Simon McArthur discusses the Sustainable Tourism Model

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Associate Professor Simon McArthur, Deputy Chair, Australian Regional Tourism Network

Discussing the Sustainable Tourism Model will be Associate Professor Simon McArthur, Deputy Chair, Australian Regional Tourism Network as a Keynote Speaker at the 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference Participation and Progress to be held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016.

Simon will be speaking on ‘Out with the Plan, in with the Model’.

Many standard tourism plans have tried to introduce actions to move tourism towards a more sustainable approach. But plans are like a visitor’s photo – almost as soon as the shot is taken, the people and place changes. Enter a new approach – the Sustainable Tourism Model (or STM).

The Sustainable Tourism Model

The STM is like a living, breathing plan, but it only triggers action when reliable feedback says it is critical, and even them it has an armament of sliding scale responses to choose from. Now we monitor, learn and respond when needed, and when it’s fixed, we back off and return to monitoring.

The STM addresses three questions:

  1. Where do we want to be (the conventional desired future stuff of a tourism plan)
  2. How do we know how close we are (clever monitoring linked to maximum and minimum realistic standards)
  3. What do we do if the standards aren’t being met (multiple choice options to respond, known as adaptive management)

Case Studies Presented

This presentation will profile a collection of STM’s and derive some key lessons for those contemplating them. Case studies will include: South Australia’s Kangaroo Island (the longest running STM); Sydney’s former Quarantine Station (where the STM is managed by a tourism operator to look after their cultural tourism site, and avoid expensive regulation, and the Bahamas (covering a marine environment and multiple local communities) and Cyprus (featuring the latest in information technology for any user to grasp).

Simon has 25 years’ experience in tourism planning, development and operations. He has extensive qualifications that include a Masters in Business Administration, PhD in Tourism Management, Associate Professorship in Hotel Management and Bachelor of Applied Science in Natural Resource Management. He is Deputy Chairperson of the Australian Regional Tourism Network and has been a Board Member for several years.

The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress will be held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016 to register for the conference CLICK HERE.

Early bird closes on 25th July so be quick to receive a discounted rate. To view the Conference Program CLICK HERE. With over 60 speakers and 7 keynote speakers, an Awards Dinner for the ‘Regional Innovation Awards’ (now open) it is a Conference opportunity not to be missed.

The conference explores opportunities for innovation in regional Australia. With its rich resources, diversity, and value, regional Australia is the catalyst for the future and the Conference addresses issues such as sustainable development, environmental sustainability, land use, community development, investment, agribusiness and innovation.

Chris Green of Crowe Horwath to present on ‘Creating Sustainability in Regional Tourism’

Christopher Green, Principal – Business Advisory at Crowe Horwath will present at the Australian Regional Development Conference being held at the Commercial Club Albury on the 26– 27 August 2015.

The Conference is an initiative of the Association for Sustainability in Business Inc., a non-Government ‘not-for-profit’ organisation.

Christopher Green

Christopher Green

Presenter Introduction: With over 7 years experience, Christopher specialises in Strategic Planning and Business Plans for larger businesses in North East Victoria and the Southern Riverina.

Most recently, Christopher was the Director of a regionally based Strategic Advisory firm in Wangaratta where he provided a variety of high level strategic options to his clients.

Christopher combines the practical, commercial and technical experience needed to deliver positive outcomes with a unique understanding of the issues facing regionally based organisations. Additionally, he has a comprehensive knowledge of Government grants currently available that can assist clients in achieving their goals.

Christopher undertakes an active role in his local community through participation in a variety of community groups and boards.

Presentation Title: Creating Sustainability in Regional Tourism – a case study
Co-Author: Kylie Smith, Principal – Business Advisory at Crowe Horwath

Overview: Sustainability in tourism plays an important role in the overall ongoing growth and success of regional areas. Developing a process to understand what drives sustainability and leverage opportunities is a key aspect of successfully creating sustainability in regional tourism.

To view and/or download the Australian Regional Development Conference program, visit the website here.

New arrangements between Australia and Philippines to benefit regional tourism

Article originally published in MICEBTN 5 May 2015

Australia’s deputy prime minister and minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the new arrangements will provide for flights to increase by 55 per cent over the next year.

“Importantly, the arrangements expand code share opportunities for Australian airlines, providing potential for our airlines to expand their global networks and connectivity through co-operative marketing arrangements with overseas partners,” said Truss.

“The new arrangements will allow growth to continue for another four years, recognising the potential of Australia as a prime tourism destination within the Asia-Pacific region.”

The new arrangements provide an immediate increase in capacity entitlements from 6,000 seats each way each week to 8,300 seats each week, rising to 9,300 seats from March 2016.

Airlines can continue to operate unlimited services between the Philippines and Australian regional locations such as Darwin, Cairns, Adelaide and the Gold Coast.

MiceBTNTo read the full article please click here.

Call for Abstracts Open for Australian Regional Development Conference

Call for Abstracts are open for the Australian Regional Development Conference, an initiative of the Association for Sustainability in Business Inc., a non-Government ‘not-for-profit’ organisation. The program will include an extensive range of topics with Keynote Presenters, Concurrent Sessions, Case Studies, Workshops and Poster Presentations.

Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or presenting a workshop are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the aims, contents and conclusions of their paper or presentation; or about their intended role in a workshop.

The Conference Streams are below (followed by sub-themes for concurrent sessions):

  • Innovation
  • Infrastructure
  • Cultural Tourism / Regional Tourism Development
  • Free Trade Agreements
  • Transport and Logistics
  • NBN / Broadband Communication
  • Banking / Finance

Sub themes for concurrent sessions:

  • Innovation
  • Infrastructure
  • Cultural Tourism / Regional Tourism Development
  • Free Trade Agreements
  • Transport and Logistics
  • NBN / Broadband Communication
  • Banking / Finance

All presenters at the conference can have papers included in the “Book of Proceedings” which is published internationally with an ISBN number. Peer reviewing is available. Delegates also have access to the podcast resource, post conference. A collection of presentations on Regional Development recorded in 2014 and 2015.

For more information or to submit an abstract, please click here.