Ecotourism Australia recognises Green Travel Leaders

first_imgOver 40 tourism operators have been labelled ‘Green Travel Leaders’ by Ecotourism Australia.  “These companies are trail blazers in responsible travel having being ECO certified for 10 years or more.” Ecotourism Australia CEO, Ms Kym Cheatham said, “Long before most people were thinking about green issues, these businesses saw the importance of the environment to tourism and wanted to ensure they behaved in a responsible ethical and sustainable way.”Ecotourism Australia launched the world first ECO certification program in 1996 and now has more than 1000 tourism products certified through their programs.”We are very proud of our achievements, with both Tropic Wings Coach Tours and The Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary being recognised as Green Travel Leaders. “This status acknowledges our long standing commitment to providing ecologically sustainable tourism in the Wet Tropics region of Tropical North Queensland, and the established eco-committee across our group of companies will continue working on new initiatives throughout this Year of Responsible, Ethical and Sustainable Tourism,” said Ben Woodward from North Queensland tourism operator The CaPTA Group.Ecotourism Australia has declared 2010 the Year of Responsible Ethical and Sustainable Tourism to shine the spotlight on tourism businesses that strive to protect one of Australia’s key assets as a tourism destination, its national environment. “The recently launched National Long Term Tourism Strategy correctly identified that Climate Change is the primary challenge facing the tourism industry,” Ms Cheatham said.  “As the strategy recognises, Australia’s natural environment is a significant part of Australia’s appeal as a travel destination. “ <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Flast_img read more