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Help Others Go Green – Develop a Green App!

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In the tourism industry, one of the big issues at hand is the question of “how to reduce travelers’ impacts.” A far reaching approach to generate awareness about being a more responsible traveler could have an enormous impact. Such an approach can be an app that helps travelers by providing them with knowledge and resources on how to improve their positive impacts and reduce their impacts when traveling.

There already are various smartphone apps available that can help us to ‘go green.’ These apps range from as simple as carpooling to those that measure your progress made in your fight against climate change. Of course, there are many more and some of these can be found here.

The good thing about apps is that they can provide relevant information in a fun and engaging way, and they can be updated regularly. “Gamification” still is a very successful concept often used in consumer related industries; companies and organizations often use apps to better engage with their customers by including aspects of gamification, e.g. ranking systems, loyalty and reward programs, as well as other features that increase the consumer’s willingness to interact with the organization and get involved in the issues promoted by the app.

To be successful, we should consider the potential impact of both the leisure and business markets; all travelers should be provided with relevant information on how they can reduce their impacts and travel greener. This could be done by either an independent app, or as part of an event app, as PATA did as part of our 2016 Annual Summit. The app helped attendees to better manage their overall trip and to provide a better experience to them. Since PATA works to spread sustainability in tourism within the region of Asia Pacific and beyond, the app provided attendees with a Responsible Travel Guide.

Help Others Go Green – Creating an app can also be an initiative for you to take, to spread ways and ideas on ‘going green’ or ‘traveling green’ amongst your clientele!

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Understanding Urban Tourism Impacts: An Australian Study 

Categories: Community, Oceania, Residents, Survey, Visitors
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The study set out to better understand the perceptions and attitudes of urban host communities toward tourists and tourism, and to understand the impacts that were of most concern to these communities in major cities. Outlined below is a summary of key findings from the local government focus groups and community survey.

by Deborah Edwards, Tony Griffin, Bruce Hayllar and Brent Ritchie

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The main aims of this project were to quantify the value that visitors to certain Tasmanian national parks placed on those sites, and the responsiveness of park visitation rates to changes in park entry fees.

by John Madden, Nic Groenwold, Prem Thapa

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Estimating the Value of Tasmanian National Parks to Park Visitors

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Sustainable Development and Management of Tourism in Moreton Bay – Executive Summary

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The tourism potential of Moreton Bay and Islands (Moreton Bay) has been largely undiscovered. Moreton Bay has great beaches, water, wildlife and a relaxed atmosphere but it is the combination of these features with the environmental sustainability of all aspects of the region that should form the foundation of promotion. The opportunity exists to create Moreton Bay as a sustainable tourism destination, delivering all of the advantages of tourism with minimal negative consequences. As its point of difference Moreton Bay needs to establish itself as a sustainable, Platinum Plus destination.

by Michelle Whitmore and Terry De Lacy

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Sustainable Development and Management of Tourism in Moreton Bay - Executive Summary

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This report reviews the statistics and research available about regional tourism in Australia, and reports on the significance of regional tourism in terms of its economic, social, and environmental impacts.

by Gary Prosser, Stephanie Hunt, Dick Braithwaite, Graham Bonnett, Ingrid Rosemann

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Significance of Regional Tourism in Australia: A Preliminary Report

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This study relied mainly on secondary data sourced directly from previous research projects conducted by STCRC in protected areas in Australia to review the management and visitor trends in national parks and other protected areas to review management practices, visitors, economic benefits, environmental impacts, education and interpretation and destinations marketing. An expert consultation was conducted to identify the trends in protected areas in Australia and internationally.

by Hum Bahadur Gurung

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This project provides series of detailed assessments of tourism values and costs in localities adjacent to protected areas in Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia. The project demonstrates a range of techniques for respectively measuring social, environmental and economic impacts of tourism activity.

by Michael Hughes, Tod Jones, Marg Deery, David Wood, Liz Fredline, Zachary Whitely, and Michael Lockwood

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This study documents the likely tourism-related climate change impacts (economic and non-economic) on the Margaret River region for 2020, 2050 and 2070;  identifies and recommends adaptation options and strategies; and refines the model developed in Phase 1, The Impacts of Climate Change on Australian Tourism Destinations: Developing adaptation and response strategies — a scoping study.

by Roy Jones, Angela Wardell-Johnson, Mark Gibberd, Alan Pilgrim, Grant Wardell-Johnson, Jeremy Galbreath, Stephanie Bizjak, David Ward, Kim Benjamin and Jack Carlsen

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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, and practical directions for enhancing its Triple Bottom Line sustainability. This book is essential reading for all tourism professionals, wildlife managers, recreation managers, researchers, and general readers with an interest in the role of wildlife in tourism. For a review of this title by WildWatch, go to this site – http://www.wildwatch.com/magazine/reviews.asp

by Karen Higginbottom

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Wildlife Tourism: Impacts, Management and Planning

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Host Community: Social and Cultural Issues Concerning Wildlife Tourism

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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

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