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Last week, I spent a night in a hotel in Brussels that has taken a circular economy approach to redesigning the way its loyalty scheme works. Following on from my previous blog about how we in the industry can engage tourists by making them proud to be part of our efforts to promote sustainability, I want to look today at how rethinking the way such loyalty programmes operate could further help deliver on our aims.

Most people staying in a hotel – especially a city-based one – don’t just stay in the hotel. They wander out and explore. So why don’t hotels create partnerships with ethical shops, experiences, restaurants, low carbon transport alternatives and more in the neighbourhoods where they work. Such a ‘Hotel Eco Loyalty Programme’ (HELP) could provide me with discounts and incentives at these establishments and operators, helping me discover the city through them while supporting their efforts to assist the communities and environments where they work.

Read the full blog post here.

By JEREMY SMITH for WTM

 

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Five reasons funding should go directly to local NGOs

Locals give out food after a fire in an South African township. Photograph: Kim Ludbrook/EPA

Less than 2% of humanitarian aid goes directly to local NGOs, but Jennifer Lentfer argues that grassroots groups are best placed to help those in need, giving five reasons for that. Read more.

 

Mansfield Shire Council has committed to the EarthCheck Sustainable Communities initiative (formally known as Green Globe) to benchmark our  environmental and social performance and develop a shared vision for the future.    This case study outlines the environmental strategy and benchmarking data designed to empower the community and create a sustainable future.

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EC3 Global is an international tourism and environmental management and advisory group founded by the Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (STCRC), the world’s largest dedicated research centre specialising in sustainable tourism.    This document outlines EC3 Global’s range of training and capacity programs that support sustainable tourism development and operations for business, communities and destinations.    Options include general sustainability awareness programs as well as skill and knowledge based training in sustainability policy, risk management, strategy and practice.

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Impacts of Bird Watching on Communities and Species: Long-term and Short-term Responses in Rainforest and Eucalypt Habitats

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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 were studied. Specifically, this report sought to quantify the influence of different levels of disturbance.

by Darryl Jones and Thomas Nealson

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Impacts of Bird Watching on Communities and Species: Long-term and Short-term Responses in Rainforest and Eucalypt Habitats

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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.

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Have the best travel experience with the most positive impact with our tips for sustainable travel

Ecotourism, responsible travel, sustainable tourism, going green – call it what you will, these days we’re all thinking a little more carefully about how and where we travel. The headline news has largely revolved around the environmental impact of flying, but if you’re serious about greening up your travel, you need to look beyond carbon offsetting. Read more.

 

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