Archive for the ‘Campaigns’ Category
Queensland’s Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing (NPRSR) has published its Draft 2013 Ecotourism Plan for public consultation. Beautifully presented with fantastic images of natural vistas, our public environment officials have presented their draft view of ecotourism, and in doing so seem to have attempted to leverage commercial tourism in National Parks into the more exclusive strata of both ecotourism and Australia’s National Landscapes program.
Yesterday, the Wet Tropics National Landscape was officially launched by Federal Environment Minister, the Hon. Tony Burke MP, at Skyrail’s Barron Falls Station. This is a very important milestone for the people who reside within the rainforests of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area (and surrounds), as it aspires to optimise the value of the relationship between international experience-seeking travllers and the inhabitants of National Landscapes whose lives and livelihoods are so inter-dependent.
A brand new DAINTREE GATEWAY WEBSITE has been launched and partitioned into four localities, PORT DOUGLAS, MOSSMAN, DAINTREE VILLAGE & DAINTREE RAINFOREST. Each product has been positioned precisely as it exists on the landscape. Accommodation, attractions, restaurants, services and tours further specify products into navigable conformity with their actual place on the planet.
I was surprised to have received a recent notification from an industry representative and colleague, detailing an up-coming opportunity for online marketing via a series of ‘apps’ that are soon to be launched for iPhone and Facebook. Without needing to become members of the Regional Tourism Organisation, TTNQ, local tourism operators have been invited to promote their goods and services into a comprehensive guide that will feed into smart phones.
A disturbing report of youths extorting $20 from pedestrians as a condition of passage across a well-used Cairns footbridge is not unprecedented. Civic leaders have refined the revenue-raising stratagem across the Daintree River and arguably inspired its replication in the leafy suburbs of Edge Hill & Manoora.