“Good Tourism” news from Oceania

“Good Tourism” posts based upon, or inspired by, interesting stories and feature articles from Australasia and Oceania; especially under-reported stories or those covered by non-industry media. The “GT” Blog will often summarise a story and link to the original source thereby encouraging coverage of sustainable tourism and/or responsible tourism news and practices.

Rural tourism: Delighting tourists, developing communities

Rural tourism in the Philippines at Banaue Rice Terraces.

At the Second International Rural Tourism Conference held in Anji County in Huzhou, China, July 16-18, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) released its report on International Rural Tourism Development: An Asia Pacific Perspective. Sponsored by Huzhou City, the report presents best practices and successful strategies in rural tourism development throughout Asia Pacific and showcases the […]

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And now for the weather: info-seeking & climate change adaptation in Pacific tourism

Climate change adaptation is increasingly important, especially in the Pacific

Climate change adaptation is increasingly talked about in the travel & tourism trade media as vital to the sustainability of the sector, especially in regions susceptible to extreme weather events and the worst-case scenarios of sea level rise, such as Pacific Island nations. In this “GT” Insight, Dr Johanna Nalau, Research Fellow at the Griffith […]

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Great Barrier Reef tourism reprieve but resorts in trouble

Great Barrier Reef tourism. A variety of colourful corals on Flynn Reef near Cairns. By Toby Hudson, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11137678

Great Barrier Reef tourism operators hope UNESCO’s decision not to list the natural wonder “in danger” will reverse a drop in visitor numbers, according to a Courier Mail story. “UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee endorsed Australia’s Reef 2050 plan to protect the iconic asset, avoiding ­international embarrassment for the $6.4 billion-a-year tourist drawcard. “However, the WHC […]

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Pacific ecotourism hampered by economic realities?

Most Pacific ecotourism projects are short term because they are driven by purely conservation concerns while neglecting profitability. Pacific-region ecotourism programs are fragmented, making it difficult to get a clear picture of progress. And there is a lack of funding and promotion of ecotourism in the region. According to a South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) […]

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APEC tourism ministers to “ensure sustainable and inclusive growth”

APEC tourism minister adopted a statement on sustainable tourism

The second of four priority areas outlined in a statement adopted by Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) tourism ministers, June 19, is: “Ensure sustainable and inclusive growth in the travel and tourism sector by encouraging socially and culturally responsible tourism”. Adopted at the APEC High Level Policy Dialogue on Sustainable Tourism held in Quang Ninh province, […]

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South Pacific Tourism looks to its ocean & the “circular economy”

In the wake of the first United Nations Oceans Conference last week, the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) has called on the Pacific’s tourism industry to protect and sustainably manage the oceans for tourism development. Tourism is a target under Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14.7: “By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing […]

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