Australians 'need eco-incentives to spend travel money responsibly'

In a bid to get Australian travellers' spending on their prepaid travel cards, tourism authorities covering some of the country's best know destinations are touting their sustainability and environmental credentials.

Ahead of World Responsible Tourism Day, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) and Ecotourism Australia (EA) renewed their long-standing partnership, which aims to highlight tourism best practice and reassure travellers that their travel credit card expenditure is helping boost the areas they visit environmentally as well as financially.

GBRMPA chairman Russell Reichelt said: "We applaud tourism operators that go the extra mile to ensure they do the very best for the environment and their guests."

However, the EA warned that ecotourism in Australia is struggling thanks to climate change fatigue. The organisation's chief executive Kym Cheatham said that Australian users of travel debit cards need to be given "compelling reasons to … travel within Australia".

The domestic travel problem is exacerbated by the huge growth in Australians now heading abroad – with departures rising by nine per cent year-on-year, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.ADNFCR-1761-ID-800789425-ADNFCR