Charles Sturt University will be welcomed as a participant in the leading Australian Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Tourism, at an official opening and workshop on the Bathurst Campus next week.
CSU will join the CRC for Sustainable Tourism in its International Nature Tourism Program, enhancing research into sustainable development of nature-based tourism, particularly in Asia and the Pacific region, and the export of Australian tourism research, education and management expertise.
High profile tourism industry spokesperson and chair of the centre, Sir Frank Moore is the official guest speaker for the launch. An advocate of environmental responsibility in tourism, Sir Frank has been behind many of the major developments in the industry over the past 20 years as chair of Queensland Tourist and Travel Corporation from 1978-90 and the Tourism Council of Australia from 1984-96.
Widely recognised as a driving force behind the internationalisation and expansion of Queensland tourism, Sir Frank has also been influential in shaping national policy and widening the frontiers of tourism education and research.
CSU International Nature Tourism Program leader Dr Johannes Bauer said the centre opened up valuable opportunities for CSU staff and students to get involved in tourism research and education and would help bring international recognition to the region.
"Through CSU's involvement with the CRC we are contributing to valuable tourism research projects throughout the world sharing our knowledge, expertise and experience with many countries that are still developing their tourism industries," he said.
"It's important that while the tourism industry can bring enormous economic benefits that quality research is conducted to make sure it is environmentally sustainable and does not prosper at the expense of fragile cultures.
This is the latest program from the Government funded centre, which was established in 1997 to link Australian universities, government and industry to enhance the environmental, economic and social sustainability of tourism.
The launch will be held on Monday 1 November, at CSU's Centre for Professional Development at 9.30am.