Ecotourism Australia wishes good luck to all our certified members who have entered their State’s annual tourism awards. We will be thinking of you and cheering you along as the awards all take place during November. Please ensure you ‘share’ your news and photos with us.
The owner-operators of ECO certified Mount Barney Lodge country retreat, Innes Larkin and his father John, were presented with the 2016 Australian Search and Rescue Award at an event hosted by the Western Australia Police in Fremantle recently.
We are proud to announce that Ecotourism Australia board member and leading ecotourism industry spokesman, Peter Cochrane, has been elected to represent Oceania for a four-year term on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Governing Council.
Media release: Ecotourism Australia and the South Australian Tourism Industry Council partner to grow sustainable tourism in South Australia
The South Australian Tourism Industry Council (SATIC) and Ecotourism Australia (EA) have signed a new partnership agreement to drive the growth of sustainable tourism in South Australia.
If you are a tour operator based in the Sydney Harbour, Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, the Australian Alps, Australia’s Green Cauldron (Northern Rivers/North East NSW) and Australia’s Coastal Wilderness (NSW Far South Coast), there is some good news for you.
Western Australia (WA) has noticed an increasingly positive development in domestic tourism over the last few months with recent statistics from Tourism Research Australia recording a 25% increase in WA residents taking day trips compared 2014, with a 10% increase in overnight trips. 2015 up to September saw the total visitor spend in WA reach $8.9 billion, up from $8.1 billion the previous year.
‘And the winner is Tasmania!’ announced Rick Murray, Chairman of Ecotourism Australia, today declaring Ecotourism Australia’s 2016 GlobalEco conference will be held in Tasmania. ‘Tasmania is a centre for ecotourism in Australia with high quality tour operators delivering excellent experiences in a land blessed with natural and cultural wonders,’ said Mr. Murray.
New statistics released in June 2015 by Roy Morgan Research have found that 21.6% of Australians (some 4.2 million people) agree with the statement, “For my next holiday, I’d really like a total ecotourism experience”, up slightly from 19.3% (or 3.6 million) in the year to June 2011.
This month, Australia completed the domestic treaty process to withdraw Australia as a Full Member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).