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Waste disposal is expensive – for your pocket and for our planet, our only home.

ed_DSC0499_lowAccording to Green Hotelier’s “Waste Management,” a hotel guest generates about 1kg (2lb) of waste per night, more than half of it in paper, plastic and cardboard. In addition to negative environmental impact, minimizing the amount of waste a business produces is important because waste has rising cost implications in both disposal and initial purchase, if the materials are not used. As described by Green Hotelier, in the UK, for example, landfilling costs are now £48 per tonne (1.1 tons) compared to £18 a tonne in 2005.

Tourism operators generate a range of different wastes. The size and type of operation will influence how much waste is produced. The location of the tourism operation will also affect the impact its waste has on the surrounding community and environment. By considering the availability of possible reuse and recycling options, we help reduce waste to landfills.

Reducing the amount of waste is one of the simplest and most effective ways for tourism operators to both reduce their environmental impact and improve their bottom line. Here are some more resources to help you start:

The multiple recent terrorist attacks in diverse places such as London and California ought to be a warning to the tourism industry that it is entering into a new and dangerous age.  In the past, most tourism centers assumed that either they would not be targets of a terrorism attack or that the attack would be against a highly specific and well-known target.  Classically it was assumed that we could almost predict which areas would be most prone to terrorism attacks.  The prevailing paradigm argued that terrorists were most likely to strike locations that were high on the following scales:

  • They were centers where a great deal of economic damage would occur.
  • They were centers could generate mass casualties
  • They were places that had some form of iconic significance
  • They were places that were most likely to be covered by the media.

Scholars and security specialists based this paradigm on attacks such as those in New York, London, and Madrid.  The security and tourism industries however did not consider locations such as in the Middle East as being relevant to tourism.  Both the multiple incidents in Europe and the United States creates enough anomalies to cause tourism scholars and practitioners to question if the former paradigm does not need revisions and updating.  Tourism Tidbits presents this month some of the new realities that tourism professionals need to consider.

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The Sector Project Sustainable Development through Tourism

Categories: Climate, Community, Cultural Heritage, Energy, Europe, Management, Operations, People and Places, Planet, Private Sector, Public Sector, West
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by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

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The Contribution of Tourism to Sustainable Development and Achieving the Millennium Development Goals

Categories: Europe, Management, Monitoring & Evaluation, Operations, People and Places, Planning, Public Sector, Report, Return, West
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The purpose of this position paper is to define the framework for the field of ‘tourism’ in German development cooperation. It also serves as a reference framework with which to position the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in international organisations such as the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and for political dialogue with partner countries, within the EU, at ministerial level and across all sectors of society.

by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

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The oldest city in the Netherlands, Nijmegen, is working with residents, institutions and industry to become climate neutral by 2032. These high profile projects fall under the umbrella campaign ‘The Green Heart’, reflecting the idea that green ideas and action must come from the heart.

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A Green Heart is Easy to Find: City of Nijmegen

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