National parks open up to tourism operators

first_img<a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> New South Wales’ national parks are set to welcome more tourists following the passing of a law aimed at pushing nature tourism.The National Parks and Wildlife Amendment (Visitors and Tourists) Bill 2010, passed last Wednesday, legalises private operators access to national parks and prohibits major developments.It will clarify the type of visitor facilities and activities allowed in national parks and foster visitors understanding of conservation values, according to the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Frank Sartor. Constraints on the size of new accommodation in parks and bans on large-scale first time developments such as resorts, rifle ranges and large sporting complexes will also protect the parks, he said.“This legislation requires that any leasing and licensing proposals in national parks must be consistent with the natural and cultural values of the land.”Minister for Tourism, Jodi McKay expressed similar sentiments. “This legislation will allow us to promote our iconic national parks with low-key, sustainable activities and attractions, while protecting them for generations to come.” “Nature tourism is a key driver of economic activity and employment, particularly in regional areas.National parks and reserve in NSW cover more than 8.4 percent of the state and attract more than 38 million domestic visits a year.The NSW government aims to increase visitation to NSW parks by 20 percent by 2016. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.Llast_img read more