Tourism is  a sector of global significance, and it’s important to understand the positive and negative impacts it can have on societies and the environment. The Global Sustainable Tourism Dashboard provides a broader insight into how the sector is contributing to sustainability goals.

This infographic details the findings of the 2016 Dashboard and summarises the global progress towards sustainable tourism development.

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In recent years the resources sector has caused significant structural change in many regional areas of Australia. The expansion of the resources sector, while welcomed by some for its economic value, is often viewed with great scepticism for its environmental and social challenges, as well as the impact it can have on other sectors, such as tourism.

This infographic presents a synopsis of a study aimed at unraveling the impact of structural lock-in to the resources sector in regional Australia on tourism. Importantly, this infographic identifies synergies between tourism and the resources sector, as well as strategies for overcoming structural lock-in.

Dr Char-lee McLennan, Dr. Brent Moyle, Professor Susanne Becken, January 2015

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Tourism is a heavy user of petroleum products, not only for transporting people and goods, but also for many other components of the tourism product. Reduced availability of 'cheap' oil resources is a major concern for tourism.  This infographic provides an overview of tourism's oil requirements, the so-called 'Peak Oil Challenge' and how it might affect tourism.

Professor Susanne Becken, August 2014

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Over 1,000 sport events are held in regional Australia each year, and more continue to be developed as a facilitator to visitation and local economic growth. Small-scale sport events have the potential to contribute to both the economic and brand equity of a destination, as well as to other community wellbeing objectives. Yet, despite their popularity, there is very little research into the impacts and outcomes of staging sport events on the regional towns which host them.

This infographic presents findings from a recent study which defines the scope of sport events in regional Australia, and identifies barriers to business engagement with sport events. Further, it identifies the specific opportunities for businesses to leverage economic and promotional benefits.

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Voluntary carbon-offsetting was popularised during the last decade, particularly by airlines, as a tool to ‘neutralise’ emissions associated with travel. Although there is a wide range of carbon offsetting schemes for tourism, the uptake of these programs has been reportedly low. Regardless, little research has explored the visitor segments who voluntarily undertake carbon offsetting.

This infographic presents statistics on the prevalence of carbon offsetting amongst international tourists to Australia between 2008 and 2010 and identifies three key carbon offsetter groups. Findings reveal a stable carbon offsetting market, despite a Global Financial Crisis occurring during the reference period.

Professor Susanne Becken and Dr Char-lee McLennan, January 2014

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The Asia–Pacific region is a hot spot for population and tourism growth, both key drivers of water demand. Already, over 75% of countries in this region are experiencing water stress. The management of water is becoming increasingly pressing, including for the tourism industry. Yet, there has been little research into the predictors of water use in tourism in the Asia-Pacific region, and opportunities for water saving.

This infographic presents facts on total and per guest night water use and identifies the drivers of water use in accommodation in the Asia–Pacific region.

Professor Susanne Becken, Dr Char-lee McLennan and Kiri Stinson, September 2013

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