Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort marks sustainability first in North Queensland

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Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort has become the first resort in North Queensland to achieve Ecotourism Australia’s Sustainable Tourism Certification.

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort marks the sixth Accor property to achieve the certification.

“Becoming the first Sustainable Tourism Certified resort in North Queensland is an achievement we are immensely proud of,” said Shelly Cuthbertson, Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort’s general manager.

“Our hotel has been on a dedicated journey of sustainability over the past few years, and we have developed several initiatives to support our local community and minimise our impact on the environment.

“Being nestled at the gateway to the iconic Great Barrier Reef motivates us to identify innovative sustainability solutions, including our biodiversity reef restoration program, partnership with ecoSPIRITS and Indigenous employment scheme.”

Elissa Keenan, chief executive of Ecotourism Australia, said the resort’s certification achievement is helping to solidify the region as a sustainable urban destination as well as a sustainable nature destination.

“We are pleased to see the Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort achieve one of the first Sustainable Tourism Certifications in the region and join more than 70 existing ECO Certified operators in Tropical North Queensland,” said Keenan.

“As the demand for sustainable tourism experiences continues to grow, it is great to see the enthusiasm from non-nature-based experiences and accommodations to become sustainability leaders through globally recognised certification standards that provide assurance to their guests.”

Mark Olsen, CEO of Tourism Tropical North Queensland, said the region has one of the highest concentrations of certified tourism businesses in the nation.

“The Great Barrier Reef is a drawcard for visitors from around the world who are seeking experiences and accommodations that contribute to the sustainability of the destination,” said Olsen.