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October 26 2015 – Indigenous communities are protesting the expansion of Suriname’s international airport. The airport has obtained title to the neighbouring, indigenous land, and wants to expell most of the population of the Arawak villages Hollandse Kamp and Witsanti. Indigenous people reject the airport’s claim that they are the trespassers. Jeremy Smith Read more.

September 18 2015 -Photojournalist Taylor Weidman recently stopped by a graveyard in Bangkok, Thailand.

In the city’s Ramkhamhaeng neighborhood sits a lot peppered with parts from jets and commercial liners. What’s most interesting, however, aren’t the planes, but rather the people who live among the wreckage. Parker Molloy and Taylor Weidman Read more.

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October 15 2015 – Last month Biel Barceló, the vice-president and tourism minister for the Balearics,  told a parliamentary hearing in the islands that the government would once again apply a tourist tax in 2016.

The tax – termed an ‘eco-tax’ – will be spent on “environmental protection, sustainable tourism, the preservation and restoration of cultural heritage, improvement of infrastructure in tourist areas as well as in research, training and development in the tourism sector,” according to Travel Weekly. Jeremy Smith Read more.

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October 8 2015 – Designed to promote New York agriculture and add a bit more green space to the airport, the 24,000-square-foot T5 farm is growing produce, herbs and the same blue potatoes used to make the Terra Blues potato chips JetBlue offers year-round as complimentary snacks to passengers during flights. Harriet Baskas Read more.

 

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September 3 2015 – The hotel industry will be able to compare energy and water use, as well as carbon footprint, using a new tool from the Cornell University Center for Hospitality Research (CHR).

Developed by researchers Howard Chong and Eric Ricaurte, the Hotel Sustainability Tool 2015 is available from the CHR at no charge. Environmental Leader Read more. 

 

Air New Zealand has embarked on significant environmental management programmes that involve all areas of their operations, including airline engineering, marketing, staff, suppliers, customers, tourists and external partners. Over the past eight years, Air New Zealand has achieved a 15% reduction in carbon emissions during a period when their business was growing.

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1. Biofuel test flight crew

2. B767 with winglets over Auckland

5. Scott Base Antarctic research team(1)

3. DOC Partnership announcement 20 April 2012

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Cathay Pacific

Categories: Climate, Management, Operations, Pacific, Planet, Private Sector, Transportation
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Cathay Pacific has twenty twenty vision, with a Sustainable Development (SD) Strategy boasting twenty commitments all to be achieved by 2020. Climate change is priority, aiming for a 31 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions per passenger or tonne of cargo compared to 2009 levels. As well as being a member of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group which aims accelerate the use of sustainable biofuels, it also offered Asia’s first ever carbon offset programme which supports community renewable energy projects. Cathay Pacific is flying way ahead of 2020, however, aspiring for a fifty per cent reduction in net CO2 emissions by 2050, relative to 2005 levels. Reducing the burn is a must but, in terms of sustainability, Cathay is firing on all cylinders.

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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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This report is based on a synthesis of Australian and international research in the areas of self-drive planning, navigation, decision-making practices, signage and route promotion. It is augmented by an Australian case study on the travel experiences of 272 visitors using the Great Southern Touring Route in Victoria. The report includes photographs, guidelines and recommendations to enable users to evaluate and improve drive tourism services and promotion in their region. It is designed to be used by regional and state tourism organisations to inform the development, signing and promotion of themed driving routes in Australia.

by Roy Ballantyne, Karen Hughes, Betty Weiler and Gianna Moscardo

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Tourists' Use of Roadside Signage: A Case Study of the Great Southern Touring Route

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This study explores the motivations, attitudes and behaviours of tourists on themed touring routes (trails) in  Queensland and Tasmania, Australia. The results provide insight into the travellers, their preferred holiday style, motivation, patterns of planning, travel and en route behaviour, use of themed touring routes and their views on destinations. Important differences were found to exist between the touring groups in the two states.

by Anne Hardy, Bill Carter, Bob Beeton, Mark Olsen and Louise Horneman

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Regional Touring Route Travellers: Users Motivations, Attitudes and Behaviours in Queensland and Tasmania

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