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Sustainable Tourism Online

  • Risk & Crisis Management

    Risk & Crisis Management
  • Energy,Waste,Water

    Energy,Waste,Water
  • Indigenous Tourism

    Indigenous Tourism
  • Tourism Investment

    Tourism Investment
  • Tourism Economics

    Tourism Economics
  • Wildlife Tourism

    Wildlife Tourism
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    Climate Change
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    EarthCheck Resources


Water scarcity could severely limit the growth of the booming Asia-Pacific tourism industry, a new analysis shows. Currently water is used abundantly in hotel guest rooms, swimming pools, kitchens and restaurants, and in cooling towers for air conditioning. To continue its rapid growth, the hospitality industry in the Asia-Pacific region must adopt a leadership role in sustainable water management. Download the White Paper on Water and Tourism here.

About Sustainable Tourism Online

Sustainable Tourism Online (STO) is a comprehensive online information resource delivering substantial research, data and tools within three main sustainability themes – Destinations and Communities, Business Operations, and Parks & Culture. We also offer relevant information and knowledge on broader sustainability tourism topics.

Developed by Australia’s Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (STCRC) in 2010 to support sustainable policy, planning and practice, STO provides access to tourism research and tools developed by STCRC as well as other trusted sources of information. (These are easily accessed by typing your key words in the Search box, or clicking on the three sustainability themes from the top of this page.) 

STO is proud to work with some of the world's leading sustainability experts, including EC3 Global, EarthCheckBanyan Tree Global FoundationEcolabPATA, Global GreenTag and Queensland Tourism Industry Council, and continue to seek out reputable content partners

We welcome your feedback about the portal, so please contact us with content suggestions, feature ideas, or technical issues you may experience.

Veda Dante
Portal Editor


Pearls of Wisdom

"Keep the operation of waterfalls, water features and slides to a minimum to avoid fine sprays that are also easily lost to evaporation." EarthCheck



1. Public/Private Partnerships for 
Sustainable Tourism
2. Regional Tourism Cases: Innovation 
in Regional Tourism
3. Seasonality in the Tourism Industry: 
Impacts and Strategies
4. Wildlife Tourism: Challenges, 
Opportunities and Managing the Future
5. Wildlife Tourism: Impacts, Management 
and Planning





Destinations
& Communities

Information and resources to assist communities and agencies in sustainable destination management.  This section presents Destination Management resources in three areas: Destination Planning; Destination Implementation; and Destination Performance.

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Business
Operations

Information and resources to assist tourism businesses in sustainable planning and management. This section presents resources in five areas: Business Planning; Product Development; Marketing; Business Operation and Development; and Monitoring and Performance.

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Parks
& Culture

Information and resources to assist organisations in sustainable management of nature based and cultural areas, including national parks. This section presents resources in eight areas: Value of Parks; Nature Based Tourism; Visitor Planning; Management; Impacts; Communications; Monitoring and Research.

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