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Tourism Council WA launches a new initiative to reduce carbon emissions called Travel And Tour World.

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Tourism Council WA will today launch a new program for WA tourism operators to commit to reducing their carbon emissions using a tailored approach.

The Tourism Emissions Reduction Program will enable tourism operators to undertake an online emissions assessment and develop a bespoke emissions reduction plan.

It will be announced at Tourism Council WA’s Sustainable Tourism Forum today.

Tourism businesses can then indicate their commitment to improving their sustainability to visitors by displaying their waste and emission reduction measures via a link or QR code on their website.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said the WA tourism industry wanted to achieve the highest standards in sustainable tourism.

“The next generation of visitors to WA are looking for low emission, accessible, and sustainable tourism experiences in our unique natural environment,” Mr Hall said.

He said tourism operators and destinations now had a tool to meet the growing cohort of travellers favouring sustainable tourism product and experiences.

“Tourism Council WA has already achieved 1,300 sustainable tourism accredited businesses across WA, and we will now work closely with those businesses to reduce emissions and improve accessibility.

“By providing information about the sustainability of their tourism business operations, businesses can appeal to guests who value sustainable practices.”

Deputy Premier and Tourism Minister Hon Rita Saffioti MLA said creating a sustainable tourism industry was a key component of the Western Australian Visitor Economy Strategy 2024 (WAVES).

“The approach announced today by industry is a critical step forward in sustainable tourism in Western Australia,” Minister Saffioti said.

Environment, Energy and Climate Action Minister Hon Reece Whitby MLA said tour operators made a valuable contribution to Western Australia’s economy.

“The Cook Government is committed to working with and supporting Tourism Council WA to encourage greater standards in sustainability and accessibility in WA’s tourism industry,” Minister Whitby said.

“We want WA to be a sustainable and accessible destination while supporting our tourism businesses to be the best they can be.”

The Tourism Emissions Reduction Program applies to tours, attractions, accommodation, and experiences, and is complimentary for Tourism Council WA members.

It is designed for small and medium tourism operators to make a meaningful change to their tourism experience.

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