BRISBANE, September 28, 2017 – Saving the tourism industry millions of dollars in operational costs each year and reducing the planet’s energy, waste and water consumption has earned Brisbane-based company EarthCheck, a world leader in its field, the 2017 Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) Prize for Innovation in Tourism.
EarthCheck, an Australian owned, international environmental management and advisory group, won the 2017 Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) Prize for Innovation in Tourism last night, for their Building Planning and Design Standard which enables the assessment of environmental, social and economic impacts of a tourism project.
Tourism and Major Events Minister Kate Jones presented EarthCheck with a $30,000 business support package.
“EarthCheck epitomises innovation through the work it is doing with government, business and industry to create safe and healthy destinations for tourist,” she said.
“Innovation is essential to keep Queensland’s tourism industry going from strength to strength…I am thrilled to announce EarthCheck as the QTIC winner prize for innovation in tourism for its Building Planning and Design Standard which enables the integrated assessment of environmental, social and economic impacts of a tourism project.”
“EarthCheck’s work has significant potential application across the entire tourism industry and is a great example of how Queensland is contributing to global solutions. Given that the theme for this year’s World Tourism Day’s is Sustainable Tourism, this makes EarthCheck a deserving winner.”
Now in its fifth year, the QTIC Prize for Innovation in Tourism recognises Queensland tourism enterprises that have demonstrated outstanding effort in innovation of products, services and processes in Queensland.
QTIC Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind congratulated EarthCheck for their dedication to foster innovation within the tourism industry over the past 30 years and for promoting Queensland as a global centre for tourism innovation.
“2017 is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development so we feel the judges certainly chose a fitting winner.”
Mr Gschwind said the QTIC Prize for Innovation in Tourism reinforces the importance of continually innovating to drive a competitive industry – an industry that contributes $25 billion to the Queensland economy and employs 225,300 people.
EarthCheck CEO Stewart Moore noted that “For the past 30 years, EarthCheck have worked with both enterprises and destinations in Queensland and across the world to help them to address the twin challenges of climate change and reducing their environmental footprint. We are inspired every day by the innovative solutions our clients are achieving.”
“EarthCheck believes that what is good for the planet is also good for business. The EarthCheck Building and Design Standard takes a holistic approach to the design of tourism infrastructure which allows us to work together with our clients to deliver tailor- made, real world sustainability solutions.”
EarthCheck acknowledges the invaluable contribution from sponsors of the 2017 QTIC Prize for Innovation in Tourism including the Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and Commonwealth Games (Queensland Government), Flight Centre, University of Queensland Business School, Slingshot, RACQ, Riverlife and TAFE Queensland.
EarthCheck is a global business advisory group specialising in sustainability. In the past decade, EarthCheck has supported more than 360 research projects with a total value of $260 million. Its flagship product, EarthCheck Certified, is the world’s leading scientific benchmarking and certification program for the travel and tourism industry and assisted clients in more than 70 countries realise over $500 million in operational savings.
Marie McGrane, Marketing & Communications Manager, EarthCheck
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