The tourism industry is in trouble but what if a new, more sustainable narrative for tourism rises from the ashes?
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.
The unthinking tourist might be a thing of the past if people such as Rod Hillman continue to drive change.
A new partnership – based on the successful Better Buildings Partnership model – hopes to get hotels, museums and other venues serious about sustainability and make Sydney a destination for sustainable tourism.
And so this is Christmas … and to celebrate the end of a hard working year for most of us, we’ve convinced the owner of the gorgeous Tara Blue Mountains Resort at Oberon, just over the Blue Mountains, to offer a fabulous two night stay for up to five people.
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.
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.
Lirrwi Tourism, the Aboriginal immersive cultural tour operation that grew too fast and was placed in administration earlier this year, is back in business.
There’s a strong future for eco-tourism in NSW’s Blue Mountains, following the launch of a CRC for Low Carbon Living-funded program designed to promote businesses that reduce their carbon footprints.
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.
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.
Randy Yibarbuk is a designated future elder of his clan in the Yolgnu nation in west Arnhem Land.
It was on a tour of Europe with a group of Aboriginal people to promote Australia in the early ’90s that tourism boss John Morse caught the bug.
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 […]
Brief: Nightswapping.com is the latest addition to the growing home accommodation industry, joining Airbnb, Couchsurfing and others circumventing the traditional hotel/motel/hostel industry.
TripAdvisor has extended its GreenLeaders program to Australia and New Zealand, allowing users to search for hotels and B&Bs with environmentally friendly practices.
A new online booking service operating out of Europe is the first to rank hotels based on green practices, and even offsets carbon emissions at no added cost.
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
15 May 2013 — The Tourism Authority of Thailand has launched a voluntourism competition.
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]