On Kangaroo Island and elsewhere, beware the lure of the luxury ecotourist

round Australia, and the world, national parks are under threat from the curious paradox of luxury tourism, which demands development in protected wilderness areas to cater for those who want to enjoy the natural environment without any interruption of their lifestyle.

Overtourism puts ecotourism on the map

The unthinking tourist might be a thing of the past if people such as Rod Hillman continue to drive change.

Hotels start to take sustainability seriously

Some of the biggest operators in the hotel sector are getting serious about sustainability, not only because it can save serious money, but because it’s proving a magnet for green-minded guests.

A green and happy holiday? You can have it all

When you’re on holiday, relaxing on a beach or soaking up a vibrant city’s culture, the last thing you want to think about is your responsibility to the planet.

Crown Resorts sustainability efforts deliver the goods

International tourism operator Crown Resorts has put a strong focus on sustainability at its major Melbourne and Perth sites, achieving major reductions in carbon emissions, increased energy efficiency, reduced water use and reduced waste to landfill.

Beyond the coconut line – a unique experience in Arnhem Land

I’ve signed up for a week’s tour in remote Arnhem Land. It’s a women’s group, run through Lirrwi Tourism. We are to visit two Aboriginal communities learning something of their culture, perhaps sharing in some secret women’s business and bush medicine.

Learning the spirit of the land

Randy Yibarbuk is a designated future elder of his clan in the Yolgnu nation in west Arnhem Land.

Special Report: How hotels are going green

More travellers, particularly corporate travel groups, are looking for sustainability credentials when they book a place to stay. This, along with reducing high running costs, is driving an increasing number of hotel operators to implement initiatives ranging from energy-efficiency to greener purchasing policies. “The expectations of the global consumer market have now changed. Travellers now […]

Langkawi eco paradise at The Frangipani

In tropical Langkawi, an island hideaway in the Andaman Sea off the North West Malaysian peninsular, a locally owned hotel is setting the benchmark for environmental practises in the region.

Light up Timor Leste holiday

26 March 2014 — The Australian Technology Association has partnered with Timor Adventures to offer a responsible tourism holiday where your money will help to provide solar power installations in community facilities and remote villages. The tours were first offered in 2013 and went so well they are being offered again this year. On a […]

Skyrail scores global kudos for being green

By Willow Aliento

5 February 2014 — Skyrail Rainforest Cableway at Cairns has been recognised for achieving world’s best practice in sustainable tourism, with the World Travel and Tourism Council selecting the high-flying forest adventure as one of three finalists in the Environment Award category of the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards.

A hunt for sustainable tourism in NSW

As a Sydney-sider, I adore skirmishes around our beautiful countryside in NSW. I marvel at the fact that I can be in the bush within an hour on a Friday night, after work.

What I have found disappointing, however, is the lack of sustainable travel options available to me. I have a policy that I will only stay at responsible venues when I travel for pleasure.

Green megatrends for hospitality and tourism

  A current megatrend in the hospitality and tourism sector is “going green”. More and more pressure is being applied to businesses to reduce the environmental impact of their operations. This is attracting the attention of regulators as well as becoming a factor used by customers when making their travel and accommodation choices. As a […]

Khao Lak: responsible tourism emerging after tsunami

  Almost a decade ago, on Boxing Day 2004, a mega tsunami devastated many parts of the Indian Ocean Coast. In Thailand, the sleepy beachfront resort of Khao Lak was the worst hit area, due in part to its coastal topography with deep beaches and extensive area of flatland only a few metres above sea […]

Affordable, responsible eco-luxury in Tasmania

The Fifth Estate reader Sarah-Jane Sherwood recently visited Tasmania’s Forest Walks Lodge and discovered a resort that aspires to responsible, sustainable, luxury complete with Trombe walls that absorb the sun’s heat during the day, a complex waste management system controlled by a two-metre high underground worm farm, and organic meals.

Responsible Tourism: Phuket challenge

Phuket is Thailand’s most popular beach resort, attracting almost five million visitors a year. The resort rightly has a reputation for mass tourism with both the benefits and the ills that can bring including, most recently, violent tourist crimes that have hit the news worldwide. Yet tourist numbers continue to be on the rise and […]

The new megatrend in sustainable practice

By Emma Parry

31 January 2013 – Eco-tourism and responsible travel are the new mega trends of the decade. In this first of a new column, Emma Parry, provides a look at the major hotel and resort operators who are taking steps to reduce their impact, and why.

Dexus women in Nepal campaign

22 December 2010 – DEXUS has put together a team to help Habitat for Humanity to fund a new campaign for 100 Australian women to travel to Nepal and help build homes for some of the poorest female-headed families in the world. The team comprising of chief operating officer Tanya Cox, head of human resources […]