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Siobhan O’Neill, Editor, Green Hotelier

Siobhan O’Neill, Editor, Green Hotelier

by Siobhan O’Neill, Editor, Green Hotelier 

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How can hotels offer guests a luxury experience but also make rooms sustainable?

The drive to increase sustainability in hotels is growing year on year. The responsibility case for properties to demonstrate good environmental practice has been proved beyond argument and now they have the bottom line figures to prove the business case as well. But focus is invariably on good energy, water and waste stewardship whilst preserving the guest’s in-room experience. Going forward, if hotels want to continue to reap the rewards of sustainable practice, they may have to build it into the fabric of their rooms. Read more

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by Jude Kasturi Arachchi, Director, Jetwing Hotels

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Jude Kasturi Arachchi, Director, Jetwing Hotels

Known as Sri Lanka’s premier hospitality brand, the Jetwing story spans over four decades. A family owned company from inception, the brand currently owns and operates 21 properties (hotels and villas) within the country, with plans for five more in the next two to three years. Focusing on creating spaces for guests to live, relax and enjoy the best Sri Lanka has to offer, Jetwing has placed a great deal of prominence on sustainable practice and community development through the Jetwing Eternal Earth Programme (JEEP).

JEEP is a result of genuine caring, and ensuring that tourism existing not in isolation but beneficial to all stakeholders involved – especially communities, and the reduction in usage of natural resources. With the latest in sustainable technology implemented at Jetwing properties, the company seeks to reduce burdens on operating environments, as the island of Sri Lanka is a gift that is meant to be treasured.

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Intelligent Visual Travel Recommender Systems Model for E-Tourism Websites

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The methodology used in this research included: theoretical study of new web technologies and standards, development of new e-Tourism models and their prototype implementations, followed by comparative analysis of various implementation options. This report gives the model of an Intelligent Visual Travel Recommender Systems (IV-TRS), which uses Semantic Web technologies to help create efficient and easy to use e-Tourism websites for tour planning.

by Nalin Sharda, Roopa Jakkilinki, Mladen Georgievski and Mohan Ponnada

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Intelligent Visual Travel Recommender Systems Model for E-Tourism Websites

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Helping Tourism SMEs Plan and Implement Information and Communication Technology

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The focus of this study is the effect of ICT on Small to Medium Tourism Enterprises (SMTEs). This study developed and tested a web based ICT skills capability toolkit consisting of two modules. The first module consists of 37 lessons on Internet strategy, website design and optimisation based on material developed by the ATDW. The second module is a questionnaire that allows the ICT skills profile of a region to be assessed.

by Noel Scott,  Stephen Burgess, Ann Monday,  Paul O’Brien,  Rodolfo Baggio,  Carmine Sellitto, David Bank

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Helping Tourism SMEs Plan and Implement Information and Communication Technology

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An Investigation into the Incorporation of Leading Edge Mobile Technologies in the Recreational and Adventure Tourism Industries

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The project investigated the feasibility of delivering wireless Location Based Information (LBS) services in a regional Australian adventure tourism context. The services were delivered through the use of Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite technologies. The project findings established the feasibility of service delivery and will contribute to the establishment of a regional mobile implementation strategy for LBS in the adventure tourism industry. The outcomes of the project include: a strategic plan for the delivery of LBS services over handheld devices; a proof of concept generalisable solution; and formal partnerships with the tourism and recreation industries.

by Leisa Armstrong,  Christopher Holme, Gautham Kasinath, Ajdin Sehovic, Yatish Vadera, Greg LeCoultre and Brendan John

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An Investigation into the Incorporation of Leading Edge Mobile Technologies in the Recreational and Adventure Tourism Industries

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The first section of this report, the literature review, outlines the major components of research diffusion and diffusion theory including innovation development, decision-making processes and adopter categories. The second and third sections of the report will outline the research methods and survey results. The final section of the report will provide an analysis and discussion of the survey results and the implications these have for the STCRC.

 

by Chris Cooper, Leo Jago, Jack Carlsen and Lisa Ruhanen
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To help policy makers and business leaders identify and prioritize additional opportunities to raise energy efficiency in China and make its growth more sustainable, McKinsey & Company undertook a study of technologies, measuring their impact on greenhouse gas emissions. Published in the McKinsley Quarterly, this report outlines their research and findings.

by McKinsey & Company

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The McKinsey Report: China’s Green Opportunity

 

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This report provides an analysis of potential practical applications of current and upcoming IT-based (digital) monitoring and surveillance systems and technology in other industry sectors for use in Australian terrestrial and marine protected areas. The knowledge generated will provide a basis for the potential future development of reliable and cost-effective methods for monitoring visitor movements and activities, and compliance with park regulations (including user pay systems).

by Jan Warnken and Michael Blumenstein

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Monitoring Visitor Use in Australian Terrestrial and Marine Protected Areas

 

 

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The study aimed to develop a digital interactive to enrich visitor experiences at heritage tourism sites. It also developed a suite of guidelines to allow heritage tourism operators (and heritage managers) to operate a similar interactive module at heritage sites throughout Australia.

by Celmara Pocock, Marion Stell, Lucy Frost, Julia Crozier and Simon Ancher

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