Accessible and Sustainable Tourism
In 2009 Tourism Victoria released the Accessible Tourism Plan 2010-2013. This plan focuses on the importance of accessible tourism and the strategies that will be adopted to address accessible tourism issues.
Tourism Victoria’s Accessible Tourism Plan 2010-2013 is needed to provide a cohesive approach to accessible tourism issues. It recognises the corporate social responsibility of accessible tourism and aims to encourage businesses to see the economic and social benefits of offering accessible product.
To download the complete Accessible Tourism Plan 2010-2013 please click here.
Over the years, Destination Melbourne and Travellers Aid Australia have had an extremely supportive relationship, born out of the recognition of the benefits we bring to each other.
Recently, our cooperative work together has included fundraising activities, education and accessible awareness activities, information about services that support visitors, and promotion of key initiatives.
There are many ways your organisation can partner with Travellers Aid Australia, including through payroll giving, fundraisers, or in-kind support.
If you would like to investigate a Business Partnership with Travellers Aid Australia, visit www.travellersaid.org.au/donate.
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Destination Melbourne strongly encourages businesses to engage with programs that support sustainable business practices. There are a number of excellent short courses and accreditation programs available:
EarthCheck is a global benchmarking and certification system assisting the international travel and tourism industry to attain sustainability. EarthCheck promotes responsible tourism through the management of environmental impacts around climate change, water and waste management.
The Eco Certification Program identifies genuine ecotourism and nature tourism operators across Australia and provides industry, protected area managers, local communities and travellers with an assurance that a certified product is backed by a commitment to best practice ecological sustainability, natural area management and the provision of quality ecotourism experiences.
‘Treading Lightly’ is a marketing initiative developed by Destination Melbourne in partnership with the City of Melbourne, Metlink and Parks Victoria in early 2009.
The campaign provides an opportunity for the tourism industry to promote and educate visitors to Melbourne about sustainable tourism.
In the Official Visitors Guide to Melbourne, Treading Lightly has a dedicated double page section.
- Grow Me the Money – a 12 step online program designed to help your business become more sustainable and save money. www.growmethemoney.com.au
- Green Steps @ Work environmental sustainability five day training course.
- Earthcheck environmental accreditation program. www.earthcheck.org
For more information contact:
Denise Castro | 9869 2444 | firstname.lastname@example.org