Skyrail: Sustainable Tourism Champions

Skyrail News: November 2008

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is the best at sustainable tourism, as recognised at the 2008 Queensland Tourism Awards.

Skyrail's Excellence in Sustainable Tourism Award affirms the rainforest cableway as an industry leader that minimises its environmental impact, conserves natural resources, respects local cultures and benefits its local community.

Skyrail Managing Director, Ken Chapman said Skyrail was honoured to receive the award: "Sustainability has been Skyrail's fundamental principle from the very beginning; this award is fantastic recognition of our long-term commitment to achieving sustainability through all areas of operation."

"Skyrail's vision is to provide our guests with the best rainforest experience available anywhere in the world and every element of our business is focussed on doing just that - sustainably," he said.

The Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism is a new award, launched in February this year, it was open to tourism operators who exemplify a strong commitment to sustainable and innovative business practices and was designed to:

  • Recognise and reward tourism businesses that implement the principles of sustainable tourism;
  • Inspire other tourism businesses to adopt new sustainable practices;
  • Acknowledge tourism businesses that provide a unique travel experience and inspire visitors to promote Australia as one of the world's leading sustainable tourism destinations.

As well as receiving the Excellence in Sustainable Tourism Award, Skyrail:

Was the first tourist attraction in Australia to receive ISO 14001 for its Environmental Management System;

  • Achieved Advanced Ecotourism Accreditation from inception;
  • Is the only company in Australia to have Green Globe Gold Certification;
  • Was the first Australian attraction to win the British Airways "Tourism for Tomorrow" International Environment Award.

Skyrail's commitment ensures visitors today and tomorrow can enjoy, appreciate and learn about the beauty and culture of the Wet Tropics Rainforests of Tropical North Queensland.

"Skyrail looks forward to providing its guests with The World's Most Beautiful Rainforest Experience, in the beautiful Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area, for many years to come," Mr Chapman said.

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