GAPDL chairman Peter Corones congratulates Des Mergard and the Mergard family of 1770 LARC Tours on a leading role in Tourism Queensland Sustainable Regions project.
GAPDL chairman Peter Corones congratulates Des Mergard and the Mergard family of 1770 LARC Tours on a leading role in Tourism Queensland Sustainable Regions project. Rob Black

Coast tour gains recognition

TOURISM Minister Peter Lawlor yesterday recognised 16 Discovery Coast tourism operators for their ongoing efforts in making their businesses more sustainable as part of Tourism Queensland’s Sustainable Regions Project.

In a casual and environmentally-friendly ceremony at the town of Seventeen Seventy yesterday, the businesses from Agnes Water, Seventeen Seventy and Deepwater were awarded certificates and promotional materials as part Tourism Queensland’s partnerships with the Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Ltd (GAPDL) and the Discovery Coast Tourism and Commerce Inc.

GAPDL chairman Peter Corones congratulated the operators involved and praised the region for taking a proactive step in helping make Queensland, and in particular the Discovery Coast, an eco-friendly tourism destination for intra, inter-state and international visitors.

“The operators (on The Discovery Coast) don’t just talk it, they walk the talk and are already practising the philosophy of sustainable regions,” Mr Corones said.

“We are not only one of six regions already in the project – but the best – and will take this on to complement and build on this beautiful piece of paradise to make it even better, for residents and for visitors.”



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