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Sustainable Tourism in Australia

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Sustainable Tourism in Australia Introduction The objective of this report is for you the reader to gain a greater understanding on the sustainable tourism used within Australia. Their policies, tourism strategies, impacts, and any current issues or future issues which hope to be done to improve the sustainability within Australia. Australia, full name Commonwealth of Australia measures 7.68million sq km, it has a population of over 19.5 million people. The capital city is Canberra, but many think Sydney is the capital. It was believed around 100 million years ago that Australia was part of the Great Southern continent Gondwana. About 50-60 million years ago Gondwanaland broke up and Africa, India and Australia broke up, now leaving Australia a country of its own. "What is sustainable tourism?" According to the National Geographic Online sustainable tourism is informative, it supports integrity of place, it benefits residents, conserves resources, respects local culture and tradition, it does not abuse its product, it strives for quality, not quantity and it means great trips. This is saying that sustainable tourism as a whole should not only be for the country itself, but also for the people living and visiting the country, for the past and present visitors. Keeping up all of the points the National Geographic Online stated this will not only help the travellers learn about the destination they are travelling to, it also helps sustain its character while deepening their travelling experience. They can help the local residents in the destination, be environmentally aware of the problems, and not to make them worse such as minimising pollution, waste, energy consumption, water usage, landscaping chemicals and unnecessary night time lighting. Quality, not quantity being the communities measure the tourism success not by sheer number of visitors, but by the length of stay, money spent there and the quality of the experience meaning satisfied visitors will bring their new knowledge home and send their friends to the same experience, which will provide more continuing business for the destination, with good information on the country and sustainable tourism. ...read more.

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Australia works closely with the local authorities to encourage citizens to holiday at home throughout Australia itself. $68.9 million has been put into structural initiatives which is broken into 5 sections which are: * Enhanced research and statistics capacity ($21.5m) - To improve tourism research and statistics, improve tourism-related data collections, including the Australian Tourism Satellite Account and the Survey of Tourism Accommodation. * Australia tourism development program ($24m*) - a grants program which is to encourage the development of tourism across Australia, particularly in regional areas. * This is including Regional Tourism Program Funding * Business ready program for indigenous tourism ($3.8m) - helps individual or new businesses to develop a viable indigenous tourism product or business. * Tourism and Conservation ($4.6m) - Funds businesses or organisations to boost nature-based tourism and to stimulate regional communities. * Accreditation ($2m) - Has been allocated to Tourism Accreditation Australia Ltd for the establishment of a national, voluntary, self-sustaining tourism accreditation system. It is responsible for the implementation and management of the tourism accreditation system. Tourism Impact Model Australian government carried out an extensive consultation with local councils as part of the tourism white paper development; it became apparent that a tool was needed to measure the impacts of tourism on certain areas. This is where the Tourism Impact Model came in to play. The Tourism Impact Model was developed by the Department in conjunction with Syneca Consulting. It was developed in consultation with a number of local government associations and state/territory tourism organisations, researches, the Australian local government association and approximately 80 other councils. Feedback from all these groups has been very successful. The council plays a vital role in the tourism industry in Australia. They provide many of the visible services the tourism industry needs, and they adopt a coordinating role in shaping the image and direction of their region. The Model was released to the councils in March 2004; the model will assist councils to measure the costs and benefits of tourism on their budgets. ...read more.

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Tourism Ministers' Council and Australian standing council on tourism and * Publishing regular newsletters and annual progress reports on the Tourism White Paper. With all the pointers above Australia will definitely be able to keep up their relationships with everyone, making it a place all people will enjoy and go to. If Australia is able to maintain and reinforce their Strengths and Opportunities and minimise the Threats and Weaknesses they will certainly become a better country for people to think about going to visit. There are already many great possessions that Australia holds as a country which attracts many visitors, along with all their beautiful sites and surroundings which along the way helps to make people visit. Since the Sydney Olympics 2000, this has immensely helped Australia as many people went to visit the country due to the event and also helped the people within Australia to travel to Sydney to see this. This is what Tourism Australia wanted in their Tourism Australia Act 2004, for "Australians to travel throughout Australia, including for events" the Olympics was a great help to this as it happens every 4 years and for any country to be chosen to hold this event is incredible. The Commonwealth games 2006 is now being held in Australia, this will again help to promote the country, as many people will now have a chance to go there and experience the country if they missed the Sydney Olympics. People who have been there before may also want to visit the country again, due to the beauty which is offered and also to go and watch the Games being held there for the 12 days. Other events like these which are to take place within Australia would help the country significantly. Finally I'd like to add if Australia is able to maintain and often renew their key objectives, key achievements and goals within all their plans they have introduced, Australia will only be able to become stronger and more of a visited country. ...read more.

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