The world's longest running ecotourism conference

Ecotourism Australia's main event

Ecotourism Australia is proud to host the Global Eco Conference, the world's longest running ecotourism conference, every year. This event, which has been running now for a quarter of a century, brings together the world’s leading speakers on ecotourism, sustainability and responsible tourism, as well as tourism operators, protected area managers, tourism organisations, Indigenous bodies and researchers to discuss ecotourism, sustainability and best practice initiatives. 

Ecotourism Australia’s members have always been at the cutting edge of ecotourism development at a global level and Global Eco is a clearing house of ideas, innovation and best practice. The conference creates opportunities for business-to-business and business-to-government collaboration, focused on practical and applied ecotourism. It is also content rich: Every year, keynote speakers drive discussions across the key thematic areas and specialised masterclasses and workshops enable delegates to maximise their investment. Delegate interaction is encouraged, and relationship building is enabled through exceptional networking events and technical tours.

Member benefits

Certified operators receive a 25% discount on registrations for the Annual Global Eco Conference.

Reasons to attend

  • Learn about international and national best practice ecotourism
  • Be inspired by expert keynote speakers from Australia and around the world
  • Hear about leading practices in eco- and sustainable tourism, conservation, protected area management, planning and development, marketing, Indigenous and community engagement, architecture and design, philanthropy, sustainable destination management and climate action
  • Network with government, practitioners, operators and academics

“Global Eco Asia-Pacific Conference has always sent a high benchmark with great contents. It is getting better each year and very innovative even as the industry is being disrupted by global trends whether it is environment or technology.”

– Albert Teo, Founder Borneo Ecotours, Malaysia

Global Eco media toolkit

Click here to download our Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference media toolkit.

Global Eco 2019 - Cairns

Cairns, QLD | 02 - 04 December 2019


Essential Evolution


Official conference website:


For information about speaker, media or sponsorship opportunities, contact the Global Eco Secretariat (Management Solutions Qld):

Mobile: +61 474 747 773

Check out our Cairns ecotourism factsheet. and our Top Tips on Enjoying Global Eco Sustainably!

 Members-Only Networking Event:

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When: Sunday, 1 December 2019 | 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Where: The Balcony, Hides Hotel, Cairns

Register your attendance:

Certification Workshop:

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When: Thursday, 5 December 2019

  • 9 am – 10.30 am | The benefits of ecotourism and certification
  • 10.45 am – 12 pm | Application workshop


Wet Tropics Management Authority board room, Ground floor, Cairns Port Authority, Cnr Grafton and Hartley St, Cairns

Register your interest: Fill in the registration form and send to

Ecotourism Australia Masterclasses

Interested in attending Global Eco Conference but want a taste test first? 

Ecotourism Australia's 1 day masterclasses showcase Australian Tourism Award-winning operators and industry experts. These speakers share their experience with attendees across a 1-day knowledge-sharing and networking event, which will leave you inspired, challenged and equipped to improve your business. 

To host a masterclass in your region, please contact us.