Parks Australia has just released it’s Sustainable Tourism Overview 2011-2016 which identifies the principles and objectives that will guide Parks Australia in managing tourism in Commonwealth terrestrial reserves over the next five years.
“Sustainable tourism guides the management of all resources in such a way that economic, social and aesthetic needs can be fulfilled while maintaining cultural integrity, essential ecological processes and biological diversity” (UN World Tourism Organisation 2004).
Each year about 1.4 million people visit Commonwealth terrestrial reserves to experience natural landscapes and culture unique to Australia. These visitors provide critical support for the conservation of Commonwealth reserves through recognition, public support, revenue, and advocacy.
Indigenous tourism is a key element of our protected area estate’s existing and potential tourism offer. Indigenous tourism is recognised in the national long-term tourism strategy as important to the Australian tourism industry’s competitiveness and to economic development for Indigenous Australians (Tourism Research Australia 2010). In the jointly managed parks (Kakadu, Uluru-Kata Tjuta and Booderee) it is a priority and a lease obligation to enhance Indigenous employment and business opportunities.
To effectively manage Commonwealth reserves a sustainable approach to tourism is essential, the tourism industry, traditional owners, local communities, government agencies and visitors all have a part to play.
Find out more and download the overview here