Australian Responsible Tourism Recognised as world class

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The Responsible Tourism Awards have just been announced on the UNWTO sponsored World Responsible Tourism Day and for the very first time Australia tourism was acknowledged as making an important contribution to responsible tourism.

The successful entries were:

Booderee National Park won their category cultural conservation

Orion Expedition Cruises won the Best Cruise or Ferry Operator

Kangaroo Valley won a Highly Commended for Best Destination

In what is becoming an ever increasingly competitive awards program with 1765 nominations this year, it is significant that Australia is now participating and winning in the Responsible Tourism Awards, considered the most prestigious of their type in the world and run during the World Travel Market the most important global trade event.

Responsible Tourism in Australia now must build on this excellent first step to become far more sustainable and make a positive contribution to the conservation of biodiversity, its Indigenous and Non Indigenous cultures and ultimately offer happy worthwhile holidays with good positive memories for visitors.

From observations made during the World Travel Market seminars and the BBC World Tourism & Climate Change Conference we have a long way to go before tourism fully embraces the reality of any form of holistic sustainable future. However, it is also clear that some individual businesses and not-for-profit organisations in Australia are already adapting and changing their values. This is a positive start we must all build on.

Full list of winners