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World Water Day: better water, better jobs

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Today marks the 24th World Water Day! World Water Day dates back to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development held in 1992 where an international observance for water was recommended. Since 1993  the 22 March has become World Water Day. Each year UN-Water sets a theme around a current or future water challenge.

This year the theme is ‘better water, better jobs.’ It seeks to shed light on how workers’ lives and livelihoods are dependent on the quantity and quality of water and that this has a huge impact on societies and economies.

Did you know that today “about three quarters of households in sub-Saharan Africa fetch water from a source away from their home” (WHO/UNICEF, 2012). What’s more, 50-85% of the time it is women who carry out this task (ILO/WGF, n.d). This is one water related fact that should change.

So what can you do as a tourism business? Well as an organisation you have the power to create awareness, educate and take action with your staff, visitors and or other organisation you work with. Ideas include:

  • Make your voice heard on social media today by sending a selfie or group photo on how water is a part of your business
  • Send a submission to UN-Water on how water has changed your life or community
  • Think about what water means to you and submit an art work
  • Organise a debate in your office or organisation
  • Record a film and send it to UN-Water
  • Organise a photo contest
  • Or, get creative – think of something completely out of the box!

To watch the official 2016 trailer which gives a good depiction of this year’s theme click here.

To view an interesting image slideshow depicting the relationship between water and the world of work click here.

To expand your knowledge on water related challenges and opportunities check out the following articles and readings:

And remember, just because World Water Day is today, does not mean you should stop on the 23 March! Raise awareness, educate and take action throughout the year to truly be a part of creating better jobs through better water.

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German tourism firms support refugees

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Nearly 40 companies, including several travel and tourism firms, have launched a joint initiative to offer jobs, training.

The firms are offering diverse projects to support the integration of refugees from countries such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan into the German economy. TUI, for example, is backing a nationwide initiative to provide German language courses while Lufthansa is supporting a project enabling young migrants to enter the world of employment courses and support for refugees in Germany.

Article by FVW.  Read more here.

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REI to shut all 143 stores and pay employees to #OptOutside on Black Friday

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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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October 13 2015 – The film ‘Giving Hope to Survivors of Human Trafficking – a short film by YCI’ tells the stories of survivors who are graduating from a six month training programme in hotels around the world, and are embarking on new careers and more promising futures. Siobhan O’Neill Read more.

Why Entrepreneurship is Overrated as a Solution to Poverty

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13 August 2015 – You might wonder, then, why did the owner of a successful solar business in Western Uganda recently ask me for a job with BBOXX?  That’s not what entrepreneurs are supposed to do!  And if entrepreneurship is how wealth is created, why does a country’s GDP seem to increase as rates of entrepreneurship go down? Read more.

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

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

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Tourism Satellite Account Victoria 2006/07

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This report provides estimates of the contribution of tourism to the economy of Western Australia. It replaces an earlier report released in March 2007. The estimates from the earlier report have been revised to reflect revisions to benchmark National data which were incorporated in the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) National Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) released on 11 May 2007.

by Ray Spurr, Thiep Van Ho, Peter Forsyth, Larry Dwyer, Daniel Pambudi and Serajul Hoque

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This report provides estimates of the contribution of tourism to the economy of Victoria. It replaces an earlier report released in March 2007. The estimates from the earlier report have been revised to reflect revisions to benchmark national data, which were incorporated in the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) National Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) released on 11 May 2007.

by Ray Spurr, Thiep Van Ho, Peter Forsyth, Larry Dwyer, Daniel Pambudi and Serajul Hoque

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Tourism Satellite Account Victoria 2003/04

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