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In line with 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, it is important that we take steps towards implementing sustainability in our day-to-day activities. This includes events – a major component of our industry.


There are many things that event planners, service providers and meeting participants may do as a means of contributing to sustainable and responsible event management.

Here are a few simple ‘green’ meeting tips:

1. Use online registration to reduce paper usage

Forget about archaic paper registration methods. Use an online registration tool. Online registration and ticketing not only eliminates excess printed materials but also saves time. Participants love being able to register from any device at any time. Check out Eventbrite, an example of a low-cost online event registration mobile app that can be used to promote and manage your event events.

2. Use electronic communication and marketing

Save a tree by going digital. Send out invitations, real time information, announcements and updates through online media and other online channels. electronic devicesDraw attention to eco-friendly aspects of your event with digital signage and information.

3. Choose a green venue

The venues, and their facilities, have a huge impact on the sustainability of your event. Consider first whether the building itself is certified, for example, by the US Green Building Council. Select an event site that’s easily accessible by foot, bicycle or public transport. This reduces the carbon footprint of your event. If your event is attracting international delegates, give them ‘green’ hotel options.

4. Encourage sustainable transportation

Choose energy efficient, hybrid or electric vehicles for your event. Encourage delegates to travel by public transportation by making it easy for them to navigate. As an alternative, set up carpool service (e.g. liftshare.com) or shuttle bus service for your attendees. Find out more about how to commute in an eco-friendly way; check out 30 ideas on green event transportation.

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5. Recycle and reduce waste at events

Provide bins for recycling and composting to minimise waste-to-landfill. Make recycling stations highly visible and accessible. Liaise with the venue management team about arrangements for composting food waste and donating any excess food to local charities.

6. Minimise energy use

Using natural light instead of artificial light reduces bills and helps the environment. Where electric lighting is required, make the switch to LED bulbs. Switch off lighting and equipment when it is not being used.

7. Go local

Use local vendors for ancillary services such as food, décor, gift items, and rentals. This reduces emissions and gives important support the local economies. Hire local staff to reduce travel times, costs and pollution.

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8. Inspire sustainable practices

Educate and inspire attendees by making your ‘green’ event practices highly visible to all stakeholders, including the public and the media. Encourage responsible behaviour among all stakeholders and foster understanding and appreciation of sustainability by adapting the PATA Responsible Business Travel Guidelines. Finally, check out our favourite 5 tips to become a responsible green delegate.

 

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Backpacker Travellers in South Australia

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This report examines issues relating to the process of itinerary planning by ‘backpacker’ travellers with respect to South Australia and other less visited states and territories in Australia. A total of 96 semi-structured face-to-face interviews were conducted with visitors to Australia staying in hostel or backpacker accommodation in Melbourne and Adelaide in January and February 2007. The report describes the profile of backpacker visitors to South Australia and their decision processes. The report also provides conclusions and recommendations with respect to itinerary linkages, product development, regional dispersal and communication strategy.

by Richard Trembath

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The assessment tool (phase 2) provides readers with tools, exercises and interrogating questions to better understand tourism management issues in their local destination. this is achieved through the presentation of activities and questions and through the inclusion of vignettes and stories of practice that may inspire alternative approaches to tourism management.

by Dianne Dredge, Jim Macbeth, Dean Carson, Narelle Beaumont, Jeremy Northcote, and Fiona Richards
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This project aimed to identify sites on the Victorian bank of the Murray River where community values indicate that either further conservation is desired or where development is acceptable. Since the region is under pressure from population and tourism growth and a diversity of land uses, the Victorian government is considering the use of public land and the appropriateness of access to commercial and community activities. In this study, questionnaire surveys were sent to a representative sample of residents, visitors and tour operators asking them to indicate their preferences for future development and show locations of a range of values including biological, scenic, economic, recreation, therapeutic and wilderness and sites for future tourism or residential growth. Spatial analysis of the survey data using GIS revealed the locations of particular importance. On the basis of modelling using these values, these locations were predicted to be national/state parks.

by Sharron L. Pfueller, Xuan Zhu, Paul Whitelaw, Caroline Winter

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Spatial Mapping of Community Values for Tourism Planning and Conservation in the Murray River Reserves, Victoria, Australia

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The aim of the guide is to investigate the issues that local governments face in tourism management and the practices and approaches that have been adopted to address these issues. An investigation and appreciation of these issues is necessarily the first stage in moving towards more sustainable local tourism management.

by Dianne Dredge, Jim Macbeth, Dean Carson, Narelle Beaumont, Jeremy Northcote, and Fiona Richards

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Analysis of National, State, Regional and Local Tourism Strategies and Plans: Identification of Strategic Issues (Short Version)

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This scoping study provides an overview of a detailed analysis undertaken on 76 Australian National, State/Territory, Regional and Local Tourism strategies and plans. This study aimed to compile an extensive desk top audit and review in order to create a document database and to identify current issues concerning the Australian tourism industry.

by Char-lee McLennan and Lisa Ruhanen

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Analysis of National, State, Regional and Local Tourism Strategies and Plans: Identification of Strategic Issues (Short Version)

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Analysis of National, State, Regional and Local Tourism Strategies and Plans: Identification of Strategic Issues (Full Version)

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The extended appendix version of the Analysis of national, state, regional and local tourism strategies and plans: identification of strategic issues report contains additional appendices that summarise each of the 76 strategies that composed the sample included in the analysis. These detailed appendices reveal major issues that emerged from each document and shows how the emerging issues were categorised. This version also contains referencing details of all the current strategies and plans that were able to be obtained throughout the course of the intensive literature collection.

by Char-lee McLennan and Lisa Ruhanen

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Analysis of National, State, Regional and Local Tourism Strategies and Plans: Identification of Strategic Issues (Full Version)

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The aim of the project was to generate a new Green Globe product by creating a new standard, the Precinct Planning and Design Standard (PPDS). The PPDS has to be suitable for use with developments such as Salt and Sydney Olympic Park (SOP). The existing design and construct standard is too narrow to use in isolation for the Salt and SOP projects, since it is largely a building-oriented standard. The Salt/SOP developments are multi-land use and multi-functional and need to be tested by a more holistic product, such as the PPDS.

by Richard Hyde, Richard Moore, Lydia Kavanagh, Karin Schianetz, Deo Prasad, John Blair, Melinda Watt, Ben Bayada and Angela Hair

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Planning and Design Standard for Improving Sustainability of Neighbourhoods and Precincts

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Alila Villas Soori is a beachfront five-star resort located along the southwest coast of Bali, within the Tabanan Regency, one of the island’s most fertile and picturesque regions. One of the primary goals of the owner and developer was to ensure that the resort was planned, designed and constructed in an ecologically sensitive manner.

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This study aims to assist the development of a future national tourism strategy and research agenda and represents a typical but vital stage of a tourism visioning process. It provides an overview of four industry workshops hosted in late 2008 by STCRC in partnership with Tourism Australia. The workshops brought together 82 key tourism representatives from a broad cross-section of the industry. The goal was to develop a vision and identify key strategic issues, pressing policy objectives and research and development requirements for the Australian tourism industry. In particular, the workshops aimed to ascertain the industry’s opinion on core research priorities and to support the development of a national tourism research agenda, including the medium to long term research priorities that might be relevant to the role of a CRC or similar agency, in the future. It builds on a previous STCRC report Aanalysis of National, State, Regional and Local Tourism Strategies and Plans: Identification of Strategic Issues .

by Char-lee McLennan

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Strategic Issues for Australian Tourism 2008

 

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