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Stakeholder Liaison and Partnerships

Tony Charters and Associates is skilled in developing partnerships between a variety of stakeholder interests to further sustainable tourism objectives. Tony, in particular has a long history in building the tourism and conservation nexus to raise awareness of the mutual objectives and benefits of these sectors working together.

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Australian Tourism and Conservation Vision and Action Plan
Commonwealth Government 2006

 

The Eco-Escapes Program
Ecotourism Australia and UNESCO 2004

   

Cairns Charter of Partnerships for Ecotourism
Ecotourism Australia 2002

   
  Australian Tourism and Conservation Vision and Action Plan
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Australian Tourism and Conservation Vision and Action Plan
Commonwealth Government 2006
 

Aim: Develop a national tourism and conservation vision and strategic action plan.

Services: Conduct workshops with executive representatives from key national tourism and conservation organisations. Identify a shared direction and set of projects for partnership development at the national level.

Results: A national network of tourism and conservation organisations that can act as a central agent for information sharing and coordination of actions and projects at the national level. A signed agreement between network members creating a better understanding between the two sectors of priorities, needs and objectives; common ground and the potential benefits of partnership development.

   
  The Eco-Escapes Program
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The Eco-Escapes Program
Ecotourism Australia and UNESCO 2004
 

Tony played a key role in the development of a Memorandum of Understanding between UNESCO and Ecotourism Australia which aimed to create an environment of shared learning between developed and developing countries and provide assistance for the conservation of World Heritage Areas. The Eco-Escapes program sees Australian ECO Certified operators donating their tourism services for incorporation into a series of Australian travel itineraries known as World Heritage Eco-Escapes marketed and sold internationally at full market value by a private travel agency. Funds generated are donated to the World Heritage Fund for supporting conservation projects, the protection of heritage and the development of sustainable tourism.

   
  Cairns Charter of Partnerships for Ecotourism
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    Cairns Charter of Partnerships for Ecotourism
Ecotourism Australia 2002
 

Tony is Chair of the Cairns Charter International Steering Committee and was responsible for the conception and initial drafting of the Charter which builds on the principles of the Quebec Declaration. It promotes the benefits of partnerships for ecotourism such as best practice information; the development of a competitive advantage; the creation of new products services or value-added packages; the protection of community values and the conservation of natural resources. It also provides an action plan for the development of ecotourism partnerships. 

 
 
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