The new Sustainable Tourism Online web-portal, developed by the STCRC in its last six months of operations is live from today. The portal is free to use.
This portal was developed to deliver research and tools to support improved practice by tourism industry operators and organisations beyond STCRC’s wind-up on June 30 2010. It was designed to be a world class and interactive tool, not only preserving and making available STCRC research and tools, but also bringing in other trusted sources of information relevant to the sustainable development of tourism, now and into the future. New information has been developed from STCRC research and is included in the portal.
What will Sustainable Tourism Online Deliver?
Sustainable Tourism Online provides unfettered access to leading tourism research and tools in three main areas: Destinations and Communities; Business Operations; and Parks and Culture in addition to broader sustainable tourism themes. Users have the opportunity to submit reports and information for inclusion in the portal.
A key feature of Sustainable Tourism Online is the Online Community which provides a platform for tourism professionals to identify appropriate new research, tools and knowledge and participate in ongoing discussions relating to sustainable tourism issues and challenges.
Sustainable Tourism Online comprises both public good information and commercial elements. In the public good area, industry-specific tools, knowledge and research will be made available free of charge to tourism planners, professionals, businesses and researchers.
Sustainable Tourism Online will be hosted and managed by EC3 Global. A Research and Intelligence Group will be established by EC3 Global to inform the further development of the portal. EC3 Global will identify and upload new public good content to the portal and monitor online community discussions. They will also use the portal to promote their products and services which were developed from STCRC research.
Up to now, tourism did not have a single comprehensive resource for those seeking reputable information on sustainable tourism management and development. This is an exciting new development for tourism in Australia.