Winner on the global stage

Tourism in Queensland’s Douglas Shire has been given a big green tick, winning a place on the United Nations endorsed Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s top 100 list of most sustainable destinations.

The Shire is the only Australian region to feature in the exclusive list, which puts Douglas Shire closer to becoming the world’s first eco-certified region.

Council was presented the worldwide achievement at the Global Green Destinations Conference in the Netherlands on
27 September.

Mayor, Julia Leu, said the region’s top 100 placing proved local tourism operators were global leaders in sustainable practices.

“Everyone knows Douglas Shire has a strong environmental charter, but now we have made it official and beamed it across the globe,” she said.

“International visitors want more authentic and sustainable travel experiences; which Douglas Shire has now categorically proven under independent and international scrutiny.

“Douglas Shire is the only place where the Daintree Rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef and we can really celebrate this.”

It comes as the region gears up to host Eco Fashion Week 2018 in Port Douglas and Mossman in November.

Council is also working in partnership with Tourism Port Douglas Daintree and Eco Tourism Australia to boost certifications among tourism operators in the region.

The Shire is the only entrant from Australia to be recognised.
Tourism Port Douglas Daintree Executive Officer Tara Bennett said foundations were in place to become the first eco-certified region in Australia.

“This shows our industry is setting the benchmark high.

“We live in an area of outstanding natural beauty that is globally significant and our operators are committed to protecting, preserving and ensuring long-term, sustainable tourism experiences that are authentic, memorable and safe.”