Latest news and insights from various sources relating to UN Sustainable Development Goals.

“Quality Through Creativity” Led the 2019 GSTC Asia-Pacific Sustainable Tourism Conference in Chiang Mai, Thailand

“Quality through Creativity” Led the 2019 GSTC Asia-Pacific Sustainable Tourism Conference in Chiang Mai, Thailand The 2019 GSTC Asia-Pacific Sustainable Tourism Conference “Quality through Creativity” took place from Febraury 27th to March 2nd in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Organized by Thailand’s Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA) and the Global Sustainable Tourism Conference (GSTC), the […]

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MANAGING AUSTRALIAN DESTINATIONS JOINS EA BUSINESS MEMBERSHIP

Ecotourism Australia is pleased to announce that Managing Australian Destinations has joined its membership as a new Business Member.

Managing Australian Destinations is a Queensland-based destination management company providing a range of ground management, event production services and team building activities for group movements around Australia.

With 25 years of operating experience and a company commitment to environment practises, Managing Australian Destinations promotes the use of Ecologically sensitive suppliers and promotes environmental awareness through its management practises and event design.

Managing Australian Destinations offers tourism products ranging from personalised tours and team building activities to product launches and gala events. Some of its unique tourism products and services feature coral health team building exercises and a proclivity for managing themed galas and dinners.

Team Building – Coral Brief

In running personalised team building activities, one option is the Coral Brief. This activity provides the opportunity to contribute to helping sustain one of the great wonders of our world while forming new bonds and lasting memories with team mates.

Coral Brief takes guests to the Low Isles, about 1 hour from Port Douglas. Here, guests are provided with an educational experience learning about reef health and contributing to scientific research by measuring coral health with coral health ID charts and underwater writing slates. Guests can choose from a range of transport options on the coral cay from stand-up paddle boards, to snorkelling, or by foot.

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Dinners and Events

Managing Destinations Australia can design and run dinners and events catering from an intimate 30-person dinner on a remote beach in the Kimberly to a 3000 person dinner in the tropical rain forest.

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Having won the European Incentive & Business Travel Mart’s international award for the most environmentally conscious Destination Management Company, Managing Australian Destinations has a furthered their commitment to sustainability by joining ECO Tourism Australia as a Business Member. We are glad to welcome Managing Australian Destinations to our Business Membership and wish them every success in their future endeavours.

To find out more about Managing Australian Destinations visit their Website or Facebook page.

[Photos courtesy of Managing Australian Destinations website]

GSTC, The Code and ECPAT International join forces to end the sexual exploitation of children by in travel and tourism

At ITB travel trade show in Berlin, the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) signed a ‘memorandum of understanding’ with The Code and ECPAT International to work together to expand standards for the protection of children and to take other measures to end this crime. “Sustainable tourism is on the rise, consumer demand is growing for […]

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Gender Equality on GSTC Board of Directors – According to Equality in Tourism International

According to the ‘Sun, Sand, and Ceilings: Women in Tourism and Hospitality Boardrooms – 2018 Report’ by Equality in Tourism International, the overall representations of women on travel and tourism companies/organizations boards has increased from 15% in 2013 to 23%. However, the representation of women on the GSTC Board of Directors is 50%. “Men are seen […]

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EVERYDAY ECOTOURISM HEROES EDITION 8: JUDITH MUIR

For Judith Muir of Polperro Dolphin Swims, teaching students to become custodians of their own futures is about “entertaining greatly whist educating gently.”

It is her belief in the power of education and her deep care and concern for the marine environment, particularly around beautiful Port Phillip Bay in Victoria, that has seen Judith volunteer her time and expertise to Advanced Ecotourism Certified Polperro Dolphin Swims as acting education/conservation liaison.

Judith, who has been part of the Polperro team for 33 years, says she is inspired by the business’ dedicated and talented crew:

“Polperro has long been known for its highest quality tours and authenticity,” she says, explaining that she works with the team to provide powerful educational experiences for guests.

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Volunteering on several occasions to facilitate school groups on board Polperro, as well as running follow up presentations that discuss key environmental issues facing waterways, Judith notes that it is her strong belief that we must educate and empower our youth to become custodians of the land.

Judith is also the instigator of a new program called the Canopy of Care. This program is a collective of like-minded organisations which work together to provide educational resources and on-site experiences that inform people about important environmental issues, particularly those which affect Australia’s coasts and waterways. Judy says the program is aimed to inspire and encourage young adults to take action.

“By entertaining greatly whilst educating gently, students are encouraged and resourced to become custodians of their own futures, she explains.

“Conservation through education is essential.”

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The Canopy of Care has developed and provides a number of services, including teacher resources, fieldwork activities, advice and assistance for schools running fieldwork trips at Port Phillip Bay and the Mornington Peninsula coastline, expert guest speakers for fieldwork trips or school visits, professional development opportunities for teaching staff and inspiration and support for community-based projects.

Judith is a strong believer that if people are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in the environment, they will see its beauty and take the necessary actions to protect it.

Her willingness and ability to pass on her intimate knowledge of the environment and share her love of all things found in the ecosystem are part of Judith’s key pillars. That’s why she’s spent her lifetime dedicated to environmental sustainability – a value that she, through her passion and knowledge, passes onto the next generation daily.

Thank you, Judith, for all you do – and to the Polperro Dolphin Swim’s team for nominating Judith!  

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For more information on Polperro Dolphin Swims, visit their website or Facebook page.

For more information on our other Everyday Ecotourism Heroes, check out the other articles in this series:

Is there someone in your business who you think is an Everyday Ecotourism Hero? Tell us about them!

Have we piqued your interest in travelling sustainably? Make sure you check out our Green Travel Guide and news page for some eco travel inspiration!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEWEST CERTIFIED MEMBER, WAJAANA YAAM ADVENTURE TOURS FOR ACHIEVING ECOTOURISM AND RESPECT OUR CULTURE (ROC) CERTIFICATION!

Congratulations to Wajaana Yaam Adventure Tours for achieving Ecotourism and ROC certification for their stand-up paddle board tours and Giingan tour.

Wajaana Yaam Adventure Tours (WYAT) are running their tours on Gumbaynggirr land. All guides at WYAT are Aboriginal with permission from local elders. During their stand-up paddle tours, customers will not only be paddling in the beautiful Solitary island Marine Park, but also learn local stories on the Gumbaynggirr people. Depending on the tide, tours are running in three different locations and each location has its own stories. WYAT experienced guides will adjust their tours to the level of the group, hence no previous experience of stand-up paddle boarding is necessary. All tours also include bush tucker information, damper making and information on the local language.

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Wajaana Yaam Adventure Tours take great pride in keeping the Aboriginal culture alive and telling the history of Aboriginal people. Some of their profits are invested in the local Aboriginal youth through not-for profit organisation. Their award winning Giingan Walking tour is a guided bushwalk in the beautiful East State Forest. This tour provides an exceptional learning experience on the local Aboriginal culture by some of the best speakers in Gumbaynggirr country.

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Wajaana Yaam Adventure Tours purchasing locally produced products and guests are can purchase hand made products of local Aboriginal artists.

We here at Ecotourism Australia would like to extend a warm welcome to Wajaana Yaam Adventure Tours!

                               

Hotel Yearbook 2020 Sustainable Hospitality Now Released

The “Hotel Yearbook 2020 – Sustainable Hospitality” has been released and is available online for free. Along the same lines as previous editions of the Hotel Yearbook, the 2020 Sustainable Hospitality edition gathers the thoughts and research from a wide-ranging group of senior executives, analysts, consultants and opinion leaders from all over the world […]

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MEDIA RELEASE: ECOTOURISM AUSTRALIA MEMBERS TAKE HOME OVER A QUARTER OF ALL NATIONAL TOURISM AWARDS

Ecotourism Australia certified operators have once again cleaned up at this year’s 2018 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, taking home over a quarter of all awards including six gold, nine silver and six bronze.

With 21 awards won overall, Ecotourism Australia would have come first in the awards tally if it were a State. 

CEO Rod Hillman says that he is proud, but not surprised: “Our certified operators run amazing businesses. They’re not just focused on sustainability – they’re out there delivering exceptionally high-quality experiences that their visitors can’t stop talking about.

“On top of that, they’re passionate operators who pass on their love of what they do, and of the environment, to their guests. It’s no surprise that these operators get rewarded.”

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Photo: Nitmiluk Tours / Cicada Lodge team / Qantas Australian Tourism Awards

Thirty-four Ecotourism Australia members were nominated for 38 awards across 15 categories, with Gold Awards won in the categories of Major Tour and Transport Operators, Tour and Transport Operators, Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services, Luxury Accommodation, Self-Contained Accommodation and of course, Ecotourism, the category which Ecotourism Australia sponsors.

“Ecotourism Australia has been sponsoring the Ecotourism category of the national tourism awards for the past three years,” explains Dr. Claire Ellis, Ecotourism Australia’s Chair, “and it’s great to see that every finalist was ECO Certified.

“Operators certified through our ECO Certification program deliver best practice ecotourism experiences in this country and by sponsoring this category of the awards, we ensure that this high quality is recognised and maintained.”

 

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Photo: Fun Over Fifty / Qantas Australian Tourism Awards

 

Ecotourism Australia’s ECO Certification program is one of only six certification programs worldwide which hold the international stamp of quality assurance, as they are accredited through the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and independently audited. With hundreds of sustainability certification programs now available worldwide, having this international accreditation helps both tourism operators and consumers to understand the difference between genuine, rigorous certification programs and those which are not backed by genuine sustainability efforts.

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Photo: Red Cat Adventures / Qantas Australian Tourism Awards

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For more information about Ecotourism Australia and its certification programs, please visit the Ecotourism Australia website: www.ecotourism.org.au.

For more information about the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, please visit the awards website: https://qualitytourismaustralia.com/australian-tourism-awards/.

For questions / comments, please contact Rod Hillman, CEO:  0427 279 414

 

 

Ecotourism Australia’s Australian Tourism Award Winners 2019

Award

Operator

Certification

State/ Territory

Ecotourism (Gold)

Fun Over Fifty

Ecotourism

QLD

Luxury Accommodation (Gold)

Cicada Lodge at Nitmiluk Gorge

Ecotourism & ROC

NT

Major Tour and Transport Operators

(Gold)

Red Cat Adventures

Advanced Ecotourism

QLD

Self-Contained Accommodation (Gold)

The Frames Luxury Accommodation

Ecotourism

SA

Tour and Transport Operators (Gold)

Kimberley Quest

Advanced Ecotourism

WA

Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services (Gold)

Cicada Lodge Restaurant at Nitmiluk Gorge

Ecotourism & ROC

NT

Adventure Tourism (Silver)

Roaring 40˚s Kayaking

Advanced Ecotourism

TAS

Cultural Tourism (Silver)

Paronella Park

Advanced Ecotourism & Climate Action Business

QLD

Ecotourism (Silver)

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park

Ecotourism

VIC

Hosted Accommodation (Silver)

Cobbold Village

Advanced Ecotourism

QLD

Major Tour and Transport Operators (Silver)

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys

Advanced Ecotourism

TAS

Qantas Award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism (Silver)

Nitmiluk Tours and Cicada Lodge

Ecotourism & Respecting our Culture (ROC)

NT

Tour and Transport Operators (Silver)

Ocean Safari

Advanced Ecotourism & Climate Action Innovator

QLD

Tourist Attractions (Silver)

Capricorn Caves

Advanced Ecotourism

QLD

Unique Accommodation (Silver)

Whitsunday Escape

Ecotourism

QLD

Adventure Tourism

(Bronze)

Calypso Star Charters

Advanced Ecotourism

SA

Ecotourism (Bronze)

Three Capes Track

Protected Area Manager (PAM)

TAS

Major Tourist Attractions (Bronze)

Busselton Jetty

                Ecotourism

WA

Qantas Award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism (Bronze)

Mossman Gorge Centre

Ecotourism & Respecting our Culture (ROC)

QLD

Specialised Tourism Services (Bronze)

Willie Creek Pearls at Elizabeth Quay

Ecotourism

WA

Visitor Information Services (Bronze)

Tourism Central Australia

Climate Action Business

NT