Queensland Government Commits to Support and Grow Ecotourism

Ecotourism Australia has welcomed the Queensland Government’s commitment to support and grow Ecotourism at the DestinationQ Forum in Cairns this week.

“We are very pleased to see the Queensland Government committing to some important actions that will build and support Ecotourism in Queensland, ” Chief Executive of Ecotourism Australia, Kym Cheatham said. “We welcome the Premier’s comments that Ecotourism is key to kickstarting Queensland’s tourism industry again.”

The 12 month Key Action Plan agreed to by government and industry included the development of a new Queensland Ecotourism plan which would include a review the Nature Conservation Act to ensure that ‘presentation’ was recognised along with the important conservation values enshrined in the Act.

“This would ensure that Act is aligned with other important nature conservation mechanisms like UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention which requires that effective and active measures are taken for the protection, conservation and presentation”  Kym Cheatham said.

“Queensland is currently home to nearly a third of Australia’s ECO certified experinces, and most of these tourism operators are active in nature conservation and provide visitors high quality minimal impact immersive experiences which engage and educate them while they visit the amazing natural assets of the State.”

“Ecotourism Australia is committed to working with the Queensland Government to ensure that any new Ecotourism developments in Queensland continue to be at the same high standard of environmental sustainability and conservation”  Kym Cheatham said.

For information on the 12 month Key Action Plan and the DestinationQ Outcomes go to: www.destq.com.au www.detinq.com.au

For more information contact: Kym Cheatham, Chief Executive Officer, Ecotourism Australia E: ceo@ecotourism.org.au, M: 0427 279 414 www.ecotourism.org.au

Ecotourism Australia was formed in 1991 as an incorporated non-profit organisation, and is the peak national body for the ecotourism industry. Ecotourism Australia aims to grow and promote ecotourism and to assist tourism operators to become environmentally sustainable, economically viable and socially and culturally responsible.

Ecotourism Australia’s ECO certification program was a world first in 1996. It provides objective monitoring and auditing of organisations’ ecotourism claims and provides travel agents and tourists with an assurance of best practice ecological sustainability, natural area management and quality ecotourism experiences.

In 2011, Ecotourism Australia was one of only ten organisations recognised globally by the UN Supported Global Sustainable Tourism Council.

Ecotourism Australia added ROC (Respect Our Culture) Certification for Indigenous Tourism operators and Climate Action Australia Certification to help the tourism industry work towards a more sustainable future.

In 2008, Ecotourism Australia was awarded the prestigious World Travel and Tourism Council “Tourism for Tomorrow” Award for Conservation at the World Tourism Summit in recognition of Ecotourism Australia’s significant contribution to the conservation and preservation of natural heritage.

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