Tasmania has been recognised internationally for maintaining its environmental and cultural integrity in the face of global tourism and the mounting pressures of the 21st century.
It was ranked third in the world by an independent panel of more than 200 specialists in sustainable tourism and destination quality, surveyed by National Geographic Traveler magazine in conjunction with Leeds Metropolitan University in England.
In the context of communities and their tourism businesses providing ecotourism experiences, journalist Mike Nolan, in the prestigious US Magazine ‘The Robb Report’, describes Tasmanian as being “At the Edge of the World” and states:
“Although remnants of Tasmania’s history, both human and natural abound,it seems as though the entire island emerged from the Tasman Sea only yesterday. So much of the land is virgin territory, and the people have yet to decide what to do with it – or, they have chosen to leave it untouched.”