New framework and toolkit to drive sustainable tourism

  • Media release

The Albanese Government remains focussed on the long-term sustainability of Australia's tourism industry with the launch of a new National Sustainability Framework for our tourism industry – the first of its kind for the Australian tourism sector.

Australian State and Territory Tourism Ministers launched the new Framework today in Cairns, with a commitment to collaborate on making our visitor economy more sustainable.

Travellers are increasingly demanding sustainable tourism experiences, and Australian businesses will benefit by adapting and taking advantage of this growing market.

Along with the Framework, Ministers also launched a new Sustainability Toolkit to give tourism businesses clear and practical information on how to become more sustainable.

The free Toolkit provides a range of supportive guides to help tourism businesses implement sustainable practices, and communicate their sustainability stories to visitors.

This was the third formal meeting of state and territory tourism ministers and was an important milestone in the Albanese Government's commitment to delivering THRIVE 2030.

A key action under THRIVE 2030 - Australia's national strategy for the long-term sustainable growth of the visitor economy - is the development of this Sustainability Framework, and the Albanese Government has worked closely with state and territory colleagues to make this happen.

Sustainability is essential for the future success and competitiveness of Australia's visitor economy. A sustainable, thriving tourism industry means jobs, growth, and infrastructure that benefits the community.

I encourage tourism businesses to use the Sustainability Toolkit and draw on the practical advice provided to make their business more sustainable.

For more information visit: the National Sustainability Framework for the Visitor Economy and Sustainable Tourism Toolkit.

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