The team at Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort are celebrating after being recognised for their commitment to ecotourism in the recent Qantas Australian Tourism Awards.
The awards program has been operating for more than 30 years, bringing recognition to, and celebrating businesses that have demonstrated a commitment to excellence.
Finalists are chosen from each state’s gold winners and are then put to a panel of expert industry judges, where winners are crowned.
Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort managing director/custodian Peter Gash said the team were truly honoured to have been recognised with a bronze for ecotourism at the Australian Tourism Awards.
“We are very appreciative of the support and recognition by the Australian tourism industry,” he said.
“As an eco-focused tourism operator in the UNESCO world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, we pride ourselves on constantly finding new and innovative ways to improve our product and experiences for our guests and our team.
“Our mission is to leave Lady Elliot Island, the Great Barrier Reef, and the planet better than we found it for future generations to enjoy.
“The Australian Tourism Awards platform assists us in that mission, by focusing on how we can do better and showcasing to others what each of us can achieve when we put our minds to it.
“Congratulations to Tasmanian Walking Company and Live Nigaloo who took out silver and gold respectively in the same category.
“We extend our congratulations to all the nominees and winners from the night”
Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort's sustainability actions focus on reducing carbon emissions, water use and the waste produced; protecting and improving the island’s biodiversity in partnership with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and private industry; and inspiring our guests and surrounding community to become ECO Warriors to protect the Great Barrier Reef for future generations.
The resort has achieved Advanced Ecotourism Certification, Climate Action Leader Certification and Green Travel Leader status from Ecotourism Australia in recognition of its sustainability programs and low impact operation.
Lady Elliot Island's most recent bronze award was one of 75 presented across 25 categories in Sydney for the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards on Friday night.
The Bundaberg Rum Distillery was awarded gold on the night.
The awards were supported by major sponsor, Qantas, with Tourism Australia and Destination NSW supporting sponsors.