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The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) has published their annual report on the state of responsible tourism:

“This 2016 version of CREST’s annual study demonstrates that the growth of responsible tourism continues to outpace growth of the tourism industry as a whole. In addition, the 2016 report concludes that “the social and environmental imperative for responsible travel” is being spurred, in part, by the twin crises of wealth inequality and climate change. The report was prepared in collaboration with 16 leading tourism organizations and institutions.”

The report also puts a spotlight on the growing niche markets of adventure tourism, agritourism, culinary or gastronomic tourism, orange tourism, wellness tourism, and the sharing economy (e.g., Uber and AirBnB).

Read the full report here.

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The purpose of the study was to provide a comprehensive view of backpacker trends applicable to Australia leading to: short term strategies for capturing market share; longer term plans for optimal Australian and regional well being in the context of triple bottom line considerations.

by Philip L Pearce, Laurie Murphy and Eric Brymer

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Evolution of the Backpacker Market and the Potential for Australian Tourism

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A three-phase project aims to develop a greater understanding of the contribution of the restaurant sector to a tourist destinations attractiveness. This report details the beliefs, opinions and attitudes of leading Australian experts in the food, wine and tourism industries.

by Beverley Sparks, Karen Wildman, John Bowen
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This study relied mainly on secondary data sourced directly from previous research projects conducted by STCRC in protected areas in Australia to review the management and visitor trends in national parks and other protected areas to review management practices, visitors, economic benefits, environmental impacts, education and interpretation and destinations marketing. An expert consultation was conducted to identify the trends in protected areas in Australia and internationally.

by Hum Bahadur Gurung

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This publication reflects the importance attached by the tourism sector to the impacts of climate change and contains valuable scientific and technical information. It also constitutes an important input in the ongoing commitment of the United Nations to respond to the challenge of climate change. The publication contains two distinct parts, “The International Debate,” and the technical report.

by UNWTO

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This Update paper re-examines likely trends in global emissions in the absence of effective mitigation and in the absence of major feedbacks from climate change to economic growth. It analyses changes in the variables affecting emissions growth (namely population, economic output, energy demand, and the economic and technological factors affecting the choice among sources of energy) in major countries and regions. It also explores the implications of the Great Crash of 2008, which lowered the long-term growth trajectory of developed countries, but did not slow the immense growth momentum of the largest developing countries, nor end the higher growth of the early twenty first century in other developing countries.

by Professor Ross Garnaut

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The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends and Statistics

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Consumer Demand for responsible Travel

A variety of market studies in recent years have documented sustained interest among consumers in tourism products and services that protect the environment and respect local cultures.

Experts say…

  • “Concern about sustainability and the planet is top of mind for everybody… [O]ver 98% of consumers in every market worldwide view themselves as environmentalists.” —James Canton, CEO, Institute for Global Futures, San Francisco.
  • Environmental concern is “the biggest social trend for the rest of our careers.” —Daniel Levine, Executive Director, Avant-Guide Institute, New York.
  • “Green is no longer just a trend. It’s a way of life.” —Fran Brasseux, Executive Director, HSMAI (Hotel Sales and Marketing Association International)Foundation

Surveys and Statistics show…

  • A 2013 Travel Guard survey of travel agents concluded “green travel is here to stay.” The survey found “24% of those who responded noted that interest in green travel is currently the highest it’s ever been in the last 10 years, and 51% reported that interest has remained constant throughout this time period.” By CREST. Read More.
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