Tourism Fraser Coast General Manager Pip Close has applauded the “green theme” of this year’s World Tourism Day saying environmental responsibility was critical in attracting modern visitors and protecting the destination for future generations.
World Tourism Day (WTD) 2012, on Thursday September 27, is being held under the theme Tourism and Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development.
Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, is quoted by WTD as saying: “One of the world’s largest economic sectors, tourism is especially well-placed to promote environmental sustainability, green growth and our struggle against climate change through its relationship with energy.”
Ms Close said that for a region as environmentally unique as the Fraser Coast, the message was particularly important.
“As part of the Great Sandy Biosphere, with drawcards including the World Heritage Listed Fraser Island and the world’s best Humpback whale watching experiences, we are committed to working together with communities, business and government to promote ideas that are economically progressive and environmentally sustainable,’’ she said.
“There is an increasing consumer movement towards green travel.
“People today live and consume in an informed, aware and ethical manner in relation to social and environmental issues and sustainability is becoming a considered factor in travel plans.
“The Fraser Coast is perfectly poised to lead the way in promoting environmental sustainability in tourism,’’ Ms Close said.