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: New Zealand Tourism and Hospitality Research Conference 2006: Beyond Nature, 5-7 Dec 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 rainforest covers 80% of the Shire. Seventy-five tourism operators were surveyed in Douglas Shire by telephone, email survey or postal survey to explore their implementation of
techniques for water conservation, energy conservation, liquid waste management, 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 accommodation establishments (Firth & Hing, 2001; Carlson, Getz & Ali-Knight, 1998; Buckley & Araujo, 1997). Both ecotourism certified and non-certified tourism businesses were included in the study sample. The study found environmental management techniques that are both simple and cost effective are the most common practices adopted by tourism operations and these
environmental measures 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 and tourism
associations can assist nature-based tourism operators to improve their environmental practices.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright rests with the authors. Conference information is at the end of the paper.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Economics and Resource Management
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2011 02:08
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:37
Uncontrolled Keywords: Douglas Shire; wet tropics; World Heritage area; environmental management practices; nature tourism; energy; water & waste management
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1506 Tourism > 150601 Impacts of Tourism
09 Engineering > 0904 Chemical Engineering > 090409 Wastewater Treatment Processes
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960605 Institutional Arrangements for Environmental Protection
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/18960

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