Innovation is the lifeblood of a competitive business and destination. Balancing natural and cultural heritage, community needs, with technology and green design can lead to exciting low carbon, resource saving initiatives that are a positive economic contribution to local communities. Ideas for new responsible tourism development which incorporate new technology, green design and active guest participation in conservation and community development are discussed.

Is the knowledge gap too wide for innovative sustainable tourist accommodation?

Bridge the knowledge gap with focused game changing research and development

There is currently insufficient research to assist us innovate tourist accommodation to become a low carbon sector that also uses water sustainably. After reviewing 110 academic resource-saving studies we found significant research gaps that leave us still unclear how accommodation can make deep game changing savings.

Don't just reach for the renewable source

Solar energy is renewable for as long as the panels last

Jeremy Smith has raised important points on tourism’s slow steps towards renewable energy in his article, our challenge though requires much more progressive steps if we are to meet the Paris Agreement goals. He raises the important point that tourism fails to match other industry sectors in making a commitment to renewable energy.

Green hotels and resort and more NYTimes says its becoming mainstream

Green accommodation, what was once a niche market is now becoming mainstream. As many hotels and resorts are increasingly seeking to become more sustainable so they are applying a greater level of technical and organisational innovation. As the newspaper says 'a growing number of properties are making sustainability their main attraction.

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