Once again in 2006, an innovative conference format will see delegates experience the best that regional North Queensland has to offer through the provision of four Regional Themed Streams. Each themed stream will examine a topical and current issue facing the ecotourism and nature tourism industry as a whole.

Conference delegates choose ONE Regional Themed Stream they would like to attend. These workshops are being held on Tuesday, 31st October and the morning of Wednesday, 1st November. Return transfers are provided for all delegates to these locations. A field trip in the area may be included as part of the workshops.

There are limits on the number of people that can attend each workshop. To ensure you are able to attend the regional themed stream of your choice, book early.

Please select a day to review it's corresponding program:

 
   
Monday
30 October
Tuesday
31 October
Wednesday
01 November
Thursday
02 November
Friday
03 November
12pm - 5pm
Registration

1.30pm - 2.30pm
Ecotourism Australia Annual General Meeting

3.00pm - 4.30pm
Conference Opening Plenary session

7.00pm - 9.00pm

Welcome Cocktail Party
8.00am - 8.30am
Registration

8.30am
Transfers to Regional Themed Streams

10.00am - 5.00pm
Regional Themed Stream conference sessions

7.00pm - 10.00pm
Regional Networking Functions
9.00am
Regional Themed Conference Session

11.30am
Return transfers to Townsville

12.00pm - 5.00pm
Registration

1.30pm - 5.00pm
Conference sessions in Townsville

7.00pm - 10.00pm

Townsville Networking Function
8.00am - 9.00am
Registration

9.00am - 5.00pm
Conference session

7.00pm til late
Official Conference Dinner
Field Trips for Delegates

Meeting of International Ecotourism Societies
12.00pm - 1.15pm Ecotourism Australia - Savannah Guide lunch
12.00pm - 3.00pm Registration at Quality Hotel Southbank and Convention Centre
1.30pm - 2.30pm Ecotourism Australia Annual General Meeting
 
Opening Plenary Session
3.00pm Welcome, Clare McFarlane, Conference Convenor, Ecotourism Australia
3.05pm Welcome to Country
3.15pm Conference Opening: Hon Fran Bailey, Minister for Small Business and Tourism
3.20pm Keynote Speaker #1 Introduction of National Ecotourism Associations from around the World, Clare McFarlane, Conference Convenor, Ecotourism Australia
3.30pm Keynote Speaker #2 Native Title - Opportunities for Ecotourism Warren Mundine, Chief Executive Officer, NSW Native Title Service Limited
3.50pm Keynote Speaker #3 Climate Change: Emerging Opportunities for Ecotourism, Natarajan Ishwaran, UNESCO
4.10pm Keynote Speaker #4 Tasmanian Outcomes Statement: Charting the Course for the Future, Clare McFarlane, Conference Convenor, Ecotourism Australia
4.20pm Introduction of Regional Themed Streams, Tony Charters, Tony Charters and Associates
4.25pm Delegate briefing for Regional Themed Streams

Facilitator: Clare McFarlane
7.00pm - 9.00pm Welcome Cocktail Party at The Strand, Townsville
Sponsored by Townsville City Council

Meeting of National Ecotourism Societies
Ecotourism Australia will host Ecotourism Associations from across the globe to facilitate a sharing of information and discussion on issues and challenges facing the international ecotourism industry. A meeting of the Associations will be held on the first day of the Conference.
Workshop 1

National Landscapes:

Delivering Australia's World Class Tourism
Experiences.


Magnetic Island

Workshop 2

'Ecotourism and Climate Change'



A Challenge for the Future


Magnetic Island

Workshop 3




Sustainable Design and Practice Delivering Profitability

Townsville

Workshop 4




Thematic Interpretation and Cultural Tourism


Charters Towers

8.30am Depart Quality Hotel on bus to ferry terminal

9.00am - 9.30am Ferry to Magnetic Island

9.30am Arrival to Magnetic Island

9.40am - 10.30am Brand Australia, the 'Experience Seeker' target market and a presentation on the 'Where the bloody hell are you' campaign

10.30am - 11.00am Morning tea

11.00am - 11.00pm Destination Branding and Management Regional Masterplanning: case study Kakadu

12.00pm - 12.30pm Application to an icon natural asset - case study Great Ocean Road/Otways

12.30pm - 1.20pm Lunch

1.20pm - 2.30pm National Landscapes status report
· Summary of: Information Sheet, Strategic Intent and Expected Outcomes
· 'Where the bloody hell are these places': a look at the selection criteria used to identify these places
· A preliminary assessment of three case studies: The Red Centre, The Great Ocean Road and Flinders Ranges

2.30pm - 3.30pm Workshops:
· Destination Branding exercise
· Master planning exercise
· Protecting the Brand/Authenticity

3.30pm - 4.45pm Field trip

7.00pm Regional Networking function - Bungalow Bay

7.45am Registration

8.15am Depart Southbank Hotel


8.25am Arrive Reef HQ

PART I - Climate change & ecotourism: Great Barrier Reef case study

8.30am Welcome
Lisha Mulqueeny; Director of Tourism, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

8.40am Field Experience: Tour of Reef HQ

9.25am Conference Session
Presentation: Climate change impacts on coral reef ecosystems
Paul Marshall; Climate Change Program Manager, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

9.45am Presentation: GBR tourism industry responses to climate change
Peter Gash, GBR Tourism Industry Action Group

10.05am Depart for Ferry Terminal

10.30am Ferry to Magnetic Island

10.55am Transfer to Magnetic Island International Resort

11.10am Briefing by resort staff; check-in at leisure throughout afternoon

11.20am Lunch

PART II - Can ecotourism operators afford to plan for climate change? Can they afford not to?

12.30pm Keynote Presentation
A Destination We Can't Afford?: Tourism, Ecotourism and Climate Change
C. Michael Hall,
Department of Tourism, University of Otago

1.30pm Panel Presentations & Facilitated Discussion
·Panellist 1 - C. Michael Hall, Department of Tourism, University of Otago
·Panellist 2 - Col McKenzie, Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators
·Panellist 3 - Mark Stone, CEO, Parks Victoria

2.30pm Afternoon tea

PART III - Response strategies: how should the industry move forward?

2.50pm Panel Presentations & Facilitated Discussion
Presentation: What can the tourism industry do to minimise climate change impacts?
Andrew Zuch, Queensland Dept of Natural Resources & Mines
Presentation: Walking a Tightrope: Maintaining destination image in a changing environment
Daniel Gschwind, Chief Executive, Queensland Tourism Industry Council

3.45pm The Great Debate: "Built attractions, like amusement parks, are the future of ecotourism."
Speaking for:
Andrew Skeat, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
John McIntyre, Tropical Tourism North Queensland
Speaking against:
John Rainbird, Cairns and Far North Environment Centre
Gary Smith, Tourism Leisure Corporation

4.30pm Adjourn

6.00pm Bus to Horseshoe Bay Dry Tropics Rainforest and Water Recycling Plant

7.00pm Regional Networking Event at Bungalow Bay

7.30am Registration

PART I

8.00am
Welcome, Greg Bruce, Townsville City Council and Cheryl Paten The Natural Edge Project

8.20am Transport, Tourism, Destination Planning and Climate Change, Andrew McNamara (click for bio), Member for Hervey Bay, Queensland State Government; Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister for Transport Member for Hervey Bay

9.10am Facilities management and Demand Side Management, Gavin Lee, Ergon Energy

9.30am Terry Kelly, Department of Public Works Director, Centre for Excellence in Tropic Design, Architect

9.45am Summary and facilitated discussion, Cheryl Paten, TNEP

9.50am Morning Tea

10.10am Facilitated Discussion

PART II

10.25am Workshop commences: Sustainable tourism/green buildings and transport

PART III

11.25am
Cultural tourism; park management & sustainability in Kenya, Gideon Amboga Ranger-in-Charge, Amboselli National Park, Kenya

11.35am Social Sustainability in Ecotourism: incorporating local and indigenous communities, Dr LeaScherl – Consultant, Natural Resource Management and Social Development


11.45am Marketing, ethics and the economic opportunities of eco-tourism, Andrew McEwen, Manager of Economic Development Thuringowa Council

11.55am Lunch

12.25pm Workshop presentation TNEP - Greening Building/facilities mgt, marketing, certification etc - (2 hours)
Workshop the 5 groupings;
1. water
2. energy/transport
3. waste
4. biodiversity/design
5. community/social/     cultural

PART IV

2.30pm Transfer to Pallarenda Quarantine Station, Welcome, Rob Lawrence, Regional Director, Environmental Protection Agency

3.00pm Site visit and assessment of Pallarenda Quarantine Station.
Delegates will break into groups (water, energy, waste, biodiversity/design, community/social/cultural) to conduct a site assessment based on Ecotourism certification criteria

4.00pm Transfer to Bald Rock

4.30pm Interpretative site visit to Bald Rock and Town Common wetlands accompanied by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service Rangers & Townsville City Council Includes briefing on "Crocs in Space" - radio tracking of large crocodiles in Townsville area

5.35pm Transport to the Wetland site (10 mins)

5.45pm Sundowner drinks over wetlands

6.45pm Transfer to Quality Hotel Southbank

7.50am Delegates meet in the foyer of Quality Hotel Southbank

8.00am Coach departs Quality Hotel Southbank for Charters Towers

10.00am Arrive at Charters Towers. Field Experience: Charters Towers Colourful History

10.20am Morning tea

10.45am Field Experience: Exploring Historic Charters Towers

11.45am
Workshop Session 1: Thematic Interpretation
Welcome and short introduction of workshop: Bram Collins, Facilitator, Savannah Guides and Undara Experience

11.50am Keynote 1: Bram Collins, Savannah Guides
Topic: Thematic Interpretation - The Savannah Guide Philosophy
(20 mins)

12.10pm Keynote 2: Robin Aiello,
Topic: The power of nature, culture and interpretation in tourism (20 mins)

12.30pm Facilitated Discussion (15 mins)

12.45pm Lunch

1.30pm Workshop Session 2: The Integration of Nature and Culture in Thematic Interpretation

Keynote Speaker 3 (30 mins): Rick Murray, Middle Star Consultants
Topic: Nature & Culture - an inseparable theme - Kakadu's Shared Vision for Tourism

Keynote Speaker 4 (20 mins): Mandy Muir, Murdudjurl
Topic: The Murdudjurl Approach to Culture, Nature & Interpretation

Keynote Speaker 5 (10 mins) Richard Austin, Tourism NT, Delivering the Experience: the Tourism NT approach

Facilitated discussion (30 mins)

3.00pm Afternoon Tea

3.30pm Workshop Session 3 - Different Practical Approaches to Thematic Interpretation

Panel of speakers:
Hank Horton, Jahadi Indigenous Experiences
Challenges and Opportunities for Cultural Tourism & Interpretation in Tasmania: A Case Study of Jahadi Tours


Russell Boswell, Wilderness Challenge, Thematic Interpretation & Cultural Tourism in North Queensland: A Local Perspective

Graham Morris, Sanmor Consulting, "The Red Centre: An integrated and new approach to interpretation"

Andy Ralph & Jennifer Hunter, Kakadu Culture Camp, "Putting Interpretation into Practice: Kakadu Culture Camp approach"

Facilitated Discussion (30 mins)

5.00pm Close of Workshop. Delegates transferred to accommodation

6.30pm Coach pick up for delegates from accommodation for Networking function. Transferred to Towers Hill

6.50pm Drinks and nibbles at Towers Hill overlooking picturesque Charters Towers

7.00pm Film at Towers Hill

7.25pm Coach transfer to Henry's restaurant

7.30pm Arrive Henry's restaurant

9.30pm End of Networking Function. Buses to return delegates to Accommodation

Workshop One
Theme: “Management of Australia's Icon Natural/Cultural Tourism Experience Destinations”
Location: Magnetic Island, North Queensland

This workshop is the first of two workshops to be held on beautiful Magnetic Island. Delegates will enjoy the world heritage listed surrounds as they actively participate and contribute to discussions on how to deliver Australia’s World Class Tourism Experiences. Central to the workshop will be a presentation and workshop on destination branding and brand authenticity; as well as discussion on the importance of regional master planning. An update on the National Landscapes project will be provided, together with case studies for discussion.


Workshop Two
Theme: “Ecotourism and Climate Change: Challenges for the Future”
Location: Magnetic Island, North Queensland

FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK HERE

Workshop Two will explore an integral issue that will impact enormously on the ecotourism and nature tourism industry. What are the economic and environmental affects of climate change? How can the tourism industry prepare for significant changes to the environmental resources that are at the heart of tourism product? Utilising key case studies in the Alpine regions of Australia and the marine environments along our Coastline, this topical issue will provide delegates with an opportunity to assist in charting the course forward for the industry.

Workshop Three
Theme: Sustainable Design and Practice Enhancing Profitability
Location: Townsville, North Queensland

The aim of the workshop is to use a rigorous 'Design Charette' process to facilitate a structured but innovative design space around a mock Ecotourism Facility on an existing building and site. Participants will gain first hand experience in the Design Charette process as a tool to bring about improved outcomes in sustainability in ecotourism faciliteis.The Workshop will be a combination of contextual presentations, facilitated sessions, a site visit and walk-through. The Charette will encourage discussion and concept planning between delegates. It will be of relevance to delegates involved in the planning and refurbishment of eco-tourism facilities, from technical design experts (eg engineering, architeture, planning etc), to community representatives, local government and business. This will include consideration of aspects such as renewable energy, eco-efficiency, adaption to climate change, ecotourism accreditation/certification, facilities management and marketing.

The Design Charette will be facilitated The Natural Edge Project (TNEP - see www.naturaledgeproject.net) in partnership with Townsville City Council and Ergon Energy as Major Sponsor and the CETD (Sustainability and Innoovation - see www.tropicaldesign.org).

Workshop Four
Theme: Thematic and Cultural Interpretation
Location: Charters Towers, North Queensland

Building on the outcomes of Ecotourism Australia's 2005 Conference workshop on Thematic Interpretation, this workshop will continue to explore the innovative interpretive techniques and the vital role these play in the development of the experience of a destination.

Workshop 1

National Landscapes:

Delivering Australia's World Class Tourism
Experiences.

Magnetic Island

Workshop 2

'Ecotourism and Climate Change'



A Challenge for the Future


Magnetic Island

Workshop 3




Sustainable Design and Practice Delivering Profitability

Townsville

Workshop 4




Thematic Interpretation and Cultural Tourism


Charters Towers

8.30am - 10.00am Presentation of results from each group

10.00am - 10.20am Morning tea

10.20am - 10.45am Final discussion

10.45am Depart for ferry

11.15am Ferry departs Magnetic Island

11.40am Arrive at Ferry Terminal, Townsville, Buses to meet ferry

11.50am Arrive at Quality Hotel South Bank and Convention Centre

PART IV - Charting a Course Forward

8.30am
Conference Session
Presentation: Principles for responding to climate change: Australia's alpine areas

9.05am Workshop Statement: Drafting and Adoption

9.10am Workshop Statement drafting in groups

9.45am Coffee Break

10.15m Workshop Statement review and adoption

10.45am Depart for Ferry terminal and return to Townsville

8.00am Workshop commences

PART V

8.10am
Solar Cities: Environmental tourism in a World Heritage area and Climate Change, Dean Comber, Ergon Energy

8.40am Reflection and development of themes and innovations from previous day

10.00am Morning tea

PART VI

10.20am
Solar power and camel festivals, Gereltuv Dashdoorov - Program Director Nomadic Expeditions Mongolia. Presention on the Three Camel Lodge- (10 mins)

10.30am Participants continue design Charette workshop to develop themes & innovations

12.00pm Mapping the future - connections, certification, and project for Townsville and internationally, TNEP

12.30pm Workshop concludes

6.00am Coach transfer for optional guided walk up Towers Hill

7.00am Coach transfer back to accommodation for delegates

8.45am Coach transfers for delegates from accommodation to Arthur Titley Centre

9.00am Workshop Session 4: An International Perspective

Keynote Speaker 6: Judith Kepher-Gona, Ecotourism Kenya
Topic: Thematic Interpretation and Cultural Tourism: The Kenyan Approach (20 mins)

Keynote Speaker 7: Fredericke De Silva Gurusinghe, Sri Lankan Ecotourism Foundation: The importance of Interpretation in Sri Lankan tourism - An international perspective (20 mins)

Facilitated Discussion (20 mins)

Close of Workshop

Formulation of Workshop Summary Statement (5 mins) for Plenary

10.00am Coach departs Arthur Titley Centre for local park for morning tea

10.20am Coach departs for Quality Hotel Southbank, Townsville

12.30m Coach arrives in Townsville, delegates check in. Lunch provided at Quality Hotel Southbank

12.30 - 1.30pm Delegates reconvene in Townsville for lunch at Quality Hotel Southbank and Convention Centre

Plenary Session 2
1.30pm Keynote Speaker #5 Potential for Ecotourism on Indigenous Land, Joseph Elu, Chief Executive Officer, Indigenous Business Australia
1.50pm Keynote Speaker #6 Strategies for Success: Turning Your Business into Big Business, Troy Hazard, Managing Director, The Edge Corporate Strategies
2.10pm Keynote Speaker #7 Ecotourism Reviews Strategy for the Andaman Cluster of Thailand: A Turning Point After the Tsunami" Dr Sasithara Pichaichannarong, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Sports of Thailand
2.30pm Keynote Speaker #8 8 Partners in Ecotourism: Queensland and South East Asia, Sallyanne Atkinson, Special Representative for Queensland, South East Asia, Queensland Government
2.45pm Keynote Speaker #9 "Hamilton" - Today, Tomorrow and Eco Value, Craig Davidson, General Manager, Hamilton Island Resort

Facilitator:
Gary Smith
3.00pm - 3.30pm Afternoon tea
Concurrent Session 1

Raffles Room

Kingston Room

Savoy Room
Portside Room
3.30pm "To The Islands" Some issues and challenges for communities and tourism in Yasawa Islands, Fiji
Rik Thwaites & Karen Retra
Ecotourism Development for Sustainable Ecosystem Management - Amboseli National Park - Republic of Kenya
Gideon Amboga
Indigenous Eco-Tourism and the Cultural Risks
Mary O'Dowd
Opening the Doors to
Nature Tourism - for Internationally Significant Wetlands Centre
Leanne Cherry
3.45pm Ecotourism opportunities in two biosphere reserves in South Africa
Ruida Stanvliet
Energy conservation enables Japanese nature-based lodge financial and environmental sustainability
Masaru Takayama
Caring for Country
Kaye Harris
Australia's Camargue - the Burdekin Delta floodplain - Tropical North Queensland "Building a Homestay Ecotourism Experience"
Tony Chandler and Greg Bruce
4.00pm Antarctic tourism: new site use guidelines
Dr Stephen Powell
Ecotourism and Competitive Advantage
Karlson 'Charlie Hargrove' and Cheryl Paten
Community based Eco-tourism: Strategy for livelihood Security
M. Aminul Islam
The Cape Otway Centre for Conservation EcologyMaintain the Magic - Live on the Edge
Lizzie Corke
4.15pm Ecotourism in Fiji - Planning for the Destination
Guy Chester
Sustainable Technologies for a Green Future
Professor Lal Wadhwa
Sustainable
Tourism and Sense of Place in Beloi, Atauro Island, East Timor
National Ecotourism Society presentation
Tourism and Conservation Partnerships Outcomes
Mark Weaver
4.30pm Lost in an Indian Wildlife Safari: Visitor Guidebooks for Protected Areas. Case Study: Ranthambhore National Park, Rajasthan, India
Pip Chalk
'Tree Change Lifestyle Tourism' A Precinct Planning and Design Case Study
Tourism Partnership in Protected AreasDuncan McKenzie, Chairman, Birds Australia Gluepot Reserve
Bali's Village Ecotourism Network: planting new seeds in 'paradise'
Ambarwati Kurnianingsih (Atiek)
Think Globally - Act Locally
Paul Wittwer
4.45pm Challenges for Ecotourism of Slovenian Saltpans
in Northern Adriatic
Primoz Pipan
Tourism in Protected Areas - The emergence of a new partnership between managers and Queensland's burgeoning tourism industry
John De Campo
Savannah Guides - grassroots tourism and conservation
Bram Collins
Go bush to connect with nature
Jenni York
7.00pm - 10.00pm Billabong Sanctuary Networking Dinner
Workshop One
Theme: “Management of Australia's Icon Natural/Cultural Tourism Experience Destinations.”
Location: Magnetic Island, North Queensland

This workshop is the first of two workshops to be held on beautiful Magnetic Island. Delegates will enjoy the world heritage listed surrounds as they actively participate and contribute to discussions on how to deliver Australia’s World Class Tourism Experiences. Central to the workshop will be a presentation and workshop on destination branding and brand authenticity; as well as discussion on the importance of regional master planning. An update on the National Landscapes project will be provided, together with case studies for discussion.


Workshop Two
Theme: “Ecotourism and Climate Change: Challenges for the Future”
Location: Magnetic Island, North Queensland

FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK HERE

Workshop Two will explore an integral issue that will impact enormously on the ecotourism and nature tourism industry. What are the economic and environmental affects of climate change? How can the tourism industry prepare for significant changes to the environmental resources that are at the heart of tourism product? Utilising key case studies in the Alpine regions of Australia and the marine environments along our Coastline, this topical issue will provide delegates with an opportunity to assist in charting the course forward for the industry.

Workshop Three
Theme: Sustainable Design and Practice Enhancing Profitability
Location: Townsville, North Queensland

The aim of the workshop is to use a rigorous 'Design Charette' process to facilitate a structured but innovative design space around a mock Ecotourism Facility on an existing building and site. Participants will gain first hand experience in the Design Charette process as a tool to bring about improved outcomes in sustainability in ecotourism faciliteis.The Workshop will be a combination of contextual presentations, facilitated sessions, a site visit and walk-through. The Charette will encourage discussion and concept planning between delegates. It will be of relevance to delegates involved in the planning and refurbishment of eco-tourism facilities, from technical design experts (eg engineering, architeture, planning etc), to community representatives, local government and business. This will include consideration of aspects such as renewable energy, eco-efficiency, adaption to climate change, ecotourism accreditation/certification, facilities management and marketing.

The Design Charette will be facilitated The Natural Edge Project (TNEP - see www.naturaledgeproject.net) in partnership with Townsville City Council and Ergon Energy as Major Sponsor and the CETD (Sustainability and Innoovation - see www.tropicaldesign.org)

Workshop Four
Theme: Thematic and Cultural Interpretation
Location: Charters Towers, North Queensland

Building on the outcomes of Ecotourism Australia's 2005 Conference workshop on Thematic Interpretation, this workshop will continue to explore the innovative interpretive techniques and the vital role these play in the development of the experience of a destination.

8.00am Conference Registration Desk opens
Plenary Session 3
9.00am
Keynote Speaker #10 Learning from Lessons, Amitabh Kant, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India
9.20am Regional Workshop Introduction, Tony Charters, Tony Charters and Associates
9.25am Workshop One summary: National Landscapes: Delivering Australia's World Class Tourism Experiences, Peter Valentine
9.30am Workshop Two summary: Ecotourism and Climate Change: Challenges for the Future, David Morgans, Tourism Queensland
9.35am Workshop Three summary: Sustainable Design and Practice Delivering Profitability, Greg Bruce, Townsville City Council & Cheryl Paten, The Natural Edge Project
9.40am Workshop Four summary: Thematic Interpretation and Cultural Tourism, Bram Collins, The Undara Experience
9.45am Workshop Conclusion, Tony Charters, Tony Charters and Associates
9.50am Keynote Speaker #11 Townsville: Why the Ecotourism Sustainability Model, Cr Ann Bunnell, Deputy Mayor and Chair of Sustainable Development Committee
10.10am Keynote Speaker #12: Ecotourism Planning and Development for Cambodia, HE Dr Khon Thong, Secretary of State, Head of Steering Committee for ADB Mekong Tourism Development, Ministry of Tourism, Cambodia

Facilitator: Tony Charters
10.30am - 11.00am Morning Tea
Concurrent Session 2

Raffles Room

Kingston Room

Savoy Room
Portside Room
11.00am Reef Check Australia ~ Ecotourism in Action: The Underwater Reef Guide Case Study
Jos Hill
Building a network for tour operators on effects of viewing and interacting with wildlife
Dr Ronda Green
Tourism, islands and jurisdictional
nightmares - Managing tourism on Whitsunday and Mackay islands
Keith Twyford
Adventure Activity Standards
Peter Vandepeer
11.15am Tourism in Protected Areas - Taking Tourism in Queensland's protected areas into the Future
Karen Hopper, Brett Waring
Karsts and Kritters: Where the Wildlife 'Fits' at a Primarily Cave-Based Tourist Attraction
Jillian Litster and Ann Augustyn
Tourism Potential in the Rangelands of Western Australia
Michael Hughes
Understanding the GeoTourist
Angela Smith
11.30am Nature Based Tourism on public land in Victoria
Dick Ford
Galapgos' Deadly Fly: Update
Sonia Kleindorfer
TQ Queensland Tourism Strategy - mainstreaming ecotourism & sustainable tourism
David Morgans
Eco-cruising in the GBR - its not the size but what you do with it that counts!
Lorelle Schluter & Lisha Mulqueeny
11.45pm Sustainable Trails for Ecotourism
Nicolas Bowman
Development of a National Avitourism Industry - An Australian Tourism & Conservation Initiative
Matt Morris
The Future of Visitor Management in South Australian Parks
Jean-Pierre Issaverdis
Developing Long distance walking tracks as a product for Australia
Janet Mackay
12.00pm Planning and Management of Natural Area Tourism
Peter O'Reilly
The Inconvenient Australian Wildlife
Graham Morris
Ecotourism in the Sunderbans
Atish Prosad Mondal
Ecological Sustainability of Specialist Accommodation Operators near Protected Areas in North Queensland
Julie Carmody
12.15pm Developing Marine Ecotourism on Inshore Fringing Reefs of the Great Barrier Reef
Dr Andy Lewis
Naturewise - a tourism and conservation partnership
Joanne Davies
Assessing the risks of a high standard partnership
Hilary Skeat and Vicki Bonanno
Community-based Avitourism in South Africa: Investigating an innovative tool for conservation and development
Duan Biggs
12.30 - 1.30pm Lunch at Quality Hotel Southbank and Convention Centre, Townsville
1.30pm Keynote Speaker #13 The Future of Marine Tourism: An Operator's Perspective Hume Campbell, Chief Executive Officer, Riverside Marine
1.50pm Keynote Speaker #14 An Epic Story: The Challenge of maintaining the integrity of travel amidst ever increasing luxury, Brad Horn, Managing Director, Epic Expeditions
2.10pm Keynote Speaker #15 Ecotourism in the Greater Mekong Subregion, Dr Rowan Mactaggart, Managing Director Sustainable Tourism Development Consortium
2.25pm Keynote Speaker #12 Indigenous Employment Initiatives in Tourism in Fiji, Poni Nakia, Community Liaison Officer, Fiji
2.40pm Keynote #16 Tourism Partnerships, Hon Lindy Nelson-Carr, Queensland Minister for Environment

Facilitator: Rod Hillman
3.00pm - 3.30pm Afternoon tea
3.30pm Keynote Speaker #17 'Great Barrier Reef Tourism - Part of the Community, Part of the Landscape' Hon Virginia Chadwick, Chair, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
3.45pm
Keynote Speaker #18 The African Ecotourism Experience: The Classic Safari Company Approach, Peter Allison, The Classic Safari Company
4.05pm Reflection from National Ecotourism Societies from across the World
4.20pm Urban Nature Ecotourism Youth Student forum report
4.25pm Keynote #19 Ecotourism Australia: The Way Ahead, Chairman, Ecotourism Australia
4.40pm Announcement of Next Year's Conference Location
4.50pm Close of Conference, Chairman, Conference Convenor, Ecotourism Australia

Facilitator: Clare McFarlane
7.00pm - 11.00pm Official Conference Dinner Venue: Museum of Tropical Queensland
8.00am - 5.00pm Field Trips

Field Trips (organized independently)

For additional information about Pre and Post Conference Touring Options please click here.
     

* Please be advised the Conference Program can change at any time without any prior warning. Ecotourism Australia will not be held responsible for any changes that do occur.
 
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