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Australian Responsible Tourism – Consumer Initiatives

There appears to be a positive trend in Australia by individual tourism businesses making strides to reduce their environmental impacts and engaging in positive social and economic initiatives.

The Lismore Lantern Parade is an example of a successful community festival and is the award winning community project 2828 . The Kangaroo Valley & South Coast Discovery was established to encourage the Responsible Tourism campaign in Australia and showcase the region’s nature and cultural tourism attractions which have minimised their negative environmental impacts. Responsible Tourism Australia, an online consumer travel resource is to be launched shortly.

Australian Responsible Tourism programmes in destinations

South Australia – Kangaroo Island’s  TOMM

The Tourism Optimisation Management Model (TOMM) was devised to determine and monitor tourism’s impacts (social, environmental) on Kangaroo Island.

New South Wales – Kangaroo Valley’s Green Kangaroo

The Green Kangaroo program is not an accreditation system but a community program encouraging individual operators to reduce Green House Gas emissions and visitors to select low emissions activities.

North Queensland – Planet Safe Partnership

The Planet Safe Partnership involves both product and service providers through a commitment to undertake a carbon audit, accreditation practices and conservation.