Skyrail: Sustainable Tourism Leader

Skyrail News: November 2009

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is Queensland's most sustainable tourism attraction, as recognised at the state tourism awards last night.

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 General Manager, Max Shepherd said Skyrail was proud 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 applauds the finalists in this category and encourages all tourism operators to embrace the principles of sustainability, for the long term benefit of the industry, our environment and our guests," he said.

"Visitors from around the world come to Queensland to experience our natural attractions, including the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforests, it is every operators' responsibility to present these experiences in a sustainable way," he said.

"Skyrail is honoured to have won the Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism for the second year in a row, and encourages all operators to adopt the principles of sustainability in their daily operations."

As well as receiving Queensland's 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.
  • Was the inaugural winner of the Qantas Australian Tourism Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism (2008) and Tropical North Queensland Tourism Award for Sustainable Tourism (2009).

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 Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area, for many years to come," Mr Shepherd said.

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