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A 2008 study by Kole, L., Krestell, S., Parlagreco, L. and Dodds, R. at Ryerson University aimed to determine the level of awareness Canadian travel agents have regarding climate change, and their willingness to offer carbon offsetting as a mitigation strategy to their clients.

by Greg Kuenzig and Dr. Rachel Dodds

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What is the Role of Canadian Travel Agents in Providing Offsets to Travelers?

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In 2010, the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) at the University of Technology, Sydney was commissioned to develop a set of Australian tourism Sustainability Performance Indicators (SPI) relevant at the national and destination levels. The project was managed by the National Tourism Alliance (NTA) and was directed by a National Steering Committee that represented the major stakeholder organisations in the industry, including the major peak industry bodies.    This report, which is the first of three final reports from the project, provides a summary of how the framework was prepared, introduces its main features and indicates how the information is presented.    2. Final Report No. 2: Preparing the Framework, which outlines the process undertaken to develop the indicator framework.    3. Final Report No. 3: Detailed Indicator Framework, which provides the details of the proposed indicator framework including sources of information and data.

by Institute for Sustainable Futures

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Australian Tourism Sustainability Performance Indicators: Final Report 1: Presenting the Framework

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This paper examines the effects of mandatory sustainability reporting on several measures of socially responsible management practices. Using data for 58 countries, it shows that after the adoption of mandatory sustainability reporting laws and regulations, the social responsibility of business leaders increases.

by Ioannis Ioannou, London Business School & George Serafeim, Harvard Business School

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World Heritage listing signifies globally outstanding natural and/or cultural heritage: a “top brand” in marketing terms. Does this branding as heritage icons confer economic value through increased tourism expenditure at World Heritage Areas, pre- and post listing, with unlisted but comparable destinations nearby.

by Ralf Buckley

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World Heritage Icon Value: Contribution of World Heritage Branding to Nature Tourism

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This report provides the latest information about the characteristics and behaviours of visitors for the tourism industry, managers, and other research projects based in the Ningaloo Coastal Region. The Ningaloo Destination Modelling (NDM) project is a collaborative project between researchers from seven Australian universities and Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre that will deliver a scenario planning tool that assesses the social, environmental and economic impact of tourism planning strategies in order to assist tourism planning in a region that relies on its unique natural attractions.

by Tod Jones, Michael Hughes, David Wood, Anna Lewis and Philippa Chandler

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Ningaloo Coast Region Visitor Statistics: Collected for the Ningaloo Destination Modelling Project

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This report examines and reviews visitor impact modelling applications in Australia. A variety of visitor impact models  and processes have been used in Australia and internationally but the extent of their use and perceived effectiveness are  not well understood. This project used a Delphi technique and reference group to collect expert opinion from two  different panels: an expert academic panel; and an industry reference group consisting of individuals from state and  commonwealth agencies.

by Greg Brown, Barbara Koth, Glenn Kreag and Delene Weber

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Managing Australia’s Protected Areas: A Review of Visitor Management Models, Frameworks and Processes

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