Category: ICRT Blog

Political skills, social and economic issues: challenges for tourism sustainability

Making tourist destinations more sustainable takes political skill, focus and community engagement argues Harold Goodwin, associate director of the ICRT-Australia. He explains, in his interview with Sustainability Leaders, that environmental factors are increasingly been considered but need to be addressed at a local level just as we still have a challenge to incorporate social and …

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Key Global Responsible Tourism Events in November

November Responsible Tourism events include: World Responsible Tourism Day on 4th November which will be showcased at the World Travel Market in London with the Responsible Tourism Awards. Three weeks later is the World Summit on Sustainable Tourism 26-27 November 2015 Vitoria-Gasteiz Spain. There are six themes including Tourism Supporting Biodiversity and Intelligent Visions and …

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Responsible Tourism and Hospitality Management Conference 25th September 2015

Expert speakers provide insights on the progress of Responsible Tourism The programme includes Helena Rey from UNEP discussing sustainable consumption and production, corporate reporting on biodiversity presented by Giulia Carbone form IUCN. Case examples of responsible tourism include Fran Hughes from the International Tourism Partnership, local economic impact of Tour de France in Yorkshire by …

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The Opportunity for Responsible Accommodation in Australia

Providing guests eco-friendly accommodation appears to be moving to a commercial tipping point in Australia. New Roy Morgan Research states that 21.6% of Australians would like a “real eco-tourism experience” but their study found that only 1.1% had actually experienced one during their last trip. The report strongly recommends domestic destinations offer more “green-friendly” accommodation …

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Wildlife Tourism Conference: force for biodiversity & LED

3rd Australian Wildlife Tourism Conference 29 September – 3 October 2015 – Geelong, Victoria. Wildlife Tourism can be a key force in both conservation of biodiversity and contributor to local economic development. Hear about the trends and contribute to the critical debates that will influence Australia’s most iconic tourism assets. Christopher Warren is a keynote …

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ICRT-Australia joins UNWTO sustainable tourism programme

The ICRT-Australia has officially become a partner to the UNWTO/UNEP’s new 10 year framework programme on Sustainable Tourism. The ICRT – Australia will seek to contribute and support training, workshops and the sharing of knowledge to contribute to sustainable tourism/ecotourism as part of international development, which promotes resource efficiencies. More details of the programme will …

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Tourism’s bushfire challenges

Findings from Bushfire Preparedness and Tourism Seminar November 2013 Tourism faces increasing threat of bushfires and subsequent visitor economy impacts for communities.   While the impacts of climate change will continue to contribute extreme weather events, tourism is struggling to prepare itself and adapt to the challenges which lie ahead. This was a conclusion from …

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Practical advice to improve bushfire preparedness and protect the Visitor Economy

Expert speakers and panel have been announced for the for the first seminar on tourism and bushfires ‘Bushfire Preparedness for the Tourism Industry: Managing the Visitor Economy’ . This is being run by the Tourism Industry Council NSW and the ICRT-Australia in Sydney on 28th November. The recent bushfire events in NSW and its economic …

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Bush fires and the Visitor Economy: How prepared is NSW tourism?

Tourism in NSW is focused on doubling visitor expenditure by 2020. Much attention has been given to events/festivals and improvements to infrastructure. However, as we promote the value of the visitor economy so should we protect it. Currently tourism is vulnerable to extreme weather events and their consequences. The direct impact of recent bush fires …

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Susanne Becken chairs environmental theme at RTD7

Dr Susanne Becken, professor of sustainable tourism at Griffith University Australia, will be chairing ‘Taking responsibility for the environmental impacts of tourism’ one of five themes at the 7th RTD. Responsible Tourism in Destinations: Barcelona – Catalunya 1-4th October 2013. The conference includes an academic day and two day conference for tourism professionals. This is …

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