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Bali: Going with the flow

The shortage of water in Bali presents significant challenges for the hospitality industry. It’s time for hoteliers to take the lead in ensuring that there is enough to go round, says Elizabeth Mistry There are many words for water on the Indonesian island of Bali. Yeh, the most widely used Balinese term, refers to everyday […]

The Maldives, a sinking paradise

With its turquoise waters and palm-fringed beaches, the Maldives may look like the epitome of a “paradise” destination, but rising seas are forcing the islands and the tourism industry on which its future depends to find sustainable solutions Estimates from the United Nations (UN) predict that sea levels will rise by 28cm-58cm by the end […]

The Great Barrier Reef: working together to keep it great

The Great Barrier Reef in Australia was the first reef to be recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and is one of the seven natural wonders of the world While coral reefs generally are very sensitive to climate change, the Great Barrier Reef is extremely resilient due to its size, diversity and charismatic […]

The power of partnerships

‘Two heads are better than one’ and ‘a problem shared is a problem solved’ as they say. How is the tourism industry partnering to find solutions to some of the world’s problems? Taking a partnership approach is often the most effective way to find a successful lasting solution to a problem that achieves ‘buy-in’ from […]

Tourism and the Millennium Development Goals

The Millennium Development Goals are eight global targets which range from halving extreme poverty to combating major diseases throughout the world by 2015. How can the travel and tourism industry help to achieve them? What are the MDGs? The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have been agreed to by all the world’s countries and leading development […]

Recovering from the tsunami

How did the tourism industry respond to the emergency and what are the issues in the long term The world changed on 26 December 2004, when 12 countries suffered tsunami as the result of a massive earthquake in the Indian Ocean. Nearly 300,000 people lost their lives, whilst millions have lost their livelihoods. It took […]

ECO-PAGES and Eco Champions

Honk Kong benefits from ECO-PAGES ECO-PAGES is an environmental database including contacts for equipment and services in pollution prevention and control eco-products, green funds, green groups, environmental-related government departments, certification bodies, ISO 14001-certified companies, environmental event’s organisers and companies committed to protect the environment all over the world. The recently launched ECO-PAGEs 2004 is the […]

Sukau’s Local Naturalist Guides

Sukau Rainforest Lodge at Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia employs 14 staff, of whom 11 are locals In September last year; the lodge took on its first local Orang Sungai naturalist guides, Jaini Ahmad and Sugiman Sugiat joined the lodge as general workers in 1996 and 1999 respectively. Neither could speak English when they arrived but with […]

The Revival Hotel Baroda

Situated in Baroda, Gujarat, The Revival Hotel won the Small Hotels Category in the 2001 Federation of Hotels and Restaurants of India (FHRAI) environmental awards The hotel’s Eco-Aware Green Team (EAGT) consists of the Director, General Manager, Front Office Manager, Food & Beverage Manager, Executive Housekeeper, Security Officer and the Chief Engineer. Together, they ensure […]