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Water Sustainability in Tourism

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The United Nations World Tourism Organisation has recognised that fresh water is one of the most critical and scarce natural resources for the tourism industry. It is also well documented that the tourism industry over-uses water resources by at least a factor of two over permanent residents. In some regions of the world, where tourism is a major industry, this can result in water shortages and degradation of water supplies, as well as increased production of waste water. Using a case study in the Grampians Wimmera tourism region of south eastern Australia, this chapter identifies the external and internal factors that influence accommodation operators in their approach to sustainable water management.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2011

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