Christopher Warren MSc. PhD Candidate
founder and senior consultant for sustainable & responsible tourist accommodation
Tel: +61 (0)2 4465 1408

How rural communities benefit from sharing stories: Tourism, Intangible Heritage conservation and Community Resilience


Paper presented at the World Travel Market/World Responsible Tourism Day 2013: London

What is tourism and heritage's economic contribution to conservation and communities? Currently Australia tourism research statistics indicate very broad figures, for example overnight expenditure at AUD$188 per night for Culture and Heritage Visitors compared to $159 per night by other tourists. Day Cultural and Heritage visitors spend $133 per excursion compared to $100 by other day visitors (Tourism Research Australia 2009)

Helping tourism providers identify and reduce their environmental footprint

The new Green Kangaroo Starter Kit was launched today by the Kangaroo Valley Tourist Association, and is a good example of an evolutionary step forward in community led sustainability initiatives. This particular programme has run for over four years and the new Starter Kit seeks to engage tourism providers who want to become more eco-friendly and use their actions to attract more customers by:

Preparing ourselves for the challenge

Are we prepared for the challenges from a greater number and more extreme bush fires? (courtsey from Australian Geographic)

Our focus in Australia appears to concentrate predominantly on the economy and potential changes in government. Meanwhile we have just experienced the ‘Angry Summer’ a prelude to what may lay in store for our future and demonstrated that tourism needs to do much more to prevent and be prepared for bush fires. However, tourism providers and communities appear to be either in denial, have other priorities or simply cannot afford to take steps to protect themselves and their visitors.

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