Now TPEC Pool Enclosures - see www.ausleisure.com.au/suppliers/tpec-pool-enclosuresread more
Tourism must pay its dues to the environment
While tourism has traditionally relied on the environment, today it is increasingly contributing to environmental conservation.
Griffith University Professor of Sustainable Tourism, Susanne Becken, will focus on this evolution of the tourism-environment relationship in her keynote address to the seventh International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations next month.
Taking responsibility for the environmental impacts of tourism is one of five central themes for the 2013 conference, which takes place in Barcelona from 1st to 4th October.
Professor Becken, from Griffith's Tourism, Sport and Service Research Centre, will chair discussions on this key theme.
She explains "tourism fundamentally relies on the environment, essentials like fresh air, clean water, pristine beaches and rich biodiversity.
"It often occurs in natural environments. Therefore, minimising negative impacts is absolutely critical and starts with taking responsibility for the environmental impacts of tourism."
Professor Becken, who is attending her third annual Responsible Tourism conference, says it is important to highlight and celebrate examples of tourism contributing to environmental conservation and protection, and to foster similar initiatives.
She also points to the tourism industry's large carbon footprint, adding "it is important to investigate emerging opportunities to combine climate change mitigation with local responsible tourism ventures.
"We need to extend the efforts we are making at a local level to the global scale and take on the challenges of global environmental changes.
"The Responsible Tourism conference provides an ideal and truly global platform to share lessons and experiences. It attracts an excellent mix of practitioners, policy makers and tourism academics.
"This year's conference in Barcelona will be particularly interesting as Spain has shown great leadership in implementing responsible tourism, following on from its earlier, well-documented model of mass tourism."
The 2013 International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations will bring together over 300 professionals from international and intergovernmental organisations and national governments, as well as representatives of tourism and travel companies, to debate the challenges facing destinations seeking to achieve sustainable tourism.
This is the first time this unique annual conference will be held in Europe, and its focus on the Mediterranean holds particular meaning owing to the magnitude, history and characteristics of tourism in this region.
For more information on the Conference go to http://rtd7.org/
31st March 2013 - ASIAN TOURISM’S WATER CONSUMPTION UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT
1st February 2013 - CAIRNS CONVENTION CENTRE RECORDS MOST SUCCESSFUL DECEMBER ON RECORD
5th October 2012 - BRISBANE SOUTH BANK RECOGNISED AS SUSTAINABILITY LEADER
17th July 2008 - LAND, ENVIRONMENT AND PEOPLE AT LINCOLN UNIVERSITY
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
APT (Advanced Polymer Technology) is the leading global manufacturer of polyurethane-based materials, acrylic coatings and synthetic turf products for sporting and recreational applications. From…read more
Tim Batt Water Solutions are at the very forefront of the commercial aquatic business in Australia, with over 30 years specific experience supplying and installing chemical control and dosing…read more
Myzone is the industry’s leading wearable technology solution. Myzone’s wearable products show and reward effort when you work out. It displays accurate real-time heart rate, calories, and…read more
ICP is an Australian-based company focused on indoor climbing. ICP will manage your project from initial design to completion and beyond, whether you're building an international-level climbing…read more
With industry leading solutions in design and durability you can improve your facilities with our access control operations, payment systems and flexible personal locker storage solutions. Your…read more
JonasLeisure offers a complete range of leading leisure and recreation software brands – envibe, Centaman, Gladstone Health & Leisure, The Retention People, Nutrition Complete and…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!