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Aussies are keen on green

Aussies are keen on green | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

Whether it's a lack of options or affordable ecotourism, one thing is for sure: it represents a stunning opportunity for accommodation providers and tour operators. The latest findings from Roy Morgan Research reveal that while more than 20% of the population would like a total ecotourism experience for their next holiday, only a tiny fraction have actually had one. As of June 2015, 21.6% of Australians (some 4.2 million people) agree with the statement, "For my next holiday, I'd really like a total ecotourism experience," up slightly from 19.3% in the year to June 2011. While interest in eco-friendly travel is gradually rising, the proportion of Australian holidaymakers who lived the green dream on their last trip remains extremely low at 1.1%. Find out more.

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Cambridge University study evaluates the impact of climate change on tourism industry resources

Cambridge University study evaluates the impact of climate change on tourism industry resources | The Insight Files | Scoop.it
Climate change is a growing threat to tourism, from thawing ski resorts to coral reefs hit by warmer seas, and the industry itself should do more to curb its soaring greenhouse gas emissions, a study showed on Tuesday.
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CSR leadership in the tourism industry: Starwood Hotels bans shark fin

CSR leadership in the tourism industry: Starwood Hotels bans shark fin | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced Tuesday that, effective July, it will no longer procure shark fin in any of its nearly 1,200 hotels or 1,300 restaurants worldwide.


The company said it is now committed to completely eliminating the consumption of shark fin in all restaurants and food services across its global portfolio by year-end.


Starwood claims to be the first global hotel operator to take a strong stand on shark fin across its entire portfolio.

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Flower-viewing tourism a fast-growing opportunity to engage Chinese visitors

Flower-viewing tourism a fast-growing opportunity to engage Chinese visitors | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

"People love flowers as they represent beauty," said Xiong Yuanbin of central China's Wuhan University. "The love for beauty is almost a human instinct."

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Tourism boost for the Whitsundays

Tourism boost for the Whitsundays | The Insight Files | Scoop.it
It's been a big week for the Whitsundays, with the launch of One&Only Hayman Island and today's start of Qantas services between Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef Airport.
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How wildlife tourism and zoos can protect animals in the wild

How wildlife tourism and zoos can protect animals in the wild | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

"Fewer than 2,000 orangutans are left living in the wild in the Malaysian state of Sarawak, with nearly all truly wild ones confined to a remote site on the Indonesian border. It’s why thousands of tourists and local Sarawak people come to places like this – the popular Semenggoh Nature Reserve – to see orangutans semi-wild in a reserve or captive in a rehabilitation centre.


Our new research has found that some 40% of the tourists to Semenggoh said they had come to Sarawak primarily to see orangutans. We also discovered something more surprising: that international tourists visiting Semenggoh said they would be happy not to see these wild orangutans, just so long as the orangutans were being conserved.


This finding – published in the latest edition of the journal Conservation & Society – is significant for global conservation efforts, because it suggests that the wildlife experience can be separated from the wild life. And that could benefit both tourists and animals still living in the wild."

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WorldWideExperience's curator insight, May 21, 2014 7:49 AM

Animal conservation at it's best...working for both tourism and animal welfare.

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NSW national parks to follow Tasmania and NZ in growing bush-walking tourism infrastructure

NSW national parks to follow Tasmania and NZ in growing bush-walking tourism infrastructure | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

"Brett Godfrey founder of Virgin Australia proposed to the NSW government to operate the state’s first “great walk” by building private lodges within the Blue Mountains national park.
 

In order for NSW to compete with Tasmanian and New Zealand multi-day track, NSW Environment Minister Robyn Parker announces an ambitious five-year program to build the “great walks” in NSW national parks.


New Zealand attracts 10,000 international travellers to walk the Milford Sound Track and 7400 walkers in Tasmania Overland Track each year; however NSW currently has no comparable walking experience.

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The investment by the government $2.4 million to revitalise the Royal Coast Track in the Royal National Park and the Sydney Harbour Scenic Walk, will enhance NSW competitive experience. This improvement by the government would also consider building huts in national parks, it is required"

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Sustainable hotels earn higher guest ratings

Sustainable hotels earn higher guest ratings | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

"Hotels that have earned the ISO 14001 certification had higher guest satisfaction scores than those with no such certification, according to a study published by the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research (CHR)."

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Samantha Gandolfo's comment, October 3, 2014 12:23 AM
This article is extremely relevant to our site visit to Alto Hotel on Bourke as it is a 4-star sustainble, environmentally friendly hotel located in Melbourne CBD. Alto Hotel was the first in Australia to receive the EarthCheck Gold Certification as well as the first city hotel in Australia to offset all calculated carbon output, and therefore be considered carbon neutral. Alto Hotel receives extremely high trip advisor ratings (#6 of 169 hotels in Melbourne) and glowing reviews, the vast majority being 'excellent' or 'very good'. However, it is interesting to note that Alto is very subtle in their approach to sustainability and will not implement a sustainability initiative if it negatively impacts guest comfort. With so many similar hotels in Melbourne to choose from, being sustainable and carbon neutral is definitely giving the Alto a competitive edge and many people will choose to stay at the Alto because of this. However, some people would book for other reasons such as location or price without realising their environmental approach. Because of the way the hotel has implemented sustainability initiatives with guest comfort still as the number one priority, I believe it is possible to go through your stay without even realizing the hotel is carbon neutral. This is likely to be extremely beneficial, as guests can feel good about doing their bit for the environment without losing the feeling of luxury and comfort.