Bob Brown wants Styx on tourism map

The tourism industry has welcomed former Greens leader Bob Brown's vision for the Styx Valley in southern Tasmania.

Under the forest peace deal legislation passed in Parliament, up to 500,000 hectares of forest, including the Styx Valley, would be protected from logging.

Mr Brown says the Styx Valley could be a world-class tourism destination.

"To have the roads sealed, the circuit available to visitors coming to an information centre there, looking at Maydena as a centre for accommodation, it's got a really 'rolled gold' opportunity for Tasmania," he said.

"That wondrous Valley of the Giants which will be up there with Cradle Mountain, Freycinet, Port Arthur and MONA and the Franklin River, of course, as part of the suite of things that brings people to Tasmania with money in their pockets, creates and finances more business and creates investment." His views have pleased the Tourism Industry Council's Luke Martin.

"Really excited by the apparent change of tune from the Australian Greens Bob Brown about tourism development in protected areas," he said.

"The Styx is obviously an opportunity and hopefully this means they're slightly more realistic outlook in terms of their other developments currently happening in protected areas such as the Three Capes Track."

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