From 7-10 November leading players from the world’s ecotourism industry will gather in Sydney for Ecotourism Australia’s 19th annual Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference.
NSW Minister for Environment and Heritage Ms. Robyn Parker said “around 300 national and international delegates would attend the conference, which is hosted by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. “
Held over two venues, Day One of the conference, at the Australian National Maritime Museum, features the popular Indigenous Tourism Forum that will examine the opportunities, tools and methods for building Indigenous businesses in the tourism industry. The inaugural ASEAN and OCEANIA Tourism Forum also features on Day One and will address the immense rate at which ecotourism is emerging in this region and how this opportunity can be maximised.
For the succeeding three days the conference will continue at Taronga Zoo with national and international leaders examining opportunities and best practice across ecotourism, sustainability, Indigenous tourism, tourism in protected areas, partnerships and conservation.
“With the conference being held over multiple venues around the Harbour, Sydney will be on show to delegates from around the globe demonstrating its leading commitment to conserving and protecting the natural, cultural and built heritage, said Minister Parker.
Leading national and international speakers include the CEO of World Expeditions, Sue Badyari; young multiple award winning entrepreneur Amy Carter-James; China expert Glen Hingley; and CFO of NYC Economic Development Corporation Kyle Kimball.
Ms. Kym Cheatham, Chief Executive of Ecotourism Australia said “With a stellar line-up of speakers and the theme of ‘Seize the Potential’, this year’s Conference Program promises to stimulate thinking and encourage debate about ecotourism and sustainable tourism’s place in the Asia Pacific and in the world.”
“At this conference we will also celebrate Ecotourism Australia’s 20th anniversary and all its achievements since its humble beginnings in 1991. It is a worthy time to reflect on the number of groundbreaking initiatives of Ecotourism Australia, perhaps the most important being the world first environmental certification for the tourism industry 15 years ago” said Ms. Cheatham.
Global Eco Convenor, Mr Tony Charters said “Ecotourism is a vital contributor to sustainable tourism; provides a unique competitive edge for properties, operations and destinations; and has significantly greater yield potential than other tourism sectors.
Global Eco will provide delegates with the latest information, methods and tools to increase their competitive advantage. “