Raine Davies has joined the team as Director of Strategic Partnerships liaising with key government, non government and private sector stakeholders as well as Directing the Tourism Futures National Conference. Raine is an Events Management graduate from the UK and has been working for several years in event management in the UK and Queensland, most recently with the Department of Premier and Cabinet.
Rebecca Arthurell also joined the team this year as an Events Manager taking a key role with both the Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference as well as the Tourism Futures National Conference. Rebecca is an Events Management graduate and has worked with Tourism Australia and Queensland Events on event projects.

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Queenstown Extreme Work
Ziptrek Ecotours in Queenstown New Zealand have developed a bike-to-work program designed to encourage staff to increase fitness levels and to live the company's sustainable practice philosophy.

Staff are rewarded with extra pay for choosing a healthy and environmentally sustainable way of getting to work.

Ziptrek Ecotours is working with Wakatipu Trails Trust, Vertigo Bikes and Queenstown Mountain Bike Club to promote local community recreational mountain bike trails.

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Kimberley Coastal Camp

Expressions of Interest are currently open for the commercial leasehold purchase of the Kimberley Coastal Camp, an exclusive wilderness retreat in the North Kimberley region of Western Australia.

The camp sits on a small peninsula, overlooking the abundant waters of the Timor Sea offering boating, fishing, walking trails, bird watching, with a backdrop of tranquil waters and virtually untouched vegetation.

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Travel Industry White Paper

A white paper is being collated addressing how social media is being implemented and created in the Asia Pacific’s travel industry.

The research is being conducted via face-to-face interviews as well as online surveys. Researchers are calling on all tourism operators who utilise social media in their brand advertising to participate in an online survey.

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Indigenous Tourism Story Audit Tool

A new research tool has been developed for use in the field with Indigenous people and other key informants to collect local stories for use in tourism enterprises and marketing; established a prototype Intellectual Property agreement for commercial tourism for the use of images, film and written accounts of local Indigenous stories in tourism.

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Green Hotel Directory

Travelocity’s Green Hotel Directory includes more than 700 hotels whose programs closely align with the Tourism Sustainability Council baseline criteria and green hotel certifiers including Green Seal, Green Key Global, Audubon Green Leaf Eco-Rating Program and the Rainforest Alliance. These provide a common understanding of sustainable tourism and focus on maximising tourism’s social and economic benefits to local communities.

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Leave No Trace Scheme
The Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia have established the Leave No Trace Self Containment Code of Conduct scheme.

The scheme promotes environmentally responsible camping and requires vehicles to be self-contained at campsites.

It is a major milestone in the Club’s efforts of demonstrating to Councils and other authorities that self-contained vehicles need not have a negative impact on the environment. The Code of Conduct outlines appropriate waste disposal and obligations to financially support local communities through the purchase of food, fuel and supplies where possible.

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Mobile Website

TripAdvisor has launched a mobile website which has attracted more than one million unique monthly visitors to date. The mobile website gives travellers worldwide access to more than 30 million trusted reviews and opinions of hotels, restaurants and attractions.

Compatible with all major cell phones and smart phones the mobile website is now available in 17 countries and 11 different languages.

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Sustainable Tourism Attraction

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway has won the Qantas Australian Tourism Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism for a second consecutive year.

As Australia’s most sustainable tourism attraction Skyrail is committed to providing leadership in best practice and sustainable operations which aim to achieve the United Nations charter of protecting, presenting and preserving the Wet Tropics Rainforests for future generations

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Ecotourism Development Seminar

The founder of The International Ecotourism Society, Megan Epler Wood has initiated a new short-course at the University of Vermont from 12-16 July 2010.

The Global Sustainable Ecotourism Development course is being launched in honour of the 20th anniversary of The International Ecotourism Society and will look at the big picture of impacts and approaches to delivering low impact tourism development.

It will teach a holistic approach to planning and tourism development that reviews bioregional planning as a key tool for governments and international donors.

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$45 Million Virgin Galactic
Virgin Galactic has already received $45 million in deposits from 330 customers eager to get a glimpse of space based on a $200,000 ride.

With a budget of $450 million, Virgin Galactic is set to construct six commercial spaceships that will boost passengers into space long enough so that they experience weightlessness before returning to earth.

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Crisis Management for Tourism

A comprehensive guide to crisis management has been produced by Tourism Victoria to assist the Victorian tourism industry.

Open for Business: Crisis Management for Tourism Businesses has been developed to better equip tourism operators to prepare for, respond to and recover from crises such as bushfire, drought and floods.

The online tool provides tips and case studies designed to complement the Crisis Communications Handbook for Regional and Local Tourism.

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Hotel Cinematheque
Inspired by a common passion for unique experiences, Design Hotels and international film website The Auteurs have joined forces to create Hotel Cinematheque.

Every two weeks a Design Hotels member property will be paired with a film based on a common location or theme.

Travellers who book the featured hotel during this period will receive an exclusive promotional code which allows them to watch the high quality streaming movie on The Auteurs website complimentary.

The Auteurs hand-picked collection has an emphasis on international, foreign and classic films.

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Do You Want to Help Shape Australia’s Tourism Industry?

A few minutes of your time can help shape our tourism industry over the next 10 years, putting you in the running to WIN a 2 night holiday at Kingfisher Bay Resort (pictured opposite) on the beautiful Fraser Island including catamaran transfers from Hervey Bay!!

Tourism Futures, in conjunction with Roy Morgan Research, is conducting a short survey addressing the major challenges facing the Australian tourism industry, as well as ways to maximise sustainable growth in this industry.

Results will be incorporated into the Tourism Futures National Conference 2010 from 5 - 7 July 2010.

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Perth Hotel Economic Impact Study

Prepared by Access Economics for Tourism Western Australia, the Perth Hotel Economic Impact Study highlights the current shortage of hotel accommodation in the city’s Central Business District.

Key findings analyse the economic impacts of hotel room shortage on business and leisure activity.

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Global Trends Report

The WTM Global Trends Report 2009 identifies the current trends resonating with travellers across all regions including the desire for environmental responsibility, social interaction, authentic travel experiences and fair trade practices. Developed in association with global market intelligence firm Euromonitor International.

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More than 200 volunteers including tourism operators, fishers, researchers, and recreational reef users record signs of coral stress as part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's BleachWatch Program.

Reports received from BleachWatch volunteers provide essential information about trends in Reef health and climate impacts that validate predictive models, satellite data and enable managers to identify highly impacted areas so management strategies can be implemented.

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Great South West Walk

Leading tour operator Auswalk have just launched a guided walking holiday along the Great South West Walk a 250km circuit track along the Victorian coast near the border with South Australia.

The seven-day walk starts in Tower Hill, just near Port Fairy and then takes in selected scenic highlights including coastal scenery and forests rich with wildlife.

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2010 Year of Responsible Ethical and Sustainable Tourism

Ecotourism Australia and its subsidiary Sustainable Tourism Australia have proclaimed 2010 the Year for Responsible, Ethical and Sustainable Tourism.

In line with Ecotourism Australia’s mission it is both the continuation of nearly two decades of supporting and advocating for environmentally and socially responsible tourism and the starting point of a new strategy.

The main goal of the year will be to demonstrate the benefits of responsible, ethical and sustainable tourism in Australia through a number of activities.

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Blockbuster International Tourism Identities Hit Brisbane
The 2010 Tourism Futures National Conference, held 5 – 7 July, Southbank, Brisbane, has yet another exciting lineup of leading national and international speakers.
Delegates will hear from Dr Auliana Poon, Director of Tourism Intelligence International, who has masterminded some of the most stunning success stories in world tourism over the past 20 years
Also giving expert insights into the future of tourism will be Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of UNWTO and Nick Talbot, Design Director at Seymourpowell.

Tourism Futures is the premier national conference for the tourism industry, attended by key government policy makers, regional development professionals, aviation and tourism industry operators and academics.

The agenda is forward looking and will encompass the technology, online marketing, workforce development, sustainability and Indigenous tourism, alongside other key policy areas.

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Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference
Ecotourism Australia is currently organising the eighteenth annual Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference, held 25-27 October 2010 at Queensland's Sunshine Coast and is themed Experience is Everything!

Global Eco brings together leading players from across the globe to examine best practice across sustainability, ecotourism and climate change response. Critical new research, policy and best practice case studies feature at Global Eco.

You are invited to offer a paper for presentation on Day 1 or Day 3 of the Global Eco Conference 2010 - a fantastic opportunity to bring your knowledge to the industry and gain exposure. Deadline for call for papers is Friday 7th May.

Play your part in driving sustainability for the global tourism industry!

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International Conference on Sustainable Tourism

The fourth International Conference on Sustainable Tourism will be held in New Forest, UK from 5-7 July 2010.

The conference will explore issues concerned with achieving environmental, social and economic sustainability alongside the governance mechanisms needed to support tourism.

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Australian Regional Tourism Convention

The Australian Regional Tourism Convention will celebrate its tenth anniversary in the Yarra Valley & Dandenong region of Victoria from 16-20 August 2010.

The convention is the premier regional tourism event attracting delegates from all states/territories and sectors of the industry. The program will feature presenters, field trips and networking opportunities.

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Australian Wildlife Tourism Conference
Wildlife Tourism Australia is hosting the 3rd Australian Wildlife Tourism Conference from 1-3 September 2010 at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

The conference will present a range of plenary and concurrent sessions, keynote speakers and practical workshops that will showcase and explore the strategies designed to achieve and maintain sustainable wildlife tourism.

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Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference

The Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference will be held in Oregon, USA from 8-10 September 2010.

The conference will feature innovative sessions on the latest on sustainable tools, solutions and best practice ideas.

It is expected 500+ tourism professionals, experts, business leaders and policy makers from across the industry will attend.

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