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Subsidising to Promote Green Tourism

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Promote Green Tourism: greenEconomyReport

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Many governments already spend funds on developing and promoting local assets valuable to the tourism industry, such as culture, transportation systems, and other infrastructural matters (e.g. water and waste management). This spending helps to decrease the investment many private sector stakeholders would have to make, aiding in the development of greener tourism.

Further, tax concessions can be a good way of stimulating the increase in green tourism investments. Tax incentives given to tourism businesses to encourage their engagement in greener business practices and more ‘eco’ tourism. Subsidies generally promote the installment and implementation of waste, water, and energy reduction initiatives.

Check with your local and national government to find out how you can save on taxes and energy. (For example, here are some in the US.)

Further information on the development of green tourism can be found in UNEP’s publication, “Tourism – Investing in energy and resource efficiency.”

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The Africa continent is increasingly becoming a desired destination for millions of world-class travelers, who enjoy the white sandy beaches, wildlife safaris, and cultural tours in every region of Africa.

Some 55.7 million international visitors traveled to Africa in 2013, according to the UN World Tourism Organization. Amini Kajunju Read more.

 

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 floodplains of Gorongosa National Park. Joe Miller Read more.

Call for more investment in world’s protected areas

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The world’s national parks and nature reserves receive eight billion tourist visits a year, generating around $600bn of spending, according to research. The idea of natural capital, the worth of natural assets, is increasingly being used in policy making. It is based on assigning economic value to the natural environment in order to better preserve it in the future. Helen Briggs. Read more.

 

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This is a scoping study aimed at identifying contemporary issues for, and barriers and impediments to, tourism investment in Australia.

by Sally Driml, Jacqui Robinson, Aaron Tkaczynski, Larry Dwyer

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This report aims to help companies review and improve their disclosure. It provides clear guidance for firms on how to assess and disclose climate risks and opportunities, as well as concrete examples of what investors view as quality disclosure.

by Jim Coburn, Sean H. Donahue, Suriya Jayanti (CERES)

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Towards the Business Case for Sustainable Hotels in Asia: Motivations and Impacts of Sustainable Hotel Development in Asia

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This study capitalises on three years of submissions for the HICAP Sustainable Hotel Awards and serves as a guideline on smart, practical and cost-effective development and operating practices. The case studies making up the bulk of this report have been drawn from a range of operations large and small, city and resort, mainstream and niche from across the region (see Map) – and provide an insight into the motivation for, and impact of more sustainable practices. Our intention in drawing these case studies together is to provide examples of what can be achieved, to encourage and inspire others, and set a benchmark for further reviews.

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