[Note passed on by Franklin McDonald . . .
Well, the West Indies are closer to North American AND European
markets than Australia, so maybe we should favor the UK greenhouse
gas limiting campaign?
On the other hand, Cuba is a lot closer to the North American market
than other Caribbean destinations, so let's not go overboard --- so
to speak ?? (No disrespect to our Cuban colleagues, who I think have
the best tourism potential in the Caribbean. . . )
At 2:16 AM +0000 8/6/07, fmcdonald@...
>Regional plan on climate change
>August 06, 2007 12:00am
>AUSTRALIA must team with its Pacific neighbours to tackle climate
>change impacts on tourism, according to Australian Tourism Export
>Council's Matthew Hingerty. The council managing director urged
>Federal Minister Fran Bailey to go one step further than her
>announcement of a taskforce to fast track development of an action
>plan on climate change.
>Ms Bailey, who announced the plan after a Tourism Minister's Council
>on Friday, said she was committed to delivering the action plan well
>before its two-year target.
>"The tourism industry has been a pioneer in addressing climate
>change and is determined to do even more," Ms Bailey said.
>But Mr Hingerty said a regional response was needed especially to
>tackle the growing "anti-travel" movement in the UK and Europe which
>was attempting to discourage people from flying as a way of reducing
>"With 733,300 Britons coming to Australia last financial year, the
>UK is our second largest market and while we fully support the
>growing global awareness of climate change issues, we need a
>responsible and sensible approach and this does not include
>encouraging people to abandon travel," Mr Hingerty said.
>Ms Bailey has been outspoken against recent ads in UK newspapers
>claiming flying is one of the single most important decisions you
>can take to stop climate change.
>The full page ads with characters including an evil airline
>executive and a penguin from fictitious organisations Penguins
>Against Climate Change and Spurt urge people to abandon long-haul
>Ms Bailey said such campaigns threatened to erode visitor numbers
>from one of our best yielding overseas markets.
>She said it was Australia's duty to protect its natural assets for
>"To address climate change, we need to work together to protect the
>jobs of the half a million Australians employed in the tourism
>Queensland Tourism Minister Margaret Keech was supportive of a clear focus.
>"But it should be leveraged off what Queensland is already doing
>through its tourism strategy," Ms Keech said.
>Tourism and Transport Forum Australia managing director Christopher
>Brown said the tourism industry was caught in a pincer movement
>between the impact of climate change on natural tourism assets and
>changing travel patterns.
>The TTF plans to lead a delegation to the UN World Tourism
>Organisation's Climate Change Summit in Davo, Switzerland, in
>"The overall approach to climate change needs to be about action,
>not just hot air," Mr Brown said.
>"It's important that the tourism industry works together and
>collaborates with government to move swiftly form educated
>discussion and debate about climate change to action."
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