Activating nature-based tourism
What a breath of fresh air to hear from South Australia’s new Minister for Environment and Water, David Speirs, at a tourism industry breakfast in Adelaide. In the job for only 2.5 months, he spoke passionately about the opportunities to “activate” the nature-based tourism sector for the benefit of South Australians and interstate and international visitors. Our unique attractions of course include the World Heritage listed Naracoorte Caves National Park. He challenged people to get out of Adelaide and visit the heritage and natural assets of SA’s regions and said while you can admire pictures in a coffee table book, “you can’t fall in love with something unless you experience it”. He and his department want to partner with tourism businesses to “inspire people to get into these landscapes and to learn to love them”. Very refreshing to hear him say that while the new Government is still committed to preserving and protecting the environment, it wants to work with business and the tourism industry to find ways to welcome more visitors: “We’re here to help you…including getting out of the way.” One of the 18 nature-based tourism new business opportunities being considered in South Australia is to operate Naracoorte’s Caves Cafe, modify the cafe and offer adventure caving in approved caves.