Top accolade for Great Barrier Reef tourism partnership

Published: 12/09/2011

29 November 2007

An innovative sustainable tourism partnership helping protect the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park scooped another top accolade, announced in Sydney last night (28 November 2007).

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) received the Public Sector Management Award in the 2007 Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) Corporate Leadership Awards.

The peak body for the tourism, transport and infrastructure sectors recognised GBRMPA for its robust sustainable partnership with the tourism industry and Queensland coastal communities.

GBRMPA Tourism and Recreation Director Lisha Mulqueeny said the award was recognition of the outstanding commitment of the partners in achieving environmental sustainability on the Great Barrier Reef.

“We’re proud of our close partnership with the tourism industry and community and that this partnership has been recognised for its role in fostering sustainable tourism in the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef,” she said.

“This natural treasure belongs to all of us and we all have a role to play in protecting it for the future.

“The effectiveness of management arrangements is closely linked to the effectiveness of the partnership with the tourism industry and the community.”

The award recognises the agency’s work involving industry and the community in policy development, rewarding high standard tourism operations and involving industry in monitoring reef health.

Tourism based around the Great Barrier Reef generates 55 000 full-time jobs and contributes $6 billion to the Australian economy each year.

The Great Barrier Reef attracts nearly two million tourists and 4.9 million recreational visitors each year.

TTF Australia is the peak industry group for the tourism, transport and infrastructure sectors.

As a national, member-funded CEO forum, TTF advocates the public policy interests of 200 corporations and institutions across tourism, transport, property, infrastructure and investment.

This is the second accolade for the sustainable tourism partnership, with the agency scooping the Destination Award in the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards in May.

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