Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Learning To Make Tourism Sustainable


RUSSELL, NEW ZEALAND -- In Johannesburg they debate and legislate towards sustainability, but in New Zealand's Bay of Islands tourism operators are registering for a conference where they can learn how to reduce their environmental footprint and thus protect and enhance the beautiful landscape that made their country a top destination.

"I think nearly everyone is concerned with the effects that pollution and global warming will have," said Jacqui Knight, CEO of Enterprise Russell, the organiser of the Conference on Sustainable Tourism. "It's learning how to be more sustainable that can be the hard part."

Over three days (29 to 31 October) professionals will cover many practical tips on making business more sustainable including greening the fleet and kitchens, the office, household cleansers and landscapes.

"There are two particular sub-themes to the conference -- marine and cultural," continued Knight. "Local advocate for marine reserves, Bill Ballantine, will expand on their value, and a field trip to the Twin Lagoons underwater trail guided by the DOC personnel who worked on the concept of taking a natural masterpiece and turning it into a learning experience, will offer the opportunity to understand how to design trails with sensitivity and for maximum understanding of conservation issues."

The cultural theme will include a journey into the past as well as updates on local cultural history and authenticity.

International experts will be on hand at the conference. Jjournalist and author of "New Zealand: Adventures in Nature", Sally McKinney from the US will discuss marketing and international promotion. Fiona McNie, who hails from Scotland, will discuss best practice in the Dolphin Space Program, a topic of relevance to New Zealand - one of the few countries where visitors can swim freely with dolphins in their natural habitat.

The Conference on Sustainable Tourism underscores the importance of 2002, the UN International Year of Ecotourism. The event is co-sponsored by New Zealand's Ministry for the Environment and is receiving support from Planeta.com, the award-winning website that pioneered coverage of ecotourism in1994.


Registration is now open. The cost for tour operators is $NZ365.00. Students of recognised tourism study programmes should liaise directly with the organisers for information on discount packages.

Enterprise Russell is located at 1 York Street, Russell, Telephone +64 9 403 8843, Fax +64 9 403 8842, or phone the Conference Hotline +64 9 403 8862. For more information email conference@ernz.org or consult the Enterprise Russell website http://ernz.org.

Coaches to the Bay of Islands leave each day from Auckland (to Paihia), and then it is a 15 minute ride by passenger ferry across the bay. The nearest airport is Kerikeri, and Russell accommodation providers will often meet guests' flights there - alternatively there is a coach-ride to Paihia.


Enterprise Russell Charitable Trust Our website: http://ernz.org Promoting the Russell district as a place providing quality of life and employment opportunities for those living here.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Rampant Pandering To The Farming Vote

What on earth has happened to the political parties n the centre-right? Once upon a time in the US, the party of Lincoln was a respectable political party before it devolved into the cult of Trump. Here at home, the National Parry used to be able to manage and administer the economic orthodoxy in a reasonably competent fashion. Now it can barely do simple addition and subtraction. Something must have gotten into the water, and not simply out on the farm... More>>


Winston Peters Speech: The Gathering Storm Clouds: Ihumatao

Frequently around New Zealand you hear people say that politicians are all the same. It’s a convenient way to dismiss any careful investigation of the truth of that statement. New Zealand First since its inception has been committed to ‘one law ... More>>


National Agriculture Policy: Will Restore Farmer Confidence And Pride

A National Government will reduce regulatory burden and give farmers confidence for the future. Leader of the National Party Judith Collins and Agriculture spokesperson David Bennett announced National’s Agriculture policy in Gisborne today. “Agriculture ... More>>


Shaw: Wealth Tax Not A Bottom Line For Green Party But They Will Push For It

Green Party co-leader James Shaw says one of his senior MPs misspoke under pressure when she said a wealth tax was one of the party's bottom lines. More>>


Government: More Border Exceptions For Critical Roles

The Government has established class exceptions for border entry for a limited number of veterinarians, deep sea fishing crew, as well as agricultural and horticultural machinery operators. “Tight border restrictions remain the backbone of the Government’s ... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Last Night’s Leaders Debate

Do political debates change voter intentions, and cause voters to switch sides? According to a 2019 Harvard Business School study conducted across 61 elections in nine countries involving 172,000 respondents, the answer would seem to be a resounding ... More>>


Dunne Speaks: The Election Campaign Just Grinds Slowly On And On

With just over three weeks until the General Election, the release of the first major pre-election opinion poll this week confirmed what was already being reported about this year’s campaign. Although the gap between Labour and National has narrowed ... More>>

Electoral Commission: Candidate And Party Lists Released

17 registered political parties and 677 candidates will be contesting the 2020 General Election Nominations have now closed and the Electoral Commission has released the electorate and party list candidates for 2020 online at vote.nz . Advance voting ... More>>

National: Plan To Restore NZ’s Prosperity

National’s Economic and Fiscal Plan carefully balances the need to invest in infrastructure and core public services while also reducing tax pressure on Kiwi families and businesses. National Leader Judith Collins and Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith unveiled National’s ... More>>


NZ First: Party List

New Zealand First has a proven twenty-seven-year history of bringing balance and common sense to our government. Amid the continued setbacks of COVID-19 restrictions, New Zealand First has once again sustained its profile by selecting a strong team ... More>>





InfoPages News Channels