1. Welcome to new network members:

  • Dr Giuseppe Marzano has over 10 years international experience in marketing and in the facilitation and management of multi-stakeholder decision making processes in the context of tourism. Giuseppe has published in the field of tourism marketing with a specific focus on the understanding of the benefit of collaboration amongst tourism stakeholders and destination branding processes. He graduated with a PhD in Tourism from The University of Queensland and a Master in Natural Resources Management from INCAE (Costa Rica). Giuseppe speaks fluently Italian, Spanish and English. And currently lives in Quito, Ecuador.
  • Dr Ren Zhuge earned his PhD in Protected Area Management from The University of Queensland, Australia. He was engaged in the promotion of Green Globe’s sustainable tourism benchmarking and certification program in China for five years. He has organised environmental performance standard training workshops to business, community and government enhancing the environmental, economic and social sustainability of tourism in China. Dr Zhuge has also developed a broad range of relationships with governments at various levels, academics from universities and research institutes, businesses in travel and tourism industry and NGOs such as World Wide Fund for Nature, Conservation International and The Nature Conservancy.



2. New Thailand Partnerships.

At the Trang campus of Prince of Songkla University, Thailand

During January, Dr Johannes Bauer (3 rd from right) and Steve Noakes continued to build good links with the southern Thailand based Prince of Songkhla University – particularly the Department of Management (Tourism) and the Department of Biology. Pacific Asia Tourism Pty. Ltd. is looking at the implementation of the SAVE Travel Alliance concept in the south Andaman coast region of Thailand – near the Thai/Malaysia border region. (Scientific, Academic, Volunteer, Educational)



3. Maldives added.
The Maldives now becomes the 31 st country where Pacific Asia Tourism Pty. Ltd. has been appointed as Master Representative for www.tourismROI.com
The full list of representative countries:

  • South Pacific: Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea as well as the South Pacific islands of Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Niue, Norfolk Island, Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna
  • South Asia: Bhutan, Pakistan, Maldives South East Asia: Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, East Timor, Lao PDR, Philippines,
  • Brunei, Cambodia North Asia: South Korea, Mongolia
  • Richard Miller, Tourism ROI, interview from World Travel Mart, London. www.travelmole.tv/watch_vdo.php?id=822


4. Vietnam exploration
Following a recent meeting in Bangkok with two senior officials of the Vietnam National Tourism Administration, next week, Steve Noakes will assess the new Long Tan Trek operations in the Baria/Vung Tau Province of South Vietnam. The Trek takes its name from the now famous and epic battle that took place at the site of the Long Tan Memorial Cross on the 18th of August 1966. Maybe the Long Tan Cross is poised to be acknowledged in traveller’s diaries as the new destination to visit in recognition of Australia’s Iconic military memorial sites, such as Gallipoli, The Western Front and Kokoda. www.longtantrek.com.au


5. Resources:
National Geographic’s ‘Green Guide’


The GREEN GUIDE makes living in an environmentally-aware way easy, understandable, and practical. Intended for general consumers, GREEN GUIDE shows people how to make small changes that add up to big benefits for their wallets, for their health, and for the health of the planet. Not political or activist, the GREEN GUIDE is chock-full of simple, useful, ideas, broken down into achievable steps, that make going green a gradual and affordable process rather than an all-or-nothing plunge.


The Globalization Index 2007
Singapore tops the list as the most globalized country in the world. The inevitable push and pull of globalization plays out in the index’s rankings, which incorporate indicators such as trade, foreign direct investment, participation in international organizations, travel, and Internet usage to determine rankings of countries around the world. Despite the turmoil in many parts of the world, nations did prove they could play nice with each other.


Communicating Disasters: An Asia Pacific Resource Book
Edited by Gunawardene & Noronhan 2007. TVE Asia Pacific (TVEAP)& United Nations development Program, Bangkok (UNDP) Download the entire book for free. http://www.tveap.org/disastercomm/0801dis.html



Discusses how information, education and communication can help create disaster resilient communities across the Asia Pacific region, home to half of humanity. It also takes a critical look at the communication lessons of the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004, and explores the role of good communications before, during and after disasters. + You can read the final Report of the meeting- Report (2 MB) http://www.tveap.org/disastercomm/Communicating%20Disasters%20- %20Bkk%20Meeting%20Dec%202006%20-%20Report.pdf


Click here for more information http://www.tveap.org/disastercomm/



Nonprofit Launches New Online Daily Climate Newsletter
“The Daily Climate,” an online electronic newsletter, delivers a daily digest of climate news with links to original news articles. It is free – published by the Charlottesville, VA, nonprofit Environmental Health Sciences, who also publish Environmental Health News. www.dailyclimate.org/newsletter



MDGs & Climate Change – World Economic Forum, Davos.
“The Millennium Development Goals can only be met if the climate crisis is taken into the fold of that effort. If the world warms up by two degrees all of the good work done in development will be undone,” Al Gore, former U.S. Vice President and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
www.ens- newswire.com/ens/jan2008/2008-01- 25-02.asp
Climate Change & Tourism
For tourism, climate change is not a remote event, but a phenomenon that already affects the sector and certain destinations in particular, mountain regions and coastal destinations among others.


From right: Bono, Bill Gates, Queen Rania of Jordan, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Nigerian President Yar' Adua, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the World Economic Forum 2008. (Photo by Andy Mettler courtesy World Economic Forum swiss-image.ch)


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