world’s oceans for over 150 million years. Sadly, these ancient reptiles are now globally threatened with extinction. Many populations are declining as a result of persistent hunting, increasing coastal development, incidental capture in fisheries, the degradation and destruction of nesting beaches, and marine pollution.     These simple guidelines by The Coral Reef Alliance are designed more »
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  • Good Environmental Practices: Snorkeling

    Originally founded in 1994 to galvanize the dive community for conservation, CORAL has grown from a small, grassroots alliance into the only international nonprofit organization that works exclusively to unite communities to protect our planet’s coral reefs.     In this easy-to-follow guide, CORAL provides valuable do’s and don’ts for marine operators and their guests when snorkelling. by CORAL Download
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  • Inventory of Tourism Assets on Department of Environment and Conservation Rangeland Properties

    The project assessed the tourism potential of inland pastoral properties recently acquired by the Department of Conservation and Land Management (now DEC, Department of Environment and Conservation) in the Murchison and Gascoyne regions of Western Australia. by Amanda J Smith, Michael Hughes, David Wood  and John Glasson Download
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  • Good Environmental Practices: Whale & Dolphin Watching

    Originally founded in 1994 to galvanize the dive community for conservation, CORAL has grown from a small, grassroots alliance into the only international nonprofit organization that works exclusively to unite communities to protect our planet’s coral reefs. In this easy-to-follow guide, CORAL provides valuable do’s and don’ts when dolphin and whale watching. by CORAL Download
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  • Assessment of the Economic Value of Recreation and Tourism in Western Australia’s National Parks, Marine Parks and Forests

    This is the first assessment of the value of national parks, marine parks and forests for tourism and recreation in Western Australia. A case study approach was adopted and two study regions were nominated because of their significance for tourism and recreation and their endowment of natural attractions within parks, forests and marine areas. This study estimated the direct yearly more »
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  • Impact of Cruise Ship Turbulence on Benthic Communities: case study in Tasmania’s south-west

    This project principally examined the potential impact the turbulence created by the passage of cruise ships may have on fragile benthic marine biota and additional aspects such as potential wave wake erosion of channel banks. It is based on research undertaken to determine whether small, expedition-style cruise ships should be  permitted to enter past Port Davey and into Bathurst Channel more »
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  • Sustainable Marketing of Tourism in Protected Areas: Moving Forward

    This study uses the available literature and industry input to develop a set of guiding principles for achieving the sustainable marketing and promotion of visitation to national parks and other protected areas. Industry examples are used to highlight where and how these guiding principles are already being used as examples of good  practice, thereby offering guidance to others. by Stephen more »
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  • Wildlife Tourism: Impacts, Management and Planning

    Wildlife tourism is big business worldwide, and is a valuable tool for nature conservation. This is a comprehensive volume on the subject, written by experts in the field and drawing on a wide range of disciplines. It covers the full scope of wildlife tourism, including zoos, wildlife watching, hunting and fishing. It provides an up-to-date review of wildlife tourism issues, more »
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  • Wildlife Tourism: Challenges, Opportunities and Managing the Future

    The aim of this summary is to provide a ‘snapshot’ of Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (STCRC) research that informs the wildlife – tourism relationship and its management. STCRC completed a major research program to identify opportunities for wildlife tourism in Australia and to facilitate enhancement of its sustainability. After six years of research, the Wildlife Tourism Subprogram has built more »
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  • Understanding Visitor Perspectives on Wildlife Tourism

    Visitors are an integral element of any tourism product or service. This report provides detailed, reliable and relevant information on visitors needed to provide a sustainable tourism activity that provides a quality experience for visitors. by Gianna Moscardo, Barbara Woods and Tanya Greenwood Download
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  • Understanding Tourism Wildlife Interactions: Visitor Market Analysis

    This report presents the findings of two years of research into visitor perspectives of wildlife tourism in Australia and New Zealand. In a first for the field of wildlife tourism, this large-sample research combines a series of case studies, covering a range of settings, tourism styles and target species, using a standard set of  questions. by Gianna Moscardo and Rebecca more »
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  • Tourism Based on Free-Ranging Marine Wildlife

    Tourism based on viewing and interacting with coastal and marine wildlife is one of the fastest growing industries in Australia. This review provides a comprehensive description of the current marine wildlife tourism product in Australia. by Alastair Birtles, Peter Valentine and Matthew Curnock Download
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  • Terrestrial Wildlife Viewing in Australia

    This report reviews non-consumptive tourism based on free-ranging land-dwelling and freshwater animals in their natural habitats. It provides a critical overview of the current status of terrestrial wildlife viewing in Australia, within the context of this form of tourism worldwide, as well as recommendations for action and research to facilitate the sustainable development and management of this sub-sector. by Karen more »
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  • Tasmanian Wildlife Tourism Inventory: Developing an Inventory of Wildlife Viewing Opportunities

    A key objective of this project was to identify and map core wildlife tourism viewing opportunities across Tasmania. The resulting database includes 110 operators, 140 different wildlife tours and around 220 species. by Lorne Kriwoken, Stuart Lennox and Claire Ellis Download
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  • Status Assessment of Wildlife Tourism in Australia: An Overview Part II

    This is the central document for the wildlife tourism status assessment project. Part II synthesises information from a series of individual status assessment reports on different aspects of Australian wildlife tourism and presents findings of stakeholder consultation processes. by Karen Higginbottom, Kelley Rann, Gianna Moscardo, Derrin Davis and Sue Muloin Download
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  • Status Assessment of Wildlife Tourism in Australia: An Overview Part I

    This is the central document for the wildlife tourism status assessment project. Part I provides a descriptive overview of wildlife tourism in Australia, placing it in the context of international tourism and wildlife tourism. by Karen Higginbottom, Kelley Rann, Gianna Moscardo, Derrin Davis and Sue Muloin Download
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  • Rangeland Kangaroos – A World Class Wildlife Experience

    This project focused on the far west of New South Wales where the greatest densities of kangaroos are found and where large protected areas, especially Sturt National Park, are set aside for their conservation. by David B. Croft Download
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  • Role of Economics in Managing Wildlife Tourism

    Economics has an increasingly important role to play in the management of natural resources, including those used in wildlife tourism. Recommendations for better management of wildlife tourism, based on economic concepts, are put forward in this report. by Derrin Davis, Clem Tisdell and Mark Hardy Download  
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  • Role of Wildlife Icons as Major Tourist Attractions: Case Studies – Monkey Mia Dolphins and Hervey Bay Whale Watching

    This study investigated the issues surrounding iconic wildlife in terms of both visitor perceptions and experiences and also in terms of the economic contribution of visitors to the destination. The methods employed consisted of a literature review and development and distribution of questionnaires to visitors and tour operators  and an interview of managers at Monkey Mia, Western Australia and Hervey more »
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  • Practices, Needs and Attitudes of Bird-Watching Tourists in Australia

    This study aimed to: investigate the diversity and common features amongst bird-watching tourists; determine what bird-watchers, and sub-groupings of bird-watchers, most wish to see and do in Australia; investigate the role of the tourism industry in bird-watching and investigate bird-watchers’ opinions and practices in relation to conservation aspects. by Ronda Green and Darryl Jones Download  
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  • Negative Effects of Wildlife Tourism on Wildlife

    Reviews mechanisms by which wildlife tourism can have negative effects on wildlife and the management practices that can be used to mitigate these effects with a focus on practices relevant to Australia. by Ronda Green and Karen Higginbottom Download
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  • Positive Effects of Wildlife Tourism on Wildlife

    A review of the ways wildlife tourism can have positive effects on wildlife and their habitats, discusses the limited evidence regarding the extent to which these are currently being realised in Australia and make recommendations to enhance such effects. by Karen Higginbottom, Chelsea Northrope and Ronda Green Download
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  • International Market Analysis of Wildlife Tourism

    This report presents the results of a wildlife tourism product aimed at providing information about the role of Australian native wildlife as a tourism product in the international visitor market. by Liz Fredline and Bill Faulkner Download
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  • Indigenous Wildlife Tourism in Australia

    Reviews and evaluates involvement by Indigenous people in wildlife tourism operations across mainland Australia. Focus is on wildlife attractions that feature living wildlife in either captive or free-ranging settings that incorporate Indigenous cultural presentations. by Sue Muloin, Heather Zeppel and Karen Higginbottom Download
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  • Indigenous Interests in Safari Hunting and Fishing Tourism in the Northern Territory

    Detailed review of tourism management issues in regard to guided sport fishing and commercial safari hunting ventures conducted on Aboriginal lands in the Top End of the Northern Territory. by Lisa Palmer Download
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  • Impacts of Bird Watching on Communities and Species: Long-term and Short-term Responses in Rainforest and Eucalypt Habitats

    Overseas studies on the activities associated with bird watching have shown significant impacts on birds in numerous important ways. This report is the first comprehensive study of the impacts of bird watching on birds undertaken in Australia. The structure of avian communities and the disturbance distances of selected species in sites within both rainforest and eucalypt habitats in southeast Queensland more »
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  • Dolphin Tourism: Impact of Vessels on the Behaviour and Acoustics of Inshore Bottlenose Dolphins

    This report contains background information on the dolphin tourism industry, the impacts of vessel-based encounters on the behaviour and acoustics of wild dolphins, and the management of dolphin-human encounters. The report outlines the methods and results of a study investigating the influence of different types of vessels (motor vessel, yacht and kayak) on the behaviour and acoustics of dolphins in more »
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  • Host Community: Social and Cultural Issues Concerning Wildlife Tourism

    The host community is a fundamental component of any tourism system. This report looks at wildlife tourism activities that have many impacts on a host community, an important element to consider in the concept of sustainability. by Georgette Leah Burns and Trevor Sofield Download
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  • Fishing Tourism: Charter Boat Fishing

    An overview of the marine charter boat fishing sector in Australia, covering the size and composition of the sector, its rapid growth, the developing regulatory environment and the challenges and opportunities the sector is facing from both the natural resource management and tourism perspectives. by Don Gartside Download
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  • Evaluation of Organised Tourism Involving Wild Kangaroos

    This report provides an evaluation of existing organised opportunities for viewing free-ranging kangaroos in Australia and provides recommendations for best practice. “Kangaroo” is used as shorthand for any of the 60 or so species of the superfamily Macropodoidea. by Karen Higginbottom, Ronda Green, Neil Leiper, Gianna Moscardo, Andrew Tribe and Ralf Buckley Download
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  • Economics, Wildlife Tourism and Conversation: Three Case Studies

    This report presents the results of an economics component of the National Interdisciplinary Project (NIP) on wildlife tourism in Australia. The main objectives of the study were to outline and assess the role that economics can play in the valuation and management of wildlife-based tourism, undertake appropriate case studies to highlight the value of economics and its limits in assessing more »
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  • Captive Wildlife Tourism in Australia

    This report assesses the captive wildlife tourism industry today, evaluates its contribution to Australian society and identifies its main obstacles and opportunities for the future. by Andrew Tribe Download  
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  • Birdwatching Tourism in Australia

    Birdwatching is a major component of wildlife tourism and is one of the most rapidly growing pastimes in the Western world. This review attempts to provide an initial description of the characteristics of birdwatching tourism in Australia and to discern its main constraints and challenges. by Darryl N. Jones and Ralf Buckley Download
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  • Best Practice Guidelines for Dolphin Swim Tour Operations Industry Manual : A Dolphin Discovery Center Example

    This  best practice manual concentrates specifically on the procedures of dolphin swim-tour operations. It is a knowledge product developed from the research findings of the technical report Best Practice and Interpretation Tourist/Wildlife Encounters: A Wild Dolphin Swim Tour Example. by Fleur ONeill, Sam Barnard and Diane Lee Download
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  • Assessment Opportunities for International Tourism Based on Wild Kangaroos

    To identify various places in Australia where tourists can have direct experiences of macropods in a natural habitat and to assess the likely quality of such an experience. by David B. Croft and Neil Leiper Download  
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  • Impacts of Human Waste Disposal in the Back Country Areas of Tasmania

    The research objective of the present project was to determine the relative impacts of disposal of human wastes on vegetation and soils in Tasmanian vegetation types that occur in areas used for wild country camping, with particular emphasis on the impact of digging, the impact of nutrient accessions, the persistence of  paper products, such as tissues, and the disturbance of more »
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  • An Analysis of the Domestic Wildlife Tourism Market in Australia

    This report considers the role of wildlife tourism in the Australian domestic market through a study based on a telephone interview survey of 1356 respondents from all over Australia. The aims of this study were to assess the role and significance of wildlife experiences within the Australian domestic tourism market; establish a typology of domestic wildlife tourists through market segmentation more »
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  • A Framework to Guide the Sustainability of Wildlife Tourism Operations: Examples of Marine Wildlife Tourism in Western Australia

    The principal aim of this exploratory study is to develop and test the initial stages of a framework to assess the sustainability of marine wildlife tourism operations in Western Australia. In particular, this study uses the available research as a guide to understanding ecological, environmental, operational and social impacts of marine wildlife tourism on both marine wildlife and humans and more »
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Waste

  • Waste Wednesday at PATA

    On December 20, 2017, the sustainability team at PATA held a waste management workshop for PATA staff at PATA headquarters. We invited Gili Back, Sustainability Manager at Khiri Travel, as guest speaker to share best practice examples for waste management in a business environment here in Bangkok. We kicked off the lunch with a delicious lunch from The Lunch Box, more »
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  • The Massive Project to Clean Up the Ocean With a Two-Kilometer Screen

    Every year, eight million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean, threatening just about every marine species and ecosystem. As the global population grows and countries develop, this is only going to increase, eventually threatening us as well—if it isn’t already. Founded in 2013 by Boyan Slat, an 18-year-old from the Netherlands, The Ocean Cleanup has been dubbed “the largest cleanup in history.” With more »
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  • Bangkok’s Fight Against Plastic Waste

    by Juliane Little, Account Executive, Precious Plastics Bangkok         Did you know that plastic doesn’t actually decompose? Over time it’ll start to break down into smaller pieces called microplastics; however, it’ll never fully be removed from our planet. So how do we expect to tackle this ever-growing issue about plastic waste? While there is no short or more »
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  • Tips to avoid food waste from Mario Batali, other top chefs in Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Wasted!’

      Chew on this: American families chuck 25% of the food and beverages they buy. On average, that means $1,820 per household gets thrown away annually. The U.S. isn’t alone. Around the globe, 1.3 billion tons of food gets tossed per year. Those are just two eye-opening bites from the documentary “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste,” out Oct. 13. Produced by more »
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  • Tips for responsible jungle trekking

      Pack in, pack out   Make sure you don’t leave any trash behind when doing a jungle hike. Food and drink cartons are common items to remember cleaning up but smaller things, such as cigarette butts, toilet paper and food leftovers are often overlooked and can still have a big impact on nature. Food litter can harm animals but more »
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  • Talking food waste with Six Senses: Sustainable luxury hotels and resorts

    On a recent holiday to Koh Samui, Thailand, PATA Marketing and Communications Intern Kaitlin Corbeil took the opportunity to hold an impromptu interview with Mr Korakot Nachalaem, Resort Manager at Six Senses Resort. In this interview, Mr Nachalaem talks about the success of the resort’s sustainable practices, explaining how the property utilizes its island environment, transforms food waste into profit more »
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  • How to create a sustainable school campus

      We are all aware of the potential for negative environmental impacts caused by industry and commerce. But what about school and university campuses? Many students living and studying together contribute, inevitably, to the global issues of waste and pollution. This may not be an issue of paramount concern to students but it is vitally important that we raise awareness more »
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  • Fighting Food Waste, One Sector at a Time

    Restaurants, campuses, and farmers are battling food waste in their industries. Here’s how you can join the effort.   America is one of the largest offenders of food waste in the world, according to a recent survey. Every year, roughly 1.3 billion tons of food is thrown out worldwide, a considerable problem given that agriculture contributes about 22 percent of the planet’s greenhouse gas emissions and 12.7 million people go more »
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  • Plastic pollution doesn’t just make for an ugly beach day. It’s contaminating our food chain

      There’s a big lie about plastic — that you can throw it away. But that’s not true; there is no “away.” Plastic bottles, plastic bags, snack wrappers, foam takeout containers, foam coffee cups, packing materials: these common, everyday items make up 85% of our waste stream. These items aren’t biodegradable and our ability to recycle them is limited.   more »
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  • Supermarket giant to slash emissions 60% by 2025, 100% renewable by 2030

      UK supermarket giant Tesco is not exactly popular with the deeper green environmentalist crowd. In fact, when they planned on opening one of their Tesco Express convenience stores in my hometown of Bristol, it literally resulted in riots. But while there’s legitimate concern around the oversized power that Tesco wields to transform our high streets, it’s hard to deny more »
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  • 3 easy ways to tackle plastic

    Did you know? Our planet cannot digest plastic Plastic makes up about 90% of ocean pollution in the world In China, 3 billion single-use plastic bags are used every day The average plastic bag is only used for less than 15 minutes   The problem with plastic is that it’s inexpensive and therefore disposable. And when it’s so disposable, there more »
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  • PATA Celebrates Earth Day 2017 – Everyone can be a hero

    Since this year’s Earth Day falls on a weekend, PATA decided to celebrate a little early. For this year’s Earth Day, our Green Team invited Mr Poonyos Kumpolkunjana, founder of Paper Ranger a local Bangkok non-profit, to give our team a workshop, titled, “Everyone can be a hero.”   On Tuesday, 18 April, Mr. Kumpolkunjana came to the PATA Engagement Hub more »
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  • Think before you print – Your paperless office

      Earth Day, Saturday, 22 April, is all about environmental protection.   We’ve all heard about the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle), which help to reduce pollution caused by waste, conserve natural resources, save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.   Many industries, including the tourism sector, are big contributors to environmental pollution; however, with proper waste management, a business can more »
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  • What Happens to Half-Used Hotel Soap?

      Ever wondered what happens to the half-used bars of soap you leave behind after overnight stays in hotels? In some cases, the soap gets recycled, thanks to a nonprofit named Clean the World. The organization, which is based in Orlando, Florida, works with hotel partners to collect used soaps and recycle them for distribution to those in need. Since more »
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  • Try eco-friendly spring cleaning!

      No detail is too small, especially when it comes to cleaning. This idea can be applied to every area of hospitality, but today we are specifically referring to spring cleaning. When you think about spring cleaning, de-cluttering comes to mind, but have you thought about the cleaning products you use? Sustainable living starts with our daily routine, so let’s more »
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  • Overtourism and the Struggle for Sustainable Tourism Development

    Sustainability in tourism isn’t just about re-using that hotel towel a second day. It’s thinking deeply about how visitors get in and out of a destination while doing the least harm. — Jason Clampet With 2017 being the United Nations’ International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, now is as good a time as ever to take stock of the more »
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  • Denmark reduces food waste by 25% in five years with the help of one woman – Selina Juul

    Never underestimate the power of one dedicated individual. A woman has been credited by the Danish Government for single-handedly helping the country reduce its food waste by 25 per cent in just five years. Selina Juul, who moved from Russian to Denmark when she was 13 years old, was shocked by the amount of food available and wasted at supermarkets. more »
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  • The UN has declared war on ocean plastic pollution

    The Clean Seas campaign was launched last week, aimed at eliminating major sources of marine plastic and changing shopping habits. The United Nations has declared war on plastic. In an unexpected announcement that emerged from the Economist World Ocean Summit in Bali last week, the UN officially launched its ‘Clean Seas’ campaign. The goal is to eliminate major sources of more »
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  • Recycling Tips for Your Post-Holiday Waste

    Wondering how to deal with all that decorations and waste from gift giving after the holiday season? Here are 5 handy tips for your post-holiday waste:   #1: Christmas Trees  Don’t throw away your Christmas trees when the holiday is over. Real Christmas trees are biodegradable, which means they can be easily reused or recycled for mulch and other purposes. more »
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  • 6 Simple Tips to a Food Waste-Free Holiday

    During the holiday season, nobody wants to run out of food when holding a party or hosting a meal. To avoid embarrassment, we often end up preparing too much food, but don’t know how to manage the leftovers! Did you know that food waste is one of the world’s biggest waste contributors? According to recycleworks.org, household waste increases by more more »
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  • Go green this Christmas with eco-friendly decorations

    The festive season is here! You can already see red and green decorations and hear ‘Silent Night’ being played everywhere you go. Homes are lit up with fairy lights and Christmas trees are being put up and decorated. But do try not to get too carried away by the holiday spirit and forget all those sustainable habits that you’ve been working more »
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  • Green Challenge – Buy Nothing on Black Friday

    Today, the United States observes Thanksgiving – an event commonly associated with the arrival of Pilgrims and Puritans from England in the early 17th century. Tomorrow is Black Friday – where shops in America (and other countries) offer big discounts and sales to mark the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. The shopping frenzy that occurs on Black Friday results more »
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  • What To Do With Pumpkin Waste

    Now that Halloween is officially over, what do to with all those scary jack-o-lanterns? According to this video from OLIO, an app that helps us live more sustainably by connecting neighbours to prevent food waste, more than 18,000 tonnes of pumpkins are wasted every year in the United Kingdom. In the United States this translates to 1.3 billion pounds of more »
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  • A 20-Year-Old Dutch Inventor has Come Up with a Solution to the Ocean’s Plastic Problem

    Boyan Slat, the founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, announced that his company plans to deploy a series of V-shaped floating barriers that would capture trash without harming sea life. The Ocean Cleanup Organisation will be installing a 328ft-long (100 metre) barrier segment in the summer of 2016 in the North Sea, 14 miles (23km) off the coast of The Netherlands. By Positive more »
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  • Jetwing Yala, Yala, Sri Lanka

    2015 PATA Grand Award– Environment The Success of Self-reliance Jetwing Yala, Yala, Sri Lanka Akin to a phoenix rising from the ashes – recovering after a decade from the devastating tsunami of 2004 – Jetwing brings a truly ‘at-one-with-nature’ concept to a more refined and elegant form with Jetwing Yala. Set within the immediate outskirts of the Yala National Park, Jetwing more »
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  • Central Hospitality International: Eco-friendly Holiday Tree competition 2015

    Central Hospitality International had their Sustainable event of Eco-friendly Holiday Tree competition 2015. We create much waste each year and it is important to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Especially during the holiday seasons are the events which always create a lot of waste per year. There are many things we can do to reduce the waste we create and be able more »
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  • Trash or Cash: How to Reduce Waste

    Waste disposal is expensive – for your pocket and for our planet, our only home. According to Green Hotelier’s “Waste Management,” a hotel guest generates about 1kg (2lb) of waste per night, more than half of it in paper, plastic and cardboard. In addition to negative environmental impact, minimizing the amount of waste a business produces is important because waste has rising more »
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  • Food Excess: the Neglected Issue in the Hospitality Industry

    The problem is so seriously ignored that it’s not included in the criteria for the most advanced green hotel certification schemes. And it can cause tremendous damage to a hotel’s income statement. Too often considered as a necessary evil by hoteliers, food waste is the elephant in the room that the vast majority of operators still try hard to ignore. more »
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  • Tourism Supporting Biodiversity: A Manual on applying the CBD Guidelines on Biodiversity and Tourism Development.

    A healthy natural environment is one of the world’s most important tourism attractions, and that visiting nature serves to heighten awareness of its intrinsic value for us all, a new manual launched by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) presents guidelines on sustainable tourism and management. Geared towards being both practical and accessible, Tourism Supporting Biodiversity: A Manual more »
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  • Langham Hotels’ Sustainable X’mas Trees 2015

    In the spirit of sustainability and re-cycling, the hotels under the Langham Hospitality Group have all come together and created their very own sustainable Christmas tree. Check them out!  
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  • Food Waste, What a Waste!

    Reducing food waste is becoming a key practice for sustainable tourism. Watch this short video about the problem of food waste: When food is wasted, other resources are wasted as well: water, energy, time, manpower, land, fertilizer, fuel and packaging, as well as money put into growing, preparing, storing, transporting, and cooking the food. A recent study in the UK calculated more »
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  • Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards – Finalists’ Case Studies

    In September 2015, Wild Asia revealed the winners of the ninth Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards at PATA Travel Mart in Bangalore, India. Winners of the awards represent leadership in commitment to benefiting their local communities and natural environment, whilst providing authentic and meaningful travel experiences for visitors from around the world. The Awards are based in the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria, and all more »
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  • How Washing Machines Could Use a Lot Less Water

    Earlier this year, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology hosted the inaugural MIT Water Innovation Prize, inviting attendees from around the world to pitch their water-conservation device or business to a panel of judges for a chance to win grants totaling $30,000. April Wolfe Read more.
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  • Practical Tips for Sustainable Travel

    You don’t need super powers to add a dose of sustainability to your holiday. Check out this sustainable tourism guide and infographic. These travel tips can easily be incorporated in your trip. Peter Berg Schmidt. Read more.
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  • Green Hotel Bookings Made Easy

    Looking to stay at a green hotel? Here we give you a presentation of the top sustainable and eco-friendly hotel booking engines. Now there is no excuse not to stay green! Peter Berg Schmidt. Read more.
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  • World’s largest ocean cleanup operation one step closer to launch

      November 13 2015 – A crowdfunded 100km-long boom to clean up a vast expanse of plastic rubbish in the Pacific is one step closer to reality after successful tests of a scaled-down prototype in the Netherlands last week. Further trials off the Dutch and Japanese coasts are now slated to begin in the new year. Arthur Neslen Read more.
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  • REI to shut all 143 stores and pay employees to #OptOutside on Black Friday

    October 28 2015 – Every year on Black Friday, stores across the United States post deep discounts to encourage consumers to buy more. This year, however, the co-op REI is instead shutting every single one of its 143 stores across the country and paying their staff to go outside. Jeremy Smith Read more.  
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  • Portland, Oregon Uses Toilet Turbines to Power City – Genius!

    February 24 2015 – Portland, Oregon has started using something called toilet turbines as a source of renewable energy, and it’s one of those ideas that makes everyone slap their forehead and say, “of course!” The idea behind the concept of a toilet turbine is remarkably simple. Scott Falkner Read more.
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  • The airplane graveyard that 3 families call home is the subject of a stunning photo series.

    September 18 2015 -Photojournalist Taylor Weidman recently stopped by a graveyard in Bangkok, Thailand. In the city’s Ramkhamhaeng neighborhood sits a lot peppered with parts from jets and commercial liners. What’s most interesting, however, aren’t the planes, but rather the people who live among the wreckage. Parker Molloy and Taylor Weidman Read more.
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  • Nohbo, Changing the World, One Ball at a Time

    Nohbo, a water soluble ball containing shampoo, conditioner, and body wash, is in the final stages of development and is anticipating a launch to major hotel chains. Founded by a Florida-based 16-year-old entrepreneur named Benjamin Stern, the Nohbo ball can help the hospitality industry significantly reduce the millions of plastic bottled amenities that fill landfills when not recycled. Steven William more »
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  • What happens abroad….doesn’t have to stay abroad

    by Shanna Schubert and Brooklynn Downing, Intern-Associates, PATA Brooklynn Downing and Shanna Schubert Being recent female graduates originally from North America, we quickly realised our commonalities soon after meeting each other. When you’ve been out of your comfort zone for a period of time, travelling abroad, living with a host family, etc., to come across someone from a similar background more »
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  • Think about your ink!

    Paper use is often one of the main indicators used in measuring environmental impact of day-to-day operations in businesses. One of the things we don’t necessarily think about the ink we use – you can reduce negative environmental impacts by incorporating vegetable-based ink into your office routine, and by using ecofonts, which use less ink!
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  • Soneva

    If you want the answers to the many sustainability challenges facing tourism, you might look to Soneva. Bottled water has been banned since 2008. Instead high quality filtered mineral water is produced and sold on site. All Soneva’s food waste is composted and reused to create soil in which it grows organic food to serve to their guests – 15,000kg more »
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  • LEED Platinum: ITC Grand Chola

    In September ITC Hotels opened Grand Chola in Chennai, creating the world’s largest LEED Platinum rated hotel. Last week we spoke to the Vice President and General Manager, Mr Philippe Charraudeau to get more information about the hotel’s eco initiatives. ‘ITC Hotels’ green initiatives started life as “Welcomenviron” way back in 1993. Now all of ITC’s Luxury hotels are LEED Platinum more »
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  • Sri Lanka Green Hotel Initiative Makes National Impact

    With just over a year to go, the three-year, EU-funded Greening Sri Lanka Hotels (GSLH) programme has established itself as the ‘main platform for tourism sustainability in Sri Lanka’, according to project director Srilal Miththapala. In addition to its original aim of supporting hotels to reduce waste, water use and energy consumption (more than 280 businesses have signed up to more »
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  • ITP Welcomes New Member the Soneva Group

    At their Governing Council meeting in Berlin on 5th March 2014, the International Tourism Partnership was pleased to welcome its newest member – The Soneva Group. Based in the Maldives and Thailand, Soneva began life in 1995 when Eva and Sonu Shivdasani built Soneva Fushi – as well as their home – on the deserted island of Kunfunadhoo, later to more »
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  • Environmental Rating in Bali

    Water scarcity, beach management, the increasing numbers of tourists and the island’s limited carrying capacity are just some of the environmental issues facing Bali in Indonesia In 1996, triggered by concerns about Bali’s environmental problems and the issues surrounding tourism development, the Wisnu Foundation ‘(a Bali based environmental organisation) set about developing an evaluation system by which hotels can be more »
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  • Green Destinations: Singapore

    This skyscraper filled city is not the first place you would think of when it comes to sustainable destinations. But watching young, fast-moving cities turn to the sustainable agenda is both important and pleasing, even if there’s a long road ahead. Some of Singapore’s biggest hotels have very high standards when it comes to sustainability. Marina Bay Sands, for example, more »
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  • Waste Management

    Why reduce waste? It is increasingly difficult and expensive to dispose of waste A hotel guest generates about 1kg (2lb) of waste per night, more than half of it in paper, plastic and cardboard. In addition to negative environmental impact, as landfill capacity diminishes, so the cost of waste disposal becomes more expensive. In the UK, for example, landfilling costs more »
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  • Reducing and Managing Food Waste in Hotels

    Our latest Know How Guide has been developed in collaboration with Considerate Hoteliers to help hoteliers and chefs understand how to manage and reduce food waste in hotels – what is the issue, how should it be addressed and what resources are on offer This guide has been produced by the International Tourism Partnership (ITP) in collaboration with Considerate Hoteliers. The article draws more »
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  • Local Infrastructure in Australian Tourist Destinations: Modelling Tourism Demand, and Estimating Costs of Water Provision and Operation

    This research investigates and reviews the options available to fund, provide and operate water and wastewater infrastructure to meet growing tourism needs. This includes identification of costs associated with tourist use of infrastructure and peak capacity requirements. The major benefits include better knowledge and understanding of tourist demands, and the need for water and wastewater infrastructure and analytical tools, enabling more »
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  • Recreational and Tourist Vessel Traffic in SEQ Smooth Coastal Waters: Moreton Bay and Gold Coast Broadwater

    This report is a first of its kind in presenting vessel counts based on more than 55 aerial surveys covering 20 different anchor sites and nine classes of vessels over the course of an entire year. Results from this study, based on an overall count of more than 18,000 vessels, provide governmental regulators, tour operators and members of the local more »
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  • Waste Management: Recycling Rubber

    There is an enormous potential for reclamation and reuse of rubber in developing countries. There is a large wastage of rubber tyres in many countries and the aim of this brief is to give some ideas for what can be done with this valuable resource. by www.practicalaction.org Download
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  • Waste Management: Recycling Plastics – Starting A Business

    Managing plastic waste is a global problem with increasing amounts of waste in developing countries as well as industrialised nations. This paper outlines the research that needs to be conducted before establishing a plastics recycling business, such as availability of raw material, availability of technology and funds, and market prospects for recycled products. Vital information about processes and equipment, and more »
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  • Waste Management: Compost Bin Manufacturing

    In Sri Lanka, home composting is promoted in many municipalities as a simple and low-cost solution to emerging waste disposal problems in the present day society. Produced by Practical Action South Asia, this technical brief is intended to disseminate the technology of concrete composting bin fabrication. by www.practicalaction.org Download
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  • Waste Management: Best Practice in Solid Waste Management

    Practical Action Nepal Office has initiated a project “Strengthening Local Capacities in Integrated Sustainable Waste Management (ISWM) in small and medium municipalities of Nepal” with the financial support from European Union under its EC Asia Eco Pro II programme and close partnership among Practical Action Nepal, GTZ/udle, MuAN and WASTE. The project aims to improve the health and environmental conditions more »
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  • Host Community Perceptions of the Impacts of the Australian Formula One Grand Prix, Melbourne: A Comparison of Resident Reactions in 1999 with 2002

    This report presents the findings from a comparative study of the host community perceptions of the impacts of the Australian Formula One Grand Prix in 1999 and in 2002. The study, which has used the same survey  instrument for both years, examines the perceived impact of this event on the quality of personal life and also of the community. It more »
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  • Dunlop Flooring Wins 25th Anniversary Banksia Sustainability Award 2013

    Dunlop Flooring has been acknowledged amongst Australia’s most environmentally and sustainable organisation’s by winning the Banksia Sustainability Award for its Recycle by Dunlop Program in the category of Waste Minimisation. by Pacific Brands Download
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  • Waste Management: Low-Cost Medical Waste Incinerator

    This technical brief outlines the construction of a medical waste incinerator, which is a simple two-chamber natural-draught incinerator designed to be operated at temperatures of 800 degreed Celsius and higher.    The incinerator has been designed so that it can be built on site, using standard building bricks or blocks and lined with refractory bricks. All the steel components, such as more »
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  • One Man’s Trash is another Man’s Treasure: Strategies to Minimise Waste and Examples of Innovative Ways that “Trash” is Being Given a New Lease on Life to Enable Communities Globally

    This presentation provides an overview of Victorian waste statistics and reprocessing industries, and outlines the socio/economic impact of recycling natural along with a range of recovery systems and trends. by Michael Skudutis, Veolia Environmental Services Download  
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  • Reducing Waste to Landfill: An EarthCheck Fact Sheet

    This paper outlines the range of different waste products generated by tourism operators, along with some solutions on how to reduce the waste-to-landfill ratio. Also includes case studies of the Alto Hotel, Melbourne, Australia; El Gouna Movenpick, El Gouna, Egypt; and Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Resort and Spa, St Lucia, West Indies. by EarthCheck Download  
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  • Sustainable Regions Executive Summary: Airlie Beach, Mackay Region, North Stradbroke Island & Winton

    In responding to global concern over climate change, Queensland is moving to become a world-leading ‘guilt-free’ destination. Tourism Queensland is working towards building sustainable destinations and supporting global best practice in tourism through its Sustainable Regions program. Prepared by EarthCheck, this Final Report signifies the conclusion of the Sustainable Regions pilot program delivered in five regions: Airlie Beach, Magnetic Island, more »
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  • EarthCheck Research Institute Fact Sheet 8: Reducing Waste to Landfill

    Tourism operators generate a range of different wastes. The size and type of operation will influence how much   waste is produced. The location of the tourism operation will also affect the impact this waste has on the surrounding community and environment as well as the availability of possible reuse and recycling options. by EarthCheck Research Institute Download
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  • Waste Management: Plug Flow Type Biogas Unit Construction

    Produced by Hasanthi Kahandawala of Practical Action South Asia, this highly informative document outlines, step by step with images, construction of Plug Flow Type Biogas Units (PFTBU).    The unit has been designed specifically to deal with solid organic waste that is generally not fed into more conventional biogas units that exist in Sri Lanka. Practical Action, South Asia is testing more »
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  • Sustainable Efforts & Environmental Concerns Around the World August 2011

    This Nielsen report examines how global unease over the use of pesticides, packaging waste and water shortages have overtaken global warming as a top concern among consumers.    The report is based on findings from the Nielsen’s quarterly Global Online Consumer Confidence Survey, conducted between February and April 2011 and polling nearly 6,500 women in 21 developed and emerging countries more »
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  • Reducing the Eco-Footprint of Hotels: Destino Australia Sustainable Tourism Conference, Melbourne 2010

    Presented by the InterContinental Hotels Group, this paper outlines a number of responsible business practices such as reducing the carbon footprint, reducing emissions and energy, and waste management. by Frank Hubbard, Director, Corporate Responsibility (Australasia) Download
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  • Green Globe 21 Benchmarking Users Guide

    GREEN GLOBE benchmarking is a simple process. The measures are practical every day measures and include (for example) the volume of water used in a year as shown by your water bills; the amount of electricity used as shown by your electricity bills and others. GREEN GLOBE uses Earth CheckTM performance indicators with its benchmarking. by Green Globe 21 Download more »
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  • Waste Management: Recycling Used Lead Acid Batteries

    As used lead acid batteries are regarded as hazardous waste, various laws, decrees and guidelines are developed on international and European level to deal with these materials. For used lead acid batteries often specific legislation is developed in combination with household batteries.    This technical brief outlines the guidelines required for the environmentally sound management of waste lead acid batteries. by more »
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  • Good Environmental Practices: Underwater Clean-up

    Underwater cleanups are a great way to help protect the marine environment. However, there are some special considerations when cleaning up under water, especially in fragile coral reef environments.  To make this easier for reef operators, the Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) has put together these simple guidelines. by CORAL Download
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  • Ship Sourced Pollutants from Small to Medium Recreational and Tourist Vessels: Stage 3 Heavy metal concentrations

    This ship sourced pollution study originated from a research program conducted by the South-East Queensland Regional Water Quality Management Strategy, a multi-agency community/industry/government partnership group. Results from previous studies and feedback from principal stakeholders such as Maritime Safety Queensland, prompted demand for a second study to investigate levels of trace metals at selected popular anchorages in eastern Moreton Bay. by Jan more »
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  • Ship Sourced Pollutants from Small to Medium Recreational and Tourist Vessels: Stage 2 Sewage pollution

    This study originated from a research program conducted by the South East Queensland Regional Water Quality Management Strategy, a multi-agency community/ industry/government partnership group. The first phase of the study produced a final report on ship-sourced pollution in the Brisbane River and Moreton Bay. Imminent changes to sewage discharge regulations for recreational vessels operating in Queensland’s coastal waters and concerns more »
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  • Managing People in Australian Parks – 2. Commercial Operations Management

    This report reviews current practices of Australian protected area management agencies in regard to permitting and licensing procedures, and fees charged, for commercial tourism and commercial photography in National Parks. by Ralf Buckley, Natasha Witting and Michaela Guest Download
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  • Impacts of Human Waste Disposal in the Back Country Areas of Tasmania

    The research objective of the present project was to determine the relative impacts of disposal of human wastes on vegetation and soils in Tasmanian vegetation types that occur in areas used for wild country camping, with particular emphasis on the impact of digging, the impact of nutrient accessions, the persistence of  paper products, such as tissues, and the disturbance of more »
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