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Conversation with Xu Jing, independent tourism adviser & former Director of Asia and the Pacific, UNWTO
Over the past few months, it has become evident that the tourism sector is one of the hardest hit by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. With international travel coming to a complete halt and constantly changing border restrictions between Australian states, not to mention intrastate limitations on how far and in what way people are allowed to travel, it is sometimes hard to see how there can be a light at the end of this tunnel. Our Communications Manager, Lina Cronin, spoke to former Director of Asia and the Pacific at the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in Madrid to get an international perspective on the crisis and hear his thoughts on how the tourism sector has the opportunity to rise up to be more sustainable and responsible as a result of this pandemic.
Ximena Alvis is one of the four candidates of the Ecotourism Australia – University of Queensland PhD scholarships, working on the sustainable destinations topic. Ximena just finished the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Sustainable Tourism Training Program (STTP) as part of her PhD’s research phase and shares her thoughts on this course that she says offers practical insights and effective steps to help participants improve their sustainability practices.
With regional holidays starting to be allowed in some Australian states by the beginning of June, we are eager to leave the house and enjoy the beautiful autumn days on the beach, surrounded by mountain ranges or in the middle of lush rainforest. Although the earth was able to rejuvenate over the past weeks, with all our travel excitement coming up, we should not ignore the fact that travelling responsibly is still so important for our environment.
The Ecotourism Australia team had its first meeting last week with the new cohort of ecotourism PhD candidates from the University of Queensland, who have now begun their studies into some of the most pressing matters facing the industry.
The sustainability successes continue for Ecotourism Australia’s first ECO certified destination, the Douglas Shire, who have just taken home the Communities and Culture Award at the Sustainable Destination Awards in Europe.
As an ecotourism operator, you have a strategic role to play in converting more tourists to make eco-friendly choices. Attracting visitors who are not particularly environmentally conscious and changing their behaviours is hard work. Moreover, it can be frustrating to see them not following the eco-friendly recommendations you’ve put in place.
The year 2017 was all about sustainable tourism, designated as such by the 70th General Assembly of the United Nations. In response, public and private sector groups around the world launched innovative tourism projects and initiatives designed to raise awareness of sustainable tourism’s contribution to development and highlight the sector’s role as a catalyst for positive change.
EcoNorfolk Foundation is a non-profit organisation based on Norfolk Island, which is dedicated to promoting ecologically sustainable development on Norfolk Island.
“You can be the change you want to see in the world. You can be an ambassador for a better
future. This World Tourism Day, whenever you travel, wherever you travel, remember to:
Respect Nature, Respect Culture, Respect Your Host.” – Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General
Sustainable tourism has received a lot of attention in the last decade or so, with more and more travellers choosing eco-friendly destinations. It is important to ensure that tourism is a sustainable activity without negatively impacting the people and places involved. But how do we determine the level of visitation of a destination that would not affect its sustainability?