Tourism in fragile areas only works if environment is safeguarded | Pacific Beat

Tourism in fragile areas only works if environment is safeguarded

Tourism in fragile areas only works if environment is safeguarded

Updated 5 November 2012, 11:40 AEDT

Tourist boats chugging out across pristine waters are a daily sight on Australia's Great Barrier Reef and in rich marine environments around the Pacific.

Tourism and conservation values sometimes seem at loggerheads - but an Australian tourism industry representative has told a United Nations conference - it doesn't need to be that way.

Queensland Tourism Industry Council CEO Daniel Gschwind spoke at the Conference on Biodiversity in Hydrabad about what Australian businesses are doing to preserve the Great Barrier Reef in partnership with conservationists and the government.

He says when countries are struggle financially there's temptation to pillage marine resources, but in the long term, financial gains can only be made by preserving environmental assets.

Speaker:Daniel Gschwind, CEO, Queensland Tourism Industry Council

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