Barriers to the implementation of environmental management practices by specialist accommodation operations in Far North Queensland

Carmody, Julie and Zeppel, Heather (2006) Barriers to the implementation of environmental management practices by specialist accommodation operations in Far North Queensland. In: 10th ERE Environmental Research Event 2006, 10-13 Dec 2006, Sydney, Australia.

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Abstract

This paper discusses the situational variables affecting the implementation of environmental management practices by specialist (or boutique) accommodation operators located near protected areas in Far North Queensland. The styles of accommodation included in the study are owner-operated bed & breakfasts, farm stays, cottages and cabins, licensed public hotels, ecolodges, retreats and spas, caravan and camping parks, backpacker hostels and houseboat operations. The environmental management practices examined within the study are water conservation, energy management, liquid waste and solid waste management, sustainable design and other sustainable practices. From a survey sample of 101 specialist accommodation operations, 30 owners were personally interviewed at their establishment to better understand key factors affecting the implementation of environmental management practices for conservation and sustainability. These findings are related to the Framework of Environmental Behaviour (Barr, 2004). Environmental management techniques that are both simple and cost-effective are often implemented by specialist accommodation operators. However, situational factors such as cost, lack of knowledge, climatic conditions, available municipal infrastructure and legislation appear to impede the uptake of some sustainable management practices. This research is part of a wider study examining the environmental attitudes and ecological sustainability of specialist accommodation operators located near protected areas in Far North Queensland.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2011 02:12
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:38
Uncontrolled Keywords: tourism; environmental management techniques; framework of environmental behaviour; North Queensland; specialist accommodation operations
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1506 Tourism > 150601 Impacts of Tourism
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1506 Tourism > 150603 Tourism Management
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960604 Environmental Management Systems
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/18969

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