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.

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:

 

Ten years of auditing SME tourist accommodations' carbon emissions - what have we learnt?

Involving the guest in your responsible practices makes everyone happy

What have we learnt after ten years of conducting carbon audits at Crystal Creek Meadows and members of the Green Kangaroo, and how can this help tourism become more sustainable? In 2007 I conducted the first audit on my small tourist accommodation business in Australia and later of 24 members of my community tourism group (Green Kangaroo). See report attached below.

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