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.
VIDA Landscape Architects and Planners’ tagline is “designing for life” - and that’s exactly what this business is built upon. At the core of the company’s values is a recognition that land is a finite, non-renewable resource that needs to be developed with long-term goals in mind, not just short-sighted returns. That’s why VIDA visions, master plans and designs spaces that connect communities and nature – because, as they say, we can do this better.
The Conservation Ecology Centre, a long-term Ecotourism Australia member situated in the Otways region of Australia’s iconic Great Ocean Road, received $2 million in federal government funding this month for its newest project, Wildlife Wonders. This project represents a significant investment in the future of the Otways, for residents, for tourists and for Australia’s native species.
The year 2017 was all about sustainable tourism, designated as such by the 70th General Assembly of the United Nations. In response, public and private sector groups around the world launched innovative tourism projects and initiatives designed to raise awareness of sustainable tourism’s contribution to development and highlight the sector’s role as a catalyst for positive change.