Posts Tagged ‘ecotourism’
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.
Being bedded deep within in the antiquity of the world’s oldest rainforest is really no excuse for failing to have foreseen the arrival of the modern phenomenon of Facebook. With the requisite consumption of humble pie, we now make our tentative foray into its worldwide reach, with a request for the up-turned thumb of approval from our valued visitors.
Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Yasi left quite an impact on the ancient Daintree Rainforest. On an underlying frequency of one every fifty years, 2.7-million Category 5 cyclones would have wrought their impacts upon the Daintree Rainforest over its 135-million year existence. As has previously been described, cyclones dislodge a significant proportion of canopy to the forest floor, permitting a temporary increase in sunlight onto a nutrient super-rich forest floor, bringing a consequential flowering and fruiting that is otherwise unparalleled in its benefits to the population interests of rainforest inhabitants.
An article published in “Newsport” Port Douglas Online News on Tuesday 15 March 2011 entitled “Eco-librium – Ever heard of a Striped Possum?” was written by Garry Sullivan, General Manager of Wildlife Habitat. It provoked a critical response from “Brett” and a reply from Garry that included, “Not once have I encouraged people to visit our park via this article or used it as a marketing tool.”
This unexpected statement got me thinking about the commercial exploitation of wildlife. This is what Cooper Creek Wilderness and Wildlife Habitat share in common. We present Nature in different ways and rely on visitors with interests in wildlife and rainforest to pay for the privilege of seeing and learning about Nature. Garry and Brett have put forward legitimate points of view that have opened up a debate that we need to have.