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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1993 Week 08 Hansard (Tuesday, 17 August 1993) . . Page.. 2415 ..


CHIEF MINISTER FOR THE AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY QUESTION

Question No 797

Ecotourism

MR CORNWELL - Asked the Chief Minister upon notice on 17 June 1993:

(1) What has been done to date to promote eco-tourism in the ACT?

(2) Are future steps planned and, if so, what is proposed to further promote ecotourism?

MS FOLLETT - The answer to the Members question is as follows:

(1) To date, eco-tourism in the ACT has focussed on the theme of "Canberra -the Natural Capital". Promotion using this theme has reflected the importance of protecting the Territorys natural resources as a tourism asset. This has included:

- the production and publication of videos and brochures with the aim of increasing the awareness of visitors to the natural beauty of Canberras parklands and outdoor activities;

- using the theme of eco-tourism as the principal focus for displays at major consumer and trade shows, and for developing itineraries for school groups ink in the natural environment of the ACT;

- eco-tourism familiarisations for visiting travel journalists as part of the Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE), which has a broad international exposure;

- ACT Tourism Commission participation in "Eco-Tourism" and "Outdoor Australia" theme tours organised through the Australian Tourist Commissions Visiting Journalists Program; and

ACT Tourism Commission sponsorship of domestic journalist? visits to Canberra to collect material on eco-tourism activities.

(2) The Commissions Advisory Board, with assistance from the Department of the F"vironment, Land and Planning, is investigating the feasibility of a range of suitably sensitive tourism development options within and adjacent to Namadgi National Park.

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