The 2011 Global ECO Conference will be held in Sydney from 7-10 November 2011. Supported by the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service, Ecotourism Australia expects to attract about 400 conference delegates.
“Sydney Harbour provides many well known and some less well know ecotourism experiences,” said Kym Cheatham, CEO of Ecotourism Australia.”It will provide the perfect backdrop for an amazing program which will examine best practice across ecotourism, sustainability, Indigenous tourism, cultural and heritage tourism, tourism in protected areas and climate change response.
“This conference will also coincide with World Responsible Tourism Day on 9 November 2011 which will be part of the great celebration planned for Ecotourism Australia’s 20th Birthday”, Ms Cheatham added.
Ecotourism Australia is aiming to use the event to bring together sectors that have a direct and indirect role in delivering sustainable tourism and ecotourism. They will then be able to debate emerging issues and opportunities, review current best practices and collectively take a forward perspective on the industry.
“Tourism Australia recently released research that showed Nature in Australia was one of the most motivating experiences for international travellers across all of Australia’s main target markets, ranking as most appealing, exciting and relevant”, Ms Cheatham said. “The Global ECO Conference helps New South Wales to showcase its ecotourism credentials and tap into this major motivation to visit Australia.”
The 2011 Global Eco Conference will be hosted by Ecotourism Australia, the peak national body for the ecotourism industry.