CHARTERS AND ASSOCIATES WELCOMES NEW STAFF MEMBERS
|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.
Visit our team at //about.html
|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
Staff are rewarded with extra pay for choosing a
healthy and environmentally sustainable way of getting
Ziptrek Ecotours is working with Wakatipu Trails Trust,
Vertigo Bikes and Queenstown Mountain Bike Club to promote
local community recreational mountain bike trails.
Further information: http://www.ziptrek.com/queenstown-new-zealand/sustainability
Industry White Paper
A white paper is being collated addressing how social
media is being implemented and created in the Asia Pacific’s
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.
|Further information: http://digitalagencyasia.com/email-marketing/mailer/surveys.php?id=1
|INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT & INNOVATION
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.
Further information: http://www.crctourism.com.au/BookShop/BookDetail.aspx?d=692
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.
Further information: http://www.travelocity.com/TravelForGood/gr-directory.html
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.
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.
Further information: http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/tripadvisor/42909/
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
| Further information: http://www.skyrail.com.au/
|TRAINING & SKILLS
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
Further information: http://learn.uvm.edu/ecotourism
|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.
Further information: http://www.virgingalactic.com
|POLICY & PLANNING
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.
|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.
Further information: http://www.designhotels.com/specials/hotelcinematheque
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.
To participate in this valuable research visit: http://www.surveys.roymorgan.com/surveys/916314/
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.
Further information: http://www.tourism.wa.gov.au/Research_and_Statistics/
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.
Further information: http://www.wtmlondon.com/files/3419_wtm_global_trends_report_v6_lores_v2.pdf
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.
| Further information: http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/corp_site/key_issues/
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.
Further information: http://www.auswalk.com.au/
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.
Further information: http://www.ecotourism.org.au/
CONFERENCES & EVENTS
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
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
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.
Registration and conference details can be found at
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.
your part in driving sustainability for the global
For more information or to submit a paper please visit
Conference on Sustainable Tourism
The fourth International Conference on Sustainable
Tourism will be held in New Forest, UK from 5-7 July
The conference will explore issues concerned with achieving
environmental, social and economic sustainability alongside
the governance mechanisms needed to support tourism.
Further information: http://www.wessex.ac.uk/10-
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.
Further information: http://www.regionaltourism.com.au/ARTN/convention.html
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,
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.
Further information: http://wildlifetourism.org.au/2010-conference/
and Sustainable Tourism Conference
The Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism
Conference will be held in Oregon, USA from 8-10 September
The conference will feature innovative sessions on
the latest on sustainable tools, solutions and best
It is expected 500+ tourism professionals, experts,
business leaders and policy makers from across the industry
|Further information: http://sustainabletravelinternational.qm4.net/a/0/6983918/588988/default.aspx