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by Stewart Moore, CEO, EarthCheck

Stewart Moore, CEO, EarthCheck

Stewart Moore, CEO, EarthCheck

The MICE Sector and Responsible Meetings and Events

In the first part of this two part series, we introduced you to the size and economic importance of the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, and Events (MICE) sector in the Asia Pacific region. In that blog entry we looked at its direct and indirect economic contribution to host countries and the need to balance economic contributions with social and environmental considerations. We explained the simple steps that an event organiser or venue can take with EarthCheck to deliver more responsible and sustainable events and meetings.

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by Stewart Moore, CEO, EarthCheckStewart Moore, CEO, EarthCheckStewart Moore, CEO, EarthCheck

Welcome to a two part series of entries related to the business events sector, sometimes referred to as the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, and Events (MICE) sector. Three aspects of this industry will be discussed in this first blog: 1) The economic significance and reach of the sector; 2) Why we need to take action to ensure that economic benefits are balanced with social and environmental outcomes; and 3) What operational systems need to be in place to deliver sustainable meetings and events.

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Local Infrastructure in Australian Tourist Destinations: Modelling Tourism Demand, and Estimating Costs of Water Provision and Operation

Categories: Case Study, Infrastructure, Oceania, Pacific, Survey, Visitors, Waste, Water
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This research investigates and reviews the options available to fund, provide and operate water and wastewater infrastructure to meet growing tourism needs. This includes identification of costs associated with tourist use of infrastructure and peak capacity requirements. The major benefits include better knowledge and understanding of tourist demands, and the need for water and wastewater infrastructure and analytical tools, enabling councils and other authorities to quantify present and future tourist demands, infrastructure requirements to meet demand, and the associated costs of infrastructure provision and operation.

by Michael AP Taylor, Simon Beecham, Nicholas Holyoak and Ali Hassanli

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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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This study aims to enhance the understanding of tourist experiences and behaviour in urban destinations by analysing the spatial movements of tourists, identifying the key attributes they are seeking in urban destinations, determining how important these attributes are to their experiences, evaluating how two urban destinations performed in relation to these attributes, and assessing whether there are key differences between different types of visitors to urban destinations. The ultimate aim of this project is to inform and guide the future governance and improved functioning of urban tourism destinations by developing a better understanding of the tourist in such settings.

by Deborah Edwards, Tony Griffin, Bruce Hayllar, Tracey Dickson and Stephen Schweinsberg

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This study found understanding the strategic value and design of collaborative linkages in tourism is likely to play a significant role in ensuring businesses’ competitiveness and supporting the sustainability of destinations. Its objectives were to determine the factors that hinder and/or foster collaboration between tourism and/or non-tourism businesses; identify the respondents’ perceptions of costs, benefits, risks, current barriers, and potential actions to encourage collaboration in and across regions. It then used the information to identify gaps, future opportunities and possible directions for collaboration in regional areas.

by Pascal Tremblay and Aggie Wegner

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This report is a first of its kind in presenting vessel counts based on more than 55 aerial surveys covering 20 different anchor sites and nine classes of vessels over the course of an entire year. Results from this study, based on an overall count of more than 18,000 vessels, provide governmental regulators, tour operators and members of the local community with the first quantitative figures about the type of vessels and the annual use of popular anchor sites and of Eastern Moreton Bay (EMB) as a whole.

by Jan Warnken and Matthew Leon

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There is an enormous potential for reclamation and reuse of rubber in developing countries. There is a large wastage of rubber tyres in many countries and the aim of this brief is to give some ideas for what can be done with this valuable resource.

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Managing plastic waste is a global problem with increasing amounts of waste in developing countries as well as industrialised nations. This paper outlines the research that needs to be conducted before establishing a plastics recycling business, such as availability of raw material, availability of technology and funds, and market prospects for recycled products. Vital information about processes and equipment, and successful case studies are also included.

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This technical brief begins by describing the characteristics of organic waste, its sources and the particular hazards, challenges and opportunities it presents. It goes on to present a number of options for processing organic waste, including use as animal feed, biogas digesting, and composting. It is particularly intended for project engineers, planners or managers in municipalities, NGOs and businesses.

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