Thursday, May 4, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Tourism Workshop For Eco Neutral Future

Tourism business owners and anyone working within the sector are invited to attend a free workshop which will provide helpful tools and sustainable initiatives to offer a pathway towards creating low carbon tourism across the Whitsundays.

The workshop is due to take place at The Reef Gateway Hotel on Wednesday, May 10 from 2pm until 4pm.

The event is part of a larger four-year program which began by educating 37 tourism businesses on sustainable working practices back in 2022.

Since then, the Healthy Heart Project has shown these businesses how to help the environment and save money at the same time.

The latest workshop is dedicated to recruiting more tourism businesses to the program and during the event, participants will hear real life accounts from other businesses who have experienced success through adopting the key principals.

EcoBiz Sustainability Auditor Fiona Sleight will be presenting alongside Lee Hawkins who will give a broader description of the role of the Health Heart Project in our local region.

“The rise of environmentally conscious travellers is rewarding tourism businesses that are making an effort to reduce their carbon footprint,” said Ms Hawkins, Climate Change Resilience Officer.

“More visitors are looking for eco-tourism options that have a low, or even non-existent environmental impact.”

During the afternoon, further topics will include consumer behaviour, climate change and pathways to create a Sustainable Destination Accreditation for the Whitsundays.

Attendees will also receive an online carbon calculator demonstration and afternoon tea will be provided.

WHAT: Tourism Workshop: Moving Towards Low Carbon Tourism

WHERE: The Reef Gateway Hotel

WHEN: Wednesday, May 10 – 2pm-4pm

COST: Free

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