National Tourism and Events Excellence Conference 16 – 17 July 2012

Register now for the National Tourism and Events Excellence Conference

Don’t miss out on this year’s National Tourism and Events Excellence conference coming up on 16-17 July 2012 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Register now to secure your place!

Featuring over twenty international and national keynote speakers, specialised workshop sessions and a fantastic networking program, this is a must-attend event for everyone in the Australian tourism and events industry.

The Conference promotes the continuous development of a profitable, sustainable, innovative and professional tourism and events industry. The program showcases Australia’s leadership in Tourism and Events, whilst also promoting best practice across a range of industry sectors.

Register now to be part of the National Tourism and Events Excellence Conference for 2012.

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12th International Coral Reef Symposium 9 – 13th July 2012

The International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) is a 5 day event that will bring together 2,500 people from some 80 countries, to communicate their science and hear the latest advances from the international experts in coral reef science. Their research and findings are fundamental in informing international and national policies and protocols in the conservation and sustainable use of coral reefs.

The world’s leading natural scientists, resource managers, conservationists, economists, educators and graduate students will meet together in Cairns to progress coral reef science, management and conservation.

ICRS 2012 is important because it provides the international science community with a platform to:

  • Increase global knowledge and interest in coral reefs, including sustainable use and conservation strategies;
  • Showcase successful science, conservation and management efforts;
  • Develop collaborations and partnerships to increase international capacity to address coral reef issues; and
  • Increase global awareness of reef degradation and possible solutions by extensive promotion in the media.

James Cook University and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies are proud to host the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS 2012) in Cairns, Australia from 9 – 13 July 2012.

For further information visit the ICRS website.

United Nations World Environment Day 5 June 2012

The theme for this years United Nations (UN) World Environment Day is Green Economy: Does it include you?  The UN Environment Programme defines the Green Economy as one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. In its simplest expression, a green economy can be thought of as one which is low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive.

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NSW Parks Engaging Children in Nature

On 4 April the Hon. Robyn Parker, Minister for Environment, launched a new program in the Sydney Botanic Gardens that will  encourage children to develop a love of nature and nature-based activities. The target age range for the program is children five to eight year olds.

The program incorporates an interactive website, a free iPad app and a range of dedicated WilderQuest Discovery activities during the NSW school holidays, the program builds enthusiasm through play and games-based activities. Already the program has seen numerous accolades including Apple iPad App of the Week and a Gold Award for the WilderQuest stand at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

For more information on NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS) visit the website.

Destination Q – Building Tourism Together 25-26 June 2012

The Queensland Government is creating a new partnership with the tourism industry to ensure Queensland tourism is regarded as the number one priority. The partnership is called DestinationQ. This partnership is about getting the industry back on track and doubling visitor expenditure by 2020.

The DestinationQ Forum to be held on 25-26 June 2012 is an opportunity for the industry to be part of shaping priorities and designing the foundations for this new venture.

For further information visit the DestinationQ website.

Global Eco Conference – Call for Papers Deadline Extended to 4th June 2012

Call for Papers – Deadline Extended

Due to popular demand, the deadline to offer a paper for the 2012 Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference has been extended by one extra week.

If you would like to be considered for a speaking opportunity in the Global Eco Conference program, then please submit your presentation outline online by 5pm, MONDAY 4th JUNE.

You are invited to offer a presentation for one of the following theme stream sessions:

  • Sustainable Destination Management
  • Marketing Eco Wonders
  • Tourism in Terrestrial and Marine Protected Areas
  • Indigenous and Cultural Tourism
  • Communities Benefiting from Strategic Partnerships
  • Optimising Tropical Ecotourism

In recognition of your contribution to the program, speakers will receive a 25% discount off conference registration. This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase your latest ecotourism projects and initiatives to leaders in the industry.

The Global Eco Asia Pacific Conference takes place in Cairns, Australia from 15 to 17 October 2012.


Tasmania’s Ugly Duck Out Restaurant wins “Best Environmental Practices”

Climate Action Innovator The Ugly Duck Out Restaurant  was announced as State winner for “Best Environmental Practices” (2nd year running) at the 2012 Tasmanian Hospitality Association (THA) Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner.

“The Ugly Duck Out” will now represent Tasmania in the National AHA Awards later this year. Robyn Klobusiak from Ugly Duck Out said “we are extremely proud to be recognised for our resolve for environmental sustainability and the sustainability of our industry.”

For more information about The Ugly Duck Out, please contact by telephone : +61 36257 8850 or the website

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