72 Fraser Coast operators attended a Fraser Coast Tourism networking function with Queensland
Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) for World Environment Day on Friday night June 4, at Aquavue.
‘Ecosystem Restoration’ was the theme for the 2021 UN World Environment Day, with Hervey Bay
the perfect location for QTIC to celebrate with Fraser Coast tourism operators.
QTIC Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind said that protecting and restoring our environment is crucial
to the growth of the tourism industry, especially post COVID.
“The tourism industry is an important partner with science and policymakers to bring about positive
change for sustainability. QTIC has worked tirelessly in this space for a number of years now with our
Accreditation program and with support and involvement in several other state and national
“QTIC plays an important role in upskilling and guiding the tourism industry to a more sustainable
future as we enter a more competitive post COVID market – our environmental edge will be a key
advantage in our recovery.
“To evolve into a more sustainable industry we must continue to collaborate with industry operators
and leaders, science, government and First Nations culture, as they all provide a unique insight into
the future of tourism”, Mr Gschwind said.
UNWTO Secretary, General Zurab Pololikashvili was quoted in the UNWTO Recommendations for the
Transition to a Green Travel and Tourism Economy stating, “Sustainability must no longer be a niche
part of tourism but must be the new norm for every part of our sector”.
QTIC is not alone in supporting the growth of a sustainable sector with the Queensland Government
indicating their focus on nature in their recent publication Designing our tourism future – Action Plan
for Tourism Recovery.
“Tourism experiences showcase natural assets, promote conservation values and enhance outcomes.
Conservation tourism has demonstrated that visitors can make a positive contribution to the
protection of the natural environment.”
Hervey Bay tourism operator Tasman Venture knows firsthand the importance of sustainability,
already being QTIC Accredited and Eco-Tourism certified.
Tasman Venture Marketing and Sales Manager, Kate Ernst said, “These programs have been key to
the development and evaluation of the experiences that we offer our guests as well as the vital role
these organisations play in our business.