When delegates of Global Eco Conference 2017 walked through Adelaide Zoo and heard – as if orchestrated – a zoo keeper asking a group of children "Does anyone know what I mean when I say reduce, reuse, recycle?” it was obvious the conference organisers had got the venue right.
The 13-19th of November 2017 is National Recycling Week! This is an annual event that gives individuals, councils and businesses the opportunity to learn more and become better recyclers. We have taken this opportunity to highlight the importance of recycling in the tourism industry.
The 4th of October 2017 is World Animal Day and we would like to acknowledge and celebrate a few of our certificated operators who contribute and support this year’s mission- ‘To raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe’.
“You can be the change you want to see in the world. You can be an ambassador for a better
future. This World Tourism Day, whenever you travel, wherever you travel, remember to:
Respect Nature, Respect Culture, Respect Your Host.” – Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General
2-9 July 2017 marks National NAIDOC Week, celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Events and activities are taking place all across Australia in celebration and reflection, embracing the theme “Our Languages Matter”, and we would like to highlight the great work done by our Respecting Our Culture certified operators.
Queensland’s Scenic Rim will hold host to the region’s first BioBlitz this October, engaging scientists, naturalists, and volunteers to conduct a 48-hour intensive field study in an attempt to record all the living species within the area. Advanced Ecotourism certified operator, Araucaria Ecotours, is playing an integral role in the organization of the upcoming event.
Happy World Oceans Day! Today is a day dedicated to educating ourselves and others about the crucial roles that oceans play in sustaining and supporting our planet and humankind, recognising the current conditions of our oceans and the issues and risks surrounding them today, and encouraging positive change as individuals and communities to conserve and protect Earth’s life support system. Ecotourism is an industry that not only benefits from and depends on pristine natural environments and ecosystems, but can also act as a platform through which to educate visitors, encourage and support involvement in conservation initiatives and inspire positive, environmentally-friendly tourist behaviour.
Ecotourism Australia (EA) joined over 2,500 tourism industry professionals at the 2017 Australian Tourism Exchange in Sydney between the 15th to 19th of May and were pleased to see ECO Certified operators made up 20% of all Sellers represented at the event. Yet again, ATE proved to be a valuable experience, offering the opportunity to connect with our members, build beneficial relationships and gain insight into current trends and market interest in ecotourism.
It is that time of year again - nominations are opening for State Tourism Awards across the country!
If you’re nominating for awards this year, be sure to keep an eye on the key dates in your State and take advantage of any workshops and resources available to you.