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Mainstreaming ecosystem considerations into business is becoming increasingly important in order to deal with the challenges of a resource-constrained world. This Guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation (CEV) is a valuable addition to the toolkit used by business today. It can be used in relation to business operations as well as to suppliers, customers and other stakeholders.

by The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

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This study considers current attitudes towards and adoption of environmentally sustainable practices of Victorian  tourism enterprises. Using a purposive sample of businesses in the Geelong Otway region, in-depth interviews were conducted. These interviews provided a wealth of information relating to perceived benefits and barriers to adopting environmentally sustainable practices. The findings demonstrate that, while many operators are aware of environmentally sustainable practice and have a positive personal philosophy towards implementing them, they remain constrained by business needs  such as customer demands and limited acceptance of certification and accreditation programs.

by Sue Beeton, Suzanne Bergin-Seers and Christine Lee

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The aim of this study was to evaluate a range of environmental and sustainable tourism awards available to the Australian tourism industry from the perspective of 1999 and 2000 award applicants.

by Jasmine Foxlee

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Environmental Tourism Awards - Encouraging Best Practice Environmental Management?

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This report presents the findings of an investigation into the ability of regional destinations to attract visitors into  the Australian countryside. The main objectives of the research were to:

  • Examine how tourists can be dispersed throughout regional Australia
  • Investigate the relevance of five selected theories to regional tourism development from the point of view of local decision-making
  • Assist in local investment decision making and provide a guide to future government policy through the development of a development potential index

by Peter Murphy and Chris Cooper

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Communities as Regional Destinations: A Development Potential Index

 

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Tourists do not make travel decisions in a vacuum. The decision to spend money on tourism occurs in the context of the other potential uses of discretionary resources and their corresponding values or utilities. This study has therefore researched the conjoint decision of allocating and spending discretionary resources through the conduct of a choice experiment so that the trade-offs involved could be empirically assessed. The data provides an insight into how each type of discretionary expenditure is valued and how each type competes for a share of the discretionary expenditure ‘pie’. We discuss the results with an emphasis on the  implications for tourism.

by Geoffrey I. Crouch, Timothy Devinney, Sara Dolnicar, Twan Huybers, Jordan Louviere and Harmen Oppewal

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Tourism and the Competition for Discretionary Expenditure

 

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The aim of this research is to examine mainstream and Indigenous tourism operators and key industry stakeholders’ ideas, attitudes and experiences of Indigenous involvement in the tourism industry. In addition, the research was used to gauge perceived opportunities for further Indigenous tourism development.

by Noah Nielsen, Jeremy Buultjens and Deborah Gale

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Concern over the potential negative impacts of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions has led to the Australian Federal Government to implement a Clean Energy Future Plan than encompasses a carbon pricing scheme.

by ATEC, EC3 Global

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Concern over the potential negative impacts of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions has led to the Australian Federal Government to implement a Clean Energy Future Plan than encompasses a carbon pricing scheme.  This fact sheet helps businesses recognise the impacts of this carbon pricing scheme on their business and how they can implement the relevant changes to save them in the long-term.

by ATEC, EC3 Global

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In businesses with high cooling requirements, such as bars and restaurants, refrigeration systems are significant consumers of energy. This fact sheet outlines how energy consumption can be reduced through simple behavioural changes or by replacing equipment, or parts thereof, for more modern versions.

by ATEC, EC3 Global

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Products purchased and consumed by businesses can have significant impacts that are important to consider during energy efficient procurement. This factsheet aims to provide some guidance on how to adequately assess and compare potential products.

by ATEC, EC3 Global

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