Climate change represents one of the single biggest challenges facing the globe today.
For the Great Barrier Reef, climate change is a significant issue as the future health of the Great Barrier Reef and the sustainability of its tourism industry are inextricably linked and both are vulnerable to climate change. Research by Tourism Australia shows visitors from the key markets of the UK, China and Japan rank climate change in their top three issues of concern and importance in holiday planning. Through strong partnerships developed over many years, tourism industry leaders and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, working together as the Tourism Climate Change Action Group, developed the Great Barrier Reef Marine Tourism Climate Change Action Strategy 2009-2012 (the Strategy).
The strategy was jointly developed by the Great Barrier Reef Tourism Climate Change Action Group, a partnership of government agencies, industry groups and tourism operators. The Great Barrier Reef Tourism Climate Change Action Group (TCCAG) was formed in 2006 as a joint initiative to facilitate industry action on climate change. Its membership includes innovators and influencers within the marine tourism industry. The Action Group have been instrumental in developing and implementing the Great Barrier Reef Tourism Climate Change Action Strategy 2009-12.
The Great Barrier Reef Tourism Climate Change Action Group was made up of:
- Daniel Gschwind, Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC)
- Col McKenzie, Executive Director, Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators (AMPTO)
- Chris Briggs, Director Tourism and Recreation Group, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA)
- Paul Marshall, Director Climate Change Group, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
- Tony Charters, Principal, Tony Charters and Associates
- Kym Cheatham, Chief Executive, Ecotourism Australia
- Tony Baker, Managing Director, Quicksilver Group
- Therese Phillips, Director Industry Innovation, Tourism Queensland (TQ)
- Peter Gash, Managing Director, Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort
- Deb Lewis, Executive Secretary, Whitsunday Charter Boat Industry Association (WCBIA)
- John Hicks, Business Manager Marine Directorate, Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM)