When a presenter knows enough about a small, Australian marsupial to turn it into a 20-minute business analogy, you know you could only be at an ecotourism event.
As an ecotourism operator, you have a strategic role to play in converting more tourists to make eco-friendly choices. Attracting visitors who are not particularly environmentally conscious and changing their behaviours is hard work. Moreover, it can be frustrating to see them not following the eco-friendly recommendations you’ve put in place.
The daily Aboriginal dance show is one of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary's most well-attended shows, and for good reason.
At Davidson's Arnhemland Safaris at Mt Borradaile, it feels like the local Aboriginal people left yesterday – their stories are clearly visible in tools, ceremonial grounds and rock art paintings, some of which are still being uncovered today.
Professor Marcia Langton AM has long been at the forefront of Indigenous issues in Australia. As one of the nation’s most respected Indigenous academics, she is a frequent media commentator, speaking out passionately on issues such as Indigenous rights, justice and artistic expression. She is the first Associate Provost and Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne, and in 1999 was one of five Indigenous leaders granted an audience with the Queen to discuss proposed changes to the Australian Constitution. Now, she’s the author of the first ever published travel guide to Indigenous Australia. Communications Manager Lina spoke to Professor Langton as part of Ecotourism Australia’s Respecting our Culture | Celebrating Diversity Through Ecotourism campaign.
As of 2018, one third of Ecotourism Australia’s certified operators are Green Travel Leaders, which means they have been certified for 10 years or longer. It’s proof that being sustainable goes beyond just being ‘green’– it’s also about positioning yourself to excel in an increasingly saturated industry.
Tourism Noosa is the official tourism organisation for the Noosa Council region on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast, covering Noosa Heads and Noosaville, Sunshine and Peregian Beaches and Tewantin; as well as the hinterland towns of Boreen Point, Cooroy, Pomona, Cooran and Kin.
If Ecotourism Australia were a state, it would have come second in Friday night’s 2017 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards tally in Perth, proving that ecotourism is more than just a niche industry in Australia.