Latest news and insights from various sources relating to UN Sustainable Development Goals.

How sustainable procurement can benefit the tourism industry

Many hotels are now demonstrating how sustainable procurement – securing goods and services in a way that achieves value for money for the organisation while also benefiting society and minimising impact on the environment – is helping to reduce their costs. UN Environment has provided a set of case studies to show how corporate buyers have […]

Balancing Tourism and Sustainability across Asia

“Closing beaches that have been overused wouldn’t need to happen today if yesterday there had been proper planning and execution of sustainable policies, plus enforcement of existing laws relating to waste management,” says Randy Durband, GSTC CEO. “The good news is that there is positive movement. The bad news is that much needs to be […]

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Tourism in Aid for Trade Global Review 2019

The Aid for Trade Global Review 2019 looks at the theme of “Supporting Economic Diversification and Empowerment”.  Aid for Trade can help promote trade, inclusiveness and sustainable development- and so advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. UNWTO together with strategic partners, the International Trade Centre (ITC), World Trade Organisation (WTO) and European Bank for […]


Ecotourism Australia’s Global Eco Conference will be held in Cairns from 2-4 December this year, surrounded by two World Heritage sites: The Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest. 

This year’s conference will once again bring together the world’s leading speakers on ecotourism, sustainability and responsible tourism, as well as tourism operators, protected area managers, tourism organisations, Indigenous bodies and researchers. 

“This is the longest-running ecotourism conference in the world,” says Claire Ellis, Ecotourism Australia Chair. 

“It’s been going consecutively for 26 years and every year, we are astonished by the high calibre of speakers and attendees. It’s our main event of the year and certainly one not to be missed.”

With last year’s conference attracting 230 delegates from 20 countries for three packed days of keynote presentations and workshops around the theme of ‘Ecotourism – It’s Time’, this year’s event is sure to again provide fertile ground for meaningful discussions and knowledge-sharing among participants. 

Ecotourism Australia would like to thank the Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games (DITID), the Department of Environment and Science (DES) and Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) for their generous support of this year’s conference.

Further event details and a call for papers will be advised shortly.

CNBC Writes About the GSTC Destination Criteria

“In order for a destination to be certified as sustainable, the Global Sustainable Tourism Council outlines a list of criteria. It ranges from supporting local businesses, to conserving natural resources, and encouraging visitors to participate in the community.” Separately, places like Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park in Montana are following a similar […]

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