Skyrail Named as Global Environmental Leader

Skyrail News: April 2012

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway in Cairns, Australia, has been named as the most environmentally sustainable tourism business in the Pacific region. 

After a 10-year benchmarking and certification programme, the Queensland company is the first in the Pacific to obtain EarthCheck’s Certified Platinum rating and the only cableway in the world to achieve this status.

The EarthCheck certification and benchmarking program, is used by more than 1,300 organisations in over 70 countries, to achieve environmentally sustainable tourism and travel operations.

EarthCheck CEO Stewart Moore said the team at Skyrail are committed leaders in sustainable tourism.

"Over the past 10 years, Skyrail has not only passed annual benchmark assessments, but they have also achieved best-practice results on initiatives like community contribution, energy reduction, water and waste consumption and recycling," said Mr Moore.

"In addition to succeeding in EarthCheck’s benchmarking and certification, Skyrail also completed a rigorous series of independent audits that cemented its place as a worldwide industry leader of environmental, social and financial sustainable cableways." 

Skyrail’s Managing Director Max Shepherd said EarthCheck’s system has been implemented across the entire business including the operation of the aerial cableway, ecotourism services, educational programs, retail and food and beverage facilities.

"The achievement of our EarthCheck Platinum rating is due to the commitment and enthusiasm of our team who are dedicated to protecting the natural and cultural heritage values of the rainforest and their determination in striving for continuous year-on-year improvements in environmental, social and financial goals," said Mr Shepherd.

Skyrail shares it’s sustainability skills through presentations to Universities and foreign delegates having recently hosted a group from Kenya as part of the QUT Australian Leadership Awards Fellowship Program.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is one of only six tourism companies worldwide to achieve EarthCheck’s Certified Platinum rating.  It joins other environmental leaders including Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort in Aruba, Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa in Jamaica, Meliá Bali in Indonesia as well as Hotel Sofitel Cairo Maadi Towers & Casino and Basma Hotel Aswan in Egypt.

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