Katoomba, Blue Mountains: low carbon tourism forum for tourism businesses

Upper Blue Mountains businesses are invited to join the sustainable tourism movement and learn how to lower their carbon footprint.

Upper Blue Mountains businesses are invited to join the sustainable tourism movement and learn how to lower their carbon footprint.

By Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute

Environmentally conscious tourism businesses can learn more about how they can lower their carbon footprint at a forum at Katoomba on Tuesday, March 18.

The forum will outline the Low Carbon Tourism: Building Sustainable Communities initiative of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute (BMWHI) in partnership with BMLOT, Blue Mountains City Council (BMCC), NSW Office of Environment & Heritage (OEH) and others.

The initiative aims to promote the Blue Mountains as Australia’s first low carbon tourism destination offering more environmentally sustainable and authentic visitor experiences in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

Part of the project involves supporting tourism businesses to reduce their environmental impact and carbon footprint, therefore reducing operating costs.

Free audits are part of the project and businesses are provided with a clear report and recommendations on simple actions on how to achieve that.

Work is well underway with 13 Blue Mountains tourism businesses large and small already partnering with the initiative including Scenic World, Silvermere Guesthouse, Waradah Aboriginal Centre, The Carrington Hotel, Lily’s Pad Cafe, Blue Mountains Adventure Company, Moments Guesthouse, Mountain Heritage Hotel, Lilianfels, Parklands, Echoes and the Hydro Majestic.

Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, co-owner Michael Brischetto (l) explains to BMWHI manager Peter Shadie the hotel's cogeneration plant.

Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, co-owner Michael Brischetto (l) explains to BMWHI manager Peter Shadie the hotel’s cogeneration plant.

Audits have been completed at several sites across the accommodation, food and beverage and attractions sectors with several businesses already receiving advice on ways to improve their operations and save money.

In return, participating businesses are asked to sign onto the low carbon initiative and commit to working toward reducing their carbon impact.

Through joining the initiative businesses will be positioning themselves to access the growing niche of clients looking for ethical, sustainable and low carbon tourism experiences.

The low carbon tourism forum will be held at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Parke St, Katoomba, from 5pm to 6.30pm on Tuesday, March 18.

Representatives of the Australian Low Carbon Living Cooperative Research Centre (www.lowcarbonlivingcrc.com.au), BMCC, BMLOT and other experts will attend.

After the forum there will be an inspection of the Carrington Hotel’s cogeneration plant and new microbrewery, followed by complimentary evening drinks. (The historic hotel is offering a discounted accommodation rate of $185 for a Premier Spa Room including continental breakfast. Details and bookings: (02) 4782 1111.)

Contact BMWHI research manager Peter Shadie at p.shadie@bmwhi.org.au or phone 0426 261 465 for more information.

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