The Kimberley joins Tourism Australias National Landscapes Prog

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F The Kimberley region has been added to Tourism Australia’s National Landscapes Program and as a result will receive prominent coverage in the nation’s future international tourism marketing campaigns. The Kimberley now holds the honour of being Western Australia’s first region in the National Landscapes Program, which highlights iconic destinations across Australia. Local communities nominate Landscapes to join the program, in this case the Kimberley National Landscapes Steering Committee nominated the Kimberley. The Steering Committee will work with Tourism Australia and Parks Australia to bring together tourism industry and government stakeholders to identify commercial opportunities, environmental management priorities, infrastructure gaps and marketing plans. The Minister for Tourism, Martin Ferguson AM MP and the Minister for Environment Protection, Peter Garrett AM MP announced the newest addition to the program earlier this week.The Ministers made the announcement during a visit to Broome before travelling to Kununurra for the first Kimberley Land Council Ranger Forum, celebrating the important role Indigenous Rangers play in the management and environmental protection of the region.Minister Ferguson said: “The Kimberley’s rich Indigenous history and culture, pearling and mining history, ancient gorges, spectacular waterfalls, rugged wilderness and remote beaches make it an obvious choice for the National Landscapes Program.“It is a vast wilderness area more than twice the size of my home State, Victoria.“The National Landscapes Program offers great opportunities for Indigenous training, employment and business development in both tourism and conservation.“Tourism is a major source of employment across the Kimberley with more than 1500 tourism organisations providing jobs for rangers, pilots, cruise ship crews, chefs and many other trades and professions.Minister Garrett said: “The Kimberley is a stunning part of Australia, internationally renowned for its vibrant Indigenous culture and unique environment and of course, the world famous Cable Beach.“The inclusion of the Kimberley in the National Landscapes Program recognises the extraordinary environmental importance of the Kimberley, from the beauty and incredible diversity of the marine environment to the ecological diversity of this huge north-western landscape.“The Kimberley region now joins destinations such as Australia’s Red Centre, Kakadu and the Australian Alps as part of a program which sees tourism and conservation working in partnership to promote some of the extraordinary natural landscapes that make our country both so unique and such an international tourism drawcard.” <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img

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