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RISING FROM THE ASHES, AN ECOTOURISM ICON REBORN

9 September 2020 | 0 Comments

Almost a year after the devastating 2019 bushfires, Binna Burra Mountain Lodge reopened to the public on September 1, 2020. This reopening marks a monumental milestone for the property, as well as the community and the local tourism industry.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO REEF ECOLOGIC FOR ACHIEVING CLIMATE ACTION BUSINESS CERTIFICATION

9 September 2020 | 0 Comments

Ecotourism Australia is proud to announce Reef Ecologic as a new addition to the family. Based in Townsville (QLD), the Marine Environmental Consultancy has achieved Climate Action Business Certification. The Climate Action Certification program recognises Reef Ecologic’s commitment and dedication to sustainable practices that address climate change.

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TERRA AUSTRALIA JOINS THE ECOTOURISM AUSTRALIA BUSINESS COMMUNITY

2 September 2020 | 0 Comments

Ecotourism Australia welcomes Terra Australia as a Business Member.

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MARGARET RIVER RETREAT ACHIEVES ECOTOURISM CERTIFICATION

26 August 2020 | 0 Comments

Margaret River Retreat, near the majestic Boranup Forest National Park in Western Australia, is our newest ECO certified accommodation, and offers a diverse mix of accommodation styles ideal for any holidaymaker. These include luxury eco-glamping and four self-contained studio rooms, plus a safari camp and bush camp, both of which should be open by 2021.

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COVID-19 AND THE FUTURE OF SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

25 August 2020 | 0 Comments

Conversation with Xu Jing, independent tourism adviser & former Director of Asia and the Pacific, UNWTO

Over the past few months, it has become evident that the tourism sector is one of the hardest hit by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. With international travel coming to a complete halt and constantly changing border restrictions between Australian states, not to mention intrastate limitations on how far and in what way people are allowed to travel, it is sometimes hard to see how there can be a light at the end of this tunnel. Our Communications Manager, Lina Cronin, spoke to former Director of Asia and the Pacific at the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in Madrid to get an international perspective on the crisis and hear his thoughts on how the tourism sector has the opportunity to rise up to be more sustainable and responsible as a result of this pandemic.

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10 MISTAKES SMALL BUSINESSES MAKE WHEN STARTING THEIR SUSTAINABILITY JOURNEY

24 August 2020 | 0 Comments

1. They don't document their plans

Many small businesses rely on a couple of people running them. They have plans, but they are all in their heads. Documenting business plans and procedures is important to reduce risks and ensure business sustainability. Writing down your processes and strategies makes you think of what you’re doing (and what you’re not doing) so that you can make better decisions and more easily introduce someone new to the business.

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ECOTOURISM PHD UPDATE: OVERTOURISM IN THE AUSTRALIAN CONTEXT

20 August 2020 | 0 Comments

Thi Hieu Nguyen is one of the four candidates of the Ecotourism Australia – University of Queensland PhD scholarships, working on the topic of overtourism. We asked her why she chose this topic, whether overtourism is really an issue in a place like Australia and how our members can get involved in her research.

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WHAT KINDS OF EMISSIONS ARE YOU GENERATING? AND CAN YOU CHANGE THEM?

7 August 2020 | 0 Comments

The disruption of the hospitality and tourism industry by COVID-19 has led to a drastic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. While the decline in greenhouse gas emissions benefits the environment, lockdowns and social distancing are not viable long-term strategies to combat global warming. Effective long-term strategies involve tourism businesses assessing and reducing carbon emissions generated by their operations.

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ECOTOURISM CERTIFICATION FOR LORD HOWE ENVIRONMENTAL TOURS

6 August 2020 | 0 Comments

Ecotourism Australia is proud to welcome its newest member, Lord Howe Environmental Tours, into the family and offer congratulations to their recent achievement of reaching Ecotourism Certification for their Coral Viewing and Snorkelling Tour, Ultimate Snorkelling Tour and Mt Gower Trek.

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ECOTOURISM RECOVERY IN TIMES OF COVID-19

31 July 2020 | 0 Comments

We are currently facing an unprecedented global health crisis, with repercussions that are being felt in all sectors of society and the economy, especially in the tourism sector. However, at moments like this it is important to remember that tourism has shown a strong resilience to adapt, innovate and recuperate from adversity and we should get prepared for recovery.

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