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SnippETS for 28 June 2018

June 27, 2018

 

 

 

Welcome to this week’s edition of our SnippETS newsletter. In this SnippETS we look at a recent survey which suggested that NZ voters are ready for action on climate issues, the environmental implications of global and local tourism, and leave you with a couple of ideas about how you can reduce your environmental impact in your own life.

 

 

 

Climate change has long been a political hot potato and regulatory action has been stifled by election cycles. Now that the dates for our commitments under the Paris Agreement are nearing, true cross party support is being called for regarding which actions to take on climate change. A recent survey suggests that a majority of NZ voters support cross party action on climate change, and it appears that we may have a chance to de-politicise the issue and gain forward momentum at long last.

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Has tourism reached epidemic proportions?  Perhaps it has, when in 2016 it generated nearly $8 trillion in revenue, or 10.2% of the world’s entire GDP.  It also accounted for 292 million jobs or about 11% of the global workforce.  No wonder the United Nations has been concerned about the sector’s impact on its 2030 goals for sustainable development, with 2017 having been declared as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism.

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In Hawaii, tourism is their biggest industry, with 9.4 million people visiting the islands in 2017.  At the recent VERGE Hawaii – Hilton’s Daniella Foster stated that "The entire travel and tourism industry is going to rely on being sustainable, where local communities benefit and it is environmentally sustainable”.  There are now plans in the industry to increase transparency by sharing data on carbon footprints, energy efficiency, water usage and local procurement strategies.  Read More....

 

 

 

Since we are featuring articles on tourism and sustainability, we thought to revisit the announcement that international visitors will pay double what New Zealanders will for on the four great walks.  As the Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage stated "The seven month trial from October 2018 to April 2019 will provide information on the effectiveness of pricing as a tool to manage visitor pressure”.  From a demand perspective, this may be New Zealand’s first moves to make tourism more sustainable. Read More....