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


Congratulations to Women Want Adventure for achieving Ecotourism Tourism certification for their Women’s Day and Multi-Day Hiking Trips and Women’s Day and Multi-Day Kayaking Trips!

Identifying the need for outdoor adventures specifically for women, Monique Farmer, CEO and Founder of Women Want Adventure began many conversations with others wanting the same experiences.  Monique saw the need to inspire, empower and connect women through outdoor adventure.

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Women Want Adventure focus on women who want to try something different and connect to a community to meet others who enjoy outdoor activities. Adventures are for women who believe in spending more time outdoors together.

Through their minimal impact camping and walking, the Women Want Adventure team ensure both the prosperity of the natural environment in which they operate and an authentic Australian experience for their guests. 

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Their certified tours take women to various destinations within Australia, including Queensland, the Northern Territory, Western Australia and Tasmania. Women Want Adventure also run tours to international destinations such as New Zealand and Spain.

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Trips cater for a wide range of fitness and experience levels, from women who have never been hiking before to women who have extensive experience in the outdoors. It’s this diversity of women with different needs, desires and goals which makes Women Want Adventure appealing and rewarding. Women Want Adventure even have a Bubs Want Adventure community for mothers and their little ones to hike outside together and feel inspired by the outdoors, meaning it’s not just the women who benefit, but the next generation as well!

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Welcome to the Ecotourism Australia community, Women Want Adventure.


For more information about Women Want Adventure, check out their website or social media pages: 


[Photos from Women Want Adventure Facebook page]

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council and Planet Happiness Sign MOU

Planet Happiness and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) have signed a partnership agreement focused on strengthening sustainability standards in tourism and impact reporting in tourism destinations. They will work together to promote mutual understanding of each other’s work among their members and partners.  They will also engage on a range of topics related to […]

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Adventure Green Alaska is now a GSTC-Recognized Standard

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) announced that the Adventure Green Alaska Standards for Accommodations and for Tour-Operators have achieved the ‘GSTC-Recognized Standard’ status.  Adventure Green Alaska began in 2007 as a statewide effort to grow sustainable tourism in Alaska and promote model businesses practicing economic, environmental and social sustainability. It is Alaska’s only sustainable tourism certification program and was created entirely by volunteers. The program came under the Alaska Travel Industry Association in 2015, whose goal was to grow the program


Flipping conventional ideas on their heads, Compass Business Advisory strongly believes that compliance doesn’t have to be a barrier for business. In fact, this company believes it can be a great business enabler when properly understood. That’s why Compass Business Advisory’s goal is to make a complex subject simple and easy to understand, helping businesses by offering timely and practical advice on how to use compliance as a guiding light towards success.

As big fans of the ecotourism industry, Compass Business Advisory also promotes becoming ECO certified as a great business development tool. Educating clients on the potential benefits of becoming ECO certified and offering services to help operators find the right certification program for their business, Compass Business Advisory assists operators with the application process from start to finish.

Compass Business Advisory’s experience lies in designing compliance solutions and management systems that are not only tangible for each client’s unique organisational culture but that will help the client achieve the lasting performance improvements required to stay compliant and meet certification requirements. For owner and self-made entrepreneur Kathleen Dale, that has always been the goal – to help small and medium sized businesses to achieve compliance with accountability, structure, and processes that provide them with wider experience and insight.


“It is not the people that work the hardest that achieve success,” says Kathleen, “It is the people that work the smartest!”

Using her Bachelor’s degree in Commerce (majoring in business) and years of experience working in heavily regulated industries (including roles in the financial, marine and engineering sectors), Kathleen utilised her expertise and drive to establish Compass Business Advisory – a team of honest, professional and inspired advisors to organisations in the private sector.

Thanks to Compass Business Advisory, there are now plenty of businesses across Australia able to maintain a compliant and sustainable business that protects the interests of not only its customers, staff, directors, and stakeholders – but also the environment.

We are happy to welcome Compass Business Advisory to our Ecotourism Australia family as a Business Member.


Interested in becoming an Ecotourism Australia Business Member? Find out more here.