Government and industry to expand nature-based tourism

02 April 2015

More than 5,000 tourism industry representatives have today been asked to share their views on how government, industry and the community can work together to unlock the potential of nature-based tourism in South Australia.

Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said a survey and discussion paper have been released by the State Government to explore nature-based tourism opportunities in and around the state’s national parks, marine parks and reserves.

“This is about encouraging ideas from industry to help South Australia find new ways of delivering exceptional visitor experiences in environmentally, socially and economically sustainable tourism,” he said.

“Nature is a core motivator of travel, and nature-based tourism is now recognised as a major economic contributor in many countries.

“In South Australia, nature-based tourism accounts for $1.1 billion in expenditure each year.”

Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Minister Ian Hunter said South Australia’s incredible landscapes have huge potential for further worldwide recognition and increased economic benefit for the state.

“South Australia’s environment provides us with a valuable tourism asset which needs to be protected, managed and better marketed,” he said.

“The nature-based tourism project allows us to engage closely with industry, and complements the significant work already underway in this area.”

“We want to support the tourism sector and the broader community in developing appropriate and sustainable nature-based tourism opportunities.”

Responses to the survey and discussion paper are invited until 5pm on Monday, 20 April 2015 via the YourSay website.

Ideas raised through the discussion paper and online survey will be explored at workshops across the state in May.

Submissions received will contribute towards a nature-based tourism plan being developed by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources and the South Australian Tourism Commission.

Minister Ian Hunter
Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation

Minister Leon Bignell
Minister for Tourism

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