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WASHINGTON – New research on behalf of Champions 12.3 finds there is a compelling business case for hotels to reduce the amount of food they throw away.  For every $1 hotels invested in programs to reduce kitchen food waste, on average they saved $7 in operating costs.

In a first-of-its kind analysis for the industry, The Business Case for Reducing Food Loss and Waste: Hotels evaluated financial cost and benefit data for 42 sites – including Sofitel, MGM and more – across 15 countries, finding that nearly every site realized a positive return on its investment to reduce food waste. Within just one year, the hotels had reduced food waste from their kitchens by 21 percent on average, and over 70 percent had recouped their investment.  Within two years, 95 percent had recouped their investment.

The 7:1 return on investment comes from buying less food and thereby reducing purchase costs, increasing revenue from new menu items developed from leftovers or foods previously considered “scraps,” and lower waste management costs.

Read the full press release and full report here.

By Jillian Holzer and Amanda Williamson for Champions 12.3.

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Research Reveals Adventure Travelers Primarily Motivated by Transformation

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New research conducted by the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) in conjunction with researchers from East Carolina University reveals that, more than any other motivating factor, adventure travelers are seeking transformative experiences.

New research conducted by the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) in conjunction with researchers from East Carolina University reveals that, more than any other motivating factor, adventure travelers are seeking transformative experiences.

In the past couple years, the term “transformation” has been used to describe what consumers seek from the goods and services they purchase. To delight today’s consumer, nothing short of a transformative experience – one that leaves a lasting change or impression – is required. The push for transformation is expressing itself across industries from health and wellness to fashion, and, yes, even travel. By 

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Future Traveller Tribes 2030

30 April 2015 – Understanding what customers really want is crucial to any successful business. But imagine if we could go a stage further; if as an industry we could discover what genuinely shapes travel experiences, or measure what travellers value most and in turn how their expectations could and should be better met. Read more.

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22 March 2015 – In celebration of World Water Day, the 22nd of March, 2015, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) reflects on 30 years of research excellence to support sustainable water use and development. During the last three decades, new ways of collecting, distributing and managing water have continually influenced our scientists’ work. Read more.

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Learning Markets and Indigenous Tourism: Action Research Pilot of Developing a Learning Markets Cluster and Sample Itinerary in Central Australia

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This project applied and evaluated Participatory Action Research Methodology (PARM) in the context of developing a Learning Markets cluster of Indigenous tourism operators in Central Australia.This led to developing and testing a Learning Markets itinerary establishing links with specialist distribution systems relevant for the Learning Markets sector. It was expected that this would allow building the capacity of local Indigenous tourism operators to understand, service and capitalise on this specialist market sector in the future

by Joc Schmiechen, Diana James  and Pascal Tremblay

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Learning Markets and Indigenous Tourism: Action Research Pilot of Developing a Learning Markets Cluster and Sample Itinerary in Central Australia

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The first section of this report, the literature review, outlines the major components of research diffusion and diffusion theory including innovation development, decision-making processes and adopter categories. The second and third sections of the report will outline the research methods and survey results. The final section of the report will provide an analysis and discussion of the survey results and the implications these have for the STCRC.

 

by Chris Cooper, Leo Jago, Jack Carlsen and Lisa Ruhanen
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The objective of the research was to develop a ‘Story Audit Tool’ to be used in the field with Indigenous people and other key informants to collect local stories for use in tourism enterprises and marketing; establish a prototype Intellectual Property agreement for commercial tourism for the use of images, film and written accounts of local Indigenous stories in tourism; and critically review the Story Audit Tool as applied in the pilot projects at Groote Eylandt and Hermannsburg.

by Diana James and Joc Schmiechen

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Enriching the Experience: An Indigenous Tourism Story Audit Tool

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The market performance information available to tourism operators and managers of Regional Tourism Organisations for use in evaluating their relative performance is not considered adequate. Tourism operators individually have their own performance data available (ie hotels may have data on room night occupied per month) but this information is generally considered commercially sensitive. Thus, sharing of such data to enable the performance of an individual operator against others or to allow aggregate performance of the destination to be measured has been problematic. This technical report provides a summary of the pilot implementation of Industry Performance Analyser for Tourism (IPAT) by selected Regional Tourism Organisations (RTOs) in Queensland.

by Noel Scott and Noreen Breakey
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This paper provides an overview of tourism statistics available for regional operators and destination managers in Australia. It provides a foundation for discussion about ways to improve the collection of regional tourism  statistics in Australia. The paper is concerned principally with monitors of  tourist activity in regional Australia.

by Stephanie Hunt, Gary Prosser

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Regional Tourism Statistics in Australia

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This phrasebook has been put together by a group of environmental, research and progressive organisations with an interest in sharing research-based messages on climate change with activists around Australia.

by www.climateinstitute.org.au

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Climate Messaging Guide: Cutting Through the Climate Clutter

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