“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.

Why we are banning tourists from climbing Uluru

climbing Uluru will be banned from 2019

The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park board of management has announced that tourists will be banned from climbing Uluru from 2019. Uluru, formerly known in English as Ayer’s Rock, is an iconic sandstone rock formation that rises dramatically from the flat plains of Australia’s red centre. Kata Tjuta (“many heads”), 25 km to the west as […]

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Is tourism a way to lift the Pacific out of poverty?

Can tourism alleviate Pacific poverty? Port Vila, Vanuatu, from the War Memorial, 2006. By Phillip Capper (CC BY 2.0) via Wikimedia. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3APort_Vila%2C_Vanuatu%2C_from_the_War_Memorial%2C_1_June_2006_-_Flickr_-_PhillipC.jpg

Advertise Here There are still many opportunities for Pacific Island states to take advantage of tourism for development, according to Ratnakar Adhikari and Joe Natuman writing for the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The seafront of Port Vila, Vanuatu, bustles with activity. Traders – most of them women – call out to tourists wandering past, imploring them […]

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World Bank to target support for PNG community-based tourism

The World Bank’s upcoming US$20 million Tourism Sector Development Project in Papua New Guinea (PNG) will include “targeted support for community-led micro-enterprises to create jobs, especially for women”. The project will work with PNG government and industry players on an “integrated approach to tourism” in the provinces of East New Britain and Milne Bay and […]

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#TravelEnjoyRespect video: “Beyond the great horizon”

#TravelEnjoyRespect video "Beyond the great horizon"

The National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage (ASWARA), Malaysia has released a video promoting #TravelEnjoyRespect to help convey the message of how tourism can contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 3.5-minute music video (embedded below) was the concept of Pacific Asia Tourism Managing Director Steve […]

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Australian shark tourism valuation method may be useful elsewhere

The economic value of shark tourism including white shark cage-diving in Australia

A socio-economic survey methodology that recently estimated the direct economic contribution of shark tourism in Australia may be a useful tool for estimating the value of wildlife tourism and ecotourism in other destinations. For destinations keen to understand more about the economic value of their own ecotourism and wildlife tourism products, the methodology employed by […]

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Palau tackles over-tourism with responsible tourism

Palau tackles over-tourism via responsible tourism and sustainable tourism

The UNWTO & WTM Ministers’ Summit will debate over-tourism, November 7, at WTM London 2017. While senior figures prepare their talking points, the Micronesian archipelago of Palau is making moves now to combat the phenomenon. According to Republic of Palau President Tommy E Remengasau, Jr, in his introductory message for the Palau Responsible Tourism Policy […]

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