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Landmark Tourism Projects

  Tony Charters played a pivotal role in the conceptualisation and development of several landmark tourism projects.  

Queensland Ecotourism Plan

The Queensland Ecotourism Plan outlines the vision and policy for the future of ecotourism in Queensland from 2003 to 2008.
Tony Charters led the project team in the development and implementation of the plan in partnership with state and local government agencies, the tourism industry and the wider community.

Tourism in Protected Areas

Tony Charters jointly chaired with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and the Queensland tourism industry the Tourism in Protected Areas Working Group.

This group produced an innovative policy solution to deliver a more effective, efficient and equitable system for managing tourism in Queensland ’s high use protected areas.

Cairns Charter on Partnership for Ecotourism

The Cairns Charter on Partnerships for Ecotourism builds on the principles of the Quebec Declaration and seeks to support the establishment and operation of ecotourism partnerships. Tony Charters instigated work on this Charter and drafted the original document. Tony is the International Steering Committee Chair which oversees the Cairns Charter Action Plan.

Nature and Eco-Certification Program

This Eco-Certification Program has been developed by industry for industry, addressing the need to identify genuine ecotourism and nature tourism operators in Australia. Tony Charters has taken a leading role in contributing to the development and implementation of this innovative and World’s Best Practice certification scheme. Tony chairs the National Eco Certification Management Committee on behalf of Ecotourism Australia.
Tony chairs the National Eco Certification Management Committee on behalf of Ecotourism Australia.

Wet Tropics Nature-Based Strategy

Tony Charters, as Chair of the project team, took a lead role in the development of the Nature Based Tourism Strategy for the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. This plan provides the basis for tourism management in a region that contains the highest concentration of ecotourism operators in Australia and arguably the World. Tony also chaired the development of the Wet Tropics Tourism Marketing Plan produced by the Authority – an innovative and effective toll to assist management, presentation and sustainable business enterprises.
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