Skills Development

Information and education are two essential factors to help tourism providers become more sustainable. Creative ways to convey information and stimulate business future thinking are discussed and demonstrated through case studies. Tourism providers can step up to a more sustainable and competitive position.

Responsible Planning for Small Tourism Businesses

Part of a programme to encourage greater destination sustainability, devised by the Interntional for Responsible Turism-Australia includes  a one-day workshop will be held on Thursday 30 August 2012 in Molong, hosted by Central NSW Tourism and funded by Destination NSW through the 2011/12 Regional Product Development Program.

World Responsible Tourism Day – Environmental Education

Demonstrating an environmentally sustainable firewood plantation

If society is aiming to become more sustainable, then I would argue it is critical that we must better engage with the next generation, to grow our capacity for the future. To explain, much noise is made of the tentative steps towards a more sustainable future through mitigation by using technology. This ignores the footprint of creating those new technologies and it does not necessarily change consumer behaviour to be less wasteful. Therefore, we need to move to adaptation and jump over psychological hurdles to build social transitional capabilities.

Responsible Tourism Reporting – localised answer to Greenwashing

Accreditation schemes are very helpful to provide frameworks for action. But to ensure your business is not cast under the aspersions of “greenwashing” by others, individual operators should independently verify their claims. This also gives them the ability to apply localised solutions and respect community values and heritage. Here is an example where there is the double benefit of both Responsible Tourism Reporting and education (involving the local community school children and other tourism operators -part of the Green Kangaroo initiative).

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