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PATA on sustainable tourism best practice

Last year PATA partnered with SNV and GTZ, conducting the following case studies to research and highlight best practices in developing sustainable tourism.

These studies explore the ways in which responsible business practices are not just the right thing to do for the environment and local communities, but can also provide cost-savings and increase earning power. The forerunners in the industry showcase the win-win possibilities and offer guidance for other organisations looking to implement more sustainable and rewarding business models. Click on the below links to download the full PDF studies.

3 Sisters Nepal – Pokhara, NEPAL
Brand Reputation and Enhancement; Staff Recruition and Retention
Successfully bridged a gap in the market through training and employment of female trekking staff to lead female tourists who prefer the comfort and safety of female guides.
3 Sisters Nepal Case Study

Asian Oasis – Bangkok, THAILAND
Strengthening Ties with Local Communities; Contribution to Culture Conservation
a Thai-owned tour operator, has successfully created a win-win situation between the tourism business and the Lisu community of the village of Dong Lung Sri Yeh in northern Thailand.
Asian Oasis Case Study

Banyan Tree Gallery – SINGAPORE
Strengthening Ties with Local Communities; Contribution to Culture Conservation
Works with village communities to create a wide range of products, such as basketry, fabric weaving, embroidery, paper craft, silver craft, woodwork, stone carving and pottery and more, which contributes to sustaining the lives of the local people and preserving their cultural heritage.
Banyan Tree Gallery Case Study

Buffalo Tours – Hanoi, VIETNAM
Brand Reputation & Enhancement; Strengthening Ties with Local Communities
Was founded in 1994 as a small tour operator for adventure travel and their efforts over the past 15 years towards the implementation of sustainable tourism practices have been recognised with several awards.
Buffalo Tours Case Study

Dive! Tutukaka – Whangarei, NEW ZEALAND
Staff Recruitment & Retention; Strengthening Ties with Local Communities
Has increased tourism to the Poor Knights Islands marine reserve through conservation efforts and the creation of a number of artificial reefs, making the destination the “diving capital” of New Zealand.
Dive! Tutukaka Case Study

Evason Phuket & Six Senses Spa – Phuket, THAILAND
Strengthening Ties with Local Communities; Cost-savings Through Energy Saving and Environmental Conservation
Six Senses is a sustainability-focused resort and spa management and development company, committed to environmentally friendly and socially responsible business practices, which are implemented through the group’s Holistic Environmental Management Programme and the Social and Environmental Responsibility Fund.
Evason Phuket & Six Senses Spa Case Study

Hotel Sigiriya – Sigiriya, SRI LANKA
Strengthening Ties with Local Communities; Cost-saving Through Energy Saving and Environmental Conservation; Reducing Climate Change Impacts
Features a purpose-built Ayurveda centre, an eco-centre which organises exhibitions on wildlife and a library on wildlife and culture as part of its energy-efficient, environmentally-conscious business
Hotel Sigirya Case Study

Hotel Zhiwa Ling – Paro, BHUTAN
Strengthening Ties with Local Communities; Contribute to Culture Conservation; Staff Recruitment and Retention
Zhiwa Ling is the first traditional luxury hotel in Bhutan that is completely locally-owned and locally- funded. Every part of the hotel was made by hand, from the massive hand-carved wooden beams to the seemingly endless designs on the colourful, hand-painted ceilings and walls.
Hotel Zhiwa Ling Case Study

Intrepid Travel – Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Strengthening Ties with Local communities; Reducing Climate Change Impacts
An Australian tour operator focusing on responsible travel, has played a leading role in carbon offsetting activities in the tourism business, aiming to be carbon neutral by 2010.
Intrepid Travel Case Study

Jasmine Lodge – Siem Reap, CAMBODIA
Brand and Reputation Enhancement; Staff Recruitment and Retention
Attempts to spread the benefits of tourism to isolated rural communities through its employment of poor local people, responsible tour and food policies, as well as philanthropy; efforts that have led to increased guest satisfaction, awarding of the Lonely Planet “Author’s Choice” accolade and higher levels of occupancy.
Jasmine Lodge Case Study

Vil Uyana and Jetwing Development Project – Sigiriya, SRI LANKA
Brand and Reputation Enhancement; Staff Recruitment and Retention
Vil Uyana is the first hotel in the world to include a wetland system. Its lakes and reed-beds form a private nature reserve that provides a haven for wildlife and a setting of peace and tranquillity for guests. This man- made reserve integrates 25 private wooden luxury chalets, designed to reflect Sri Lanka’s local and rural traditions.
Hotel Vil Uyana Case Study

Malabar House – Kerala, INDIA
Staff Recruitment and Retention; Strengthening Ties with Local Communities; Contribute to Culture Conservation
Malabar House’s efforts towards the preservation of cultural heritage have been acknowledged with several awards, including the National Tourism Award for Best Heritage Classic Hotel and the Kerala State Tourism Award for Best Heritage Hotel.
Malabar House and Malabar Escapes Case Study

Shinta Mani – Siem Reap, CAMBODIA
Staff Recruitment and Retention; Strengthening Ties with Local Communities
Has received numerous awards for its work in sustainable development and community initiatives, including one of the two highly- commended awards for “Best for Poverty Reduction”, at the 2006 World Travel Mart (WTM) in London. At the Asia Spa Awards 2008 it was nominated as the Socially Responsible Spa of the Year.
Shinta Mani Case Study

Soneva Fushi – Baa Atoll, REPUBLIC OF MALDIVES
Strengthening Ties with Local Communities; Cost-savings Through Energy Saving and Environmental Conservation; Reducing Climate Change Impacts
The eco-resort by Six Senses located on a privately-owned island in the Baa Atoll, combines a luxury holiday experience while minimizing environmental impacts by supporting organic food production and sustainable purchasing.
Soneva Fushi Case Study

Wakatobi Dive Resort – Sulawesi, INDONESIA
Staff Recruitment and Retention; Cost-savings Through Energy Saving and Environmental Conservation; Reducing Climate Change Impacts
In Southern Sulawesi, Indonesia is the realisation of a lifelong dream of its Swiss founder, Lorenz Mäder: a dive resort, far away from the tourism hot spots, where he could establish a new way of running an ecotourism operation. At the luxurious Wakatobi Resort, diving is combined with concern for the environment.
Wakatobi Dive Resort Case Study

This article is quoted from the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) . Follow the link to read the original article.

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