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Sustainable Tourism Operators
14 Sep 2013
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The two mayor boat companies, Cruise Whitsundays and Fantasea, located within the Airlie Beach area provide an exciting selection of day cruise experiences and activities. The cruise operators might potentially have significant impacts on the ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef; therefore the companies are very conscious of incorporating sustainability initiatives both on the boats and within their offices. They have implemented an EcoBiz action plan. This action plan is to help the company implement recycling, reduce waste sent to landfills, energy saving on the boats as well as in the office, the use of environmentally friendly chemicals and ensure that they remain focused on the tasks to ensure a better future for our environment (Tourism Queensland, 2009).

In the process the companies have decided to buy locally made environmentally friendly chemicals, instead of freighting supplies from interstate. The companies next step is to have a plastic bottle free zone on the cruises – this has now been implemented by having recycled re-usable cups (Tourism Queensland, 2009). 

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