Resource Saving

Tourism operators are under pressure to both save money, as resource prices increase, and to reduce their environmental footprint. Resource savings for energy and water are achieved through efficiencies, conservation and introducing renewable alternatives. Research findings, trends and insights suggest ways to improve tourism resource saving.

What are your guests really consuming? Research reveals great saving opportunities.

Guests can save up to 38% of their energy use if hosts only knew how to ask them correctly. This and other findings reveal guest resource use behaviours from three years of intensive scientific research which has just been published. The International Centre for Responsible Tourism Australia, which has supported the research, has summarised the findings into two short reports which you can read here.

Why has a small rural Australian business been chosen as a demonstration of world best responsible business practice?

Christopher and Sophie Warren managers of Crystal Creek Meadows

Crystal Creek Meadows in Kangaroo Valley NSW has been selected as a finalist in the World Responsible Tourism Awards to be announced in London. This year’s award focus is on the UN Sustainable Development Goals making them particularly relevant to all rural tourism in Australia and around the world that are facing extreme weather events and Climate Change.

What we don't know about resource saving in tourism

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There is currently insufficient research to assist the transition for 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. These gaps include:


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