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REI to shut all 143 stores and pay employees to #OptOutside on Black Friday

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October 28 2015 – Every year on Black Friday, stores across the United States post deep discounts to encourage consumers to buy more. This year, however, the co-op REI is instead shutting every single one of its 143 stores across the country and paying their staff to go outside. Jeremy Smith Read more.

 

October 29 2015 – Wildlife attractions account for between 20 and 40 percent of all tourism worldwide, with 3.6 to six million people visiting these sites annually. The study found that every year two to four million tourists financially support attractions that aren’t good for animal welfare or conservation. Jeremy Smith Read more.

 

October 07 2015 – In 1962, six-year-old Vasco Galante was treated to his first cinema trip – to see Charlton Heston in the Hollywood epic, The Ten Commandments.

But despite the blockbuster’s eye-popping sequences, the images that most impressed young Vasco came from a short advert shown before the film, which showcased the elephants, lions and buffalo in the verdant floodplains of Gorongosa National Park. Joe Miller Read more.

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Wildlife watching tourism is one of the most important tourism segments in Africa, according to new UNWTO research released on the occasion of World Wildlife Day. In view of tourism’s potential in advancing inclusive growth across the continent, poaching and illicit trade in wildlife pose a serious threat to the future of Africa’s socio-economic development, the publication warns. Read more.

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This self-assessment checklist has been developed to help you assess where your company stands in integrating responsible environmental practices. The initial 13 questions are relevant to all forms of marine recreation, while three additional sections offer supplemental questions for providers in specific sectors: interactive marine wildlife trips, recreational fishing, and snorkeling, diving and scuba.    Each question addresses a key issue and proposes a good practice. In addition to providing a useful tool to marine recreation providers, this checklist is being used by major tourism companies, including tour operators, cruise lines and hotels, to identify and select responsible service providers.

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This report is one of a series in the Sustainable Tourism Corporative Research Center’s overall project to develop a framework, guidelines and tools to enhance assessment, evaluation and reporting of visitor use in protected areas. In this report we review the approaches management agencies have taken to research and assess ecologically sustainable visitor use of Australia’s World Heritage Areas.

by Wendy Hill and Catherine Pickering

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Ecologically Sustainable Visitor Use of Australia’s World Heritage Areas

 

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The aim of this summary is to provide a ‘snapshot’ of Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (STCRC) research that informs the wildlife – tourism relationship and its management. STCRC completed a major research program to identify opportunities for wildlife tourism in Australia and to facilitate enhancement of its sustainability. After six years of research, the Wildlife Tourism Subprogram has built up an expansive range of publications and a wealth of collective knowledge, which are presented in this snapshot.

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Wildlife Tourism: Challenges, Opportunities and Managing the Future

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Visitors are an integral element of any tourism product or service. This report provides detailed, reliable and relevant information on visitors needed to provide a sustainable tourism activity that provides a quality experience for visitors.

by Gianna Moscardo, Barbara Woods and Tanya Greenwood

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Understanding Visitor Perspectives on Wildlife Tourism

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This report presents the findings of two years of research into visitor perspectives of wildlife tourism in Australia and New Zealand. In a first for the field of wildlife tourism, this large-sample research combines a series of case studies, covering a range of settings, tourism styles and target species, using a standard set of  questions.

by Gianna Moscardo and Rebecca Saltzer

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Understanding Tourism Wildlife Interactions: Visitor Market Analysis

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This report aims to present information on different kinds of Australian wildlife that has a bearing on their suitability for use in tourism. The core of the report is a spreadsheet containing an extensive classification of Australian wildlife in relation to tourism.

by Ronda Green, Karen Higginbottom and Chelsea Northrope

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Tourism Classification of Australian Wildlife

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