GIFT Director, Professor Susanne Becken said the agreement will allow both parties to collaborate on research and development projects in the field of sustainable tourism and environmental management.
“EarthCheck holds the world’s most comprehensive database with environmental metrics collected from their international client network over more than 15 years of operation,” Professor Becken said.
“This will give our students practical experience in the most advanced measurement tools, and practical operational insights.”
Through its global strategic partnerships, GIFT’s structure and research programs are designed to ensure high industry and policy relevance. Following the triple bottom line concept, the key areas of impact of research undertaken at GIFT reflect economic, social and environmental dimensions.
During 2016, GIFT and EarthCheck will focus on three core research and consulting projects:
- Research into the relationship between water and energy use at major hotel groups
- Developing the tourism workforce of the future through labour and skills development, certification and mobility in the APEC region
- Development of a global sustainable travel and tourism indicator set
Professor Becken will present the latest findings on global greenhouse gas emissions and corporate social responsibility at the upcoming Inner Circle 2016 forum in April 2016, an annual think-tank hosted by EarthCheck for its members.