New Kimberley National Park; a major tourism drawcard

24 March 2015

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall has welcomed the creation of the Kimberley National park announced today. As Australia’s largest national park, Tourism Council WA believe the proposed park will be a major tourism drawcard.

“’Western Australia is one of the world’s great eco-tourism destinations. Each year over 1.3 million tourists visit National Parks across the state” said Mr Hall.

“The Kimberley National Park will outrank Kakadu as Australia’s largest National Park”’ said Mr Hall.

“As Australia’s largest National Park, the Kimberley National Park will grab the attention of a tourist looking for the ultimate eco-tourism and indigenous tourism experiences” said Mr Hall.

“Pristine marine waters, amazing gorges and Aboriginal rock art galleries will set the Kimberley National Park apart as a unique environment” said Mr Hall.

“The tourism industry is committed to maintaining the highest standards while protecting, preserving and presenting this untouched environment” said Mr Hall.

This week Tourism Council WA are launching the WA Marine Tour Operators Best Practice Standards for the Kimberley. Operators following the standards will be accredited as high quality Marine Tourism businesses. The standards and accreditation guidelines were developed with the Department of Fisheries under the Kimberley Science & Conservation Strategy.

“Tourism operators are at the forefront on protecting and presenting the unique Kimberley Marine Park and National Park” said Mr Hall.   

“Over sixty land, marine and air tour operators in the Kimberley are accredited as quality tourism businesses working to the highest environmental standards” said Mr Hall.

“Tourism operators in the combined Kimberly National and Marine Parks will bring tourists and jobs to these regional areas while protecting a very special place on earth” said Mr Hall.

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