A Word from Jim Boult, Queenstown Lakes District Mayor

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Sustainability to the fore at Wao Summit

I recently attended the Wao Summit in Wanaka, an event which Queenstown Lakes District Council was proud to support as the highest tier of sponsor Partner”.

Wao was a great opportunity to connect with the Upper Clutha community and people from across the district eager to learn more about living and working more sustainably.

Kudos to all those involved in organising and co-ordinating this excellent event, as well as those who took up the opportunity to attend.

Wao have set themselves the meaningful challenge of creating change in specific industries and have completed some excellent work with the construction sector over the past few years.

This has seen reductions in waste and emissions and improvement to construction practices that benefit our precious environment.

This year Wao have turned their focus to the tourism industry and held a programme of events designed to help small, medium and large-activity operators and accommodation providers to think about building back better for the sake of their businesses, staff and the local community.

We all know it’s been a tough time for the sector, but for those who are able, now is a great time to reflect on how our businesses can develop to benefit our place, our people and our environment.

I’m very proud of the way in which QLDC, Destination Queenstown and Lake Wanaka Tourism are working together to build a destination management plan that will support the district in making these changes.

The tourism system has many players and we want to create a movement centred on positive change that reflects our position as a leader in New Zealand tourism.

Regenerative tourism may feel like an eyeball-rolling buzzword, but ultimately it’s about making changes that are right for the place and its people, for the benefit of the environment.

We’re hoping everyone can get on board and help establish us as a regenerative tourism leader.