Environmental practices of tourism operators in the Daintree Rainforest, North Queensland, Australia

Carmody, Julie, and Zeppel, Heather (2006) Environmental practices of tourism operators in the Daintree Rainforest, North Queensland, Australia. In: Proceedings of New Zealand Tourism & Hospitality Research Conference 2006. pp. 1-16. From: New Zealand Tourism & Hospitality Research Conference 2006, 5-7 December 2006, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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This paper reviews the environmental management practices presently adopted by accommodation providers, nature-based attractions and tour operators in Douglas Shire, North Queensland, where Wet Tropics World Heritage Area rainforest covers 80% of the Shire. Seventy-five tourism operators were surveyed in Douglas Shire by telephone, email surveyor postal survey to explore their implementation of techniques for water and energy conservation; liquid and solid waste management; sustainable design; and other sustainable practices. The environmental management practices were derived from Ecotourism Australia's Nature and Ecotourism Accreditation Program (NEAP), other leading tourism associations and previous studies investigating environmental management techniques in use at tourism accommodation. The study found environmental management techniques that are both simple and cost-effective are the most common practices used by tourism operations and these environmental practices are implemented for the reason of better environmental management and to comply with environmental or World Heritage legislation. Issues identified by tourism operators as impeding the implementation of environmental management techniques were the limited collection of recyclable items within the Shire, the high cost of installing and maintaining alternative energy and water practices, and the existing environmental knowledge of some operators. Hence, this study suggests key areas where Shire Councils can assist nature tourism operators to improve their environmental practices.

Item ID: 7681
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-0-473-12056-6
Keywords: Douglas Shire; Wet Tropics World Heritage Area; nature tourism; environmental management practices; sustainability
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Conference theme "Beyond Nature"

Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2010 00:54
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150601 Impacts of Tourism @ 100%
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