Skyrail: Australian Champions

Skyrail News: March 2009

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is Australia's most sustainable tourism attraction, as recognised at the 2008 Australian Tourism Awards on Friday 27th February.

Skyrail Managing Director Dr Ken Chapman, said: "Skyrail is excited and honoured to receive the inaugural Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism".

"Australia is internationally recognised as one of the world's leading sustainable tourism destinations; to be named the nation's best, sustainable attraction is an honour not only for our operation, but the entire Tropical North Queensland region," he said.

"Cairns and Tropical North Queensland is home to two natural World Heritage listed wonders, the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforests, and the operators of our region are some of the most sustainable in the country."

"We are proud to present the Wet Tropics Rainforests of Queensland to our visitors, allowing them to experience and learn more about these ancient forests, on boardwalks and at the Rainforest Interpretation Centre, without impacting on them."

"Providing a sustainable rainforest experience was the fundamental principle behind the concept of Skyrail Rainforest Cableway when it was first mooted back in 1987. Today, it continues to drive all areas of operation."

The Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism is a new award, introduced at the state level last year. Open to tourism operators who exemplify a strong commitment to sustainable and innovative business practices, the award 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 Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism, 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.

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