Category: ICRT Blog

New Responsible Tourism destination management plans for Australia

The ICRT-Australia has recently completed two destination management plans which integrate progressive responsible goals and strategies for diverse regions of New South Wales. The strategic planning processes involved several stages of research and community consultation. For Central NSW Tourism the plan incorporates the new European Commission Sustainable Destination Indicators; while for Kangaroo Valley (South Coast …

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The marketing case for sustainability – ICRT-Australia to present at the National Tourism & Events Excellence Conference 2013

Christopher Warren will be presenting his paper providing practical insights for small and medium tourism enterprises at this year’s National Tourism & Events Excellence Conference. The paper is entitled ‘The marketing case for sustainability: promoting quality and a better experience’. The following synopsis explains that sustainability has been seen as a niche market and only …

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Bush Fire Risk Management for Tourism

Christopher Warren, director of the International Centre for Responsible Tourism argued the case for prevention and preparedness measures and policies that could also improve the visitor experience in his speech at the Local Government New South Wales Tourism Conference 12th March 2013, Port Stephens. In this supporting paper (link below) Christopher discusses the vulnerability of …

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Building your Reputation and Making a Difference: Taking Part in World Responsible Tourism Day 2013

Free consultation and mentoring for Australian participants to World Responsible Tourism Day (WRTD) is being offered this year by the International Centre for Responsible Tourism-Australia. “We are very encouraged by the growing Australian interest in WRTD and we want to assist business to create a competitive advantage from their efforts,” says Christopher Warren, director for …

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January intake for the Masters in Responsible Tourism Management

Successful tourism development now is widely accepted to require holistic management and the application of sustainable principles. Career professionals can take a Master in Responsible Tourism Management at Leeds Metropolitan University through a specially designed distance learning programme supported by the International Centre for Responsible Tourism – Australia. You can take the course over three …

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UNWTO promotes Green Economy vision

Green Economy Tourism UNEP UNWTO At the time of the Doha Climate Change Conference (November 2012) the UNWTO launched its paper ‘Tourism in the Green Economy’ which builds on the tourism chapter of the 2011 UNWTO/UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Green Economy Report. According to their findings investment of just 0.2% of global GDP per year …

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Australia’s growing participation in Responsible Tourism: the winners and wider support

The Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards 2012 held at the World Travel Market (WTM) in London rewarded Australia with two awards this year and acknowledged world ‘best practice’ by Centroc,  a regional NSW council group. Moonraker Dolphin Swims won ‘Best in a Marine Environment’. They provide visitors the opportunity to swim with Burranan Dolphins and …

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Progress in Responsible Tourism – 2nd issue

This edition examines the Rio +20 Summit and “Green Growth” opportunities; an academic report assesses the results of five nations’ original commitments to tourism at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002, and the ICRT – Australia’s director, Christopher Warren’s paper on encouraging pro-environmental guest behaviour at Responsible Accommodation. The 112 page edition also …

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World Responsible Tourism Day 7th November

World Responsible Tourism Day is the internationally recognised date, supported by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, that highlights how tourism can make the world a better place. This is the cutting edge of tourism in many European countries and the expectations of international visitors. WRTD is used to stimulate action and focus attention on …

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Visitor Economy Taskforce NSW argues for authenticity and development controls

The long awaited Visitor Economy Taskforce Report (VET)to the NSW Government includes recommendations proposed by the ICRT – Australia’s White Paper ‘ Building Tourism from the bottom up’ sent to the VET committee.  At the heart of the VET report is the recognition that consumers are seeking an authentic experience, very much a core principle …

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