Expert tips for sustainable tourism
We asked them: (and Dom’s answers were …)
Australia is fortunate to have amazing places and spaces that are available for outdoor recreation, adventure tourism and travel. By travelling sustainably, each of us can do our bit ensure that these amazing spaces continue to be available.
As a community, we should consider what activities are appropriate to undertake in certain places. We should actively consider the impacts of our travel, and minimise those impacts.
We can adopt Leave No Trace principles and set good examples for everyone else. Many people taking small steps together can make a large difference.
Travel sustainably by adopting the practise, “Take only photographs and leave only footprints.” Research the places you intend to visit, so that you understand what makes them special and what you can do to protect these special areas.
Know the possible impacts of your preferred outdoor activity, and reduce those impacts. Some activities, like horse riding, mountain bike riding, four wheel driving and rock climbing, have voluntary codes that provide more information on how to participate in an environmentally sensitive manner.
Don’t be afraid to ask a tourist operator questions about the sustainability of their operations – most tourist operators who love the outdoors will be happy to speak to you about the efforts they are making to protect their wonderful workplace.
An Interview with Dom Courtney
On the 11th April 2016, I did an interview with David Curnow on ABC Evenings programme, which is broadcast across Qld and worldwide via the Internet. All about QORF, what we do and what we are trying achieve.