Discovery Coast's green tourism
AGNES Water and Seventeen Seventy have the jump on many tourist destinations in Queensland as part of the State Government’s Sustainable Regions program.
Tourism operators on The Discovery Coast were invited to join the program in promoting Queensland as a green destination for domestic and international travellers.
As the sixth region in Tourism Queensland’s Sustainable Regions pilot program, Agnes Water/Seventeen Seventy joins with other Queensland tourism gems such as Magnetic Island in North Queensland, North Stradbroke Island in the state’s south-east, Winton in the west, Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays and Cape Hillsborough in the Mackay region.
The program is an initiative of Tourism Queensland in partnership with the GAPDL, the Gladstone Regional Council and the Discovery Coast Tourism and Commerce Inc (DCTC).
Gordon Christian, DCTC president, said that soon sustainability certification would become a requirement for doing business, especially with government departments.
“It gives us the opportunity to raise the bar to meet global sustainability demands,” Mr Christian said.
“The environmentally conscious tourism market is a growth market, with global travel companies now offering sustainable certified packages and volunteerism.
“For example, some 4000 people took a holiday in Hawaii last year just to pick up rubbish off the beaches.
“Travellers are now choosing to make a difference and want to know that businesses are too.”
Several tourism operators in Agnes Water/Seventeen Seventy have already obtained their green credentials and certifications and the DCTC is actively seeking to get the whole of business signed up.
Anyone interested in being involved can contact the DCTC at firstname.lastname@example.org.