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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Beattie Greenwashes Eco Tourism

Former Queensland Governor, Peter Beattie, now swanning it up in the United States is pitching eco tourism in Queensland to wealthy Americans and Europeans.

"Global warming not only demands environmental answers but will see an increasing desire ... for clean, green tourism destinations which are environmentally friendly and carbon neutral."

He said an increasing number of American and European tourists would demand eco-friendly tourist activities and accommodation.

"Queensland's rainforests and Great Barrier Reef will be prime targets for these environmental tourists, and operators who promote themselves as environmentally friendly and carbon neutral will be the big winners," he said.

"Indeed, holiday experiences which include a focus on the dangers facing the reef from rising global temperatures will have a particular appeal, especially if Australian tourism operators highlight the positive role Australia is playing in fighting carbon emissions and global warming."

The guests will have to live like those on Survivor (without the television crews), to balance out the carbon emissions from the long haul flights there and back. Probably a minimum sentence of two years in the bush eating insects and native vegetation.

And watch out for those crocs.

I am definitely not saying don't come. I understand that Australia is keen to attract foreign tourists, but I am not sure that this is the way to go. Fair enough if it is a marketing pitch, to get more tourists, but not too much in the way of reducing carbon emissions.

4 comments:

Nunyaa said...

Cape Gloucester in the Whitsundays is eco friendly as is Boat Harbour, Airlie Beach, Townsville and Mission Beach where the avatar on my site is taken. You just don't go swimming in the creeks or inland rivers. Hardly anyone gets taken by a croc in the ocean, more chance of becoming shark poo.

Colin Campbell said...

I was being a bit tongue in cheek given that almost any tourists to Australia have to make very long flights. Much of the economy in your part of the world is built around tourism and it certainly makes sense to tread lightly when on vacation there.

I just doubt that you can sell it in the way Peter Beattie is trying to do given the huge distances.

Semaj Mahgih said...

The guests will have to live like those on Survivor (without the television crews), to balance out the carbon emissions from the long haul flights there and back. Probably a minimum sentence of two years in the bush eating insects and native vegetation.

What a load of bollocks - are these people for real?

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