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Taronga Zoo ‘Eco-resort’ to Grow Sydney's Tourism Options


Release Date: 3/12/2015
The Sydney Business Chamber has described the latest plans from Taronga Zoo for an Eco-resort at the heart of a major Australian animal exhibit as an important initiative to grow visitation at the zoo and to further enhance its reputation as a leading centre for research and protection of animals, as well as a great place to visit.
 
The Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, Patricia Forsythe said, “This is an important initiative from Taronga Zoo which will enhance the reputation of Sydney as a place with a wide variety of offerings for visitors.
 
“Sydney is a major tourism destination with more than 40% of international and domestic travellers to Sydney coming for a holiday so without doubt the Taronga Zoo Eco-resort will be a magnet for visitors who come for leisure as well as for students undertaking research. 
 
“The visitor economy is a growing part of Sydney’s economy. Over the past year Sydney received over 3.1 million international overnight visitors, contributing over $6 billion to Sydney’s economy.
 
“In April, Taronga Zoo won a silver award for Major Tourist attraction in the 2014 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards and its projects like this that give it that winning edge.
 
“Tourism is a major pillar of the Sydney economy, innovative ideas that embrace Sydney’s natural environment like this certainly add to Sydney’s appeal as a tourist destination.
 
“Sydney now offers a huge calendar of events to attract visitors and the concept of an eco-resort gives them a reason to extend their stay with an opportunity to experience native animals at close quarters in as natural a setting as is possible.
 
“Refreshing visitor attractions is an important strategy for Sydney and NSW maintain its competitiveness for the tourism dollars.
 
“Tourist attractions need to be updated from time to time to give people a reason to make a return visit,” said Mrs Forsythe.
 
Media contact: Patricia Forsythe 0418 165 466 or Kate Bryant 0424 186 367



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