Meet the winner of the 2020 Environmental Award Winner
2020 Environmental Award
BIG4 Whitsundays Tropical Eco Resort
Angie and Aaron Barton, owners of BIG4 Whitsundays Tropical Eco Resort, have had an interesting entrance into the caravan parks industry, less than one year in they were hit with Cyclone Debbie which hit their region hard.
In just one day they lost 25% of the flora and fauna of the park, had significant damage to infrastructure and then experienced a significant loss in revenue as they worked to reopen their park.
Despite this rocky start, Cyclone Debbie made Angie and Aaron even more determined to make rebuild their park and make improvements along the way.
Aware of the threat of climate change to the environment and located close to the beautiful Conway National Park, they decided to gain Eco Tourism Certification to actively reduce their carbon footprint and promote sustainable business practices.
Changes to their business included re-building their resort in a way that was eco friendly and sustainable, getting buy in from their staff and customers, and plenty of time and money!
Guests at BIG4 Whitsundays Tropical Eco Resort are encouraged to utilise recycling facilities at the park, minimise energy use, support local tour operators that have achieved ecotourim certification and to participate in the Eco Warrior Program, designed to educate all guests to the park.
A rebrand to recognise their move towards providing an environmentally friendly holiday experience and investment in eco infrastructure has provided this business with a point of difference in the tourism hotspot that is the Whitsundays.
It has also seen the park experience a 24% increase in bookings in just one year and a reduction in their carbon footprint of 28%.
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