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Government and industry move to strengthen tourism's link with the natural environment.

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The Hon Andrew Thomson MP Minister for Sport & Tourism

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister with the Sydney 2000 Games




June 4, 1998



The Federal Go vernment and the tourism industry have jointly launched two initiatives with the common aim of boosting the development of environmentally-friendly accommodation facilities across Australia.


Tourism Minister, Andrew Thomson, launched Twin Share: Tourism Accommodation and the Environment, a Resource Directory for Low Environmental Impact Tourism Accommodation, on the World Wide Web at the Royal Canberra Golf Club today.


And Tourism Council Australia (TCA) Managing Director, Bruce Baird, launched the publication. Being Green Keeps You Out of the Red, a guide to environmental action for accommodation providers and tourist attractions.


Mr. Thomson said the Twin Share web site brings together more than 400 pages of environmental information for developers, operators, architects and builders.


Browsers can surf the site and find information on the latest construction materials, design features, energy and waste technologies, water management approaches, and current contacts and product outlets on offer.


“Much of tourism’s future is linked to the quality and uniqueness of our natural attractions and cultural heritage, and this applies to our cities and regional centres as well as to the outback,” Mr. Thomson said.


“It’s important that growth in the accommodation sector occurs in an information-rich environment where all players can make informed decisions that contribute to the development of sustainable tourism.


The Being Green Guide provides practical advice for tourism attractions and all forms of tourist accommodation on how to make environmental improvements to their facilities or how to get started.


Mr. Baird said tourism attractions and accommodation facilities have traditionally been large consumers of energy, water and other resources, and significant producers of waste.


"Many accommodation facilities cater for maximum numbers of visitors, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. so it's a costly business,” Mr. Baird said.


"There is a strong business case for undertaking energy audits and water management reviews because efficiency gains can result in considerable savings for the operator.”


Mr. Thomson said both initiatives would be useful in promoting growth in low environmental impact tourism accommodation


“They're also going to increase the diversity of Australia’s tourism product which is necessary for meeting the present and future needs of tourists,” Mr. Thomson said.


The web site was produced by the Office of National Tourism in the Department of Industry. Science and Tourism. The TCA publication was funded under a Federal Government tourism development grant.


The Twin Share internet address is


Copies of Being Green Keeps You Out of the Red are available from Tourism Council Australia, phone (02) 6273 1000.