Ecotourism Australia has commenced planning for the Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference 2011 which is announced for 7-10 November in Sydney, Australia. The conference theme is Seize the Potential! and will focus on turning ecotourism into tangible, sustainable business gains.
National and international keynote speakers will provide the latest insight in challenges and opportunities facing the industry with plenty of opportunities for delegates to participate in discussions.
Various Theme Stream Workshops enable delegates to further examine case studies and participate in more in-depth discussions on key conference topics thus gaining practical and tangible information to benefit their business and the industry as a whole.
Global Eco features an Indigenous Tourism Forum which is a specialised day focussing on applied case study examples of business development; successful employment and training initiatives; youth, culture and heritage development; and business investment for growth.
New at Global Eco this year is the ASEAN and OCEANIA Tourism Forum. This forum will feature national and international case studies addressing topics such as: importance of sustainable development; importance of Indigenous/Cultural tourism; quality control/certification and more.
At a point where the world is looking for more sustainable future strategies to deal with the aftermath of the global economic crisis and the rebuild after natural disasters, it is vital that the key players in the industry come together to develop responses.
The inaugural Conference in 1993 was developed to provide a platform for the industry to examine and debate issues influencing the industry and its further development and sustainability. Now in it nineteenth year, Global Eco was grown to an Asia-Pacific conference that brings together leading players from across the globe to examine best practice in sustainable tourism, tourism in protected and heritage areas, ecotourism, Indigenous tourism, interpretation, marketing, cultural and heritage tourism, sustainability, strategic partnerships and climate change response. Delegates are provided with an excellent opportunity to examine and debate emerging issues and opportunities and review current best practices.
The Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference takes a whole of government, whole of industry approach and seeks to take a forward perspective on the industry. Around 350-400+ national and international delegates are expected to gather in Sydney to attend Global Eco. The program will be primarily developed around an Australian and Asia-Pacific/Oceania regional context.
2011 will be the 20th Anniversary of Ecotourism Australia (EA). It is planned to undertake a range of profile raising initiatives in recognition of EA’s anniversary (the second ecotourism association formed in the world after the United States based International Ecotourism Society – 1990).
Global Eco Secretariat