Friday, May 28th, 2010 - South Australian Tourism Industry Council

South Australia is positioning itself as the nation’s most sustainable tourism destination as 23 tourism businesses achieve climate action certification through a new program developed by Ecotourism Australia, which is administered by the South Australian Tourism Industry Council (SATIC).

SATIC Chief Executive Ward Tilbrook says travellers are increasingly concerned about climate change and are looking for sustainable travel options to have a guilt-free holiday. "Tourism operators that can be easily recognised as making real efforts to address those concerns will stand out from the crowd and reap the rewards,” Mr Tilbrook says.

“The really good news is that South Australia is leading the way nationally with 23 South Australian tourism businesses adding climate action certification to their list of achievements, with a number of those businesses representing South Australia at the Australian Tourism Exchange which starts tomorrow in Adelaide.

“The Climate Action Certification program is designed to assist tourism businesses in reducing carbon emissions and assuring travellers that businesses have a certified commitment to sustainable practices and to addressing climate change.

“Not only does Climate Action Certification provide businesses with a symbol for recognising the business’ commitment to positive action towards Climate Change, it also gives clear and practical ways of reducing a business’ carbon footprint and best practice examples.

“The Program is ideal for all sectors of the tourism industry and can provide cost savings to businesses through efficiency gains and by incorporating sustainable operational practices.”

Ecotourism Australia Chief Executive Officer Kym Cheatham says it is fantastic to see South Australia leading the charge on Climate Action Certification.

“We have been pleased to work with SATIC and the South Australian Government in helping these businesses take meaningful action against the impacts of climate change.”

There are three levels of Climate Action Certification: Climate Action Leader, Climate Action Innovator and Climate Action Business.

For a full list of certified tourism businesses in South Australia, please refer to the attachment. For more information about the Program visit http://www.satic.com.au/climate-change-cert.html

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South Australian Tourism Industry Council


The South Australian Tourism Industry Council (SATIC) is the peak body for the South Australian tourism industry playing a leading role in creating a positive business environment to support and recognise the quality tourism operators in this State.
Bianca Borrett
P: +61 8 8110 0125
M: +61 401 998 247
W: www.satic.com.au

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sustainability, tourism, climate change, climate action, south australia

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