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Test your sustainability knowledge

Do you consider yourself a sustainability guru? Put your green knowledge to test with these fun quizzes. 1. This BBC Earth quiz will evaluate your day-to-day sustainability practices to see how you measure up. Not up to par? Check out our tips on how to make easy, every day, sustainable choices.  2. The Sustainable Development Goals are crucial to fortifying more »


March 8 and Every Day is Women’s Day

Every year on March 8, we celebrate women. This year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) theme is “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change” with the hashtag #BalanceforBetter. Here are some ways in which you can celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness against gender bias, and take action for equality. Become a partner of the International Women’s Day 2019 Flagship Event by more »


Incentivizing your office to drink responsibly

Milk. We serve it in our office for coffee, we serve it in our restaurants and use it in many dishes. But have you thought about the environmental impact of this one small, but ubiquitous ingredient? As mentioned on other Green Tips, products derived from animals are usually less sustainable than those derived from plants or cereal. Different studies suggest more »


Tips on Packing Light for Your Next Business Trip

A simple equation: The more the luggage weighs, the heavier the plane. The more a plane weights, the more fuel it uses, the more carbon emissions your trip produces. Here are some ways to pack less, save the environment, while saving your back! 1. Skip the hazzle- dazzle: Ditch the colors Neutral colors are compatible with almost anything and doesn’t more »


Choose Bars over Bottles

Have you ever considered solid toiletries, such as bar soaps, shampoos and conditioners? These are great options for travelers, as they are considerably lightweight and do not contain gels or liquids. These bars also create positive impacts for the environment because of their package-free nature. According to UK-based Lush Cosmetics, the pioneer of bar shampoos, over 552 million bottles sold more »


Twelve painless “eco-resolutions” for 2019

For many, resolutions don’t last longer than the first month of the year. Don’t overwhelm yourself on the first week of the year and try this step-by-step resolution guide. With a little effort you can make a big difference in maintaining a sustainable lifestyle! January: Walk, bike or use public transport The effects on the environment of using the car more »


PATA Challenge: Towards a low-waste lifestyle – Tips to reduce waste in the workplace

We conducted our last PATA staff knowledge development lunch workshop of the year on December 7, 2018. Our BUFFET campaign partner, Thai-SOS, joined us at the PATA Headquarters to raise awareness of issues surrounding food waste and to empower us to share this knowledge with others. You can read the full recap here. At the end of the workshop, the more »


Sustainable development goals – don’t get left behind

Credit: United Nations You’ve heard the letters S, D, and G being used a lot lately, but what do they mean? In this week’s PATA Sustain’s green tips, we are passing along our top tips that can help you do your part to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.    1. Knowledge is power The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development aims to more »


You don’t need green fingers to regrow these kitchen scraps – Some tips on how to save money on groceries in the long run

Credit: Shutterstock Whenever our fruits and vegetables start showing signs that they’re sprouting, we end up tossing them in the bin because it “looks” inedible. Is it because people just refuse to believe that this produce has a life of its own? A lot of hard work goes into growing a mere potato, and  all the other kitchen scraps that more »


Sustainable Hospitality Businesses – Tips from industry professionals.

Credit: Shutterstock PATA prides ourselves on our role in developing future leaders of the tourism industry by empowering youth. We have our very own Young Tourism Professional (YTP) Ambassador, Ms. JC Wong who is responsible for the career development of youths comprising of students from PATA educational institution members. On November 22, Thursday, PATA collaborated with Mahidol University International College (MUIC) more »


EarthCheck Carbon Calculator: use this carbon calculator to gauge how your business is doing and for tips on how to improve.

Eco-Guide for Hospitality Businesses and Schools – Recipes to minimise your impact on the environment while saving costs.

This Eco-Guide is dedicated to organisations willing to change their structure and processes with the aim of limiting their negative impact on the environment. It is a practical guide, accessible to anybody looking for a course of action and does not require any technical background. Readers will find tips and levers to improve their eco-responsibility, while often making financial savings. It is particularly geared towards directors, managers and engineers of the Hospitality, Catering and Tourism industry, including: Hotel businesses, restaurant and catering businesses, travel agencies and tour-operators, training institutions specialised in hospitality and catering.


Responsible Shark & Ray Tourism – A Guide to Best Practice

This is the first Guide to provide practical, science-based information for shark and ray tourism operators who want to offer the best possible experience to their customers, while conserving species and habitats and making a positive contribution to local communities. It provides guidance, and tools that can be tailored to local circumstances, enabling operators to improve the educational quality, safety, and sustainability of their businesses. It also gives practical information, based on the best available scienti c data, to management authorities and others engaging with the industry.


The Code Voluntourism Policy

The Code has launched a voluntourism policy to set clear standards of compliance for voluntourism organisations. The policy defines voluntourism, outlines related issues, and acceptable and unacceptable excursions. We encourage all tourism companies that offer voluntourism products to read it and download it here.

Green Fins How To Videos

By sharing their knowledge and their passion, the diving industry has recently guided the development of nine brand new “Green Fins How-to-videos”, designed to guide business managers how to easily implement the Code of Conduct and to show divers exactly what they should expect from an environmentally friendly dive centre.

They will be completely free for anyone to see and to use; you don’t even need to be working for a Green Fins member! Just follow the Green Fins website, YouTube channel, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to become part of the community and see sustainable diving in action!

PATA Responsible Business Travel Guidelines

PATA has been a champion of environmental and cultural heritage since its inception. Measures taken to demonstrate PATA’s stance on social responsibility include the 1970 conference on Tourism and Heritage Conservation and the adoption of the APEC/PATA Code for Sustainable Tourism in 2001; the establishment of the PATA Foundation in 1984, and the annual PATA Gold Awards. Of worthy mention is the Environment award that each year honours best practices upheld by individuals or organisations in the protection and conservation of the environment.

The PATA Responsible Business Travel Guidelines are essential reading for participants at PATA events worldwide. They address, in particular, the supply chains that support travel and tourism activities and they provide valuable advice on how companies and individuals may act responsibly at every stage of a travel itinerary and event.

Green Fins Operational Handbooks

The Green Fins Toolbox is a collection of over ten years’ experience from working with over 400 dive centres to apply environmental standards without compromising your customer’s experience. From recipes for environmental cleaning products to posters to educate and engage your guests to helping you protect the reefs, the Green Fins Toolbox houses a suite of materials ready to download below!

These books have been designed for individuals, businesses, organisations and governments to support the implementation of the Green Fins approach, collectively reducing threats to coral reefs and other marine environments from the marine tourism industry.

Tourism Supporting Biodiversity: A Manual on applying the CBD Guidelines on Biodiversity and Tourism Development.

“The manual is a reference tool for planners, developers, managers and decision makers involved with tourism development and resource management in areas of sensitive biodiversity,” said Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, CBD Executive Secretary. “The purpose is to help them to mainstream biodiversity concerns and ecosystem services within sustainable tourism development.”

The manual is the result of a collaboration between the CBD Secretariat, UNWTO, UNEP, IUCN, and some 140 experts from around the world to identify current trends and upcoming issues and opportunities on the links between sustainable tourism development and the CBD agenda.

Responsible Tourism Toolkit – Part 1 Energy Saving Tips

In this Responsible Tourism Toolkit Series, I don’t want to talk about the broader benefits of sustainable tourism. I want to give you, as a tourism business, practical tips in the form of a toolkit on how to start and continue your journey to sustainability.

by Dr. Louise de Waal

ILO C-BED-Based Tourism Tools

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has developed nine modules for nine different areas and are available in English and 8 ASEAN languages. These tools were developed in cooperation with ASEAN under the Small Business Competitiveness (SBC) project, and are based on the ILO Community-Based Enterprise Development (C-BED) approach.

Kuoni Water Management Manual for Hotels

This book is designed to help hotels and tourism businesses that are interested in meeting consumer expectations and in contributing to a more sustainable tourism by committing to improved water management practices.

Tourism Planning in Development Cooperation: A Handbook

This handbook addresses essential key factors and consulting approaches for sustainable tourism development providing many practical tools and examples. The targeted audiences are planners and implementers working on International Development Cooperation projects which are dealing with tourism relevant activities with the following priority areas: sustainable economic development and inclusive employment promotion, community and local development, protection and valorization of biodiversity, resource and energy efficiency & climate protection in tourism as well as good governance and political frameworks.

by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Are You Ready for Business? How to Sell Excursions to UK Tour Operators

This manual forms part of a collection of greener business tools available from the Travel Foundation to help tourism businesses take effective action on sustainable tourism.

by Carol Favre