Another win for Skyrail: leaders in sustainable tourism

Skyrail News: November 2010

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway was recognised as Tropical North Queensland's (TNQ) most sustainable tourism attraction at last night's TNQ Tourism Awards.

Skyrail's 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 come to Tropical North Queensland from around the world to experience our natural attractions, 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 be recognised regionally for excellence in sustainable tourism, following wins at the state and national awards last year for the Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism."

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

Skyrail has a focus on continual improvement recently completing a solar powered rain harvesting project providing water to the Smithfield terminal at Smithfield.

"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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