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WA parks a highlight of geotourism forum

Castle Rock at Granite Skywalk
Castle Rock at Granite Skywalk Parks and Wildlife

Western Australia’s national parks and reserves will be strongly featured at an important tourism conference hosted by the Department of Parks and Wildlife this week.

The 2015 Forum Advocating Cultural and Eco Tourism (FACET) conference “Geotourism – Tourism Down Under” – will be held at the department’s Kensington headquarters on Wednesday 20 May.

Parks and Wildlife manager of visitor communications Steve Crawford said geotourism was rapidly growing worldwide.

“Western Australia is well poised to take full advantage of this phenomenon as more visitors want to discover the stories that underpin our State’s unique geological features,” Mr Crawford said.

“Places like Purnululu and Karijini national parks feature heavily in overseas tourism promotions, while new features like the Granite Skywalk in Porongurup National Park are starting to attract local and overseas visitors.”

In 2008 FACET organised the inaugural Global Geotourism Conference and has since attracted Australian and international industry leaders to further build awareness and support for geotourism in Western Australia.

“It is great to see a local organisation such as FACET, at the forefront of tourism industry trends, building awareness of our unique geological heritage and supporting local tourism operators,” Mr Crawford said.

The Rottnest Island Authority is hosting a special field trip for conference delegates to Rottnest Island on 21 May.

 

Geotourism is defined as tourism which sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place — its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage and the well-being of its residents.

 

Conference registration details at www.facet.asn.au

 

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Last modified on Monday, 18 May 2015 10:08