is the world's first hostel in a Boeing 747-200 where
visitors can experience the unique feeling of staying
inside a converted jumbo jet and museum. Different room
categories can accommodate one to three adults in comfort
as well as a quad dormitory bed option, all with separate
shared shower and toilet facilities. Stockholm Arlanda
is the first facility in Jumbo Hostel chain and since
the Jumbo (Liv) was relocated to its new permanent location
at the entrance to the Airport it has become a significant
|Australia Zoo are working with
'Fauna & Flora International' in a mobile phone recycling
program 'Answer the Call' as coltan the valuable mineral
used in mobile phones is being mined from the forest habitats
of the lowland gorillas in the Democratic Republic of
Congo in Central Africa. Recycling old mobile phones is
reducing the need for coltan and raising funds to help
with gorilla conservation. Further information: http://www.australiazoo.com.au
regions, sustainable tourism
Therese Phillips and Jayne Jennings will present a case
study on the Sustainable Regions program that Tourism
Queensland is embarking on from June - September this
year. This project is an Australian first to implement
a state-wide sustainability program for the tourism
industry and adopts a bottom-up partnership approach.
Initially being delivered through five pilot regions,
Stradbroke Island, Winton, Airlie Beach, Magnetic Island
and Pioneer Valley/Cape Hillsborough, the aim of the
project is to garner support from everyone in a tourism
region to measure and lessen their carbon footprint,
and then celebrate the journey towards developing Queensland
Convention Centre wins Prestigious National Environmental
The Melbourne Convention Centre
has been awarded the prestigious Banksia Foundation Built
Environment Award 2009 at the Banksia Foundation's 21st
awards ceremony in Melbourne.
The Banksia Environmental Foundation is the leading national
not-for-profit organisation that promotes environmental
excellence and sustainability and Banksia's National Awards
are regarded as the most prestigious environmental awards
in the country.
People, Peace The I International Conference: The Costa
Rican Tourism Model
is a leader in sustainable tourism on a global level.
The country will carry to the forefront its experience
and “best practices” that are intrinsic
in their governmental policies and tourism industry
so that other countries may use Costa Rica as a model
for achieving this balance.
Planet, People, Peace The
I International Conference: The Costa Rican Tourism
Model will bring to the world almost four decades of
innovation, leadership and revolutionary development
of policies and environmental laws coupled with democratic
progress, responsibility and creativity.
For more information or to register for the event please
go to http://www.PlanetPeoplePeace.com
The UK-based Travel Foundation has unveiled a new
sustainable learning program sponsored by the Association
of British Travel Agents that aims to train the global
travel trade in responsible, sustainable, ethical
Further information: www.maketravelgreener.com
7 Wonders of Nature
Two of Australia’s natural
icons Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef have been selected
from the top 77 nominees to progress as two of the 28
Official Finalists in the global New7Wonders of Nature
campaign. Launched in 2007 by the New7Wonders Foundation,
the global campaign is looking for the seven most wondrous
sites across the world through the eyes of the public.
Nominations for the campaign were open to any clearly
defined natural site, monument or landscape that was
not created or significantly altered by humans for
aesthetic reasons. More than one billion votes worldwide
are forecast to determine the final New7Wonders of
Further information: http://www.australia.com
tourism industry has rapidly evolved to adapt to a new
breed of traveller – the ‘bleisure’
seeker. This new travel trend is the outcome of a new
breed of professionals who are technologically savvy
enough to blend business and leisure. According to UK
based trend forecasting company
The Future Laboratory,
an increasing number of business travellers are extending
their business trips to include a leisure component,
and driving onetime business-oriented services, such
as hotels, to cater for travellers wanting to expand
their beyond-business experience.
Further information: http://www.thefuturelaboratory.com/
Tjuta Draft Management Plan
Parks Australia has released
a Draft Management Plan for Uluru-Kata Tjuta National
The plan has been developed by the Uluru-Kata
Tjuta Board of Management and the Director of National
Parks in accordance with the Environment Protection
and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, and will guide
how the park will be managed over the next 10 years.
Comments on the draft plan are due by 4 September 2009.
Further information: http://www.environment.gov.au
The UNWTO is running an online photo competition to
commemorate World Tourism Day on 27 September 2009.
The global competition is open to all people of all
ages and aims to capture images showing the important
role responsible tourism plays in promoting respect
for different traditions and support to local communities.
The best photos will be featured in UNWTO news, website
and ITB Berlin Tourism Fair 2010. The winner will receive
a round trip and accommodation to Ghana, with four digital
cameras for the runners-up. Deadline is 30 January 2010.
Further information: http://www.unwto.org/wtd/index.php
|Independent luxury hotel group
the Art Series Hotels will open six hotels across Melbourne
from 2009–2011, injecting more than $300 million
to the Victorian job market and economy.
both the corporate and leisure market the hotels will
provide guests with a unique visual experience. No two
Art Series Hotels will be the same with each named after
and inspired by famous Australian artists including Adam
Cullen, John Olsen, and Charles Blackman.
Further information: http://www.artserieshotels.com.au/
Indigenous Cultural Centre
|The Western Australian State
Government is planning to build Australia’s first
national Aboriginal cultural centre on Noongar land along
the Swan River waterfront. The centre would provide the
Noongar people with the opportunity to be founders, and
position them to invite other Indigenous people throughout
Australia to showcase their arts and culture. It will
also provide an opportunity for rarely seen private collections
of indigenous art and artifacts to be displayed which
will create unique experiences for visitors.
Further information: http://www.tourism.wa.gov.au
New Zealand Cycleway Projects
The New Zealand Government has allocated
the first $9 million of its $50 million cycleway fund
to seven projects expected to be underway by November
2009. The cycle routes that have been identified cover
a wide regional spread and are located in areas where
cyclists will not only be able to experience some
of New Zealand’s natural scenery but also learn
a great deal about our county’s regional history,
culture and heritage. Feasibility studies are being
arranged and co-funded by the Ministry of Tourism
to look at the validity of the seven projects, with
each study estimated to cost between $100,000 and
Further information: http://tourism.govt.nz
|Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, Australia’s
first conservation-based luxury resort, marked its second
National Tree Day with 90 volunteers planting over 3,000
native trees such as Black Cypress, Lemon Scented Tea
trees, Casuarinas and Eucalyptus.
||With 4,000 acres of land dedicated
as a wildlife reserve and bordered by two of Australia’s
most prominent National Parks, the conservation programme
includes the planting of thousands of native trees indigenous
to the area, overcoming the effects of previous cattle-grazing.
Scheduled for soft opening in October, the resort is the
only in recent history to receive permission to be built
within a World Heritage Area.
Further information: http://www.wolganvalley.com
Convention + Visitors Bureau has launched a new Event
Carbon Calculator to enable event organisers calculate
the environmental impact of their Melbourne conference,
meeting, incentive or event. The Carbon Calculator was
developed in conjunction with the Carbon Reduction Institute
and covers all aspects of running an event such as venues,
food and beverage supply, accommodation, transport and
even gifts. The website also offers tips and information
on how to reduce the environmental impact of events
Further information: http://www.mcvb.com.au
A web portal has been launched by Eco
Hotels of the World that provides information for eco
conscious travellers to find their dream hotel, lodge,
spa or holiday destination. Featuring a two-fold ratings
system giving both green stars for environmental criteria,
as well as a general rating for service, location and
comfort, the site guarantees unbiased honest feedback
and ratings from holidaymakers. The site currently features
over 140 green holiday venues around the globe, and
rates them with green stars in the areas of energy,
water, disposal, eco-active and protection.
Further information: http://www.ecohotelsoftheworld.com/homepage.html
|Tourism Futures Sets the Agenda for 2020
Bringing the tourism industry up to a baseline of technological literacy was identified as a key agenda item for tourism, following the Tourism Futures conference last week.
Photo from left: Nick Bryant BBC World News interviewing Laurel Papworth Social Networks Strategist, Tania Major Young Indigenous Leader, Ben Southall Best Job in the World Island Caretaker at Dinner with Industry Leaders
A national delegation of around 300 industry leaders and government policy makers gathered on the Gold Coast to debate an agenda spanning climate change mitigation to the cutting edge technological applications revolutionising consumer purchasing.
It also saw the unveiling of innovative ideas, and futuristic technology which grabbed the attention of media from around the globe, including Japan, Russia, New Zealand and even the British tabloids.
Photo: Stefan Gossling Lund University Sweden andMatt Cameron-Smith
Tourism Australia on the Leaders' Forum Panel
The proceedings of the Tourism Futures National Conference 2009 which includes over 60 presentations are now available online.
Proceedings are available for delegates with password access and a CD Rom of the proceedings is available for purchase which includes powerpoint presentations, video proceedings of the international and national keynote speakers featured in the Topline Program, and panel discussions. To order a copy please download an order form.
For further information on the conference please visit: http://www.tourismfutures.com.au/
Australia Faces New Frontiers
|Regional Australia Faces New
Frontiers is the theme for this year's Sustainable Economic
Growth for Regional Australia (SEGRA) being conducted
in Kalgoorlie-boulder from 26-29 October 2009.
Regional Australia plays a vital role
in the economic well being of the country. It
also holds an iconic place in Australian culture.
The affects of climate change, peak oil and broader
environmental, social and population pressures experienced
by our major cities make the broader policy decisions
regarding regional Australia even more critical.
These themes are critical to the SEGRA
Over 70 speakers, forums and panels will be discussing
the latest issues, trends and forecasts, tools and
models that work to promote a sustainable regional
Australia. Special sessions will be devoted to Climate
Change, Tendering and Evaluation Skills and an Economic
Development Practitioners Toolbox.
The national Regional Australia Summit 2009 –
a new agenda on 29 October will discuss strategic
trends and directions for regional Australia in the
context of sustainability over the next decade.
For more information visit www.segra.com/segra
longstanding International Cleanup Day event is the
biggest underwater cleanup of its kind. Held annually
on the 3rd Saturday in September each year, more than
370,000 volunteers clean over 33,000 miles of shoreline
to remove seven million pounds of rubbish. Project
AWARE partners with dedicated scuba divers to take
part in practical cleanup solutions and collect data
for the global Marine Debris Index which is vital
to addressing global debris issues.
Further information: http://www.projectaware.org
Tourism Industry Seminars |
hosting a series of tourism industry seminars around
Australia as part of its commitment to sustainable
tourism in 2009.
This year’s seminars ‘Investing
for the Long Haul’ will help raise awareness
of the potential environmental impacts of tourism
operations and provide solutions for best practice
in sustainability including highlighting opportunities
to access government subsidies.
Further information: http://www.qantas.com.au or click here
Way Limited, the CRC for Tropical Savanna Management
and Savannah Guides are hosting the inaugural Savannah
Symposium. The symposium incorporates a conference
at Charles Darwin University from 17–19 November
and then an optional workshop from 20–21 November
in Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land.
will present new ideas and programs as well as successful
case studies and developments in sustainable communities,
conservation business, and ecotourism.
Australia has Assembled Leading Sustainability and Ecotourism
Ecotourism Australia's Global
Eco Asia Pacific Tourism Conference brings
together leading players from across the globe and
is a venue for operators, policy makers, planners,
conservation interests and researchers to discuss
and debate emerging issues and to ultimately develop
a more sustainable tourism industry.
Up to six Theme
Stream Workshops feature on Day Two
of the Conference, designed around EcoDesign, Indigenous
Business Development, Tourism in Protected Areas,
EcoMarketing, Sustainability and Climate Change and
Interactive Panel Sessions enable delegates to actively
interact with speakers and delegates.
now, tap into this global knowledge
and gain an edge on your competitors.