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World Responsible Tourism Day Case Study:
Encouraging pro-environmental concern using ‘entertaining' and ‘educational' ecotourism interpretation.
Christopher Warren, Jane Gripper and Lara Claringbould
Today Crystal Creek Meadows Luxury Cottages & Spa Resort completed its Responsible Tourism Report 2014-15 which compares the impact of nine years of monitoring. While there has been progress, but there are also clear signs that easy early gains are followed by much more serious and challenging barriers to becoming a more sustainable tourism business. These barriers may only be resolved by behaviour change and major technological innovations.
Everyday life and the resulting Greenhouse Gas Emissions contribute to loss of wildlife habitat in high energy using developed economies. While the general public don’t wish to see the loss of animals, birds and marine life, they feel powerless to stop GHG pollution. They are also not sufficiently motivated to change their social practices. So what can tourism do to reverse the trend?
The term ‘ecotourism' is being applied to a tourism development which has ignited substantial public opposition in Southern New South Wales Australia and is potentially a significant decision for the NSW Regional Development Panel.
This paper was delivered to tourism academics and professionals during the World Responsible Tourism Day seminars in London November 2014. My presentation commences at 41:30 minutes.
Examples of Aboriginal and early White Settler intangible cultural heritage are used to demonstrate tourism’s contribution in helping community resilience through conservation of stories, festivals and folklore. Details provide evidence of heritage's economic contribution to communities and the important role Legacy Tourists play in conservation and local economic development.