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    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Showcasing the Great Barrier Reef part of Queensland’s fresh approach to ecotourism

    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Thursday, October 08, 2015

    Showcasing the Great Barrier Reef part of Queensland’s fresh approach to ecotourism

    Showcasing our world-renowned Great Barrier Reef and realising ecotourism experiences on reef islands is one of the key focus areas of the revised Queensland Ecotourism Plan 2015-2020.

    Minister for Tourism Kate Jones and Minister for the Great Barrier Reef Dr Steven Miles released the Plan for consultation at the annual DestinationQ forum today.

    Ms Jones said our State’s spectacular national parks, marine parks and World Heritage Areas were at the heart of Queensland’s tourism industry.

    “Conservation and tourism go hand in hand and we are interested in proposals that will offer visitors experiences unique experiences in Queensland’s world-famous natural environment,” she said.

    “We have a vision for ecotourism that brings people into contact with nature, not conflict with nature.

    “We are committed to growing our $23 billion tourism industry and ecotourism can help drive this growth.”

    Dr Miles said balancing conservation and world class experiences in national parks is front and centre of the Queensland Government’s revised strategy for ecotourism.

    National Parks Minister Dr Steven Miles said the Ecotourism Facilities on National Parks Implementation Framework refocused on conserving and showcasing the natural and cultural values of Queensland’s national parks.

    “The framework shines the spotlight on the contribution ecotourism can make to the conservation of national parks,” Dr Miles said.

    “It strengthens our conservation principle and reflects this government’s commitment to low impact, high quality ecotourism facilities in national parks.

    “Ecotourism proposals that get the green light on our national parks must be right for the environment, right for tourism and right for the community.

    “We will also continue working with existing proposals to ensure they progress and deliver great tourism and conservation outcomes for Queensland.

    “We want to drive sustainable ecotourism investment and innovation, promote domestic and international visitation and foster partnerships for research and conservation of the reef.

    Five new strategic directions outline the action required:

    1. Driving innovation in ecotourism experiences

    2. Showcasing the world renowned Great Barrier Reef

    3. Stimulating investment in new and refurbished ecotourism opportunities

    4. Expanding authentic Indigenous ecotourism experiences

    5. Promoting Queensland’s world-class ecotourism experiences

    The plan also includes a three-year action plan, which includes 32 actions and details the government agencies and industry partners that are responsible for delivering them. 

    To view the draft Queensland Ecotourism Plan 2015-2020 visit www.npsr.qld.gov.au.

    Community, industry and stakeholder feedback can be made through an online survey at www.getinvolved.qld.gov.au. The survey closes at 5pm, 20 November 2015.

    Media contact: Minister Jones’ Office 3719 7530